Friday, 24 September 2021

Poetry Corner

A bit of culture for you today folks, courtesy of South African poet and performer Mzwakhe Mbuli.

Mr Mbuli is definitely a member of the firebrand wing of the poetry party. Under the apartheid regime his records were often banned and he himself frequently detained. He also spent three years in prison at the turn of the century for armed robbery, although he and his supporters claim this was a trumped up charge and that he was being punished for speaking up against corruption. 

How unlike the home life of our own Pam Ayres.

"Triple B" - Mzwakhe Mbuli

"Kwazulu Natal" - Mzwakhe Mbuli

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

All Summer Gone

Today is officially the last day of Summer here in the UK. Let's say goodbye with a wistful sigh, and maybe even a plaintive cry.

"Summer Wages" - Bobby Bare

"Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer" - Stevie Wonder

"Summer Wind" - Frank Sinatra

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Music By The Mugful

Ladies and Gentlemen - especially the ladies if Mr Tea is to be believed - please give a warm welcome to Cocoa Tea (the great reggae singer not some ghastly hot drink hybrid).

"Israel's King" - Cocoa Tea

"Ladies Ball" - Cocoa Tea

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Seaside Shuffle

I'm off for a long weekend later this morning. Most of it will be spent visiting pals in Southport but I'm making a little detour to take in the delights of Blackpool.

I originally set out to feature musicians from Southport in this post but with one exception, which we'll come to, it was slim pickings. You can't really lead off a post with 4/5ths of Gomez, can you? So I decided to make it about Blackpool instead, where there is no shortage of local talent.

We have a couple of bands that kicked off their careers there, Jethro Tull and The Nolans - inexplicably the two have never teamed up. There are a bunch of performers who were all born there but moved away at a young age - Graham Nash, Maddy Prior and Robert Smith. 

And then there is Dave Ball, who went off to Leeds Poly where he met a lad from - you guessed it - Southport and formed a band that did quite well. One day I'll tell you the story of how a near encounter with that son of Southport led to me appearing on Russian television. But for now you will have to make do with a video.

"Military Madness" - Graham Nash

"Lovely On The Water" - Steeleye Span

"Up The 'Pool" - Jethro Tull

Monday, 13 September 2021

HK TOTP

I've recently acquired assorted Hong Kong pop tunes from the 1970s and 1980s - its a long, uninteresting story. Here is but a small selection from the mid 1970s.

Paula Tsui took the understandable commercial decision to capitalise on the popularity of kung fu at the time. You could not really call it gritty and earthy but it makes poor Ervinna sound very dated by comparison, even for 1974. Cheng Kam Cheong, meanwhile, was very much creating a scene of his own.

"Gong Fu Wu" - Paula Tsui

"Huan Le Ge Xing Chu Chu Wen" - Ervinna

"Sheng Huo De Xuan Luu" -  Cheng Kam Cheong

Ervinna is an Indonesian singer who was a big star across Asia in the 1970s, mainly through performing covers of Western pop hits of the time. And non hits too. "Huan Le Ge Xing Chu Chu Wen" is a Cantonese version of "Shiddle De Dee", which Clint Holmes took all the way to No. 106 in the Billboard charts in 1973. 

Clint is best known for "Playground In My Mind". I couldn't find a clip of that so I looked for Roberto Blanco's German version instead. I couldn't find that either but there were plenty of other clips of Roberto, who may perhaps be considered the German Ervinna. Here's one of them.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

The Sounds of South Sudan

A couple of weeks ago we had our first ever visitor from South Sudan, so as is now traditional we welcome them by playing music they probably know already.

My collection of South Sudanese music could be described as small but perfectly formed. Apart from Emmanuel Jal's "Ceasefire" album, which we featured here a few years ago, this is pretty much it. Enjoy.

"Election Jai" - Mary Boyoi

"Nyaljj" - Emmanuel Kembe

Thursday, 9 September 2021

King George

I was looking through my records, as you do, and discovered that, to my great shame, we have never featured the great George Jackson on here. We're putting that right today.

George, who sadly left us in 2013, had great success as a songwriter but was also a fantastic singer in his own right. He released more than 20 singles between the mid 1960s and the early 1980s on labels including Fame, Hi and Chess, with an inexplicable lack of success.

I would heartily recommend the Kent compilation "George Jackson in Memphis 1972-77" - 21 tracks and not a duffer among them  The first two tracks come from that compilation, the third was a 1969 single on Fame.

"How Can I Get Next To You? " - George Jackson

"Things Are Getting Better" - George Jackson

"My Desires Are Getting The Better Of Me" - George Jackson

And now, three of George's hits as a writer, the first of which goes out especially from one George to another.   


I know the Osmonds video starts late and finishes early but the only full length videos I found were set up so to only play on YouTube. Here's one of them:  https://youtu.be/Q3Ax1yA9q74  

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Diamond Geezer

Most of you will know Kimberley Rew as the guitarist and songwriter with Katrina & The Waves and the man responsible for "Walking On Sunshine", "Going Down To Liverpool" and other top tunes. Being a hip crowd, many of you will also know that before that he was the guitarist in The Soft Boys. 

You may well also know about his 1982 solo album "The Bible Of Bop", on which he is backed by various members of The Soft Boys and The dB's. I wasn't aware of it until earlier this year, but then I'm not as cool as you lot. Here's a couple of tracks.

I'm reasonably sure that most of you won't know that way back in 1973 Mr Rew was in a Cambridge band called Puzzle which featured on a local compilation LP called "The First Lame Bunny Album". I suspect that this fact may be known only to the members of the band and those of us who were subsequently taught French by the drummer, who mentioned it at every possible opportunity.

We round things off with a tribute from his fan club.

"Hey, War Pig!" - Kimberley Rew

"Walking In The Dew" - Kimberley Rew

"Consuelo" - Puzzle

"Kimberley Rew" - Karate Bikini

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Single Song Sunday

Having received some slightly tart remarks about the five month gap between the two previous posts in the series, I am trying to do a bit better. This one arrives a mere six weeks after the last one.

I have always thought of today's song as a Motown standard, but it turns out that it was surprisingly unsuccessful when first released. The Four Top's version of "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" only reached No. 45 in the US and No. 21 in the UK when it came out in 1966, thus making Nick Kamen's 1987 effort - No. 16 in the UK - technically the most successful version.

Any song has an immediate advantage when its sung by Levi Stubbs, and the original is still my favourite. But you can say the same for any song sung by Frankie Miller so I have put his 1976 single next. He runs them a pretty close second.

After that we have smorgasbord of sounds from 1968/69: some soul from Chuck Jackson, something a bit folkier from Dion, and then South African pop sensations The Square Set who had a local No. 1 with a cover of "Silence Is Golden" so are probably covering The Tremeloes' cover which came out in 1967.

Moving forward to the early 1970s we have some supper club soul from Leslie Uggams before handing over to The Band and Bryan Ferry to give the song a bit of welly. 

We finish off with a surprisingly good French version from 1967 from the man who co-wrote "My Way" and sang "Tears On The Telephone" and, of course, with the MRV. For the first time in this series we welcome the great Mr Delroy Wilson.

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  The Four Tops 

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  Frankie Miller 

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" - Chuck Jackson  

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  Dion 

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  The Square Set 

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  Leslie Uggams 

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (live)" - The Band   

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  Bryan Ferry

 "N'est-ce Pas Etrange?"  - Claude François

"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" -  Delroy Wilson   

Thursday, 2 September 2021

The Pride Of Port Louis

We had our first ever visitor from Mauritius last week, so to mark the occasion here are a couple of tracks from "Soul Sok Séga", a compilation of 1970s Mauritian music that came out on Strut Records a few years ago. It is still available on Bandcamp in various formats, and no doubt elsewhere too.

To quote from the marketing blurb: "Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius and is known as the blues of the Indian Ocean. Though initially marginalised, by the mid-1960s séga music had become a symbol of national pride and identity for Mauritius. With the advent of electric instruments, the influx of funk, soul and jazz from the West and the growth of LPs, séga went commercial. Dancefloors started grooving to a more soulful, funky séga beat".

"Soul Sok Séga" - Ti L'Afrique

"Z'Enfant Misère" - John Kenneth Nelson

 

Of course, the trend of once scorned music becoming both popular and progressively more funky during the 1970s was not limited to Mauritius. 

PS In other exciting news, since preparing this post we've had our first ever visitor from South Sudan. I'm on the case. 

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Emergency Appeal

We interrupt our regular programming to launch an urgent appeal for your help. Over the weekend the world learnt that the much revered polymath Charity Chic has never heard anything by Robert Earl Keen. Your donations are desperately needed are rectify this truly appalling situation.

FurryBootsCityBoy has already got the ball rolling, and here is my small contribution to the cause. The first two tracks are from my favourite of Robert's albums, 1994's "Gringo Honeymoon", and the third from 2005's "What I Really Mean". 

The first video featuring Joe Ely's excellent take on what may be The Bobster's best known song, then there's a couple from the man himself a handful of years apart.

"Gringo Honeymoon" - Robert Earl Keen

"Dreadful Selfish Crime" - Robert Earl Keen

"Broken End Of Love" - Robert Earl Keen

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Lee "Scratch" Perry RIP

OK God, you've made your point. Any chance you could give it a break for a bit now? 

RIP Mr Perry.

"I Am The Upsetter" - Lee "Scratch" Perry

"Dreadlocks In Moonlight" - Lee "Scratch" Perry

"City Too Hot" - Lee "Scratch" Perry

Friday, 27 August 2021

More New Music/ New Moor Music

A couple of excellent new albums to tip you off to today. Neither album is actually out yet, but the first singles from each are, and we have the videos for them below.

First up is Natalie Jane Hill's "Solely" which comes out in late October. Natalie is from Austin by way of the Blue Ridge Mountains and she has made a gorgeous little record, with a sound that sets off her voice and songs perfectly. 

The nice man who sent the album to me compares her to early The Weather Station, but when I listen I hear something more like Jessica Pratt's first couple of records.

While you are waiting for "Solely" to become available, you can pick up "Azalea" - Natalie's first album - for a mere $7 on Bandcamp.

The second album to plug is called "Voices From The Empty Moor" which reworks songs performed by the great English folk singer Anne Briggs. The project is masterminded by bassist and arranger Devin Hoff and features a number of guests including Julia Holter and Sharon Van Etten. There is a ghostly, atmospheric feel that suits the songs very well. 

The Julia Holter track is featured in the video below, the Sharon Van Etten track is on the free CD given away with the latest Uncut. Pick of the bunch for me is Shannon Lay's version of "Living By the Water", but you'll have to wait until the album comes out on 21 September to hear that. You can preorder it on Bandcamp now though.

In the meantime here is Anne Briggs' original version and a track from Shannon's excellent 2017 album called - no coincidence surely? - "Living Water". You can get that on Bandcamp too. 

"Living By The Water" - Anne Briggs

"Caterpillar" - Shannon Lay

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Here's Joni!

As promised on Monday, we have some more Joni Haastrup magic for you. Today we are featuring his 1978 solo album "Wake Up Your Mind", available for the knockdown price of $5 on Bandcamp

In keeping with the times, it has much more of a funk and disco feel than his earlier work with MonoMono (including some excellent Silver Convention style backing vocals on "Do The Funkro"). 

"Do The Funkro" - Joni Haastrup

"Greetings" - Joni Haastrup

Of course, Joni was by no means the only artist jumping on the disco bandwagon in those days.  


In what can only be described in an abrupt change of tone, let's take this opportunity to pay tribute to a member of another famous singing siblings act who sadly left us a few days ago. RIP Don Everly.

Monday, 23 August 2021

MonoMono Monday

Today's post is the first of two featuring the work of Joni Haastrup, one of the unsung heroes of the Nigerian afro-rock and funk scene of the 1970s and a man who in his time has played with the likes of Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker. 

On Wednesday we'll feature his 1978 solo album "Wake Up Your Mind", but first we have "Give The Beggar A Chance", the album he made in 1971 as the lead singer and keyboard player with MonoMono - not just because it came first chronologically but because "MonoMono Monday" works better as a title than "MonoMono Wednesday".

As well as being a fine piece of music, the title track of the album poses one of the great philosophical questions of our time: "What do you want from a leper who ain't got no hands to scratch his butt?".

"Give The Beggar A Chance" - MonoMono

"Kenimania" - MonoMono

Interesting fact: A few years after it was released, Mickie Most tried to buy the rights to "Kenimania" so he could rework it as the first single for a new band he was trying to promote as rivals to the Bay City Rollers. Joni wouldn't play ball, so Mickie had to use this instead:

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Fusion At Its Finest

Take some reggae. Take some yodeling. Put them together and what do you get? Why, reggae yodeling of course!

"Yodel Reggae" - Leroy Gibbs

"Duddle Oley" - Dillinger

Here's more Dillinger, doing what he does better.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Anatolian Tales

I recently acquired "Remains of Anatolia", a sampler album released in 2000 by Kalan, a Turkish record label. The label is still going strong, but the same may not be true for all of the 16 artists that are featured on the album.

As with most samplers it is a bit of a mixed bag, but here are a couple of personal favourites. The Ulaş Özdemir track has a distinct Incredible String Band feel to it (well it does to me anyway).

"Rapatma II" - Fuat Saka

"Yine Seyyah Oldum" - Ulaş Özdemir

Sticking with Turkish tunes here's Derya Yildirim & Grup Simşek, whose excellent new album "DOST 1" came out in June. You can snap it up for just €7 on Bandcamp. I have. I've also booked my tickets to go and see them live later in the year. 

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

The Comeback Kids

I recently noticed that I have three albums called "Resurrection" and I thought to myself "That'll do". So here they are, two from soul legends and personal favourites and one from a 1960s garage band that got back together in 2017 after nearly 50 years to make a blues record.

Also in the collection is "Resurrect" by Eric Taylor. Many years ago Eric was married to Nanci Griffith and he wrote "Deadwood South Dakota", Nanci's version of which I featured in my previous post.

"No Deposit No Return" - Swamp Dogg

"Cousin Henry" - Bobby Womack

"Superstitious Blues" - The Druids of Stonehenge

"Louis Armstrong's Broken Heart" - Eric Taylor

Now feast your eyes and ears on these.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Nanci Griffith RIP

I was very saddened to hear that we lost the great Nanci Griffith on Friday. She has been one of my favourite singers for well over 30 years, and "Last of the True Believers" is one of my all time favourite albums. RIP Ms Griffith.

"Workin' In Corners" - Nanci Griffith

"The Wing & The Wheel" - Nanci Griffith

"Deadwood, South Dakota (live)" - Nanci Griffith

Monday, 9 August 2021

A-Rutling We Will Go

Tomorrow morning I'm off to Stamford in Lincolnshire for a short break. While I'm there I plan to travel one stop down the train line to Oakham, the main town in the tiny county of Rutland. 

Rutland actually stopped being a county in 1974 - blame the conniving bastards at the Local Government Commission for England - but after 20 years of civil disobedience was subsequently reinstated in 1997.  

To show my solidarity with the plucky Rutlanders, here is a selection of music from 1974 to tide you over until I return. I thought about adding some songs from 1997, but why dilute the quality with all that modern rubbish?

And what of Stamford itself? Well, according to Wikipedia its famous citizens include Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud and David Jackson, the saxophonist in the 'classic' line-up of Van Der Graaf Generator. So that's the videos taken care of. 

"Enario" - Ofo The Black Company

"Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him" - Betty Davis

"The Drum" - Slapp Happy

"Sen Varsin" - Bülent Ortacgil 

"Blackbelt Jones" - B. Ragga

"Drinkin' Thing" - Gary Stewart

"Down Where The Drunkards Roll" - Richard & Linda Thompson

"Saturday Gigs" - Mott The Hoople

From something for everyone to some things that may be for nobody at all.  Even George might struggle to finish all 24 minutes of "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" (let alone all 3 minutes of "Beat Of My Drum").

 

If you need cheering up after that, here's a positive message for you all. Take care, see you next week.

Friday, 6 August 2021

World Wide Webb

This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Webb Pierce. Webb was the original King of Bling, famed for his Nudie suits, his guitar-shaped swimming pool and his Pontiac with steer horns on the front and guns for door handles.

He was also one of the best honky-tonk singers in the business, as we will demonstrate now. Happy birthday, Mr Pierce, wherever you are.

"There Stands The Glass" - Webb Pierce

"I Ain't Never" - Webb Pierce

"That's Me Without You" - Webb Pierce

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Hurry Up Harriott

I recently acquired an excellent Derrick Harriott reissue on Doctor Bird (Cherry Red's reggae reissues brand). It comprises two albums from 1975 - "Greatest Reggae Hits" and "Reggae Disco Rockers" - and lots of versions and other bonus tracks. 

Here are a couple of tracks from "Greatest Reggae Hits". The first is an original and the second a Billy Paul cover. The album, and a compilation as a whole, is an entertaining mix of originals, versions, cover versions and versions of cover versions. 

On "Reggae Disco Rockers" Derrick gives us his take on the two songs in the videos, proving yet again that there isn't any song from the 1970s that doesn't have a Mandatory Reggae Version.

"Face Dog" - Derrick Harriott

"Brown Baby" - Derrick Harriott

Monday, 2 August 2021

Newness Abounds

One of the perks of doing this blog is that many nice people send me free music in the misguided belief that I have some influence with the music-buying public. I won't tell them if you don't. 

Over the last couple of months I have received a particularly good crop of new albums. We are going to feature six of them today - four audio, two video - and hope you will check them all out and maybe buy a few. 

I have neither the time nor the words to write an adequate review of each of them so, without further ado, let's get cracking. That zeitgeist isn't going to surf itself is it?

"Area 52 Truck Stop" - Sylvia Bullett (from "Area 52 Truck Stop")

"My Love Never Sleeps" - Ric Robertson (from "Carolina Child") 

"Boozing And Losing" - Turner Cody (from "Friends In High Places")

"Cue The Tears" - Dot Allison (from "Heart Shaped Scar")

The videos are "Maré" by Rodrigo Amarante (from "Drama") and "Hurt A Fly" by Squirrel Flower (from "Planets (i)". Enjoy.

Friday, 30 July 2021

The Malaysian Mermaid

What could be more suitable to round off the week, and the month, than some vintage Malaysian pop. Step forward please, Ms Uji Rashid.

Born in Brunei but moving to KL when still a child, Uji was a major pop and film star in Malaysia in the 1970s and 1980s. Or as the very wonky translation of her Malay Wikipedia entry puts it, "this fierce -eyed art man is endowed with a natural spoiled voice as well as synonymous with the title of 'spoiled voiced singer' by homeland art fans; especially the 70s and 80s generations".

As if being a star of stage and screen wasn't enough, she apparently has both a batik fabric pattern and a type of fish named after her. I could not find a photo of the batik pattern but this is the fish. I am not totally convinced that it is a compliment.

The real Uji is still with us and here she is doing what she does best. Both tracks come from a compilation album called "Kenangan Manis", which I am reasonably confident means "Sweet Memories" and which I probably picked up on a work trip to KL a few years back. 

"Kemesraan" - Uji Rashid

"Berilah Kasih Sayang" - Uji Rashid

From a fish named after a singer to a singer named Fish. We don't just fling this together you know.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Mel & Him

Some super soul sounds from '72 for you today, courtesy of Mel & Tim. "Starting All Over Again" made the US Top 20 that year. Both tracks can be found on the album of the same name.

Before any of you ask, they are not a misspelt Mel & Kim, as I think their respective videos will prove.

"Starting All Over Again" - Mel & Tim

"Too Much Wheelin' And Dealin'" - Mel & Tim

Monday, 26 July 2021

Hiss Hitss

Over the weekend I was listening to "Quietly Blowing It", the new album by Hiss Golden Messenger. It's excellent. If you haven't bought it already you should go and do so now.

Hiss Messengerness is possibly my favourite artist to emerge over the last ten years or so - he's certainly up there. I first became aware of him through 2011's "Poor Moon" and first got to see him the following year in a pub basement supporting Michael Chapman. Since then I've been lucky enough to see him a few more times both solo and with a band, and I've picked up every album as well.

Here are a few golden oldies for you, in chronological order. The first is from "Country Hai East Cotton" (2009), the others from "Poor Moon" and "Haw" (2013).

"O Nathaniel" - Hiss Golden Messenger

"Blue Country Mystic" - Hiss Golden Messenger

"The Serpent Is Kind (Compared To Man)" - Hiss Golden Messenger

The second time I saw Hiss Golden Messenger it was just M.C. Taylor again, this time on a double bill with William Tyler. When he announced that for an encore he would be doing a song by Gary Stewart (one of my all-time heroes as long-serving readers might recall) and that Mr Tyler would be helping out I felt I had a take a sneaky video. With apologies for the quality, here it is. 


And here he is the first time I saw him. I had forgotten that I had taken this video until I went to find the other one. The picture quality is a bit better is this one but the sound quality is worse, so apologies again.

Friday, 23 July 2021

Donny Reggae

Today's post goes out especially to our old friend George. He's a big Osmonds fan and doesn't mind who knows it. I considered featuring a couple of their singles but then realised he has probably got them all already, so here are a couple of Mandatory Reggae Versions instead.

"One Bad Apple" - Barry Biggs

"Love Me For A Reason" - The Fabulous Five 

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Proper Music

Even surfers of the zeitgeist and epicures of the exotic need to switch off sometimes. As much as I enjoy the rich stew of Patagonian funk and Uzbek prog that we serve up every week, sometimes I need to cleanse my palate with some good old-fashioned tunes I can tap my toes to.   

Ladies and gentleman, please give a big jazz hand to Ms Liza Minnelli. Both tracks come from her 1973 LP "The Singer" on which she interprets in her own unique way the works of Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Donny Hathaway and... er... Hurricane Smith.

"Dancing In The Moonlight" - Liza Minnelli

"Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" - Liza Minnelli

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Do You Know The Way To São Tomé?

Something a bit special for you today, folks. Some vintage pop tunes from São Tomé and Principe.

Being the sophisticated bunch you are, you don't need me to tell you that the beautiful island nation of São Tomé and Principe can be found off the west coast of Africa (opposite Gabon to be precise) or that it was formerly a Portuguese colony.

What you may not know is that it is home to some fantastic music. To be fair, I did not know that either until I listened to "Léve-Léve", a brilliant compilation of music made in the islands during the 1970s and 1980s. The album was released last year by Bongo Joe records and is available on Bandcamp etc.

"Tólá Muandgi" - Sum Alvarinho

"Zimbabwe" - Africa Negra

"Cladênço Padê Cluço" - Tiny Das Neves 

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Single Song Sunday

It has been ages since we last had a Single Song Sunday, and I feel the need to try to make it up to you. You may say it's too late. And you'd be right.

Carole King took her singer-songwriter standard to number one in the Billboard charts 50 years ago this month, which gives us all the excuse we need. Not that an excuse is really required to feature some of these cracking cover versions.

We kick off with Carole's original then swiftly follow it up with three great soul versions from 1972, including the Isley Brothers' ten minute psychodrama. Almost as long is the extended mix of the Quartz and Dina Carroll version which made the UK top ten thirty years ago. I should've got the single version. In this case, less is more.

At that point in proceedings Mr Ray Conniff and friends step in to liven things up, before introducing our international guests - one each from Finland, Germany and Cambodia. The event culminates, as always, in the Mandatory Reggae Version.

"It's Too Late" - Carole King

"It's Too Late" - Billy Paul

"It's Too Late" - Denise LaSalle

"It's Too Late" - The Isley Brothers

"It's Too Late" - Quartz (featuring Dina Carroll)

"It's Too Late" - Ray Conniff

"Jotain En Enää Saa" - Kisu

"Es Ist Spät, Zu Spät Für Uns" - Daliah Lavi

"Huos Haenuy Bong" - Poev Vannary 

"It's Too Late" - The Chosen Few

Friday, 16 July 2021

Crazy Yama

Today's offering has been taken down from the weird but wonderful shelf and dusted off for your delectation and delight. Its "Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki", a 1971 French concept album featuring heavy drums, an actual Japanese judo master who shouts a lot and a female choir chanting real or pretend Japanese lyrics. That old chestnut.

The genius behind the album, Daniel Vangarde, has many other claims to fame. One of the tracks from the album, "Aie a Mwana" became a minor hit for Bananarama in 1981. His son is one half of Daft Punk. And he wrote and produced the two classics featured in the videos. He's one hell of a dude.

"Yama Yama" - The Yamasuki Singers

"Yamasuki" - The Yamasuki Singers

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

The Dog/Gun Dilemma

In today's episode of Trenchtown Eastenders, Dr Alimantado wants to acquire a gun but Nicodemus tries to talk him out of it.

"Gimme Mi Gun" - Dr. Alimantado

"Dog Better Than Gun" - Nicodemus 

Monday, 12 July 2021

Loam On The Range

Today's selections are from "Lez Dance", the second album from Durham (North Carolina) based Loamlands. Released in 2019, it is available on Bandcamp, as is their first album "Sweet High Rise". Both are well worth checking out. 

Loamlands describe themselves as "a distorted country music outfit based in North Carolina that places queer storytelling at the forefront", and go on to say that "their music intimately grapples with identity, pronouns and experiencing a queer existence in both modern-day and historical Southern culture".

That's not an experience that is particularly close to my own - although I did once inadvertently spend an evening in a lesbian bar in Raleigh (its a long story) - but I can tell a bloody good record when I hear one. This is one.

"Maureen" - Loamlands

"Wrong Days" - Loamlands

Friday, 9 July 2021

A Bagful Of Brinsleys

Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Brinsley Schwarz. Founding fathers of public house rock music (to give it its full name). The primeval soup from which emerged Nick Lowe, Ian Gomm and The Rumour. But also so much more.

A few years ago I picked up their first five albums in a box set for about £10, but have only recently got round to listening to them all properly. I wouldn't say any of them are "must haves" to be honest, but there is an excellent compilation waiting to be made.

Because I'm a nice man I've got one track from each album for you, in chronological order. We start with their eponymous debut from 1970 and then follow it with "Despite It All" (1970), "Silver Pistol" (1972), "Nervous On The Road" (1972) and "Please Don't Ever Change" (1973).

"Hymn To Me" - Brinsley Schwarz

"The Slow One" - Brinsley Schwarz

"The Last Time I Was Fooled" - Brinsley Schwarz

"Surrender To The Rhythm" - Brinsley Schwarz

"Hooked On Love" - Brinsley Schwarz

Brinsley Schwarz the man and Brinsley Schwarz the band are two of my three favourite Brinsleys. The other? Brinsley Forde of Aswad of course.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Congo-A-Go-Go (Part 2)

We're back with Part 2 of our musical trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have some more smashing sounds then.

I actually spent 24 hours in Kinshasa the best part of 30 years ago. It is a long and complicated story but in brief we had made the mistake of booking cheap flights to Johannesburg with the late lamented Air Zaire, which was not best known for its reliability  

On the return journey the plane turned up a day late and the pilot then decided to terminate the flight in Kinshasa for some reason. Those of us lucky enough to find our luggage and nab a seat on the only coach that was available spent the night in a very dodgy hotel (better that than the floor of the transit lounge). Slightly to our surprise we were collected the next day and finally made it home 48 hours late. 

All in all I don't think I saw the best of Kinshasa in my brief time there. Hopefully one day there will be a chance for me to go back and take in its many delights properly. Until then, we have the wonderful music.

"Magerita" - Jupiter & Okwess International

"Bye Bye Julie" - J.B. Mpiana

"Depression Nerveuse" - Alain & Bouro Mpela

Monday, 5 July 2021

Congo-A-Go-Go (Part 1)

There was great excitement at Leggies HQ last week when we had our first ever visitor from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Welcome to the gang!

It is becoming traditional here to patronise our new friends by playing them some of their own music. The DRC is a country that has produced mountainous amounts of magnificent music, much more than we could possibly do justice to in one post, so we are making this a two-parter. Even that is going to be woefully inadequate. 

Today being a Monday, King Kester Emeneya seems an obvious place to start. It also has the merit of being a long song, as are today's other two selections, in a respectful nod to other people's traditions. 

The middle video is even longer - 45 minutes of Franco and friends!

"Lundi" - King Kester Emeneya

"Ange Bokuma (Parts 1 and 2)" - Zaiko Langa Langa

"Ofelika" - Tony Dee

Friday, 2 July 2021

Well Gotten Gaines

Some vintage soul for you today, courtesy of Earl Gaines. Mr Gaines was born in Decatur, Alabama but moved to Nashville in his teens and was based there throughout his career. He had his biggest hit in 1955 as the uncredited lead vocalist on Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers'  "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" - No. 2 in the R&B charts - but kept recording until the 1990s and performing right up until his death in 2009.

"Yearning And Burning (Deep Inside)" - Earl Gaines

"Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness" - Earl Gaines

Here's Earl performing his big hit, I would guess some time in the mid 1960s. The fashions sported by the band and the female dancers blend beautifully.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

The Weeks Ahead

Today is the last day of June. If you are still wondering what to do with yourself in July, here are some dates for your diaries. We'll confirm the exact date of the last event as soon as we can, but it's still a few weeks away yet.

If you are thinking that the Jody Grind's vocalist sounds familiar, that's because it is the mighty Kelly Hogan way back in 1992. Bringing things up to date, Camille Delean is a Canadian singer and this track is from her 2020 album "Cold Home Burning", now available on Bandcamp on a "name your own price" basis. It's well worth adding to your collection, as is her earlier album "Music on the Grey Mile" which is also available on the same terms.  

"3rd of July" - The Jody Grind


"July 12, 1939" - Larry Jon Wilson

"Fault Line Late July" - Camille Delean

Monday, 28 June 2021

Conakry Cool

We kick off the week with some top pop from West Africa - Guinea, to be precise. Both tracks come from a 1998 compilation called "Guinea Vibrations" that I picked up way back when in one of the many African record shops near Chateau Rouge metro station in Paris. I hope they are all still going, and I hope I'll get to go back one day.

"Wa Casser" - Ibro Diabate

"Kankan" - Baba Djan

Before you ask: No, "Kankan" is not a cover of this:

Friday, 25 June 2021

A Small Corner of Wales

Some sad news to bring you. David R Edwards, founder and frontman of the influential Welsh language band Datblygu died earlier this week after struggling with various health issues. RIP Mr Edwards.

After releasing a series of homemade cassette EPs in the early to mid 1980s, Datblygu's first two 'proper' albums, "Wyau" and "Pyst", came out in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Both have recently been reissued by Hate Records, and we'll kick things off with a track from "Pyst".   

As it happens, a newer Welsh band is releasing its debut album today. They are called BOI, possibly short for BOIsterous, and the album is "Coron O Chwinc". It is available on Bandcamp and no doubt elsewhere. This track - there is no way I'm typing that title out twice - is the lead single.

We round off the audio with a cracking tune from the excellent "Welsh Rare Beat Volume 1" compilation that we have featured here before - also available on Bandcamp, as is the equally good Volume 2 - and then finish with the great Meic Stevens. 

"Am" - Datblygu

"Tragwyddoldeb" - BOI

"Dwr" - Huw Jones

Arhoswch yn dda, bawb. Cael penwythnos da.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Buddy & Julie & Kacy & Clayton Too

Last Friday the nice people at New West Records had a one-day half-price sale on Bandcamp. I took the opportunity to pick up a couple of albums I have had my eye on for a while: "Breakdown on 20th Avenue South" by Buddy & Julie Miller and "Carrying On" by Kacy & Clayton.

Both albums were released in the Last Days of The Great Before, or 2019 as it was known at the time, and both were well worth the $5 I paid for them. Here is a slice of happy-go-lucky chirpiness from each.

"Feast Of The Dead" - Bubby & Julie Miller

"Spare Me Over One More Year" - Kacy & Clayton

Keeping with the laugh fest, Buddy & Julie include a nice version of this old favourite on their album. 

Monday, 21 June 2021

Manipur Magic

I have mentioned previously that I keep up my subscription to eMusic not despite the fact that most respectable UK and US labels won't let it sell their product, bur because of that. I'm on an historic rate which means I can buy 40 tracks for next to nothing every month, and I use it to experiment with all sorts of weird and wonderful sounds.

One of the labels that does sell through eMusic is Laizoms Musika. They are based in Manipur in India, one of the states way over east on the border of Myanmar. As far as I can work out they dedicate themselves to the pop music of the Meitei people, the largest ethnic group in Manipur. 

The lads at Laizoms are putting out a lot of new releases, which I have not got round to listening to yet, and there is also what appears to be a country gospel album which is a must have I think. But we'll start with a couple of tracks from the earliest release in their catalogue, which is a 1989 compilation called "Jun Louh Zogam". 

The sound quality is terrible but, hey, that's the zeitgeist for you.

"Zogam Liang Se" - S Chingnu

"Zogam Ngai Veng" - V Paukhansiam

To preempt the inevitable questions: No, this lot and the Meitei people are not related.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Here He Comes

A pair of super Summer smasheroonies from the great Barrington Levy for you today. You can find them both on the fantastic "Sweet Reggae Music (1979-84)" compilation - 40 tracks of prime Barrington for £11 to download from the tax-dodging, rocket-launching online store (and no doubt elsewhere).

"Here I Come" - Barrington Levy 

"Under Mi Sensi" - Barrington Levy

"Here I Come" was a minor hit for Mr Levy in the UK in 1985, peaking at No. 41. It then reappeared in 1991 when Rebel MC used it as one of the building blocks of "Tribal Base", which went all the way to No. 20. Being an old fart I prefer the original, but here is the new modern version for you kids out there.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Double Dees

We've not had any soul music here recently so we've enlisted the help of Sam Dees to put that right. 

Sam hails from Birmingham, Alabama and is still going strong at 75. He released a string of singles from the late 60s and early 80s as well as one highly acclaimed album, 1975's "The Show Must Go On", but never had much commercial success as a performer. Perhaps his best known recording is "Lonely For You Baby", now considered a bit of a standard by Northern Soul enthusiasts.

In the 80s he mostly made his living as a songwriter, writing for the likes of Aretha, Whitney and Gladys - including the one in the video, which made it to No 1 in the US R&B charts in 1983.

"It's All Wrong" - Sam Dees

"Train To Tampa" - Sam Dees

Monday, 14 June 2021

Let's Lebanon

There was great excitement at Leggies HQ the other day when we had our first ever visitor from Lebanon. To welcome them to the gang, here is a small selection of Lebanese sounds.

First up is Roger Fakhr. The reliably excellent Habibi Funk label has recently issued "Fine Anyway", a collection of his recordings from the 1970s. There's nothing remotely funky about them - you might easily mistake "Dancer On The Ceiling" for a Pentangle rarity - but there is plenty of good stuff on there. The album is available from Bandcamp and all good online stores.

Roger is followed by Assi El Hellani, who is considerably funkier, and we finish off with one of my favourite singles of all time from anywhere. I found an original 7" of "For Your Information" in a junk shop 30+ years ago and fell in love with it instantly. While you really need to listen to it on 1960s vinyl to get the full snap, crackle and poptastic experience, its pretty groovy in any format.

"Dancer On The Ceiling" - Roger Fakhr

"Tarani" - Assi El Hellani

"For Your Information" - The Cedars

The arrival of our new friend prompted me to look at which countries are still missing from the visitor book. According to Flag Counter there are 113 more to go. Some on the list are not countries at all (e.g. the Aland Islands) and there are others we are highly unlikely to hear from (e.g. Tokelau, pop. 1499) but there are some notable absentees. 

I may have to start a Missing Countries series to see if I can lure them in. In the meantime, let's hear it for Lebanon...

Friday, 11 June 2021

Feeling Like A Numan

Today we're paying tribute to Gary Numan. No particular reason, its just how the mood took me. Anyway, here are cover versions of his first two hits followed by the man himself with his third.

"Are 'Friends' Electric?" - Chris Whitley & The Bastard Club

"Cars" - The Katzenjammers

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Niamey Blues

Some new music news for you today. About six weeks ago we featured "Tihoussay Tenere", a great new track from our friends Dag Tenere, and mentioned that an EP was on the way. That EP has now arrived.

The EP is called "Iswat", it is available on Bandcamp and at just €5 is an absolute bargain. It is an excellent record from start to finish but if I had to choose only one song it would maybe be the title track. Its just drums and vocals but close your eyes and you can feel yourself being transported to a different place.

Dag Tenere are based in Niamey in Niger. Another band with a Nigerien connection are Kel Assouf who are based in Brussels but whose main man, Anana Ag Haroun, hails from Niger. I was lucky enough to see them live in 2016 when a work trip to Brussels happened to coincide with one of their gigs. They were promoting their album "Tikounen", and it was a great show. Here's a track from that album and one from their heavier follow up "Black Tenere" (both also on Bandcamp).

"Azawad" - Kel Assouf

"Fransa" - Kel Assouf

Hopefully when the world is in a better way we'll all have the chance to see Dag Tenere live. Until then, their records and videos will more than suffice.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Cusco Cacophony

We're back from a short break with some ace 1960s Peruvian garage sounds, courtesy of the peculiarly punctuated Los Shain's. Get groovin', gatos geniales. 

"No Hay Más Que Dar" - Los Shain's

"No Eres Para Mi" - Los Shain's

Here are all the lads getting back together about 40 years after their heyday. That's Gerardo Manuel on lead vocals. After Los Shain's split first time round Gerardo went on to form The (St Thomas) Pepper Smelter, whose "Betty Boom-Little Monster-Doggie And Peggie At The Witches Castle" was featured here a few years back. If you ask nicely I'll dig it out again.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

A Lovely Time Had By All

I am heading off this morning for a short break - the Peak District, since you ask - and will be back here next week.

I'm sure I'll be having a lovely time, and in a different way hopefully you will too. The time in question being 3:24, which according to my mp3 player is the length of each of today's selections - including the songs in the videos in their original recorded form.

Have fun, see you in a week.

"When You Are Who You Are" - Gil Scott-Heron

"Temeles" - Alemayehu Eshete

"I Want My Baby" - The King Bees

"Let's Submerge" - X-Ray Spex

"Gol-e Aftab Gardoon" - Noosh Afarin

"Queen Of The Minstrels" - The Eternals

"So Sad" - Dillard & Clark

"Middle School Frown" - Josh Rouse 

Monday, 31 May 2021

That Was The Kit

It was my second gig of the year yesterday - This Is The Kit, promoting their fine 2020 album "Off Off On". For obvious reasons this was the first chance they have had to do so.


I have had the pleasure of seeing various line-ups of the Kits in various venues over the last ten years or so, including one that was just Kate and a newly recruited guitarist in a room out the back of our local vegan cafe (at that point Kate was not a big enough name to get a booking in the actual cafe itself). This was the first time I have seen them with a horn section but it works really well with the newer material.

Here are a couple of oldies but goodies. I will dedicate "Silver John" to my friend John who accompanied me last night and also to the vegan cafe, but I will let each of you decide who you want to dedicate "The Turnip" to.

"Silver John" - This Is The Kit

"The Turnip" - This Is The Kit

Friday, 28 May 2021

Do The Hustle!

I recently acquired an old Soul Jazz Records compilation called "Hustle! which consists of reggae cover versions of disco hits, None of the songs on there are ever likely to feature in the Single Song Sunday slot, so I thought I would share a couple of Mandatory Reggae Versions with you now instead.

I enjoyed the album but a lot of the tracks are not that different to the original - there is a very nice version of "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", for example, but it is only a mild lope away from Jean Carn. So I have chosen two that made a bit more effort.

They have other attractions as well. In the first track, the lead singer - yet another Campbell I believe - appears to sing that "it's like pissing in the ocean" 45 seconds in. As for the second, she's called Carol Cool!!! What more reason do you need?

"Reggae Beat Goes On" - Family Choice

"Upside Down" - Carol Cool

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

The Queen of May

On Sunday I went to my first gig since February last year, and it wasn't just any gig either. It was the magnificent Shirley Collins, still sounding fantastic at 86.

Shirley and her band mainly played songs from last year's "Heart's Ease" and 2016's "Lodestar", which was the album that marked her return to recording after about a quarter of a century. For most of that time she suffered from dysphonia and so was unable to sing at all. It is a blessing for all of us that she finally recovered from that.

"Heart's Ease" is, in my humble opinion, as good as anything Shirley has ever done. It is available from her Bandcamp page and all good online stores. To accompany your purchase, here is a track from "Lodestar" and another from "No Roses", her 1971 album with the Albion Country Band.(aka Fairport Convention plus Shirley's sister Dolly).

One of the old songs Shirley has recorded on "Heart's Ease" is "Canadee-i-o". Her version is great but for me you can't beat Nic Jones, so I have added that as a little bonus for you.

"Pretty Polly" - Shirley Collins

"Poor Murdered Woman" - Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band

"Canadee-i-o" - Nic Jones

And now the biggest treat of all...

Monday, 24 May 2021

The Brilliant Boy Is Back

I hope you all had a brilliant weekend. I did. With restrictions beginning to lift around here I was able to get to my first live football match for six months and my first gig for 15 months. More about the latter later in the week.

Speaking of Brilliant, here are a couple of top tracks from Ekambi whose name is nearly the same as that. I realised this is very contrived but it was only after preparing the post I spotted his surname was Brillant not Brilliant and I was too far gone to turn around by then.

Both tracks come from a compilation of his best bits called "African Funk Experimentals (1975-82)". We featured the album last year and encouraged you all to buy it immediately. If you were foolish and did not to do so then, you can get it on Bandcamp for a bargain £7.50 now. 

Mr Brillant was born in the village of Dibombari in Cameroon in 1948. After moving to Douala in the early 1970s he went on to become one of the movers and shakers of the local music scene. Understandably, as his music more than lives up to the promise of his name. The whole album is Utterly Ekambi.

"Ekila" - Ekambi Brillant

"Aboki (Mon Copain)" - Ekambi Brillant

Friday, 21 May 2021

Hanging Around

Among the goodies I found in the bargain bins on a recent trip to my local second-hand record shop was "Cover Your Tracks", a 2019 EP by Corb Lund. Being a clever bunch, you may be able to deduce from the title that it is a covers record.

The undoubted highlight is this fine rendition of Marty Robbins' "They're Hanging Me Tonight". The original version was Side 1, Track 5 on Marty's classic "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" album. What better to pair it with than Side 1, Track 6.

"They're Hanging Me Tonight" - Corb Lund

"The Strawberry Roan" - Marty Robbins

To complete the sequence, let's flip the record over for Side 2, Track 1.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Louisiana Two Step

Today have a sort of mini Single Song Sunday minus roughly six songs including the Mandatory Reggae Version (and, indeed, minus Sunday).

Randy Newman's original version of "Louisiana 1927" is pretty good by most standards. But put it next to this magnificent live post-Katrina version by New Orleans' own John Boutté and it pales by comparison. 

"Louisiana 1927" - Randy Newman

"Louisiana 1927" - John Boutté

One thing I can tell you about John Boutté - he likes to shake, shake, shake.

Monday, 17 May 2021

The Campbells Are Coming

A clutch of Campbells for you today - Al, Cornell and Michael. Not one of them straight outta Argyll.

"Hit Me With Music" - Al Campbell

"Mash You Down" - Cornell Campbell

"Wake Up Call" - Mikey Dread

Some of you will get the next reference, but for many of you I suspect it will just be a random jumble of words. Sorry. Here goes.

I've got a fever. And the only prescription is More Campbells!

Friday, 14 May 2021

Friday Fry Up

A new release for you today or, to be more accurate, a new re-release. With some alleged mystery star guests.

Mark Fry's "Dreaming With Alice" LP came out in 1972 and is considered by connoisseurs like the good people at the 'Head Heritage' site to be a bit of a lost classic - their review is almost as entertaining as the album itself. It is being reissued today on vinyl and CD by Now Again Reserve Records and I would recommend you check it out.

A personal favourite track is "The Witch". which some clever person has matched up with the witch from The Pogles (who also gets a mention in the Head Heritage review). Warning: this is probably the least mellow track on the album, so if unhinged freaking out is your thing then Mark Fry may not be for you.


Here are a couple more witch-related tunes of a roughly similar style and vintage to keep you in the mood.

"Witches Hat" - The Incredible String Band

"Witches Promise" - Jethro Tull

And now to unveil the alleged mystery star guests. If you read the Head Heritage review you may recall the reference to the backing band being a group of Scottish musicians whose names "have been long forgotten thanks to the quantity of weed which was their other main contribution to the recording".  

Well, Now Again Reserve Records make the sensational claim that these mystery musicians were... Middle of the Road! 

I have no idea whether that can possibly be true. But I really want it to be.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Admirable Lord Nelson

Some 1980s soca for you today courtesy of Tobago's own Robert "Lord" Nelson, who is not to be confused with the bloke on the pole.

"Disco Daddy" - Lord Nelson

"Baldhead Rasta" - Lord Nelson

I'm pleased to report the good Lord is still going strong at 91. Here he is in concert way back when he was a mere stripling of 90.

Monday, 10 May 2021

The Road To Ride

A few weeks back I played a track from a great compilation of vintage Czech rock, blues and jazz called "Rock Line 70-74". This generated some excitement among the Portuguese goat herding community (but nowhere else as far as I can tell).

Anyway, I owe them an apology after a recent blog title caused offence, so here are some more cool Czech sounds. This one goes out especially to all the billies in Braga.

"Stále Dál" - Flamengo

"Cézarova Smrt" - The Majestic

"Ticho" - Atlantis

Friday, 7 May 2021

Zero Rated Soul

We finish the week with some smooth soul from Ronnie Dyson. This took some negotiating as Ronnie refused to help us out until I was able to guarantee him that there would be no tax liability as a result of being featured here. Him and his cousin James, they are like two peas in a pod.

"The More You Do It (The More I Like It Done To Me)" - Ronnie Dyson

"Emmie" - Ronnie Dyson

Being a bunch of sophisticates you will have spotted that "Emmie" is a Laura Nyro cover, so let's round things off with the Great Lady herself.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Change The A To An I

On Monday we featured a Candy, today we feature a Cindy. Cindy Lee Berryhill, to be precise. Here are a couple of tracks from her excellent 1996 album "Straight Outta Marysville".

"High Jump" - Cindy Lee Berryhill

"Elvis Of Marysville" - Cindy Lee Berryhill

Contrary to her claim in the album title, Cindy does not come straight outta any one of the 12 Marysvilles in the US (or the four in Canada or the one in Australia), having been born in Silver Lake in California. But someone who did was the legendary Moondog, born 105 years ago this month in Marysville, Kansas.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Some Candy Singing

I went to my local second-hand record shop on Friday for the first time since The Great Reopening. After sanitizing scrupulously I had a good old rummage around in the bargain bins and found some goodies. 

The pick of the bunch was the album that Kilburn's own Candy McKenzie recorded with Lee 'Scratch' Perry in Black Ark Studio in 1977. The story of the album, and of Candy herself, can be found here. Never released in her all too short lifetime, it finally came out ten years ago under the title "Lee 'Scratch' Perry Presents Candy McKenzie".

And now, so do I. 

"Ice Cream" - Candy McKenzie

"When The Big Day" - Candy McKenzie

Friday, 30 April 2021

Beached

Nagisa Ni Te are a Japanese duo whose music is variously described as folk-rock, psychedelic and progressive. They have been knocking around for the best part of a quarter of a century but, to my great shame, had completely passed me by until a couple of months ago when I read a review of one of their albums and I decided to explore. Better late than never

A number of their albums were released on the Jagjaguwar label and you can find them all on Bandcamp going for $10 each. Those include their 1996 debut album "On The Love Beach", which is probably my favourite of the ones I have had a chance to listen to so far.

They obviously have a bit of a thing about beaches, because Nagisa Ni Te means "on the beach". I have absolutely no evidence to support this theory, but I think it is possible they named themselves after one of my favourite Neil Young albums. There is certainly a noticeable early Neil vibe on "On The Love Beach".

"Me On The Beach" - Nagisa Ni Te

"They" - Nagisa Ni Te

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Goat Roastin' Rebel Music

It has been a while since we had any country music on here. We'll put that right with a bit of Johnny Rodriguez.

Johnny was big in the 1970s, with six No. 1 country hits between 1973 and 1975, and continued charting regularly until the mid 1980s. He was the first Mexican-American to top the country charts, beating the great Freddy Fender to it by a couple of years.  

He sounds quite a character. He was discovered at the age of 18 by a prison warden, having been jailed for stealing and roasting a goat. He has been married three times to date, to a flight attendant, a hair salon owner and Willie Nelson's daughter. And then in 1998 he faced a murder charge after shooting a pal in his house in the mistaken belief they were a burglar. Pretty much the archetypal Good Ol' Boy.

"Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)" - Johnny Rodriguez

"Ridin' My Thumb To Mexico" - Johnny Rodriguez 

Monday, 26 April 2021

Kids of Today

You desert blues fans out there may remember me raving about the self-titled debut album by Timasniwen a few years ago. They disappeared from the scene for a while but are now back with a fantastic brand new single, "Tihoussay Tenere", and a brand new name. 

The brand new name is Dag Tenere, which means Desert's Children. To mark their return here are a few more children. The last track doubles up as our tribute to Les McKeown, who sadly left us last week.

"The Sidewalks of the Ghetto" - Eternity's Children

"Tribal Fence" - Freedom's Children

"Summerlove Sensation" - Shelley's Children