The Flaming Lips Cover David Bowie’s Space Oddity

•April 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Tributes continue to pour out for David Bowie after his passing in January. The latest, and one of the most touching, comes courtesy of The Flaming Lips, whose cover of “Space Oddity” shows up in this new video, a couple of weeks after the band played “Life on Mars?” at a pair of tribute concerts to Bowie in New York….enjoy.

Elvis Costello Channels Bobby Womack’s Soul

•April 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The soundtrack to HBO’s Vinyl often features artists of today covering the artists of the ’70s, but it’s fun when it involves one artist who was active in the ’70s covering another ’70s artist. That’s what’s happening with this song: Seen-it-all Elvis Costello taking on “Point Of No Return,” a 1972 song from Bobby Womack, the soul-music great who we lost in 2014….enjoy.

The Sound of Young Scotland

•March 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Relive those heady times with ‘The Big Gold Dream – Scottish Post Punk and Infiltrating The Mainstream’. The story of Fast Product and Postcard Records – Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Fire Engines, Scars, The Human League, Josef K and Scottish Post Punk…magic!

The History of Rock and Roll Told in an Incredibly Clever Way

•March 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Using a Facebook News Feed of sorts, Ithaca Audio breaks down the history of rock and roll in 15 minutes using 384 rock stars, 84 guitarists, 64 songs, and 44 drummers in one crazy and totally awesome mashed up song. The Facebook timeline bit is cute but what’s really cool is how the songs blend together and into each other to show us how the sound of rock and roll has changed and stayed the same.

Last Call For The Most Interesting Man In The World

•March 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Oh no, last call for the ‘Most Interesting Man In The World.’ He Raises His Glass For Last Time.

The newest ad for Dos Equis shows him taking off in a spaceship on a one-way trip to Mars. Executives from Heineken USA, which owns Dos Equis, said that the ad campaign will continue with a new actor…..he will be hard to replace methinks.

RIP David

•January 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Oh David Jones, what a life you led, and how you inspired us to be heroes. You will never be forgotten, forever our hero and our muse.

I worked on the Serious Moonlight tour in 1983, the NEC and 3 outdoor Milton Keynes Bowl shows, as part of the local crew that built the stage, set and his backstage compound. The shows were absolutely riveting and exhilarating, and I met and spoke with him a few times and the thing I remember the most, when confronted by 1 of your idols and you get utterly tongue-tied in a millisecond, is he asked me how they (the promoters, Harvey Goldsmith) were treating us. How was the food, everything ok? It sort of made me more speechless that not only was he quite happy to talk, that he genuinely seemed to care. Thankfully I recovered my power of speech and asked about his son Joe, in school in Switzerland at the time, and then onto other mundane matters. We were soon like 2 old friends nattering away on a hot summers day in July.

He radiated such energy, I have such fond memories of a colossal artist, who changed my, and many working class kids attitudes, hopes and dreams. He opened the door, lit the path. David Bowie, you gracious shining star, you diamond geezer you.

Here’s an old treat, a 2 hour set he dj’d on the BBC, with that velvety voice I remember telling us about the tracks he chose, the weather, his shoes and so much more……enjoy.

When Lemmy Covered Johnny Cash

•December 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

RIP Lemmy.

He had a bunch of side projects, including this one which is my fave, a rockabilly band, The Head Cat, here with a faithful rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Big River.”…enjoy

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