There are many things that I take pleasure from this blog being one of them and I
seem to have kept it up for a year. Thanks for all the comments and the feedback. I'm hoping that along the way I've made you laugh even when I don't feel like like
laughing myself. (Which, sadly, happens a lot lately) I started this as something to do all those months back as I needed to have somewhere to put all my music that I wished to share. I think that it's my frustration at not being a DJ inna peel stylee. After all the guardian angel of this blog (as I like to think of him) was all there was to broadcasting. In keeping with his spirit the posts I've made have been both eclectic and rambling. I just wish I'd have my own version of the pig, but then as Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5 says "All love is unrequited."
Other things I take pleasure in are the smell of a new book or just a tatty old
dusty tome from out of a charity shop. The only proviso I say with that is the
book has to be good unlike Richard Eddington's Sent From Coventry : The chequered past of Two Tone. It truly is an awful tome and I'm only finishing it out of spite, I paid for it but I'm glad it wasn't full price. It waxes and wanes all
over the place via total irrelavances of his own band and/or life. Mostly the interview text comes from websites and he fails to know that the original source material is from BBC Radio documentaires. He mentions that the Beat single 'Mirror in the bathroom' is about a man who talks to his mirror. So it's nothing about Narcissism then? Later in the book he mentions that the Madness single 'Shut Up' features Mike Barson's piano ... well no shit they all do. Every bloody song featured Mike Barson's piano at least until he left that is. Anyway save yourself the money and don't buy it. Instead track down the best book about two tone that I've read The Two Tone Story by George Marshall. Ebay would be your best bet I would've thought, but if you are good I'll scan it at some point for you all. In the meantime you'll have to make do with the Two Tone Trail, which I've just bought via ebay, just in case you ever fancy a trip to glamourous Coventry and why wouldn't you? It's a book about the size of my old fanzine but with added production values and no photocopied glue and ink thumbprints on the edge of the page.
I did a nice thing this week. I informed BBC6 Music dj Tom Robinson that Mr Peel had said nice thing about him when he featured on his festive fifty. He asked for a copy of the mp3 so after much searching and swearing because I'd not catalogue the last 100 data dvds of my downloads. I had to install Audio Cleaning Lab and edit it then email it for him. Well it turns out he'd never heard it and was very chuffed (well who wouldn't be?) I just hope this is like 'My Name Is Earl' and good things happen to me but I know they won't.
Anyway tonight to celebrate the first of hopefully many years of this blog I've
uploaded several things for your delight.
Firstly we have Jimi Hendrix Live at the Royal Albert Hall from god knows when but it took me a while to repost for people on the skafunkrastapunk so I thought I'd let you have it too. Then we have The radio braodcast version of Mr John Peel's 1983 Festive fifty which is around two hours long. Also I've upped a punk compilation or two called Jubilee Punk 2 & 3. Plus another half decent Mojo cover disk this time 'Beyond Punk'. This features the best from the post punk era (late seventies early eighties and for some reason they've put some newer groups on there too. I'll also post some compilations by the Who and the Jam both two diskers. Also some of my latest John Peel Radio Shows that I've uploaded.
http://rapidshare.com/files/930049/1986-01-29.mp3 http://rapidshare.com/files/930925/John_Peel_Show_-_21-02-81.mp3 http://rapidshare.com/files/932226/John_Peel_2.7.2003.mp3 http://rapidshare.com/files/933420/John_Peel_4.6.2003.mp3 http://rapidshare.com/files/935362/John_Peel_5.3.2003.mp3 http://rapidshare.com/files/937416/John_Peel_10.7.02.mp3
http://rapidshare.com/files/1084374/Two_Tone_Trail.cbr Two Tone Trail Book
Well that should keep you going for a while. :) TTFN