Monday, 25 November 2013

Foreverly and Everly

It may seem an unlikely pairing but Norah Jones, her with the voice of an angel and Billie Joe, lead voice with the pop punk stadium filling Green Day, have teamed up to record an old Everly Brothers album. The original Everly's album was titled, Songs Our Daddy Taught us and was a collection of traditional folk songs, and so taken with the album was Billie Joe that he roped in Norah and together the unlikely pair set out to recreate the 1958 album. They called this album, Foreverly - see what they've done there, FOR-EVERLY.

I'm a fan of the original Everly album and as soon as I heard about Billie and Norah's version I was hooked - I've had the album on pre-order for a couple of months and it finally fell through the letterbox this morning. Once upon a not too long ago I would have braved the icy morning and trekked to the local record shop (now a kebab joint) for the album but these days it comes via Amazon and a whistling postie, but that's another story.

The album works well and the harmonies are wonderful -Norah's female voice serves to distance the album from the Everly's original, but other than that it's a very faithful rendering of the original. Norah's smoky pipes entangle themselves with Billie Joe's earthy vocals and I think this album will be a grower. The sparce acoustic instrumentation and beautiful vocals means that the album sounds both old fashioned and contemporary at the same time. Upon first listen Barbara Allen and Rockin' Alone seem like standout tracks,  but the entire platter seems hits the groove.

You'd have to be an American Idiot to ignore this album as a curio, a moment of madness from Billie Joe. It's a rootsy album that could become something of a minor classic - it's up there with  Alison Kruass and Robert Plant's  Raising Sand of which it reminded me.

Monday, 11 November 2013

If you can't sing then use your tits

She may be nuts but I'd give the pot smoking, twerking crazy chick a good time.


















The Beatles at the BBC Vol 2

Incredible that in 2013 we have new Beatles music - but that's what we get with the On Air: Live at the BBC volume 2 set (out today) from Apple Records. The two disc set contains 37 previously unreleased Beatle performances, many of them not heard since they were first broadcast way back in the 1960's - that decade which started out in black and white but soon exploded into vibrant colour.

The first volume, which originally came out in 1994 is also re-released and  it's worth replacing the original with this new version. Not only does the thing sound better but there are extra tracks. The new CD's are also better packaged with an improved booklet.

And in other Beatle related news Dhani Harrison, son of George, has recorded a version of his dad's song, For You Blue. George's version appeared on the Let it Be album and Dhani's take, recorded as a charity single for the Material World Foundation, is excellent - he sounds so much like his father. In fact when I first heard it on the radio via Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast with the Beatles I thought it was George. It's on iTunes for 99p and you can bet I've bought a copy.

And in even more Fab news I suggest anyone with even a passing interest in the world's best ever group check out the Fab 4 Free 4 All podcast which is hosted by three self confessed American Beatards. The current show features a great interview with author Mark Lewishon. And check out the archives for the older shows which are all worth a listen or two or three.

All these years later there is no escaping the Beatles and the incredible influence they still exert over all the music out there in this big wide world.

CD ONE
And Here We Are Again (Speech)
WORDS OF LOVE
How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
LUCILLE
Hey, Paul… (Speech)
ANNA (GO TO HIM)
Hello! (Speech)
PLEASE PLEASE ME
MISERY
I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU
A Real Treat (Speech)
BOYSAbsolutely Fab (Speech)
CHAINS
ASK ME WHY
TILL THERE WAS YOU
LEND ME YOUR COMB
Lower 5E (Speech)
THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
THERE’S A PLACE
Bumper Bundle (Speech)
P.S. I LOVE YOU
BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
DEVIL IN HER HEART
The 49 Weeks (Speech)
SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
TWIST AND SHOUT
Bye, Bye (speech)
John - Pop Profile (Speech)
George - Pop Profile (Speech)
Fab 4 free 4 All Beatard, Mitchell

CD TWO
I SAW HER STANDING THERE
GLAD ALL OVER
Lift Lid Again (Speech)
I’LL GET YOU
SHE LOVES YOU
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
FROM ME TO YOU
MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)
I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
THIS BOY
If I Wasn’t In America (Speech)
I GOT A WOMAN
LONG TALL SALLY
IF I FELL
A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
AND I LOVE HER
Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can (Speech)
YOU CAN’T DO THAT
HONEY DON’T
I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN
Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY!
That’s What We’re Here For (Speech)
I FEEL FINE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Great Rock and Roll Soap Opera

Is there really a need for another Beatles book? I must have read at least a dozen books that claim to tell the full story and that includes the Beatles own telling, The Anthology, so I wouldn't have thought so. However if there is one Beatles book that deserves to be called definitive then it is this one. At 800 plus pages it goes into incredible detail and the author, Mark Lewisohn's research is astounding. And this is only the first part of a trilogy of books and covers the story from Beatles pre-history right up to the release of their first album, Please Please Me.

The book often borders on the obsessive in its quest to leave no detail unturned and Paul McCartney takes a few knocks - Stuart Sutcliffe claiming, in a letter written in Hamburg that the rest of the band hate him - also almost getting the shit kicked out of him when he goaded the usually mild mannered Stuart Sutcliffe one too many times. Beatles ex-drummer Pete Best is also revealed as a not very good drummer but that doesn't seem to be the real reason for his ejection from the group right when they were on the cusp of stardom. This seems more to do with his so called mean, moody and magnificent persona and the fact that he wasn't really a team player. That said it is painful reading when the book covers his sacking and the cowardly way the Beatles went about it. Though this is consistent with the way they ejected a former guitarist from the Quarreymen.

This story may have been told before but never have the formative years of the band been covered in so much detail and after reading the book you really do feel a little closer to the band. I've been a Beatle nut myself for a couple decades and felt I knew everything there was to know, but this book opened my eyes several times.

The book also turns what we know, or rather thought we knew, of John Lennon's father on its head. Previously he has been presented as a waster who abandoned both his wife and child. And whilst that may be true the book reveals a story much more complex than that, and that it was Julia, John's mother, who was actually the catalyst in their break up which resulted in John being raised by his Aunt Mimi. And, as expected, the book reveals that she certainly had her hands full with the young John Winston Lennon. Momentous character forming events such as John losing his mother and Paul losing his own are covered with great sensitivity and psychological insight.

There are no new interviews with Paul or Ringo but the author does go to every other source for information and the period of the band's first visit to Hamburg is covered in exquisite detail. I bought the book in both the physical form and the audio version - the audiobook lasts for forty plus hours and I managed to get through it in a week, and so engrossed did I become that I also started reading the physical book alongside the audio reading. This really is an excellent book and it is difficult to think that any other will ever top it.

The author claims that the next volume will follow in four to five years and I for one can't wait.

Friday, 11 October 2013

The Macca is back - Paul McCartney NEW tune by tune album review

Paul McCartney's last album of original material, Memory Almost Full had some mighty fine moments but it was something of a backward step after the originality of the two albums that preceded it - the excellent Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and the mind blowing Electric Arguments. Well who would have thought it but Macca, always the most creatively restless Beatle, now delivers an album that is without a doubt the equal to both Chaos and Electric. It's up there with the best Macca and as the enlightened people know the best Macca is mighty fine indeed.

The album kicks off with a rocker that could have come from Macca's mid-Wings period, it's got those gorgeous harmonies. The song is called Save Us - keep on sending your love, in the heat of battle we've got something that will save us - is a great album opener and is up-tempo with some catchy hooks running through it.

Alligator follows - I want someone to come home to, I need somewhere I can sleep, I need a place where I can rest my weary bones and have a conversation not too deep - and is a mid-tempo tune that sees the Macca knocking his many detractors. The song changes temp in the middle eight and becomes very Beatlish. Everybody else is busy doing better than me, Paul wails and you know what that's just not the case. Well not any more.

On my way to work - typical McCartney that sounds like something from the early 1970's and is a great track in which the Macca looks back at his early days. The song also features some of the great man;s best lyrics, Lines like - on my way to work I bought a magazine, inside a pretty girl liked to water-ski, she came from Chichester to study history, she liked to remove her clothes for me - flow seamlessly around the laid back vibe. On first listen I found this track to be a stand-out and no doubt it will become a classic.
He may look like Stan Laurel these days but the Macca still rocks

Queenie Eye, the fourth track, rocks using chants from childhood games the Macca creates an instant singalong anthem that will, no doubt, become a favourite of his live shows. This is a song that will have stadiums full of dudes and dudettes punching the air and head banging to the rhythm. Infectious shit, dude.

A country sounding guitar kicks off Early Days in which Macca once again sticks up two fingers to those who denied his massive contribution to the Beatles - I lived through those early days. This song could fit nicely onto Chaos and Creation, it's got that sound. Again an excellent track.

Then we have the title track which was also the lead single. New is a catchy piece of fluff which, I think is the weakest thing on the album. Mind you it's not a weak song by any means. It's just that the rest of the album is so damn strong. I like New but it's not as kick arse as the other songs on the album - though it's getting tons of radio play and, I guess, that's what a lead single is supposed to do. It's as commercial as hell and as catchy as the best McCartney pop.

Appreciate is something of an experimental piece but I think this track will grow on listeners. I've heard it maybe half a dozen times and like it more and more each time. The Macca's vocal is for the most part buried back in the mix and the track is led by a drum and bass rhythm. Maybe the most Fireman sounding track on the album.

And then we get Everybody Out There, a song that will make you cream with orgasmic pleasure. This is truly an excellent song in which Macca sounds very much like Beatle Paul and that's that Paul we all love the best. There for the grace of God goes you...and I. Again this track is something of an anthem and is another that will work well live. Check out the live performance below.

Hosanna comes up next and we're almost through the album now and there's not been a bad track and this song is no exception. It's a slow piece that gradually builds to a rich soundscape. It's a love song but it's certainly not a silly love song. There's also a stunning sounding Beatley section that could have come from the Magical Mystery era.

And we're rocking again for the excellent, I can Bet - another brilliant up tempo song that ticks all the right boxes. I think this song is another that could have come from Wings best period. Brilliant, rocking and awesome.


Looking at Her is a lush sounding track with a superb vocal performance from the Macca that makes him sound twenty years younger than he truly is. It's a brilliant catchy song that could do well as a single. It's certainly far more substantial than the title track.

Road is the final track on the basic album - there are several deluxe version with more tracks and maybe even in these too commercial times a super duper deluxe edition - and the track sees McCartney looking back at his Beatle days. We came from nowhere, hiding from the storm, we came together, to keep each other warm. I got a feeling it's gonna be alright. McCartney seems to be reflecting on the long road he's travelled and you know what many of us have been with him every step of the way.

New then is an excellent album with no filler at all and shows just what McCartney is capable of when he puts his mind to it. Is there anyone else in rock/pop music that can match him? There aren't many and on past achievements along McCartney stands head and shoulders above all others, and it's good to see him pushing the envelope once again.

Paul McCartney - nobody does it better.















Friday, 4 October 2013

Granny's Got the Blues 1 - Bukka White

Bukka White 1909 - 1977 was an artist who stamped a  legacy on the genre of music we called the blues and although he is best known for the classic, Aberdeen Mississippi Blues he cut several songs that have become classics and influenced everyone from Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones.

The young Bukka or Booker T Washington White was born in Houston Mississippi. His father was a railroad worker and part time fiddle player which meant that the young boy was surrounded by music from a very young age. When he was nine his father gave him a guitar for a birthday present and from there on Bukka started to develop at a rapid pace. He left home when he was thirteen and went to Chicago where he met guitar player Johnny Smith and together they would play whatever paying gigs they could find.


Bukka's music was a mix of down home country and train songs but when he met the great Charley Patton he decided to concentrate on the blues. Legend tells us that the young Bukka had his first taste of whiskey from Charley Patton's hip flask. For a time Bukka was a professional baseball player and boxer but in 1930 he was discovered by a talent scout who whisked him off to Memphis to record for Victor Records and it was with the label that Bukka recorded fourteen tracks. For these he used the name Washington White.

The recordings were not a success and Bukka didn't records again until 1937 when Big Bill Broonzy led him to Lester Mellrose who arranged for Bukka to travel to Chicago to cut two sides for Vocalion Records. However Bukka was on bail following an incident where he shot a man who tried to assault him, and the trip to Chicago was against bail conditions.  Bukka was arrested and thrown into  the notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary. One of the tracks Bukka recorded, Shake em Down became a hit when he was in prison.

Bukka was released in 1940 and promptly went back to Chicago to again record for Lester Mellrose - Here Bukka recorded twelve tracks that are among the best of the delta blues style. The recording session is known as the last great country blues session as shortly afterwards tastes would change and urban blues came to dominate.

Bukka White died of cancer in 1977.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Special offers



BOOKS Magazine claim that the cozy mystery genre is the next market leader - More and more people are reading cozy mystery books. And within the cozy mystery genre, holiday themed cozies have also been increasing in popularity. Some authors of the cozy mystery book subgenre specialize in holiday and special occasion mysteries. These books are often written in a series, with each covering a different holiday.

My own cozy series featuring the pensioner sleuth Granny Smith is experiencing strong sales, though interestingly I'm selling twice as many books in the US market than I am in my native UK. The Granny Smith series, currently two books, with a third out this winter are set in the semi-fictional South Wales village of Gilfach, which is very much based on Gilfach Goch, the village I grew up in - the geography is the same but the Gilfach of the books is populated by a bunch of surreal characters and I'm having great fun playing with them.

" A great mystery here and brings that style of cozy forward into the twenty-first century, touching on modern subjects that wouldn't have been tolerated back then, Hell, not even thought of back then." From Amazon reviews.

Now cozy crimes traditionally don't feature any graphic violence or sexual content, and whilst the Granny Smith books mostly follow these conventions, I have tried to push the genre somewhat, which is why you will often find the Granny books to be a little more risque than most other cozies. In fact I don't think of Granny Smith as strict Cozies, but rather un-cozies. I mean they are not serious crime novels, far from it - I think they are far more humorous than most and there are definitely passages which are all out comedy.

"The murder mystery has good flow. The characters are a hoot." From Amazon reviews

"Very interesting and a very fast and fun read. Was a surprise ending, I loved the way granny defends herself." From Amazon Reviews.

The third Granny Smith novel (The Welsh Connection) which will see print this winter continues directly on from Granny Smith and The Deadly Frogs, and finds Granny and her extended family setting off for Disneyland to celebrate the wedding of Granny's son Gerald to his long term partner, Wayne. It's going to be the gayest of gay weddings - indeed Granny calls it The Royal Wedding.

With Granny at Disney mayhem ensues - murder, mayhem, narcotics and a mouse. I do hope many of you who read the Archive will try the series and to celebrate the success of Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs, it's just outside the top one hundred on Amazon  you know, both of the currently available books in the series have been dropped to a low low price (£1.34 UK/ $2.06 US)  for the remainder of this month.



Extract: Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs


That was one possibility, Granny thought but just because Mark and Carol had shared a night together didn’t mean he had killed her.
During her younger days Granny had experienced a few one-night stands herself, it had seemed almost compulsory at the rock festivals of her youth. And if murder followed casual coitus then she herself would be a serial killer – well, she would have bumped off at least two men at Glastonbury and another at Knebworth. And Keith Richards certainly wouldn’t be around to twiddle his twangy strings, not after Hyde Park. 


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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Granny Smith extract

The end of last month saw Granny Smith and The Deadly Frogs published by Red Valley Publishing - the book is  available on the Kindle as well as in other formats, and will be on sale at  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, WH Smith, Goodreads and other digital stores. There will also be a limited run print edition available later this year, as Granny Smith breaks through into print.

Granny Smith is set in the small Welsh village of Gilfach, a semi-fictional village loosely based on Gilfach Goch, a village I grew up in. When I started to create the series I wondered what my own village would be like if it were populated by charters from an Ealing movie, and from there the village of Gilfach developed. There are many secondary characters who pop in and out of the Granny Smith series and I hope they add colour to the story, and give a sense of reality to this much larger than life village.

It's Miss Marple on Steroids!!!

The first book in the series Granny Smith Investigates is still available from all the usual outlets so if you've not got into the series yet then maybe now is the time.

"A nice easy read for lazy Sunday afternoons curled up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire with a nice glass or two of wine and chocolates, brilliant ." STARRED REVIEWS  

"I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Granny is a wonderful character, refreshingly different and politically incorrect. I loved that she still smokes in a time when it is frowned upon; that she is an unrepentant hippie and even that she is blind to her son's faults. She is astute and not scared to speak her mind. She is also very human and that is a large part of her charm. I think most of us can identify with her." AMAZON REVIEWS

Go get Granny Smith Investigates now - and below find a short taster of the new book Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs which will be published 31st March 2013.

Get ready - the geriatric crime-fighter is back!!! 



Sample from Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs



Granny sighed.
This wasn’t getting them anywhere and they had strayed so far from the point of the meeting that they were in danger of losing sight of it all together.
‘Capitalism by its very nature exploits the working man,’ Mark brought a fist down on the table to illustrate his point.
‘And the working woman,’ Sue chimed in. ‘It’s not all about men you know.’
‘Right on, sister,’ Mansall punched the air and had to adjust his cap when it fell forward over his eyes.
‘I had the impression it was about frogs,’ Granny chimed in.
‘Right on sister,’ Mansall repeated, this time neglecting to punch the air but throwing his support behind Granny as well as Sue.
 ‘I really think we should get back to the frogs,’ Granny said and then used the pun she had been itching to use for the last ten minutes or so: ‘We seem to have hopped away from the point of this meeting.’
Maud liked that and nudged Granny gently in the side as a token of her appreciation.
‘Indeed,’ Mark stood and leaned forward, his knuckles on the edge of the table. ‘But I used the word man as in mankind. I was referring to the species and not any specific gender.’
‘Womankind,’ Sue chipped in again. When she got something between her teeth she held onto it with all the tenacity of a terrier. She also found Mark to be a pompous ass and took pleasure in annoying him.
‘Oh, give it a rest,’ Carol was sat leaning forward on the table, her chin resting in her cupped hands. She looked bored and other than this one utterance was content to allow the proceedings to go on around her.
 ‘Please, please,’ Councillor Pipe stood and glared across the table at Mark. He didn’t say another word until Mark had sat himself back down, and then gave a tight smile before continuing. ‘You have stated your case and I have listened but please do not let this resort to petty arguments. If this meeting is to continue then I must insist on the correct decorum.’
‘Well what are you going to do, Dwain?’ Granny asked. She had known the councillor since he had been knee high to a grasshopper and would never, no matter what position he held in the council, address him by anything other than his Christian name.
The councillor frowned at the use of his Christian name.
‘I will arrange for a spokesman from your little group to put your concerns before a full council meeting,’ he said.
‘And when will this be?’ Mark asked, his tone aggressive. ‘The development is due to star in less than a month and I imagine someone in the council will benefit from things going ahead. This is nothing but typical bureaucratic stalling for time.’
‘I beg your pardon,’ the councillor once again glared at Mark. ‘What are you inferring?’
‘It is you that infers,’ Mark said, smugly. ‘I’m implying.’
‘Semantics,’ the councillor waved a hand as if to dismiss Mark.
Mansall, wondering what apes had to do with anything, turned his head back and forth between the councillor and Mark like a spectator at  a tennis match.
 ‘And I imply that palms have been greased within the council,’ Mark wasn’t going to let this go.
This time the councillor was speechless and looked to Granny for support, for it was she who had cajoled him into attending this impromptu meeting, which felt to the councillor like an inquisition.
The focus of the meeting should have been the small pond on Graig Meadow, which was a known spawning ground for the extremely rare Lesser Crested Frog, and yet the amphibians had been all but forgotten. The meeting looked to be in danger of becoming a full-blown argument.
‘If the development starts and the pond is destroyed,’ Sue said, frowning. ‘That it’ll be too late. It’ll be no use stopping things once the pond’s been destroyed. That would just be a waste of time.’
‘The pond goes,’ Amy said, offering Sue a smile of support. ‘The frogs will have gone forever.’
‘I am aware of your concerns,’ the councillor started but he was cut short by a hostile “bollocks” yelled out by Mark.
‘That’s the point, Dwain,’ Granny said, quickly stepping in to defuse the situation. Mark seemed to be getting riled and Granny knew he had a nasty temper. ‘The Lesser Crested Frog is a very territorial creature and if it’s habitat is destroyed then it will move on elsewhere and will miss the next spawning season. The frogs are rare enough as it is in this part of the world so time is limited. We can’t wait for a full council meeting,’ she pulled her battered pipe from her pocket and placed it in her mouth. She would have liked nothing better right now than to puff on a bowl of burley tobacco but the smoking ban meant that she would have to wait until she went outside.
‘The meeting will be arranged by the end of the week,’ Councillor Pipe said, firmly. ‘I’ll call an extraordinary meeting which means I only have to give twenty four hours notice.’
‘There,’ Granny said. ‘That’s something at least.’
‘Excuse me,’ a short man wearing an over sized raincoat and clutching a tan leather briefcase to his chest said as he approached the table. His eyes went to each of them in turn before settling on the councillor since he was the only one wearing a shirt and tie and looked to be in charge. ‘I’m looking for a Terry Mansall.’
Mansall looked up at the newcomer and once again had to adjust his errant cap. He was about to identify himself, but then his eyes clouded over with suspicion and he remained silent. He had learned from past experience that whenever anyone came looking for him by name it usually wasn’t a good thing. The small man didn’t look like a bailiff, Mansall had enough experience with that breed to know one when he saw one, but the man was carrying a briefcase and Mansall could see no good reason for anyone connected with himself to carry a briefcase.
Mark was about to speak, likely pointing Mansall out, but Granny, noticing Mansall’s reluctance to make himself known, cut in.
‘And you are?’ she asked.
‘Forgive me,’ the small man said and had to put his briefcase down while he fished in his pockets for a business card, which he handed across to Granny.

Richard Purser, PhD
Herpetologist.


For the full story be sure to download a copy of Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs 



Granny Smith Investigates is also available .

Monday, 8 April 2013

Granny's words of wisdom

My latest adventure, Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs is available now in eBook, and proving every bit as popular as my first adventure, Granny Smith Investigates.

Check out the low priced eBook.

You won't be disappointed.

Read about how I:
saved the day,
pounded some druggies,
campaigned for the frogs,
bedded Keith Richards
and solved yet another baffling murder.

Some people call me the geriatric crime-fighter, a kind of Batman with dentures but why not read the books and decide for yourselves.


Go on - get yourself a whole pints worth of entertainment with Granny Smith Investigates and Granny Smith and the Deadly Frogs.

 Both are available now.


Saturday, 6 April 2013

The old bird's still got it

Nice to know that this old bird's still got it - on the Granny Smith Facebook page HERE - I have picked up my first stalker who claims he wants to know more about me, but I suspect he just wants to get into my bloomers. Hey, there's plenty of cool  tunes played on an old fiddle.

Below is the transcript of an instant chat this net romeo initiated with my this morning:


Today
Hello angel how you doing am DON MOORE from new york am single seeking for true love here, what about you can i know more about you
You could buy my book, sweetchunks XX
I want to know more about you honey
Hi! What's up?
Hi! What's up?
nowt just soaking my teeth and using a hacksaw to file my toenails.
how pain it is honey?
You are my first Internet crush - congratulations
how you doing now?
I'm fine - gonna make lava bread for dinner and then grease my breasts
where do you live honey?
In a small village called Gilfach - I like long walks, listening to rock music and solving murders
what country is that honey?
The UK my sexy American dude - from now on I will think of you as my own Charles Bronson
we you marry me?
My Arthur may have something to say about that. Mind you he has a bad ticker and should only be around for a few more years...five at the top!
can,t yyou marry me?
It'll be bigumtree
never mind read one of my books and bang one off the wrist
am heree because of love, am not here because of book



Top 100 albums of all time.....er

The last week BBC Radio 2 published the result of its poll to name the top 100 Favorited albums, and what the results revealed is that Radio 2 should be aiming to attract a different kind of listener. This was obviously a music poll for people who don't like music.

The top album according to the Radio 2 poll is Coldplay's Rush of Blood to the Head - are they serious? Coldplay are hardly the best of anything. This is one of the blandest bands on the planet and their magnolia paint colored album comes in higher than Dark Side of the Moon, higher than Pet Sounds, higher than Sgt. Peppers! No 2 was Keane's Hopes and Fears - um...er...fuck off! At number three we have Duran Duran's Rio - OK by now the list has lost all credibility. Mind you No 4 is taken up by Dark Side of the Moon but then this one touch of reality is shattered by Dido coming in  at number 5. The Beatles do manage to make no 8 but below The Stones' mediocre Sticky Fingers album and something by the pet shop boys.

Paul McCartney gets just inside the top 100 with Pipes of Peace at no 98. Now I like McCartney and know his entire back catalog inside out, but Pipes of Peace is one of his weakest albums and is largely made up of tracks that were left off the far superior, Tug of War. His old pal John Lennon does a little better at No 89 with Double Fantasy - but hang on isn;t this only half a Lennon album and whilst his tracks are all great, Yoko's contributions destroy the album for many. And besides Lennon's Plastic Ono Band is a far better album, as is Imagine and Walls and Bridges...none of which make the top 100.

I guess the BBC, at least in terms of Radio 2, mean Bullshit Broadcasting Clowns.

The full list was:


    • 1 Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
    • 2 Keane - Hopes & Fears
    • 3 Duran Duran - Rio
    • 4 Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
    • 5 Dido - No Angel
    • 6 The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    • 7 Pet Shop Boys - Actually
    • 8 The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • 9 U2 - The Joshua Tree
    • 10 Queen - A Night At The Opera
    • 11 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    • 12 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    • 13 The Police - Synchronicity
    • 14 Madonna - True Blue
    • 15 James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
    • 16 Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
    • 17 Adele - 21
    • 18 Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    • 19 Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    • 20 George Michael - Faith
    • 21 Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
    • 22 Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue
    • 23 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
    • 24 Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
    • 25 Kylie Minogue - Fever
    • 26 Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
    • 27 Michael Jackson - Thriller
    • 28 Paul Simon - Graceland
    • 29 Billy Joel - An Innocent Man
    • 30 Kinks - The Kinks
    • 31 Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    • 32 Pulp - Different Class
    • 33 The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    • 34 Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life
    • 35 Take That - Beautiful World
    • 36 Blondie - Parallel Lines
    • 37 ABBA - Arrival
    • 38 Prince - Purple Rain
    • 39 The Eagles - Hotel California
    • 40 The Human League - Dare
    • 41 Supertramp - Breakfast In America
    • 42 R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
    • 43 Wings - Band On The Run
    • 44 Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
    • 45 Joni Mitchell - Blue
    • 46 Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    • 47 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    • 48 Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You
    • 49 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    • 50 Neil Young - Harvest
    • 51 Carole King - Tapestry
    • 52 The Verve - Urban Hymns
    • 53 Celine Dion - Falling Into You
    • 54 The Who - Tommy
    • 55 Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    • 56 George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
    • 57 Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
    • 58 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus
    • 59 Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    • 60 Gerry Rafferty - City To City
    • 61 David Bowie - Let's Dance
    • 62 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu
    • 63 Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
    • 64 Roxy Music - Flesh and Blood
    • 65 Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill
    • 66 Culture Club - Colour By Numbers
    • 67 David Gray - White Ladder
    • 68 Bryan Adams - Reckless
    • 69 Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise
    • 70 Phil Collins - Face Value
    • 71 Genesis - Invisible Touch
    • 72 Barbra Streisand - Guilty
    • 73 Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
    • 74 Simply Red - Stars
    • 75 Van Morrison - Avalon Sunset
    • 76 Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing
    • 77 Sade - Diamond Life
    • 78 Buddy Holly & The Crickets - The Chirping Crickets
    • 79 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
    • 80 Michael Bublé - Crazy Love
    • 81 Shania Twain - Come On Over
    • 82 Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
    • 83 Elvis Presley - Moody Blue
    • 84 Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown
    • 85 Eric Clapton - Slowhand
    • 86 The Pretenders - The Pretenders
    • 87 Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight
    • 88 The Carpenters - A Song For You
    • 89 John Lennon - Double Fantasy
    • 90 Don McLean - American Pie
    • 91 Chic - C'est Chic
    • 92 Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
    • 93 Daryl Hall & John Oates - Private Eyes
    • 94 Earth, Wind & Fire - I Am
    • 95 The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
    • 96 Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down
    • 97 Diana Ross - Diana
    • 98 Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace
    • 99 Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker
    • 100 Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer