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Found a note where I’d scribbled this all down, but somehow forgot to mention it here at the time…
In a local bar in July, they played these three songs in a row.
When I was a teenager, I thought it was really cool that a band named themselves after a watch. And they had a club! A SOCIAL club! How do I join? Can I send off a stamped addressed envelope? Do I get membership card? A badge?
*Searches eBay for “BW” music stand thingy*
And then they played this in the bar:
It was July. Now, I am very much in favour of this sort of behaviour. Christmas songs, some Christmas songs, are wasted on only being heard for one month a year. And nobody is ever gonna stop me listening to Mariah whenever the hell I goddam want.
Ages ago, like five years or something, I thought about painting some pebbles as if they were the sleeves of Pet Shop Boys records. I never got around to it, but I did do those paintings digitally, and I’m still calling them Pet Shop Boys pebbles.
The first two Prodigy albums are amongst my favourite records ever, so it’s nice to hear an hour’s worth of Liam Howlett demos from 1990, before the Prodigy had released anything properly.
I was moderately ambivalent to New Order’s music until seeing them live at the Reading Festival on 25 August, 1989. I didn’t dislike them, just not really a massive fan. Until this show.
This was the setlist:
Round & Round
All the Way
Every Little Counts
Your Silent Face
Bizarre Love Triangle
The Perfect Kiss
Aside from New Order, it was a pretty good line up that day. I saw everything on the main stage: Gaye Bykers on Acid, Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, That Petrol Emotion, Tackhead, Swans, House of Love, and the Sugarcubes.
Full size here: http://flipflopflyin.com/bittersweetsymphony/index.html
On the Wikipedia page for How Soon Is Now?, there’s a fact taken from Simon Goddard’s 2004 book “The Smiths – Songs That Saved Your Life.”
Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr wrote “How Soon Is Now?” along with “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” during a four-day period at Earls Court in London in June 1984.
Four days to write this
That’s a ridiculously creative four days.
This song still sounds brilliant, doesn’t it?
31 years ago, Black Lace released a version of a 1971 French-language song “Agadou.” 31 years later, we are still paying the price. But! Let us confront our pain, not run away from it. Let’s look, listen, and learn…
Patrick Zabé’s 1975 release en français, the earliest version I could find on YouTube:
A 1981 version by a German band which seems to be the one that started the avalanche:
Here is a Czech version from 1982, the one with the “bloody hell, look at that”-est video:
Another French version from 1984:
A 1985 version by a Belgian:
A Dutch version:
And here’s a modern version with a house music beat for the young people:
I could go on, could I not? So let’s just finish with the one we (that is, British people) all know and “love.”
If you listened to all of the above, you win a prize: my eternal respect*
*Eternal respect best before end of July 2015
Here’s some stuff that I did earlier this year for German music magazine MusikExpress. It was a thrill to have eight drawings of one of my favourite bands published in a magazine in that band’s home nation.
More finger painting here.
More finger painting here.
I made an animated version, but, it’s not so great, but just in case you wanna see it…
…and 370 miles of California in-between.