- Christmas, Krzysztof Komeda, Rosemary's Baby, 1968, Paramount
- Merry Christmas Baby, Chuck Berry, St. Louis to Liverpool, 1964, Chess
- Breaking up Christmas, Camp Creek Boys, Old Time String Band, 1967,
- Go Power At Christmas Time, James Brown, James Brown's Funky Christmas, 1995,
- Father Christmas Is Dressed In Green, Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, Christmas 1979, 2007, Damaged Goods
- Jingle Bells, Tenchi Muyo, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Oh-Ki No Christmas OST, 1993, AIC/Pioneer
- Mistress for Christmas, AC/DC, The Razor's Edge, 1990, Atco
- Santa Claus Is Ska-Ing To Town, The Granville Williams Orchestra, 7", GWO
- Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over, Fiddlin' John Carson & His Virginia Reelers, Fiddlin' John Carson 5 (1927-1929), 1998, Document
- O Tannenbaum, Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965, Fantasy
- Little St. Nick, The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys' Christmas Album , 1964, Capitol
- Christmas Bop, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Messing with the Mystic (Unissued Songs 1972-1977), 1975, Fly
- Ding Dong Bell, The Ethiopians, 7", 1968, Crab
- Father Christmas, The Kinks, 7", 1977, Arista
- Hard Candy Christmas, Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton, Once Upon a Christmas, 1984, RCA/BMG
- Christmas Eve Is Coming, Anna, Norman Blake, Meeting On Southern Soil, 2002, Red House
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Ronettes, A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records, 1963, Philles
Dec 25, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
- Diddy Wah Diddy, The Legendary A&M Sessions, 1966
- Zig Zag Wanderer, Safe As Milk, Buddah, 1967
- I'm Glad, Safe As Milk
- Safe As Milk, Strictly Personal, Blue Thumb, 1968
- Veteran's Day Poppy, Trout Mask Replica, Straight, 1969
- Willie The Pimp, Frank Zappa, Hot Rats, Reprise, 1969 (Don van Vliet, vocal)
- Doctor Dark, Lick My Decals Off Baby, Straight, 1970
- I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Reprise, 1972
- Low Yo Yo Stuff, Clear Spot, Reprise, 1973
- Observatory Crest, Blue Jeans and Moonbeams, Virgin, 1974
- Debra Kadabra, Zappa/Beefheart, Bongo Fury, Discreet, 1975
- Cathy's Clone, The Tubes, Now, A&M, 1977 (Don van Vliet, saxophone)
- Hard Working Man, Jack Nitzche, Blue Collar OST, Mudcrow, 1978 (Don van Vliet, vocal)
- Harry Irene, Shiny Beast, Warner, 1978
- Hot Head, Doc at the Radar Station, Virgin, 1980
- The Past Sure Is Tense, Ice Cream for Crow, Virgin, 1982
Dec 13, 2010
If you want to lose friends gradually, be in a band with them. If you want a quicker and precise exit strategy, write about their music. So here goes...
Fugiya and Miyagi are a Brighton-based latter-day Neu and Can distillation, which they have redacted into kraut-lite. Malcolm Mooney's breathy vocals the Deutsche dub found on Saw Delight and a motorik beat. The rest of the songs fall into the modern indie template, albeit a fresher and more intelligent take. (Clippy disco hi-hats, funkish guitar chops, A Certain Ratio bass.)
The set was well paced but missing the usual dynamics of a live performance because there was no guitar amp on stage, meaning there was none of the frequency and warmth of an over-driven amplifier. There is no such texture from a monitor, certainly not for the front rows of the audience at any rate, as the PA sends the front of house mix over their heads. Also, the maximal drumming pushed the on-stage volume instantly to the top leaving no headroom.
I've seen the band four times and they are not bad. They've broke free of the Brighton band curse: Too many hometown gigs, a record that doesn't capture your energy and then sink without a trace. (I've been there and done that.)
The refernces and influences are all in place, but they need to define their own space. The guitarist's choice of instrument says it all: a J. Mascis special edition purple Fender Jazzmaster. A vintage Jazzmaster is indie-rock standard equipment, but a custom shop repro says as much about a musician as a Harley Davidson says about a bank manager.
Dec 12, 2010
- What's the ugliest part of your body?, The Mothers Of Invention, We're only in it for the money, 1968, Verve
- Fingerbuster, Davy Graham, The Guitar Player, 1963, Golden Guinea
- Don't talk (put you head on my shoulder), The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, 1966, Capitol
- Expressway To Your Heart, Amen Corner, Round Amen Corner, 1968, Deram
- Chest Fever, The Band, Music From Big Pink, 1968, Capitol
- Stretch Your Skin, Los Rocket's, The Rockets, 1968, Rev-Ola
- Little Hands, Skip Spence, Oar, 1969, Columbia
- Waving My Arms in the Air, Syd Barrett, Barrett, 1970, Harvest
- Turn Back The Hands Of Time, Tyrone Davis, 7", 1970, Dakar
- Big Eyed Beans From Venus, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Clear Spot, 1972, Reprise
- Spanish Knee, Hugh Hopper, Hopper Tunity Box, 1977, Compendium
- Cor Baby That's Really Free, John Otway, John Otway and Wild Willie Barrett, 1977, Polydor
- Your Dragging Feet, Polyrock, Polyrock, 1980, RCA
- Lips Like Sugar, Echo & The Bunnymen, Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987, WEA
- Braindead, The Scientists, The Human Jukebox, 1987, Munster
- New Slang, The Shins, Oh, Inverted World, 2001, Sub Pop
Dec 8, 2010
German kosmische group Neu! may have had only one idea, but it was certainly a very good one: strip down two decades of rock and roll into its indivisible parts – a pounding rhythm, provided by drummer Klaus Dinger; a pulsing guitar riff and the hint of a melody from guitarist Michel Rother, with singing reduced to its primal base.
The next step was to spread that idea over three albums – Neu! 1, Neu! 2 and Neu! 75 – with varying degrees of success, and in some cases, at varying speeds. Willing to risk a few hundred Deutschmarks, Hamburg label Brain released the three records between 1972 and 1975, picked up United Artists at a later date. Now they are cult classics that have spawned two generations of bands.
Neu! is back and is called Hallogallo 2010, a name taken from the first song on Neu! 1. Dinger died in 2004 and so is replaced on the drums by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. Shelley is a reliable player who gives the music space with his characteristically unfussy playing. One bass drum-kick too much space. perhaps. The set opener, "Fur Immer," features Dinger's signature motorik (motor skill) beat – a relentless and punishing allegro four-to-the-floor. But Shelley's take missed the fourth kick beat in the bar, leaving a hole, and so undoing the pattern's bludgeoning totalism.
The sound was fizzy and clear from the two-year-old PA and the lights were unobtrusively automated. Rother was stage left behind a table of equipment, while virtually inaudible bassist Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs and Sonic Youth's sound engineer) stood opposite, with Shelley in between behind a Plexiglas screen, like you would see at a stadium concert.
The gig went by at a fair clip, and the hits were given their proper treatment. Even Rother's phased guitar noodling was just about the right side of bearable, if not incessant. The very young crowd made a good attempt at dancing and were engaged with the set's ebb and flow, despite no acknowledgment from the stage. except an occasional beatific smile. Everything was just so, and on paper, this should be have a great gig. But as it was, it was just OK. Having listened for so many years to so many reinterpretations of the Neu! sound – and played in a few – it lacked a bit of punch.
But it was the crowd that weren't working. I felt enormously proprietorial, having bought Neu! 1 on actual vinyl more than 20 years ago from a real record shop. It was too personal to share with young people who had plenty of energy to dance and cheer late on a Monday night. I'm just too old for this classic rock.
Dec 5, 2010
Dec 4, 2010
Firstly, the Kentucky Colonels' Appalachian Swing was originally (and famously) released by World Pacific. (Established by Richard Bock and Roy Harte in Los Angeles, 1952 and sold to Liberty in 1965. FYI)
To add insult to injury, Clarence White of the Kentucky Colonels doesn't play the b-bender guitar on the Byrds' Yesterday's Train (I should have picked Truck Stop Girl, on which he sings). It is of course Sneaky Pete Kleinow's pedal steal. Although, I'll wager he plays the acoustic guitar on the recording.
And finally, the Louvin Brothers is pronounced Loo-van to rhyme with toilet, rather than Low-vin, to rhyme with how, as in, "How on earth should I know how Louvin Brothers is pronounced?"
I stand corrected.
- Little Honda, The Beach Boys, All Summer Long, 1964, Capitol
- Leader Of The Pack, The Shangri-Las, 7", 1964, Red Bird
- Motorcycle Irene, Moby Grape, Wow, 1968, Columbia
- Devil's Motorcycle, The Chocolate Watchband, One Step Beyond, 1969, Tower
- High Heeled Wheels, Neon Boys, The Neon Boys/Richard Hell and the Voidoids, 1973, Shake
- Yamaha Skank, Shorty the President, 7", 1973, Soul City
- Motorbikin', Chris Spedding, Chris Spedding, 1975, RAK
- CB 200, Dillinger, CB 200, 1976, Island
- Ghost Rider, Suicide, Suicide, 1977, Red Star
- Motorcycle Mama, Neil Young, Comes a Time, 1978, Reprise
- Motorbike Beat, The Revillos, 7", 1980, Snatzo
- Drive Blind, Ride, 12", 1990, Creation
- Speeding motorcycle, The Pastels, 7", 1991, Paperhouse
- 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, Richard Thompson, Rumor And Sigh, 1991, Capitol
- Superbike, Fat Truckers, Coletten No.3, 2003, Roadtrain
- The Motorcycle Song, Richard Hawley, Lowedges, 2003, Setanta
Dec 3, 2010
However, there may be some disruption in the coming weeks as the Acik Radyo studio has been forced to move in order to make way for a hotel (as if this city needs another one). And while we're talking of the best open access radio station in Turkey, the new book celebrating the 15-year history of the station and the people behind it is out now.
Inexplicably, I can't seem to post comments in response to yours. Perhaps someone can tell me why, but in the meantime, thanks for you remarks and keep them coming. Feedback is always appreciated, not least to reassure me that someone/anyone is actually listening.