With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“So much hate in your movements” August 1, 2020


One thing that a crisis usually throws up is usually great protests and great protest songs. This pandemic is no exception, but with artists in lockdown and restricted like all of us it has had to be very different. Some bands and singers have used live streaming sessions to introduce new songs or covers of the greats. There are way too many protest songs to mention in this post, although feel free to contribute your favourites in the comments below. I will include three here, one very much from the current generation, one from my generation and another from the generation from before me, well kind of, the latter at 74 is 13 years older than me 🙂 The three tunes cover Black Lives Matter, the UK government and the Orange Moron in the White House.

First up is British singer Jorja Smith who had her first hit back in 2016. Her song, “By Any Means” is the first single from an upcoming Roc Nation Records compilation that collects together other great protest songs focussed on a social justice theme. Jorja said this about the song “It really came from going to the Black Lives Matter protest and leaving thinking, what can I do to keep this conversation going? It’s not just a post on social media, its life.” The music is a sparse and dark take on modern R & B which fits Jorja’s exquisite vocals and powerful lyrics perfectly.

Second it is the turn of West Yorkshire Superheroes Percy, one of my favourite current bands. “Rubbernecking In The UK” is the third single to be taken from their rather spiffing album ‘Seaside Donkeys’. The song is perhaps more of a protest about modern life, misogyny and voyeurism. However the video, produced by Hot Frog Animations, no doubt with lots of input from the band takes it to another level. The portrayal of UK Government Tsar Dominic Cummings and his cuckold Boris Johnson is funny and scary (because of the reality of where the UK is) in equal measure. The song is an infectious driving slice of post punk perfection.

Finally the older generation is represented by Neil Young. This is not a new song but an acoustic reworking of “Lookin’ For A Leader” from his 2006 album ‘Living With War’. But he hasn’t just given it an acoustic makeover, Mr Young has rewritten the lyrics to point a finger directly at Moron in Chief Donald Trump, a man who makes Dubya look like a genius. I always loved this song in it’s original guise and the new take is perfect for these times.

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“We Are Chaos” – Marilyn Manson

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There was me thinking that Brian Warner had gone off the boil and then he hits us with a new video for the title track from his new album which is due out in September. The song and the album are titled “We Are Chaos”. Welcome back Brian a.k.a. Marilyn Manson! Some years ago one of the more ridiculous groups in the USA formed to limit fun like Tipper Gore’s PMRC slammed Marilyn Manson for taking the name of what they saw as a very slutty Hollywood star, Marilyn Monroe. At the same time they never mentioned where the Manson part of his moniker came from. So from that I can only assume that protecting children from slutty women is more important than protecting them from serial killers? But these are the type of groups that blamed Marilyn Manson and others for every school shooting, put simply those type of people are pure crackpots and nutjobs! Back to the script though, the new album will be ace if this single is anything to go by!

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Mayhem’s Home Town – Music from York – local lock-down releases 1 June 14, 2020


My adopted home city of York has been a hot bed of great music since I first moved here in 2007 and the York music force remains strong. So I thought that I would take this opportunity to highlight just a small handful of the great musical talent that this fantastic city has to offer. Focusing on three releases that have happened very recently during these strange lock down days.

First up are a York band that are destined for huge success, I am confident that eventually this lot will play arenas. I am talking of the Howl And The Hum who recently released their first album ‘Human Contact’ and is arguably one of the best debut albums of the 21st century so far. These boys have earned their chops the hard way through open mic nights and busking. If you haven’t heard them yet then you need to catch up really quickly. As a taster take a listen to their latest release below. It is an alternative live version of “Hostages” from their new album.

Perspex refer to themselves as “the plastic band for the decadent listener”, somehow I doubt if I can conjure up a better way to describe them. The band’s first release of 2020, “A Horse Named Useless” is a lo-fi weirdfest which has a delightful melody and contrasts that with a line about wanking off horses. Warped, wonderful, weird, wacky and worthy of a long listen.

Finally talented young York singer-songwriter Jacob Clayton released his first single “Inside Our Minds” last month. It is a chilled, yet emotional, folky track which feels reflective enough for these strange days. It is hard to judge an artist on one song, but frankly “Inside Our Minds” makes me want to hear more from him.

This site has posted about many York acts over the years and long may that continue. If any York musicians, bands, singers want to be featured here send me a message. Obviously we will still continue to include acts from all over the world, but I feel that a focus on our local scene is well worth it in these strange times!

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“A Song For You” – Carol Hodge May 16, 2020

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You may have listened to my recent interview with Carol Hodge, if not then click here to give it a spin. Carol has written a truly beautiful song which for me goes some way to really capturing how many of us are feeling in these strange and often dark days of Covid-19, it is called “A Song For You”, take a look at the rather excellent video. The video is either enhanced or marred by an appearance from me, personally, I think enhanced but I will leave you to be the judge of that. I am on fleetingly at around the 59-second mark. But it is a clever video for a stunning emotional song. You can also buy Carol’s brilliant new album “Savage Purge”, just click here, you know you want to! As a bonus, just to tempt you, I have included the video for “Stop Worrying Baby” from that very album! That one was shot and completed just before lock down. If you have not listened to Carol before, then you really should, it is simply pure classy music!

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Pink Floyd in New Earswick? May 13, 2020


One of our ace writers Tom also has his own blog, Scruffy Theory, and recently he has posted some great investigative stuff about a gig that Pink Floyd allegedly played at the Folk Hall in New Earswick in York back in 1967. It has been difficult to find much evidence about the gig online, but Tom has found his inner bloodhound and donned his deerstalker hat to discover more. Is it true or not? Read Tom’s rather interesting posts (in sequence) to find out! If you know anything about this gig feel free to get in touch.

Legendary Gig or “Suburban myth” – Pink Floyd @ New Earswick Folk Hall, 1967

Pink Floyd in New Earswick Update

Pink Floyd in New Earswick: second update

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With Just A Hint Of Mayhem appears on the York Calling podcast! May 1, 2020

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Recently I had the honour and pleasure of being interviewed by Graeme Smith of the York Calling blog and podcast. It is out now as episode 1 of series 2. Give it a listen, give it a like and let me Graeme and me know what you think.

The York Calling Podcast – Series 2 Episode 1

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More Lockdown Playlist Shenanigans! April 23, 2020

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I have created a new Spotify Playlist this time the focus is on early 70s glam rock. But I have expanded it to include many big pop hits from 1970 through 1974 that just so happened to coincide with glam. It would be fair to say that there are some guilty pleasures in there and even a few songs that I don’t particularly like. Give it a spin, but it is designed for shuffle play! I should warn you that there are ten hours of tunes here 🙂 It is called ‘Billy Does Glam & other early 70s pop. Click here to feel the noize and get ballroom blitzed! let me know if you think I have missed your favourite. The 70s soul, funk and disco was deliberately left out as that is included in another playlist (see below)

So put on your best dancing pants and go for it!

Here are all my other playlists. Feel free to share them!

If you want to suggest ant tracks to be added then let me know!

Billy’s Best Snotty Punk Tracks – who doesn’t love punk?

Billy’s Ranking Reggae Rockers – everybody loves reggae right?

Billy’s 70s Soul, Funk & Disco Selection – right back to my youth! Get on your flares and get dancin’

Billy’s 60s Soul Selection – I dare you not to enjoy and dance to this lot!

Billy’s Barbecue Belters – this started as a nice backdrop to a summer barbecue that has, thanks to some musical brain farts, grown to a whopping 461 songs that helped shape my life in some way!

FACK TRUMP! – largely political and mostly protest songs

SASH Gig 3rd January 2020 – this was the music played before and between all the bands at the first gig, I ever promoted back in January. Big thanks once again to Lost Trends, My Wonderful Daze, and the Receivers – all of whom feature on this playlist. Probably more of a brain dump from me is this one!

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Lockdown playlists! Stay indoors and get your party trousers on! March 21, 2020

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Here are a few playlists that I have created on Spotify over the past few years. They might help you get through the lockdown and take your mind off these very strange days! Feel free to share them!

If you want to suggest ant tracks to be added then let me know!

Billy’s Best Snotty Punk Tracks – who doesn’t love punk?

Billy’s Ranking Reggae Rockers – everybody loves reggae right?

Billy’s 70s Soul, Funk & Disco Selection – right back to my youth! Get on your flares and get dancin’

Billy’s 60s Soul Selection – I dare you not to enjoy and dance to this lot!

Billy’s Barbecue Belters – this started as a nice backdrop to a summer barbecue that has, thanks to some musical brain farts, grown to a whopping 461 songs that helped shape my life in some way!

FACK TRUMP! – largely political and mostly protest songs

SASH Gig 3rd January 2020 – this was the music played before and between all the bands at the first gig, I ever promoted back in January. Big thanks once again to Lost Trends, My Wonderful Daze, and the Receivers – all of whom feature on this playlist. Probably more of a brain dump from me is this one!

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“God Is An American” January 12, 2020


There was I just randomly searching for stuff as part of researching a different blog post and up pops this. A great cover of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid Of Americans” by Dweezil Zappa. While Dweezil doesn’t take it too far from Bowie’s original it is still a pretty good cover of one of the Dame’s best later-period songs. Bowie released it as a single with plenty of remixes (from Photek and Nine Inch Nails) and it was included on the 1997 album ‘Earthling’. Although it did make an appearance on the ‘Showgirls’ soundtrack a little earlier than that. What do you think of Dweezil’s take on the song?

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“And nothing really rocks and nothing really rolls” January 9, 2020

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Some interest and irony in seeing climate change denier Marvin Lee Aday a.k.a Meatloaf taking part in Veganuary, especially as he has rejected calls to change his name to Veganloaf or Nutloaf. But to each their own, right? Anyway, Meatloaf has been big on vegetables before, well at least his music has; Sussex University used his ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in a study in 2000 to see if rock music helped vegetables grow faster. Well, guess what, apparently it did make them grow faster. Let me have all the Meatloaf vegetable song title puns you’ve got! I’ll start with “Two Out Of Pea Ain’t Bad”!

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