I DON’T suppose many share this view, but I have rather a soft spot for crows. They are beautiful birds and I have been entertained over the summer by a … Continue readingHard times in the crows’ nest
Utterly bizarre. Can’t imagine for one minute that drugs were involved.
With a slightly deranged edge that was Cale’s trademark, here’s a great track from the 1975 album Helen of Troy. Love the juxtaposition of soaring female voices and Chris Spedding’s … Continue readingJohn Cale: My Maria
One of the most toe-curling moments in British political history when, at a 1992 Labour election rally in Sheffield, the Welsh wanker adopted a faux-American accent to declare: ‘We’re aw-right!’ … Continue readingNeil Pillock and the prancing Maybot
This was written by the great Gene Pitney. It was first recorded by country singer Johnny Duncan but doesn’t seem to have made any impression on the charts. In 1961 … Continue readingRicky Nelson: Hello Mary Lou
Dig out the old Hawaiian shirt again, close your eyes and let this waft over you.
THE first appearance of this short hymn is in a French text dating from around 1490: Jesus soit en ma teste et mon entendement. Jesus soit en mes yeulx et … Continue readingGod Be in My Head
The recent fine weather reminded me of this song, taken from the 1971 album The House on the Hill and released as a single to minor success. You will probably … Continue readingAudience: Indian Summer
Lovely moment from Corrie in January 1979 when it was still a must-watch. Gail goes to meet a boy at the cinema but he doesn’t turn up. A lad approaches … Continue readingJilted Gail meets Jilted John
Such a relaxing track – my iPod shuffled it when I was trying to reach the Land of Nod the other night and it did the trick beautifully. From 1977’s … Continue readingBrian Eno: By This River