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Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (1977)

May 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Just have to post this as penance for quite enjoying the royal wedding on Saturday – no, really! The dress, the kiss, the veil, British pomp at its best, the creativity, the vitality, the love. Marvellous ….

An astonishing record: epoch defining in many ways but possibly more in how it influenced other people to influence others rather than how it influenced people directly itself?

Nonetheless, a great tune, football terrace chants and Mr Lydon at his most provocative and, sometimes, whimsical?

Three versions:

  • The original, peerless, recording;

  • a version from Winterland, San Francisco, in 1978 that demonstrates why Sid Vicious was in every way a waste of space, a distraction and a dead end (ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated, etc), and, finally;

  • an almost elegiac performance from the 2007 reunion where Lydon knows he has won and seems to wonder whether a mass, stadium chant is how he wanted the song to be remembered anyway.

The paradox between integrity and mass adulation. Discuss?

Lydon, himself: “You don’t write ‘God Save The Queen’ because you hate the English race, you write a song like that because you love them; and you’re fed up with them being mistreated”.

 

 

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The Stooges – T.V. Eye (1970)

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

How has it taken me this long to elevate this to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime?

Iggy Pop and The Stooges make most of what became before or after irrelevant. Relentless, focused, stripped down to the minimum input required to achieve maximum effect.

It gets no better than this and the Sex Pistols et al were still at school!

Sometimes I wonder why I bother listening to anything else …..

Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi (1978)

June 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Quite simply the greatest achievement in Belgium’s history.

An all-time “comedy punk” classic – right up there with Jilted John’s “Jilted John” and Splodgenessabound’s “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please” .

First heard on the back of the school bus in Hong Kong, this was the first track on the never surpassed punk compilation LP “20 of Another Kind” ..

Perfect pop music!

The Snivelling Shits – Isgodaman? (1977)

February 7, 2015 Leave a comment

I’m having a whale of a time at the moment re-reading Erich von Däniken’s provocative piece of pseudo-science, Chariots of the Gods, first published in 1968. I can remember reading the book as a boy in the mid 1970s and I’ve always had a secret admiration for the audacity of the thesis being advanced …..

In summary, Erich’s proposition is (spoiler alert!) that: (a) creation stories are largely true, in that; (b) extra-terrestrials came to Earth thousands of years ago and, by one means or another, engineered a genetic adjustment to the emerging human race that resulted in a leap forward in intelligence and progress; (c) in doing so, they introduced a series of advanced technologies that enabled the building of pyramids, the emergence of the (pre) Mayan civilisation, the nuclear destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, etc; (d) consequently, all references to “gods” are actually references to ancient astronauts.

Given this, von Däniken’s thesis is actually that “man is part god”. I couldn’t find a song of that title but needed little excuse to post this classic piece of punk rock from 1977.

I actually first heard this record on the classic “Streets” compilation LP, originally released in 1977. However, that was apparently by a band called Arthur Comics … It turns out that The Snivelling Shits were persuaded to adopt this alternative band name when the Beggars Banquet record label decided that they really couldn’t accept the “S.H.” word on the cover of their new LP!

The Snivellers were actually Giovano Dadomo, Dave Fudger and Steve Nicol who were journalists for the British music weekly “Sounds”. Dadomo also wrote for “Zig Zag” magazine and managed to fool the NME into giving their first record the much coveted “single of the week” accolade.

It’s a piece of timeless, snotty, punk rock genius!

Public Image Limited – Another (1979)

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Posted to mark the 59th birthday of John Lydon who, over the years, has gradually morphed into another example of the Great English Eccentric … Anyone debating the use of the word “English” is referred to his stated allegiance in his autobiography “Anger is an Energy”!

“Another” is a classic piece of P.I.L. genius. Jah Wobble’s pounding bassline, Keith Levene layering shards of guitar and John Lydon warbling on about lord knows what over the top – perfection!

Released as the B-Side to the “Memories” single in 1979, sharp eared listeners will recognise that “Another” is a version of “Graveyard” from P.I.L.’s career high Metal Box. A previous post from that landmark LP can be found here.

The vinyl version and then live from April 1980!

John Cooper Clarke – Valley of the Long Lost Women (1978)

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Happy (route) 66th birthday to John Cooper Clarke tonight! Never kind Robbie Burns!

Way too smart for punk rock …  sophisticated wordplay over killer melodies and beats – I had this on constant rotation in my most miserable summer of 1982. Things got better in due course!

John’s backing band, The Invisible Girls, featured Martin (Joy Division) Hannett on bass guitar and production – inventive, melodic and melancholic as the mood required.

She left her heart in ‘Frisco
She left her room in a mess
She left her hat in the disco
She never left her address

Dead Kennedys – Rawhide (1981)

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

When I first posted a Dead Kennedys’ track on this blog (Let’s Lynch the Landlord, here), I promised that, in due course, I would also post the band’s definitive reading of the theme tune from the 1950s/1960s cowboy series Rawhide.

The show, itself, ran from January 9th 1959 to January 4th 1966 and starred Clint Eastwood and Eric Fleming. As we approach the, errr, 49th anniversary of the end of Rawhide (or, indeed, as we approach the, errr, 56th anniversary of its beginning), what better way to commemorate the landmark(s) than for me to finally keep my blogging promise of, errr, 3 and a half years ago? Truth be told, rarely a day goes by without one or other of my keen followers remarking that it’s been a long time since my earlier commitment (you know who you are sir!).

Anyway, the Dead Kennedys manage to pull off one of the great cover versions – released in 1981 on their  era defining In God We Trust EP.

See below for the original track and then some remarkable live footage from the studio as Jello Biafra and the boys achieve punk rock perfection.

 

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