Tagged with Elvis Costello

Macca Was There

The Beatles had a huge impact on popular music, but Paul Macartney as a solo artist and in various collaborations has far outsold his original band. 6 music’s Tom Robinson recently had a show when listeners suggested unusual songs in some way linked to Macca, if not by him. Electric Light Orchestra were namechecked early, … Continue reading

Jazz Trumpeters in Pop Music

Jazz trumpeters are almost as mocked as jazz flautists, but some of the best have appeared on a suprising number of pop songs. It is really strange _ I know all these songs and never noticed the trumpet solos. but once you know they are there, not only are the solos prominent, they are very … Continue reading

Punks and The Bomb

The hallmark of the Punk generation seems to be its contempt for , well everything. In England it is usuall blamed on the disastrous state of the economy, with no jobs for the young,  and as Mr Lydon sang, there was no future for them. I am currently reading a brilliant book, ‘England’s Dreaming’ by Jon … Continue reading

More Punk Stuff

More Punk Stuff

The second episode of Punk Britannia covered 1976-8, when it was still a tiny movement, until the Sex Pistols appeared as a replacement on a talk show, when they were provoked to utter a few expletives, and all of a sudden the scene exploded. Journalist Tony Parsons said, “This was our music, our time, there … Continue reading

Forgotten Revolutionaries

Forgotten Revolutionaries

This post was going to be a summary of a BBC programme I watched last night, Punk Britannia, but as usual, I found a pebble in there that has turned into a brilliant gem. Most people credit the Sex Pistols as being the start of Punk, but this programme highlighted the so-called ‘Gateway Generation’ which … Continue reading

Songs About Ships and Sailors

Songs About Ships and Sailors

I am interested in the few remaining dangerous professions, hence my  earlier post about coalmining. So here’s another group about ships and the men who sailed them. Shipbuilding was for centuries a huge industry in this country – the harbourside of Bristol was lined with shipyards; timber for them came in from mostly the Baltic. Bark … Continue reading

In Your Face, Dawkins

In Your Face, Dawkins

Sorry about that heading. It was suggested by a friend who is now being dealt with by the proper people. But it seems to have got your attention. Welcome. My last post led me to think that cave art suggests art preceded religion. There is a language of artspeak that we have all seen in … Continue reading