IT’S BEEN very cold here for several weeks, and dry as well. Apparently this is caused by an area of high pressure stubbornly lodged over Northern Europe. (This type of … Continue readingBeware of the cat
Live version of the song from the 1975 album The Rotters’ Club, which inspired the Jonathan Coe novel and TV series of the same name, both of which I found … Continue readingHatfield and the North: It Didn’t Matter Anyway
I think Andy Fairweather Low had one of the best pop voices. This was their second single, released in 1967, and it got to No 24 in Britain. I don’t … Continue readingAmen Corner: The World of Broken Hearts
These guys really could play – and so good-looking too.
Live version of the song from his 1971 debut album Naturally, recorded 33 years later in his native Tulsa.
David Bowie wrote and produced this track. It was released by Mott the Hoople in July 1972, reaching No 3 in Britain and No 37 in America. It is No … Continue readingMott the Hoople: All The Young Dudes
Gentle clip from the Birmingham, Alabama folksmith’s 2008 album Leavetaking.
The Pretty Things were sort of offcuts from the Rolling Stones, and it sounds to me as if vocalist Phil May modelled himself on Mick Jagger. Rosalyn, an obvious Bo … Continue readingThe Pretty Things: Rosalyn
Another historical gem unearthed on the album Boots No 2; The Lost Songs Volume 3, released last year.
One of the few things I remember from geography lessons, apart from the sadistic teacher crushing my right toes under his stout heel (thank you, George Crowther), is learning how … Continue readingRalph McTell: Oxbow Lakes