Chatham Girls

It’s just another lazy day on the beach after we had a spontanous party yesterday. Nothing more to do than to reed some novels I wanted to read since several weeks or to hang around with the staff of my favourite beachbar. They told me a few more words in their language so that I am not only used to look out for someone who is able to speak English. It is 3 p.m. and I decided to have another beer while I write this post. Fantastic to sit here in the shade getting cooled by a refreshing breeze from the sea watching the blue and green water and listening to the sound of the waves. That is what I call recreation and it will get me the power to manage the things that Ihave to do in the next n´months.

Today’s song comes from The Singing Loins another underrated band from the 90s. But our old hero Billy Childish had more than one ear for them. If you want to know how they sound – here’s a short excerpt from their homepage:

The Loins’ song writing was steeped in the British & European traditions of Punk, Folk, Music Hall, Character, Chorus, Cabaret, Melodrama & Buffoonery. Singing tales of underdogs, suicides, circus freaks, the bereaved, frustrated and heart-broken, the washed up and mentally ill. Ever enduring outsiders, it’s likely they were the world’s longest serving, truly amateur, original musical group. They were certainly the fucking best.
Now the history lesson….Brod and Arf started The Loins as a raw, stripped down acoustic duo in 1990 and soon had Medway legend Billy Childish in their corner. He recorded their first two albums live in his bathroom onto a mono Revox tape machine and released them on his Hangman label. These savage rarities are now swapping hands for big dollars on EBay and are often quoted as major influences by young purveyors of punk/folk.
After a couple more self-released albums and a great album with Billy Childish called ‘At The Bridge’ they split in 1999. After a 6 year lay-off they shook hands and returned in 2005 with a triumphant comeback album, ‘Songs To Hear Before You Die’, and the same year were joined by Rob Shepherd, who played junk shop banjo and mandolin on their 2007 album, ’The Drowned Man Resuscitator’. Johnny Bass then joined the party on 2009’s ‘Unravelling England’, 2011’s ‘Stuff’ and 2012’s ‘…here on earth’. 

The Singing Loins – Chatham Girls

Dub Breakfast

These days are very less tourists at this place. Season will continue for another 3 or 4 weeks and then it willbe over. Some people bought praperty in Mirissa and one of them are French. Really nice people and a little freaked out as well. Yesterday we celebrated the last evening for Anna, because she leaves today back to France with a good dinner and some Arrack. This morning we met at our local beach bar for breakfast. While there wasn’t any other gues around I took the chance to play some dub reggea to comfort our breakfast. And soon the bar filled up with some locals and tourists.

This song is a cover from one of the best New Wave band from the US: Martha and the Muffins.

 Enjoy

Dub Spencer and Trance Hill – Echo Beach

Twanging Tuesday # 20

If you wonder why I didn’t post throughout the last days it is easy: I took two weeks off to get a clear mind again and sort my thoughts – too much happend the last weeks. So I took the chance to go to Sri Lanka again because I was invited to a wedding. I would like to present a local rockabilly band but I didn’t found a band here in Sri Lanka playing this kind of music. So enjoy this 2:00 minutes of instrumental rockabilly instead. I don’t know anything about this band exept the were on a very good compilation of instrumental rockabilly called ‘Killer Rhythms & Red Hot Cars’.

The Big Four – Outta Tune

Josie

Steely Dan were always a band I liked very much all over the years and all over the music that I was in at these years. Praise hymns were sung about this group enough, so I want to give you a song from one of their best records Aja, which has everything that made them famous. A great melody, superb guitars and the voice of Donald Fagen all together perfectly arranged.

Steely Dan – Josie

Who Do You Love

Back in the late 70s when punk started my local record dealer recommended me a classic blues record. I thought by myself what the hell is he doing. I started to explore new music and he showed me George Thorogood?? When he has put on then the record and I have heard the first tones I was inspired all of a suddenly. Never heard this songs with  such a power and enthusiasm. The next word I spoke was ‘This record is mine’. If Mark Knopfler is called the Sultan of Swing I will call George Thorogood the Satan of Slide.

Enjoy and have a good week

George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Who Do You Love