Monday, March 30, 2009

The Clovers 'Lovey Dovey'

Inspirational doo-wop from one of the greats at the top of their game. Am I not good to you?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Banshees 'Make up to Break up'

Great clip from 77 when the Banshees were a punk band. This song isn't one of their best from that era but it serves as an illustration as to what they were like on stage in those days.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daughter Bea in the local paper!

Bea works for a local independent toy retailer Snooks. You might have seen her Gorilla in a toy shop video. Anyway they're gearing up for the comedy festival. Also here on the online version of the Bath Chronicle.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Best friends for the day!

This is a mad and great idea. Paul Good and his mates will be your best friends for the day. Here's the ebay page so start bidding.
Here's what they say

How would you like lots of new best friends?
Well now you can for a whole day thanks to this great offer.
We will spend the day being your best friend, doing what
best friends do. Shopping, dancing, ice skating. You decide!
Because as your new best friends we want you to be happy!


Friday, March 20, 2009

Frome record shop on the telly!

Frome record shop Raves from the Grave was featured in an article on the disappearing independent music emporium on Breakfast tv this morning. Well done. Use it or lose it folks.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Zero'

We're enjoying the new YYYs album 'It's Blitz' - they seem to be keeping up the quality on their releases...lasting the course.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Planxty 'The Good Ship Kangaroo'

I picked up a copy of the book 'The humours of Planxty' by Leagues O'Toole today and it being St Patrick's Day thought I'd post this classic song from the 'After the Break' lp. I don't really like Folk music but I like Planxty...give it a might like it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Animals and Men t-shirt

Hey there music lovers...want to look cool? Why not get yourself one of these fine Animals and Men t-shirts? If you want one email - do it quickly while stocks last.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Goth book 'Music to Die For'

Mick Mercer is someone who was in at the start of the movement known nowadays as Goth - he was one of the only people who gave our band Animals and Men serious attention back in the early 80s so I know he was in at the beginning and knows his Goth onions.
The blurb reads

'My fifth book concerning Goth has now arrived. It is 624 pages long, containing individual entries on 3,581 different bands, from 70 countries, with 183 photos. It covers bands from the beginning of these scenes to the present day and wherever possible contains full line-up details and discographies as well as unusual facts revealed by many of the bands. This is the biggest guide ever printed about the underground scenes in which Goth, Post-Punk and all things noir co-exist with equal splendour.

You can find this on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (etc) but if possible please use the link below to buy direct from the publisher This time around I am delighted to have discovered details on many countries I had never been able to infiltrate before.
Musically we have representatives from these distinct and Goth-related genres:‘Alt’ (covering a multitude of sins) – 336, Ambient – 71, Classical/Ethereal – 33, Comedy – 1, Deathrock – 12, Electro – 99, Electronic(a) – 79, Folk/Country – 67, Glam – 11, Gothic – 1042, Gothic/Metal – 449, Historical – 4, Horror – 25, Indie – 99, Industrial – 117, Other/Exp/Minimalist – 135, Post-Punk – 356, Psychobilly – 93, Punk/New Wave – 234, Rock – 238, Shoegaze/Psychedelic – 36 and Surf/Garage – 44.'

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Animals and Men live in London tonight

Just a quick reminder to anyone who is in the capital tonight to get down to the Less Club at the Hub in Shoreditch to see some great bands... and us! We will have some of our snazzy t-shirts on sale and copies of our vinyl lp 'Never Bought Never Sold'. See ya there music lovers!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Saturday Morning Watchmen

If the hype around this film is getting you down - or is that just me - then check out this genius interpretation of the concept. I am well appreciating Bea showing it to me - well worth my 2,000th posting.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The 'real' Frome news

If you are interested in the real news stories that concern Frome - the ones the Somerset Standard won't print, then surf on over to the Butts Bugle to see what's really going on. It just might make you laugh.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Sue's Dad in Motorcycle News!

Something to be proud of - if you're a Frome resident the name Difazio is well known ...nice to see Malc flying the flag for local engineering! Article was written by Andy Westlake - a name familiar to any of you who might have worked at Butlers and Tanners - what a talented town!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Dr Ross - harmonica boss

I've been trying to get to grips with the art of playing harp in a rack while playing the guitar ready for our gig in London next tuesday - not as easy as it looks - it requires practice - so I thought I'd view one of the great one man bands of all time Dr Ross. Ross made some great boogies for Sun Records and elsewhere and I heartily recommend him to y'all. One man bands are having a resurgence these days - it's not just a question of having no mates - playing solo can give you a brilliant locked in boogie sound that would probably bore backing musicians causing them to overload the primitive toe tapping synchronisation. Hear more here

Booker White 'Special Streamline'

This year marks the centenary of the birth of this great bluesman - and this is a great video to go with one of his classic recordings from 1940. 'Make it lonesome cos I'm a hobo myself sometime'.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Peter John and Bjorn 'Nothing to Worry About'

Can't embed this but I do recommend you watch it - it features Japanese rockers at Harajuko park dancing and posing - they're really cool and I salute their dedication. Songs not bad - might become an anthem of our time...

The Fall 'Free Range'

'What is your favourite Fall single?' I was asked's a difficult one to answer - there's been a lot of 45s but I suppose this one resonates with me a lot as it was with what I consider the best line-up and it was also around this time that I used to go and see them live at every opportunity. The album that this is from 'Code Selfish' is a classic and I have fond memories hearing it and playing it to death. 'Insect posse will be crushed!'