Music Archive (274)
It is easy to dismiss Weller’s final and rejected album for Polydor, Modernism: A New Decade. Recorded in 1989 and finally released in 1998, but by then the moment had gone. Modernism certainly witnessed a huge change in musical direction for Weller, the usual Soul, Pop, Funk and Jazz sound of The Style Council had been replaced by House Music,
John Lennon famously said although he was born in Liverpool he grew up in Hamburg, but if one of Merseybeat’s unsung heroes had his way Lennon and his Beatles running mates may not have even made it to Hamburg. The first Liverpool band to make the trek to the bright lights and fleshpots of Hamburg was a rockin’ R&B outfit by the name of Howie Casey & the Seniors.
Starting with their self-titled 1982 debut, The Call have gained acclaim from countless critics and had their music hailed as “uncompromising,” “urgent,” “bristling,” and even” apocalyptic.” Those in the know— from Spinto New Musical Express—have extolled The Call for the depth of their material and the passion with which it’s performed. “If there is any justice,” wrote the Philadelphia Daily News in the band’s earliest days,
I've been long excited about The Action's "In The Lap Of The Mods" book like it was the second coming. The Action, along with The Small Faces, The Kinks and David Bowie are my favourite 60's artists. From their first single as The Boys all the way down to the material cut before they became Mighty Baby (released in the 80's on a mini LP "Speak Louder Than") and even lead singer Reg King's 1971 solo LP I'm all on board as a one man American cheering section. I'm still, 18 years later, slowly wrapping my head around Mighty Baby.
Pete Best (24th November 1941 Madras, India) is a name that has always been associated with The Beatles, and how his life drastically changed forever on 16th August 1962, when their manager, Brian Epstein, reluctantly fired Best as The Beatles’ drummer.
He’s been the Milkman of Human Kindness and a Victim of Geography, now Billy Bragg is back with a new album, a new beard and a new role – the Sherpa of Heartbreak.
Of course, pop will eat itself, but how many times…?
The Buzzcocks’ back catalogue has never been that difficult to access in the CD age, less so as downloads took hold, but never has it been so lovingly and intelligently compiled. Each of their three albums has been afforded the 2CD treatment and if you’ve not heard them for a while there are one or two surprises in store – some good, some less so.
I remember the first time I heard Teena Marie, it was the summer of 86 and I had a nice summer job. Without going into details of the job, it was in a small kitchen, and I used to bring tapes in to play. Anyway one Monday, I brought in a Motown compilation cassette that I had purchased at Woolworths.
I knew Marcus Reeves was talented, and could pen a song. In addition I had the pleasure of meeting him last year, and what a sharp, intelligent, focused and witty man he is. Furthermore, his understanding of music and songwriting was overwhelming, as we discussed these subjects at a bar in Denmark Street London WC1. So, when I received his latest offering, I did not hesitate for a second before hitting the play button, and the track I heard increased my already high opinion of Marcus Reeves.
On 27th November 2012, ZANI were invited down to take part on Pelirocco Platters, Brighton’s community station RadioReverb.
The music world is mourning the loss of Reg Presley who died on Feb 4th after a number of strokes and a battle with cancer. Fans expressed their loss with comments such as “another 60s great gone” and “Sad news indeed. ‘Wild thing’ was a great proto-punk single and is, as far as I know, the only hit single ever to contain an ocarina solo.”
Marion Ryan was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1931. As a professional singer she worked with the Ray Ellington orchestra which springboarded her recording career. She had a good singing voice and was capable of a wide rage of styles. Her glamous good looks earned her the title "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song," but despite her popularity her recording career was mediocre. She did have one UK Top Five hit with 'Love ne forever' (1958).
It’s nearly five years since Billy Bragg’s last album, 2008’s Mr Love and Justice, and much has changed. The flag above Downing Street has changed hue, the banks don’t even pretend to be on our side anymore, public sector pensions are now worth as little as those in the private sector, British forces are out of Basra, but not yet home – you could say they’re stuck between Iraq and a hard place.
Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born in 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He learned to play the piano aged 7, and his style was influenced by boogie woogie pianists like Albert Ammons, and Meade Lux Lewis. Later his triplet piano play came from Little Willie Littlefield.