In a weekend of bad news and bad weather, here are six reasons to be cheerful. “It’s Monday / Slither down the greasy pipe / So far, so good no one saw you /Hobble over any freeway / You will be like your dreams tonight …” Thanks to all for the contributions, and please keep those worms coming to email@example.com. BTW, we’ve used up 86% of our 13.0GB free upload limit; if there’s anyone out there who feels like deleting some of their elderly uploaded .mp3 files, that might make a bit of space (but don’t delete the pictures as it makes the blog look weird).
Albert Collins – Frosty – Ravi Raman: Albert Collins, one of the great electric blues guitarists, used to have a long lead cable to help him wander around and interact with his audience. One story goes he went playing to a store next door and bought candy, playing all the time! He’s even supposed to have ordered pizza midway through a song! I’ve included a YT link showcasing his outrageous skills. Even genius should have some limits right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr5-9UImcTE
Gun Club – Ghost on the Highway – CaroleBristol: I was listening to BBC 6Music a week or so ago and this popped up on one of the Sunday afternoon programmes. It is “Ghost On The Highway” by the Gun Club, the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s band. I knew that I had it somewhere, but it nagged around in my head until I realised where. It was on one of the NME’s compilation tapes from the early 1980s. Luckily I found a website a few years back from where you could “acquire” them. So, here it is.
David Bowie – Joe The Lion – Albahooky: Here’s another one that came after watching Lynn Barber’s Artsnight on BBC2 about risk, which had a sample of the intro of this tune as background music and had me listening to ‘Heroes’ for the following week.
Thunderbitch – Closer – glasshalfempty: Not content with an Alabama Shakes album released earlier this year, Brittany Howard has a solo side project, Thunderbitch, that has spawned an album with this dark pounding track ‘Closer’. One of the band members is ThunderMitch. Wonder if he’s the bassist?
Otis Williams – Unchain My Heart – tincanman: Bobby Sharp wrote this in a desperate plea for release from drug addiction, not about puppy love. It was sanitized by Otis in 1960 and even further by Ray Charles in 1961, but no one loves a woman as much as an addict loves his drug. Listening again knowing it’s origins, God bless the Mad Englishman Joe Cocker for binning the doo wop 26 years later.
Johnny Hartman – Dedicated to You – goneforeign: Here’s one from another era, remember Sinatra and all that jazz? This is a guy who very few listened to back then but those that did thought he put Sinatra in the shade; his name is Johnny Hartman. And if I quizzed you and asked ‘who do you think the pianist is?’ Would you ever guess McCoy Tyner? How many would guess Coltrane as the tenor player? ‘Tis true, Coltrane and his quartet held Johnny Hartman in such esteem as a fellow artist that they volunteered to perform with him as did many other jazz artists. This is from the 1963 Impulse album ‘John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman’.