Reorganising my office - here are some vinyls that haven't been near a turntable for many years. Bonus prize for anyone who saw Curved Air and/or The Pretty Things live – that'll be me then.
And now for something different: I'm putting together a three hour blues show for my local FM station Park Radio (you can listen online at http://www.parkradio.co.uk/) - here's one of the tracks I'll be playing - Red House by Jimi Hendrix...
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As we slip into the long weekend in the UK, here's a video of some psychedelic pop by Nirvana. That's the original 1960s Brit band (here seen in a later 1970s manifestation) not the later Kurt Cobain band.
The band Pink Floyd feature in a novel I'm currently writing (and in effect provide the backing track to the text) so, out of interest, I recently ran a Twitter survey to discover which were people's favourite Floyd albums – besides The Dark Side of the Moon.
The results were not as I suspected...
In first place on 47% was The Wall beating Wish You Were Here on 32%. Then came the 1971 album Meddle on 16%, beating Animals into fourth place on just 5%. All of which just goes to show there's a lot of it about!
Just taken delivery of tickets to see John Mayall – the Godfather of British Blues – in Norwich in October. Of course he's ancient now (no disgrace, so am I) however at this distance in time we tend to forget just what a huge impact Mayall had on the UK pop, blues and Mod scenes in the first part of the 1960s.
I still have a copy of his 1964-vintage 45 single with Crawling up a Hill on the A-side and Mr. James (about the Chicago slide guitarist Elmore James) on the flip. Growing up as a teenage schoolboy in Scarborough, I was already aware I was living in a small town and needed to get out. The Mayall song Crawling up a Hill, with its lyrics about heading to London town, for a better scene, and the kind of music that won't bring you down, resonated very strongly in me – even if it actually took me another eight years to get there!
By way of a compare and contrast, here's the original Mayall version and a much later (2003/04) version by Katie Melua (which goes for a more laid-back jazzier approach) from 40 years later.
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