This will probably only be of interest to the most committed of Clash and B.A.D. fans. The clip below is an audio recording from Liverpool Royal Court in July 1988 of Joe Strummer and Latino Rockabilly War. The quality isn't great, it sounds like an audience member with a Walkman, but it's Joe and band covering Big Audio Dynamite's career highlight V13. Mick and Joe had long since made up and Joe co-produced the album and got co-writing credits on several songs so it's a close to a Clash reunion as there was. In truth B.A.D.'s version is miles better. Nevertheless it's interesting to hear and a shame there isn't a soundboard recording.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Saturday, 23 May 2015
After listening to Weatherall's latest radio show for NTS I went backtracking- there was a Weatherall remix of a song called (I thought) Hydro by Gwenno. Actually Chwyldro, Welsh for revolution. Then a hop and a skip and I found the original, released by Gwenno Saunders in 2013. Gwenno is from Cardiff, speaks both Welsh and Cornish, was in The Pipettes and has since made some solo records. This song is like a sunny, optimistic Stereolab, a Welsh speaking St Etienne after a weekend doing motorik drums having forgotten to bring the synths. Gwenno herself claims that this song will change the world, end world poverty and help you find your keys. It will make your Saturday morning a whole lot better.
Friday, 22 May 2015
I was skipping through Bill Drummond's excellent book 45 the other night, due to turning 45. He was Echo And The Bunnymen's manager all the way through their best years and writes very eloquently and passioantely about them. Then I went and found this- the Bunnymen live at Rockpalast in 1981 with an hour and half set spanning the first three albums, showing what a formidable back catalogue they were building up. But the most striking thing is how different their set up looks with them playing in a line across the front of the stage, not with the drum riser behind the singer- changes the whole look of a band playing live. Almost revolutionary. Actually, on second thoughts, the most striking thing is Ian doing sexy in his ripped t-shirt.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Dreadzone's 2013 album Escapades contained a fair few gems, showing the fire is still burning brightly. This song, Roosevelt High, made the miles disappear on my journey home last night, a very satisfying piece of dub techno with some lovely slide guitar.
Dreadzone turned twenty one this year. To celebrate Greg Dread offered the people a new deal (ha!) and put together a mix of twenty one Dreadzone songs, in chronological order, from the dancefloor end of their work including remixes from Underworld and William Orbit. Bouncing.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
I found something else from Vox Low, a duo from Paris making entrancing and hypnotic spacey, pyschey, krauty music who I posted about on Saturday. They have an ep out on Astro Lab Recordings, four songs including this remix by fellow Frenceman Ivan Smagghe.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
I am 45 today, so happy birthday to me and all that. The first 45rpm single I bought with my own money was Golden Brown by The Stranglers. At least, I think it was the first- I can't really remember but that's the story I've always told and I'm sticking to it. I remember buying it quite clearly, from a little record shop on Wilmslow Road in Withington. It came out in January 1982 so I would have been 11. The rumour that it was about heroin went round pretty quickly. I liked the harpsichord riff, the strange time signature and Hugh Cornwell's vocal delivery.
As Ctel posted recently at Acid Ted there was a cover version of Golden Brown by Better Daze and in 1997 a gorgeous dubbed out remix by Fila Brazillia, which washes all over you in ambient waves. Texture like sun.
Golden Brown (Fila Brazillia Remix)
Monday, 18 May 2015
Thirty five years ago today Ian Curtis brought his life to an abrupt and premature end. Ian's suicide brought Joy Division to an end as well, though they found a way out eventually.
In 1978 Joy Division played live on Granada Reports, after Ian harangued Tony Wilson in a nightclub. This was Wilson's response, their first TV appearance. The editor's decision to superimpose footage of cars rushing along the Mancunian Way was inspired. In his autobiography Hooky recalls that each band member was given £2.50 by Rob Gretton to buy a new shirt for the occasion. Hooky also recalls being pissed off that Wilson said in his intro that the guitarist (Bernard) was from Salford ('a important difference') when he was a Salfordian as well and still lived there. It's the little things that stick in the memory.