Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

What Is Life?

It is a great theological question to which I have no answers on so many levels, HOWEVER, I do know that it is the title of a great song by “The Burns Unit” from their 2010 album “Side Show”

“What Is Life?” – The Burns Unit

WHAT IS LIFE?
WHY AM I HERE?
WHO AM I?
DID I DESERVE THIS?
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME, MY LIFE?

WHAT IS LIFE…

OH I CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM TIME
MY TIME WILL COME TO END IT
WITH A GUN SHOT AND A KISS
OH I CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM TIME
MY TIME WILL COME TO END ME
WILL I HIT OR WILL I MISS?

SICK OF TELEVISION TELLING ME WHAT TO DO
TELLING YOU WHAT YOU THINK IS GOOD
JUST ANOTHER LIE OR A PILL FOR A FOOL
SICK OF TELEVISION TELLING ME WHAT TO DO
TELLING YOU WHAT YOU THINK IS GOOD
A NEW MIND TO BREED FIRE TO FUEL

WHAT IS LIFE…
WHAT IS LIFE…

NO TEACHER TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO
WITH YOUR LIFE MAN WHAT’S IT TO YOU
NEVER TAUGHT THAT MIND WAS A TOOL
NO TEACHER TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO
WITH YOUR LIFE MAN WHAT’S IT TO YOU
WISE MEN ARE SO TREATED LIKE FOOLS

SEE THEM PEOPLE GET DA-RUM
SEE THEM FEAR AND WATCH THEM RUN
WEAPON IS THE LACK OF EDUCATION NOT A GUN
SEE THEM PEOPLE GET DA-RUM
SEE THEM FEAR AND WATCH THEM RUN
KEEP FROM YOUTH AND WATCH THEIR LIFE BURN

WHAT IS LIFE…
WHAT IS LIFE…

To buy the music of The Burns Unit click HERE

 

 

As a bonus the great reggae group Black Uhuru also released a song of the same name.

……………….as did a certain Mr Harrison

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, Reggae, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Record Store Day

 

The above event started two years ago in the US and will be celebrated in UK with exclusive releases by a whole host of bands, including LCD Soundsystem, The Rolling Stones, The Cribs, Joy Division, Foals and Crystal Castles.

Head to Recordstoreday.com for the list of releases now.

“There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store,” said Paul McCartney, who has loaned his name to day. “This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come.”

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips also commented on the importance of independent records store in the run up to the event.

“The ‘cool’ record store. It is where you can talk to people who are like you,” he said the band were releasing 500 copies of their covert album of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ on 140g coloured vinyl for the day. “They look like you, think like you and, most tellingly like the same music as you – the only comparable experience these days would probably be an art museum – an actual place where you can stand and simply be surrounded by your heroes.”

For more information on releases and events taking place on April 17, visit recordstoreday.com.

To celebrate here is a track from the first LP I bought with money from my grandpa.

This was Volume 15 released in January 1971.

“My Sweet Lord” – Top Of The Pops

Top of the Pops was conceived back in 1968 by Alan Crawford who pitched the idea of producing cheap alternative recordings of famous songs to Pickwick Records.

They loved it, bought the idea and formed a committee to decide each month the 12 songs to pick that could be replicated as near as possible to the original recordings by hiring session musicians, perhaps the most famous being Reg Dwight (Elton John) and laying down basic tracks in the quickest time possible.

These would then be produced between 3 different studios: one for vocal, one for backing vocal, and one for overdubs.

The first volume was issued in mid-1968, containing versions of twelve hits including “Young Girl”, “Jennifer Eccles”, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” and “I Can’t Let Maggie Go”. A second volume appeared later in the year and included versions of two Beatles songs.

In 1969 new volumes began appearing at generally regular intervals, with a new LP released every six to eight weeks. Volume numbers were not stated on the record sleeves, each edition simply called “Top of the Pops”, the name derived from the un-trademarked BBC television show with which there was no direct connection.

By volume 4 Bruce Baxter was brought on board and pretty much after Crawford’s departure in 1970 (volume 15 onwards) was left to run the show by himself, arranging session musicians, finding suitable Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart sound-a-likes, etc.

In the late 1970s the main studio band behind the recordings was dispersed, and both the group’s leader Tony Rivers and Bruce Baxter left the fold. As a result, from about 1978, Pickwick compiled the LPs from material recorded by external companies.

Having produced over 65 volumes of the series Baxter had recognised when it was time to quit, for the series had had it by then and was steadily declining in sales. This was not helped by two factors: 1. The ban on copy artistes from entering the charts; 2. The original artistes compilation albums being churned out by other (more respectable) labels coming out around the same time, they being more competitively priced.

By 1979, the subsidiary of Pickwick, Hallmark Records, who had specialised in producing the whole series, dropped the idea—although they regrettably tried to revive it in 1985. The resultant volume 92 (with Samantha Fox’s rival, Linda Lusardi on the cover) was a flop, and Top of the Pops, which had been the forerunner of all the cheap and cheerful albums that were later to follow, with in excess of 3 million copies sold, was no more.

In addition to the central series of Top of the Pops, Hallmark issued an annual round-up for each year starting in 1969 and ending in 1981, plus another in 1984 (which was recorded specially, the main series having been wound up by then). Pickwick also assembled tracks from Top of the Pops for several other spin-off album projects, including collections themed by particular artists (such as “Top of the Poppers Sing & Play The Beatles’ Golden Hits”) and a series marketed at children, under the name “Top of the Tots”.

The main albums also sold well in Europe, and in the early 1970s a short-lived series of special ‘Europe Editions’ was recorded and released, with different tracks to the contemporary UK albums.

There were numerous similar album series in existence in the 1970s, put out by other labels. These include “12 Tops” on the Stereo Gold Award record label, “Hot Hits” on the Music For Pleasure label, “16 Chart Hits” on the Contour label, and “Parade Of Pops” on the Windmill label (and, later, the Chevron label), plus several others. Some of these were also commercially successful.

Source http://retrotrash.org

 

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April 17, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Old Music | , , | 5 Comments

While My Guitar Gently Bleeps

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Acoustic Demo) – George Harrison

While My Guitar Gently……………….breaks

“Perfectly Good Guitar” – John Hiatt

He threw one down from the top of the stairs
Beautiful women were standing everywhere
They all got wet when he smashed that thing
But off in the dark you could hear somebody sing

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

It started back in 1963
His momma wouldn’t buy him that new red harmony
He settled for a sunburst with a crack
But he’s still trying to break his momma’s back

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

He loved that guitar just like a girlfriend
But every good thing comes to an end
Now he just sits in his room all day
Whistling every note he ever played

There oughta be a law with no bail
Smash a guitar and you go to jail
With no chance for early parole
You don’t get out untill you get some soul

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar

Late at night the end of the road
He wished he still had the old guitar to hold
He’d rock it like a baby in his arms
Never let it come to any harm

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don’t know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good
Good
Guitar

To buy the music of John Hiatt click HERE

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Sunshine and Butterflies

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It was a misty morning here in ye olde Houston town, however, as it is my mother’s  birthday the sun has come out for the first glorious day of spring.

To celebrate here is some sun filled music.

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Life? My Burning Question

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

   

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