Friday, 27 May 2011

Jeanette


I promised you all something special and here it is. These lovely minimalist songs are by Jeanette, real name Jeanette Dwyer (possibly related to Gary Dwyer of Teardrop Explodes) also known simply as Jean on This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow album.

According to Discogs she recorded three singles and two albums between 1983 and 1988. This is the only one I’ve got but I love both sides so much I really must rectify that. Expect some more tunes when I do.

Side one features just vocals, synthesiser and percussion, side two just multilayered vocals and percussion. It’s close but I think I like the b-side best.

Jeanette - In The Morning (1983)
Jeanette - Sun Arises (1983)

There probably won’t be a tune next Friday because I’ll be in Scotland by then. There’s a record shop called Groucho’s always visit when I’m up there so I hope to come back with something interesting.

92 comments:

Anonymous said...

Again Mick you pull something out of the obscurists bag.

The first song is really nice but all the way through the second I had a strange feeling Rolf Harris was going to join in!

Cheers

Paul

Mick said...

A little bit of didgeridoo would be perfect on that song. Or maybe not.

BrotheRay said...

Good tracks...has an almost homemade feel to them.Hopefully the albums won't be an ill advised attempt at commercial acceptance.

Enormous jealousy at you getting to visit the nationally famous Groucho's.Just go in there and buy on impulse like we used to do in the 70's.

Mick said...

I'm going in there without the wife and kids and I don't intend to leave empty handed.

BrotheRay said...

Quite right,second hand record shops are not the places for women.

darkdance said...

Hey Mick, I just woke up after listinging to these Jeanette songs a couple days ago. Good thing it's a hol. today.

Bonnie Prince C. will be waiting for you in Scotland. Don't say I didn't warn you. Twice.

I called ahead to Groucho's to let them know about your upcoming visit. They seemed most fascinated and a wee bit concerned about your interest in prog rock. They have a vast stock of it, which they keep in the basement and show only to select customers. The manager assures me he will make sure the new hire dusts off the cobwebs and reprices everything appropriately before your arrival.

darkdance said...

Bro Ray, that's absolute rot about women in record shops. I wonder what Ally would say to you.

What the world needs is more women in record shops who are not related to anyone else in said shops at the time. For I was once chatted up by a gorgeous blonde at the Rough Trade shop on Haight Street in San Francisco (third location). She was looking for Gun Club records and not finding any. I gave her some good advice, but sadly I don't remember what happened after that.

BrotheRay said...

darkdance - Rough Trade + blonde woman,are you sure that wasn't on Hooker street?...surely you prove my point,flicking through vinyl is no time to be flirting.

Good God man,are we to give up our smoking jackets and pipes and..Gulp!...share our reassuringly expensive claret.
No no,this is one Gentleman's club that should remain forever Balls!

darkdance said...

Your point is well taken... although I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.

Since Mick is ignoring us before leaving us, perhaps we should keep things lively by uploading songs for one another in this comment space next Friday. Pick a song that says something about you. Any genre (my pick will be punk disco). And mp3 sound preferred over You Tube video because I collect mp3's but not videos and I might like your song.

BrotheRay said...

Yes Groucho...erm,darkdance,sounds a good idea,the lunatics taking over the asylum.Would gladly upload a prime song...if I can only figure out how to actually do it.I'm okay importing into an email.Any guidance would be appreciated.

I think Mick must be already in Scotland,obviously out of contact with all humanity...but we can have fun without him...Twas Ever Thus!

darkdance said...

Capital! Now where's my cravat.... I'm sure Mick won't mind cleaning up after us when he gets back. And Paul and Davy and any others lurking out there and following this thread in quiet bemusement are welcome to join the party.

Love that Specials song, so you're already running before they've opened the gate. So go to box.net (fewer adverts) or mediafire.com (easier to use) and set up a free account. After you've uploaded your song, just copy and paste the link to it on Fri.

BrotheRay said...

Right,Mediafire uplaoded,now I'm going away to have a play.

Maybe Paul and Davy are also in Scotland...Maybe even now they're sat round a campfire singing 'Gin Gan Goolie' and comparing woggles...maybe..maybe..no,I'm sure I'm just being paranoid.

darkdance said...

Bet they're cold if so. They'd get propper lodging if they weren't so cheap.

darkdance said...

Bro Ray, is it Friday enough yet? If so... cast whatever may be left of your mind back 30 years to 1981 when a Dutch studio project calling themselves Stars On 45 (aka Starsound in the UK and simply Stars On in the US) started releasing cover medleys of popular rock and disco songs. Stars On 45 sounded at times more like the original artists than the original artists, and their medleys proved hugely popular with mainstream music fans. Meanwhile, their records were reviled by the critics and sometimes parodied by other musicians. And so... in keeping with the club manifesto that you wrote for us a couple days ago, I give you and any other barmy bad boys who may be watching in wait Stars On 45 With Balls.

The Friendly Hopefuls
“Tribute To The Punks Of ’76” (1981)
http://www.mediafire.com/?5mdmwzfg10m#2

By the way, I was one of ‘em kids. Never really got over it. Obviously.

Credits gratis: The main vocalist or impersonator on this bit of musical chicanery was Andy Blade from Eater. The producer and also the bassist was Dave Goodman who encouraged every punker and part timer he ever met to form a band and who produced (paid for) tons of early punk records. The other culprits were an otherwise unknown band from Cambridge called The Cynics. The original tunes that are borrowed from include The Buzzcocks “Boredom,” Eater “Outside View,” The Damned “New Rose,” The Jam “In The City,” The Clash “Career Opportunities,” and The Sex Pistols “Liar.”

BrotheRay said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?y7u71ykjxmzhh79

OK dark,no sign of Paul and Davy,obviously they are not coming out to play.
I assumed when we cut and paste to this blog there would be a link to click on and away we go.Have to say I am unable to do that with yours,or is that me being a silly virgin.
I'll carry on regardless,what's on offer here is:
Spirit - 'Dark Eyed Woman'

Just before my 16th birthday in November 1969 I saw their album 'Clear' in an NME ad,I bought the album blind and made the most astute of purchases.'Dark Eyed Woman' was the album opener and as I later found was also a single.

I need say no more,the song's a stormer and would define my taste in Rock for decades.

PS - In february this year I finally got to own a mint copy on CBS of that original 1969 single,so wonderful I just sit and stare at it.

Mick said...

Hey! What are you lot doing with my blog? I'm trying to relax up here but you lot can't be trusted. I'll sort this out when I get home (some time on Sunday). Incidentally I've caught the sun up here. Might post pictures when I get home.

BrotheRay said...

Well to be honest we're making a total balls up of it here.Will one of you buggers please tell me how to get my song on the blog!!

Caught the Sun!!..you must look strange amongst all those white people up there.

darkdance said...

That's an awsome sound there. Brings back some memories but then many things do nowadays.

You might think a link would turn into one here but no such luck. So you have to manually copy and paste the url into your browser window. Or I can just wiggle my nose and create a link for you as in download it here before Mick deletes it.

darkdance said...

Busted! Now we're having fun!!

BrotheRay said...

Well done Samantha.....

That's actually quite cool - The Barron Knights meet The Damned - guess I would have turned my nose up at it at the time..you know,faux punk.

Now let's hide,quick.

darkdance said...

Fellow ballsed-up ones, since the landlord lurks in the Scottish sun (the what?) and is having difficulty relaxing, here for your further listening pleasure is my favourite early 80's song from the Arctic hinterland. It's...

Scars "All About You" (1981)
http://www.mediafire.com/?j95o1548d6itdc5#2. For when the dark-eyed woman doesn't want you.

darkdance said...

Never hide. We're bigger than him and there's more of us.

BrotheRay said...

My dark eyed woman's gone and the road it get's lonely,she knows there'll come a time when I won't think of her no more...

But,Scars,yeah take me to the 80's man...I can live with that

But wait I hear a Band of Horses..


http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?hqdrab73rb9b2q8

(wish I could wiggle my nose like you)

OK no need to hide.remember I know him...a lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed.

darkdance said...

If the younger is pissed, his aim will be off. No problem then.

So, Ray, how did it feel when you and Mark invented interactive blogging on that pleasant Summer evening back in 2011? That post and comment shite was oh so primitive!

A chap is at his most creative when he is broken-hearted. Personally, I’ve always managed to stay pretty creative all my so-called life. And now I live off the royalties. Bring on the dancing horses.

The secret to wiggling your nose on the web is to use html. However, I can't give you the code to create a link here because, if I do, it creates a link. To nowhere. Duh. So email me if you want the recipe.

davyh said...

Where is the spring and the summer, that once were yours and mine?

ABBA - 'Hasta Manana'(1974)

HTML links are easy, suckas x

BrotheRay said...

Yaay..Davy's been released...let there be Dancing In The Street.

Dark...May we never forget One Fair Summer's Evening.The cat was away and the Mice played,but the cheese causes bad dreams.

I fear we have ignored poor Jeanette

darkdance said...

The cat must still be away 'cuz all what we hath wrought is still here in all its blazing glory. As for Davy, I think he's pining for another prog. rock offering from the cat. I don't think he's into vintage psychedelia or punk or post punk or modern psychedelic grunge. Poor dear.

Spirit was still active L.A. when the psychedlic revival swept through in the 80's. I may have caught them live but, of course, I can't remember for sure. Too much cheese.

Mick said...

The cat is back but too tired and burnt from the caledonian sun to write anything constructive. Just one question: Does anyone like the Jeanette songs?

davyh said...

They were OK, I thought. Welcome back to the cold South.

Anonymous said...

Good your back

I was always the kid at the front afraid of the anarchy that ensued when the teacher left the room.

BrotheRay said...

You can't hide,Anonymous...

D'ya wanna be in my gang..huh..HUH!

darkdance said...

Never hide. But, Ray, I suppose we best lay low tonight.

In school, I always tried to locate myself next to the pretty girls.

Mick, I hope you're not brooding because some of us don't like Jeanette as much as you do. Lovely minimal exquisiteness is wasted on me. I have dreadful taste in music, you know.

BrotheRay said...

It's after midnight dark..and I'm laying low,consoling myself by watching old Country videos on YouTube...

'and the angels sang a whyskey lullaby la la la la la la la...'

darkdance said...

That's pathetic. I hope you have no nearby neighbors.

Minus 8 hours here, I'm preparing to go off on the local Free Friday art walk and visit some galleries and get some culture. Also some free wine.

BrotheRay said...

Free Art walk and free wine...then a trip to the thrift store before you jump a freight train to Mobile,but beware,the nights there get cold...

My God,Mariarty,does this recession have no end...

darkdance said...

The downward spiral will never end. Nature will prevail.

My train has stopped at a phosphate plant in a desert somewhere in the middle of nowhere. If I was a blogger instead of a barmpot, my song post would be "Destination Unknown" by Pseudo Echo.

BrotheRay said...

Savoy Brown Train To Nowhere

BrotheRay said...

OK Just wanted to see if that worked....

That was the train you should have taken dark...

darkdance said...

Genius must run in the family.

BrotheRay said...

No,that ended 4 generations ago when Great Uncle Wurzel invented the Turnip scraping machine only to find the Germans beat him to it and flooded the country with Euro Turnips as a precursor to their seige on Paris.
He then married beneath himself and we've been dragging ourselves up ever since.

Mick said...

I'm going to post something new tomorrow just so you two will shut the fuck up.

To all other readers: ignore these comments and check out the minimal exquisiteness of the Jeanette songs.

darkdance said...

Like that's going to work!

Have a turnip:
Bad Boys Blue "A Train To Nowhere" Extended Version (1989)

darkdance said...

It is the middle of the night in the old country and I see no sign of life around the manor house. I suspect foul play.

Perhaps I better upload that song I didn't a couple days ago because I thought Mick was going to post and so I was polite but he didn't and then he told me to shut the fuck up and so bite me.

Pseudo Echo "Destination Unknown" Extended Version (1984).

Thanks to Pamela for the email. I like them, too, but with perhaps a trifle less intensity than you. Feel free to post a public comment about how you feel.

BrotheRay said...

Methinks he is sulking following the failure of 'Jeanette' to gain world prominence....

He is now in the study immersing himself in wall to wall Bill Nelson with a wet towel over his head.Mrs.Mick has locked the gun cabinet,these are critical hours.

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darkdance said...

What a sad business. I guess all we can do is be supportive.

Jim Carroll Band "People Who Died" (1980)

darkdance said...

Botched me link the first time. Ray, this html crap is not as easy as you make it look.

Service! Service! I fear Mick may be overdue for a fresh towel!

BrotheRay said...

The pupil becomes the teacher....
A wise man walks with the wind,Grasshopper.

You wouldn't want to be one of Jim Carroll's friends would you.Great song though.

Now we've staged this coup and President Mick has apparently left the island...What Now!!...Feel like we've inherited a Banana Republic....CUE SONG...

Jimmy Buffett - 'Banana Republics'(1977)

darkdance said...

Well if that's how it is, I'm off to see what's doin' in the cheap hotels and bars. That song makes me thirst for something fruity and rummy.

darkdance said...

Geez, Jimmy was right, it's pretty seedy down there. Criminals and lowlifes are all over. Everyone has something to sell. Not just the senoritas. Everybody wants to make a deal. It's no place for Jeanettes.

The stool pigeon told me El Presidente's disappearance is due not to some stunning vinyl find at Groucho's. No. The silly ass came back with a dvd. And it's a dvd of Bill Nelson, of course. All is lost. I hope you like bananas.

Kid Creole And The Coconuts "Stool Pigeon" Extended Version (1982)

BrotheRay said...

This could yet have a happy outcome,when Jet Silver and The Dolls of Venus drag him back to reality...The people wait.

Now 'The Kid' says the FBI's involved,so glad 'Jeanette' wasn't there.That's no place for a minimilist.

And now the Kids left his footwear behind


EmmyLou Harris - 'White Shoes'(1983)

darkdance said...

Grab those shoes. I can sell them.

Did you know there was a glam punk band that named themselves after that BBD song? They managed to release one single on yellow vinyl in 1988, but I've never been able to find a rip of it anywhere.

(He sighs as he reaches for another banana).

Mick said...

Banana republic, eh? Just remember RTVA is not a democracy and there will be reprisals for this attempted coup. Probably a show trial or an execution or two, certainly a few comrades may find themselves doing hard labour in some remote parts of my empire.

By the way, I never did get to Groucho's (although I drove past it once). Our cottage was about 10 miles from Dundee and I never managed to get the few hours away from the wife, kids and dog that I needed.

BrotheRay said...

Attempted Coup?...Hah,it was entirely successful,we came into town a-whoopin' and a-hollerin' and then got pissed at a low dive and retreated to the borders.
That'll teach you to go to a third world country for your hols.

And where are we now,poor old Dark's babbling on about some glam punk combo and I'm left facing the firing squad with only that picture of 'Jeanette'to comfort me.

I am about to fall on my stylus.

darkdance said...

Steady on, chaps. Ray, where are your balls? Mick, try some of these songs we're inflicting upon your otherwise disused comment space. They might cheer you up.

The coup was successful but largely ignored by the media. As for punishment, none could be worse than this diet of rum and bananas. It gives walking with the wind an entirely new meaning.

I missed the total ecclipse that was tonight. There were clouds on the island, so all I saw was... dark.

Klaus Nomi "Total Eclipse" (1985)

Disclaimer: I have the original 1981 promo-only version of this fine ditty on vinyl, but the electricity is off again on the island so I have no way to rip it.

BrotheRay said...

It's OK I've slept on it,the revolutionary zeal has returned,it's Che Ray again.
Klaus has been installed as Astronomer Royal at Falsetto House.

Dark,time to change your diet and say Manana Banana - Shrimp boats is a-comin' and there's dancing tonight...

Swing it sisters...
APB The Andrews Sisters - 'Rhumboogie' (1940)

darkdance said...

Welcome back. I thought of using The Andrew Sisters "Rum And Coca-Cola" but figured our gracious host and tolerant president would shit bricks if we strayed all the way back in time to the big band era, which happens to be one of my special fascinations. Uh-oh....

Right then baby, if there's dancing to old music tonight, I'm going nowhere near shrimp boats or islands. I'm going to Kansas City, back to the days of bathtub gin and the Jazz Age. 'Gimme a drink the way I like them and a red hot mama on the side.

The Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks Orchestra "Red Hot Mama" (1924)
Interesting historical note: The Nighthawks were the first band to have regular radio broadcasts in the US even before most people had a radio. The broadcasts were in the dead of night--hence the band's name--and they say you could hear them from Maine to California.

Of course, the police may raid the speakeasy... or Mick may raid the vinyl archive again... so I may be gone from the madhouse for awhile. But I won't be gone for long because I always give a false name.

Isham Jones And His Orchestra "Midnight In A Madhouse" (1937)
Interesting historical note: Isham Jones invented what is now called big band music. He was hugely popular before all the other bands that came along later and are better remembered.

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BrotheRay said...

Whoops!!!...even a genius can get it wrong.

But now we've found common ground,Mark.A shared passion,can't see Jeanette getting a gig with Maxene,Patti and LaVerne.I've got to explore Isham Jones some more.

Don't expect Papa 'Doc' Mick to appreciate this though,he thinks music started in 1963.


Now for another passion,British Music Hall from it's 1850's inception to it's ultimate demise 100 years later...and it's biggest star,Harry Champion (1865-1942)..

"Any Old Iron"

BrotheRay said...

Whoops...Should have said - 'Any Old Iron' (Recorded October 17th 1911).

darkdance said...

You were obviously excited. We're even up on the html screw-ups, now.

I thought Mick once told us his oldest record dated from 1969. It was no doubt a record he stole from you.

Fabulous song there by Harry C. who I have heard of... somewhere, I have a couple cd's of music hall romps. Must find them later. I got curious about the music hall world after reading or rereading Gally Threepwood's invariably frequent and always hilarious recollections... that in P.G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle and Lord Emsworth books....

I'm babbling again. It's the thick smoke (cough) and the raw gin (swill). For now, must go, as there's no sign of the cops and mama's waiting.

darkdance said...

Golly gee whiz, now that was a late evening that ended in nothing short of astonishment. First mama left me for Tommy Gun and Freddy the Fingers (the pickpocket). Then I spilled my drink all over myself although, to be truthful, it was no great loss by that time. But then... and here’s the rub... a sharp-dressed man approached me and began singing “You look neat, Talk about a treat, You look dapper, From your napper to your feet.” Well I was aghast. I was as aghast as a ghost. And then, as I began to recognize the song (show astonishment), a gagle of well-dressed but burly and completely humourless men appeared out of nowhere and threw me and my new friend out into the cold cruel fog and onto the cold wet street of the night. Clearly, our custom was no longer welcome. We both bounced twice.

I should mention my new friend muttered something about Davy Jones of The Monkees before he passed on to his blissful slumber. I let it go and staggered back cross the city to my lonely hovel. Hours later, I lit a fire (in the fireplace) and made a pizza (in the oven). ‘Twas yummy for the tummy after rummy found the dummy.

I hope to have some uploads to start your weekend after I sober up.

BrotheRay said...

Well that was some night you had there Dark.Did you never consider me up here in my mountain hideaway pouring over my biog's of Trotsky and Lenin.
I fell asleep and was soon in a threesome with Maxene,Patti and LaVerne,boy can those girls sink some Rum.I was just about to get my horn out and give all three of them a blast of my 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' when Jeanette turned up in a jealous rage.There was nothing minimalist about her language.
I awoke,took a swig of Yak's milk and went down to the river to pray.Cleansed,I beheld Gary Puckett,Mark Lindsay and Flo and Eddie of The Turtles on a Golden Oldies Caravan and all was well...

Oh Brother,Where Art Thou?

darkdance said...

I am here, well-rested and enjoying a little hair of the dog with my leftover pizza, which is known locally as the breakfast of champions. However, I must confess to being at something of a loss to explain why my clocks and calendars purport to tell me today it is tomorrow rather than yesterday. I have apparently been the victim of a violation of the laws of physics.

Sounds like quite a time you had out on the astral above the high hills of Dorsetshire. I would have very much enjoyed seeing Jeanette breathing fire and fury.

Here are a couple more Isham Jones offerings for you to enjoy while I go out to find someone to ask what day it is.

Isham Jones And His Orchestra Medley
Isham Jones was successful as a composer as well as a bandleader, and this medley features him performing a number of his own compositions. The narration is by him, as well. The medley is from a 1935 radio transcription, but the songs go back to the early 1920's. The songs were covered by other dance bands across the US and in England back in the day, so they should be familiar.

Isham Jones And His Orchestra "What Would Happen To Me If Something Happened To You" (1932)
This song is one of only two (I think) that Isham Jones recorded with The Three X Sisters doing the vocal bridge. They were one of the many three-girl singing groups that preceded The Andrews Sisters. The Three X Sisters are not as good as The Andrews in my opinion, but I give them extra credit for their name.

BrotheRay said...

That Isham is certainly a dark horse..dark.And I'm certainly paying those X Sisters a visit now that you've cracked that time travel thing.

I have now attained political asylum..at least asylum was mentioned when the men came.I'm now at the shrine of Apollo somewhere in Greece where the Temple maidens feed me tea and oranges that come all the way from China and whisper S'agapo.They promise that Vicky will visit later...

"Vicky Leandros - 'Uh Baby Du' (1978)"

darkdance said...

Wunderbares Lied. You lurch us forward from the tea rooms of Ancient Greece past the Music Halls and Dance Halls into disco debauchery. No problem. Play this song for Vicki and try not to hurt her.
Corruption "Show Me Yours"
Interesting historical note: Though never released to the general public, this delicious bit of promo-only electro filth crossed all genres and could be found topping all the underground dance charts and dj tip sheets around about 1981.

It is a real shame Papa Doc and Paul and Davy and Dave and all the others ignore our witty reparte and musical offerings hereabouts. Someday, someone will read the exchanges, he or she will tell his or her friends, word will spread, the site will go viral, Mick will make a killing off ad income, and our banter will end up being taught worldwide in English literature classes alongside Shakespeare and those other dead blokes. It gives me pause to think about it.

(He stares wistfully out the window at the sky and the trees as he pours out the last drop of pink pleasure from a five litre box).

darkdance said...

By the way, if not too late, drop by the Oracle of Delphi on your way out of the country and pick up some wisdom. They serve the virgins on the rocks there.

BrotheRay said...

Vicky sie ist mein liebe.Sie ist glucklich.

That 'Show Me Yours' is going on a loop,the cushions plumped up and with a Peter Wyngarde leer,pink champagne in hand in a beach hut on the shores of Santorini.She will forget that Spaniard that blighted my life....

"Vicky Leandros - 'Manolito' (Dance Mix 1997)"

Revolution is in the air here in Greece,that's why I'm needed,we plan to attack the IMF,steal the loose change and restore the drachma.However I'm due at the Test Match in Southampton tomorrow,so the future of their democracy may depend on whether we win or not.On such trivia the passage of history depends.

Apollo has already directed me to Mount Parnassus,we ate python and left the virgins alone.Indegestion!

darkdance said...

I don't think you should be hanging around with Apollo if you want Vassiliki to notice you. It probably doesn't matter, though, as I can't fathom her sitting through test cricket with either one of you. Or both of you. Not even with Manolito. I just don't think she's that kind of girl.

BrotheRay said...

Well,yes,Apollo is not normally the sort of person I would befriend,but he's a Hero over there and very much the one to be seen with.He has a twin Sister,Artemis,a good looking girl but too caught up in Women's issues for me.

Of course I tried to explain Cricket to Vassilki-offered to show her my googly and how exciting a little tickle to leg can be - all I got was a Hellenic shrug.

My little trist on Santorini has been clouded by too much pink champagne..hard now to fathom between fantasy and reality...

"Bee Gees - 'Had A Lot of Love Last Night"

darkdance said...

It was the bubbles that caused your confusion. Wine should not have bubbles. A study of history reveals those French fermentations have bubbles only because someone made a mistake a couple hundred years ago and they refuse to admit it.

That Bee Gees selection is one I've never heard in the clubs for some reason. Permit me to help you regain your grip on reality.

Things began ok for you in Santorini except for the champers aftereffect.

All About Eve "Flowers In Our Hair" Extended Version (1987)

"I wish we had the hearts of children
Their eyes are wide and their love is pure
We only dare to say please love me
After seven 'glass of wine"

Things went wrong when Vixen Vicki didn't want to see your skill set. Her shrug was more than Hellenic. It was hellish.

All About Eve "Devil Woman" (1987)

(From the b side of the "Flowers In Our Hair" 12" - Mick once said he hated covers, but that's only because he doesn't remember the originals).

Hope all this clears things up. If not, consider that fantasy and reality are two sides of the same coin, and it's a mad world... a mad world overpopulated by people who think they're sane and normal. It's those people who cause all the problems.

BrotheRay said...

You're right,no drink should have bubbles - bubbles are bad.Bubbles in wine? = Blame the French!.I can do that.

(nb. That Bee Gees song was from their 1974 album 'Mr.Natural).

Forced to attend the cricket sans Vicky,a good time was had by all.Those Sri Lankan women are so cute and tiny,you could put one in your pocket and admire her beauty when you feel low.I'm thinking I should pay that Island a visit.

Now that your wise selections have allowed reality to kick in.Julianne has pointed the way for all thwarted lovers,as they have done for centuries...take to the sea,while she waits at the harbour.
So in a three masted vessel we head for Sri Lanka by the western route.Regaled by Sea Shanties and Bawdy songs by Seaman Staines.He promises to show us tardy bordellos in Rio,but my bar has been raised since Santorini and then there's The Cape...Gordon has already warned us of The Cape........

"Gordon Lightfoot - 'The Ghosts of Cape Horn' (1988)"

darkdance said...

Don't you ever rest?

Dragonette "I Get Around" (2007)

I hadn't intended to send you to sea. You'd probably be having more fun if you took Julianne with you... no wait, cancel that as I would rather have her for myself.

Avoid disappointment in Rio and the ghosts of the Horn and also save a couple months by transiting at Panama. There's a canal.

BrotheRay said...

More wise words,but that's my trouble...
I say yes when I oughta say no
...and now I feel so cheap.

Was aware of The Panama Canal,but I'm not welcome there after the incident with the pedallo and the Finance Minister's wife and daughter.Anyway we were becalmed in the Duldrums and I had to get back to feed the cat.

Now the patchouli cones are lit and the air above Dorset is filled with the scent of peace.I lay on a cushioned floor and the cat is in the lotus position,it's time to find myself...

"The Moody Blues - 'The Balance' (1970)"

OM

darkdance said...

Very appropriate for solstice day. My cat doesn't like to lay on her back, either.

I celebrated midsummer by digging out around and pounding upon a tree stump that I wish to see removed from my yard. I now have a mangled stump with a crater around it and blisters on my drinking hand. I can't blog when balanced and gravely inured.

BrotheRay said...

Dear Mark,
May I say how distressed I am to hear of your defeat by an inanimate object,I feel your pain.However,remember you're a man,bundle up those blisters,head for the bar and stop blubbering...get some nuts!

Mid-summers day passed in the usual English greyness.20 miles east of here 18,000 people cavorted amongst the stones of Stonehenge.Today 25 miles west of here Glastonbury festival with 180,000 people gets under way.I sit here midway in total apathy.Has that youthful zeal,that search for wonder and experience been replaced by an aged seen it all before..blah de bloody blah blah!!?

No matter,I am now like a high flying bird...

"Esther Ofarim 'El Condor Pasa' (1972)"

darkdance said...

It is dawn here as I type this comment, and there is no sign of the condor or the peace and love he brings. Still, that's a pleasing version of the Peruvian folk song that Paul Simon rewrote and made popular.

I would not enjoy being lost in the crowds at the events you said you missed or are missing. I prefer calm and quiet in my declining years. Now that the weather has cleared, my only want is to tend my garden and watch the bugs eat it. I stay close to nature.

Rational Youth "Close To Nature" (1982)

You need not be too concerned over my defeat by an inanimate object as the setback was short-lived. The next day, I wrestled further with my enemy and, in just a few short minutes, had it completely wrenched out of the earth and lying on its side. The vanquished stump now sits drying out atop the ground it once claimed. The next task is to plant the replacement trees.

By the way, your advice was well-taken, but I don't drink in bars much anymore. Bars are for amateurs.

darkdance said...

Well, Ray, no sign of you here tonight, so I assume you collided with an airplane or went into orbit or something. Or perhaps you went to Glastonbury and got arrested. There is a new post on the blog, so I guess order is restored in the kingdom and our taking the Michael out of Mick must be done. Tara-a-bit for now.

dickvandyke said...

Mummy. Make the bad men go away.

BrotheRay said...

Not gone Dark...just landed.

I'm not leaving,I'm staying here where it's warm and safe.

darkdance said...

Reading between the lines, I believe he actually wants us to carry on with our exchanges and upload more music. We have a fan. His timing is unfortunate, though, given that the landlord has declared us pretend friends who don't really exist.

BrotheRay said...
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BrotheRay said...

Unfinished business,Dark...'Jeanette' has liberated the masses.

And in celebration of your victory over 'The Stump' and notwithstanding your continued career as a professional drinker,I offer you a neglected classic from 1969...

"The Open Mind - 'Cast A Spell' (1969)"

At a family do last night at a friendly little pub called The Camelot in South Cadbury,famed probable location of King Arthur's Camelot,no less.Had this song in my head in an alchaholic haze on the way home.

darkdance said...

Yeah, I can see how "It's so in the mind" you might find yourself with that song whether high or low. It's a prime piece of pure psychedelia from just before the style morphed into bloated hard rock and prog rock (I'm ducking). Definitely a keeper.

Stepping back a thousand years as the song suggests, I fear your Cadbury Castle has quite a lot of competition when it comes to being a tourist destination. Last time I checked, there were at least a dozen places across England that claimed to possibly be the site of Camelot or the ruins of King Arthur's castle. A number of those places have round tables on display, as well. It's all quite amazing since historians have no idea who Arthur might have been if he ever was, and he most likely wasn't. Modern archeology along with genetic analysis have pretty much disposed of everything we were taught as lads in school about Britain after the Romans gave up on us and prior to unification. Now see? You've stumbled upon another esoteric interest of mine.

Mick said...

Darkdance,

I'm afraid an aging hippie won't be convinced by science and common sense that King Arthur and Robin Hood and the blue meanies didn't exist.

Now get the fuck off my Jeanette post!!

darkdance said...

I left yesterday when I still existed but the aging hippie called me back. Up up and away I go again today. Cheers.

BrotheRay said...

Cadbury Castle was the subject of a now famous dig between 1966-70,detailed in Geoffrey Ashe's bestseller 'The Quest for Arthur's Britain.It's a classic British hill fort that certainly had a long history of occupation.There is evidence that it was occupied following the Roman withdrawal,and is very close to the village of Queen Camel,which apparently derived its name from Camelot.
I've been up there many times,you can see Glastonbury Tor and can well imagine Arthur making the trip to the Isle of Avalon.
I've been to most of those other sites,Mark.And seen the Medieval re-creation of the Round Table at Winchester.Impressive,but it is what it is,just a fantasy copy.

The dark ages remain pretty much that,dark...dark.Archaelogist Francis Pryor has recently produced a very good book on the subject,but the bottom line is we know more about pre Roman and post 10th Century Britain than we do about those 400 years.The possibilities of there being an actual historical figure that was or became the legend that is King Arthur remains in my opinion,very much open.

Don't get me started on Robin Hood or this could turn into the longest blog reply in history.

Mick said...

See what I mean!

BrotheRay said...

"One Lonely Room"

Mick said...

***

kattech said...

Found your blog today and I love the whole album idea. I myself am attached to albums (mostly from my youth) Love the 'In the morning' song from Jeanette !!! Also I just shared you on my Facebook to my friends! Nice to meet you.

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