Friday, March 27, 2020

The Best (And The Rest) Of The Bad Detectives 2CD Album

This double album is coming out soon. Check out the tracklisting for this here

Friday, March 20, 2020

Strange Days the Doors

Appropriate verses.
Strange days have found us
Strange days have tracked us down
They're going to destroy
Our casual joys
We shall go on playing
Or find a new town

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Radstock museum

So the museum is temporarily closed. Shame as I have recently been accepted as a volunteer and was going to learn the stewarding ropes soon. Hopefully not too long before it reopens.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Clip from Lion of the Desert (1980)

This is a great movie. Watch the whole thing here.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

De Gaulle (2020) - Trailer (English Subs)

May 1940. France is facing a disastrous military situation against the German army. Charles de Gaulle, newly appointed General, joins the Government in Paris while Yvonne, his wife, and their three children stay in the East. Facing the defeatist attitude of P├ętain ready to negotiate with Hitler, de Gaulle has one purpose: continue fighting. Alongside thousands of French families, Yvonne and the children are soon forced to flee the advancing German troops. Without contact from one another, the doubt arises: will the de Gaulle family be sacrificed for the sake of France? An outstanding destiny that will change the course of World War II and French History.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Animals & men support Toyah 7/3/80

So our next date on our 40 years ago cycle is March 7. Supporting Toyah at Bath pavilion. Our biggest gig with about 3000 people. Sue got us the gig. Didn't start too well - Toyah told us we would have to pay them £50 or we wouldn't be able to use their PA. We were being paid £40 for the gig. So we coughed up. I wondered whether to wear my spectacles and decided to wear them and when we walked onstage someone shouted Joe 90! We went down pretty well although the sound was pretty bad. First gig with Puddle. Geoff was in the audience and came backstage after. It was a bit like a party in the dressing room. Toyah went and did her set but midway through the performance the electricity went out - no sound or lights. They blamed us. It wasn't any of us but it kind of ruined the joy of doing the gig. Well that was it. Covered by Bath fanzine Spuno

Monday, March 02, 2020

McDonald and Dodds trailer

Watched this detective programme last night. Don't usually watch TV but this was set in Bath so made an effort. We liked it. It was quite novel being set in Bath with all the BBC Somerset accents. Have a look on the catch up if you like whodunnits and local themes. It even had a scene at an allotment!

Families of Fairley Terrace
This series of romantic fiction books by local author Janet Tanner/Jennie Felton are set in a fictionalised version of Radstock. She also is famous for the Black Mountains the first in the Hillsbridge saga. 

Gone: Jack Caffery series 5 Mo Hayder
Apparently this thriller is set in Radstock Midsomer-Norton and Frome. Haven't read it but looks OK.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

The Reaping

My son has been reading this 80s horror novel but was very taken aback by the fact it's set near Clandown.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Radstock Reminisces

Read about it here

West Side Stop Frome

I only went here a few times. It was the yobs hangout of choice in the 70s.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Animals & men 40 years ago today

So 24 February 40 years ago Puddle joined as drummer. He lived in Warminster which was about 8 miles away but he had friends who had cars. He used to be in a band called Stalag 44 I think. His real name was Paul. He liked the Ants and Punilux. Worked on an army base. He didn't own his own drum kit but our acting manager owned one from Moskow so we used that. He was a proficient drummer and easy going. When he left us in September he said he was giving up music to do marionette puppets which we believed but in reality he went off to join the Silent Guests on the TW label. Discogs

Friday, February 14, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

MR. JONES Trailer (2020)

Based on a true story of the Holodomor

Sunday, January 26, 2020

26 January Buddy Holly on the Ed Sullivan show

On January 26, 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets made their second and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show—this time earning the well-known wrath of the host. They were scheduled to perform their hit “Oh, Boy!,” but Sullivan told them to substitute it because he felt it was too raucous. You can imagine how that went over, though, and Holly told him he’d already told his hometown friends that was the song he was going to be performing. And that was that. Sullivan summoned the Crickets to a last-minute rehearsal the afternoon of the show, but when he got to their dressing room only Holly was there. When asked where the others were, Holly said, “I don’t know. No telling.” Sullivan said, “Well, I guess The Crickets are not too excited to be on The Ed Sullivan Show,” to which Holly replied, “I hope they’re damn more excited than I am.” By that time Ed was completely steamed. He cut the Crickets’ act from two songs to one, and he mispronounced Holly’s name when he introduced them as “Buddy Hollet and his Crickets.” In addition, the line feed for Holly’s electric guitar was turned off, and he tried to compensate by singing as loudly as he could and repeatedly trying to turn up the volume on his guitar. He finally let loose with a dramatic solo during the instrumental break so the audience would know the technical fault wasn’t his. In the end Buddy Holly and the Crickets were so well received that Sullivan invited them back for a third time, but Holly’s response was that Sullivan didn’t have enough money for that. Ah, showbiz.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Two years since Mark E. Smith died

Yes it's that sad anniversary today. Time to play some records by the Fall I think.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A day in Frome musical history

Today the 8th of January 40 years ago was the day Frome band Animals & Men had their first John Peel play. Called 'Don't misbehave in the New age' the record was recorded at Paulton on a label from Trowbridge. I believe it was the first record out by a Frome band but you may know differently. It is what is called these days Post punk but then it was just punk. It got in the newly invented Independent charts and was on a couple of juke boxes in local pubs much to our embarrassment. All of the band were from Frome though the bassist came from near Nunney. We sent Peel a tape and he suggested we got a record out and so he was ambushed at Broadcasting House on the day and he played it first record on the show. He played it quite a bit and the follow up 45 and eventually offered us a session but we were sadly broken up by then. We only lasted a year but we headlined at the Hexagon suite which was a big deal then. Supported by the Bad Detectives. We were young I was only 19. When we had triumphant news we would go to the Mendip Motel and have cigars. You can hear it at