Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lady Loser's Lottery ... Pt. 6

Jesus Christ,

I just realized that the last time I forced Lady Loser to have a pick in my collection was back in 2012!! The reason for that of course is that I persuaded Little Loser to take over her job as soon as he reached an age where he was able to do something else than to crawl around and wet himself! Yes, time flies when you're having fun, ey?

But Little Loser is already asleep and I have to kill a bit of time this evening, because a new series starts on the telly later on which I've read so much good reviews about that I definitely want to see it. Problem is that it only starts at 22:30 hours, and I'm willing to have small bet that I will be asleep at 22:45!

So here's what she found in my folders - with closed eyes, of course - before she went back to bed - eyes opened again, of course - in order to see some nonsense about an American guy who is married to four women at the same time ... a status which gives masochism a completely new definition, if you ask me!

But, as usual, I digress, so here are the tunes she had chosen. Enjoy:

From their 1992 album 'Ferment', which I don't have. Catherine Wheel were not bad at all in the Nineties, but then again I never could cope all too well with all of those shoegazing bands back then. If memory serves correctly I even saw them live at one of the Bizarre festivals in the early 90's ... but I might be wrong here. Wikipedia says that the singer is a cousin of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: now this is something that you didn't know, right?!

A single from 2010 and I'm afraid the sound quality may be a little bit dodgy, but this just shows you that I don't make these things up. I didn't remember this tune at all, but I'm glad Lady Loser picked it: it's really good! But apart from that there isn't pretty much that I can tell you about OK Go. They come from Chicago, moved to L.A. and no, I have no idea who the singer's cousin might probably be!

Also from Chicago, we have Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers with a wonderful blues tune from 1960, a real treat indeed, so if you download nothing else from the five songs in tonight's offering, download this one ... great stuff!! Smokey was rhythm guitarist for Howlin' Wolf. And, to continue with some nice little family entertainment, his younger brother, Abe became known as the bluesman Little Smokey Smothers, with whom he is sometimes confused.

Another one from 2010 (don't ask me how she managed to chose this year twice this, I mean there are folders on the computer from 1923 to 2015, all with thousands of songs!), which might mean a certain lack of variety. All I can do is apologize! But don't you worry, another corker! From an album called 'In Debt', which, again, I don't have. I should though, I think, because this song is outstandingly brilliant, isn't it? I have no idea where they come from, but as I am a friend of the stars I can tell you that singer Jonny Cola underwent a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with advanced kidney failure and going through eight months of treatment, everything had to be put on hold. I'm glad to report though that, after Jonny's girlfriend donated a kidney November 2013, things could happily move on!

Aaah, Hermine! Hermine Demoriane, to give you her full name. From the 'The World On My Plates' - album on Crammed Discs from 1982, and what a nice song to end this little series, that's if you are a sucker for Roy Orbison - songs sung in a Marlene Dietrich style ... I certainly am! Did you know that Hermine was a tightrope walker before she started singing? Well, now you know ...

Hope you enjoyed my little ramblings, I now have to get the tunes up on zippyshare and find some pics before I miss the beginning of this new series ('The Knick', since you ask ... and I do hope it meets with my approval)!

Take care,


Saturday, August 15, 2015

"My Old Peel Tapes ... Again!" (Pts. 11 & 12)

Evening friends,

quite a while since the last installment of any of my old Peel Tapes, right? And because it' so long ago, I thought I don't give you one today, no, I'll give you two! See what a noble chap I am? Unbelievable, ey?

We'll have one from late 1984 today (probably early 1985 because of the inclusion of the Killing Joke track, then again this might have been a DJ pre-release, who knows), a real blast if you ask me, plus - for the more contemporary minded amongst you - one from 1988, very fine stuff in that as well. I have no doubt you'll enjoy both of them!

Peel 003:

The Kick - 'Let's Get Back Together'
Cabaret Voltaire - 'James Brown' (12" version)
Stark Raving Mad - 'Chaos'
Fall - 'Fiery Jack'
Government Issue - 'Insomnia'
Les Calamit├ęs - 'Le Garcon De New York'
Beatitudes - 'Surfing Psychos'
Crippled Pilgrims - 'Black And White'
Killing Joke - 'Love Like Blood'
Triffids - 'Plaything'
Yard Trauma - 'No Conclusions'

Peel 092:

Fall - 'Big New Prinz'
Acid Angels - 'Speed Speed Ecstasy'
Prayers - 'Sister Goodbye'
Happy Mondays - 'Wrote For Luck'
Sonic Youth - 'Candle'
Pacific - 'Barnoon Hill'
Half Japanese - 'I'll Change My Style'
Inspiral Carpets - 'Butterfly'
Old Lady Drivers - 'Die In Your Beauty Sleep'
Blake Babies - 'Her'
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - 'Aunt's Invasion'
Fall - 'Wrong Place, Right Time'
Last Party - 'Damp'

Also, as usual, you'll get both of them mixed together all by myself in a rather unprofessional fashion, Peel 003 is here whereas Peel 092 is here.

Links to the separate mp3's are above in the tracklist.

Also, I think I haven't mentioned this for quite a while, you can of course find both tapes - but with Peel's introductions and usual bragging along - in the wonderful John Peel Wiki (thanks again, Steve, for taking so much care of my tapes and putting them all up: another 251 tapes and you're finished, mate ... high time you come up with a fresh one, right?).

Hope some of this stuff brings back good memories to you!

Take good care,