Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saturday Snapshots #51




I Can't Stop Loving You for dropping by every Saturday morning to take part in Saturday Snapshots. It may be hard to identify ten top tunes - artist and title - from the clues below, but none of you were Born To Lose.


What'd I Say? Go for it!


10.  A priest or a bishop is coming.


9. The Royal Mail flies high.


8. The arc of a flyer leads to ill repute.


7. Trump builds Jimi's child to block foreign broadcasts.


6. Tuscan capital gets tough love from The Terminator.


5. ❤ 14.

4. Glennis Rolf, fell snoring, over a quiet sun.


3. Shake hands with the famous Mr. Cribbins and he'll show you what he digs.


2. Not Otis Redding or Oprah Winfrey. Having a fantasy or a nightmare?


1. Peggy Sue needs an inhaler.


Hit The Road, Jack - I'll be back with the answers tomorrow morning!


Friday, 21 September 2018

The United Kingdom of Song #3: Saltcoats


We're off to Saltcoats today, a small seaside town in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Most famous musical resident? Colin Hay, lead singer of Men At Work. I know! Me too! But apparently he didn't emigrate Down Under until he was 14.

I could only find one lyrical reference to Saltcoats... but one's all we need, if it's a good song. Fortunately, Glasvegas won't let us down...



250 miles south next week, back towards my own stomping grounds, but on t'opposite side of the Pennines...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

My Top Ten Songs That Go On And On



Work is swallowing me whole at the moment, so I don't have time to go on and on... instead here's ten tunes that can do the job for me.


10. Ben Lee - On & On

From the album Hey You, Yes You... which I think we can all agree is a great title for an album. This is a pretty cool opening line too...

Without a gun, I'd be defenceless against you...

9. Ocean Colour Scene - On And On

I've no idea why OCS get so much stick from the Muso Police. This is a lovely little tune; a b-side, I think. They deserve more respect.

8. Bowling For Soup - On And On (About You)

Aww, sweet.

If it were up to me
I'd like to buy you flowers everyday
Make everyday a holiday
Carry on and on and on about you and the things you do
The things you do

7. Jack White - On And On And On

What does Jack White do best: play the guitar, or do the production that makes his guitar playing stand out so well?

6. Wilco - On And On And On

One day we'll disappear
Together in a dream
However short or long
Our lives are going to be

5. The Longpigs - On And On

And I wish you would leave me
And I wish you would go
And I wish you didn't need me
And I wish I didn't love you so.

4. Abba - On And On And On

I think this is about as close as Abba ever got to politics...

I was at a party and this fella said to me
"Something bad is happening, I'm sure you do agree
People care for nothing, no respect for human rights
Evil times are coming, we are in for darker,"

I said, "Who are you to talk about impending doom?"
He got kinda wary as he looked around the room
He said, "I'm a minister, a big shot in the state"
I said, "I just can't believe it, boy I think it's great
Brother can you tell me what is right and what is wrong?"
He said, "Keep on rocking baby, 'til the night is gone"

3. The Feelies - On And On

Hey na na na na na na na...

2. Stephen Bishop - On And On

Poor ol'Jimmy
Sits alone in the moonlight
Saw his woman kiss another man
So he takes a ladder
Steals the stars from the sky
Puts on Sinatra and starts to cry...

1. Status Quo - Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)

OK, so there's a stray "off" in there, but we'll let that pass for one of the Quo's finest moments. Swing those guitars!


Feel free to go on and on in the comments if you can think of any more...

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

2018 Contenders: Thank You For Today


The latest album by Death Cab For Cutie has had mixed reviews, yet I think it contains some of the bands strongest songs since their early-noughties double-whammy of The Photo Album & Transatlanticism. Songs like Your Hurricane...

Cause every time there's a knock on my door
I fall to my hands and knees on the floor
'Cause when your wreckage washes up on my shore
You're not like before
And you try to explain who's at fault for your mistakes
But I won't be the debris in your hurricane"

...and Gold Rush are delicate and affecting. They caught me on first listen and continue to resonate a few weeks down the line.

But it's the final track, 60 & Punk, which blew me away. The tale of a fading rock star who may have been happier before he ever found fame, you find yourself wondering if Ben Gibbard wrote it with any particular star in mind... and the internet is full of speculation about that (favourites include Peter Buck and Paul Westerberg). Whatever, it's another great Mid-Life Crisis Song to add to my ever growing list...

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore...

There's nothing elegant in being a drunk
It's nothing righteous being sixty and a punk
But when you're looking in the mirror do you see
That kid that you used to be?
Broke and working in a record store
Daydreaming about the upcoming tour
Were you happier when you poor?





Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Hot 100 #66


Turns out there are quite a few Route 66 Bands out there, most of them doing covers and tribute acts. But are there any "non-Route 66" 66 songs? Quite a few, as it turns out...

Martin reminds us of 66 by The Afghan Whigs... good tune.

C offers the great PJ Harvey - 66 Promises...

Charity Chic grudgingly kicks in 1966 & All That by Half Man Half Biscuit... one of the better football songs in my collection... although it's about much more than the silly game when you listen to it.

Jim Dubai offers another football-related tune, with a 66-related artist... Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66.

Rigid Digit throws in an extra 6 for Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast. Second Iron Maiden tune this month, but this one is PROPER metal, complete with a silly spoken intro. Class.

On the subject of 666, can I add: Route 666 by The Hamsters, another Route 666 by The Comsat Angels, 666 Conducer by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Your Sweet 666 by HIM, and 666 Post from the latest Mark Kozelek album?

Oh, and Incident at 66.6 FM by Public Enemy... and Nineteen666 by The Jesus & Mary Chain, which combines football with satanism... apt, in my opinion.

I also found the following lurking in the dusty corners of my collection...

OMD - 66 And Fading

Primal Scream - Autobahn 66

The Troggs - 66-5-4-3-2-1 (another phone number song!)

The Boys From Nowhere - 1966

This week's winning tune was obvious from the outset though.

Originally recorded in 1946 by Nat King Cole and the King Cole Trio, the song was transformed into a rock n roll standard by Chuck Berry a decade later. Since then it's been recorded by everybody from Them to Depeche Mode to Jason and The Scorchers... most famously, I guess by Mick & Keef who arguably made it their own.

Over to Lynchie, who, until he gives the public what they demand and starts writing a blog of his own, is always welcome to contribute a paragraph or two to mine...
The best version of "Route 66" is to be found on the "Got Live If You Want It!" EP released in Summer 1965. Honest!
Back in 1999, I saw The Stones live for the last time. There were 2 stages - the main stage and a smaller one (which they crossed to via a small bridge - it was the Bridges to Babylon tour!) slap bang in the middle of the crowd . They blew the place away with the the small stage opener - "Route 66". It was righteous - like hearing them do their R&B stuff for the first time!


Onto 65 next week, and with no blatantly obvious contenders (unlike this week), it could be anybody's game. Your suggestions are welcome as always...


Monday, 17 September 2018

Mid-Life Crisis Songs #30: I Coulda Been A Contender


Now that she's older
As the embers of romance
Fade to mortgages and leccy bills
Being comfortable and that
Nobody told her
That she'd ever reach the stage
Where her husband bored her
Or she lied about her age

The folly of youth is that you think you have all the time in the world to make your dreams a reality. 

He's compromising
At least he's got a job for life
Get born, get schooled
Get job, get car
Pay tax and find a wife
And on that note
The end can't come too soon
If you're not living on the edge
You take up too much room

Then one day you wake up and it's too late. And you realise how much time you wasted in your 20s...

At school, he used to dream about being Bruce Lee
But the need for chops
In the Manor Top
Ain't all that great, you see
And so he gave up
On his black belt and first dan
As near as he got to China
Was a week in Camber Sands

The ironic thing about the most famous song by Reverend & The Makers is that it's all about almost making it... just as they almost did. Heavyweight Champion of the World was a Top Ten hit in 2007, but it was their only one. Still, they carry on regardless. I need to go check out a few of their most recent releases because Jon McClure is a great songwriter. I hope he's been successful enough that he's never had to take a day job... and be like everybody else...

It's boring, it's boring
It might put you to sleep
It's the same old routine
Repeating week after week
You work harder, work harder
You're told that you must
And you must earn a living
And you must earn a crust

And be like everybody else
Be like everybody else
Be like everybody else

Just be like everybody else



Sunday, 16 September 2018

Saturday Snapshots #50 - The Answers



Welcome, creeps and weirdoes, to the answers to yesterday's Saturday Snapshots. Oh, don't be such a Paranoid Android - I wasn't talking about you!

Thank you all for playing along, and for your nice comments about Saturday Snapshots. Alyson returned to take the victory with some excellent detective work this week. 

Here are the answers. No surprises here...

20. Vigorous bloke wins lottery.


Vigour is verve.

A lucky man would win the lottery.

The Verve - Lucky Man

19. Exciting experiences with no adverts! Slow down.


Exciting experiences would be adventures, minus the ads.

The Ventures - Walk Don't Run

18. Vocal coaches for everyone! We've just started looking.


The New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

(Yes, I went there.)

17. Would you rather study the early days of the Hebrides... or see an Olivia Newton-John movie?


The Mull Historical Society - Watching Xanadu

16. Are you fond of my curves?


The Contours - Do You Love Me?

15. That baked helianthus is as old as Taylor Swift.


A helianthus is a sunflower.

Baked beans.

Taylor Swift sang about being 22.

Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo

14. WWI soldier discovers ska punk and gets the number for one of Brandon Flowers' friends.


WWI soldiers were Tommies.

Ska-punk was Two-Tone.

The Killers (Brandon Flowers) sang Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine.

Tommy Tutone - 867-5309 / Jenny

13. Grisly ghouls from every tomb get canonised with paracetamol.


Vincent Price famously rapped about "grisly ghouls from every tomb" in Thriller.

Saints get canonised.

Paracetamol are pills.

St. Vincent - Pills

12. Bloody cheek - coming over here, desperately needing the loo!


Bloody foreigners!

Foreigner - Urgent

11. Peter Wyngarde tries to find the Vapour Rub at work.


Peter Wyngarde was Jason King who worked for Department S.

Vicks make Vapour Rub.

Department S - Is Vic There?

10. Smash a window with a big piece of chicken.


Superchunk - Break The Glass

9. White walrus attacks blokes saying hi on a Rio beach.


Barry White was The Walrus of Love.

Blokes saying hi would be Man-ello!

A beach in Rio is the Copacabana.

Barry Manilow - Copacabana

8. Lad from London tries to remember his pincode. May an early year of rock 'n' roll help?


A lad from London would be a City Boy.

An early year of rock n roll = 57. May = 05.

City Boy - 5705

7. Chubby Checker's relative refuses to put up with all that dancing anymore.


Chubby Checker's dance was The Twist.

His relative is his sister.

If she refuses to put up with it...

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

6. 12 years of hard labour brightens up the capital.


12 years a slave.

The Slaves - Cheer Up, London!

(It's a toss up for Video of the Week between this and Twisted Sister.)

5. Lee Harvey Oswald gets chivalrous all across the States.


Lee Harvey Oswald claimed he was a patsy.

Chivalrous = gallant.

Patsy Gallant - From New York To LA

4. Stomach ache caused by a late encounter with Jerry Dammers.


Stomach ache would feel like a lead belly.

Jerry Dammers was in the Specials.

Leadbelly - The Midnight Special

3. A bunch of converted apostles get surrounded by water.


The Brady Bunch.

Paul was a converted apostle.

Islands are surrounded by water.

Paul Brady - The Island

2. Emergency treatment for cloudy optimists.


First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining

1. Redial Tim - he's all confused by the lack of action.


Redial Tim is an anagram.



More next week... Karma Police permitting.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Saturday Snapshots #50




Welcoming us to the very special 50th edition of the Saturday Snapshots, it's the Modfather himself.

Saturday's kids play one arm bandits - they never win but that's not the point, is it?

Same thing applies to Saturday Snapshots, if you ask me. All you have to do is identify the artists and songs below from the pictures and cryptic clues. And to celebrate our 50th anniversary, there are twice as many to guess this week!

Why go Down In The Tube Station At Midnight when you can sit in bed on a Saturday morning and puzzle over this lot?

Sup up your beer and collect your fags - it's time to Start!



20. Vigorous bloke wins lottery.


19. Exciting experiences with no adverts! Slow down.


18. Vocal coaches for everyone! We've just started looking.


17. Would you rather study the early days of the Hebrides... or see an Olivia Newton-John movie?


16. Are you fond of my curves?


15. That baked helianthus is as old as Taylor Swift.


14. WWI soldier discovers ska punk and gets the number for one of Brandon Flowers' friends.


13. Grisly ghouls from every tomb get canonised with paracetamol.


12. Bloody cheek - coming over here, desperately needing the loo!


11. Peter Wyngarde tries to find the Vapour Rub at work.


10. Smash a window with a big piece of chicken.


9. White walrus attacks blokes saying hi on a Rio beach.


8. Lad from London tries to remember his pincode. May an early year of rock 'n' roll help?


7. Chubby Checker's relative refuses to put up with all that dancing anymore.


6. 12 years of hard labour brightens up the capital.


5. Lee Harvey Oswald gets chivalrous all across the States.


4. Stomach ache caused by a late encounter with Jerry Dammers.


3. A bunch of converted apostles get surrounded by water.


2. Emergency treatment for cloudy optimists.


1. Redial Tim - he's all confused by the lack of action.


That's Entertainment for your Saturday morning... Precious answers tomorrow morning.

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