Wednesday, 24 December 2008

and so this is Christmas...

Just got time to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who has dropped by to read this blog over the past year. I had planned a tribute to Jorma Kaukonen yesterday in honour of his 68th birthday but it will have to wait for the new year.

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)

Saturday, 6 December 2008


I just got my first takedown notice. I was beginning to feel left out. Apparently Yello and The The got me into trouble. Here are screen grabs of the offending posts:

My Fileden account has also been suspended but the links still appear to work.

Just added this song thanks to Dick's comment: