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Father’s Day meets The Old Grey Whistle Test

With it being Father’s Day here in the UK on Sunday I set of this evening bleary eyed to Braehead to do a bit of relevant shopping.

It was only when I set foot in HMV that the concept of time passing hit me straight between the eyes.

It seems like only yesterday I was buying my Dad albums such as “100 Great Church Organ Tunes” or later Shirley Bassey “The Stripper” yet there in front on me on the HMV Father’s Day special display was “Dad’s Rock” 3CD set, “The Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Special Edition” and “New Wave For Dad”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In shock I settled for a book token from Waterstones and returned home and to cheer my self up I downloaded the aforesaid Old Grey Whistle Test CD, 60 tracks for under £10 many of them exclusive live recordings from the show.

So here is an Old Grey Whistle Test special.

From the album and for all cool Dad’s everywhere here is some live music from Tom Waits.

“Small Change” (Live In The Studio) – Tom Waits

To buy the CD click HERE

As a bonus and in celebration of Whispering Bob Harris’s recent OBE award here are some clips from the vaults.

…………….finally perhaps the most famous clip of all.

Coming soon the Old Grey Whistle Test through the ages.

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June 17, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Releases, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Andy Warhol

“Andy Warhol” – David Bowie

(This is Andy Warhole and it’s take one, take one)
It’s, it’s Warhol actually
(What did I say)
Whole, it’s whole as in wholes
(Andy Warhol)
Wah, Andy War hol, Andy War hol (he)
Like whole hub
He
Ha
Are you ready
(Yeah)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha

Like to take a cement fix
Be a standing cinema
Dress my friends up just for show
See them as they really are
Put a peephole in my brain
Two New Pence to have a go
I’d like to be a gallery
Put you all inside my show

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy walking, Andy tired
Andy take a little snooze
Tie him up when he’s fast asleep
Send him on a pleasant cruise (hm hm hm)
When he wakes up on the sea
He sure to think of me and you
He’ll think about paint and he’ll think about glue
What a jolly boring thing to do

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

(Handclaps)

To buy the music of David Bowie click HERE

May 10, 2011 Posted by | Old Music, Photography, The Dugs | , , | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – The Rats

LtoR: Geoff Appleby (Bass), Benny Marshall (Vocal/Harmonica), Mick Ronson (Guitar), Jim Simpson (Drums)

The Rats were a rock band, first established in 1963, from Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

In May 1998, the independent record label, Angel Air released a CD compilation of their work, entitled “The Rats’ Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone and the Rats From Hull” shown below (right) alongside their original album release. 

This track from the album features a very Townshendish guitar riff.

“The Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone” – The Rats

Here they are with “Telephone Blues”

The band on this track is Benny Marshall, Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey & Geoff Appleby.

Despite the fact that it was credited to John Mayall  on the album, it is not a Mayall song at all, it was credited in error because the song title is also wrong. John Mayall’s Telephone Blues is a totally different song.

The real title of this song is ‘I Can’t Hold Out’ by Elmore James. The Rat’s version is a direct lift from a live bootleg recording of The Jeff Beck Group. The Rat’s didn’t know the title so called it Telephone Blues.

Mick Ronson

An important contributor to the development of rock and roll in the 1970s, Mick Ronson was raised in the Yorkshire community of Hull, where the shy youth soon immersed himself in the creation of music. During his school years he established a solid foundation for his future career by learning piano, recorder and violin (with some harmonium playing for his local church thrown in for good measure), and although his initial ambition was to become a cellist, by he teens he (not surprisingly) was drawn instead to the guitar – inspired in particular by the playing style of then-Yardbird Jeff Beck.

Ronson joined his first band The Mariners at the age of 17, and it was not long before he was drafted into the more experienced line-up of The Crestas, with whom he began to build a strong reputation within the Hull music scene. His tenure with The Crestas ended in the latter half of 1965, when he made the decision to seek his fortune in London; brief tenures in The Voice (an outfit managed by the leaders of ‘The Process’ cult) and the Motown-oriented group The Wanted followed in 1966 before financial difficulties forced the guitarist to return home.

Back in Hull, Ronson was enlisted into the second incarnation of the local group The Rats, once again establishing himself as one of the top musicians in the area. He recorded a trio of singles and an album (The Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone (1967)) with the band before making another attempt at London in 1968; this second move was met with a similar lack of success, and after only one week its members once again returned to Hull.

The Rats then briefly became Treacle, before reverting back to their original name and then ceasing to exist in 1969. Near the end of his tenure with the band, Ronson was brought into the studio to add his playing to the Michael Chapman album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970), where he was given his first introduction to producer/musician Tony Visconti.

By the start of the following year they were once again working together in the David Bowie-fronted band The Hype: Ronson’s name had been put forward by his former Rats bandmate John Cambridge, and after a successful audition in London the guitarist found himself performing with Cambridge, Visconti and Bowie on John Peel’s Sunday Show.

The Rats were always good enough to have an agent, but a couple of early attempts at recording singles in the mid-60’s didn’t result in anything like success, and the resulting line-up changes meant that breakthrough was always going to be elusive.

The Rats reformed for the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peck Of The Week

“The Prettiest Star” – David Bowie

Cold fire, you’ve got everything but cold fire
You will be my rest and peace child
I moved up to take a place, near you

So tired, it’s the sky that makes you feel tried
It’s a trick to make you see wide
It can all but break your heart, in pieces

Staying back in your memory
Are the movies in the dark
How you moved is all it takes
To sing a song of when I loved
The Prettiest Star

Staying back in your memory
Are the movies in the dark
How you moved is all it takes
To sing a song of when I loved
The Prettiest Star

One day though it might as well be someday
You and I will rise up all the way
All because of what you are
The Prettiest Star

The above  is the original single version of the song issued in 1970.

Bowie had recently re-recorded an old Deram track, “London Bye Ta Ta”, intended as a follow-up single to “Space Oddity” in early 1970. However, the same sessions had also spawned a new composition named “The Prettiest Star”. Bowie wrote it for Angela Barnett, soon to become better known as Angie Bowie, reputedly playing it down the telephone as part of his proposal to her.

The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock.

Producer Tony Visconti, who brought the two aspiring pop stars together in the studio, recalled that the session went well until the end when Bolan’s wife June remarked to Bowie, “Marc is too good for you, to be playing on this record!”

Despite receiving good notices, the single reportedly sold less than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of “Space Oddity”.

In 1973, a more glam-influenced version was recorded and released on the album Aladdin Sane, with Mick Ronson recreating Bolan’s original guitar part almost note-for-note.

To buy the music of David Bowie click HERE

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Peck Of The Week, Video | , , | Leave a comment

New News – David Bowie

I have just started to read the above new biography on David Bowie.

This will be the first Bowie biography that I have read and I look forward to what I am sure will be an interesting read.

To buy the book click HERE

Meanwhile David Bowie will release a new EP featuring remixes of his 1975 single ‘Golden Years’ on June 6.

As well as the original title track, the EP will feature four remixes by DJs Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence and Chris Douridas from US radio station KCRW.

Bowie will also make a ‘Golden Years’ iPhone app available on the same day that the EP is released. It has been created by ‘Station To Station’ producer Harry Maslin and will allow fans to remix their own version of the track.

KCRW are streaming a preview of the ‘David Bowie Vs KCRW Golden Years’ EP online at Blogs.kcrw.com.

Source www.uncut.co.uk

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Books, New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Changes

Every so often in life’s journey I get the feeling of “change ahead” sometimes these feeling result from other events good or bad that I experience, however, sometimes they have no apparant warning and recently I have felt some dark brooding clouds developing.

Fortunately we never really know what lies around the next corner for us but I do feel a “crossroads” approaching, will the right choice be made…only time will tell.

“Cross Road Blues” – Robert Johnson

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above “Have mercy, now save poor Bob, if you please”

Yeoo, standin’ at the crossroad, tried to flag a ride
Ooo eeee, I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me, babe, everybody pass me by

Standin’ at the crossroad, baby, risin’ sun goin’ down
Standin’ at the crossroad, baby, eee, eee, risin’ sun goin’ down
I believe to my soul, now, poor Bob is sinkin’ down

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin’, Lord, babe, I’m sinkin’ down

And I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad, baby, I looked east and west
Lord, I didn’t have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress

In the meantime let’s enjoy and appreciate what we have.

“Changes” – David Bowie

Oh yeah
Mm
Still don’t know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets and
Every time I thought I’d got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I’ve never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I’m much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange
(Ch-ch-Changes)
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange
(Ch-ch-Changes)
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
So the days float through my eyes
But stil the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the strange
(Ch-ch-Changes)
Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Turn and face the stranger
(Ch-ch-Changes)
Where’s your shame
You’ve left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can’t trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Ah changes are taking the pace I’m going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-Changes
Oh, look out you rock ‘n rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strange)
Ch-ch-Changes
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

To buy the music of Robert Johnson click HERE

To buy the music of David Bowie click HERE

February 20, 2011 Posted by | Blues, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Live Aid – 25 Years Ago Today.

Live Aid was a multi-venue concert that was held on 13 July 1985. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people)

and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 99,000 people).

On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated 2 billion viewers, across 60 countries, watched the live broadcast.

I have to say I sat in front of the telly from the first chord at Wembley to the last transmission from the US.

There is no doubt that to most people Queen were the highlight of the day, as a band they rehearsed a set specific to meet the time restrictions of the programme and as such their performance remains known as the “Queen Medley” 21mins of pure brilliance, here is part of the show.

Looking back many bands, particularly those of an 80’s vintage have gone from the scene but one band in particular used Live Aid to take them to a new level…………U2

As a massive fan of The Who I waited patiently for their arrival only for the satellite signal to fail leaving a disrupted set.

Unlike Queen The Who were to say the least under rehearsed and it was a lesson they learned well for in 2001 at the Concert For New York City post 9/11 they didn’t make the same mistake and turned in a performance which ranks as one of their best. Anyway here is the best from Wembley.

Finally here is one of my favourite performances David Bowie and “Heroes”

Did it change the world, I doubt it, but it did provide some quality entertainment and moved many into caring even if only for a short time.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | New News, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – David Bowie

David Bowie did of course release “Pin Ups” in 1973 which was an album of his versions of some of his favourite songs of the time. The album was also the last to feature his “Spiders From Mars” band.

Featuring Twiggy on the sleeve it became a #1 album and re-appeared in the charts in both 1983 and 1990.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Rosalyn” (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Jimmy Duncan, Bill Farley 2:27
2. “Here Comes the Night” (Originally recorded by Them) Bert Berns 3:09
3. “I Wish You Would” (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Billy Boy Arnold 2:40
4. “See Emily Play” (Originally recorded by Pink Floyd) Syd Barrett 4:03
5. “Everything’s Alright” (Originally recorded by The Mojos) Nicky Crouch, John Konrad, Simon Stavely, Stuart James, Keith Karlson 2:26
6. “I Can’t Explain” (Originally recorded by The Who) Pete Townshend 2:07
7. “Friday on My Mind” (Originally recorded by The Easybeats) George Young, Harry Vanda 3:18
8. “Sorrow” (Originally recorded by The McCoys/The Merseybeats) Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer 2:48
9. “Don’t Bring Me Down” (Originally recorded by The Pretty Things) Johnny Dee 2:01
10. “Shapes of Things” (Originally recorded by The Yardbirds) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf 2:47
11. “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (Originally recorded by the The Who) Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey 3:04
12. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” (Originally recorded by The Kinks) Ray Davies 2:35
33:42

N.B. On the original LP album release tracks 1-6 made up side one, and tracks 7-12 side two.

However for today’s post I turn my attention to my all time favourite Bowie album, and one of my Top 10 favourite albums, “Hunky Dory”

Here is a cover version of “Andy Warhol” by Dana Gillespie

“Andy Warhol” – Dana Gillespie

Like to take a cement fix
Be a standing cinema
Dress my friends up just for show
See them as they really are
Put a peephole in my brain
Two New Pence to have a go
I’d like to be a gallery
Put you all inside my show

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy walking, Andy tired
Andy take a little snooze
Tie him up when he’s fast asleep
Send him on a pleasant cruise (hm hm hm)
When he wakes up on the sea
He sure to think of me and you
He’ll think about paint and he’ll think about glue
What a jolly boring thing to do

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

The track first appeared on the 1973 Bowie and Ronson produced album “Weren’t Born A Man”

Subsequent efforts have been in the blues genre, appearing with her London Blues Band. She is notable for being the original Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar which opened at the Palace Theatre in late 1971. She also appeared on the Original London Cast album which was released the following year.

Gillespie is a regular at Basil’s Blues Bar on Mustique in the Caribbean, for three weeks in January through to February. This mostly features her London Blues Band, but she also invites other acts. In 2005, Mick Jagger appeared as a guest and sang songs such as: “Honky Tonk Women”, “Dust My Broom” and “Goin’ Down”.

To buy the music of Dana Gillespie click HERE

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

Christmas Jukebox 4

It’s just another Easy Listening Monday

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – Andy Williams

Perhaps the unlikeliest Christmas video of them all

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun (Part 2)

“Under Pressure” – Keane

 

To buy the music of Keane click HERE

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, Humour, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

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