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 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.
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.
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).
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.