Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Graham Bond Organisation - Harmonica 1965

 From the film Gonks Go Beat

The Adventures of Gerard (1970)

 One film that I didn't see in 1970 that was about the Napoleonic wars is this one. I think I have seen it now and it's not that good. Based on a short story by Conan-Doyle.

The Years of Napoleon (1972) Almark publications

 Old book with artwork by Gerry Embleton

Mother of the regiment

 Article (French language) about the important female role in French regiments. 

Battleground - Waterloo part 1 (1978)

 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).

IMDB on the series which is up on Youtube. (Gettysburg Edgehill and Waterloo)

The Fall - The Frenz Experiment (1988) Expanded Edition

 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. 

Airfix Napoleonics


The film Waterloo came about the same time as this range of 1/72 figures of the most famous of the Waterloo protagonists. It also coincided with me actually painting the figures too although I wasn't so hot. The Waterloo farmhouse came out in 1971 by that time the range was well established. There was a boadgame from Airfix but I don't remember it.

Ralph Mitchard in about 1971

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960)

 Trailer. 60 years old today. Watch it if you like good British films. Wiki

Gloria Jones Heartbeat 1966

 From "Where the Action Is"  originally aired 10/26/66. Written by Ed Cobb who also wrote Tainted Love. 

Airfix 54mm figures


Andy J was interested in this so I scanned a few pages of an old Airfix catalogue I have. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Blucher meeting Wellington from the movie Waterloo


Andy J had this. It's an image from the souvenir booklet that wasn't in the cut released. Shame as the Germans have complained of their treatment in the film.

Filming in Radstock

 Currently in two locations. Info on Radstock Nub News

Waterloo 50th anniversary


Today the 26th is the 50th anniversary of this epic film. I was 10 and went with my Dad. He knew the projectionist and managed to blag me the poster (shown here) and I had it up on my bedroom wall for ages afterwards. If you fancy watching it there a number of versions on YouTube. The first half an hour you can skip in my humble opinion.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

'When' Dave Clark Five

 Dinah (Barbara Ferris) and Steve (Dave Clark) wander with The Dave Clark Five's 'When' as a backdrop.

From the brilliant film 'Catch Us If You Can'.

Howlin Wolf - Shake for Me, I'll Be Back Someday, Love Me Darlin (Live)

 Not sure of the date. Mid 60s. Lovely guitar by Hubert Sumlin.

Alligator Wine by Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1957

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 it.

Lyrics by Leiber and Stoller.

Take the blood out of an alligator, heh
Take the left eye out a fish, heh-heh
Take the skin off of a frog, heh-heh
Heh, and mix it all up in a dish
Add a cup of green swamp water
And then count from one to nine
Spill over your left shoulder
You got alligator wine
Alligator wine, ha-ha, ha-ha
Your porcupine, ha
It's gonna make you mine
Oh yeah! It's gonna make you mine
It'll make your head bald, baby
I say, it'll make your toes freeze
It'll turn your blood turn into steam (FSHHH!)
It'll make you cough and sneeze
You gotta scream like an eagle

You gotta roar like a mountain lion
When you get finished drinkin'
Good old alligator wine
Alligator wine
Your porcupine
It's gonna make you mine
Meet me at the stroke of midnight
By the swamp down in the wood
I'm gonna make you love me, baby
Like you never thought you could
You gonna break my magic potion
And your bloodshot eye is gonna shine
You gonna be scared forever
Too much alligator wine
Alligator wine
Your porcupine
It's gonna make you mine
Alligator wine...

Season Of The Witch Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity

 This version of a Donovan song from 1968 is very good fun. Ideal for this time of year. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Cheap street Frome

From the Frome museum archives,  a photo of a watercolour of Cheap Street by W.W. Wheatley dated 1830.

Co-op delivery bike

This is an exhibit at Radstock museum. My first after school job was using a bike like this for Frome Co-op in Palmer street. I remember they charged 5p a box for delivery and you could get two boxes in the front cage. Worst bit was it had very poor brakes and Frome is very hilly. I feared for a number of times and several times had to crash it to stop it. Good times.

Baby Shakes - Sweet 'N' Sour Part 2

 Something new. Heard this on Mickey Bradley.  Wiki on the band

Released 60 years this week


Remember seeing this at the cinema sometime later.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Waterloo movie anniversary

 Everyone ready for Monday!? 26 October marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of the film Waterloo. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Odessey & Oracle - Crocorama

 Something from this year. Heard on the radio,

AND THE BEAT GOES ON - The Sonny and Cher Story (1999) (Full movie)

 I like musical biopics - even the not so good ones. This is fun. A tv movie. 

Ralph and Susan's punk playlist

 Old school. 92 songs - over 4 hours. Enjoy. 

CBGB Theatrical Trailer #1 (2013) - Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint Movie HD

 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.

Dead Boys - Live at CBGB's 1977

 For Stiv Bators birthday. This is great. First song is the best so if you only watch one....

About 28 minutes long,

01 | 00:46 | Sonic Reducer 02 | 03:37 | All This and More 03 | 06:23 | Not Anymore 04 | 09:44 | I Won't Look Back 05 | 12:24 | Flame Thrower Love 06 | 14:58 | I Need Lunch 07 | 18:33 | Ain't Nothin' to Do 08 | 21:14 | What Love Is 09 | 23:17 | High Tension Wire 10 | 25:21 | Search & Destroy

Big Joe Williams Highway 49

 Famous for writing Baby Please Don't Go he was a tough dude who used to play logging camps and all manner of tough gigs. Wiki

Midsomer Norton High Street

 Looking very halloweenie at the moment - come and visit Midsomer Norton - it's great. 

A few shops in the High Street. This is a really useful model shop 'Signals' that is mainly aimed at the railway modellers but they also have other things. Webpage here
This is the Savoy rooms - known locally as Bob's Palaise as it used to hold gigs and dances. Bands like the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Tornadoes and Vince Taylor played here back in the day. Now houses a number of businesses - a gym, a nightclub Fat Sams or Fatties as it is known. There is a late night fast food place called the Charcoal Grill or Charky gees.  let's not forget the comic book shop that is Celia's Place, and Magpie Vintage a great shop full of interesting things.
Midsomer Norton Town hall. They used to screen currentish films until the pandemic.

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

Pere Ubu - Final Solution 1976

 One of the best punk rock singles ever!

The girls won't touch me

'Cause I've got a misdirection Living at night isn't helping my complexion The signs all saying it's a social infection A little bit of fun's never been an insurrection Mamma threw me out till I get some pants that fit She just won't approve of my strange kind of wit I get so excited, always gotta lose Man that send me off Let them take the cure Don't need a cure Need a final solution Buy me a ticket to a sonic reduction Guitars gonna sound like a nuclear destruction Seems I'm a victim of natural selection Meet me on the other side, another direction Don't need a cure Need a final solution

The Kinks - Autumn Almanac - T.O.T.P. 1967

 Seassonal! Lyrics here

Kleenex - "Nice" (1978)

 "Nice" from the Liliput/Kleenex ‎"Live Recordings, TV Clips & Road Movie" CD/DVD collection. On Kill Rock Stars.

We loved this band. Big influence on the Animals & Men concept. I think they were Swiss.

When I was on the front of the Somerset Standard


The occasion - a Road Safety Quiz. My parents kept the issue from July 1971. Ivan of the Bad Detectives is there (top 2nd from left) as well as Ellie who I knew through reenactment. I am on the right of the 2nd photo, and I was 11. Milk Street school is still there I believe.

Astrud Gilberto - AGUA DE BEBER - 1965

 I really love this track. Don't know what it's about - drinking water is the title other than that I know not but it's a great song. 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Jackie Wilson - You Got Me Walking (1971)

 I was super-pleased to find this on Youtube as I love the song, Great bass and lovely lyrics 'breakfast in the mornings right on time while you teach my little baby nursery rhymes'.

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.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Nico Sings Chelsea Girls in the Chelsea Hotel 1981

 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

Les Bof!

 French garage rock and roll band that sing in French. Very good. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Me and the Devil 'Backscratchin'' 2018

 This Cornish Blues band are pretty damn good and I advise you to check them out. Nice harp, stand-up bass etc. All good. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Cliff Richard & The Shadows - We Say Yeah (1961)

 For Cliff's 80th birthday. Very popular in the UK if you aren't a Brit. Sort of swept away when the Beatles appeared.

Let The Kids Dance - Bo Diddley

 from HAGG featuring Sam Riddle and Gazzarri Dancers

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ralph Mitchard in about 2002

Me in about 2002. This is at Westerham Kent, the boyhood home of General Wolfe. Photo by Dave Allen.


Sonny Boy Williamson II From The Bottom (Tks. 1, 3 & 6) (1954)

 Marvellous early track that I would love to do a version of - it's so good. BB King on guitar.

MARGARET NOLAN (1943 – 2020)


Born in Radstock. Biography

The Emperor of Paris / L'Empereur de Paris (2018) - Trailer (English Subs)

 Another French historical film this time in the era of Napoleon.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Austin Champ


Watching a Quatermass film and there was a fleet of these. British jeeps. Dinky used to do a nice model. Wiki

The Guardians (2018)

  Watched this last night - was good - very picturesque and different. 

French film set in 1915. About a farm when all the men have gone to the front.

 On i player now

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Gossip - Jealous Girls (2007)

 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

Sympathy for The Devil (Jean Luc Godard, 1968)

 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. 

Sam Chatmon: Cold Blooded Murderer (1978)

Can't supply you with footage of Charley Patton but here'a contemporary and kin.
Sam Chatmon performs "Cold Blooded Murderer," vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.

Charley Patton by John Fahey

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. 

Illustration of a Siberian Evenki shaman from Nicolaas Witsen's Noord en Oost Tartarye (1705)


From an article on the Public Domain Review Fungi, Folklore and Fairyland. 

Heaven's Gate 1980 trailer

 This is a fine film. It's a Western but a very different one. Definitely recommend you watch this when you get the chance. Wiki

The Warriors (1979) Original trailer

 I loved this film. My kids also in time grew to love it and a really good console game came out which was fun. If you haven't seen it it's up on Youtube. Wiki

Based on this 1966 novel

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Radstock Museum


Did my first stint as a volunteer at Radstock Museum. Took a couple of snaps. It opens Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday if you fancy a visit. 

Friday, October 09, 2020

John Lennon Rock'n'roll vocalist

 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.

The Beatles - The One After 909 #1 (Cavern Club Rehearsals)

 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

Roxette Doctor Feelgood 1975

 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

Danny and the Nogoodniks 'Bike' 1982


In the early 80s we were involved with Adam Ant and his Antmusic publishing venture. The first band out the traps was this band, with Danny Kleinman a friend of Adam. They got a deal with Chrysalis and on tv - can't remember the name of the show it was one of those BBC2 6 o'clock youth shows. They did two songs. Also they got a mention in the Sun in the entertainment section. 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

Dion - Drip Drop 1963

 We used to do this in the Mud Dogs. Originally by the Drifters.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Jerry Lee Lewis - I'm On Fire 1964

 This is great. A current single at the time. WikiGranada TV (UK) show 'Don't knock the rock'

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Brutus Jeans "Jeans On" Television Advert

 Who remembers this? From 1974. I had some Brutus jeans

Welcome to Bluurg TV!

 Dick from the Subhumanz. Broadcasted their first gig last night from Rockaway Park a place where we have been asked to playa  few times and we are keen to get out there. Here

Robb Johnson - Tony Skinner's Lad [Official Video]

 This single about former MP Dennis Skinner has topped the download chart. 

Buy the single now - all profits go to the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign:

Music video for Tony Skinner's Lad by Robb Johnson & The Irregulars.

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Trio - Sunday You Need Love Monday be alone

 This is good.

Mick Jagger in a Guards jacket

 Wore it on Ready Steady go while performing Paint it Black. In black and white.

Friday, October 02, 2020

Tony Joe White - Rainy Night In Georgia

I like to play this when there is a rainy spell like today. 

 Sometimes it feels like it's raining all over the world…

RIP Tony Joe White July 23, 1943 – October 24, 2018.

First new deep mine for 30 years


It has been approved.

Bat in the Bedroom

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

Dazed And Confused - Yardbirds French TV 1968

 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

PJ Harvey and Harry Escott - An Acre of Land (Official Video)

 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

Quick Joey Small The Mud dogs 2006

 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. 

Carmel - More More More 1984

 Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Another great video and song.

Last Chance To Turn Around Gene Pitney (1965)

 Encountered this first when the Fall covered it. Also known as the Last exit to Brooklyn. 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Celia's Place - a comic shop in Midsomer Norton


My daughter has a hair salon 'Celia's Place' on Midsomer Norton High Street that also doubles up as a comic shop. Posters, action figures fanzines and an ever-changing selection of comics. Drop in to see. It doesn't smell bad like a hairdressers as Celia does not use awful-smelling chemicals. So whether you like Marvel, DC, Tank Girl or anything else drop in. 

Here is Sue outside 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Red Dawn Trailer (1984)

 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

Billy Boy Arnold & The Aces ~ She Fooled Me

 The Devil's Music - a BBC series from about 1976 - very big deal for me as it was the first time I had seen or heard some performers. This was one of the best clips. Stellar backing band.


Scars - All About You (1981)

 Another Edinburgh band we liked were the Scars. They got on the OGWT and we saw them live but they never quite made it. Their finest moment was the debut 45 Horrorshow/Adult-ery on Fast. 

Hey! Elastica This Town/Eat Your Heart Out

 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. 

RIDE the SOMERSET & DORSET line in 1963

 Radstock is about at 4.40. You see a glimpse of Lower Writhlington colliery. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Heinz - Live it Up 1963

 Some clips from the 1963 movie Live it Up with the Smart Alecs, featuring Heinz Burt, David Hemmings, Steve Marriot and John Pike. Another song from the below film. Shame no film exists of Heinz doing 'Just like Eddie'.  Watch Live it Up here

Temptation Baby, Gene Vincent 1963

 Gene from the film 'Live it Up' musical director Joe Meek. Traction engine is the Iron Maiden apparently. 

Jubilee Punk Movie 1978 Derek Jarman

 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

Carmel - Willow weep for me 1984

 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.

The Trip / 1967

 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 CanyonHollywood Hills, and near Big SurCalifornia in 1967. Peter Fonda stars as a young television commercial director named Paul Groves.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Leather Boys, 1963 (1080HD)


This film does for Bikers what Brokeback Mountain did for cowboys.. Sort of. Classic Kitchen sink I reckon.

The Leather Boy 'Shadows' 1967


This is a record by the Leather Boy, It's a great spooky bit of garage.  Early American Gothic rock.  Hear his hits I'm a Leather Boy and On the Go if you don't know them. 

Anna Karina "Sous le soleil exactement"

Anna | ORTF | 13/01/1967

Anna Karina's birthday today so let's play one of her best. 

White Riot UK Official Trailer | In Cinemas 18 Sept

 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.

Jimmy Reed I'm Gonna Ruin You 1954

 'Send you to get butter, you bring me lard - woman what makes your head so hard'.

Veejay record A-side. A Carter-Reed composition. Magic.

How Green was My Valley 1941 Full Movie in HD

 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."[7]

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[6] (subsequently Crags Country Club) in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, California.[8]

The cast had only one Welsh actor, Rhys Williams, in a minor role.[citation needed]

Sunday, September 20, 2020

"L'Arc de Triomphe - Centenary celebrations" 1937

 Interesting short clip of a pre-war parade.

Friday, September 18, 2020

To Sir with Love 1967

This song and a film were hits in 1967. Number one in the USA the song only appeared on a b-side in the UK.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

I Just Can't Make it - the originals of Hound Dog Taylor

 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.

Rolling Stone: Life And Death Of Brian Jones

 Haven't watched this yet but it looks good. I think it's on Amazon prime. 

'24 hours from Radstock' The Tripes (with Big Rich)

 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. 

Party time at Lower Whitelands Radstock 1992

 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. 

Here is Lower Writhlington Batch with Whitelands in the distance. Here you can see them growing trees on the batch. It's an old photograph. It's like woodlands now. Tyning batches in the distance.