Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ah-Ha - Stay On The Roads




AH-HA - Stay On Thes Roads

We all have to make choices?


50 degrees in Al Nahda Park
drag me to the Wheat
all the buildings reach for the sky
trying to escape the heat
always there for every day
the redwood trees stand tall and proud
guarding the Longlands Way

You made the choice
it was yours to call
you choose the riches
of these green fields
turning your back
on the glitter ball

In the distance Burj Khalifa
head on to the Goose
the Irish Village a comfort brings
with secrets in their juice
always there on your side
the redwood trees stand tall and proud
guarding the Heatherside

Heart of the Palm Atlantis
in the Carpenters arms
the greatest mall that ever lived
with its gifts and charms
it took one thousand years
these redwood trees stand tall and proud
guarding all your fears

You made the choice
it was yours to call
you choose the riches
of these green fields
turning your back
on the glitter ball

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Ryan Adams - The Empty Bed


Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

Ryan Adams - The Empty Bed

Ryan Adams - The Empty Bed (2017)

Regular readers will know how much of a fanboy I am of Ryan Adams, but before this turns you off, you must checkout The Empty Bed.

It features on his Prisoners (B-Sides) which was released a few weeks back. You may be shocked that Prisoners (A-Sides) didn't have me purring like one of his cats, but this is magical.  When you consider that the album was written about his divorce from Mandy Moore I was expecting a Heartbreaker type album, but it turned out to be more like Springsteen.  When this popped up as the last track on the b-sides it had me feeling like the end of the Empire Strikes Back.  I'd give it a 10 on the sad-o-meter.

By Sfw

Sunday, 21 May 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 21-05-2017 - War On Drugs, Nick Mulvey, Cigarettes After Sex, DJ Format & Abdominal

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London Scouser:-
The War On Drugs - 'Thinking Of A Place' (2017)

11 minutes of pure bliss...
Ok so I'll add a little bit more... In 2014, Tune Doctor went on tour to the Latitude Festival and one of the stand out artists was TWOD who had scored a massive 5 out of 5 with 'Red Eyes'
This is their first release since the album 'Lost In A Dream' which featured the above mentioned track, and it does not disappoint in the slightest. Vocally it reminds me of The Eagles in places, what do y'all think ?!?

Nick Mulvey - Unconditional (2017)

Nick Mulvey has just released his first material since his 2014 debut First Mind. ‘Unconditional’, which was produced by Ethan Johns and Dan Carey will appear on his forthcoming second album and it comes with a short film directed by Björk collaborator Bastian Glaessner.

It sounds like Nick Mulvey....but wait, it is! Put on your BBQ, get yourself a craft beer and enjoy the sunshine!

DJ Format & Abdominal - 'We're Back' (2017)

Proper, no nonsense, head bobbing Hip Hop from the dynamic duo of UK's DJ Format and Canada's Abdominal. Making middle aged Hip Hop headz smile the nation over I'm sure, as this track reminded me of one of Kid N' Play's rap battles from House Party. I sort of wanted to draw the curtains, wear calico baggy clothes and perform variations of the Running Man, or maybe I did? Dubious dance moves aside, I still got it going do DJ Format and Abdominal. 'We're Back' is taken from their 5th album, Still Hungry out earlier this month. WORD!

Old Pa:-
Cigarettes After Sex - Each Time You Fall In Love (2017)


Fancy a fag, or even sex. I have given up both. If only I could give up booze I could die unhappy.  Enough of this rubbish.I like their name and I love their sound too. Dreamy and sad. Like Hope Sanoval backed by Joy Division with Martin Hanett at controls. 

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

R.I.P Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell - 'Can't Change Me' (1999)

I'm still reeling about today's news. Chris Cornell, one of rocks truly magnificent talents was gone at only age 52. I couldn't believe it, I was convinced it was some sick joke. For as long as I was aware he existed, there was no one else and probably never will be, with a more perfect rock voice.

For more than 20 years, I have been a huge fan. I have lots of little memories scattered over the soundtrack of my life. It may sound over dramatic but it really is true. From singing along to Black Hole Sun with a friend in my 6th form smoking room and blasting Spoonman over the jukebox in the Rifleman pub when I was 16 to seeing him perform live in Las Vegas at the Pearl in 2007. I remember buying a Soundgarden demo single, Burden In my Hand from an old school music shop during lunch in Twickenham and sneakily listened to it on repeat through my A-level English class. I had his picture pinned up on my desk when I worked at a courier company and was over the moon when he embarked on his solo career from which this track was his first single. He proved himself a seriously convincing front man again with the Rage Against The Machine guys, that's no mean feat. London Scouser introduced me to Temple Of The Dog which won my heart, that voice made me melt. LS also had the privilege of meeting and escorting the man himself at work, remembering to ask Chris to sign a single for me which will forever be treasured.

It's with a heavy heart that I write this post but thankfully Chris will live on in the music, nothing can change that. I'm off to watch Singles now so RIP Chris, Say Hello To Heaven.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Bobby Fuller Four/The Clash - I Fought The law




I keep looking over my shoulder
as I head on down the road
I better be fast
I'm caught by the past
no way can I settle down
I pick up my bags
and head out of town
and leave my girl behind

I watch my back
keep my head down
be careful what I say
I walk in the shadows
and trust no one

I keep looking over my shoulder
as I head on down the road
It's my regret
that folks won't forget
the bad things I have done
my cover is blown
so I go on the run
and leave my girl behind

He came to me from nowhere
left without a kiss goodbye
It's not any sin
I fell blindly for him
all his sweet talk and lies
he just took me in
and left me to cry
I am the girl he left behind

I keep looking over my shoulder
trapped in my endless life
no man I trust
but it's what I must
to survive life on the run
I'm doing the time
for what I've done
and think of the girl I left behind

I watch my back
keep my head down
be careful what I say
I walk in the shadows
and trust no one

THE CLASH - I Fought the Law

Monday, 15 May 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 14-05-2017 - David Bazan,The Bright Light Social Hour, Willie Nelson, Depeche Mode

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Old Pa:-
Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (2017)

This fabulous track from Old Willie's latest album. It feature the magnificient Tony Joe White and Leon Russel. Just a great song Tony Joe White song with great backing and delivery. Nothing more to say than that.

London Scouser:-
The Bright Light Social Hour - 'Tear Down That Wall's (2017)


I've been listening to this track for the past few weeks and have been meaning to share it with the masses. It sounds like it's from the 60's or 70's and at first I thought it was an old track that I had stumbled upon. But it was released on January 20th, which just so happened to be the inauguration date for a certain Donald​ Trump...I've since found that they formed in 2004 and hail from Austin, Texas... A city that I've found so many great artists from in the past few years, the most notable being 'Black Books'.

I dare anyone to listen to this and not bloody love it

David Bazan - 'Care' (2017)

This is new to me but I love it! The intro reminds me of an 8-bit computer game, or is it Blade Runner, but who cares? ;-)

It's by David Bazan and is a synth-drenched masterpiece which asks that all important question - “Can men and women not be friends?” and I'm sure it touches on a man and woman who indulge in extra marital nonsense, but who am I to judge? It's produced by one of my favourite producers Richard Swift, which must mean it is great!

Depeche Mode - 'Cover Me' (2017)

A track that sounds like it could have been lifted from the B-side to the classic Violator and that's a good thing. 'Cover Me' is my standout song from Depeche Mode's latest album, Spirit. For me it is what they do best, a dark and atmospheric piece of electronica along with David Gahan's aching vocals taking me back to circa 1990. A time of spots and bumfluff with lots of brooding.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Macy Gray - I try/Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline - I fall to Pieces




FRAGILE  - I have always liked the idea of you feel you are getting stronger after she has left you. But if you see her or hear reference to her you crumble and fall to pieces, we haqve all been there!. Here is my attempt :  


I don't look over my shoulder
I've walked from the past
time to move on
feeling strong
I'm meeting some friends
to share some drinks
with laughter and craic
I feel I'm back
It's going well
until someone mentions your name
I hold my breath
I need some air
make some lame excuse
I have to be somewhere

It's clear to me
that I've not got free
I'm still under her lock and key
so I shuffle home
to my lonely room
I'm a little bit fragile you see

I've gathered up myself again
I'm ready to join the race
I may go to a pub
or even a club
hoping to meet someone
music's playing loud
I'm on the right track
I feel I'm back
it's all good
until the DJ happens to play our song
the lights spin
I need some air
can't stay in this place
got to get outta there

It's clear to me
that I've not got free
I'm still under her lock and key
so I shuffle home
to my lonely room
I'm a little bit fragile you see

Monday, 8 May 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 07-05-17 - Donald Byron Wheatley, Scott Matthews, Goldfrapp, Weezer

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Goldfrapp - 'Anymore' (2017)

Late to the party (as always and not fashionably late either) but instant gratification from Goldfrapp. I heard this and thought that is the kind of burbling bassline that buffaloes my wurzel and added it straight into my shortlist of the best tracks of 2017. However, I'm not so sure about the 'Mad Max meets sand in your pants' video. 'Anymore' is taken from Goldfrapp's seventh studio album, Silver Eye, which was out in March.

Old Pa:-
Donald Byron Wheatley - Smoking Gun

Hey! Sam I know who this sounds like, we can all see who has influenced you, but that does not matter, this is fabulous and I can't wait to here some more from you Mr Donald Byron Wheatley. Great video too.

Check out Dylan's Sooner or later one of us must know.

London Scouser:-
Weezer - Feels Like Summer (2017)


I've always been a fan of Weezer, ever since I heard 'Undone' & 'Buddy Holly'. They seem to bring out a great album and go under the radar, well all least my radar, before coming back with another great track. This is no exception, it's got a great anthemic chorus which I was singing along to almost immediately. This is from their 'to be' released 11th album and I'm looking forward to it.

Scott Matthews - Steal My Star (2017)

The last few months have seen some great releases but it would be wrong of me not to share this gem by Scott Matthews. Scott Matthews? Who is he? Well you should remember his excellent debut single 'Elusive', (It was also covered by the lovely Lianne La Havas) which featured on his 2007 debut album 'Passing Stranger'. Despite some strong follow up material, I haven't really spent a huge amount of time listening to him. That recently changed when hearing his 'Home Part 2' album, and in particular, 'Steal My Star'. It evokes his early material yet is perfect in 2017.

A Winner!

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes



MOTT THE HOOPLE - All The Young Dudes


It's something to look forward to when you die. Go see that big gig in the sky,  tickets free in Outer Space.  If you have the need, please feel free to add your own.


Transmitting atmospheric love
epileptic arms control
closer still the pleasure comes
touching from a distance
his dawning will never fade
(Ian Curtis)

Hunky Spiders the young dude
goodbye Major Tom
nothing odd our hero's fame
Starman he fell to earth
his ashes ring the changes
(David Bowie)

Hound dog the Kings in place
step into his shoes
viva now Heartbreak Hotel
surrender not the ghetto
lets all go to Gracelands
(Elvis Presely)

There playing tonight
at old Roxy's place
a solo spot and in the band
tickets free in outer Space

Natty Dread in Kinston rocks
the Wailers stir it up
Rasta man no women rising
one love waits in vain
fires burn in Trenchtown
(Bob Marley)

A coat hangs in Chelsea Hotel
is it a future miracle
Suzanne is singing hallelujah
the longing for his will
the Sisters take Manhattan
(Leonard Cohen)

Psychedelic purple feedback
Stratocaster Ladyland
wah wah axis bold experience
crash landing rainbows
Watchtowers vodoo cry
(Jimi Hendrix)

There playing tonight
at old Roxy's place
a solo spot and in the band
tickets free in outer Space

Bohemian champ bite the dust
a magic heart attack
rock you ga ga breaking free
see the fat bottoms flash
don't stop that killer now
(Freddy Mercury)

Stranger days to light the fire
hail to the lizard king
love her madly people strange
the riders touch the storm
hello I love the other side
(Jim Morrison)

Imagine instant karma peace
a working class dream
happy xmas you jealous guy
a day in God's revolution
Lucy her strawberry rain
(John Lennon)

There playing tonight
at old Roxy's place
a solo spot and in the band
tickets free in outer Space
Electric warrior easy action
mambo jeepster swan
get it on 20th century boy
cosmic Sam metal dancer
boogie to the revolution
(Mark Bolan)

Lovesick Cheating heart
don't cry good lookin
drifting Cowboy livin blues
move over honky cooking
lost lonesome highway
(Hank Williams)

Tommy gun City rockers
in complete control
magnificent London calling
white man in supermarket
stay or straight to hell
(Jo Strummer)
Fooled another generation boy
a substitute is free
alcohol loon and cherry bombs
a television into the pool
the drum rolls for the moon
(Keith Moon)

There playing tonight
at old Roxy's place
a solo spot and in the band
tickets free in outer Space

Sunday, 30 April 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 30-04-2017 - Sam Brookes, Future Islands, Juana Molina

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Sam Brookes - My Girl Drinks Coffee (2017)

Here is a great track by Sam Brookes, a London based alt-folk, singer-songwriter who has put a slight twist on break-up song by moving to a soundscape that is evocative of Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem or Grimes. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairos was tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prize nomination and has had over 5 million plays.

Jointly produced by Grammy nominated Dom Monks (Ray Lamontagne, Laura Marling & Katie Melua) and Berlin based ex-pat Greg Freeman (Goldfrapp, Portico, Mumford & Sons), the track was arranged and recorded on a trip to a remote boathouse on the Isle of Skye and completed at Guy Chamber’s Sleeper Sounds studio in London.

Sam is currently on tour playing some small venues, check him out before he blows up!

Future Islands - 'Cave' (2017)

I've been a fan of the Future Islands since Shell Hunter introduced us to them back in 2011 with their song, 'Balance' and that was further cemented by their vibrant live performance at Latitude in 2014. They've also become a firm family favourite thanks to lead singer, Samuel Herring eccentricity on stage, with some ehm....unique dancing and bizarre growling (if you haven't seen him live, then make sure you catch him). As a result a new release is a welcome one and their 5th album, The Far Field is currently my album of choice, 'Cave' being my favourite though there are some strong songs throughout. Nothing too groundbreaking but consistent and if you like the Future Islands, then you'll enjoy what's on offer,

Old Pa:-
Juana Molina - Cosoco


Not familiar with Juana Molina but this is certainly and interesting record and definitely not boring. It get better with additional listening. She apparently is from Argentina. Don't know how you would categorise this music but who cares it stopped me in my tracks so to speak.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

GUEST SPOT #72 - Laura Marling - Ghosts

It's been a while but we have a Guest Spot! 

Laura Marling - Ghosts (2008)

We've been slack on the guest spots, not because we don't want them, but we're swamped by spam-a-lot. But alas, we can sing! Here is a post from Michelle....aka Whattalkabout (see more of her posts here)

We all read clichés about broken hearts. ""It will all get better in time"", is the one that is probably rattled around the most.  We can only but hope it will.  I last posted a few years ago and dedicated it to ""A.” Who since went on and won me over with crazy gestures... and then cruelly went on to break my heart, not only once, but twice. 

Dear reader, it is not about to get bitter, or go into emotional train wreck territory.  I had loved him more than I thought possible to love somebody.    I have felt such pain and heartbreak; some days I thought I didn't have the strength to make it through the day.  I have learnt that our greatest growths come from our greatest pains.

To A I say this; there are so many things left unsaid, so many questions unanswered, but I will never need these answers.  I feel great now, and I know now you were not the one for me.  Thanks for teaching me about what I need and deserve. 

Recently, I happened to cross paths with a friendly face from years ago. I hope the universe will be kind enough to make our paths cross soon and I will be brave enough to make a move.  Hopefully I was not the only one who felt the spark. 

Driving home on the evening of this chance encounter, this song came on the radio. It was one of those songs that you already loved, but embarrassingly forgotten about. Singing along, realising, I hadn't forgotten any of the words.  One line struck a chord with me. 

""The ghosts that broke my heart before I met you""

A, that is all you are now; a ghost from my past.  Whatever lies ahead, I will be fine.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Audrey Hepburn - Moon River






Too good for the sham of Hollywood
she took that place by storm
her beauty, her grace and elegance
a nymph with pools for eyes
the sexiest thing that ever lived
and she didn't have to try

Oh! Holly Golightly
born of a different age
and if you want to judge her
let it be by the rivers of the moon

You played some of the biggest movies
in Hollywood's golden age
your aura and your presence
you stole almost every scene
were awarded every accolade
that was possible to win

You helped the poor starving children
the biggest part you played
you knew too well how it was
having no food on your plate
an Ambassador for UNICEF
your greatest Oscar role

Oh! Holly Golightly
born of a different age
and if you want to judge her
let it be by the rivers of the moon

Sunday, 23 April 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 23-04-2017 - Luke Sital-Singh, Dan Auerbach, Sleaford Mods, Run The Jewels,

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London Scouser:-
Sleaford Mods - 'Mop Top' (2017)

I'm late getting into Sleaford Mods and I have no real excuse. My fellow TD team members have been singing their praises for a few years now. I happened upon their latest album 'English Tapas' and haven't taken it off repeat for the past few weeks. There are so many great tracks that leave me LOL'ing to myself at the clever lyrics. This track is no exception and it has a great dance beat running through it. Having watched the video I've decided that the guy who doesn't sing is my role model, I could be in a band and (appear) to do nothing, that's right up my street.

Luke Sital-Singh - Hunger (2017)

Check out this emotional performance by Luke Sital-Singh of his new single Hunger which features on his new album Time Is A Riddle.  If I appeared on Mastermind, singer-songwriters would be subject of choice (apart from Star Wars, but that's too geeky), I just yearn that when that time comes, Mr Sital-Singh will be as successful as Mr Sheeran or that Mr Styles and I'd be shooting answers about him like Han Solo shooting Greedo. (remember Han Shot First!).  Alas, we are still waiting for Luke to have that massive breakout hit, will this be it? Call it my New Hope. 

O.K., I'll get my coat.

Run The Jewels - 'Thieves (Screamed the Ghost' feat Tunde Adebimpe (2017)

My current weapon of choice from one of my favourite albums of the year so far, Run The Jewels 3. Tip Top production, excellent instrumentals with two MC's on top of their game. 'Thieves' also features Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio which, as the French say, adds a little 'I don't know what'. 

Old Pa:-
Dan Auerbach - Shine On Me

It's summer, it's Dan Auerback, with a little nod to the Travelling Wilburys, be happy!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Rod Stewart - Bring It on Home to Me/You Send Me




ROD STEWART -  Bring It On Home To Me/You Send Me

When Rod Stewart was Rod Srtewart. What a fabulous video this is, featureing the great Spike Milligan and the not so great Russel Harty.


I don't really know where this came from but I started it and was about to  'bin it'  when I came up with the title, which I liked. The title deserved better than the rubbish that I had come up with. I was about to  'bin'  it again when I got a new lease of life with the lines  'Little Red Riding Hood, is torn alive'.  I now had to think of 4 more last lines for 4 verses. I could not wait to get revenge on  Elsa.  I could not  'Let It Go'


Branches and leaves
cover rotting fruit
Troll wanders past
hulking great brute
Nightstalkers wait
with deadly sting
Pixies and Fairies
dance and sing
Hornets rage
away from the hive
Little Red Riding Hood
is torn alive

these are Rituals of the Forrest

Hemlock, Nightshade
sway with delight
a red eyed Org
is looking to fight
a Lynx is skirling
for bitches in heat
Goblins search
someone to cheat
vicious Jackals
screech and bark
Hansel and Gretel
scream in the dark

these are Rituals of the Forrest

Poison Ivy, Nettles
wait for your skin
giant black Spiders
trap you in spin
Sirens and Nymphs
tantalize and tease
Vipers they strike
prey to seize
Rabid Dogs
with foaming fits
little Snow White
torn to bits

these are Rituals of the Forrest

Warlocks ,Witches
cast spells of doom
Demons and Devils
awake their tomb
Zombies prowling
their stench of death
Dragons spitting
their fiery breath
Lucifer practices
his evil art
a skipping Bambi
is ripped apart

these are Rituals of the Forrest

Insatiable Vampires
gorge human blood
ravenous rats
come like a flood
Owls hoot
their ominous call
a giant Ogre
eleven foot tall
a Bogeyman
with rotten breath
a regal Elsa
frozen to death

these are Rituals of the Forrest

Sunday, 16 April 2017

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 15-04-2017 - BNQT, Ryan Adams,The Shins, Gorillaz

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Old Pa:-
The Shins - Heartworms (2017)


As soon as you hear the voices here there is no doubts this is definately The Shins. If you had to describe the The Shins music this would be a good choice. It has all that is good about these lads. Melody and harnony and a good hook. That is is The Shins. No nonsence good clean bliss.! 

London Scouser:-
BNQT - 'Restart' (2017)


I have to admit, I do love a supergroup, and this band are definitely no exception. They consist of the lead singers from 'Midlake', 'Band of Horses', 'Franz Ferdinand', 'Travis' & 'Grandaddy'. The idea came from Eric Pulido of Midlake in 2013, and he describes them as “Like a poor man’s version of the Traveling Wilburys!” which would work for me.
This is their debut track and it struck me straight away with it's Glam-Rock sound. The album 'Volume 1' is out at the end of April and I can't wait to give it a listen or 3. I've heard the second track off of the album, called 'Unlikely Force' which is very different and has taken quite a few listens before I started to enjoy it.

Ryan Adams - Prisoner (2017)

When anyone talks to me about Ryan Adams, I am like a doting parent who loves everything that he does.  I cannot publicly admit that I don't like something he does - similar to the way a parent cannot admit that their child's painting looks like a monkey has drawn it (after chewing some hallucinogenic plant).  So to admit that his latest release Prisoners had me feeling a bit disappointed is a bit difficult. The songs are great, each laced with heartbreak that can explode in you with the precision of Luke Skywalkers laser shots in the Death Star trench. What don't I like? Well it's the production (said like a true knob!) but when you hear any of the songs acoustic you can see their greatness. So when this appeared on my feed I had that happy glow again. But please, remember not to say anything negative ;-).  The kids got talent!

Gorillaz - 'Andromeda' (2017)

My son and I watched BBC Star Gazing live the other week and as always pretty mind blowing, particularily when trying to explain distance in astronomical units. Kids always ask you difficult questions in the belief that, because you are a grown up, you are an oracle of endless knowledge. 'How far is a Light Year dad? Now! & 'Is there life on Saturn's moon?' were some typical questions, which took a little bit brow furring and Google searching before I could give a suitable and satisfactory answer. So it would be rude not to choose 'Andromeda' as my track of the week, not only aptly named but a great track featuring Damon Albarn and D.R.A.M., my pick of the preview tracks the Gorillaz released in anticipation of their new and fifth album, Humanz. My brain and bones hurt to think that their first album was in 2001. Oh and 1 light year is 5.9 trillion miles and there's strong evidence suggesting that life is supported on the Saturn moon of Enceladus. Mind blown again.

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