There are a couple of Hitchcock classics featuring trains (The Lady Vanishes, Strangers On A Train), there’s a classic European film about sabotaging one the title of which nilp will remember (and the similar-ish Frank Sinatra vehicle, Von Ryan’s Express), there are Bond and Cary Grant films featuring them and there’s a Wes Anderson misfire/masterpiece set on one (The Darjeeling Limited)….. but I’ll pick Festival Express, the documentary about a bunch of artists travelling across Canada to play music, featuring the Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy et al.
What train films would you recommend?
This week’s RR Revisited prompted me to do my Ancient Mariner bit and promote Living In Oblivion, my favourite film about dreams, yet again. Then I thought this could be a way to give Spillers some ideas about how to distract themselves for a couple of hours in a time of global insanity and crap summer TV….
So, if there’s sufficient interest, I’ll ask for your favourite films on whatever subject Shoey picks to re-visit. So far, mine are:
John Cusack in High Fidelity
Anxiety: Inland Empire
Summer: Vertical Ray of the Sun
(aka At the Height of Summer)
Separation: 127 Hours
The Sea: A Hijacking
Dreams: Living In Oblivion
What are yours?
I hope Carole is enjoying her holiday. Meanwhile, thanks to tfd for suggesting today’s contender, Maggie Holland. Born in Hampshire, she became involved in the 1960s folk club scene and has played in numerous bands and collaborated with many other artists. Here she is in this week’s youtube playlist, singing A Place Called England, which won her a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award as Best Song of 1999:
Now it’s over to you to expand the family tree by adding more of her music / collaborations / influences / songs that have been covered by others to the above youtube playlist, if you can. I can’t get any of the collaborative links to work this week (although I’ve done exactly the same as last week), so if all else fails just tell me what you want to add to the list and I’ll do it myself (sigh). It’s too hot for a beer but I’m having one anyway. There. That’s better.
UPDATE: TRY THIS LINK TO ADD SONGS TO THE YT PLAYLIST: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJi415WCqJ306zUffcyjMwJA7KDOHWomM
I’m running with this on Carole’s behalf for a couple of weeks, while she’s on holiday. Today I’ve chosen Aidan Moffat, a Scottish vocalist and musician, best known for his work with Malcolm Middleton in Arab Strap. I don’t know much about him, but have been interested in him since Blimpy alerted us to “Meteorites” by Yann Tiersen. Aidan Moffat wrote and sings lyrics on the track (from Yann Tiersen’s album, Infinity). The video features French actress Clémence Poésy playing the (Scottish male) narrator. Here’s the video and a link to the YouTube playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJi415WCqJ32tqzhSPbB1U-pEKusFTZnz&jct=jFh5-fkpcm7xoI9hZxaWWB48aR885Q. Hope it works, I’m looking forward to you lot expanding the family tree for me!
This week will be the last of these challenges for a while, unless someone else wants to pick them up, as I will be off on holiday for a couple of weeks.
This week, I am going with someone whose music I have enjoyed ever since I first heard him on John Peel’s BBC1 late night radio programme back in the early 1970s.
He released several solo albums, played with a huge number of different people and was one of the founding members of Soft Machine. He gave up the music business in the 1990s but did get back into action in the mid 2000s, releasing one final album. He died in his sleep at his home in France in 2013 and he is the late, great Kevin Ayers.
To start things off, here is the title track from his third solo album, Whatevershebringswesing
And here is a link to the playlist. Fingers crossed that it will work first time.
This week, we are taking a couple of steps forward in time, and looking at an artist who came to prominence, well relative prominence, in the period after punk erupted into the public consciousness. This person emerged from the New York No Wave scene in the band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and she is ……………….. Lydia Lunch.
Here she is with a track from her 1982 album 13:13
There should be plenty of links to other people this week, and hopefully something for everyone (or maybe not). She can be hard work sometimes but she has worked with a huge number of people.
Here is one link to the playlist
And here is another one
Hopefully one or the other will work.
Here is the third of the challenges that I said I would do. Not sure if Blood, Sweat and Tears was a great choice last week, so I’ve been thinking about who might offer up a bigger range of possible links.
Anyway, to get the playlist link out of the way, here is one link that might work and here is another one.
So, on to the artist I have chosen.
He was someone who was part of the 1960s blues scene right from its earliest days, working with Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies and later with Steampacket and Bluesology. This week’s artist is the late Long John Baldry.
To get things going, here he is performing “Walk Me Out In The Morning Dew”