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Building the Perfect Beat Group

Watching the recent Status Quo TV documentary ‘Hello Quo’ (Dir. Alan G Parker), I was reminded of a theory I’ve been expressing in one or two posts and talks concerning the DNA of the perfect ‘band’ (strange term, especially when applied to, say, the Spice Girls; ‘band’ conjures up images of euphoniums and [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Popular Music|0 Comments

‘I was born in Bethlehem’ claims Jesus of Cool

Once seen, particularly in America, as the feather-ruffling arch cove of New Wave; king of the uber clever song lyric; the fastest-livin’, hardest-drinkin’ gorblimey Limey who rocked with Rockpile - jolly-japing and pillaging from coast to coast, Nick Lowe is the last modern vocalist one would expect to deliver ‘a Christmas album’. Unless, [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

Bobby Vee – Prince of Teen Angst

Bobby Vee (Robert Velline), who died on 24 October at the age of 73, was unfairly roped in with the numerous teen-appeal vocalists of the late 1950s / early 1960s, who were hammered by music critics for being lightweights with weak voices and even weaker recording material. Examples would have been Bobby Rydell [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Popular Music|0 Comments

Teenarama – ‘injections in the knee’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZlBAGkMdM Teenarama, is what you’re giving me, Teenarama, injections in the knee… This was the rather desperate couplet I wrote for The Records’ song Teenarama a long time ago. A few years back I received an email from one Pat Broderick (USA I think) asking if ‘injections in the knee’ was a [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|The Records|0 Comments