Wednesday, August 16, 2006

More Rock'n'Roll History


Here's 'Zed's Dead Baby' the original 'A' side of the Pricks EP in an earlier post
This one continued the Pulp fiction theme. There was a few tunes around shortly after this was released in 95 that used the 'path of the righteous man...' sample
but my ones used less obvious bits of dialogue. By the way Pricks pre-dated the Fun Lovin Criminals by about a year in case you were wondering.
This was the UK A-side but DJs were playing the Pricks track so it got flipped round for the Belgian and Italian releases.
I ripped this from the State of Play vol 1 cd which I had to buy off ebay. I had about 10 copies but ended up giving them all away, luckily someone had one for sale. £2.99 was a bit cheap I thought. I also got a copy of my first single for Hook, as Party on Plastic, for 50p - an disgrace , it should have been on there for £10 at least.
I'll post that one once I figure out how to record from vinyl into me computer.
Zeds Dead Baby here

Saturday, August 12, 2006

D&AD

My certificates arrived yesterday (2 in the book, count 'em).
Xbox thing for New uses of broadcast and Smirnoff thing for interactive advertising.
Couldn't help being slightly underwhelmed by the cheapy paper and rubber stamp.
For eighty squid a pop I think I was expecting something a bit better. I wonder if the pencils are rubber?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Arthurly...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Schnabel

When I was a young art student in the 80's Schnabel was up there. The leading figure in the heroic American post expressionist post modern whatever painting. Obviously the rebellious nature appealed to studes, he was our Jackson Pollock, and along with the likes of Salle, Clemente, Basquiat was a figure we all aspired to emulate. Here's an excerpt from some twat in the Guardian's review from last year sometime.

'.....Schnabel cannot stop himself, cannot silence himself, even though there is palpably nothing at all inside the storm of his "energy". The nervous mixture of media in this exhibition - paintings, photographs, surfboards - is almost an acknowledgement of desperation...'

This can mean only one thing. The critics are slamming him to drive the prices down and snap up all the work for knockdown. Next year will see a 'critical re-appraisal' and JS will be the toast of NY artworld again. Snap 'em up now I reckon.
By the way, about the 'plate' paintings - Schnabel was the chef at Max's Kansas City in NY in the late 70's - flipping burgers and breaking while the likes of the Ramones and Heartbreakers were inventing punk...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

No sleep 'til canvey island...

Leading on from the last post I just got the Feelgood's first lp again, its been reissued with extra tracks. Theres a 2nd cd with stereo versions (the original '74 lp was mono) but
I prefer it in mono, anyway. As a kid I marvelled at Wilko's ability to play lead and rhythm guitar at the same time (and with his fist!). I remember seeing them supporting Hawkwind just before punk broke, I was about 12 or 13. Next thing the Ramones came over and the rest is history...
Little known fact, Wilko Johnsons real name is John Wilkinson.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Take a tip from Mr Johnny Green...

Speaking of bikes...
This is a great book. Ex Clash roadie Johnny Green (immortalised in the Dr Feelgood classic 'Take a Tip') gives a grass roots fan's eye view of the Tour de France. Plenty of 'on the road' rock'n'roll anecdotes thrown in as they stalk Lance Armstrong and co around France. JG's enthusiasm is infectious and its a great intro to the Tour if, like me, you've not got a clue what its all about.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

i've got a bike you can ride it if you like...

We had a few quid to spare last week so went and blew it on bikes.
A final tribute to Syd after listening to 'Piper' all week maybe. I got a minimal black Marin and M got a Trek with a comfy seat. The first bikes we have ever had! Theres no gym or anything round by us in leafy Hampshire, so it seemed like a good investment from an exercise point of view. A new hobby!...and safer than crack.
Next week a cloak.