And in 1980 they looked like this . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – U2 – Live In Session at The BBC – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
Something familiar tonight, but early. U2 in 1980 as they were hitting the charts with I Will Follow (and the rest is history). It’s interesting to consider this band has been hugely successful for over 30 years now. I don’t recall at the time, that anyone really thought U2 were all that unique, except Bono had a compelling stage presence and the band had the ability to cross over to a larger mainstream audience.
They were also at the right place, at the right time.
But in 1980 it was still up in the air and U2 hadn’t been dubbed The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World yet.
How times change.
One of the reasons the Madchester Movement became wildly influential. Photo: Nadine Mansfield
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Tim Burgess – Live At Glastonbury 2013 – BBC 6 Music
As someone who has been a huge fan of The Charlatans since first hearing them in 1990, hearing founding member and lead singer Tim Burgess’ solo career, I’m struck at how intact the energy and eloquent the song-writing is in all that time.
The good news is Tim Burgess along with fellow Charlatans are working on a new album. But in the meantime, Burgess is actively touring and working on his own material. Further evidence you can’t keep a good thing down.
I was lucky enough to run across this performance from the 2013 Glasto Festival featuring Tim Burgess and, if you’ve fallen behind in your Charlatans/Tim Burgess goings-on of late, here’s a nice reminder.
Great set and good vibe all around – and BBC 6 Music do their customary bang-up job in the sound department.
A nice introduction to the weekend. Play loud.
Damon and some of those other guys in the band.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Blur – In Session at The BBC – Simon Mayo Program BBC 2 – 1990-1995
I thought I would take a break from Festival Season tonight and run something familiar . . .more or less.
Blur were (and sill are) one of the great bands of the 90s. They helped put Britpop on the map and they were an added breath of fresh air during a time when the 80s and Hair bands were slowly falling out of favor.
Tonight it’s a sampling of four tracks recorded for the Simon Mayo program at BBC 2 between 1990 and 1995:
Blur In Session – BBC Radio 2 – Simon Mayo
1. Mr. Robinson’s Quango
2. Colin Zeal
3. Trouble In The Message Centre
Play loud – we’ll resume festivals tomorrow.
Tom Dougall of Toy. Successfully preserving the hysteria surrounding them.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Toy, live at Glastonbury 2013 – June 29, 2013
With over 500 bands playing at Glastonbury this year, it’s hard to focus on any one particular band. Toy have only been around a short while and this marks their first appearance at the festival.
Touted by several media sources as “a band to watch”, Toy have been racking up a lot of good press and audience reaction. So, it was only natural people wondered if all the hype they’ve been hearing about this band was justified.
According to the breathless DJ’s at BBC 6 Music, it has.
Because there are so many bands playing almost simultaneously during the festival, it’s been hard to get anything more than a few excerpts, particularly if the band are relatively new. . .in Toy’s case, but they are a highly anticipated band.
Here is an excerpt from Toy’s set on June 27th. You might want to check out their site and see what else they’re up to.
I suspect you may get hooked after today.
It just wouldn’t be a festival without The Cure.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Cure live at Glastonbury 1990
As you probably know by now, Glastonbury 2013 got started on Friday. It promises to be one of the big must-see festivals this year. Like previous years, Glastonbury promises a wide swath of genres with over 500 bands on 53 stages over the three day festival.
Most all of it is being carried live via BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and the BBC Glastonbury website. According to the BBC, there wil be some 250 hours of live music being covered by radio as well as TV. Needless to say, it’s a an overload of talent and another indication the Festival format will be with us well into the future because frankly, where else do you get to hear so many different kinds of music in one place?
So as a reminder of previous Glasto highs, here’s a set by The Cure, as they performed in 1990.
Stay tuned – hopefully I can get some concerts from this year up this weekend.
In the meantime, enjoy.
Toy – the band to watch in 2012 – keeping their promise.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Toy – In Session – BBC 6 Music 2012
I first heard about Toy last year when their first single was released and they were being touted in most UK music press as “The Band To Watch In 2012”, and I agreed with them. Certainly a lot of pressure to fulfill expectations, but just this past week their first album was released, and to promote it they made a guest appearance on the Lauren Laverne Program at BBC 6 Music on September 12th.
Here’s that session and here’s what they play:
Toy on The Lauren Laverne Program – BBC 6 Music
September 12, 2012
1. Lost My Way
I don’t think they’ve signed a deal in the States yet and I haven’t heard anyone play their previous singles on any of the non-mainstream stations (i.e. KCRW here in L.A.). But I think the band is great and they’ve fulfilled my expectations. How the rest of the world feels and how you feel is another story.
But if you haven’t heard them yet, or have only just heard about them – now’s your chance to get acquainted.