Back Door, a Yorkshire-based jazz trio, were a real curiosity in that bass guitar, played by Colin Hodgkinson, was the lead instrument. This track, which I heard on a John … Continue readingBack Door: One Day You’re Down, The Next Day You’re Down
AS I may well have observed before, there have been certain teachers over the years whose enthusiasm and knowledge lit up their lessons, inspiring pupils to love the subject and … Continue readingRon Freethy, country gent
ONE sunny Sunday morning about 15 years ago, I went for a walk with the dog and as we ambled along a wooded path I found myself at a crossroads … Continue readingThe Wilberforce Oak
This is the second in an occasional series about Wodehouse works which might be less familiar than the Jeeves and Wooster stories. WE are in the bar parlour of the … Continue readingBeyond Jeeves and Wooster: Mr Mulliner
Live 1979 version of the song from their eponymous first album three years earlier. ‘You look good in blue; it matches your skin’ and of course ‘I could give you … Continue readingBlondie: You Look Good in Blue
Live in the studio, 1973, Ian Gomm takes lead vocals on the song from the Please Don’t Ever Change LP.
Live in Germany, 1975, a song that never appeared on a Brinsleys album but was eventually recorded by Ian Gomm.
Still in Germany, 1970 and a song which so far as I am aware did not appear on record until 2021’s Last Orders.
Another clip from German TV, 1970 – this song is from the band’s second album, Despite It All. Careful the psychedelics don’t mess with your head, man.
This was a real find; from German TV in 1970 when the Brinsleys still saw themselves as proggers. Note the hair, particularly Nick Lowe’s completely covering his face unless he … Continue readingBrinsley Schwarz: Ballad Of A Has-Been Beauty Queen