Friday, February 15, 2019
I doubt you'll ever see a more deranged and energetic live performance that this one dating, I guess, to the early 80s. Townsend may have smashed his guitar and Hendrix set his on fire but Wendy O. Williams is quite possibly the only one to have cut hers in half with a frickin' chainsaw. Imagine the health and safety hoops you'd have to jump through (carefully mind you and with an appropriate safety net) these days to pull such a stunt. Sadly Wendy O was a troubled soul and after a couple of failed suicide attempts finally succeeded by shooting herself with a pistol almost 21 years ago noting in a note she left behind that 'much of the world makes no sense'. Blimey imagine what she'd make of 2019 eh?
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Happy Valentine's Day and all that jazz. I'm pretty sure I've posted this track at least once before but you can't go far wrong with a bit of Waiting For A Star To Fall can you eh? Ahhhh those sax breaks...what's not to love.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Heard this track on 6 Music a few weeks ago and thought it might be something by The Cramps but nope, it's a 1992 single from Ministry. I can't recall hearing it at the time but I was a student back then and to be honest can't recall much from those years so, you know, maybe I did. Anyway if you've not heard it or if you have but you'd forgotten because your brain's turned to mush give it a spin/click as it's brilliantly bonkers.
PS: And here's The Cramps Surfin Bird, surely Jesus Built My Hotrod's spiritual cousin.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
It's been a bit of a grower here in Baron Towers but Vampire Weekend's new one, Harmony Hall, is now well and truly installed in what's left of my ageing brain. Topically enough in the week that the extinction of every living insect (except cockroaches I'm guessing, aren't they practically indestructible?) was predicted the video features loads of 'em. Awwww bless.
PS: Can't resist sticking up Cousins too...great track and equally great vid. 10 ruddy years ago though...whooahhhh!
Friday, February 08, 2019
Thursday, February 07, 2019
There's something more than a little bit Britpoppy about this new track from the hotly tipped (by the band themselves as much as anyone but, hey, if ya don't believe in yourself who will eh?) Sports Team. And no, that's not a bad thing, far from it. It may still be a bit too soon to view the Britpop era as a genuinely great time for music but as someone who lived through it, saw the bands (oh so many bands) and bought the CD singles (parts 1, 2 and 3...the labels sure knew how to milk the fans in those days) I just so happen to think it was. Sports Team have that same literate bent possessed by some of Britpop's finest, step forward Strangelove, Spearmint, Pulp, My Life Story, Art Brut etc and, let's face it, music could do with a little more brains and a lot less autotuning right now. I'm going out on a bit of a limb here but I reckon they could be ruddy HUGE...or at the very least ruddy IMPORTANT. Anyway, here's another fine offering, imagine the bastard offspring of the Stones and The Buzzcocks, enjoy...
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Yesterday was a new experience, evacuated from my home due to a monumental gas leak. If someone had walked past and lit a cigarette I may well have been talking to you from the other side as it's highly likely I'd have been blown into little tiny pieces. It makes ya think dun't it eh? Anyway to celebrate not being dead what better tune that a little Classical Gas...ahem...eh? Enjoy.