Saturday, 20 January 2018
A resounding victory for Hank Williams last week with I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.
So whereas Johnny looked like he was cruising to an easy victory the last couple of weeks have seen him being pegged back and it is now Cash 7 The Rest 5.
If it goes to the wire I'll hopefully have just about enough material for 19 songs (or more if you count draws)
Happy to receive any contributions Ernie Goggins and Ramone666 have already kindly obliged.
Now I know that Ewan MacColl wrote The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face but today you are getting Roberta Flack because a) I don't have Euan's version to hand and b) Roberta owns it..
Probably a trickier proposition than last week
I'm going for Roberta but only just. It's a real tough one.I suspect that Johnny would have beat Euan pretty convincingly.
Others, of course, may choose to disagree and I suspect that some of you will
Johnny Cash - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Friday, 19 January 2018
For the last month or so I have seen my daily viewing figures increase by about ten fold. The vast majority of these "new " viewers appear to come from France and they all appear to be coming from the same referring URL.
I suspect that something is afoot particularly when a few random posts seem to suddenly generate a large number of viewers for reasons that are beyond me. 5000 plus hits for Conway Twitty for example.
They seem to have disappeared as quickly as they came and although it made my figures look pretty impressive I can't say that I'm sorry. I'm happy to be back on an even keel with a rough idea as to who is lurking out there.
All of this is a pity for our French friends as they are now likely to miss a couple of songs from my favourite countrymen of theirs.
Sadly Nevski only appear to have released one EP from as far back as March 2015. It is however a cracker and you should pop over to Bandcamp and do the needful preferably before Brexit kick in.
Nevski - En Anglettere
Nevski - Le Jardin
Thursday, 18 January 2018
It's been pretty grim up here for the last few days with the weather taking a turn for the worse.
Plenty of the old white stuff about resulting in the roads grinding to a halt.
On Tuesday night it took me over 3 hours to travel the 18 miles from Wishaw to home.
So on Wednesday I resorted to public transport.
I got the train to Wishaw or at least that was the plan. Wishaw is on the Lanark line which is Glasgow -Bellshill -Motherwell - Wishaw - Carluke - Lanark with the occasional other stop inbetween.
I got on at Glasgow and things were going swimmingly until Motherwell when there was an announcement that because the train was running late there would be no further stops until Lanark.
So I had to get off and get a bus. I have contacted Scotrail looking for them to reimburse my £2.30 bus fare.
Maybe I should have stayed on til Lanark and noised up Drew!
When Fred Eaglesmith has finished clearing the roads of Cumberland County maybe he'll jump onto Sir Andy Flurry above and sort out the M74
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Fred Eaglesmith - Cumberland County
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
About a dozen or so years ago I went to see Detroit based Americana/Southern Gothic band Blanche play at the Barfly in Clyde Street, Glasgow.
They, and the lead singer Dan John Miller in particular, were totally obnoxious treating their audience with total disdain.
Which is all a bit of a pity given that their 2004 debut album If We Can't Trust The Doctors on Loose Records is actually rather good .I was reminded of this record as I have just filed The Bottle Rockets next door to it.
Here are a couple of songs from said album including a cover of The Gun Club's Jack on Fire from the classic Fire of Love.
Blanche - Who's To Say
Blanche - Jack on Fire
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
I've just finished reading Last Train to Memphis the first volume of the Elvis Presley biographies by Peter Guralnick. I've got the second volume Careless Love, Stewart Cosgrove's Memphis 68 and Iain Banks Raw Spirit: Story of a perfect Dram still to read.
I thought I would start with something less taxing Lonely Boy the memoirs of former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones lent to me by my brother.
It is a pretty easy and entertaining read - the usual sex and drugs and rock'n'roll cliches with some childhood abuse and neglect, voyeurism and thieving thrown in for good measure.Amusing and toe curling on occasions and he is brutally honest as to his foibles.
He has come out the other end and is now sober and a successful radio presenter in Los Angeles with his Jonesy's Jukebox show.
It spurred me into featuring something from Never Mind the Bollocks which I have been meaning to do for a while.There are two copies on the shelves- one of which probably used to belong to my brother.
Sex Pistols - No Feelings
Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
Monday, 15 January 2018
I seem somehow to have found myself on the mailing list of Inner Ear records from Greece.
They send me lots of stuff to listen to but unfortunately no free downloads these days.
Most of it is not really my cup of tea. I'm not a huge fan of Greek psych rock.
However every now and then something catches my eye and more importantly my ear
The splendidly named Tango With Lions featuring the dulcet tones of Katrina Patachristou are about to release The Light their first album in 5 years on 19th January and available to pre- order on Bandcamp
If the rest of it is as good as this I may well be chucking a few Euros in their direction.
The only other one of their artists I have explored further is My Drunken Haze whose eponymous album, and currently their only one, was released in November 2014 and again is rather good..Also available on Bandcamp
My Drunken Haze - Carol Wait
My Drunken Haze -Endless Fairytale
Sunday, 14 January 2018
This second recently acquired single is one which will please Walter who I know is a big fan.
Entering the UK singles chart on 8th December 1973 Pool Hall Richard by The Faces remained there for 11 weeks peaking at number 8.
All Music critic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, described the song as unremarkable. He's wrong there it is a terrific tune. From when Rod was good.
The B side is a credible live cover of the Temptations song I Wish It Would Rain.
My copy (as was the case with Kim Wilde) has a plain paper sleeve as opposed to the picture sleeve featured above.Ronnie Laine appears on the sleeve but does not appear on the record as he had left the band before it was recorded and released as a single.
Another one next Sunday.
The Faces - Pool Hall Richard
The Faces - I Wish it Would Rain