‘Spillin’ The Beans – “There Is No God” by Bluebirds

Just when I thought that psychedelia was this year’s thing, along comes something definitely different. This week, I am ‘Spillin’ The Beans about the debut EP by Edinburgh four-piece Bluebirds. Continue reading

Best Cover Artists Ever?

Things are getting kinda tense around Gotham, so what best to put smiles on pusses than dumb Ramones (peace be upon them) tunes. Been a long time (years, probably) since i did a post for this sporadic series, and i think it’s probably not in dispute that the Ramones were fine cover artists. But it turns out not to be so easy to do fine covers of Ramones tunes. Some very good bands did some not very good covers in my wholly subjective opinion. Here’s a small handful that made my cut. Have fun!
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Bad Brains and Death – Discuss

Last year I watched a BBC documentary called Imagine – The Seven Killings of Marlon James.  Marlon James had won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 with his violent fictional version of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley.  In this documentary, Alan Yentob talked to him about experiences as a writer.  It is a great documentary and worth watching if it ever comes to a screen near you.  In some shots, Marlon was wearing a band t-shirt.  A tweet from a writer I follow, who had been watching the programme at the same time as me, revealed the band to be Bad Brains.  Of course I immediately sought them out.  The album above is their first and eponymous record released in 1982.  It is a furious hardcore punk reggae fusion – I like it for certain occasions although admit to preferring a later album called I Against I, mainly because it’s slightly more accessible and appropriate to play around children, but Bad Brains is an awesome racket.  I love the dub and reggae tracks interspersed between the noise as a bit of relief.

So last week, I was minding my own business, reading an article that referred to Bad Brains and in the same breath name-checked this other band I’d never heard of as being better than Bad Brains and making this kind of music much earlier.  What? Much earlier than 1982? The band is called Death.  I know very little about them other than they were a band made up of 3 brothers from Detroit, they made this album called For The Whole World To See in 1975.  When the record company wanted them to change their name, they refused, so the album never got released; until it was rediscovered in 2009.

Yet again I come to you, ‘Spillers to fill in my gaps and educate me.  What do you know about all this? Are there any other bands like these two I should check out?

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He Said – She Said Special Cross Cultural Edition – Typically English – Typically Japanese ! ! !

 If he chooses a track about octopus's . .  I will kill him ! ! !

If he chooses a track about octopuses . . I will kill him ! ! !

sakura 1Welcome to the special Cross Cultural Edition of He Said – She Said ! ! !  This time we decided to show what we think is typical of the music from each other’s counties ! ! !  So I will be picking typically English tracks and Mr P will be picking typically Japanese tracks ! ! !

We think it will be fun and hope you like the post ! ! !

Mr P-1This time we have chosen to visit each other’s musical heritage in a fantastic cross cultural exchange type of a thing. I think it’s interesting to see how others see us, through the medium of music. We have chosen one contemporary  track, one oldie and one traditional.  We hope you enjoy the tracks.

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The Current State of UK Rock

The latest lineup of Guildford punk band Hearts Under Fire

The latest lineup of Guildford punk band Hearts Under Fire

So here it is. After nearly a year of the Guardian running ‘is rock music dead?’ stories and readers’ polls to find Britain’s best band with results that make me weep for humanity, this punk fan is finally hitting back. I could go on a rant about major media outlets refusing to interview The King Blues because they were ‘too political’, I could talk about the Guardian beginning their pattern of dismissing UK rock last year with a story on the death of guitar music a few days before Sheffield metalcore torchbearers Bring Me The Horizon released their critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful third album There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret… but I won’t. Instead, I’ll introduce you to some of the UK’s leading lights and rising stars, and let you judge them for yourselves. Please note that this list is selective: I don’t listen to much metal, and wouldn’t feel qualified to talk about it, so I’ll mostly be focusing on punk, pop-punk, emo and post-hardcore. Maybe Chinny would do a piece on modern British metal? (hint, hint…)

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The metaphorical cat is away, so…..

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My partner in crime is, as I’m sure you know, away at the moment besporting herself on sunny beaches on a beautiful sub-tropical island.

I’m not, I’m stuck in the hills in the rain and murk ( as usual) with only a few straggly sheep and rustics for company.

So I thought I’d take some time and scribble some screed concerning a band I have grown to love over the past few months and which, I think, briefly reignited the “true Olmpyian flame of Punk”. Until they fell apart , of course, bickering and burned out
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