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Monday, 15 January 2018

Tango With Lions

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

A Sunday Single #2

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

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Covered by Cash - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

When Swiss Adam and C cast their votes for Bruce Springsteen then you know that Johnny is in serious trouble.
And so it proved. Only a vote by George prevented a total landslide for The Boss with the original of Highway Patrolman.
The scores therefore are now Cash 7 The Rest 4.
The Man in Black has probably covered dozens of Hank Williams songs over the years and indeed I have a few.
I've opted for his version of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry on America IV: The Man Comes Around where he is accompanied by Nick Cave. I suppose you could argue that 2 against 1 is hardly fair but let's face it you probably would need haunners if you were up against the Hillbilly Shakespeare.

I think that the tag team just about shade it. Others, of course may choose to disagree.

Johnny Cash (with Nick Cave) - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hank Williams -I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Friday, 12 January 2018

Let The Side Show Begin

Apologies to anyone tuning in and expecting to hear Barry Biggs.
Side Show was a 2010 album by Scottish/Canadian super folk group The Burns Unit.
I got it out the library shortly after it's release and it has always been an ambition to replace it with a physical copy.
It was never quite top of my wish list and always fairly expensive. I played it just after New Year and checked the price to find it was pretty reasonable and swooped.
The collective consisted of Emma Pollock, Future Pilot A.K.A., King Creosote, Kim Edgar, Karine Polwart, Mattie Fouls, Michael Johnston and MC Soom T who had originally met at Burnsong a Scottish songwriting retreat
They played a few gigs and festivals but only ever recorded the one album.
KC and KP take the lead on the first track featured and Soom T on the second.

The Burns Unit -Since We've Fallen Out

The Burns Unit - Send Them Kids to War

Thursday, 11 January 2018

She Came from Greece, She had a Thirst for Knowledge

I was quite surprised to discover that Pulp have only appeared on these pages once before and that was with Help the Aged from a compilation album.
Although 1995's Different Class  which I took from the shelves and played in the car this week was the album which shot them to fame it was in fact their 5th album with the band having been on the go from as far back as 1978.
I sometimes think that Different Class can be seen as the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret for the 90's.
Both albums having a number of brilliantly written slightly seedy and sordid  songs and three cracking singles - in Soft Cell's case Tainted Love, Bedsitter and Saw Hello, Wave Goodbye whereas Different Class has the two below and Sorted for E's & Whizz.

Pulp - Common People

Pulp - Disco 2000

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Not So Loud

Some time just before Christmas I featured The Handsome Family with 1000 Dollar Car taken from the 2017  Bloodshot Records Sampler.
In the comments Gram Lynch mentioned that the original of the song was by St Louis band The Bottle Rockets.
This led George to track down their 2011 album Not So Loud -An Acoustic Evening With The Bottle Rockets which he kindly shared with me.
Here then is their version which to these ears is not quite as good as the Handsomes.
To keep the numbers theme going here is another track from their album Smokin' 100's Alone. I've no idea in this context what a 100 is - a make of cigarette I assume.

The Bottle Rockets -1000 Dollar Car

The Bottle Rockets - Smokin' 100's Alone

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Rankin' Full Stop

It's about time that Ska revival band The Beat graced these pages once more.
Their debut single  from 1979 Tears of a Clown/Rankin' Full Stop is on the mighty 2 Tone label and reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.
Thereafter they set up their own label Go- Feet which predominantly featured their own records and also  singles by The Mood Elevators  and Pato & Roger and a couple of singles and an album by Cedric Myton & the Congos

Sadly still on the go on the retro circuit with two competing versions featuring former band members.
Let's remember them as they were.

The Beat -Rankin' Full Stop

The Beat - Too Nice To Talk To