You all liked 1970 then? Staying with the turn of decades, let’s have your music and memories of 1980.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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’.
I can’t watch James Corden’s late-night U.S. talk show because he tries too damn hard. Then again:
Music fans, social historians and human beings in general are a strange bunch, trying to find meaning and significance in the changing of a digit in an artificially constructed numerical system. Still – 1970, eh? They‘re selling hippy wigs in Woolworths, man. The greatest decade in the history of mankind is over. End of an era… beginning of a new one… let’s hear your thoughts, memories and music.
The New Orleans legend died today after suffering cardiac arrest following a concert in Spain. He was 77.
Composer of Working in the Coal Mine, Ride Your Pony, Fortune Teller, Brickyard Blues, Southern Nights, Get Out of My Life, Woman, and a few others….
Arranger of horns for all sorts:
Another unclassifiable selection for you this morning, compiled on an unclassifiable evening with Young Munday playing Christmas music – YM:”Sounds like “tumblewear””. Old Munday: “What’s that?” YM:(Sniggers). OM (threateningly): ” I’ll google it … leotards??” YM: “Yeah, she’s singing “no wear” or summat …” OM: “I think it’s NOEL …” meanwhile the dog breaks wind gently but effectively as if making a silent protest against playing Christmas songs in November. On that note, thanks for all the music and please keep the worms coming to email@example.com.
Joy Division – Colony – Albahooky: OK, this is a real earworm as opposed to the fabricated ones. It starts with Bernie’s guitar popping like a bubble on the surface in my napper and then comes the voice …
Ana Popovic – Sitting on Top of the World (Sheiks cover) – tincanman: Can a Serbian play the blues? Can a woman shred? Believe it. Ana is an oft-overlooked blueswoman who grew up with Stevie Ray and Ronnie Earle, then added jazz guitar, New Orleans soul and Serbian folk to the mix. This is from “Comfort to the Soul”, a great blues album.
Mark Lanegan Band – No Bells On Sunday – DsD: Too wired to sleep on the Thursday evening of RR Organ songs, I was random-searching my music collection and tried this. Obviously I realised/was reminded that it’s plain ol’ keyboard rather than an organ, but I ended up abandoning my RResearch, played this five times straight, then took myself directly to bed.
Bembeya Jazz – Wouloukoro – goneforeign: In the aftermath of the Guinean Independence in 1958 and through the cultural policy of “authenticité”, which encouraged cultural pride, numerous bands were created throughout the regions of Guinea. Guinea’s President, Ahmed Sékou Touré, disbanded all private dance orchestras and replaced them with state-supported groups, such as Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis and Balla et ses Balladins. The most popular was Bembeya Jazz National, formed in 1961.
Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker – Land of plenty – glasshalfempty: Chicago based guitarists Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker have recently released a wonderful instrumental album. I really like the raga-like ‘Land of Plenty’. Mesmeric.
N.Ramani – Bagayenayya – Ravi Raman: This is by a man who started an academy that has nurtured hundreds of musicians. The composer too is a man of note, Thyagaraja, one of the Trinity of Carnatic music. The tala or beat structure is called Aadi or primary.