Half An Hour With Ringo Starr In The Early 1970s

Cover of the Ringo Starr LP Goodnight Vienna adding the eponymous artist to a shot from 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' where the alien and robot first emerge from their spaceship

In the first half of the 1970s Ringo was holding his own in the charts against the other former Beatles who did admittedly write and play on his albums. Also helping out were Nilsson, Steven Stills, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, Tom Scott, assorted members of The Band, Steve Cropper, Martha Reeves, Marc Bolan, Johns Dr. & Elton plus, inevitably, Nicky Hopkins.

It’s not what you know…

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Mood Indie-go

Photograph of beach and sky

It may be the musical equivalent of returning to motorcycling in your 40s but a few years ago I chanced upon the Japanese band Moscow Club and through them a music scene that was reminiscent of Britain in the mid 1980s and since have kept a watching brief on developments therein.

So comes the time to give the world the benefit of my time well spent with a fairly arbitrary selection of the great and the good with a particularly indie bent. I’ve tried for a selection that works as a whole rather than forcing each band’s best song into the mix.

Relatively Recent Japanese Music With An Indie Inclination by Zatapathique on Mixcloud

It was the Moscow Club use of acrylic (I know) gave me the idea to use 日本語 to skirt round my late 80s band having the same name as a better known American one of that era. This proved apposite when Firestation records of Berlin asked to put out a compilation of our tunes. So the ギツ Retrospeculative 結局 should be out in June hopefully.

It’s About That Time Of Night Volume Four

Photograph of the moon

5th October 2011 To 21st October 2012
  1. Amiina – Glamur
  2. Tom Waits – Tom Traubert’s Blues
  3. Blixa Bargeld – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  4. Michel Legrand – Brian’s Song
  5. Red House Painters – I Am A Rock
  6. Uzumibi – Drowning Fish
  7. Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte
  8. Cloudchair – Earthscape
  9. Derek & The Dominoes – Thorn Tree In My Garden
  10. Lullatone – Growing Up
  11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – God Is In The House
  12. Elen Never Sleeps – Some Surreal Scenes
  13. Mick Harvey – Sex Shop

It’s About That Time Of Night Volume Three

Photograph of the moon

30th July 2011 – 5th October 2011

Photograph of the moon

  1. Nils Lofgren – Delivery Night
  2. XTC – This World Over
  3. Poco – Rose Of Cimarron
  4. In Each Hand A Cutlass – A Universe Made Of Strings
  5. Noel Coward – The Party’s Over Now
  6. Ryan Adams – Amy
  7. Josef K – It’s Kinda Funny
  8. Home Service – Alright Jack
  9. Stump – Our Fathers
  10. Ringo Starr – Six O’Clock
  11. Charles Trenet – La Mer
  12. Dukes Of Stratosphere – Pale & Precious
  13. Red House Painters – Katy Song

It’s About That Time Of Night Volume Two

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15th August 2011 to 21st September 2011

  1. Wes Montgomery – Misty
  2. 48V – 714
  3. Ronny Cox – From Her To There
  4. Einstürzende Neubauten – Schwarz
  5. Nabowa – つかのま
  6. Möscow çlub – Echo Beach
  7. Boys In Darkness – Back To France
  8. Robyn Hitchcock – Give Me A Spanner Ralph
  9. Billy Fury – You Don’t Know
  10. Purple Bloom – Star
  11. Jed Whedon & The Willing – Ancestors
  12. Electric President – Insomnia
  13. The Gordon Highlanders – Rose Of Kelvingrove
  14. Voice Of The Rain – Bridge Sister
  15. Pink Floyd – Echoes

It’s About That Time Of Night Volume One

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18th July 2011 to 14th August 2011

  1. Ry Cooder – The Dark End Of The Street
  2. Versailles – Episode
  3. Beth Orton & William Orbit – Don’t Wanna Know About Evil
  4. Sky – Carillion
  5. Dreadzone – A Canterbury Tale
  6. Bill Evans – My Foolish Heart
  7. Eric Coates – By The Sleepy Lagoon
  8. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – The Sound Of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away And It Doesn’t Matter
  9. Miranda Sex Garden – Play
  10. world’s end girlfriend – We Are The Massacre

Awesome From Horsham

Abstract photo of swirling light

A brief selection of popular music from ‘Orsham, Sussex in the olden days. Mainly from 1985 to 1990 but stretching a few years either side plus a couple from the end of the century. This is largely free of me bar the odd track where I did the recording or was the straight man.

If we’re going to get picky about it there is a smattering of Crawley, Southwater & Billingshurst involved. But they all pretty much drank at The Bear in Horsham.

(Though it is of course square, because Laurie’s Favourite Shirt aren’t there).

Half An Hour With Four Star Mary

Four Star Mary Flyer

A short introduction to Four Star Mary, ‘an independent rock band based in Southern California comprised of musicians who bring a strong dose of diverse musical backgrounds to their catalogue of songs’, ‘ writing original songs described as “vociferous radio friendly Americana”, “urgent melodic anthems” and “stirring and intense’ – it says here. Well I like them anyway.

No, I’m not going to mention the Buffy / Ringo Gave Me Rabies connection.
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