As already is mentioned it is a tightrope walk if you write about bands from this times. One are already ascribed the punk or New Wave scene other are to be assigned unambiguously the pub rock scene. What is common, however, to all that they had their roots in the pubs where had to be played live. Todays artist Elvis Costello has definitely his roots in the pub rock scene. But he is also the link to the upcoming punk and new wave scene in Great Britain. There are many words written about him and his career, his collaboration with other great musicians and his affinity to the classic Country Music to bore you with more words. I would only like to say that he is an artist I follow over more than 25 years now. And there are so many songs I would like to post. But which one should I select? Shipbuilding with Chet Baker on trumpet? Something from his jazz influenced Almost Blue? Some of his mid/end 80s records? I decided to give you some songs you might know well. They are from his debut My Aim Is True. For me it is one of the best debut albums ever (I am thinking about a new series about debut albums that impressed me much). On this record he showed us what talent he has in writing songs and performing them. Sadly I didn’t see him live yet – but I’ve got a ticket for his concert in October this year. And I am looking forward to it.
These days The Robster wrote about what music means to him. I found so many words I can agree to. I seldom read a text about music and what it can mean which sums up a lot.For mor e than 40 years music accompanied me in different ways. Music makes me feel better when I am down, gives me the power to continue and inspires me to many things. It is not just one kind of music I like and I don’t stand too close to one kind of genre. Many of my friends still think in musical categories and are not ready to open their ears for new or another kind of music. When I started to follow some blogs a lot of you out there opened my ears for a very different kind of music and introduced me to some kind of music I didn’t know before. For example Dirk posted some gems which are fantastic and I only knew a few of them. That’s what I like – give me still more inspirations. There will be more music outside that should be worth to listen to. All in all: I can’t imagine a life without music. The final words I borrowed by The Robster (sorry) ‘You know what, my boy? You’ve actually had quite a lot of fun and some amazing experiences. Now stop moping and put some music on, you grumpy old bastard’.
Today’s song is from the superb new album by Hollie Cook, the daughter of the Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. She’s a very clear voice and the songs fit absolutely to a warm summer night sitting together with a few friends and a fine bottle of wine.
Hollie Cook – Twice
I just came back from the first game of German playing their first game in the FIFA World Champion Ship against Portugal. Me and my mate were happy about our team played and Christiano Ronaldo got no chance to be part of the game. We’ll look forward to to the upcoming games and we were sure right now to get get the final games. I hope deeply that the English team will win again against Ururguay this week. I watched the game against Italy these days and was astonished about your right wing offender Sterling. I thought about several times, what to show up today in this series. The finally conclusion was a track by Jason and the Scorchers. They were a band playing cowpunk in the 90s. I liked them these days for their power and physical presence. This song was was covered a lot of times. And I think this version shows the abilities of this song.
Enjoy to one more song from Mr. Dylan as a version.
Hello comrades, I started a little break the week before because there were so many other things to do and to arrange that I wasn’t able to write my daily posts. I would like to thank you all for your warm words and be sure it means a lot to me. In the last ten days I worked on our divorce, fixed the selling of our apartment, supported my former wife because she can’t control and direct our son any more, had some guests in our apartment and, in addition I had a difficult and extensive job to do. Sometimes I haven’t know what things should be first done or arranged. Now I hope you understand that I needed some time for a break.
Anyway, for God’s sake there are some things that fetched me back on the ground again. First was watching the games of the FIFA World Championship in Brazil, playing pool with my mates and music of course. So I try to keep running this blog as you might know it. I still have some ideas for the upcoming weeks and to continue my series.
Normally my co-worker arrives almost three hours later in the office as I usually do. So I have plenty of time to play my music alongside. Last week happened that within half an hour three songs appeared by the random list with one subject. All songs trade of the fact that a man calls the person or to call tries he loves to persuade them of it as importantly it is to him that he can meet them once again.
The first one is Sylvia’s Mother by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.The song is an autobiographical song in which the author Shel Silverstein to his own unsuccessful love. Always I have loved the suffering voice of Ray Sawyer trying to get Silvia on the phone again and her mother blocked telling him him that his love moves away with an other man. I remember my hairs stood up when I first heard him begging ‘Please Mrs. Avery, I got to talk to her only for a while’. I can feel the sadness when her mother said ‘And Sir, won’t you call back again’. And always the operator cuts in to ask for more money throughout the conversation.
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show – Silvia’s Mother
The singer doesn’t really suffer but he tries to get a date over the telephone. It’s the 1959 hit single from J.P. Richardson better known as The Big Bopper. He was on of the other guys who died in an airplane crash together with Buddy Holly and Richie Valance. I started reading about rock music in the early 1970s with Nic Cohn’s Pop History. I will never forget what he wrote about this song: He stands in a telephone box, calls a girl and must create like mad to move them to an engagement. He sweats, he giggles, he babbles and dribbles. One feels how his fat shoulders twitch like in the delirium. His stupid suit wraps up him wei a tent, his eyes overflow and his lower lip hangs down limpy. ‘Chantilly lace and a pretty face, pony tail hanging down, wiggle in her walk, giggle in her talk. Lord makes the world go round … Makes him feel real loose, like a long-necked goose’. And all the time he melts away.
And if nothing reaches, of course not, but he does not surrender, nevertheless, and roars and shouts like a democrat from the south with an election rally. The result makes no difference anyway, but the acting achievement counts. ‘Ohh Baby’ he howls ‘You know what I like, You know’. And at this moment he explodes, resolves.
The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace
Sorry you mates out there but I’ve got to take a little break from my daily posts. There are too many things in my mind that I have to sort to continue. But don’t think I am too far down – it’s just a period. I’ve got to sort my life an future. In this way I am almost not able right now to post some things that may be worth to know. Give me some time to get back on the track I was use to walk.
This is from one of my favorite record this year: Ellis Island Sound.
Enjoy and have a good time with the ones you love!
Ellis Island Sound – Ubu Goes To Town
One of my earliest recollections of a TV serial is The Prisoner. Therefore, I remember so well that I have not understood this series. In addition, I was also irritated about the equipment and the acting figures. It’s typical for the late 1960s that British television tried to go new ways in making series. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama. Because of the controversial subjects – like permanent control, conformance compulsion, to drug experiments, torture, the idleness of democratic elections and other – all 17 results were not emitted everywhere. Thus the first entire radiation occurred in Germany only in 2010. Over the years I forgot this series until our cultural transmitter showed all 17 episodes in a row over summer period.
This is the plot like Wikipedia tells us:
Todays track is one from The Shades. I searched the internet for some more informations about the artists. But I found some informations about an English band from Yorkshire. But they aren’t the same. I think it must be one the forgotten bands that played long long time ago. I took this from a sampler I bought a few years ago. Rockabilly from Hell is a sampler with instrumental rockabilly tunes. Most of them are close to Link Wray and his Rumble. There are a lot of gems on it. If you are able – get this album.
The Shades – Strolling After Dark