"Sometimes there's a song in my brain/
And I feel that my heart knows the refrain/
I guess it's just the music that brings on nostalgia
For an age yet to come" - Pete Shelley (Nostalgia - Buzzcocks)
Click on the links to enjoy the music. There are not many available yet (gotta let those Bruce fans get some sleep!) but I'll keep an eye out throughout the day for them when they become available.
Almost three hours down in Sunrise Fla. last night and what a set! Rare tunes, requests, and even a world premiere!
'Linda, Let Me Be The One' was played for the first time ever. It featured on the 'Tracks' Box Set. 'Hearts of Stone', a song that was given to Southside Johnny, was performed for the first time ever by the E Street Band. 'I Wanna Marry You' was played for only the third time ever since 1981.
The show opened for the fourth time this tour with a cover of 'Clampdown' by The Clash. The show ended with a full band performance of 'Thunder Road' rather than what has become quite normal an acoustic version.
Born on this day in 1931, Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze.
He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over
30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.
REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE LINKS TO ENJOY THE MUSIC!
Following a fairly eventful 1978 came yet another year of success for Blondie in 1979. It all began on 3rd January when 'Heart of Glass' was released as the next single from the 'Parallel Lines' album.
The song had intially began life way back in 1974-75 as 'Once I Had A Love' and was commonly know to the band as 'The Disco Song'. A second version of it was recorded as a Demo in 1978 and was less funky but was beginning to show some signs of what it would eventually become. Debbie Harry has said that this one of the first songs they wrote as Blondie and they could never seem to get it right trying it as a ballad and as a Reggae song, "but it never quite worked". When the band met Mike Chapman as they begun work on 'Parallel Lines' he had asked them to play through all the songs they had and when asked if there was anything else they mentioned this tune. Chapman liked it and and thought it was fascinating and from that moment began to bring some focus to the song. So, it actually might never had made it to the album had he not asked and Blondie wouldn't have known anything about having a record that was #1 in a number of countries around the world (including the USA - the single was released there in April 1979). The 12" release contained a Disco Mix of the song and an instrumental mix as well. The release of the single also created some consternation among the New York New Wave community and I know that The Ramones were none too happy with them and spoke about them selling out and going disco (though Chris Stein said in an interview with The Guardian in April 2013 that it was "tongue-in-cheek. They were our friends").
May 1979 in the UK saw the release of the new 7" and 12" from Blondie, another track off of 'Parallel Lines' - 'Sunday Girl'. It hit the #1 spot in Australia and the UK and wasn't released in the USA as a single.
In the States the second single release would be 'One Way Or Another'. It would only climb as high as #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The B-Side was 'Just Go Away'. Another hit single followed in the UK in September with the lead single for the up and coming brand new album, 'Eat to the Beat'. The single would reach #2 and in the States it would peak at #27. One of the things I really love about this single is the drumming on it by Clem Burke, totally epic!
October the brand new album hit the #1 spot in the UK (in the States it only made it as far as #17).
Blondie's first video album was produced in conjunction with this record, featuring a promotional video for each of the album's 12 songs. It was the first such project in rock music.Most of the songs were filmed in and around New York, the exception was the 'Union City Blue' music video, which was filmed at Union Dry Dock, Weehawken, New Jersey. Each video was directed by David Mallet and produced by Paul Flattery. The video was initially available as a promotional VHS in 1979 and subsequently released on videocassette and videodisk in October 1980.
November 1979 and the band released the second single from the album and it only got to #13 in the UK Chart (it was never released as a single in the States). 'Union City Blues' is my favourite Blondie track ever.
In January 1980 in the States they chose 'The Hardest Part' backed by 'Sound Asleep' as the second single and it only reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is generally assumed that one of the main reasons for the lack of success for the single was due to the popularity on radio of what would be their next single released in February, 'Call Me' from the Soundtrack to the movie 'American Gigilo'. The song spent 6 weeks at #1 in the USA and was also a #1 single in the UK.
It's been 38 years ago since my ears first heard the sound of The
Ramones blaring out of the radio (thanks John Peel) and in that moment
the way I listened to music totally changed. All around at the time were
bands that were far to self-indulgent with themselves. Albums were a
bit of a chore to listen to as musicians seemed to max out on heavy duty
guitar solos and over the top keyboard solos. It was not uncommon for
songs to last eight or nine minutes. Enter into this mix the self titled
debut album of a band from Forest Hills, New York called The Ramones.
Released on April 23rd 1976, containing 14 songs that clocked in at 29
minutes and 4 seconds! This album was a radical departure from what had
been the norm. Even in New York City bands like Television and Talking
Heads were quite arty whereas The Ramones were a band that had their
sight clearly set on reclaiming true pop music! Though in saying that,
the themes of their songs were not exactly "radio friendly" and on
release the album was pretty much ignored by American Radio and the
record only reached #111 in the Billboard Charts.
It cost $6,400 to make over a period of
seven days. There's no guitar solos, no pompus musical arrangements, just plain old
rock and roll played at breakneck speed.
It was an album that for many changed their whole musical landscape and 38 years on it still sounds incredible.
Prior to the release of their debut album their first recorded output came on the John Peel Show when they laid down four tracks for a January 1978 Session (Deutscher Girls, Puerto-Rican, It Doesn't Matter and Lou featuring Jordan). On the 24th January 1978 they re-recorded the Deutscher Girls track for Derek Jarman's Jubilee Movie and laid down some overdubs on a version of Plastic Surgery that had originally been recorded in 1977 at a Demos session.
A second Peel Session came in July 1978 and was broadcast on the 17th of the month (tracks included: You're So Physical, Cleopatra, Friends and I'm A Zerox Machine).
Decca Records signed them and only one single was released on October 20th 1978: Young Parisians / Lady. Most people I know prefer the B-side to the A-side.
A third John Peel Session was broadcast in April 1979, songs featured were: Tabletalk, Ligotage, Animals and Men and Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face).
After Decca had let them go they signed with Independent Do It Records and released their second single Zerox / Whip In My Valise in June 1979.
Dirk Wears White Sox was originally released on Do It Records 30th October 1979. It holds the distinction for being the first ever #1 album on the UK Independent Albums Chart in Record Week.
The Line - Up that recorded the album was:
Adam Ant – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica
Not long after the album was released Malcom McLaren took over the management of the band after Adam had gone to him frustrated with the lack of commercial success.
On 26 January 1980, McLaren convinced the rest of the band – then
comprising guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman (who had
replaced Warren in November 1979) and drummer Dave Barbe – to leave Adam
and the Ants and form Bow Wow Wow, fronted by Annabella Lwin.
Between February and April 1980 Adam Ant set about putting together a new band that would feature Marco Pirroini (formerly of Siouxsie and the Banshees - he played guitar at their first ever show at the 100 Club in 1976 as part of the Punk Rock Festival - Sid Vicious played Drums - , The Models - who released a classic single in 1977: Freeze / Man of the Year on Step Forward Records) on guitar and partner in writing many of Adam Ant's future hit singles right on into the 1990's.
As a contract filler for Do It Records in February 1980 Adam and the Ants released a re-recorded version of Cartrouble. John Moss (formerly of punk band London - who had recorded an albumAnimal Gamesand two singles: Everyone's A Winnerand Summer of Love - and The Damned and future drummer of Culture Club) playedon the single (he is credited as Terrys 1 and 2). Marco did the guitar and bass parts.
Unaided by label support the new band (now consisting of Adam Ant - Vocals, Marci Pirroni - Guitar, Kevin Mooney - Bass, Chris 'Merrick' Hughes and Terry Lee Miall both on Drums) hit the road for The Ants Invasion Tour and were rewarded a contract at the end of it with CBS Records.
The rest, as they say, is history!
19th April 2014 - Record Store Day.
Prior to the Hammersmith show Adam Ant took part in RSD Events at Rough Trade West and in Soho and performed Acoustic sets that included a few cover versions. I'm not too sure of how many songs he played or of the order that they were played in so I'll just stick them all here randomly. A Limited Vinyl Edition of 2,000 Copies of Dirk Wears White Sox was released on Ant's BlueBlack Hussar label for Record Store Day 2014.
Warning: Some of the Links might contain bad language!
Here are some hightlights from the tour. There were a few dates on the tour where I could find no videos for (Wolverhampton - 21st, Manchester - 22nd, Ipswich 27th, and Exeter on the 31st from the actual show - there is a soundcheck video below).
* As part of the pledge campaign to the new SLF album "No Going Back" Barry James was lucky
enough to play bass guitar on a couple of songs with the band at their soundcheck for
the 31st March 2014 gig at Exeter Phoenix. A fantastic and unforgettable
experience no doubt!
So, as you will see from the proposed setlist above and the actual setlist below things don't always happen the way they are planned! I guess that's one way to keep the band on their toes and earning their crust during a blistering three hour and 13 minute performance! Remember to click on the links to enjoy the music.
A 30 song set that included 7 Cover versions, three of which were Tour Premieres! 9 songs in the set were sign requests (I think that must almost be a record in itself...will have to check into that!) and the show opener was a first time performance ever for the E Street Band and only the second time Bruce has ever played it live (the last being in Philly back on the Devil's and Dust Tour on 17th May 2005).
One of my friends was telling me that when sharing links from this blog with others on fansites etc that the links were often deleted because the people failed to notice that my blog usually contains links to music videos or audio videos and all they seem to see are lists that mean very little at all to them! Generally if you see something written in this colour, it is a link to the music video or audio video or website etc that I have been talking about in the particular blog or something that I am wanting to spotlight to enhance the reading of the particular blog. So, for future reference, when you see this, just click on it and surprise yourself by listening/watching/reading something that will brighten your day. Thanks for reading (and apologies to those who are already gifted enough to have figured this out already!). Doug