The Tip

I had to drop some rubbish and recycling off at the local tip yesterday. They have a portacabin there which sells things that people have thrown away so I popped in for a little look. It is organised chaos to be honest but I found three piles of records, all seemingly by Max Bygraves, and several areas where CD’s had been piled (One was in a plastic box outside and had been rained on quite extensively, so I didn’t look in there). There were probably 300 CD’s in total, many of the usual one finds in charity shops and some that you don’t see so often. I picked out 20 and then put 8 back as they had no CD’s in them.

These are what I picked up, £4 for 12 CD’s. I wasn’t necessarily desperate to get all of them but at that price why not? These would probabaly go to landfill had I not taken them and each is worth £0.33 for at least one listen, and I’ll get more than that out of them.

The Brit Awards – meh

So the Brit awards will soon be upon us and, having had a look at the nominees I am increasingly of the opinion that it is all bollocks really. I haven’t watched it since I discovered James Corden was presenting it, let me look that up and see when it was………………. 2009, that’s longer than I thought. I did see the Bowie tribute last year on youtube though, Corden wasn’t in it.

I’ve always had issues with the Brit Awards, many of which are probably entirely unreasonable. For instance, I dislike it because it is populist.  I have long been of the opinion that just because something sells by the bucketload doesn’t mean it is actually good, often it means that it is composed of the lowest common denominator to appeal to the most people. I think that the fact that  Robbie Williams holds the record for the most Brit Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That, is indicative of this. One of those is essentially a Brit awards for winning the most Brit awards, or The Outstanding Contribution to Music/BRITs Icon award. He won this in 2017, he also won it in 2010, I assume as the BRITs Icon as he hasn’t made an outstanding contribution to music, quite the opposite in my opinion. I just had a look back at some of the awards, I think this is probably my favourite, from 1993, Best British single.

Could It Be Magic
Take That
Winner
A Million Love Songs
Take That
Nominee
Stay
Shakespears Sister
Nominee
Good Night Girl
Wet Wet Wet
Nominee
It Only Takes a Minute
Take That
Nominee

All of the above are a bit crap but it seems a pretty sure thing if you are 3 of the 5 nominations. The winner was a cover version of a Barry Manilow song. All these were also eligible for the award:

The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette – Justified And Ancient
The Prodigy – Everybody In The Place (EP)
Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven
George Michael – Toofunky
The Shamen – Boss Drum
The Shamen – LSI
Marc Almond – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
Annie Lennox – Why
Soul II Soul – Joy
Annie Lennox – Walking On Broken Glass

In the same year, Curtis Steigers was nominated for two awards. I’m not commenting on that, I’m just telling you.

I think this is the only Brit Award thing I can remember having liked:

Anyway, this years nominees, with the best of them highlighted (in my opinion), are:

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag’n’Bone Man
Stormzy

British Female Solo Artist

Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Kate Tempest
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith

British Group

Gorillaz
London Grammar
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice
The xx

International Group

Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Haim
The Killers
LCD Soundsystem

British Breakthrough Act

Dave
Dua Lipa
J Hus
Loyle Carner
Sampha

Album of the Year

Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran – ÷
J Hus – Common Sense
Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

British Single of the Year

Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean – “Feels”
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
J Hus – “Did You See”
Jax Jones featuring Raye – “You Don’t Know Me”
Jonas Blue featuring William Singe – “Mama”
Liam Payne featuring Quavo – “Strip That Down”
Little Mix – “Touch”
Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”

International Male Solo Artist

Beck
Childish Gambino
DJ Khaled
Drake
Kendrick Lamar

International Female Artist

Alicia Keys
Björk
Lorde
Pink
Taylor Swift

British Video of the Year

Anne-Marie – “Ciao Adios”
Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean – “Feels”
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Jonas Blue featuring William Singe – “Mama”
Liam Payne featuring Quavo – “Strip That Down”
Little Mix – “Touch”
Zayn and Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Overall it doesn’t look like a great year for British music, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t, just that the BRITS doesn’t look beyond what is right in front of their noses. If I may throw the following into the arena:

Slowdive – Slowdive
Four Tet – New Energy
Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapes
Bonobo – Migration
Tricky – Ununiform
Kelley Lee Owens – Kelley Lee Owens
Gorillaz – Humanz
Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
Forest Swords – Compassion
Hidden Orchestra – Dawn Chorus
Morrissey – Low in High School (Not really sure about this one but it’s eligible at least)

Anyway, these are interesting releases but, of course, don’t get a sniff. Perhaps that’s actually a good thing.

After watching the Cure video above I dId go and have a search for BRITS performances that I actually did like, there were more than I remembered to be fair.

This is with some hindsight but back in 1997 the Bee Gees did a medley, it’s quite sad to watch it now and realise there is only one guy left:

On the other hand, the Brit awards throws up crap like this:

I do remember liking this Manics performance form 1997, the album was absolutely everywhere of course, massive:

A couple of interesting Bowie performances:

There’s lots from the past that was pretty good I guess, and Madonna falling over was funny the other year of course. I won’t watch it this year either though, I’ll see the results online and they will undoubtedly make me angry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Peel Radio Show – 14/05/1981

A show from 1981, featuring lots of lovely interesting stuff.

With sessions from New Order and Killing Joke.

Psychedelic Furs – Dumb Waiters (CBS)
Modern Eon – Child’s Play (Dindisc)
Be Bop Deluxe – Ships In The Night (Harvest Heritage)
New Order – Dreams Never End (Session)
Misty In Roots – Man Kind (People Unite)
Splodgenessabounds – Yarmouth 5-0 (Deram)
Pigbag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag (Y Records)
Killing Joke – Tension (Session)
The Delmontes – So It’s Not To Be (Rational)
The Method Actors – Distortion (Armageddon)
John Lee Hooker – Everybody Rockin’ (Oxford)
UB40 – Don’t Slow Down (DEP International)
New Order – Senses (Session)
Recognitions – Too Much Fiction (Ryme Time)
The Cure – Other Voices (Fiction)
Renaldo and The Loaf – Spratt’s Medium (Ralph)
Girls At Our Best – I’m Beautiful Now (Happy Birthday Records)
The Bleechers – Check Him Out (Trojan)
Killing Joke – Butcher (Session)
Magazine – About The Weather (Virgin)
The Cramps – Rockin’ Bones (I.R.S. Records)
New Order – I.C.B. (Session)
The Undertones – You’re Welcome (Ardeck)
Tarzan 5 – Boys Game (021 Records)
Talisman – Free Speech (Recreational Records)
Killing Joke – The Fall Of Because (Session)
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – Alles Ist Gut (Virgin)
Out On Blue Six – Party Mood (Hungry Rooms)
New Order – Truth (Session)
Art Objects – What Am I Supposed To Do? (Heartbeat)

50 Singles! Part 1

Last week I bought a job lot of 50 7” singles for £22.00, which is £0.44 per single. Which sounds pretty cheap, although the other way to look at it is that I didn’t want all of them so I paid much more per item for the ones I actually wanted. I suspect the latter is closest to the truth although I did listen to a few of them that I didn’t think I wanted but am now quite happy that I got them.

These are they:

The Cure In Between Days
Lene Lovich What Will I Do Without You
Sharpe & Numan New Thing From London Town
King Trigger The River
Hazel O’Connor D-Days
The Planets (2) Iron For The Iron
The Tourists Blind Among The Flowers
Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime
Killing Joke Sanity
The Creatures Right Now
John Foxx Underpass / Film 1
The Boomtown Rats She’s So Modern
Splodgenessabounds Two Little Boys
The Polecats John I’m Only Dancing / Big Green Car
The Teardrop Explodes Passionate Friend
The Passions I’m In Love With A German Film Star
Toyah Brave New World
Kennedy Express Little Lolita
Quazimodo (2) I Can Imagine
Hazel O’Connor Will You?
Tom Robinson Band Rising Free….
Kissing The Pink The Last Film
Koo Dé Tah Too Young For Promises
The Rubinoos I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Assembly Never Never
Toyah Thunder In The Mountains
Tokyo Charm Runaway
Fashion You In The Night
Ken Lockie Dance House
Gary Numan Music For Chameleons
Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi
Eddie And The Hot Rods Quit This Town
Dan Kelleher I Couldn’t Help But Cry
Sham 69 Hersham Boys
Generation X (4) King Rocker
Elvis Costello & The Attractions From Head To Toe
Captain Sensible Wot!
The Tourists I Only Want To Be With You
Martha And The Muffins Echo Beach
Gary Numan Cars
Iggy Pop Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Passion Puppets Beyond The Pale
Toyah Ieya
The Greedies A Merry Jingle
Toy Dolls Nellie The Elephant
Toyah Four From Toyah
Landscape Einstein A Go-Go
Gary Numan And Dramatis Love Needs No Disguise
Two Minds Crack The Hunger And The Greed
The Byron Band Every Inch Of The Way
John Foxx No-One Driving
Skids Masquerade

I don’t like all of them, but there was enough to warrant the purchase and right now I’m falling in love with 45’s all over again.

Record Fair: Rugby Town Hall

I went to  record fair in Rugby this morning at the town hall. It’s very impressive size wise from the outside but I went in the side and in to a rather small room that had 8 stalls. There were the usual stalls with volume at a low price but with little of interest, lots of 80’s stuff that wasn’t very good then and hasn’t improved with time. There were also a couple of stalls with some really good stuff, I could have spent several hundred pounds at these if I had that sort of disposable income, which I don’t, so I had to be rather selective.

The first thing I bought was the only Radiohead album I don’t have on vinyl, Pablo Honey, their debut. It’s a re-issue but it’s on coloured vinyl, which suits me fine as I do love a bit of coloured vinyl.

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I know Radiohead have issues with the song ‘Creep’ but I was quite surprised to see this one has 154 million views on youtube, which suggests it might be quite popular.

From the same stall I bought ‘Kiss Me’ Kiss Me’ Kiss Me’ by the cure, not in the best of condition but OK. It’s one of my favourite Cure albums so it’s nice to get it. They had quite a few but the prices on some of them were prohibitive, at least for me.

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Finally, from the same stall I bought what turned out to be an unofficial pressing of Computer World by Kraftwerk, I had thought it probably was but its green vinyl, I was seduced for I am weak.

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I fail to comprehend how anybody could not love ‘Pocket Calculator’, just listen to it, it’s amazing.

The next thing was a copy of ‘The Pearl’ by Harold Budd and Brian Eno. I’m picking up Eno albums when I see them. I’d like the Ambient series but they are so bloody expensive.

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And sticking with Harold Budd I bought ‘The Moon & The Melodies’ A very nice copy, which is basically a Cocteau Twins album.

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It’s a wonderful album.

Finally, a copy of the soundtrack to ‘The Mission’ which is an amazing film which I highly recommend watching, not least because the soundtrack, which is brilliant, was by Ennio Morricone.

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I could have stayed longer and dug a bit more but it was so bloody hot today and the room had no air con. I was very happy with what I found anyway.

Mix Tape: Volume 2: Sides 1 & 2

Well, here’s a whole mix tape fully formed, based around the end of the 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s.

Volume 2: Side 1

Poptones – Public Image Ltd.
Atmosphere – Joy Division
A Forest – The Cure
Israel – Siouxsie And The Banshees
No More Heroes – The Stranglers
Tin Soldiers – Stiff Little Fingers
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – The Jam
Totally Wired – The Fall
New Rose – The Damned
2-4-6-8 Motorway – Tom Robinson Band
God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
Stranglehold – UK Subs
Into The Valley – Skids
Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions


Volume 2: Side 2

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury, The Blockheads
Ghost Town – The Specials
One Step Beyond… – Madness
Mirror in the Bathroom – The Beat
Missing Words – The Selecter
Echo Beach – Martha & The Muffins
Roxanne – The Police
Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag (12″ verison) – Pigbag
Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
Food For Thought – UB40
Geno – Dexys Midnight Runners
Milk And Alcohol – Dr. Feelgood
Denis – Blondie
Special Brew – Bad Manners
Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin
Motorhead – Motörhead