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A truly good year!

In Classic pop, Classic rock, Don´t miss this, Okategoriserade on 9 April, 2013 at 19:20


Been listening to Eric Barao´s fantastic album all day long. Made me realise that this is gonna be one great, great year – starting today, if not earlier!

The soundtrack to another great year, is this fab Grays song Very Best Years, below in a rarely seen video.

So let´s all cheer for the summer of 2013!



Adam Schlesinger podcast interview

In Classic pop, Classic rock, Podcast interview, Powerpop on 25 January, 2013 at 15:48


Here´s a brand new WTF podcast interview by Mark Maron with power pop renaissance man Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Tinted Windows fame – as well as the winner of Emmy, Grammy and ASCAP Pop Music awards nominee for Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe awards!


Pet sounds revisited

In Classic pop, Classic rock on 24 January, 2013 at 10:18


When Pet Sounds was released in May 1966, Beach Boys had already released ten previous albums. Still, no one of the gave a real hint of what was to come.

The background story is history by now. Brian Wilson quit touring with the band in order to concentrate on writing and recording. He was helped out by advertising copywriter Tony Asher, whom he not worked with before.

Asher has described the couple´s co-working methods: “The general tenor of the lyrics was often Brian’s, however the actual choice of words was usually mine. I was really just his interpreter.” In the end the two co-wrote eight songs on the album. The musicians assembled for the recordings consisted of the famous Wrecking Crew, though it´s now debated whether they actually were called that at the times. In any case, they all had vast experience from working with big names such as Phil Spector and the creation of his walls of sounds.

Below is a link to a BBC revisit to the album – fab!



Taking it easy

In Classic pop, Classic rock, Don´t miss this on 17 January, 2013 at 16:24


One of my all time favourite songs is Take It Easy by  Eagles , elegantly written by Jackson Browne And Glenn Frey. It´s all quality, from the jangly guitars in the beginning to the silky vocals later on.

I can fully understand why Eagles today often are mentioned with contempt – their later output is often too cheesy and speculative. But had they only recorded one or two albums, they would be looked upon as mere gods by now. I tried to give Gram Parsons yet another chance the other day but – no, his music doesn´t do anything to me. Early Eagles, on the other hand, now that´s something else.

The recording below is from Central Park in 1972 – even though the screen is dark for a while in the beginning, your wait will be rewarded. Splendid!


Well, there´s rock and there´s…ROCK!

In Classic rock, Dr Feelgood, Hidden gems and others on 10 January, 2013 at 13:42


In the midst of Wilco´s health issues, let´s again get excited by the most exciting guitar player ever. In the clip, Wilco guests american poodle rocker Joe Ely and his slick crew, who try to rock it away – their way. But then comes Wilco…It doesn´t take a rocket scientist to decide who comes out on top!

The clip also reminds us all of all the fun Wilco generously has provided us with through the years.



So it goes!

In Classic rock, Don´t miss this, Okategoriserade on 15 November, 2011 at 15:51

In the tall building
sit the head of our nations
Worthy men from Spain and Siam
All day discussions with the Russians
But they still went ahead
and vetoed the plan
Now up jumped the U.S. representative
He’s the one with the tired eyes

Basher or Nicholas Lowe is continuing his crusade across the globe for grown up´s music. After christmas 2011 he and his band will come to my town to show us all where it´s at! You should all be green of envy!

His old pal from Rockpile, Billy Bremner, has been a musical notoriety in Sweden for many a years. First he played guitar for the excellent Rockpile wannabees Refreshments, then he made two good solo albums over here, both well worth checking out.

Right now Bremner is busy promoting his new swedish band Trouble Boys – their new album Bad Trouble has just been released and will not disappoint anyone familiar with that old Bremner twang, with his crazy gypsy guitar licks.

While waiting for Basher or Trouble Boys to hit your very own town, check out this funny video clip from a 1978 Kenny Everett Video Show – a Rockpile studio version of So It Goes from Nick Lowe´s ever excellent Jesus Of Cool album, with that different guitar solo. And, by the way – I suppose Lowe´s lyrics are more relevant today than ever before, eh?



Frippertronics – like a buzzing fly at night?

In Classic rock, Don´t miss this, New music on 12 August, 2011 at 09:39

In accordance with no predictions, this summer has indeed come to be one of the best summers – ever. The sun even shines during the short rain falls and the temperature is never too high or low. Every time I get out, fresh air fills the lungs – these are indeed marvellous times!

However, we can rest assured that other days are to come; we all need a thorough reminder of those days coming up, something like an annoying fly buzzing through the bedroom late at night. And – who is the better fly than the ever excentric Robert Fripp.

Fripp is also famous for continuing and refining the old 60s pop tradition of working with tape loops,running from one tape machine to another – recorded of the one machine and played on the other. He made some interesting – and good – solo albums in the late 70s, among them Exposure from 1979 who includes a mighty version of Peter Gabriel´s Here Comes The Flood.

Even in these late days of  summer, there is ample of room for Fripp´s somewhat crazy and slightly annoying Frippertronics. Below is a clip 1979, where he presents Frippertronics.


For the love of Harry – the great Nilsson!

In Classic pop, Classic rock, Don´t miss this on 10 August, 2011 at 14:12

One is the loneliest number

Do you remember the old EMI singles from the 70s, where the flip side of the sleeve listed other EMI singles to purchase? My immediate association to names like Tony Joe White, Badfinger and Cilla Black is the listings on the flip side of those sleeves. Some years later notorious Stiff Records adopted the same – good – habit and duly recommended good music from other labels on one of its inner sleeves – I specifically recall a recommendation to by an old ABBA album. Anyway, for a pop music nerd – most likely with some kind of disorder! – those old sleeves were a great resource for knowledge and acquaintances.

A name frequently listed on those sleeves was Harry Nilsson, who nowadays seems to be name dropped by todays´s artists every other week. In the early 70s I didn´t know much of his music but some years ago I decided to listen through his back catalogue – and there are some great, great stuff there to be found!

Nilsson was born in 1941 i Brooklyn. His grand parents were circus artists from Sweden and he later dedicated his album Aerial ballet – their speciality – to them. In the early 60s he worked both as a bankman as well as a singer and a tunesmith, all with improving success. His vocal range was extraordinary; is was hardly a coincidence that Mariah Carey was to cover “his” top hit Without You and it has also been said that Little Richard one time thrusted ”My! You sing good for a white boy!” when he heard him sing. During these early years he wrote music together with Phil Spector in the latter´s pop factory as well as music for Monkees – their hit Cuddly Toy is easy to recognize as a Nilsson song.

His first album was released in 1967 by RCA, namely Pandemonium Shadow Show. One duly impressed by the album was Derek Taylor, Beatles´ press manager, Taylor soon linked Nilsson with the four Beatles´who all took a liking to each other. On the press conference when the establishing of Apple records was disclosed, John Lennon was asked about his favourite US artist and Paul McCartney of his favourite US band – they both replied Nilsson! Taylor made it possible for Nilsson to come to London where he actually came to participate on the recording of Beatles ´great White Album.

1968 then saw the release of his album Aerial Ballet. The album included the Fred Neil cover Everybody’s Talkin´ who became a huge success. However, the best song on the album is One, later a hit for Three Dog Knight. Aimee Mann has made a great cover of that song on the tribute album For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson but no other version can match his own.

During the stormy year of 1973, when he, John Lennon and Keith Moon led a sturm-und-drang life on the US west coast, he recorded the album Pussy Cats, with Lennon as the producer. His life during that and other periods is a life full of storeys and anecdotes, many of them told over and over. Some has also been written about his stay in the 2 room flat in Mayfair London, previously owned by Ringo Starr. The flat was lent by Nilsson to Mama Cass Elliot, who tragically died in the flat in 1974. Four years later, his old drinking buddy Keith Moon also died in the same flat!

Nilsson himself died in 1994, leaving a rich heritage of music. A great introduction that his music is the previously mentioned tribute album For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson from 1995, with participation from Aimee Mann, Jellyfish, Bill Lloyd, Brian Wilson and many, many more.

Below is a clip with my favourite Nilsson song – the great One!


World class Posies!

In Classic pop, Classic rock on 30 July, 2011 at 17:07

Posies are currently undergoing a Scandinavian tour and yesterday they visited the Storsjoyran festival in  Östersund, where they went on stage just about an hour before Roky Ericson and an hour after Austins finest, Deadman, who played two consecutive evenings

Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow obviously haven´t lost the slightest bit of their magic touch. Although the theatre was not full, which of course was a shame, the band gave us their best and presented a joy of a show.

The material consisted of old classics as well as songs from the last album – and no doubt there´s lots of more  to be expected from Bellingaham´s finest!

Below is an old video clip with an old favourite song.


Golden Earring and that memory thing

In 10cc, Classic rock on 30 May, 2011 at 14:08

The radio is playing some forgotten songs
Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong

Remembering correctly isn´t the easiest thing to do. What we find sensational one day may most certainly lay flat on the ground the next. And the opposite way around. Maybe that´s all in the human nature – our opinions on things changes in the same vein as we ourselves do.

Some time ago I made two unexpected observations. During the 70s it was difficult for a teenage European to miss out on glam rockers Slade and Sweet – just think of their ridiculous outfits! Still, Slade always had a nose for good melodies and interesting packaging. They were quite adventurous too, with their use violins and slow piano ballads when everybody was expecting the a new rock explosion!

I bought a remastered “best of” album with Slade some years ago and was immediately flabbergasted when I once again heard the magnificent Far, Far Away from their more than good film Flame. I have some good memories of that song but, as it turned out, I may not have realized all of its qualities at the time. A memory thing again, per chance?

Some time ago I listened to an old live show with Sweet. At that time I was quite comfortable with the idea of Sweet as stupid teenyboppers, a bit like David Cassidy with make up. The show was from the mid 70s and again I was surprised  – I didn´t hear the outrageous glam rockers but rather a high-octane fueled rock´n roll band, much more resembling Who than fellow glamsters Mud. After Poppa Joe, I never thought I´d be saying this! Find out for your self – it´s all there at – I can promise you´re in for a surprise!

However, sometimes the memory plays no tricks at all.

Dutch rockers Golden Earring were named after Peggy Lee´s hit Golden Earrings from 1948, a song that used to open their shows. The band was founded already in 1961 in Haag, Holland and their first album was released way back in 1965. The band eventually dropped the plural “s” in Earrings in 1969 when they started to tour the US – as one of the first European bands.

During 2011, as the band is nearing its 50 year anniversary, the band will record a new album in legendary Abbey Road studios in London. Some bands have more stamina than others, obviously!

Here below is the first and foremost of behind the wheels songs – Radar Love, from an excellent performance and with an equally brilliant introduction by Little Richard.