A while back I thought it might be a giggle to write about a song for each year of my life.
A couple of weeks back I popped round to Bob Collins’ house for what turned out to be a very long chat.
We started off talking about his top ten favourite Medway albums and then moved on to talk about his musical life and times, first with The Dentists, then Ascoyne D’Ascoynes, Fortune West right through to his own band, Bob Collins and the Full Nelson and, most recently, playing with Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society.
All the chat is available to view for the princely sum of absolutely nothing right here.
Bonus points to Bob for (a) referencing Half Man Half Biscuit (b) being very patient during some minor technical difficulties involving my camera.
It’s here, at long, long last: the final entry in the saga that is and soon to be was my 1980 and All That series.
It might not be fair to choose a favourite song of this year when we’ve still got a couple of months to go. But I’m fairly confident – barring something utterly spectacular involving the ressurections of John Lennon and George Harrison and a resulting Beatles reunion – that today’s choice will stand me in good stead.
It’s a tune from the latest Alt-J album, of which there are several (well, seven, to be precise) strong contenders. But I’ve gone for ‘Adeline’ for reasons that can be read right here.
After I posted this video (well worth a watch for Bob Collins’ insights into Medway’s impressive catalogue of bands and artists) some bright spark suggested putting together a list of Medway bands songs about Medway.
We’re getting close to the end now. Just one year to go after this one.
The 2016 entry was going to be ‘Frankie Sinatra’ by The Avalanches. Then, I realised that, actually, it would probably be better to go for something by a band with a slightly naughty name…
A couple of days ago I interviewed Gary Robertson about his music past, present and future.
And this afternoon I edited now.
Now, you’re reading this – and, hopefully, any second now, you’ll press play on the screenshot below…
Later…with Jools Holland has, by and large, pretty much had its day now. I don’t know why. Something of its soul has been lost. There’s just something…missing.
Which is, of course, a shame. There’s very little in the way of TV music coverage these days. So it’s a pity that the one thing that is still around is virtually entirely forgettable.
That said, I’ve made some rather good musical discoveries thank to Later….
It’s where I first came across Bellowhead and Beirut. It’s where I heard one of Damon Albarn’s many side-projects, The Good, The Bad and the Queen.
More recently, there’s been Caravan Palace. An electro-swing outfit from Paris.
Their music is infectious, fun and full of life. And you can read more about them here.
I’ve got a lot of time for St Vincent. Not least because her latest offering, ‘New York‘ is a thing of such heartbreaking tenderness, there is always the risk of me bursting into tears the moment the detuned piano and cracked vocals appear.
But we’re not here to talk about a 2017 release. Oh no sirree, Bob.
After a flurry of articles themed around the premise of a song for each year of my life, I’ve been largely inactive on this score lately.
I am, however, back with a vengeance for the final furlong where you’ll find me listening – in positive awe – to the magnificence that is St Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness‘.
A few weeks back I had a chat with Glenn Prangnell of Groovy Uncle.
The conversation was preserved for posterity by my occasionally reliable camcorder. During our chat we discussed his soon to be released album, A Clip Round the Ear.
Well, the day has finally arrived and A Clip Round the Ear is now with us.
Read about it right here.
Go on. It’ll definitely be worth your while.
Let’s be honest here. This isn’t really an article about Lorde’s ‘Royals’ at all.