Wednesday, 18 November 2015



JIMI HENDRIX - Castles Made of Sand

Saw a pictue on a wall last week of the Sands of Guadamar a place just up from me. It made me think that the name has to sound right in a song. If you know what I mean. The Sands of Torrievieja or the Sands of Nairn just don't do it. But the Sands of Guadamar hits the spot. Funny what gives you the spark. Hope you like my Sandy effort below. (based on actual events of course)
PATSY CLINE - Love Letters in the Sand
It was our first meeting together
we decided to go down to the beach
we found a little place in a corner
close to the sea but out of its reach
the restaurant was bustling with laughter
we looked up in awe at the blue Spanish sky
the smell of freshly cooked garlic
and the sounds of a gull in the sky

some days are born to remember
most just fade and you forget
that day will stay with me forever
us sitting in that restaurant bar

on the sands of Guadamar

Together we checked the simple menu
an aperitif of chilled Rosado wine
we both went for the house specialties
but everything on that menu looked fine 
crispy chipitoes, calamari de Romano
salade mixta and loads of potatas frites
it was a mouth watering explosion
as we both prepared for the feast

some days are born to remember
most just fade and you forget
that day will stay with me forever
us dining in that restaurant bar

on the sands of Guadamar

Maybe it was because of her company
could have been the smell of the sea
but we finished that second bottle
and were soon into pink nectar three
it was then i looked in her eyes
she laughed and giggled at my line
I said I’m falling in love you
she said you've drank too much wine

some days are born to remember
most just fade and you forget
that day will stay with me forever
us laughing in that restaurant bar

on the sands of Guadamar

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Salt N Pepa - 'Push It'

Saturday Night Jukebox....
Everyone's got a guilty pleasure

Salt-N-Pepa - 'Push It' (1987)

This post has been pending for almost a year! It came to mind when I was still pregnant with little Shell Hunter about 8 months ago. I was in full on nesting mode, frantically getting everything ready for her arrival. One of the things that was on my mind a lot was the all important "playlist" for during my labour. I was in a dilemma. Was I seeing it through rose tinted specs, her popping out to I Was Made To Love Her by Stevie Wonder? Or would one of my favourite songs be forever tinted with the painful memory that I couldn't stomach listening to it again? I wasn't prepared to take that risk! I didn't make a playlist as such but London Scouser and I did put together a few songs current to the time. For example: Return To Sender by Elvis which was playing in Frankie and Benny's for one of our last lunches together before the big day, Always The Sun by The Stranglers which I heard in the car on one of the many journeys to the tip and Push It by Salt N Pepa. A colleague at work joked this should be on my labour playlist when it came on one day at work. It really made me chuckle thinking how apt it would be!

In the end, when the big day came, we did listen to the playlist a couple of times but I decided I wanted something more random and leave it to chance what she was born to. I was adamant I wanted Absolute 80s on but because of the gas and air I was on, I was totally spaced out and songs started merging together! It did help getting me into my happy place zone though and I firmly believe it played a big part in me coping so well, not needing any pain relief!

I enjoy hearing about other people's birthing songs. It is such an unforgettable event that whether you like the song or not, you will always remember it. Flycasual's first son was born to Lets Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams, which came on the hospital radio. A friend of mine said the docs put Abba on during their cesarean which lightened the mood. Anyone else have any memorable songs?

So to finally reveal what 80s song little Shell Hunter was born to (sadly I was a little disappointed when London Scouser told me as ironically after all I've said, I didn't even remember!) .....

............Prince's 1999!

Catch up with more tracks from my Saturday Night Jukebox posts here or playlist below, full of Guilty Pleasures, everyone's got one!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 01/11/2015 - The Chills, Guy Garvey, The Weeknd

3 tracks dedicated to the guy who gave his medal out, Top Man!

Old Pa :-
The Chills - Molten Gold

Its been 20 years since theses New Zealand guys released a complete new album. Here is one of my favourite tracks I have heard this year from the new album Silver Bullets (2015). Very appropriate and well done the All Blacks, I got their Rugby Shirt...only 'caus its black and 'cause I like it and 'cause i'm dark today.
London Scouser :-

Guy Garvey - 'Angela's Eyes' (2015)

I didn't have a track this week, until I decided to clear up the humongous pile of leaves that had fallen in our front garden and pathway. I looked on Spotify for new releases and saw 'Courting The Squall' by my fellow 6th March birthday celebrant. My first thought was 'Oh no, has he given Elbow the .... erm Elbow ??' But upon listening, I didn't care. The first track on the album, 'Angela's Eyes' is brilliant. It's edgier than a lot of Elbow's recent hits and will almost certainly be featuring on this persons #tracksoftheyear

Shellhunter :-
The Weeknd - 'Can't Feel My Face' (2015)


We were watching The Graham Norton show the other day and The Weeknd (pronounced weekend) was performing. He was introduced as being an online sensation but I'd never heard of him. I think that means I'm getting old! Apparently he uploaded a few tracks anonymously as 'The Weeknd' onto YouTube and boom! Put that together with some hype from fellow Canadian, rapper Drake, and that should do it. I didn't think it would be my cup of tea so I was pleasantly surprised with what I heard. It was a funky disco style track with vocals that aren't far from a young Michael Jackson. Infatuation described as not being able to feel your face, love it!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/10/2015 - Palace Winter, C.Duncan, Fat Freddy's Drop, Seinabo Sey, Jerome Echenoz

Five tracks to support the  'Northern Powerhouse'

Shell Hunter:-
Seinabo Sey - 'Pretend' (2015)

This struck me whilst looking around a women's clothes shop and at a time like that, you've got to be thankful for Shazam. I thought it had a good 90s feel to it but it wasn't until London Scouser mentioned the song Remember Me by Blueboy in a totally unrelated conversation, that I realised its what it sounds a bit like. Great stuff!
Seinabo Sey is a Swedish singer/songwriter and her debut album Pretend was out this week. Nowt wrong with a bit of electropop in my book!

Old Pa :-
Fat Freddy's Drop - Slings and Arrows (2015)


This has been out for sometime but I have just heard it. It's good, but maybe a little to close to UB40 for comfort. But that is not really a bad thing, is it? This track is taken from their just released album BAYS (2015) very high up on my list.

Palace Winter - 'Menton' (2015)

Danish-Australian duo, Palace Winter, have awoken me from my musical slumber, They've managed channel 'Kurt Vile', 'The War on Drugs' and 1980s drum patterns into a 6 minute masterpiece that could fit onto the "Now What I Call the 80's mixtapes".  Time for me to get out my white socks and black shoes and reminisce about Top Gun.  It features on the band's debut EP Medication.

London Scouser:-
Jérôme Echenoz - 'Le Chrome et Le Coton' (2015)

On my discover weekly playlist I heard this track and thought it sounded familiar, upon researching (ie Google) it I found it is being used in an advert for Citroen. It's by a French DJ and musician and this version is in English for heathens like me that don't comprendez le francais. It sounds (to me) a bit like Lou Reed, but what do I know... Well I know I like it, and that's enough pour moi

C.Duncan - 'For' (2015)

C.Duncan's debut album, Architect, has been hitting my folk tickle spot over the last few weeks, particularly the dreamy 'For'. It's like going for a gentle stroll along a beach and finding a cozy pub, with it's shanty-esque harmonies and hypnotic melody, it even has a folk soul clap...oh yeah! I also read that the Glaswegian's album has recently been nominated for next year's Mercury prize, it looks like he's been tickling quite a few spots then.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

DYLAN COVERS # 201 The Pretty Things/The Animals - Its All Over Now Baby Blue

THE PRETTY THINGS - It's All Over Now Baby Blue (2015)

Here are two version of It's All Over Now Baby Blue by two iconic groups of the sixties, the first is by the fabulous The Pretty Things and is taken from their re-released album  Balboa Island, Deluxe Edition (2015) - it is an outtake - bonus Track

The second take is by the equally fabulous Eric Burdon with his Animals and can be found on  Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted (1976).
THE ANIMALS - It's All Over Now Baby Blue (1976)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015




E.L.O. - Devil Woman (Live)
Like Cliff, E.L.O. are normaly despised by 'discerning music lovers' what a load of bollocks is that!   Listen to Cliff's first two singles, Move it and Livin' Doll, great stuff. Admittedly, it was all down hill for the next 50 odd years. But his Devil Woman was pretty good as was We Don't Talk Anymore. So he did have his moments.

As for E.L.O. I loved their stuff well before the masses got on board with Mr Blue Sky.  There album A New World Record is still one of my favourite albums of all time. When they say 'everyone 's a winner', it definitely applies to this album. The live version above is pretty brilliant.

Below is my attempt at a Devil Woman type of song.....
'C'  if you are reading this. Moi! pretentious!! 


Your a vicious nasty person
a sleazy disgusting girl
a home breaker
how did you go so astray?
you should have be born a viper
to use your poisons way

The Devil Found a Mistress
someone to feed his greed
for each and every sin you do
it fuels the Devils seed

Your a revolting foul person
an evil depraved girl
a love faker
how did you go so astray?
you should have been born a vulture
pick the bones of your prey

The Devil Found a Mistress
someone to feed his will
for each and every sin you do
it heightens the Devils thrill

Your a despicable horrid person
a wicked loathsome girl

a heart destroyer
how did you go so astray?
you should have been born a panther
to stalk and kill your prey

The Devil Found a Mistress
someone to feed his lust
for each and every sin you do
it urges the Devils thrust 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 18/10/2015 - Miya Folick, Keith Richards, The Libertines, Chris Cornell, St. Germain

Five tracks that softened the blow this week...

St.Germain - 'Real Blues' (2015)

I've been feeling a little nostalgic in my old age by listening to some old playlists recently (there's a novel concept, listening to older music) and came across a favourite of mine, St Germain. I checked out what they were up to and found out they had dropped this single in May and have released their first album in 15 years this October. A great track too, with hints of The Desert Blues of which I'm a tad partial to. 

Shell Hunter:-
Chris Cornell - 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart' (2015)

No introduction needed for Mr. Cornell. He is back with a new album, Higher Truth and this is the first track I've heard from it. I can't help but like it, his rock weathered voice has still got it where it counts and have I ever mentioned he is a major hotty? Like a fine wine, he gets better with age! The snob in me thinks he is a little guarded with his delivery here as perhaps his usual screams may divide audiences. Nonetheless, he proves he can still come back with a tune that you will find yourself humming over and over. Once again, what a voice...

Old Pa :-
Keith Richards - Long Overdue (2015)

Here is a slice of Reggae from the legend that is Keef Richards. I really like this. I have sampled the album and find I came back to this track right away. I was looking for something by Tom the Jones new album, I thought it would be right under the circumstances. 
But I think this will do nicely instead. Cool Ruling Keef!  Stop it Baby!

If you want to hear more from the album, keep on listening.

Miya Folick - I Got Drunk (2015)

I can remember having a little too much "Dutch courage" when I was in my late teens.  Whether it was too much Strongbow/Diamond White/TNT/Southern Comfort (the list goes on), or Peter Cetera records, I'd often make a fool of myself declaring my undying love to the cute girls. (it rarely worked). I don't know how the cool kids do it these days but LA songstress Miya Folick, probably has a bit of a hangover. Her opening line says it all, "I guess I'll write you a love song, because I got drunk and told you how I really feel about you". The raw energy of the driving drums, guitar and vocals that lead into a crescendo of "Isn't it obvious to you", shows that this girl is bearing herself to us all.  She shouldn't worry about it too much, Men are idiots.

London Scouser:-
The Libertines - Anthem For Doomed Youth (2015)

I was mowing the lawn the other day and had thought I'd listen to my Discover Weekly playlist to drown out the noise of the mower. When this track came on I immediate thought it sounded like Jarvis Cocker, so when I found it was The Libertines I was pleasantly surprised. I was into them when they first burst onto the scene, but became bored with the tabloid stories revolving around Pete. I liked the odd Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things tracks but found them easy to forget. After Shellhunter's recent post for the track Gunga Din and now this, maybe they will stay in my attention once again.

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