Friday, 12 February 2016

Iberian Eighties

What better way to get in the mood for the weekend than with some Portuguese new wave from the early 1980s? Actually, maybe don't answer that one...

When I was in Lisbon last month I picked up a compilation album called "O Melhor Do Rock Português 1980-1984". Here are a couple of selections for you. The first one in particular could not possibly come from any other decade.

"Amor (Parte 1)" - Heróis Do Mar

"Bom Dia Lisboa" - Rádio Macau

If Portuguese Wikipedia is to be believed, the success of "Amor (Parte 1)" led directly to Heróis Do Mar getting a prestigious support slot on a Roxy Music tour. It being 1982, Bryan and the boys were presumably promoting this:

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beau Selection

Yesterday we played you a clip by the late zydeco giant and former resident of Kinder, LA, Beau Jonque. I enjoyed it so much it set me off on a bit of a Beau binge. Here are a couple of corkers from the collection.

Northern Soul fans will instantly recognise the second track as a zydeco version of the old Cliff Nobles standard. We have added the original for those of you who have not had the pleasure of hearing it before.

"I'm A Girl Watcher" - Beau Jocque

"Zydeco Horse" - Beau Jocque

"The Horse" - Cliff Nobles & Co

 From the Horse to the Pony.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Blue Eyed Zydeco

According to Dan Willging, who wrote the sleeve notes on Bernie Alan's "Blue Eyed Zydeco" EP, Bernie and his band Knight Train play an "exciting synthesis of zydeco and zydecajun". If anyone can explain the difference between the two I would be very grateful.

Bernie and the boys recorded the EP in Kinder, Louisiana in 2001. I purchased it in a flea market in Eccleston, Lancashire yesterday. The first isn't the home of the eggs, the second isn't the home of the cakes. And that's all I can tell you about either of them without recourse to Wikipedia.

Anyway, here are the lads.

"I Got Loaded" - Bernie Alan & Knight Train

"Please Don't Leave Me" - Bernie Alan & Knight Train

While you've been listening to that I've been busy on Wikipedia compiling a sort of "village top trumps". Eccleston wins on size (4,500 residents to Kinder's 2,500). Kinder wins on entertainment options (a casino resort with championship level golf course versus two pubs, one of which was in the process of being demolished yesterday). Kinder makes a decent stab at the "famous residents" category thanks to the late zydeco star Beau Jocque, but I am afraid Eccleston wins hands down thanks to current resident, cyclist and mod Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Sir Brad wins on the fame count, but if it is a rollicking good tune you want you really have to go with Beau Jocque.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

An Old Smoothie

A bit of early 1970s "conscious" soul for you today courtesy of Mike James Kirkland. He released two albums - "Hang On In There" (1972) and "Doin' It Right" (1973) - and we have one track from each in chronological order. Fans of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway might like this.

"Where Is The Soul Of Man?" - Mike James Kirkland

"Love Is All We Need" - Mike James Kirkland

Mr Kirkland hails from the magnificently named Yazoo City in the state of Mississippi. Hence the choice for today's clip.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Princes Among Men

Today - six self-styled princes. And who is to say they are wrong.

"Cool Runnings" - Prince Mohammed

"Thu Thu Ka Paul" - Prince Paul Morgan

"Ride With The Rasses" - Prince Lincoln Thompson & The Royal Rasses

"Koumbéré Koumbéré" - Prince Taco

"Jah Dread" - Prince Jazzbo

"I Wish It Was A Lie" - Prince Phillip Mitchell

Speaking of princes of men, his hit single might have been suspect but in every other respect this gentleman fitted the bill. RIP Terry Wogan.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Finnish Folk Friday

Don't be misled by the title, folks, this is not the start of a new series. It can't be - I only own one Finnish folk album. Fortunately it's a good one. It is "Kokko", the 1996 album by Värttinä, who are still going strong today after over thirty years. Here goes.

"Iro" - Värttinä

"Kokko" - Värttinä


When it comes to Finnish rock, it is either Lordi or this lot really. I think I'll stick with the folk stuff.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hey Jó!

I had an excellent time in Lisbon last week and have returned with a potentially intriguing musical mix. No pimba I am afraid, George - most of the record shops I visited were a bit too snooty to stock it - but I do have some kizomba, some sertanejo, a compilation of early Laurel Aitken singles and B-sides (which I know will be excellent) and a compilation of Portuguese rock from the early 1980s (which I suspect will be dreadful). Add to that tatty old singles by the likes of Fatima Ferreira, Orchestra Spettacolo Raoul Casadei and Fischer-Z and we have something for everyone I am sure.

As you would imagine there is a lot of Brazilian music available in Lisbon. And in Farringdon as it happens. It must have been fate that led me to wander into a charity shop there this morning and alight immediately on a Brazilian reggae album - "Força" by Andread Jó. Here are the title track and the dub version of that old standard ""Platônico Ou Pode Ser...".

"Força" - Andread Jó

"Platônico Ou Pode Ser... (Dub Version)" - Andread Jó

Fischer Z were bigger on the Continent than they ever were over here. If Wikipedia is to be believed, this was a number one in Portugal in 1981.