4/23/17

Buzzcocks - The Harmony In My Head Session fake EP (1979)





















This is the first of a small series of fake EP consisting of demos recorded in a specific session by Buzzcocks. I begin with this one cos' Steve Diggle specified that it was at this session that "Harmony In My Head" was recorded. Unfortunately, there is not the demo version of the song. My idea was then to put the A and B-sides of the single (without being sure that "Something's Gone Wrong Again" that is on B-side was actually recorded at this session), and to add the other songs recorded at the session. What's interesting is that you have 4 tracks that were never finalize and that you may listen for the first time (except if you have the album Chronology) 2 from Diggle, 2 from Garvey. I changed a little bit the cover sleeve of the single to create this fake EP. Hope you'll like it. More to come. I'm posting this 1 hour now from the result of French election and I fear that I'll say soon that something's gone wrong again, too often it is the case in the damned country. Catch it here.


4/19/17

Morrissey - I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 7" (2009)



A requested reup. I'm not in Morrissey these years but it's a fact this is a great song and a great period in his career. Since then, he didn't release anything I found of enough interest to buy or even listen more than once. Maybe he'll do it in the future but he (and I, since we have the same age) is becoming old and time is running away. Catch this gem (about the town I used to live) here.

When the time will come to vote for the best songs of the year, I hope nobody will forget this one by Morrissey, one of the most wonderfull he wrote since the Smiths disbanded. The metaphor is gorgeous and inspired. Similar to the old Smiths period, this is moving without being "niais" (sorry I did not find an English term for this word). I've not followed with much curiosity the career of Morrissey after Johnny Marr and him separated their ways, because it was hard to listen to his new material after such an achievement, but I was wrong and he composed some great tunes with superb lyrics even after. Only the stylish options often bothered me. But with Years of Refusal this year, something made it again for me. And the B-sides album Swords issued this month confirms that I'm still higly receptive to the songs and the voice of this man. This single, released at the beginning of the year, did not find the way to the top of the charts I thought it will find. It does not matter but it shows how the public taste got some dysgueusia these days. I must admit that the present 7" does not exist actually since it is the 2 CD version that contained both B-side tracks I post here, the single having a live version of the great Smiths "Death of the Disco Dancer".



I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. In the absence of your love And in the absence of human touch I have decided I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love In the absence of your smiling face I traveled all over the place and I have decided I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love I’m throwing my arms around Around Paris because only stone and steel accept my love I’m throwing my arms around Paris because Nobody wants my love Nobody wants my love Nobody needs my love Nobody wants my love Yes you made yourself plain Yes you made yourself very plain

4/15/17

Buzzcocks - Parts 1-3 (1980)




















It might sound weird, but as a "first-hour" Buzzcocks fan, the period I cherish the most in their discography is the second side of A Different Kind Of Tension LP released in September 1979, and these 3 singles released as Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, with reversed A and B-sides (one by Pete Shelley, one by Steve Diggle) according to samples, and that were maybe supposed to provide a longer series (but this will surely be explained a near-to-be-published biography written by Tony McGartland). What is so remarkable in this series is that the band has left his lightweight approach of punk for darker, harder and oblique options. Buzzcocks always had this little more class-touch compared to other bands issued from the punk movement (even compared to Wire) and here, allied with a denser and deeper music, full of new instruments (horns, cello) and a harder visual, they reached the top of what could be expected by punk. Moreover lyrics are no more about romances but about psychic distorsion or mental confusion in Shelley's ones, and down-to-earth everyday living condition in Diggle's ones. Released in August, October and December 1980 respectively, these 3 part-singles were the epitome of the band grandeur. Unfortunately it was too their swansong since they soon disbanded the next year, Pete Shelley beginning a solo career (with Martin Rushent helping for production) which, on paper, should have been a triumph but was not, either musically (although the 2 first albums have their moments, but too much synthetic for me) or commercially. So, here are these 6 great songs. Note that among them, only Diggle's "Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore" is regularly played on stage to this day (saw them recently in Paris and it was). But in 2016, it seems they played for the first time since 1980 "Strange Thing" and "Running Free", 2 of the bests of the load. Catch this gem here. Below I posted the front and back cover sleeves (note that sometimes the front and back were reversed) and a video from the song, with one clip (not really good) that was shot for "Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore"

















4/14/17

Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites - Jangle Town / The Last Bandit 7" (1986)




















This 6th single/EP from Nikki Sudden was released under his name and the Jacobites. Actually, his association with Dave Kusworth appeared to be short-lived, only 2 years (but they would play again together, and much longer, in the nineties). Driven from the wonderful album Texas (his best for me), recorded in June and July 1986, the A-side was not really able to catch enough attention on a single. The B-side was a non-album track and would even become some years later the name of a compilation, and a classic stage song. All this is enough to consider interesting to post this single (that was not released in an EP version such as it was the tradition in the eighties). Catch it here. PS. The sleeve is a picture of mine since I have bought this 7" when it was released.


4/12/17

The Jacobites (Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth) - When The Rain Comes EP (1986)




















I've been out of blog activity some days due to holidays taken with my babe (now that I have one I can spend time with) but now I'm here again with this new Nikki Sudden stuff, the 5th single/EP of the series, but released under the Jacobites entity, without any name associated. Consisting entirely of songs that were not kept for the purposed double Robespierre's Velvet Basement (finally released in this format by Secretly Canadian in 2002), this is a stunningly good EP with no less than 6 songs on it. The title track is excellent, even if it's more than influenced by Hendrix's version of Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". "Country Girl" is a wonderful Kusworth's song, and it's true that in this duo, we had the same pleasure to listen to his songs than to Sudden's ones, which was not a small challenge. I won't give a word for each of these songs but you'll see that they deserved not to be forgotten after all these years. Catch them here.




3/29/17

Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth: Jacobites - Pin Your Heart To Me EP (1985)





















More and more the duet was melting in a real band that would take the name of the Jacobites (nothing to do with the Jacobins, although the name of the LP featured Robespierre (one of my heroes). This EP is somewhat weird since the title track is proposed in 2 versions. One with a short title ("Pin Your Heart") and mainly sung by Nikki Sudden (first on A-side), the other with the complete title ("Pin Your Heart To Me") and sung by Dave Kusworth (second on B-side). Personally, I prefer the NS version but both are nice. On the B-side you have 4 lo-fi acoustic songs, 2 sung by NS, 2 by DK (nothing to do with me). It's rather plaintive and those who do not appreciate this musical side of the duet had and will surely find it boring. In 1985, I was really fond of that style, and it made me change my mind on the musical direction I had taken, leaving 80's pop and getting back to my old 70's stuff. Today, I feel it was a little bit self-indulgent but I've still affection for these guys. More to come. Catch it here.


3/26/17

Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits - Live in Germany (2000)



















First of several re-up of concerts or radio shows by Nikki Sudden recorded in the 2000's. Here in Germany in 2000. More details below in the first post. Not a great live set but interesting anyway. Catch it here.

Long I didn't post. Afraid I got less and less time (and envy).Tonight a live recording by Nikki Sudden, caught in 2000 in Germany (it seems this concert was captured on the 1st of July, at least that's what is written on the CD-R that someone gave me some years ago) backed with his regular band of the times, The Last Bandits. Hearing NS, it seems he was rather upset not to be paid for playing on that night. Don't know if this is the reason he doesn't seem very involved in the songs. Moreover the setlist is not full of gems. And the sometimes funky arrangements are not a brilliant idea. But it's always heart-shaking to listen to Nikki anyway. I'll post more from him in the future, and in particular will try to track his singles and EPs as I did for Dan Treacy (at least in the nineties). Of course I did the fake cover sleeve myself, not really a surprise. PS.

3/23/17

Paul Mc Cartney & Wings - Get You Ready For Live Newcastle (1973)




















This may seem weird to you but the 1971-73 era was my fave for McCartney solo career. Not that is was always a success in terms of melodies, sound, play and lyrics, but there was a welcome freshness in the post-Beatles work of McCartney. Live, it was another story, the band being somewhat erratic on stage. But the instrumentation had this lo-fi savour that finally would influence the whole indie scene in the 80's. In this setlist, the most interesting is when Macca is the more abrasive and raw such as in "The Mess" or "Wild Life", but there are several sapid moments in this good sounding bootleg. Not a very rare testimony but I feel that this live set has to be on FS. Catch it here.


3/18/17

Black Sabbath -Beat Club (1970)



















Strange alternating posts between Nikki Sudden and Black Sabbath these days. But I'm a "fan" of both so where's the problem after all. Tonight two sets of Black Sabbath captured at their beginnings as Black Sabbath in a famous German TV show called Beat Club where so many have played in the late sixties and early seventies. Often the 4 songs are provided as if they had been recorded in one session but actually 2 were recorded before the Paranoid album was recorded (in May 1970) and 2 after it was released (in November 1970). The sound is correct but would deserve to be remastered. What's weird is to listen to Black Sabbath playind the Carl Perkins classic "Blue Suede Shoes". Not that it fits them so well but an historical testimony for sure. Catch it here. PS. I did a totally new cover sleeve without using the poor quality images of the show but I assume I could have done better. If you want the images, I added the Youtube videos of the show below.


3/15/17

Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth - Shame For The Angels EP (1984)



The 3rd Nikki Sudden single was actually an EP and a duet one, sealing a long-term collaboration with Dave Kusworth, leading NS far from the Swell Maps universe and close to a Faces/Rolling Stones/Neil Young revival, a very weird move in 1983, a year that was marked by a hard trend toward New Wave full of synths and boxbeats. A reason why I was so fond of what would soon become the Jacobites (actually Jacobites was the name of the LP that was recorded in the autumn of 1983 when this EP was recorded on the 4th of Juy 1984). Of course, it was not really innovative but there was all the charm of this rock 'n' roll attitudes that was so precious for us in the early seventies, and that this 2 "gentlemen" were bringing back. Fortunately, the band would improve in the further years, and notably in 1985 since their beginnings were a little too laid back for me, and using repetitive gimmick such as the "All Along The Watchtower" riff. But it was part of the game, they even said it to the press. Note that if you're a Nikki Sudden afficionado, you may be desapointed since Dave Kusworth sings 2 of the 4 songs and notably the title track. It's true that he often had the more potentially commercial tunes. Catch it here PS. The back cover is not the actual one but I didn't find (it's one of the rare NS records I do not own in vinyl).


3/12/17

Black Sabbath - Live in Brussels (1970)



















Often called "Live in Paris" and considered to have been recorded at the Olympia on the 20th December 1970, this concert was actually recorded in Brussels on the 3th October 1970. This version is the one that has been released in the Super Deluxe box of Paranoid. The sound is very good but the bootlegs were good too, contrary to the Montreux concert that had very bad quality bootleg. Strangely, the band here is not so powerful than at Montreux, less concise and tight but this is a light critic given the incredible innovative dimension of what this band was bringing to the rock scene. Catch it here.


3/11/17

Nikki Sudden - Gold Painted Nails (Vocals) / Missionary Boy (Nikki Sudden Vocals) fake 7" (1983)





















This is a fake one (see below, I explain the reasons I did it) but it fits well with this single series (more to come). In brief, this is a couple of different vocal versions of the album (Bible Belt) versions. Can be found in the "Secretly Canadian" re-issue of Bible Belt (coupled with Waiting On Egypt) or in The Boy From Nowhere boxset. Catch it here.

I had not created a fake single for quite a long time now. But I felt the need to do it with these 2 songs recorded during the Bible Belt sessions by Nikki Sudden and his enlarged band of mates for several reasons. First, cos' it was a strange idea to open the album with the instrumental version of "Gold Painted Nails" when it was clearly a good vocal song to open an LP with, and also a good candidate for an A-side single. So I did it. Next, because, even if the "Missionary Boy" version of Bible Belt sung by Lizard was good, it would have been more logical to put the version Nikki Sudden sang. Since reading the liner notes of the Strictly Canadian Bible Belt reissue, it seems he was sure it would be a hit, it's justice to put it on a single (what he omitted to do, an important point to make a song a hit). So here's a nice duo (from this reissue), closing the first solo period of Nikki Sudden. Afterwards, he would share partnerhip with Dave Kusworth in The Jacobites. Great too but never again we will hear from him this innocence and spontaneity. To do the cover sleeve, I used a picture from Kendra Nanayuki (her deviantArt gallery here) who is creating 3D nail art. I'm sure he would have liked it (at least I hope he would).