Tuesday night family tree challenge #11

Last week’s challenge seemed to stump everyone, so this week I am going unashamedly populist.

Allegedly the only teenage footballer ever to turn up to play for Man City wearing eyeliner, he is one of the best-known musicians to emerge from the 1980s indie boom.

We all know him, he is Johnny Marr. He’s played with loads of people, so finding links is surely going to be easy.

Here is a track from his 2013 solo album, The Messenger.

Here is a link to the playlist

RR Movies: School

I sense Shoey’s RR:Revisted series is perhaps running out of steam, so I’ll consciously uncouple it from my movie follow-up series and simply pick topics from the Marconium. Until we all get bored…..

The first RR topic ever (and Shoey’s first re-visitation) was Change and the second one was School. An obsession of the US film industry – just watch those hormones kick in! –  British and European takes on the subject tend to be a little more serious and/or sinister. Lindsay Anderson’s If, for example, or last year’s The Falling, from Carol Morley:

What school-based films would you recommend?

Earworms 15 August 2016

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Good morning, good morning. I was (finally) going to have a few days away this week, but my poor old cat is feeling feeble, so I’m still here. I’m glad to say Sparky is still here too, and managed a fish finger yesterday. Here’s some music to sooth and restore the spirits of even the most elderly cat. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep the worms coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Misha Marah feat. Fatih: Ik zie jou in kleur – abahachi: The Flemish Top 50 currently features a weird mixture of Ibiza-style summery Europop, an awful lot of Schlager and a number of foreign language versions of familiar songs; Sting’s tedious Fields of Gold is substantially improved when transformed into Vlammse Velden (‘Fields of Flanders’) with a female singer, and this Dylan number definitely benefits from the rap bits…

Yusef Lateef (aka William Evans) – Bamboo Flute Blues – Ravi Raman: Suggested by a local iTunes/Spotify kinda service. I don’t know whether they saw too many songs/albums with Blues in the title or whether it was because I like flautists in general. Anyway much to my surprise I learned well after buying that Yusef Lateef is an American saxophonist who played with Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Published in 1965 and it still sounds fresh to me 50 years on.

Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – goneforeign: Sometime in the early ’60’s, around maybe 1962 I saw Cannonball at a small club in San Diego on a Saturday night. The mood was exactly like this, great music and a great crowd. This was recorded a few years later. One image sticks in my mind, it’s of the look of total adoration that Nat had for his big brother whenever he soloed. The quintet is: Cannonball Adderley – Alto saxophone; Nat Adderley – Cornet; Joe Zawinul – Piano, Wurlitzer electric piano; Victor Gaskin – Bass; Roy McCurdy – Drums.

Steampacket – Cry Me A River – tincanman: Yes, this is one of the 250+ adaptations of the 1955 Julie London hit. Steampacket was formed by Long John Baldry in 1965 as a vehicle for a young busker named Rod Stewart and lasted a whole year and a half. Singer-actor Julie Driscoll and versatile organist Brian Auger completed the line-up.

Nina Simone – For all we Know – goneforeign: Another where Nina shows her Bach roots. There’s a good documentary about her on Netflix that’s worth seeing and then there’s that other, the UK production that looks like a total waste.

Ryan Teague – Cascades – AliMunday: Soundcloud tells me that Ryan Teague is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol. He also produces music and sound design for film & TV productions and has spent time in Indonesia studying Javanese Gamelan Music (so a possible link with the bamboo flute)? This is delicate and evocative, it’s from his 2012 album “Field Drawings”.

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Rebellion 2016 – Friday


“Let me hear you say Oi!”

Last week I met an acquaintance  who actually played onstage at Rebellion a few years ago. I mentioned that it was imminent again. He  suddenly looked weary at the  thought. “That’s a long weekend”. It is but I’m still here even if it’s 5am and I’ve fallen asleep face down on the bed fully dressed. It doesn’t matter – this B & B is basic but breakfast is on until 10am. Very civilised.

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Rebellion 2016 – Thursday



Punk in 2016

The English seaside: sandcastles, ice cream, seal watching trips, crabbing. That was our visit to Wells-next-the-Sea with the in-laws last weekend. This weekend is my return to Blackpool. As a comparison Wells was holding it’s carnival. What could they offer to compete with Rebellion? We were told that (Rebellion veterans) Chas N Dave would be performing. Instead it was a Chas N Dave theme night with a performance by top tribute act Daz N Chave. There’s also a performance by a local band who according to a quote from a proper music mag are “setting a new standard, and the standard is high”. They seem suspiciously like an indie covers band. I predict they’ll play I Predict A Riot and I am correct. Hmmm. I’m off to Rebellion to see who is setting a new standard in punk.

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Tuesday night family tree challenge #10

This week I am picking someone who is not particularly known as a solo artist, although she has released a few solo albums, but who is a major session musician and has featured in the music of many artists.

Her instrument is the bass guitar, although she also plays guitar and clarinet. Here is a photo of her with David Bowie and she is Gail Ann Dorsey.

Here is a track from her solo album “I Used To Be…..”

The playlist is here, and will open in a new window.

RR Movies: Sport

Plenty of classic films about sport, from This Sporting Life, through Raging Bull to Chariots Of Fire and Rocky. Plenty of documentaries, too, from Senna to Dogtown and Z-Boys to Hoop Dreams and the hypnotically boring Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.

The best ones are about the egos and emotional journeys, of course, not the actual sport, which can be a tad grubby and sweaty (other types of film do this more entertainingly, imho…). I’ll pick a couple of fairly recent ‘based on a true story’s: Moneyball and The Damned United.

What sport films would you recommend?