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Fantastic! Ray Charles tries to get arrhythmic and tone-deaf English kids to sing ‘Hit the Road Jack’ in 1964

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Fantastic! Ray Charles tries to get arrhythmic and tone-deaf English kids to sing ‘Hit the Road Jack’, 1964.

It’s from the film Ballad in Blue. Yeah. These were the better kids (when they hit the high notes they all turn into Hayley Mills):

 

 

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Posted: 19th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Clash Revisited: Watch Julien Temple’s film on the punk ‘revolution’

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Julien Temple’s latest raking of the coals of the punk ‘revolution’ looks at The Clash – a band often regarded with disdain and suspicion by the courtiers of the Sex Pistols (and indeed by the Pistols themselves).

The film revolves around their performance on 1 January 1977 at the Roxy, a small run-down nightclub in Covent Garden which had been commandeered to serve as Punk HQ.

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Although only a few months old, the band already had a distinct image: paint-splattered jumble sale clothes and stage backdrops of tower blocks painted by bassist Paul Simonon. They also had a unique body of songs, reflecting life on the dole or in dead-end jobs. A selection of these had been recorded as demos in November 1976…

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Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jah Wobble: when kids from pokey council flats all over London made music

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Jah Wobble  is talking to the Guardian. Wobble was John Wardle until a drunken Sid Vicious slurred it:

When my mate John Lydon told me he was joining a band called the Sex Pistols, he might as well have said he was becoming a 747 pilot, because working-class kids like us just didn’t do that. It wasn’t like music now, where well-off kids have three years and a flat in Notting Hill to make a go of it. If you asked for that where I was from, they’d have had you sectioned, but suddenly there were kids from pokey council flats all over London coming together with energy, intelligence and humour. Punk was closer to the Marx Brothers than the situationists, but a window opened. I was already thinking about music, so it was fantastic timing….

I borrowed Sid Vicious’s Fender. He’d say, “You’re shit” and I’d go, “You can’t fucking play. Give it to me …” But the first of my own was a Musicman copy. I was living in a squat and had burned the furniture to keep warm. The others were furious and rightly so – so after a big fight, they just left me there with this bass and no amplifier, propping it against the headboard to get a sound. The first bass line I wrote [heard on the song Public Image] went top 10. Commercially, it’s been a steady decline ever since (chuckles)…

I made a radio documentary called In Search of Sid Vicious about that. [Author] Jon Savage very generously gave me access to his recordings of Sid’s mum – a heroin addict – going, “I fucking told him, ‘I don’t care where you go. Sling yer hook. Fuck off. Sleep on a park bench for all I care.” This when Sid was 15 years of age. So a very damaged boy. When Sid told a shrink that he wanted to kill himself, the shrink told him to bring a friend along to get him interested in life, and that was me. I said, “To be honest, I don’t know if he has got anything worth living for. Suicide is a viable option.” The shrink was horrified – we ran out of there pissing ourselves laughing. But, of course, many a true word said in jest. He was thinking of topping himself.

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Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Music fan tongues radio DJ’s bumhole to win concert tickets live on air

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To Chile, where DJ Paul Hip (“I’m crackers, me”) is giving away tickets to the EDM Mysteryland Festival. the contest is simple: what would you do to get the tickets?

The winner is the woman who offers to stick her tongue inside DJ Hipe’s bumhole. And then arries at the studio to perform her purchase live on air.

Prisa Group, the Spanish radio conglomerate that owns the station, is unimpressed, issusing the apology:

“Les dejamos una declaración del equipo de 40 Principales Chile.”

All terrible. but not all that new:

The most notorious of all Zeppelin legends began when the band played the Seattle Pop Festival on July 27th, 1969, then retired to the Edgewater Inn. The building sits atop Seattle’s Puget Sound; guests can actually fish directly from their windows. The 1985 Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods – which got much of its information from Zep road manager Richard Cole – describes a graphic scene in one of the rooms. “A pretty young groupie with red hair was disrobed and tied to the bed,” wrote author Stephen Davis. “Led Zeppelin then proceeded to stuff pieces of shark into her vagina and rectum.”

Spotter:  Diario Registrado

Posted: 22nd, December 2014 | In: Music, NSFW, TV & Radio | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Terry Hall of The Specials Handles A Man In The Crowd Throwing A Can

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I once watched The Alarm get pelted with bottles, cans and at least three big ceremaic cider jugs. They played on. Terry Hall, of The Specials, isn’t going to take it. When a face in the crowd at Nottingham Rock City tosses a can towards the stage, Hall reacts.

Language is very spicy. You’ve been warned.

 

Posted: 25th, November 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life After Manchester United And Coventry City: Dion Dublin’s Christmas Album

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This Christmas why not sit back and liten to the sounds of former Coverntry City, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Manchester United footballer Dion Dublin? It’s for charity.

And it might be pretty good. Dion has muscial roots.

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Posted: 24th, November 2014 | In: Music, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Worst DJ Event Ever! A My Little Pony Disco Inferno

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EVER been to a disco that made you feel awkward, terrible and upset at the realisation that you were among your people?

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Posted: 19th, November 2014 | In: Anorak TV, Key Posts, Music | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Big Bank Hank Was ‘Six Foot One And Tons of Fun’ (August 5, 1957 – November 11, 2014)

BIG Bank Hank, US rapper and Sugarhill Gang founder member, has died. He was 57.

 

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Born Henry Jackson, BBH only became a rapper as he couldn’t find a job connected to his oceanography degree.

He was “six foot one and tons of fun”:

 

Posted: 11th, November 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A One Man Band Plays Europe’s The Final Countdown

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TO Uppsala, Sweden, where former Europe’s lead singer Joey Tempest, aka Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, is performing a one-man version of his group’s classic, back-combed tribute to space travel, The Final Countdown.

 

 

Posted: 10th, November 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


I Can See The Music: Vinly Records At 1000 Magnification

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EVER wonder what a needle on a vinyl record looks like at 1000x magnification?

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Here’s what it looks like in action:

 

Spotter: @marcrobichaud

Posted: 8th, November 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Artist Turns Heavy Metal T-Shirts Into Hadnmade Quilts

IN San Francisco, artist Ben Venom recycles heavy metal t-shirts into handmade quilts.

Metal fans hould enjoy looking for familiar looking swatches:

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Posted: 6th, November 2014 | In: Fashion, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Too Funny: House Music Dancers v A Wurlitzer Theatre Organ

YOUTUBER jonofthesouth showcases the house music dancers moving to the beat of holiday camp music:

Take it away, Reginald Dixon and the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ enthusiasts:

 

 

Spotter: B3ta

Posted: 2nd, November 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watching UB40 Is ‘Like Waiting For A Coffin To Turn Up

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Pop group UB40 before rehearsals at Shepton Mallet for Channel 4’s live rock show. Standing from left: Mickey Virtue, James Brown, Robin Campbell. Sitting from left: Earl Falconer, Astro, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and Ali Campbell.
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STUART MacBeth reviews UB40 for the Oxford Mail:

You may, at this point, wonder when I’m going to tell you what the UB40 gig was like.

For the first 90 minutes this gig was like being at a funeral, waiting for a coffin to turn up. The band looked bored. And by the end my mother’s old adage rings true: “if you haven’t got anything good to say… don’t say anything at all”.

At the end, when it was finally over, my girlfriend and I met up with a couple of friends who’re from Jamaica. We all went to the Hi-Lo Jamaican bar, down the road, and spent a couple of hours listening to reggae. A breath of fresh air.

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Posted: 31st, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Catwalk Pop: Models who sashayed to the microphone

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THE news today is that supermodel Cara Delevingne has hired Pharrell Williams to give her what she needs as she makes her musical bow.

A source told The super soaraway Sun: “They’re going to release the song without warning, complete with video and global launch. They seem to have formed a great little writing collective and apparently it’s a huge song.”

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Posted: 22nd, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Scott Ian of Anthrax Recalls Meeting Lemmy For The First Time (Much Swearing)

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SCOTT Ian of Anthrax on meeting Lemmy for the first time. Language is spicy.

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Posted: 21st, October 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Highlight From Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture for BBC Music

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HIGHLIGHTS from Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture for BBC Music at the Lowry theater in Salford, Manchester.

On Apple and U2:

“The people who don’t want the free U2 download are trying to say, ‘Don’t try to force me.’ And they’ve got a point. Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s kind of an anointing, you are giving people love. It’s your choice to give or withhold. You felt like they were robbed of that chance and they have a point.”

On  Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke selling the album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via BitTorrent.

“Sure, BitTorrent is a pirate’s friend. But all pirates want to go legit, just like I wanted to be respectable. So it’s good that Thom Yorke is encouraging a positive change.”

On Modern Piracy:

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Posted: 14th, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World’s Got Talent: Movii Go H Make The (Hair) Cut

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Posted: 11th, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slipknot Sack Their Drummer By Singing Telegram

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SLIPKNOT sacked drummer Joey Jordison, by singing telegram. As he says:

“I was sitting in my living room playing Skyrim, when there was a knock at my door. I wasn’t expecting anyone, so I was like, ‘Who could that be?’. I opened the door to find a guy in what looked like an old-fashioned elevator boy outfit. He did a little jig and started to sing this horrible song letting me know I’d been let go from the group.”

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Posted: 3rd, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Charles Manson: Summer of Hate – The Musical: First Look

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LIFE mirrors The Produers:

Charles Manson: Summer of Hate – The Musical just opened at Hamburg, Germany’s Thalia Theater. 

The Los Angeles Times calls it “musical trip between L.A. and the Death Valley”.

The songs are in English and spoken dialogue in German.

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Posted: 2nd, October 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hear The Original Village People Sing YMCA Without The Music

The Village People, a rock band previously known for their outlandish costumes as well as their music, demonstrate their current "new look" at New York's Underground club, June 29, 1981. At center, foreground is lead singer Ray Simpson. Others are, from left, Felipe Rose, David Hodo, Alex Riley, Glenn M. Hughes, and Jeff Olson. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Village People, a rock band previously known for their outlandish costumes as well as their music, demonstrate their current “new look” at New York’s Underground club, June 29, 1981. At center, foreground is lead singer Ray Simpson. Others are, from left, Felipe Rose, David Hodo, Alex Riley, Glenn M. Hughes, and Jeff Olson. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

 

YOU can strop the music….

Posted: 30th, September 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jason Orange Quits Take That To Spend More Time With His Knitwear

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BIG news from the world of showbiz – big enough to take over the Sun ‘s front page: Jason Orange has quit Take That.

Take..? Jaso..?

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Posted: 25th, September 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find Out Who Will Win at the MOBO Awards 2014

THE MOBO Awards have doled out their nominations, inevitably prompting spectacularly thick people to say “WHY DON’T WE GET A MOWO AWARDS EH?” Classical music awards are exactly that, you berk.

Anyway, Sam Smith and Krept & Konan lead this year’s nominations with three nods each and the event will take place at the SSE Arena, Wembley on October 22nd, which is pretty fancy for it’s 19th year in business.

As well as Krept & Konan and Sam Smith, Fuse ODG, Beyonce, Meridian Dan, Tinie Tempah, FKA Twigs, Katy B, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and MNEK get a look-in too.

In even better news, the ceremony will be broadcast on ITV2 this year.

Discussing the news, MOBO founder Kanya King said: “As we enter our 19th year, the MOBO Awards show promises to be bigger and more audacious than ever. This year’s nominees represent an incredible crop of artists. I find it particularly exciting to see so many underground artists featured, who’ve reached new heights over the last year and broken into the wider consciousness.”

“It’s testament to their talent and their determination to succeed and we are very proud to witness their successes to date. This year’s show at Wembley is set to be nothing short of spectacular”.

 

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If you fancy a flutter, we’re going to arrogantly predict who will win. If you land a big bet, we want a round of drinks off you. We’re not kidding.

There’s a very strong bunch of nominees, so let’s have a look.

 

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Posted: 24th, September 2014 | In: Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0