Thursday, 18 December 2008

Happy Birthday Bill


Happy Birthday Bill Nelson (60 today). Regular readers will both know that I am a bit of a Bill Nelson fan (I’m experimenting with understatement). My first ever experimental post was Electrical Language by Be Bop Deluxe partly because traditionally it’s the first song I play on any new equipment but mostly because it’s a great song. Indeed, this blog was going to be called ‘Electrical Language’ but I wanted to give it a name that reflected the fact that it featured mostly vinyl rips, so I took the title of a Be Bop Deluxe compilation CD, Raiding The Divine Archive, and adapted it slightly. The picture above was taken by me at a Red Noise concert in Southampton in 1979 with a cheap camera that I didn’t mind being confiscated by security if I got caught.

I’ve been following Bill since 1976 when, as a 15-year old, I bought the Hot Valves EP and didn’t stop playing it for months. The most money I’ve ever spent on a record was for one of his: £40 for the ‘Teenage Archangel’ single about ten years ago. I didn’t even have a turntable at the time and had to go to a friends house to play it. Today I checked out his website and found he has a single for free download. I don’t know how long these songs will be available so my advice is get them now.

As a treat for any Bill Nelson fans dropping in here, here is a 1981 instrumental by Bill under the pseudonym ‘Revox Cadets’:

mp3: Revox Cadets - Tony Goes To Tokyo (and rides the bullet train) (1981)

18 comments:

dickvandyke said...

Nice work Mick - and a rare trear taboot.

dickvandyke said...

Er .. that's 'treat' by the way.

No bout adout it!

Davy H said...

Nice pic - was it with an Instamatic?

Mick said...

Not an instamatic but a cheap 110 camera something like this. I think I was lucky to get any image.

Peewit said...

Thanks for the tip about the Freebie Bill nelson stuff. I'm a bit of a fan too! Electricity Sounds a bit Thomas Dolby don't you think?

Mick said...

Glad to be of service, Peewit. I have to admit I didn't notice any similarity to Thomas Dolby until I read your comment.

mmrules said...

Bill Nelson Still Rocks !
Thanks.. :)

Davy H said...

Well, I've been popping in here on and off thinking a festive post might be in the offing but since you seem to be maintaining the rather slack blogging ethic of recent months I shall wish you, Mrs Mick and the Little (Saint?)Micks a Very Merry Christmas and all joys of the season right here, right now under Bill instead. I'm sure he won't mind. Love ya! MWAH!

So It Goes said...

Merry Xmas Michael and many more of them. My best wishes, Steve. x

JON said...

I now own two BBD LP's at your urging, Mick. Just purchased the live '77 set...soon to listen.

Happy Holidays!

JON said...

Oh, wait -- AND I have 2 BN solo LPs to lend an ear to...

entrailicus said...

Meli kliseumaseu jal ji naego saehae pog manhi pateuseyo.

Mick said...

Entrailicus,
Komapsumnida.
고맙습니다

Nae hoebuhkeurapeuteuneun changuhro kadeuk cha itseyo.

Mick said...

Davy , Steve and Jon,

Thank you. My slack blogging ethic has not been without reason. In the past three weeks I've been back up to Accident & Emergency with one of my boys, been bitten by a dog, caused a bit of a stir at by boys' school (which got me a big bollocking from the missus), been working long hours and had to fight with the wife and kids for computer time. I had been planning a special post for the 23rd for ages but I couldn't find the time or energy.

Jon - Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape is a real showstopper on that live LP. Blazing Apostles is tragically cut short.

Davy H said...

Bitten by a dog!!!??? The material for your next post is shurely Right There! x

Davy H said...

Er, sorry...what am I saying?? 'Caused a bit of a stir....' etc!! Listen, you have a nice break and then you tell us everything. Oh yes.

Mick said...

And I forgot to mention my painful infection that took two visits to the dentist, the second quite excruciating, to sort out. I was still a bit shakey as I tapped my PIN no into their handset and the young receptionist said "Don't worry, it's all over now" like I was a litle kid but she didn't offer me a sticker.

darkdance said...

Nice find. The record, I mean. Not your infection. Thanks!