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Monday, 24 July 2017

The New Adventures in Hi-Fi Conundrum Resolved

New Adventures in Hi-Fi the 10th studio album from R.E.M. from 1996 is one of the many CDs that I have had in my hand in a charity shop on more than one occasion unsure whether I had it or not.
In this instance the conundrum has been resolved as I finally  bought the bloody thing in Stranraer. Turns out I didn't have it. I do now.
Our resident R.E.M. expert the Robster rates it as the 9th best out of their 15 studio albums. I haven't heard them all but that sounds just about right.
The post Out of Time/Automatic for the People CDs pop up far more regularly in charity shops than the early ones do. I'm sure there is a reason for that.
The average price for the vinyl copy on Discogs is 80 quid. I'm glad I didn't pay that.£1.99 seems more appropriate.
Like the curate's egg it is good in parts although I could live without E-Bow the Letter.
Here are a couple of the better numbers - the first and last tracks.

R.E.M. - How The West Was Won and Where it Got Us

R.E.M. - Electrolite

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Feel Like Going Home

When I posted Charlie Rich last week The Swede and John Medd both weighed in extolling the virtues of his song Feel Like Going Home. They are quite correct. It is a belter and John has shared it as proof.
Not to be outdone George piped up singing the praises of the version by The Walkabouts. He is also quite correct. It is a belter.As an added bonus Mark Lanegan guests on vocals.
From unquestionably the greatest ever covers album 1993's Satisfied Mind on Sub Pop with one of the greatest ever covers (a photo of "Herman in the Wheatfield")
I am frankly embarrassed that I have never posted this before.
I have a good few copies of the classic title track but none remotely in the same league as The Walkabouts.

You will not hear  two better songs today. Fact.

The Walkabouts - Feel Like Going Home

The Walkabouts - Satisfied Mind

Saturday, 22 July 2017

They'll be Dancing on the Shore

Frankie says - well that was close but the Boss just shades it.
By my calculation there were 7 votes for Bruce and 6 for Frankie for their versions of Born to Run. No votes for Suzi strangely.
So the series has now concluded with a final score of The Boss 10 The Rest 8.
If truth be told I'm somewhat relieved that it's over given that we were about to get into barrel scraping territory - Badly Drawn Boy with Thunder Road  thankfully avoided.

Hope you enjoyed it.I know I did. A few Bruce diehards , a few Anyone but Bruces and those who bent both ways over the weeks.

I think I'll take a small break from the Covers series but rest assured it will return at some stage - perhaps with a slight twist!

I don't have many covered by Springsteen songs. But I will leave you with his version of Tom Waits' Jersey Girl and a traditional folk song made famous by Pete Seeger which features on We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions

Bruce Springsteen - Jersey Girl

Bruce Springsteen - Old Dan Tucker

Friday, 21 July 2017

A Trip Down a Somewhat Befuddled Memory Lane

Tandy were one of the  first, if not the first, Americana bands that I ever saw.Probably around 1999 or 2000.
They may or may not have played at the Sikorski Polish club in the shadow of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park.
I would be a liar if I said I remember much about them. Fortunately pop matters is on hand to fill in the blanks.
They never really crossed my rader again until I saw their 1999 debut album Some Summers Day (on Independent Records, 35A Barrow St, Dublin) in Oxfam a couple of weeks ago.
I paid the somewhat inflated £2.99 on the basis that if I bought it of t'internet it would cost about that with postage.
It has to be said that it is not the greatest album I have ever purchased but it has one or two pleasant tunes on it such as these.

Tandy - Far From Home

Tandy - Shannon Goodson

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Think Tank Required

Blur only released 8 studio albums between 1991 and 2015
I have the first five plus a burn of number six 13 which given it is a burn doesn't count.

I picked up album  number 7 2003's Think Thank in the Faith, Hope and Charity shop in Whithorn last week.
Partly towards becoming a completeist but mostly because it was only 50p.
It is much better than I thought it would be. The second of today's songs is just over a minute in length but is none the worse for that.
Only 13 and The Magic Whip to go.

Blur -Out of Time

Blur - We've Got a File on You

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 26

By my calculations this series has now been running for half a year! There is no escaping.

Let's start Week 26 with Bishop Allen an indie rock band from Brooklyn named after Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the main protagonists Justin Rice and Christian Rudder stayed while studying at Harvard.
This track is from their 2007 album The Broken Spring

Bishop Allen - Like Castanets

Next up is Joan Wasser an  American singer songwriter and musician better known as Joan As Policewoman  apparently after  the TV programme Policewoman starring  the great Angie Dickinson. She was the girlfriend of Jeff Buckley when he accidentally drowned in 1997
From her album Real Life you will be relieved to know that this is not a Bangles cover

Finally someone who ought to have graced these pages before now the Queen of R&B herself Ms Ruth Brown
Her career ran from 1948 to her death in 2006.This song is taken from 1949 and I suspect was posted in 2006 to mark her passing.

More random nonsense next week

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Losing Sleep

Another recent Stranraer purchase.
From 2010 on Heavenly, Losing Sleep is Edwyn Collins' 7th solo album.
An impressive list of participants on the record including Paul Cook (on drums on the title track), Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos and Ryan Jarman from The Cribs who features on today's second offering.

Just as impressive as the music are Edwyn's excellent bird drawings which grace the front and back covers of the album.

Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

Edwyn Collins - I Still Believe in You

Monday, 17 July 2017

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, All Day Monday

Back from our travels with some assorted nonsense which I will subject to to over the next couple of weeks.

First up from 1989 are Craigneuk's finest Sam Corey and Dan O'Neill  collectively known as The River Detectives and their debut album Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
They went on to record another two although this was the only one which charted reaching the dizzying heights of #51
There is an excellent cover of Factory on it which would have featured and probably won the Springsteen Covered challenge had I had it at the time.

The River Detectives - Love's Like a Needle

The River Detectives - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Old Silver Fox

Charlie Rich . the old silver fox, has graced these pages twice before.
Once as a quiffed rockabilly singer signed to Sun Records and the other time as a country crooner.

My recently purchased copy of his 1973 classic Behind Closed Doors falls firmly into the latter category.
At times it sounds as though the music is slightly at the wrong speed which to me only adds to its charm.

Quality country songs and subject matter.And great sideburns.

Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors

Charlie Rich - The Most Beautiful Girl

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Springsteen Covered - Born to Run

A narrow win for Bruce last week although the Pointer Sisters would have had him!
So we now have the score reading  The Boss 9 The Rest 8
Squeaky bottom time.

Time than to feature Born to Run.
It was always going to feature but we nearly had a Purple Ronnie the arch narcissist situation when he held out for the Hollywood penalty only to be let down by his Portuguese colleagues, Glorious!

Originally I was going to feature Suzi Quatro but her version is absolutely dreadful. My brother was playing this in a van once when his pal ejected it and threw it out the window. Now I  am not one for condoning littering the M6 but in this case I am prepared to make an exception.Not one for the Swede's eagery awaited Suzi Quatro ICA.
So instead I give you Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Much better but you cannot improve on perfection so it is Springsteen again for me this week.

Others perhaps may choose to disagree.

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Born to Run

Oh go on then ....

Suzi Quatro -Born to Run

Friday, 14 July 2017

Bloodshot Sampler 16

We are back with Bloodshot again today. Another week older, or in Bloodshot's case another year older, and certainly no wiser.
Released in December 16 this is also available from Bandcamp not free this time but on a name your price basis
Twenty more fine tracks and as per last Friday I'll go for a couple who have never featured before.
Al Scorch who once played in The Grapes pub in Stranraer and Luke Winslow-King.

I am eagerly awaiting December 17.

Al Scorch -Everybody Out

Luke Winslow- King -I'm Glad Troulde Doesn't Last Always

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Oxfam Singles - Steve Mason

The 6th and final Oxfam single comes from Steve Mason
A Lot of Love is a single from the album Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time and was released on 17th June 2013.
Again it is a promotional copy and in this instance there is only the one track

So as not to short change you here is just over 8 minutes of Mr Mason with The Beta Band.

The Beta Bandesque artwork again comes courtesy of Jo and Elsa

Steve Mason - A Lot of Love

The Beta Band -It's Not Too Beautiful

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 25

25 weeks in and it is becoming increasingly harder to come up with acts which haven't featured here before. But.we shall persevere. One well known and two relatively obscure acts for you this week in the order that they feature on the disc
First the well known one the divas that are/were Scissor Sisters - forged in the scuzzy,gay nightlife scene of New York (Wiki's words not mine) This from their second album Ta-Dah from 2006 which you will all have on your shelves

Scissor Sisters - The Other Side

Freddie Stevenson is a singer- songwriter from Edinburgh who went to school at Harrow and whose mother was co-creator of  the TV programme Fraggle Rock
Pleasant if hardly startling folk rock

Freddie Stevenson - Heart Shaped Stone

I'll happily admit that it was probably the name rather than the music which first brought Leeroy Stagger to my attention.
With a name like that you would be expecting a reggae singer as opposed  to a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter, but  you would be wrong there
This song is from his 2006 album Depression River (definitely alt Country then!)

Leeroy Swagger - Payback

More random nonsense next Wednesday

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Oxfam Singles - 10,000 Maniacs

I had a quick panic before I got round to listening to These are Days a 1992 single by 10,000 Maniacs.
I was a bit worried that it may have come from their post Natalie Merchant period.
However I was happily reassured as it comes from their 5th studio album Our Time in Eden which was the last they recorded with Natalie at the helm.


The final song is a Tom Waits cover.The other two are from the album

10,000 Maniacs - These Are Days

10,000 Maniacs - Circle Dream

10,000 Maniacs - I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You

Monday, 10 July 2017

Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It Again

We are away this week so  the pre-prepared  posts will be even shorter and less informative than usual if that is possible.

As promised/threatened/requested Tracks 3 and 4 from Teenage Fanclub's 1995 acoustic EP Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It.
Starsign was originally on Bandwagonesque and 120 Minutes on Thirteen

The rather splendid art work is courtesy of George's partner Jo and her friend Elsa

Teenage Fanclub - Starsign

Teenage Fanclub -120 Minutes

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Portrait of a Legend

Last week for 50p in my local charity shop I picked up Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964.
Thirty wonderful tracks, fantastic sound quality and sleeve notes from the great Pete Guralnick.

I'm sure we all agree that when it comes to music the term legend is very over used. However I doubt that anyone will disagree that in this instance it is fully justified.

Just listen to this

Sam Cooke -Touch the Hem of His Garment

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Springsteen Covered - Fire

Yet another defeat for the Boss last week with the Jersey contingent of Johnny the Friendly Lawyer and Echorich being the most vociferous supporters of Southside Johnny's take on Talk to Me.

We are witnessing one of the greatest comebacks of all time a bit like when Liverpool were 3-0 down at half-tine in that European final and came back to win.
We have gone from The Boss 7 The Rest 2 to 8 apiece. Remarkable.

We are staying with tracks on The Promise more famously covered by other artists but with a slight twist.
I was going to post The Pointer Sisters version of Fire but I figured that would result in another trouncing for Bruce.
So I've gone for Link Wray instead. It may be closer but I suspect there is a lot of love out there for Link as well.
I'm going for Bruce if only to stop the rot.

Others may choose to disagree

Bruce Springsteen - Fire

Link Wray - Fire

Friday, 7 July 2017

Bloodshot Records Sampler 15

Regular readers will know that I hold Bloodshot Records from Chicago in very high regard.
The more long suffering of you may remember my Bloodshot Tuesday series from the early days of the blog which featured 20 artists from their stable and many more have appeared since then,

My interest was rekindled and my appetite rewhetted when George pointed me in the direction of Bandcamp where the above mentioned Sampler 15 is available free or preferably for a small donation
Many of my old  favourites feature but I thought it better to share a couple of artists I have not featured here before.
So I give you The Yawpers and some tremendous surf music from the Dex Romwember Duo.

The Yawpors -Doing it Right

Dex Romwember Duo -Blue Surf

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Oxfam Singles - Scars

I watched the documentary The Sound of Young Scotland a couple of months ago.
It told the story of FAST records from Edinburgh and Postcard records from Glasgow.
Like most I was more familiar with Postcard than with FAST.
The Edinburgh bands most prominently mentioned included The Fire Engines , Josef K and Scars.
I was familiar with the first two but had no recollection with the latter.
Like many a good bands they didn't last long - from 1979 to 1982 to be precise with one album from 1981 Author!Author!
The disc I came away with is a four track radio session. I've no idea where and when it was recorded but I suspect it may be from their brief comeback in 2010/11 given that They Came and Took Her is titled They Came and Took Her (Again)

Scars - You Turn Me On

Scars - They Came and Took Her (Again)

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Burnt Offerings 24

Charlotte Gainsbourg joins the likes of Juliette Lewis and Minnie Driver as actors come singers who have graced these pages
The daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg she released an album with her father aged 15 prior to releasing three critically acclaimed albums between 2006 and 2011. This is from the first of them 5.55 which reached number one in France

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Everything I Cannot See

I am reasonably confident that Jennifer O'Connor has never been number one in France
From Puynam, Connecticut but based in Brooklyn she is an artist who has never crossed my radar before which is a pity as this song is rather good. She has released half a dozen albums so some further exploration is clearly required.

Jennifer O'Connor - Today

Another artist that I know hee-haw about is the wonderfully monikered Carlos Guitarlos. I'll let the ever wonderful and informative  No Depression take up the story
If only I had given up drinking at 53!

Carlos Guitarlos - Straight From the Heart

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Bright Eyes Burning Like Fire

Come back! Come back! I was only joking ... honest.

I habe long been an admirer of the music of Conor Oberst  either as a solo artist or with his band Bright Eyes.
Up until recently however I did not physically own any of his stuff.That changed the other week when I visited my local charity shop and came away with I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning a 2005 album by Bright Eyes. For good measure the person who had handed it in had also stuck a burn of Digital Ash from a Digital Urn which was released on the same day. Not bad for 50p

I'm Wide Awake is the better of the two. In fact I would go as far as to say it is a belter as these tracks will hopefully demonstrate..
I need to acquire more!

Bright Eyes - First Day of my Life

Bright Eyes - Land Locked Blues

Monday, 3 July 2017

Oxfam Singles - Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire

Another EP - Bright Light Fever was a 2013 single for Glasgow band Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire.It was released on Odd Art Records but subsequently appeared on their eponymous debut album from that same year which was on Middle of Nowhere Records which ended up on the longlist for the SAY Award 2014.

Roddy Hart is well known as a BBC Radio Scotland presenter and as compere for the Roaming Roots Review at Celtic Connections. He has also formed a firm friendship over the years wit the legend that is Kris Kristofferson. He appeared at Glastonbury this year with KK when they were joined on stage by some boy called Johnny Depp.
Tracks 1 and 2 today with the others scheduled to feature soon

Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire - Bright Light Fever

Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire - Terrifying Time

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Billy Joe is Born Again

Country star Billy Joe Shaver made his name as a member of the Outlaw movement and as a hell raiser including an acquittal for shooting a man in 2007, He also lost two fingers after his hand got caught in machinery leading him to altering his guitar style somewhat.
Towards the end of the 90's following a number of family tragedies  he rediscovered religion with a series of albums as Shaver with son  Eddy on guitars and dobro.
Sadly the tragedy continued with Eddy dying following a heroin overdose in December 2000.

1998's Victory from New West is named after his mother whose name was indeed Victory.It's a belter
Stark and desolate yet illuminating - Marc Greilsamer

By the time I got round to seeing him at The Arches his demons and the drugs and/or alcohol had sadly returned.

Shaver - If I Give My Soul

Shaver - My Mother's Name is Victory

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Springsteen Covered - Talk to Me

When the Swede and Rol vote for the opposition you know that the Boss' coat is on a shoogly nail.
I can't be bothered checking but I am 99% sure that Patti Smith's version of Because the Night is the first unanimous winner in the Springsteen series and indeed the Dylan series before that.
The score is  now The Boss 8 The Rest 7

The Promise is proving a useful source for accessing Bruce's versions of his songs which have previously been hits for other artists.
Today we feature   fellow New Jersey act Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes with their take on Talk to Me.
A band who have had E Street members Steve Van Zandt, Gary Tallent and Patti Sciaifa within their midst over the years.
A lot closer than last weeks choice I suspect.
To me they are much of a muchness so I'll go for Johnny as he needs the exposure plus it may keep the series going for another week (although I'm beginning to struggle for new material)

The Swede, Rol and others of course may choose to disagree.

Bruce Springsteen -Talk to Me

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes -Talk to Me

Friday, 30 June 2017

Mack the Knife

The great song Mack the Knife composed by Kurt Weill and with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht has been covered by many artists including the musical giants Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Robbie Williams ... and King Kurt.

The version by our psychobilly friends  appeared on their 1983 album Ooh Wallah Wallah which until now I didn't know was on Stiff and produced by Dave Edmunds.
A copy of the 12 inch was my only vinyl acquisition on my recent foray to Oxfam.
The second song Wreck a Party Rock sticks towards the end but I doubt that many of you will get that far.
There is an argument that I am too old for all this nonsense. Not one I subscribe to.

King Kurt - Mack the Knife

King Kurt - Wreck a Party Rock

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Oxfam Singles - Elvis Perkins

The second of the 6 Oxfam singles is All the Night Without Love by American folk rock act Elvis Perkins.
It is a promotional single and one of the good things about that is that all the necessary info is printed on a slip of paper for the benefit of radio stations which means I don't have to look anything up. Result!

Released on May 21st 2007 it precedes the UK release of his debut album Ash Wednesday.
He appears to be hot of the back of critically acclaimed tours in the US supporting Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Cold War Kids (no, me neither) and he is down to tour in the UK with Willy Mason.
I have resisted the temptation to check out his list Myspace page.

Elvis Perkins - All the Night Without Love

Elvis Perkins - The Dumps

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Burnt Offerings 23

We are kicking off today with Iowan Dan Bern and the title track from his 2001 album New Amrican Language.
Part Americana, part folk he also resorts to talking Blues on occasions usually on his protest songs which are often humorous in nature and often lead to comparisons with Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie

Dan Bern - New American Language

The next two offerings are somewhat more noisy in nature.
L7 are a Log Angeles female rock band active between 1985 and 2001 with the obligatory reunion in 2014.
Associated with grunge and an influence for riot grrrl bands they infamously caused some controversy in the UK when vocalist and guitarist Donita Sparks flashed on the TV programme The Word in 1992. Rock'n'Roll!

L7 -Moonshine

Finally   we have Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV the man formerly know as Black Francis and the main man of  one of the most influential bands of  recent years The Pixies
Upon leaving the Pixies in 1997 he formed the band Frank Black & the Catholics. 6 albums followed prior to him getting back with the Pixies in 2003.
This song is from their second album from 1999 Pistolero

Frank Black & the Catholics - I Want Rock'n'Roll

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Oxfam Singles - Teenage Fanclub

I visited the Oxfam music shop on Glasgow's Victoria Road at the weekend.
The vinyl prices have gone crazy. What used to be a pound is now three, three now six with some reasonably bog standard second hand records going for upwards of twenty quid.
I suppose they are charging what some folk are willing to pay.And hey it's for charity although I always see Oxfam more as a multi national big business that a charity but maybe that's just me.
I restricted myself to the three CD singles for a pound section with 6 purchases that will feature over the next few weeks.
Teenage Fanclub Have Lost It is probably technically an EP given that it has four tracks
From 1995 on Creation it contains acoustic versions of  previously recorded songs.
Here are the first two -Don't Look Back (from Grand Prix ) and Everything Flows (from A Catholic Education)
Tracks 3 and 4 will feature shortly.
Seven quid on Discogs!

Teenage Fanclub - Don't Look Back

Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows

Monday, 26 June 2017


I know what you have been thinking- there has been a dearth of songs by Slobberbone on the old blogosphere recently.
Strangely, I have been thinking exactly the same thing .
So here are the band from the Texan college town of Denton and featuring the world's tallest bass player with a couple of songs from Slippage an album from 2002 on New West Records.

Some alt country numbers and some a bit more thrashy. I've gone thrashy today and what a splendid racket these two songs serve up.

Slobberbone - Springfield, Il

Slobberbone -Write Me Off

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Pride of Mississippi

The post title is a play on words on the artists name  and  the album title.
I'm not that sure what your average Mississippi rednecks take would be on a black Country artist.
That however never bothered Charley  Pride too much and he went on to have a stellar career.

Picked up, as you would imagine, in a charity shop for a couple of quid. Worth that for the title track alone. The rest are not all that special.
I've told this story before but I unfortunately missed the opportunity to see Charley's brother Eddie (he plays all Charley's tunes) live in Ullapool as I was working on that particular evening.
Some other time perhaps

Charley Pride - Roll On Mississippi

Charley pride -You Almost Slipped My Mind

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Springsteen Covered -Because the Night

Bruce managed to stop the rot last week with a narrow victory over Townes Van Zandt with Racing in the Streets
So the scores are now The Boss 8  The Rest 6 

And now for something completely different. I'd always though that Springsteen had "given" Because the Night to Patti Smith. It turns out that she altered the lyrics resulting in the classic version being credited to Springsteen/Smith
Bruce's take on this turns up on The Promise.
Although never released as a studio version he performed it during the Darkness Tour using the original lyrics and I have managed to track down a copy.
Bruce may have originally written this but it is Patti's version for me all day long.Absolutely no contest.

I can't believe that anyone out there would disagree

Bruce Springsteen - Because the Night

Patti Smith - Because the Night

Bruce Springsteen - Because the Night (live/original lyrics)

Friday, 23 June 2017


No, it's not my age although it does feel like it sometimes.
Rather it is the debut album from that year by Talking Heads.
I've had the urge to feature this for a few days now and I find it best not to fight such things.
I love the Velvets influences and the fact that sometimes it sounds like it is at the wrong speed - particularly on Psycho Killer.
Despite the influences a totally unique and original sound and an introduction to a band who excited us all for a good few years.
It was maybe ok in 77 (Labour in UK and Jimmy Carter in the US) but they have got it wrong with the current regimes (on both sides of the pond) with the title of the second number featured below.

Talking Heads - Uh -oh Love Comes to Town

Talking Heads - Don't Worry About the Government

Thursday, 22 June 2017

I've Got The Abattoir Blues

Just be grateful that I didn't post a picture of an  actual abattoir.
The 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is one of Mrs CC's.
I'm honestly not sure whether I've ever given it a listen before but now I've listened to at least half of it as I gave Abattoir Blues a blast in the car on the way to and from work on Tuesday.
And rather good it is too - particularly these two tracks.Typical Cave noisy and lyrical in equal measures.
Number one in Greece and Norway apparently.
I suspect that I wont be long in getting round to playing the other one  and if you behave yourselves I may just share some of it with you.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -Nature Boy

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Burnt Offerings 22

Burnt Offerings returns with Volume 22 and this week it is Ladies Night - Ladies with attitude that is.

We start in Boston , Massachusetts with Dresden Dolls featuring the dulcet tones of Ms Amanda Palmer with some of their self described Brechtian punk cabaret . This song is taken from their 2006 alum Yes Virginia

Dresden Dolls -Dirty Business

From Massachusetts (and indeed Virginia) we take the small hop to Pennsylvania to touch base with Alecia Beth Moore  better known to you and I as Pink.
God is a D.J. is probably all the Pink that you will ever need and is certainly the only tune of hers that is  likely to grace these pages

Pink - God is a D.J.

Lastly but not leastly we return to Boston to meet up with Rhode Islander the great Tanya Donely of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly fame.
Not content with being a member of these three seminal bands she found time for some solo outings with this song being taken from her 2002 album Beautysleep

Tanya Donely - The Night You Saved My Life

More random nonsense next week (only 10 more volumes to go!)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This is the Story

BBC Scotland appears to be on a bit of a roll at the moment when it comes to documentaries.
In addition to the two I mentioned on Sunday tomorrow night sees The Proclaimers: This is the Story commemorating 30 years since the release of their debut album of the same name.
At the time many folk saw the Auchtermuchty twins Craig and Charlie Reid as something of a novelty act and I suspect that a few still do.
The reason? They had the audacity to sing with a Scottish accent something that was pretty rare if not unique back then.
If you think of all the acts that have followed who are happy to sing without bastardizing their mother tongue we surely owe them a debt of gratitude for not  flattening all the vowels and throwing the R away.

The Proclaimers- Throw The "R" Away

The Proclaimers - Over and Done With

Monday, 19 June 2017

North Hills Meet Laurel Canyon

I got North Hills the 2009 debut album by Los Angeles band Dawes out the library a few years ago and have only ever given it a couple of cursory listens.
I put it on the other day and was immediately hearing comparisons to the music coming out of Laurel Canyon in the early 70's which let's face it is no bad thing.
I can also hear comparisons to The Low Anthem Maybe it's just me.
I'm not familiar with any of their other stuff and I see that there are a further four albums out there. Some further exploration is clearly required.

Dawes- That Western Skyline

Dawes - When My Time Comes

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Ferguslie Park and Birthday Murals

Today's post is inspired by two recent BBC Scotland television documentaries.
The first was Paisley: The Town that Thread Built telling the story of the textiles industry in the Renfrewshire town of Paisley and in particular the influence of the thread manufacturers J&P Coates who at one point were the third largest company in the world
There was a massive mill in Ferguslie Park which has now long gone and Ferguslie Park is now identified as the most deprived area in Scotland although some excellent regeneration work is underway.
Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan of Stealers Wheel were both Fegs as was the artist John Byrne who designed the cover of their 1974 album Ferguslie Park.

John Byrne also popped up in another documentary as he was one of three artists (the others being Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean) commissioned by Glasgow to paint portrait's to celebrate the 75th birthday of the legend that is Billy Connolly ( make that Sir Big Yin)
Not content with commissioning the portraits the city has had then put up as 50 foot murals on gable ends across the city here
Makes you proud to be a Weegie!

Stealers Wheel - Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind

Stealers Wheel - Steamboat Row

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Springsteen Covered - Racing in the Streets

Portrait by Jon Langford

Last time round Bruce was up against Kevin Montgomery with I Wish I Were Blind. The scoring was a bit cryptic but I think Kevin just shaded it giving a score of The Boss 7 The Rest 6.
The gap has considerably narrowed over the last few weeks although I suspect it might widen again after this week's offering.
Racing in the Streets is best known as a song from Darkness on the Edge of Town but I have opted for the version which appears on The Promise.
The competition this week comes from the late great Townes Van Zandt.
Much as I love Townes this is probably not one of his better attempts at a cover so it is Springsteen for me this week.
Others of course may choose to differ.

Bruce Springsteen - Racing in the Streets (78)

Townes Van Zandt - Racing in the Streets

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


A couple of weeks ago WYCRA had the word Angel as their Saturday Song Challenge.

At the time I mentioned that  I had once made a compilation CD for Mrs CC for songs with Angel in the title.
This seems like an appropriate time to feature some of them.

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Rod Stewart - Angel

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart -Angels

Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Rest Easy

Thank you for all you kind words - they mean a lot to me and my family.

Sadly mum passed away om Wednesday evening. We are taking some comfort in that she is now at peace and no longer suffering.
Mum wasn't much of a music fan but she did like a bit of Shirley Bassey

Rest easy Jinty x

Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever