What did you do in the Class War, daddy(and mummy)?

Slight change in the “where’s-gremlin” series provoked by the theme over on RR : which outbreak of civil unrest has gremlinfc been joining in with over the last 25 years?
You need to look very closely at this one – the clue is in the background : if you were there or have a good memory , you’ll spot the fruits of community action.
Clearly gremlinfc is not condoning this mindless destruction of the visible signs of capitalism, god forbid…but in the words of jello Biafra “the unbeatable high…”

Stand up now

In to 1970s my ex and I helped set up a branch of the Anti-Nazi League in Shrewsbury and, in a rather foolhardy manner, offered to have our address and phone number put on the leaflets…I was a bit worried in case we got bricks through the window and nasty phonecalls but luckily nothing of the kind happened.

I’d like to propose The World Turned Upside Down as this week’s theme song, partly because I recommended it (tee hee) but also because it’s a stirring riposte to fascists of all kinds. I’ve posted a link on RR to a site where you can download several versions, but I’m posting Maggie Holland’s here because it’s not on that site. Plus a few others about violence of various kinds.

Crash the Party, by Richard Thompson (TonNL’s recommendation)
Valentine’s Day Is Over, by June Tabor and Oysterband
The World Turned Upside Down, by Maggie Holland
American Skin, by Bruce Springsteen
Blow You Away, by Robert Earl Keen

Nazi Punks Fuck Off

Unfortunately the Guardian moderators don’t appear to agree with this sentiment, since they’ve removed ShivSideCar’s riposte. I don’t want to contribute to a thread that has white power fucktards crapping over it, so I’m bailing out of this weeks RR from this point onwards.

Since I’m more of a metal fan than a punk fan, this is Napalm Death’s version.

No Fighting At The Social, OK?

Gillan – Fighting Man

Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound. Another DsD heavy rock fave, and one that will have my good friend gordonimmel giving himself a huge forehead slap.

We’ll discuss it over the weekend when we get a chance to share the first issued bottle of the official ‘Spill beer, as brewed by Abahachi and presented to me when we met in Bristol this week.

One of the things we discussed was the possibility of RR Social #4 being a West Country affair in the New Year. Who’s up for that??

"Hello Chicago! Will you please welcome from England .. U – F – O"

UFO – On With The Action.

One of my earliest-and-30-years-later-still favourite songs. Fits this week’s RR to a tee, and I will expect sourpus, or possibly Abahachi on his return, to nominate it forthwith.

Lyrically, it’s Broooce re-writing West Side Story’s less Shakespearian moments.

“Something going on at the corner of the block,
It’s the kids down there
They were starting to rock.
Hot black fever runnin’ every place
When the Greek kid pulled a knife and pushed it in his face.
Some girl makes it with a lover in the door
As the ambulance pulls away, she cries out ‘more!’

All the kids stand laughin’
They never had such fun,
Then someone cuts a brown man who just can’t run.
And the queen that’s been standing behind the toilet door
His parents don’t like boyfriends, call him a whore.
But the old minister’s staring with his bible in his hand,
Was this God’s children? He didn’t understand.”

That last quoted line in particular really gets me.

Musically, it’s Michael Schenker at his best. I’m sorry, but my fingers just will NOT stay still in that solo.

I know I’m on the fringes with my heavy rock core taste, so won’t be embarrassed by a zero comment response, but I can’t *not* post this.

A-Z Index Update Nov 20, 2008

So I have been busy ading to the RR Index which is at http://rrindex.com as follows:

I started by doing topic pages for all the topics starting alphabetically and finished the As. While doing that I came across an index page which included links to all the blogs and columns for 2005 and 2006. That was a nice find so I decided to work sequentially on the topics by date and finished all the topics for 2005. I discovered in the process that the column was launched on Sept. 16, 2005 and the first topic was change. The first blog was posted two weeks before that. There were fifteen topics in 2005, then a two week hiatus after Christmas before the column came back on Jan. 6, 2006 with the first guest columnist as Dorian took a break.

Here’s a trivia question for you – who was the first guest columnist? Hint: It wan’t Maddy!

I am thinking of adding a few additional pages – one will be about the writers – short biogs and links to info about them. Another is an RR Trivia page. A related topics page. A Links page. And finally, if there is enough interest – a page about the bloggers if the regular bloggers are interested in submitting a short bio of themselves, picture optional for that page. Let me know if you would be interested in that.

There are now 38 topic pages completed. All but 5 are cross linked with the A-Z by Artist pages. All of the 2005 and 2006 topic pages have links to both the blog and the column for that topic.

The only problem I have encountered so far is finding links for one of the 2007 blogs – the US Cities and States. If anyone has that link, please post it here or email it to me at marco@breakoutreport.com

Next week I hope to get to fifty completed topic pages, all cross linked with the A-Z by artist pages. That would be close to a third of the topics complete. Plus a start on a Trivia page.

The early columns are interesting reading if you haven’t read them before. Check them out. I’m trying to read them all as I go through them.

PS: There has been an expression of willingness to help. Email me and I will send a template, some useful data and specific requests so there is no duplication of work. You probably won’t get any replies from me until Sunday though.

ToffeeBean #1

Well, here it is – my first attempt at a podcast. All (constructive) criticism welcome – I suspect that I waffled on a bit at times and I’m worried that it’s a bit heavily biased towards the mid-80s in terms of musical content (I also managed to end up with about nine minutes of silence at the end of the second part which I’ll sort out when I have the time). Anyway, I hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think – please be gentle with me…

Festive ‘Spill (Best Of 2008)

Thought it might be fun to do a mega-playlist for the holidays of all our favorite 2008 tracks, in the tradition of John Peel’s festive 50. Here’s how it works (I think):
- Each ‘Spiller (or wandering gypsy from RR) can nominate 3 songs.
- Songs must be new releases from 2008 (or very late 2007).
- Email your 3 nominations in order (#1 most favorite) to shoemail@earthlink.net
- Your e-mail should contain URL links to actual mp3′s (Boxtr). Thanks to Blimpy and a QT upgrade, can also do Podbean URL’s, but they are a bit of a pain.  Sorry Deezer ladies, can’t cope with those. You can also try to include actual mp3′s. If all else fails, as a last resort, just list the song’s and will attempt to find mp3′s for them.
- Be sure to include your RR/’Spill name in the e-mail.
- Nominations are on a first come, first served basis. If one of your picks is taken, I will e-mail you back so you can make another pick.
- Let me know when you want to publish the final playlist(s) (Depending on demand may have to do #3 choices first then #2 and #1)?
- Fingers crossed that this will work, will keep you posted on progress and any changes needed.

Little eyes

YO LA TENGO-little eyes
not songs for them.. but how did I forget YO LA TENGO for the bed theme?

BMX Bandits- serious drugs
The Innocence Mission-song about traveling
Shantel-disco partizan
St.Thomas-dance to the disco
Ballet-when you go dancing
BMX Bandits- serious drugs (other mix)
there isn’t enough songs to catch up with I think.. so here’s a few that I’ve missed- don’t quite fit or Blimpy was going on about, but couldn’t find! enjoy.

Qu : How do you spell tinnitus?

Ans : ♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪-♪…..

I’m just back from my early birthday present from a mate – [a ticket for] Motörhead at Manchester Apollo. Danko Jones were supporting: BONUS! And they were no letdown, though I’m now convinced their eponymous frontman is completely bonkers … (particularly during his Pearl-Jam-”Jeremy”-style rant in Mountain … see for yourself), . So there’s no point me listening to Blimpcast4 or any music now whilst I chill out before bed, as I can’t hear a soddin’ thing over the deaf&numb-ness in my lugholes.

But back at the gig, and in amongst the old faves – Killed By Death, Overkill, Iron Fist, Stay Clean, Ace Of Spades, Over The Top – we got a reminder that, in Lemmy’s own words: “Life is full of surprises”. The first tonight was a passable cover of Rosalie dedicated to Phil Lynott, and as for the second . . . well if you thought Motörhead were one-dimensionally about high-speed, high-volume rock&roll, watch this -

and listen to these -

Motörhead – God Was Never On Your Side
Motörhead – Don’t Let Daddy Kiss Me

And extra bonus points for anyone who can identify the target of Lemmy’s vitriol in both of those two songs.

Goodnight all. I’m busy all weekend and working away from my internet connection all next week, so with the possible exception of drinks with fourfoot and Abahachi, won’t see any of you for a bit.

DISKO Biscuit

I just don’t know how to put this lot together… I’m guessing it’ll just be me that likes them all… some true odd skool tracks… enjoy!

Kings Of Convenience-I’d Rather Dance With You
Shantel-disko boy
Arab Strap-The Shy Retirer
Seeed-dancehall caballeros
Mint Royale-Dancehall Places
The Wombats-Let’s Dance To Joy Division

Valentine & Carter-What’s that Track
Roland Clark-Time Of The Night
Codec & Flexor-Crazy Girls (Make My Heart Go Boom Boom)

Mia Vigar-Disco lights

What’s this place uptown that all the hepcats rave about?

Savoy–Lucky Millinder
Stompin at the Savoy–Isham Jones
Savoyager’s Stomp–Carroll Dickerson’s Savoyagers
Mahogany Hall Stomp–Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five
Specials–Nite Klub
Alton Ellis–Dance Crasher
Dub it in the Dancehall Dub–King Jammy
Pete Rock & Dead Prez–Warzone
Talib Kweli–Lonely People
Idle Warship ft. MC Chris–Screamin
Outkast–Last Call
Goodie Mob–The Dip
Talib Kweli–Soon the New Day
Mos Def–Miss Fat Booty

Edit–I couldn’t resist adding Soon the New Day, because it’s a more mellow, thoughtful examination of different aspects of club-going, and Miss Fat Booty, because all but maybe 5 lines of it take place in a club, and I just love it so much.

Members Only

The Evening’s Young
Learning To Cope With Cowardice
Yoga Of The Nightclub
Secret Laboratory (Scientific Dancehall)
King of the Beat
Dis Dancehall Ting Is Better Than That T.V. Ting Tony
This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
The Bubbly
Wild Party
Rave On
*Bonus Tracks – Some not mouldy oldies:
The Green Door
The Girl Can’t Dance
Let’s Stomp

"I said no trainers!"

Ludacris finally addresses the etiquette of being all in someone’s ear in a club:

“I can’t hear nothing you saying or spitting, so wassup!
Can’t you see we in the club?! Man shut the fuck up!!”

The first challenge is of course to get inside the club, then you get in, do a little dance (make a little love too if you’re kinky like that) maybe just stand with your back up the wall and look at the people having fun, and then there’s the exit, it’s all here for you in chronological order.

I Am Somebody
Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get In Da Club)
Nightclubbing by Grace Jones
I’m A Flirt (Shoreline)
Hot In Herre by Tiga
Dance Across The Floor
Ask the DJ
Promiscuous feat. Timbaland
She Wants To Move (Remix feat. Common, Mos Def, Q-Tip & De La Soul)
Blinded By The Lights
U Got The Look
All My Friends
Last Night Changed It All

Bonus track:

I’m your man

Several ‘spillers have mentioned that they have contributed generously to the L. Cohen retirement fund. I have too, and saw him in concert on Tuesday night in Bournemouth. The average age of the audience, not surprisingly, was north of 40. There was a hint of ghoulish interest in seeing him for what might be the last time, given that he’s 74 (but maybe he’s now about ready to stand for President!).

My nephew said it’s music to cut your wrists by. And Cohen almost accepts this, saying he gave up prozac and spiritualism because “cheerfulness kept breaking through”.

His voice is still intact, if a little weather beaten. He claims to regret the fact that he can’t sing, but his distinctive gravelly half singing is something you either love or hate. I loved it, especially given the intelligent poetry of his lyrics, but tired of it by the seventies, due to repetition fatigue. I only recently got into his later oeuvre, including his productive collaborations with Sharon Robinson, on Ten New Songs and Dear Heather, who joins him on stage on this tour.

We got two and a half solid hours for our wedge, and he covered his whole career well. I can’t recall the full set list, but it was over 30 songs. And as a bonus we got the virtuoso playing of Spaniard Javier Mas. The band was tight, the sound impeccable, and for LC’s fans, it was rare treat.

The other day, on the Obama euphoria post, I posted some of the lyrics from Democracy, a song which got a cheer last night.

To whet your appetite, here are a few clips from the concert taken with my little pocket camera (sorry the sound quality isn’t too brilliant).

Shameless plug…

Ben & Sam
The third series of the Jack Dee sitcom, Lead Balloon starts on BBC2 tomorrow at 10 o’clock. Since my brother is the co-writer of said sitcom, I feel it is my fraternal duty to promote it like billy-o. This clip is featured in Episode 2 in which Rick’s teenage daughter Sam and her slacker boyfriend Ben form a band and make a video. I was hoping to embed it but it doesn’t seem like I can so here’s a link instead:

Ben & Sam – Tragic

It’s short and sweet – hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think…

Elvis Has Entered the Building

We planned to have my wife’s side of the family out for Christmas this year and one of the projects for the occasion was to renovate the basement – carpet was ratty and paint was smudged and ugly. So we repainted it, stripped the carpet and installed laminate flooring and new baseboards.

While this project was underway, we made our annual trip to the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) and came across a busker named Jon Hicks. He is a speed painter from Britain and in the space of about five or six minutes he paints a giant 4 X 6 foot painting of a noted celebrity. He did two for the show – one was of Freddy Mercury and the other is shown in the video below:

We asked him afterwards what he did with the paintings. He said he sells them if anyone wants them. So we bought the one he just did – a giant painting of Elvis. We rolled it up, took it home and a few weeks later we framed it. We decided it would be the focal point and centerpiece of the refinished basement. The renovation is almost completed – just minor touchups to go – and the pics below show the result:

Some time in the New Year we plan to have a party to officially launch the basement. It will be an Elvis party – everyone has to come dressed as Elvis or someone associated with Elvis or a contemporary of Elvis – preferably from the early years. We’ll be playing Elvis on vinyl and may have a karaoke or lip sync contest as well. Should be fun! I’m already growing sideburns for the occasion!

A-Z Update

The RR Index now has its own url and website – http://rrindex.com

I’ve made the A-Z Topic Page a one page list of all topics alphabetically. Each will eventually link to a separate page for that topic. Each topic page will link to the blog and article at The Guardian for that topic. The A-Z by Artists is almost complete. Some pages still need cross chacking against the A-Z at RR.

There are now 16 topic pages completed of about 160 all together…so about 10% of the way there with the topic pages.

I am having fun doing this, especially reading some of the back articles and browsing through some of the blogs. Fascinating stuff.

Ode to Tony Joe

Nothing to do with beds, this post picks up on a comment by ToffeeBoy about my travelling playlist. TB picked out Tony Joe White’s Aspen Colorado for special mention and it reminded me that, where Tony Joe White is concerned, that reaction was by no means a first.

I’ve got to thank, for my Tony Joe devotion, the screenwriter Neville Smith, who wrote the Albert Finney film, Gumshoe, (and who is incidentally another ToffeeBoy – he and Ken Loach made the film The Golden Vision in the ’60s, about Everton fans). Neville’s twin son and daughter were my best friends when I was at University in Liverpool, and into our music-obsessed group of friends, they introduced some of the sounds with which their dad had raised them. These included musicians I continue to love – Arthur Alexander, Nick Drake, Jim Croce – and there was also one song that, once heard, became something more than a favourite song. It was an intimate, a confidant, one of the gang. The song was Polk Salad Annie. We knew every word, each jag and twinge of the guitar, each vocal grunt like Barry White gone country. We knew the spoken intro the same way me and my brother knew every inflection of Pete Wylie’s spoken outro to Story of the Blues years earlier. We’d recognise the song just from the “Four” counting it in right at the beginning. We called the song “Four” as a term of affection. For ages, it was just the one song, though there was a promise of a Best Of LP in Neville’s collection that would be purloined on a visit home one time. When that arrived, Tony Joe White became something like a Talmudic text.

And the thing was, it was everyone. Someone might have popped round; if Tony Joe White happened to be playing while they were there, the response would always be, “Who is this?”. These were the days of mix-tapes designed to curry favour with pot dealers, impress the pants off an object of affection or save having to spend dole money on a birthday present and, invariably, a Tony Joe White track would be seized upon by the recipient and there’d be a follow-up request for a TJW sampler. So this sampler is constructed in loving memory of temps perdue but also in the confidence that Tony Joe White’s music can still win converts.

What we have here are eight TJW numbers, kicking off with Polk Salad Annie, which is well-known thanks to the cover version by Elvis, and rounded up with Rainy Night In Georgia, another TJW composition (he also wrote Steamy Windows for Tina Turner) that provided others with hits. Elsewhere, we have country rhinestone, soul fried chicken and bluesy bourbon in such a distinctly American concoction that it should come as no surprise that TJW has lived for many years among the people who most fervently embraced his music, the French.

Polk Salad Annie
Soul Francisco
Willie and Laura Mae Jones
High Sheriff of Calhoun Parish
Groupy Girl
I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby
Look Of Love
Rainy Night In Georgia

Bruce part 2

Springsteen went through a bit of a dip in the early 90s – he’d married the wrong woman, they’d moved to LA (which is not much like New Jersey), and he was suffering that ‘detachment from the audience’ thing that very very famous rock stars get when they find they’re a squillion times richer than the people they’re singing about. However…

1 ‘Tougher Than the Rest’, from Tunnel of Love: forever one of my favourites for the verse

Well, it ain’t no secret
I’ve been around a time or two
Well, I don’t know, baby:
Maybe you’ve been around too…

2 ‘Youngstown’ from The Ghost of Tom Joad
3 ‘Born in the USA’ the acoustic version, from Tracks. Once, standing in the queue outside the stadium, I heard him doing this one in this way as part of the soundcheck. So I thought it would be in the concert, but it wasn’t.
4 ‘You’re Missing’ from The Rising. Even if it’s not really true, it’s nice to think that Bruce was indeed pulling out of the supermarket carpark a few days after 9/11, and someone spotted him and shouted “We need you now!”; so Bruce took the shopping home, went into the music room and wrote The Rising.
5 ‘Long Time Comin’ from Devils and Dust. No, not that one.
6 ‘Erie Canal’ from Live in Dublin. Bruce goes back to Pete Seeger’s roots, with the Seeger Sessions band.

1 Tougher Than the Rest
2 Youngstown
3 Born in the USA
4 You’re Missing
5 Long Time Comin’
6 Erie Canal

(Meant to post this on Sunday, which was my RR one-year anniversary!)

Scottish Lads from Hell

Spearmint- Scottish Pop
BMX Bandits- Kylies got a crush on us
Ballboy- Song for Kylie
De Rosa- Hopes and Little Jokes
Psychonauts- Hips for Scotland
Sons & Daughters- Monsters
Half Cousin- Country cassette link
Malcolm Middleton (And Alan Bissett)-The Rebel On His Own Tonight
Camera Obscura- Your Picture
Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith- Half an apple
Mull Historical Society- Public Service Announcer