Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:35
It is late January 1964 and the kids from Bayonne, New Jersey are excited as they travel to Central Park Zoo in New York City on the yellow school bus. The vehicle is filled with the laughter of children, as they swap baseball cards, display the contents of their Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bugs Bunny lunch boxes. A few of the kids start to sing the theme tune to Rawhide. A dark haired kid occasionally joins in with a smile, as he picks up his comic book and he wishes he could be bitten by a radioactive spider, or get caught in a nuclear explosion and become a superhero.
- Clem Burke
- New Jersey
- The Beatles
- Debbie Harry (Lead Singer and Songwriter)
- Chris Stein
- Debbie Harry Vocals
- Chris Stein Guitar
- Gary Valentine Bass
- Jimmy Destri Keyboards
- Clem Burke Drums Nigel Harrison
- The Mercury Lounge in Manhattan
- Hugh Cromwell
- Patti Smith
- Joan Jett
- Club 21
- New York
- New wave
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:26
As I wander through the back streets of Waterloo SE1 on my way to interview Essex based band, Plastic Youth with their manager Bob Morris, my mood starts to brighten. Not that I was in a particularly bad mood, I just wasn't that focused, due to the usual hustle and bustle of Waterloo Station. However the mayhem and madness experienced around a busy train station, can have quite magical moments while you 'people-watch' under the neon lights. But once I escaped the clutches of commuter hell I began to think about the task ahead.
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:27
“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, and religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”.
James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:46
The bass is the beat, the groove and a musical line that transfixes the listener. The bass gives the song power and attitude. The bass player has to be able to listen to a guitarist strum a few bare chords, go away and add a strong substance to half-baked song.
Monday, 16 January 2012 17:32
That pent-up anger released in a majestic and magnificent manner via the six string. The guitarist has to be one of the most exciting and visual aspects of any band. Pulsating with passion, fuelled with anger and playing with pride. That is a definite criteria for Zanis. The guitar hero is the archetypal angry young man (or woman.); we love them and they fill our hearts with fire.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 18:09
ZANI were sad and shocked to hear about the untimely death of Flowered Up’s lead singer Liam Maher. ‘Flowered Up’ were a gang of lads from Camden, and contemporary rivals to Madchester’s acts ‘The Stone Roses’ and ‘The Happy Mondays’. The ‘faces’ of the London club scene in their day they took their street style and attitude to the stage, and became a musical force to be reckoned with. Yet despite their popularity they never really hit the big time, although they provided some great songs that captured England’s Sub culture.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:58
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:42
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.”
‘Ohio’ Neil Young
Thus go the lyrics of a song released by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in June 1970. A song which pays reference to the Kent State University shootings on 4th May 1970 in which the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded nine others during a students protest against Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. Some major Radio Stations in the US banned the song upon it’s release, since the song attacked Nixon’s Presidency, and perhaps was the first record to
publicly slate a US president.
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:38
Modism, Mod living, is an aphorism for clean living under difficult circumstances” Pete Meaden
Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:33
“Upside Down”, the story of Creation Records, a film made by Danny O’Connor with the assistance of Radio One DJ Steve Lamaq who interviewed former artists Bobby Gillespie and Noel Gallagher, who Danny had persuaded to talk the camera.