Friday, April 27, 2012
I like Twitter.
And I wish some of you who aren't on it, were - we'd have such fun. I look there before I look here most days now - says something, right?
After a few vins blancs on Saturday I blethered on a bit there about playing Mrs H's LP of Intuition by early 80s Brit pop-funkers Linx - had a chat about it with some peops, in fact.
I wrote that Side 1 struck me all these years on as almost synthy proggy - oh my; Side 2, more soully pop like you'd expect if you knew the singles, and bought the album because.
I dropped the stylus on it again last night, and enjoyment once more ensued.
Thought I'd post this.
For Rupert and James.
Linx - 'You're Lying' (1980)
[With thanks to Anthony @735songs]
Friday, April 20, 2012
Nickel In The Machine Rob tweeted this week that he was working on a Marley comp for his 14 year old nephew - I hope this is on it.
Late early Wailers: old time vocal group harmonies and Lee Perry producing, irie.
Shall I go t'bar?
Bob Marley & The Wailers - 'Put It On' (1971)
Monday, April 16, 2012
I first heard an Arthur Alexander record thanks to John Peel - it was the original of 'Anna (Go To Him)' which The Beatles covered on Please Please Me.
Yesterday I was playing Peel's (birthday) Party 40 shows whilst roasting potatoes, and this one just leapt out at me - what a song. Recorded in 1961 and a big US soul/R&B hit, it pretty much kickstarted things at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
There's a re-recording on the LP of the same name which is all slowed-up and icky strings, but this is the cracking single version.
Arthur Alexander - 'You Better Move On' (1961)
Friday, April 13, 2012
A week off...
Queuing crazy early on a blustery Bank Holiday Monday to get in to the last day of Hockney at the RA.
Sating the curiosity of Mrs H and the girlies re. auctions in West London - a house clearance; diamonds and tut, a little bird singing on a gold music box.
A pub lunch by the squally river.
Finding the house in West Ealing where Mrs H was born.
Charity shop noodling (no purchase).
Driving about and listening to Robert Elms - thinking today, as listeners nominated favourite Gregory Isaacs tunes, why is there no reggae on mainstream radio, still?
Posting some from halcyon days - Top Ten singles and the cover of the NME.
Dennis Brown - 'Money In My Pocket' (1979)
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I hate to play the clichéd Brit and blether on about the weather but really - our climate is bonkers. Last week it was 23C in Aberdeen and today most of the North is being scythed by sleet and snow - spare a thought for a brave fellow blogger who even now is holed up in a caravan somewhere on an inclement coast and down to his last beefy Bovril, probably. Eee.
Meanwhile, I have been distressingly busy with work - in the run up to Easter! It's an outrage!
It'll be rosados all the way come tomorrow night though, and blow winds, I dinnae care.
Jim Noir - 'Turbulent Weather' (2005)