With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

“My feet is my only carriage, so I’ve got to push on through” July 16, 2009


Hello good people and thank you for reading my blog, however you got here 🙂

I’ll kick off this post with yet another shameless plug for my son Luke’s band, Steal The Smile. They are playing at the SweatBox in Wantage tonight (17th July) and then on Friday 18th July they are playing at TheNet in Abingdon. Check out their MySpace page here. You will not be disappointed, these boys are bloody good!

And now on with the usual crap, a few ‘onthisdays’ for July 17th. Starting with those old fellas the Rolling Stones. On this day in 1972 a bomb exploded under their equipment van in Montreal, Canada. It was alleged to be the work of French Separatists. Presumably nothing to do with Mick’s alleged relationship with Pierre Trudeau’s wife then, but hey maybe that allegation came later! In addition to the bomb many angry fans rioted and threw bottles and bricks after it was discovered that there were around 3,000 forged tickets in circulation. Can’t get no satisfaction indeed! In the meantime check out the Stones with the classic “Angie

Well no wonder they were bombed, insulting a moose like this was the catalyst!

Well no wonder they were bombed, insulting a moose like this was the catalyst!

This day in 1975 was in my opinion highly historic as it was one of the nights that one of the greatest albums ever was recorded, well certainly the greatest live album anyway! Bob Marley and the Wailers played the firs of two nights at the Lyceum in good old London Town. Both shows were recorded and later released as the classic Marley album ‘Live’ later that year. For me it contains the definitive version of the undeniably brilliant “No Woman No Cry“, which is easily my favourite Marley song. I have worn out three copies of that album over the years, one on cassette and two on vinyl. I have t on CD now though!

“No Woman No Cry” was originally included on the excellent ‘Natty Dread’ album and many people assumed it was not written by Mr Marley, largely because the song is credited to a ‘V. Ford’. This is in fact one Vincent Ford who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown, Jamaica. He was a good friend of Bob’s and the royalties he  received enabled him to continue running that same soup kitchen for man years. I think that is a great gift to give, what do you think? Ford died a few months ago, click here for the BBC report of his death.

Bob was supposedly a talented footballer, but I bet he wouldn't have taken the Manchester City silver dollar!

Bob was supposedly a talented footballer, but I bet he wouldn’t have taken the Manchester City silver dollar!

The cover of my favourite Bob Marley album, go out and buy it now! That's an order!

The cover of my favourite Bob Marley album, go out and buy it now! That’s an order!

And finally for today I will feature someone who my regular readers will know that I don’t rate very highly at all……… Robbie Williams! On this day in 1995 he left Take That, bucket loads of tears were shed and the story even made all the main TV news shows. I mean come on it was hardly the Beatles breaking up or even Geri leaving the Spice Girls was it? Well ok maybe it was on a par with Geri’s departure. Robbie obviously went on to great success for a while and Take That eventually broke up. Now that Take That are back though our darling tabloids would have us believe that Robbie wants to rejoin. You know what? This is a big admission but I believe them for once 🙂 Anyway it does seem like they’re “Back For Good” doesn’t it?

See I always said that Robbie and the boys were just pants!

See I always said that Robbie and the boys were just pants!

 

“Staring at the stars that shine tonight” June 22, 2009


As many of you regular readers are aware my son is in a great band called Steal The Smile. You will also recall that I have often given mucho plugs for them and today is no exception. They have just put some new tracks up on their MySpace page. A song called “What Would Elvis Do?” which is, let’s make no bones about it……… the dogs bollocks or for those of you with a more genteel disposition perhaps the cat’s pyjamas! Either way it’s bloody good! So click here to go take a listen, you can also hear some superb excerpts from their forthcoming new EP

They have a new single out on 2nd July it’s called “Rome Was Built To Burn” if you don’t buy it the moment it’s released you better send me a note with a damned good reason why not………….. I know where you live. But seriously if you like their stuff go buy a CD or download, you won’t regret it. You WILL be reminded again nearer the time too.

They will also have new pics, videos and merchandise coming your way soon so save your pennies and buy, buy, buy!!!

Steal the Smile - Oli, Henry, Johnny & Luke

Steal the Smile - Oli, Henry, Johnny & Luke

They are playing a number of gigs soon so if you can make it get yourself along to one or all of them even if you have to sell your grandparents (well ok I am not recommending that) but do get yourself to one of the gigs

July 2nd Face Bar in Reading – headlining – launch of the new single

July 3rd Sweatbox in Wantage – headlining

July 18th The Net – Abingdon

So check these boys out and let them know what you think of them!

Steal The Smile go black and white

 

 
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