From the film Gonks Go Beat.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Edward Woodward introduces a wargame between two of the pivotal figures in the growth of wargaming in the 1970s - Peter Gilder (as Napoleon - takes on John Braithwaite (Garrison Miniatures).
Of course Mark E. Smith was a wargamer of the Napoleonic period. Steve Hanley mentioned it in his book the Big Midweek which is a great read.
Newly reissued album by the Fall. Good starting point if you haven't heard the Fall before.
boadgame from Airfix but I don't remember it.
|Ralph Mitchard in about 1971|
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Not sure of the date. Mid 60s. Lovely guitar by Hubert Sumlin.
There is a great biography of SJH and it was telling the story of this song. It was a big budget follow up to I Put a Spell on You. Guitar Mickey Baker, song by Leiber and Stoller what more do you need? It wasn't a hit. But it is great and ideal for Halloween so I thought I would.post it.
Lyrics by Leiber and Stoller.
This version of a Donovan song from 1968 is very good fun. Ideal for this time of year.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
I like musical biopics - even the not so good ones. This is fun. A tv movie.
I haven't seen this but I would probably watch it if it was on TV. Any of you seen it? Reviews are not favourable. Wiki on the film.
asked on my Facebook page and people were complimentary about it.
Looking very halloweenie at the moment - come and visit Midsomer Norton - it's great.Webpage here
In the same building Magpie vintage who have a great window display as they organised a pumpkin trail of MSN shops and it has been successful.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Louisiana Hannah The Larry Williams Show featuring Johnny 'Guitar' Watson with the Stormsville Shakers (1965)
This album I have, well the 80s reissue anyway. Backing by the British band the Stormsville Shakers. It must have been an enjoyable live experience. Originally from 1965. https://www.discogs.com/The-Larry.../release/2273328
Friday, October 16, 2020
I remember when this was first broadcast. We had it on tape off the TV. Was an Arena documentary on the Chelsea Hotel. Some film from the film Chelsea girls and then a cool rendition in a bedroom. The full original documentary is on I player
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Marvellous early track that I would love to do a version of - it's so good. BB King on guitar.
Another French historical film this time in the era of Napoleon.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Who remembers? Pretty darned good.
Gossip (or The Gossip) is an American indie rock band that was originally active from 1999 until 2016, formed in Olympia, Washington. For most of their career, the band consisted of singer Beth Ditto, multi-instrumentalist Brace Paine, and drummer Hannah Blilie.
110 minutes, I used to have a huge poster of this film in our house of the film's original title One Plus One. It sounds so good on paper, Godard and the Stones - a brilliant combination. It is a bit confusing but I think you would be glad to see it. Wiki
Watch it now while its still there. Shows the Stones composing the title song.
Reading John Fahey's book on Charley Patton. I first encountered this book in Frome library in the 70s and this is a reprint with extra text. It's a must have for fans of the man who influenced so many. Lyrics and those ads that inspired Robert Crumb.
Fungi, Folklore and Fairyland.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday, October 09, 2020
For John Lennon's 80th. Made this short playlist highlighting Lennon's vocals on rock'n'roll covers that made up their early sets. (One original thrown in). I think he was Britain's best rock and roll vocalist at that time. Check out my Pinterest page on the early Beatles.
This is my contribution to the John Lennon 80th celebrations. This was one of the first Lennon-McCartney compositions. They were already playing it 60 years ago when they were beginning to make a name for themselves in Hamburg. I love this phase of the Beatles career.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
One of the best songs of the 70s. I was at school at Bruton when this was current. I remember me and Charlie 'doing it' (ie imitating Wilko and Brilleaux) when we were supposed to be playing football. Never saw them live sadly.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Discogs. But it flopped. The song has Adam and Marco on it as 'Marc Antony'- something they were going to do with us. We actually saw Danny and the Nogoodniks playing in a pub in London. I approached Danny Kleinman and introduced myself but he blanked me. Never mind. If you like this there are a few more songs up on Youtube.
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Sunday, October 04, 2020
This single about former MP Dennis Skinner has topped the download chart.
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Friday, October 02, 2020
Sue is making some decorations for Celia's Place for Halloween and we were reminded of the time when we had a bat in the house. When we lived at Whitelands we used to get a lot of animal interaction but this was the most memorable. It was about 1 o'clock at night - Sue and I were already in bed - Celia came rushing down (3 storeys, she had the top room) saying there's a bat in the bedroom. When she switched the light off it flew around the room but when she switched it on it stayed still. You aren't supposed to handle bats but we had to. The next day our neighbour said 'there was a commotion from you lot last night?' I said 'sorry we had a bat in the bedroom'. He totally understood,
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Yardbirds perform Dazed And Confused on Baton Rouge French TV show March 09,1968.
This song was to be part of the repertoire of Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page was taken to counrt by the original composer. See wikipedia.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
This is for those of you who thin my music choices too raucous. This is for them. Music for a film I watched last night called 'Dark River'.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Filmed in our garden many years ago. Done off the cuff. Sue had a new camera and Rich turned up so we filmed a song. A duo we mostly played in Rich's kitchen but we did a few gigs. We won the Kilmersdon Village Day busking competition in 2000. We played a wedding and cleared out the Hall - they all went over to the pub. Very bad. Played the Tyning a few times.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Such a great film. In a not serious way of course. I remember getting my son to watch it as I knew he would love it what with Harry Dean Stanton and Patrick Swayze in it and all that. If you have never watched it its up in parts on Youtube. 'AVENGE ME!' I really like John Milius' work though and you can't say it's not a good film. Wiki
Another 80s band that we liked was this band from Edinburgh. They were on Virgin. One of our friends worked at Virgin so we used to get free records. They got on the Oxford Road Show (a TV show for youths) in about 1982. Never made it like many others but we still have their records.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
While on the subject of Derek Jarman let's have this the best punk movie ever. Seen this many times. Could have been better - the Slits and the Banshees pulled out but it did a lot to help Adam and Jordan's careers. Sadly we got Toyah from this movie which is a pain but that's life. Wikipedia
I used to really like this band at the time though Susan wasn't so keen. This video is really good - set in a hair salon and there is a cameo by the great Orlando. Directed by Derek Jarman too. Carmel also had a video by Lindsay Anderson - will post that another time.
Interesting movie. Music Electric Flag.
The Trip (1967) is a counterculture-era psychedelic film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including on top of Kirkwood in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and near Big Sur, California in 1967. Peter Fonda stars as a young television commercial director named Paul Groves.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Rubika Shah’s award-winning and energising film charts a vital national protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support of racist MP Enoch Powell.White Riot blends fresh interviews with queasy archive footage to recreate a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-Nazis recruited the nation’s youth, RAR’s multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As co-founder Red Saunders explains: ‘We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika’. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978’s huge antifascist carnival in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR’s message to the masses.
One of the best films ever made. Made in California but set in Wales.
The script was written by Philip Dunne. He later recalled reading the original novel "in horror, turgid stuff, long speeches about Welsh coal miners on strike."
William Wyler, the original director, saw the screen test of McDowall and chose him for the part. Wyler was replaced by John Ford. Fox wanted to shoot the movie in Wales in Technicolor, but it was impossible to do so during World War II. Instead, Ford had the studio build an 80-acre authentic replica of a Welsh mining town at Brent's Crags (subsequently Crags Country Club) in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, California.The cast had only one Welsh actor, Rhys Williams, in a minor role.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
I made this playlist with the best self-penned songs of Hound Dog Taylor. They are very good. I love them. He did a lot of covers of Elmore James songs which I don't like so much so I made this list. The songs are to me brilliant and I wish he had recorded more.
My mate Big Rich and his band of the time the Tripes at the Tyning Inn Radstock a few years ago. 'Dark side of the Batch, that's where it's at'. Filmed by us.
When we moved in to this rank of miner's cottages it was lovely. It got slowly worse as it became more gentrified. This is my son's second birthday. He has his own son now. You didn't hand out invites - word just got around if you were having a party and that was the same for grown up parties. All those kids we knew well for many years. In the background is Braysdown batch. A batch is a mining spoil heap that has been grown over with trees. Local phenomenon. Good place to walk the dog.