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Absolute Bowie – Fibbers, York – Friday 19th January 2018 January 20, 2018


Regular readers of this blog will know not only that I am a massive David Bowie fan, but I am also a bit of a Bowie snob. I have never been a particular fan of tribute bands. I have seen many and a handful have been very good, but the majority were mediocre at best. However just over a year ago at the fabulous Fibbers music venue in York I reluctantly decided to go and see Absolute Bowie. This is an act that many in the industry refer to as the best Bowie tribute by far and many of the reviews bear that out. Click here to read my review of that gig. I loved last years York show so much that I had to come back again in 2018. This time I persuaded my good friend and fellow Bowie fan Simon Hernaman and his wife Marie to join me. Was last year a one off or is the magic still there? You should read on to find the answer to that question.

The first set was a Ziggy set with John O’Neill in fine form as Bowie’s earliest and probably most iconic character. The costumes, the mime driven dance moves and most importantly for me the authentic sounding Bowie vocals from O’Neill. None of this would of worked however without the support of the excellent band; Chris Buratti on guitar, makes an excellent Mick Ronson in the first set, Fabio Cashio a stunningly talented bass player, Alex Paollilo on keyboards and drummer Alessandro Ricardi. There were many highlights in the Ziggy half of the show and it sounded great from where I was in the crowd although there seemed to be some problems with at least one of the monitors. Particular highlights were “Moonage Daydream“, ” The Man Who Sold The World“, a truly majestic “Life On Mars” and  “Starman” which had everyone in Fibbers la-la-la-la-ing like lunatics. First set closer was “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide“, what else could it be? I do not believe that there was a single person in the crowd that didn’t sing along to every song with 100% passion.

Which Bowie would we get from John  O’Neill in the second set? It was Serious Moonlight Bowie; bleached blond hair, wearing a pastel suit, unfastened bow tie and braces. In terms of where these songs were drawn from it was a much wider period than the Ziggy set ranging from 1974 to 1983. This band match their talent with confidence, to open with “Station To Station” would not have been attempted by lesser tribute acts, but Absolute Bowie pulled it off completely and followed that with a mesmerisingly funky version of what in my opinion is one of the finest cuts on the ‘Station To station’ album, “Stay”. Whilst we are on funk I have to mention “Fame”, I think Mr Bowie himself would have enjoyed that. We were treated to “Ashes To Ashes”, Let’s Dance” and “China Girl” from the 80s. The encore was for me perhaps the finest part of an amazing night. We were hit with “Space Oddity” which was introduced with a blast of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra” which was used as the theme to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey‘, “Heroes” and a stonking version of “Rebel Rebel” that may well have brought the ceiling down had it gone on any longer. If you have seen Absolute Bowie before then I know you will see them again, I certainly will. If you have never seen them before what are you waiting for?

Public service announcement – all videos found via YouTube but all the pictures are from the delightful Mr. Simon Hernaman’s mobile phone 🙂

 

“We’ll build a glass asylum, with just a hint of mayhem” January 8, 2018


Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big David Bowie fan. This began in July 1972 when I witnessed that now iconic performance of “Starman” on BBC’s Top Of The Pops. I was lucky enough to see him play live ten times from 1976 to 2004 and I still buy every release, and to be fair there have been many since his death nearly two years ago. I recently received the latest in the seven inch vinyl picture disc series, the 40th anniversary release of the “Beauty And The Beast” single. It has a terrific version of “Blackout” on the B Side. Today would have been the Dame’s 71st birthday, I know to many of you that probably sounds old, but it is only 12 years older than me! Obviously like many fans I was saddened by his passing, but I am still somewhat freaked out by the amount of on-line Bowie fans that still speak of their despair at his loss, how they still wake up crying.

But enough of that morbidity, I do still celebrate the birthday of the late David Robert Jones. On a work day that means that I wear my David Bowie cuff links as I did today. I also received a few more David Bowie related books at Christmas, I think I now own around 70 in total. One of those Christmas presents was ‘David Bowie – A Life’ by Dylan Jones. Jones met and interviewed Bowie on many occasions and he uses that material along with old and new interviews with many people who were a part of the world of David Bowie. This includes the Spiders From Mars, Dana Gillespie, Bob Harris, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Carlos Alomar, Peter Frampton, Nina Simone, Mick Rock, Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray, Bebe Buell and Coco Schwab to name just a few. The book is organised chronologically and is incredibly well put together. In my opinion it is beyond doubt the best Bowie biography for many years and easily the best to be published since his demise. It is tasteful and manages to unearth a few things that personally I had never read before; How he had tried to reform the Spiders From Mars in 1978 and how in the US in the early 1970s someone turned up at his hotel sweet and offered him a still warm, dead body to have sex with. In respect of the latter he was apparently visibly shocked and upset and turned the offer down. When he lived in Mustique at a property he used to own there he often referred to one drink from the cocktail menu in Basil’s Bar as a Penis Colada.

This evening I have also dug out the magnificent Alan Yentob documentary ‘Cracked Actor’ from the mid 70s. It is a fascinating portrait of a talented man in a spiral of cocaine addiction and ensuing paranoia. In many ways it is a magnificent insider view of the transition from the Halloween Jack character of the post apocalyptic tales on ‘Diamond Dogs’ into the white soul boy of ‘Young Americans’. If you have never seen it, whether you are a fan or not you should check it out. From just the social history perspective it is truly fascinating. This is a bit of a Bowie ramble I know, but I haven’t done a Bowie post for a while, well apart from the specific one about the song “Andy Warhol” back in December. I don’t really need an excuse to play some Bowie tunes, but a 71st birthday and the impending second anniversary of his death works for me. Let’s celebrate the Dame’s wonderful recordings together, what is your favourite David Bowie song? My top three favourites are currently; “Quicksand”, “Young Americans” and “Lady Grinning Soul“.

As a footnote the eagle eyed readers and bat eared listeners may have sussed out where I took the title of my blog from, go on take a guess!

 

12 Days To Christmas – Day 10 – Andy Warhol December 22, 2017


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This is the 12 days to Christmas countdown with a series of twelve posts that I confess are not particularly Christmas related. More an opportunity to fill a stocking with plenty of songs about famous people from history. Today is day 10, so only two more to go after this. Day 10 is the turn of Andy Warhol to be represented in song. His real name was Andrew Warhola and he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 6th August 1928. He died in February 1987, wow where did that 30 years go? In the 1950s Warhol worked as a shoe designer and became a very early adopted of the silk screen process for printmaking. Many of his subjects were American icons, either people or things; Campbell’s Soup Can, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the mushroom cloud, which technically is a kind of icon of America right? Andy Warhol was gay but in a 1980 interview he suggested that he was still a virgin. A 52 year old virgin? Wow! Many of you who read this blog may well have some Warhol art in your homes. Do you have a copy of the first Velvet Underground album, or the Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’? well he designed both of those.

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So on to the Song about this iconic and talented artist and it is actually performed by someone many also see as a talented and iconic artist, David Bowie. Come on you didn’t think I would miss the opportunity for some Bowie did you? The song is “Andy Warhol” from Bowie’s 1971 album ‘Hunky Dory’. Bowie met Warhol a few times, apparently the first time was a strange encounter with not much being said other than Warhol remarking on Bowie’s bright yellow shoes. Later, in 1996 David Bowie played Warhol in the film ‘Basquiat’ using some of the artists clothes and wigs. ‘Hunky Dory’ peaked at number three in the UK album chart in 1972. “Andy Warhol” was never released as a single, only “Changes” and “Life On Mars” were issued a singles from that album. Although the track in question did make it to the B- Side of the 1972 single release of “Changes”. Bowie originally wrote the song for his friend, lover and protege Dana Gillespie. But her version didn’t see the light of day until 1973. Interestingly Mick Ronson played guitar on both versions. There are four versions of the song for you to feast your ears on below.

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Bowie as Warhol

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Warhol with a fir tree, now this is a Christmas post……. right?

 

“But I never wave bye bye” November 21, 2017

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Despite departing this mortal coil nearly two years ago David Bowie is still breaking records. He recently reached his billionth stream on Spotify. That is not the highest by any artist, I know that Drake has had more than ten billion streams of his songs. Ed Sheerhan’s “Shape Of You” has had more than a billion streams in its own right. But nonetheless a billion streams is a great achievement in my opinion. The top ten Bowie songs streamed on Spotify completely bypass anything released after 1983. The sixties has one entry, the eighties has two and the seventies a mighty seven.

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In terms of albums represented by these ten songs, in reverse order it is;

Space Oddity (a.k.a. David Bowie) 1 track, Diamond Dogs (1 track), Heroes (1 track), Let’s Dance (2 tracks), Hunky Dory (2 tracks) and Ziggy Stardust (3 tracks)

The magnificent, late, great Mick Ronson was also a part of the original studio recordings of five of these tracks too.

  1. Heroes
  2. Let’s Dance (One of only two on this list to reach number one in the UK)
  3. Space Oddity (the second of two on this list to reach number one in the UK. But only after it was reissued in 1975)
  4. Life On Mars
  5. Starman
  6. Rebel Rebel
  7. Moonage Daydream (Never released as a single in the UK)
  8. Changes
  9. Ziggy Stardust
  10. Modern Love

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Billie Marten, Epilogues, Laura Kindelan – The Basement, City Screen, York – Tuesday 11th July 2017 July 12, 2017


This wonderful, intimate venue was home to a wonderful and intimate gig on Tuesday night courtesy of the talented Mr Simon Pattinson of Northern Radar. Mr P always puts together some excellent packages and I would like to congratulate him on his first sell out gig, may there be many more! Incidentally if you spot any gig promoted by Northern Radar give it a shot, Simon has never let me down in all the years I have known him.

Anyway tonight was a really chilled acoustic gathering kicked off by Laura Kindelan from York. For me Laura evokes what might have been had Jeff Buckley been female. This girl has so much soul in her voice and also a magnificently chilled and carefree style. She also has some great songs, “Sweet Tooth” is achingly, stunningly beautiful and I love it.

I first saw tonights second act, Epilogues back at this same venue in September last year when Mikey was supporting Jordan Mackampa. I liked him then and I still do. He said that he was nervous at the start of his set, but it really didn’t show. He has a great vocal range which is suggestive of both Thom Yorke in his softer moments and David Bowie circa 1969. The name Epilogues suggests closure but this fella has so much to offer that maybe he should become Prologues.

Billie Marten was the headliner tonight although she did say that she was blown away by the support. But whilst everyone tonight put in great performances for me Billie definitely shaded it. How many “Internet Sensations” (Billie came to prominence via her own YouTube channel as a young girl and then on a local YouTube channel called Ont’ Sofa) have true talent? I would wager that not many do, but Billie Marten has talent in spades. Her performance evokes a slight spirit of Joni Mitchell but she is also very much her own woman. “Cartoon People” belies the fact that Billie is only eighteen, it is a powerful song about Donald Trump and his daughter. It is a great song that would win over anyone in possession of a brain and a heart. This young lady will go far and she deserves to. She also shared some of her home baked cake with us and I can tell you that it was damned fine too.

 

“God is an American, God is an American” July 4, 2017


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I would like to wish a very happy 4th of July to all my American readers. Stay strong people you only have another three and a half years of President Agent Orange. But if you wish to come back to the Empire just let me know, we used to own you after all 😉

But let me also thank you for making the UK government look less stupid than yours!

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As I have said many times, this is a music blog so here are a few USA related songs, which in my opinion are bloody good!

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Hey Bill Don’t Ask Me Questions with Lost Trends June 12, 2017


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing (or throwing questions at) Pete, John, Adam and Rusty of one of York’s finest rock bands Lost Trends. Pete and Rusty over a few pints at the Duke of York pub and John and Adam outside Fibbers after the boys played a storming set in support of Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles. Click here for that review. If you have never heard Lost Trends or seen them play live yet then you really need to rectify that soon. But in the meantime find out a bit more about the band with questions about their musical influences, favourite chocolate bar, rejected band names and which of them reckon they could take Justin Bieber in a fight.

  1. Who are your biggest musical influences?

Pete – Funky, jagged, staccato sounds especially Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead

Rusty – Punk, funky punk, Foals, Bloc Party, Radiohead

John – Bloc Party

Adam – Foals, Arctic Monkeys, Motley Crue

  1. Where does the name Lost Trends come from?

Rusty – A previous band had an Arctic Monkey’s style song called “Lost To The Trend”

Rusty & Pete – Mentioned that they had considered Swedish Jesus and the Dyslexics. But the latter would be spelt wrong!

  1. What brought you together as a band?

Rusty & Pete – They were at York College and become mates after a friend of a friend introduced them. John’s brother was the original drummer and they found Adam via GumTree

Adam – Was looking for a band on Gum Tree (so it worked then!)

John – He took his brother’s place in the band

  1. Are there any Lost Trends side projects?

A resounding NO from both Pete and Rusty

John – A cryptic who knows!

Adam – Maybe some acoustic stuff one day

  1. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Rusty – Radiohead’s “Let Down” but perhaps the greatest impact is from Lindisfarne’s 70s classic “Lady Eleanor”

Pete – Thought about this for a while before deciding on a song that always makes him happy and upbeat, another 70s classic “September” from Earth, Wind & Fire. At a recent wedding they made sure the DJ played it.

Adam – Chose “Stay The Same” by a band that you may know, they are called Lost Trends. He is very proud of his bass on that track. He is also really keen on some good bass sounds in a Motown, Soul environment.

John – His choice would depend on his level of intoxication

  1. What would be your first big purchase when music makes you rich and famous?

Rusty – A recording studio

Pete – A Ferrari

John – Loads of kick pedals – he has a habit of losing them

Adam – A barrel of coconut rum

  1. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Pete – Kurt Cobain

Rusty – Was lucky enough to walk past David Bowie at Glastonbury in 2000, he didn’t know what to do (Rusty not Bowie that is) so he nodded hello and got a nod in return

Adam – Don Broco, he would love to tour with them

John – Jimi Hendrix

  1. Which instruments do you play?

Pete – Guitar, piano and backing vocals

Rusty – Guitar, piano, drums and vocals obviously!

Adam – Power chords on a guitar

John – Didgeridoo

  1. When and why did you start playing?

Pete – Grandad was in a York band called the Modernaires. They were once played on Radio 2 after being introduced by no less than Patrick Moore. It was his Grandad who bought Pete his first guitar.

Rusty – His Dad was obsessed with music and he had a Beatles book with chords for every one of their songs. Rusty learnt to play by borrowing his Dad’s guitar and the book.

John – Started playing at school

Adam – Started playing bass at High School as there were no other bass players there

  1. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Rusty – “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles

Pete – No particular song, just plenty of riffs.

Adam – “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult

John – Can’t remember but probably something simple

  1. What are the best and worst things about the music industry today?

Both Pete and Rusty agreed that they really don’t like pay to play.

Pete – He said that nowadays reality TV has made the industry very hard to get into. There is more of a need to win a competition or to have a back story, particularly one that would tug the audience’s heart strings

Rusty doesn’t like the favouritism that many promoters and industry people show. Also the apparent lack of daring, no one wants to take a chance any more.

Adam – Worst thing is dodgy promoters who insist that you sell 30 tickets or more

John – A good thing is that there are often more opportunities at the moment

(Incidentally one thing that at least two of the band mentioned is that Simon Pattison of York is an excellent promoter!)

 What tunes are you currently grooving to?

Rusty – Anderson Paak and the Free Laterals – “Come Down”.  He also loves the new Jamiroquai album ‘’Automaton’, and is a big fan of the creative genius of Jay Kay.

Pete – A big fan of the new Bonobo album

John – Chase and Status

Adam – Sofi Tukker – “Drinkee”

  1. Best Saturday night record?

Rusty – King Curtis – “Memphis Soul Stew” or “Milk and Black Spiders” – Foals

Pete – “Move On Up” – Curtis Mayfield

John – “Upside Down” – Diana Ross

Adam – “This Girl” by the Kungs

  1. Best Sunday morning record?

Rusty – “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. This was a particular favourite with an old housemate and would often get them properly woken up on a Sunday. Rusty is also partial to a little Ralph McTell on a Sunday morning.

Pete – “Daydream In Blue” by i Monster

Adam – “Sunday Morning” by Velvet Underground

John – Kruder & Dorfmeister

  1. What is your favourite book?

Pete – Autobiographies, Anthony Kiedis is a great one

Rusty – Tolkein, plus Luke Reinhart’s Dice Man, Kerouac’s On The Road and Atonement by Ian McEwan

Adam – Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

John – Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

  1. What is your favourite film?

Pete – Nothing in particular

Rusty – Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull

John – Pulp Fiction

Adam – L.A. Confidential

 

  1. What is your favourite TV show?

Rusty – Twin Peaks, Breaking Bad

Pete – Game of Thrones, Red Dwarf

Adam – Residue (Netflix)

John – Better Call Saul

  1. What is your favourite chocolate bar?

Pete – Boost

Rusty – Double Decker – he is a fan of the girth!

John – Another vote for the mighty Boost bar

Adam – Wispa Gold

  1. What is your favourite board game?

Rusty – Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity

Pete – Monopoly – and yes like everyone he cheats!

John – Risk

Adam – Another vote for Monopoly, no admission of cheating from John though

  1. What is your favourite place in York?

Pete – Mansion House, down Stonegate towards the Minster

Rusty – Back of the railway station near the Iron Bridge out towards Acomb. It is the contrast between old and new that he loves.

Adam – Museum Gardens

John – York Dungeon

  1. Could you beat Justin Bieber in a fight?

Pete – Definitely

Rusty – Definitely

John – No

Adam – It would be a close one which Adam might lose on points

  1. What do you sing in the shower?

Rusty – Falsetto stuff, maybe Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

Pete – Doesn’t sing in the shower, he thinks!

John – Pretty much anything by Diana Ross

Adam – “Bad and Boujee” by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

  1. Who is your favourite super hero?

Rusty – Spiderman

Pete – Batman

Adam – Gambit from X Men

John – The pink Power Ranger

  1. Who is your non-musical hero?

Pete – F1 legend Ayrton Senna

Rusty – Marlon Brando, the man who changed cinema

John – Adam!

Adam – Not John, but Jeremy Corbyn

  1. What band names did you reject?

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  1. What was the first single you owned?

Rusty – “Bad” by Michael Jackson

Pete – “The Locomotion” by Kylie Minogue. The first video that he owned was Wacko’s Moonwalker

John – “Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit” by Gina G

Adam – “Here To Stay” by Korn

  1. What was the first album you bought?

John – Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Adam – Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (because Bohemian Like You was on it)

Pete & Rusty – Bad – Michael Jackson

  1. Who is the richest – Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark?

Pete, John and Rusty – Tony Stark, he sells weapons and Bruce Wayne gives too much to charity.

Adam – Bruce Wayne

  1. Use three words to describe yourself.

Pete – Unsure, confident, contradicting

Rusty – Bright, angry, sexy

Adam – Very very lovely

John – Can Bang Drums

  1. What is your favourite website?

Rusty – Daily Mash

Pete – Digital Spy

John – BBC Sports

Adam – YouTube

  1. Tell me a joke.

Pete – No idea of a good one that I remember

Rusty – What is the difference between a large blue whale and a small white whale? Size and colour. J

Adam – An English man, an Irish man and a Scots man walk into a bar. The barman says is this some kind of joke?

John – (You need to read this one out loud) An English cat called One two Three and a French cat called Une Deux Trois decide to have a swimming race across the English Channel. One Two Three won because Une Deux Trois Quatre Cinq …. Cat sank……geddit?

 

 

 
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