Colin McQuillan


I was shocked last night to read that Colin McQuillan, lead singer of Runnin’ Riot had died suddenly earlier in the day. I was shocked particularly because just over a week before I’d seen him at the Rebellion Festival, both at the bar and then on stage with Runnin Riot on the Sunday. He looked on top form, but according to what I’ve read he died in his sleep while on tour while supporting Lars Fredriksen’s Old Firm Casuals. The band seemed to be on the way up after an up and down “career” of over 15 years.

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Earworms 18 August 2014

Some more great worms for you this week, stories of love and drunkenness, indeed. Just don’t try riding the Wonder Wheel at the same time. Thanks for all the music and keep the worms coming to

Lo Borges – Tudo Que Você Podia Ser – beltway: A classic Brazilian song, I normally always express a preference for an Original version of a song, and the early 70’s acoustic original is wonderful, but I’ve a real soft spot for this 2001 re-recording with the bigger band, I think it adds a new dimension to it, more of a groove and the accordion adds something nice too, certainly making it stick in your ear more…

Debout Sur Le Zinc – Au Comptoir – goneforeign: Their Name means ‘Standing on the Bar’, a Paris bar band. This song is from their first album and tells a story of love and drunkenness.

Fugees – Ready Or Not – abahachi: Heard ‘Killing Me Softly’ on the radio last week, for the first time in years, and had to re-listen to the album (again, for the first time in years) as soon as possible. This is still my favourite; one of those groups that was always far more than the sum of its parts.

Franco – Ou est Le Serieux – vocal by Sam Mangwana – goneforeign: I love Franco, sadly for Earworms most of his cuts run to 20-30 mins but here’s a short one.
Sam started out singing with rival Tabu Ley but he crossed over and joined Franco. This was the first song that they recorded together, great Zairean music from the 70’s.

Dan Zanes – Wonder Wheel – deanofromoz: Dan Zanes makes children’s music, and I found a compilation of his in a bargain bin at the second hand music store. Thought I would get it for my little boys to enjoy, so purchased it unheard…well, I can’t express my surprise at some of the tracks, this is not music just for children, this Daddy really really enjoyed this track. Maybe I have completely lost the plot, but this track is lovely. (its also proof that I don’t just include Aussie music!)

John Renbourn, Maggie Boyle, Steve Tilston and Tony Roberts – The Verdant Braes of Screen – AliM: A beautiful song, beautifully sung, and perfect for whistling at the bus stop.

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The Naming of Things

guitarThis is my new baby – bought on Sunday from an astonishing shop called Guitar Village in Farnham, with literally hundreds of guitars, entire room full of Les Pauls, another full of Strats, guitarist heaven – and I’m still trying to think of a name for her. I don’t name all my guitars – that would be both sad and peculiar – but the special ones deserve to be treated right. Trouble is, my current TV character crush (my gorgeous Gibson ES335 is called Buffy, predictably enough) is a non-starter as she has the same name as Mrs Abahachi, which means that I’m having to cast the net more broadly, and so far haven’t hit on the perfect name: Lauren might have been a possibility, given today’s news, but that’s also the name of a second cousin; my sporting heroine is a Lena, but she’s very blond and most of this guitar is brunette…

So, a random extra EOTWQ, for the half hour before the new theme turns up, or if you get bored over the weekend: what name(s) have you ever given to inanimate objects, male or female, and why?