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Bad Seeds Rule: Nick Cave sticks it to the BDS bigots

Did Nick Cave bow to the censors and boycott Israel? Nope. Cave recalled his reaction to Brian Eno inviting him to sign a boycott list. “On a very intuitive level I did not want to sign that list, there was something that stunk to me about that list,” Cave said. “Then it occurred to me that I’m not signing the list, but I’m also not playing Israel. And that just seemed to me cowardly, really. So after a lot of thought and consideration I rang up my people and said, ‘We’re doing an European tour and Israel.’ Because it suddenly became very important to me to make a stand against those people who are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians, and to silence musicians. At the end of the day, there’s maybe two reason why I’m here. One is that I love Israel and I love Israeli people, and two is to make a principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians. So, really, you could say in a way that the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement] made me play Israel.”

Now on tour in Israel, he adds:

“So at the end of the day there are two reasons why I am here. One is that I love Israel and I love Israeli people and two is to make a principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians. So really you could say in a way that the BDS made me play Israel.”

Take it away, the righteous Nick Cave:

 

Posted: 21st, November 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The rapper who makes the most self-references is…

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Who is the world’s most self-regarding rapper? John Lemon has compiled an analysis of self-mentions by rappers to find out which of them wants it to be about ‘me-me-me’. The number one act is Nicki Minaj.

1st: Nicki Minaj (11.5% of all words)

Three albums. 17,665 words. 2026 explicit references to herself

A self-reference every 8.78 words

42.87 self-references per song

An average of 371.55 words per song

On “Right By My Side” she referenced herself every 3.5 words, or 28% of the song

Her most word-laden song is “All Things Go”, at 718 words, with 67 self-references

It;s just her, herself and more of her.

Spotter: BB

Posted: 29th, October 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1980 Sesame Street toured a saxophone factory and I was hooked

I used to play the alto sax. Badly. I knew I was not all that good a musician when the school violin virtuoso was invited to listen to me play. ‘Too sharp,’ he said. ‘Too flat.’ To me it all sounded the same.

In 1980, Sesame Street toured a saxophone factory.  Background music was supplied by an off-camera sax player, playing freestyle. the only word he said was “Saxophone”. And with that I was hooked.

 

Yeah! (Anyone know his name?)

 

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Spotter: Laughing Squid

Posted: 22nd, October 2017 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bananarama are not a patch on the ‘original girl bands’

The Telegraph has news for fans of the world’s “original girl band”. You know…Bananarama.

 

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Pretty good, if not exactly the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce, aka The 3 X Sisters, seen below in the 1935 vintage:

 

the three x sisters group

 

And what of the Chordettes, the Fontane Sisters, the McGuire Sisters, the DeCastro Sisters and The Supremes? And…

 

Well, yeah…

 

 

But my pick… Take it away, The Ronettes!

 

And…

Posted: 22nd, October 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Celebrities, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arse v Spuds battle of the rappaz: Arsenal and Spurs fans in excruciating music fight

Steel yourselves, readers, for this epic battle between fans of Arenal and Spurs.

First up: the Selly Oak Crew with You Just Got Kaned. With sincere apologies to Chas ‘n’ Dave, mum, dad, musicians and every poor sod who supported Spurs when they could have opted for the Arsenal.

 

 

But Spuds toughs don’t have it all their own way in North London. Here are the Away Boyz. proving that even with a bigger budget you can still come across as utterly ridiculous.

 

 

Posted: 15th, September 2017 | In: Arsenal, Key Posts, Music, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


KLF issue instructions for getting your book signed

If you want the KLF to sign your book, you’ll need to obey their rules.

 

Posted: 23rd, August 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities, Music, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Little Richard: ‘a little Jewish black bottomed boy from Georgia’

On August 4 1972, Little Richard, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll star of them all was on British TV. He was the originator, the boy whose song about anal sex became Tutti Frutti, anthem for the American Century – the song that contains the single greatest line in rock ‘n’ roll music and, if Bob Dylan can be a Nobel laureate for his writing, arguably the greatest line in American literature: “A Wop Bop A Loo Bop A Lop Bam Boom!”

 

Take it away, Little Richard…

Spotter: Flashbak

Posted: 7th, August 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Here’s how you make Siri sing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Sing “I see a little silhouetto of a man” into your iPhone and Siri will sing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody:

 

Posted: 3rd, August 2017 | In: Music, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Osama bin Laden: the ukelele song

Anything can be better on the ukelele.

Posted: 17th, July 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Harrison: why everyone should play a ukelele

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“You can pick up a ukulele and anybody can learn to play a couple of tunes in a day or even a few hours.,” said Joe Brown,  mainstay of the UK’s skiffle sound in 1962 the man NME readers thought the ‘Top UK Vocal Personality’. “And if you want to get good at it, there’s no end to what you can do.” George Harrison, famously of the Beatles loved the instrument. “[George] He loved music, not just rock and roll…. He’d go crackers, he’d phone me up and say ‘I’ve got this great record!’ and it would be Hoagy Charmichael and all this Hawaiian stuff he used to like. George was not a musical snob.”

In 1999, Harrison wrote a small tribute to the ukelele. “Everyone I know who is into the ukulele is ‘crackers,’” said George, “you can’t play it and not laugh!”

Joe Brown closed the Harrison tribute concert at Royal Albert Hall with a uke version of “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” and Paul McCartney remembered his friend in 2009 by playing Something on a ukulele at New York’s Citi Field. He told the audience: “Whenever you went round George’s house, after dinner the ukuleles would come out and you’d inevitably find yourself singing all these old numbers.”

 

 

 

Spotter: Open Culture

Posted: 17th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Drummer Needed’ flyer is very specific

This flyer for a drummer is very specific:

 

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Posted: 11th, July 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sesame Street do the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage

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The Sesame Street puppets do the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage. It’s stupid-fun.

 

 

Spotter: Adam Schleichkorn on Facebook and Twitter.  Nerdcore

Posted: 6th, July 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hunter S. Thompson’s Top 10 albums of the 1960s

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Hunter S. Thompson was into music. “I resent your assumption that Music is Not My Bag,” he told Rolling Stone editor John Lombardo in 1970, “because I’ve been arguing for the past few years that music is the New Literature, that Dylan is the 1960s’ answer to Hemingway, and that the main voice of the ’70s will be on records & videotape instead of books.”

Bob Dylan is every inch Hemingway’s equal, at least in the eyes of the Nobel Prize winning committee he is. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954); Dylan took the same prize in 2016. Dylan never considered his songs literature.

You kind of wonder why the Nobel panel did? Is there a dearth of candidates? Was it a sop of populism? Is Paul Anker next in line? Carly Simon? Dr Dre? Was it just a chance for the Nobel doyens to meet their hero in a private show? If it was the latter, hard cheese: Dylan delivered his Nobel lecture via videotape.

But, yeah, Thompson was prescient.

And these are his Top 10 albums of the 1960s (according to Raoul Duke,” the hard-living alter-ego witnessed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

 

  • Herbie Mann’s 1969 Memphis Underground (“which may be the best album ever cut by anybody”)
  • Bob Dylan’s 1965 Bringing It All Back Home
  • Dylan’s 1965 Highway 61 Revisited
  • The Grateful Dead’s 1970 Workingman’s Dead (“the heaviest thing since Highway 61 and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man'”)
  • The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Let it Bleed
  • Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Buffalo Springfield
  • Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Surrealistic Pillow
  • Roland Kirk’s “various albums”
  • Miles Davis’s 1959 Sketches of Spain
  • Sandy Bull’s 1965 Inventions
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    Spotter: Open Culture

    Posted: 1st, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

    To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

    Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Glastonbury: Liam Gallagher ad libs about the smoke machine mid-song

    You know how it is. The artist comes on stage. He wants to sing his new stuff but the crowd are there to hear the old faves. But at Glastonbury 2017, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher combined the two to leave everyone happy.

    Having introduced his new song Wall Of Glass, Gallagher then moved into Oasis territory with Rock N Roll Star, Don’t Look Back In Anger and What’s The Story?, in which he ad-libbed a new line about a fog machine. “Turn that fucking shit fog machine off,” sings Liam in a departure from the normal lyrics.

    The crowd loved it.

     

    Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    North Korea wakes its citizens with this eerie alarm call

    Cock your ear towards Pyongyang, and in the morning you can hear the city’s PA systems waking citizens up to another rosy-fingered dawn. The North Korean regime’s choice of alarm is, well, alarming:

     

     

    Spotter: Richard Littler

    Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    The Twin Peaks Archive: 10 hours of rare and unreleased tracks from the TV series and FWWM

    The Twin Peaks Archive. 10 hours of rare and unreleased tracks from the TV series and FWWM.

     

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    By Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch. you can buy it here. And here.

    David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti – The Twin Peaks Archive (Track Listing)

    Deer Meadow Shuffle
    Deer Meadow Shuffle (film version)
    Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Alternate Version)
    Annie and Cooper
    Nightsea Wind
    Freshly Squeezed (Bass Clarinet)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Nostalgia Version)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Harp and Guitar)
    Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Rhodes)
    Mysterioso #2
    Mysterioso #2 (film version)
    Mysterioso #1
    Mysterioso #1 (film version)
    Love Theme (Alternate Version)
    Love Theme (Solo Rhodes)
    Americana
    James Hurley (Outtake)
    Mister Snooty
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version)
    Picking On Country
    I’m Hurt Bad (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version)
    Western Ballad
    Preparing for M.T. Wentz
    Secret Country
    Dark Mood Woods (Full Version)
    RR Swing
    Great Northern Piano Tune #1
    Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Truman and Josie)
    Great Northern Piano Tune #3
    Twin Peaks Theme (Solo Piano)
    Girl Talk
    Birds In Hell
    Audrey’s Prayer (Synth Version)
    Audrey’s Prayer (Clarinet & Synth)
    The Norwegians
    Sneaky Audrey
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Vibraphone)
    Miss Twin Peaks (Piano Rehearsal)
    Miss Twin Peaks Theme
    Lana’s Dance
    Lucy’s Dance
    Miss Twin Peaks (Finale)
    Sycamore Trees (Instrumental)
    South Sea Dreams
    Hula Hoppin’
    Love Theme (Piano and Rhodes)
    Owl Cave
    Slow Speed Orchestra 1 (24 Hours)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease Motif/The Woods)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 3 (Black Lodge Rumble)
    Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music/Danger Theme)
    Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces)
    Half Speed Orchestra 3 (Windom Earle’s Motif)
    James Visits Laura
    Harold’s Theme (The Living Novel)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ethereal Pad Version)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Ghost Version)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Guardian Angel Version)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Sax)
    Solo Percussion 1
    Solo Percussion 2 (Grady’s Waltz)
    Solo Percussion 3
    Audrey’s Dance (Percussion & Clarinets)
    Northwest Gulch
    Dance of the Dream Man (Drums and Bass)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Clarinet)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Clarinet 2)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Flute)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Solos Bass)
    Just You (Instrumental)
    Bookhouse Boys
    Bookhouse Boys (Solo Guitar)
    Hank’s Theme (Version 2)
    Earle’s Theme
    Hank’s Theme
    Invitation to Love Theme (Bumper)
    Half Speed Orchestra 5 (Leo’s Theme)
    Invitation to Love Theme
    Invitation to Love (Lover’s Dilemma)
    Lana’s Theme
    Horne’s Theme
    Wheeler’s Theme
    Harold’s Theme (Josie’s Past)
    Freshly Squeezed (Complete Version)
    Freshly Squeezed (Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Flute)
    Freshly Squeezed (Mid-tempo Version)
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version 2)
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Bass)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Bass Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Clarinet)
    Freshly Squeezed (Solo Flute)
    The Mill Deal
    Josie and Jonathan
    The Mill Fire
    Theme from Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (Saxaphone)
    Teresa’s Autopsy
    Phillip Jefferies
    Back to Fat Trout (Unease Motif/The Woods)
    Laura Visits Harold
    Behind The Mask
    Wash Your Hands
    It’s Your Father
    Jacques’ Cabin/The Train Car
    Circumference of a Circle
    Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version)
    One Eyed Jack’s Parlour Music
    Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting
    Dance of the Dream Man (Fast Soprano Clarinet)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation)
    Leo Returns
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Dark Synth)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Solo Piano)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Vibraphone)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Letter from Harold)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Caroline)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Clarinet Strings Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano Bridge)
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK1
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK2
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK3
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano A) TK4
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK1
    Laura Palmer’s Theme (Piano B) TK2
    Abstract Mood
    Abstract Mood (Slow Speed)
    Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble)
    Harold’s Theme (Harpsichord)
    Audrey’s Prayer (Flute)
    Audrey’s Dance (Clean)
    Audrey’s Dance (Drums and Bass)
    Audrey’s Dance (Solo Rhodes)
    Audrey’s Dance (Synth and Vibraphone)
    Audrey’s Dance (Clean Fast)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Saxophone)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Clarinet)
    Audrey’s Dance/Dance of the Dream Man (Flute)
    Sneaky Audrey (Audrey’s Investigation)
    Sneaky Audrey (Solo)
    Sneaky Audrey (Alternate)
    One Armed Man Theme (Solo Clarinet Improvisation)
    Great Northern Big Band
    Wedding Hymn
    Wedding Song #1
    Wedding Song #2 (‘Stranger Nights’)
    Wedding Song #3 (Accordian)
    Attack of the Pine Weasel
    Great Northern Piano Tune #4
    Twin Peaks Theme (Harp)
    Ben’s Battle
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Percussion)
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Flute)
    Ben’s Battle (Solo Trumpet)
    Ben’s Lament
    Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas)
    Half Speed Orchestra 6 (Bob’s Dance/Back to Missuola)
    Half Speed Orchestra 7
    The Culmination
    Distant Train
    Laura’s Dark Boogie (Clean)
    The Red Room
    Love Theme (Dark)
    James & Evelyn
    Evelyn’s Mourning
    Evelyn’s Mourning (Extended)
    La Speranza
    Trail Mix
    Dark Intro #1
    Dark Intro #2
    Dark Intro #3
    Dark Intro #4
    Dark Intro #5
    Dark Intro #6
    Packard’s Theme
    The Mill Durge
    Jean Renault’s Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet)
    One Eyed Jack’s Country
    Dick Tremayne’s Swing
    Llama Country
    ‘Such Stuff as Dreams are Made of”
    Earle’s Theme (Audrey’s Walk)
    Leo Attacks Bobby
    The Pink Room (Extended Version)
    Half Heart (Solo)
    Dance of the Dream Man (Original)
    Great Northern Piano Tune #2 (Full Version)
    One Armed Man’s Theme & Jean Renault’s Theme (TV Mix)
    Audrey (TV Version)
    Voice of Love (Slow)
    Log Lady Presence
    Love Theme (Light)
    Wheeler’s Theme (TK 2)
    Solo Percussion 4
    Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version 2 Clean) *partial
    Solo Percussion (Arbitrary Cymbals)
    You Killed Mike
    Falling into Love Theme (Demo)
    Love Theme Slower and Darker (Demo)
    Slow Cool Jazz (Demo)
    Chinese Theme (Demo)
    Wide Vibrato Augmented Chords (Demo)
    Night Walk (Demo)
    Low Wide and Beautiful (Demo)
    Wide Vibrato Mood to Falling (Demo)
    Love Theme to Falling (Demo)
    Love Theme Light (Demo)
    Questions in a World of Blue (Demo)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Take 4)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Slow Jazz Version)
    Love Theme from ‘On The Air’ (Clarinet Strings)

     

    Spotter: here.

    Posted: 27th, May 2017 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover reworked with famous faces who died in 2016

    Sgt. Pepper’s Album Cover Gets Reworked to Remember Icons Lost in 2016

     

    Around 50 years ago The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album featured a brilliant cover.  On it were the likes of Bob Dylan, Edgar Allan Poe, William S. Burroughs, Albert Einstein, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, HG Wells, Shirley Temple.

    In a tribute to people who died in 2016, Muhammad Ali stands where boxer Sonny Liston did in the original. the reworking also features. George Michael, Prince, David Bowie,  Leonard Cohen, George Martin, Glenn Frey and Alan Rickman.

     

     

     

    Spotter: Consequence of Sound, by Chris The Barker

    Posted: 23rd, May 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Russian aerobics to electronic music (1985) is brilliant

    The backing tracks to this slice of Russian 1980s culture was published by Melodiya. It’s brilliant and as horribly catchy as the man-made fibres on those leotards:

     

     

    Spoter: @flashbak

    Posted: 11th, May 2017 | In: Fashion, Music, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Star Wars perform the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Today’s mash-up has been created by Palette-Swap Ninja. They’ve combined Star Wars and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Each song corresponds with a scene from the film:

    Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)
    Luke Is In The Desert (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds)
    Being From The Spaceport Of Mos Eisley (Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!)

     

     

    The whole video playlist is here. Download the full album here

    Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Film, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover sketch is for sale

    John Lennon's former home found an old sketchbook containing this tiny sketch of the john lennon art Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

     

    is everything a famous name does worth preserving or owning? When the owners of John Lennon’s former home found one of the singer’s old sketchbook they noticed it contained a small sketch of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. It’s for sale at auction, where the 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches doodle is expected to fetch up to $60k.

    Julien’s Live auctions trails the find:

    An ink on paper sketch by John Lennon of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover with Lennon’s handwriting of the album’s title on the central bass drum in the image. The drawing was found in a sketchbook left in Lennon’s former home, Kenwood in Surrey, England, and recovered by the new owners. The design of the album cover is known to have been executed by artist Peter Blake based on drawings provided by Paul McCartney. All of The Beatles contributed to the design of the cover in some way. It is unknown how this undated drawing figures into the history of the album cover and Lennon’s involvement.

     

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    At the same auction you can buy a Paul McCartney signed copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for $1,000.

    Where there’s ink there’s brass.

    Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    Blue Note album covers get animated

     

    To mark the 70th anniversary of jazz publishers Blue Note Records, the label animated Reid Miles’ fabulous era-defining album covers.

    And The Bella Vista Social Pub, looking to promote its own summer jazz concerts in Siena, Tuscany, came up with a smart idea. Why not pay tribute to Blue Note (and promote the Italian concert series) by animating the cool cover designs that graced Blue Note albums during its heyday.

    via: Flashbak, Open Culture

    Posted: 30th, April 2017 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


    The Specials: Nursing Home Pensioners Rip It Up To Too Much Too Young (Video)

    The Specials’ Too Much Too Young for the Nursing Home! As John Lydon says: “The Best Ska Punk Bands Ever.”

    Posted: 25th, April 2017 | In: Music, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0