Saturday, 18 October 2008

I'm back...

After several years as a house husband I started a new job about a month ago and I’ve found it hard to find time for posts and when I have had time I’ve been too tired. Over the last few weeks I’ve treated myself to the entire Be Bop Deluxe back catalogue. This was my favourite band in my mid to late teens. I was trying to put into words how I felt about them and found the following on an Amazon album review which says it better than any of my efforts:

“i love this music and i loved those times,my older brothers had lent me their,cream,who,hendrix,etc lps,but i wanted something to earmark my own adolesence for a future reference,something that i could say that i had found, and was all mine,and be bop deluxe was that band…”

Of course my punctuation would have been better but the sentiment says it all. Bill Nelson was my guitar hero at the time; for you younger readers such things were popular before punk came along. I loved Crying To The Sky as a 16 year old. Maybe it was the haunting melody and lyric …who am I kidding? It was the fucking brilliant guitar solos, particularly the first one. They were the greatest thing I’d ever heard and they still sound pretty damn good! See for yourself and turn it up to 11 at 1:47 and 3:02

mp3: Be Bop Deluxe - Crying To The Sky (1976)

This is from Sunburst Finish, my first Be Bop deluxe album because it included the hit single and had a naked lady on the cover...

22 comments:

Davy H said...

This album is sitting 1.5m(approx) behind me as I write; it is Mrs H's and it was recently retrieved from the loft. I have never listened to it, but I know you like it and she likes it, so...I'll sample your track.

I didn't know you were a house husband: that's hard, much harder than working...you'll be glad of the rest.

Good to have you back, obviously x

Mick said...

My 8 year old, bless him, has told Mrs Mick that he misses me in the morning because there are things he wants to tell me, usually involving video games which she knows nothing about.

When you listen to the track try to to put yourself into the '16 year old haven't heard it all yet' state of mind.

Mick said...

...oh, and the house husband thing was partly forced on us by circumstances but it's one of the best things I ever did.

rick said...

Found yr blog by chance via a recommend on Google Reader. Love it. I had Be Bop Deluxe' Live in the Air Age as a young shunned weirdo teen. This post inspires me to find it again. Thanks!

JC said...

Hey Mick

Its the quality here that's always counted, no the quantity.

Mick said...

Thanks, JC. As an experienced blogger you’ll know how much the odd encouraging word helps. Incidentally, I know Stuart Adamson was a Be Bop/Bill Neslon fan, the guitar fill in Out Of Town being a lovely example. Listening to Fair Exchange (also from Sunburst Finish) with its ‘highland fling’ in the middle I couldn’t help wondering if this influenced his notorious ‘bagpipe guitar’ sound at all.

Rick,
‘young shunned weirdo teen’ is probably a description that applied to most of us bloggers.

markonnewsgroups said...

Thanks for this!

'young shunned weirdo teen' - Ho yuss.

I really loved "Live In The Air Age", one of those records which seemed to map a different and decidedly weirder world than the one I was spending my adolescence in. I don't know the earlier stuff nearly as well as I should.

So It Goes said...

Never was into this band, Mick, but I'm glad to have you back. I mean it.

I Am Not The Beatles said...

Hello, nice to have you back x

I know next to nothing about Be Bop Deluxe, so this is a new one one on me. Downloading... now!

All the best,

Ian TB

JC said...

Oh the Adamson boy worshipped Mr Nelson. I try to kid on it never happened....!

ib said...

Good to see you back, Mick. As a single dad I know where you're coming from with the house-husband thang.

I remember Be Bop Deluxe. And I remember Bill Nelson's Red Noise even better.

Mick said...

I see my appreciation of Bill isn’t shared by everyone. I have a theory about that which I might elaborate on in a future post (but I never seem to stick to my plans).
Ib,
I think the final Be Bop album and the Red Noise LP were responsible for Bill not getting the critical mauling many ‘old wave’ musicians got at the time. Listening to Drastic Plastic recently some of it sounded positively Post Punk.

…and bringing up kids is hard enough with two of us so I take my hat off to you.

dickvandyke said...

Oh Mickey you're so fine.

(Was Toni Basil really 39 when she dressed up as a cheerleader?)

Back in the soft industrial bosom of your friends' consciousness.

Have you been weaned off the ironing?

Love and respect

DVD

Peewit said...

Welcome back Mick.

I first saw Be Bop Deluxe on Crackerjack, loved them ever since but have never had a copy of Sunburst Finish. Having heard this sampler I'm off to rectify this omission. (love Bill Nelson too, even the early Holy Ground stuff that is incredibly rare to find. I had a reissue but its long since gone)

Mick said...

Thanks DVD and Peewit.

I've got a few Holyground recordings from the Electrotype CD which was released and deleted before I even knew it existed plus Northern Dream and the Teenage Archangel single. I'm sure they'll feature here on day. Wish I'd seen them on Crackerjack. I think I first saw them on So It Goes.

Davy H said...

CRACKERJACK!!!!

Mick said...

The slowest 'Crackerjack!' response on record. I'm afraid Stewpot has left the building!

Davy H said...

blast

Michael said...

I got into Be Bop Deluxe through my brother, who worked with their first bass player Rob Bryan fixing toasters and tellys at Comet. Bill Nelson is still making records but try as I might I just can't get into them.

Davy H said...

Michael, I hope you are as we speak working on another top notch Friday post because I've had a rough day walking round Hangover Square and I need the kind of boost only RTVA can provide (no prog, ta).

Mick said...

I'm guessing today isn't a good day to start my 'Learn To Love Prog With Mick' thread.

(It really is something I've considered)

Mick said...

Michael,
Every few years I try a new Bill Nelson solo CD (the last was Whimsy)and the quality is, er, variable.