Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Band, It Makes No Difference

Brings tears to my eyes and my embittered old heart to my throat every time, even despite the ‘sexy sax’… BEST. CONCERT. FILM. EVER. (Back when cocaine and excess was good for you.) Continue reading

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Sylvester, Over & Over

Continuing on an Ashford & Simpson tip… never twigged they wrote this too (cheers Frank Booker), one of my Favourite Tracks of All-Timeā„¢. Love this video compilation too, especially the big fella at 1.25 snorting poppers. (The footage also stars… Continue reading

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Let’s Go Get Stoned, Ray Charles

A bit late to the Nick Ashford tribute wagon – but damn, what a songwriter. A goodly proportion of the “favourite” section of my record shelves is given over to Ashford & Simpson numbers – Stay Free, Bourgie Bourgie (their own instrumental renditi… Continue reading

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Happy Mondays, Performance

I saw the Happy Mondays back in 2005 and despite being old and fat (Shaun & band that is, not me – that happened later), they were fucking ace. Bez, sporting a ‘Drop Acid Not Bombs’ T-shirt, galvanised the aging raver crowd with his frenzied marac… Continue reading

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Yello, Bostich / You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess / I Love You / The Race

Never thought I’d be typing this but I spent last night on bingeing on Yello. A most underrated group, especially after a few wines. Hadn’t listened to the You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess album since buying it on an Optimo-inspired splurge yea… Continue reading

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Variations on a theme: Chic, I Want Your Love

It’s no secret how greatly I adore the band named Chic. And I’m not alone. Here are three of the best, equally awesome versions paying tribute to the mighty ‘Nard and Nile. Summer time reggae c/o Norma White & The Brentford Disco Set… The dirtie… Continue reading

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Hugh Masekela, Don’t Go Lose It Baby

TUNE. (Only just realised it was a Paradise Garage hit from the YT comments. That makes sense.) Continue reading

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S.C.U.M, Amber Hands

Sounds like an unholy mash-up of most of my teenage self’s favourite bands: Bauhaus, Joy Division, Jesus & Mary Chain, with a bit of shoegazey Suede-y / Ride-y / MBV-y / je ne said quoi wall-of-sound thrown in to boot*… Naturally, I love this. Continue reading

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Oliver Cheatham, Get Down Saturday Night

Banished to the bedroom to huddle over my laptop to watch the (excellent) film Maestro (on Larry Levan, David Mancuso et al) while the chap claims the lounge to watch a documentary on nuclear waste. Yep, we know how to party here. Get down Saturda… Continue reading

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