Chicken Shack (with fans). Major contributors to the British Blues movement.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: ChickenShack1968ChrsitinePerfectMcVieBBC
Something slightly unusual tonight. A radio session for John Peel by the legendary Chicken Shack featuring Christine McVie (Christine Perfect at the time), recorded by The BBC in 1968.
Since hearing the rumors of a Fleetwood Mac reunion featuring Christine McVie (rumors that have since been quashed. . .too bad), I went digging into the archive for recordings of the band she was in before she landed the now-famous (or infamous)gig.
Chicken Shack had a big following in the UK and throughout Europe in the mid-late 60s, and they had often toured with the original members of Fleetwood Mac, when they were known as Peter Green‘s Fleetwood Mac.
And it made perfect sense – both Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac were label mates, both recording for the independent and forward thinking Blue Horizon Records during this period. Fleetwood Mac managed to click in the U.S., with a string of hits before the transformation took place. Chicken Shack, not so much. Although they were highly regarded by the Press and musicians alike, they failed to make a dent in the U.S. market, which was a shame.
As far as I know, this is the only live session featuring Chicken Shack with Christine Perfect in the lineup. She would leave the band by 1969 and go solo before teaming up with Fleetwood Mac and writing that particular chapter in music history.
Tonight it’s a short session – two numbers; Love Me Or Leave Me and Mean Old World, which also features Blue Horizon label mate, Duster Bennett – another sadly overlooked figure whose tragic early death robbed the music world of a lot of possibilities.
FYI – they recorded a few albums during this period and I think they are still available via imports. Check them out if you get a chance.
For now, it’s the session from 1968.
The Kinks – In 1965 saw very public in-fighting.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Kinks In Session – Dec. 13, 1965
In what would wind up their last session at the BBC for two years, The Kinks cut three tracks on December 13, 1965.
Here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Kinks BBC Session
December 13, 1965
1. Well Respected Man
2. ‘Til The End Of The Day
3. Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
Dissension and very public squabbles brought a temporary halt to The Kinks as a group. Making matters worse was Ray Davies suffering a nervous breakdown, Dave Davies going briefly solo and Peter Quaife hospitalized from a serious car accident. It all spelled a serious setback for the band and rumors of their demise were taking on an air of fact.
But despite all that, The Kinks eventually regrouped and regained their popularity, with some of their most memorable material still ahead of them.
But in 1965 it was touch-and-go.
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.
The Jam – taking social consciousness a few steps further.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Jam in session – July 19, 1977
The thing about the Punk movement in the UK was that it was truly about social upheaval and a reaction to the Thatcher years. Although it was appreciated here for its intensity, it didn’t have the same set of circumstances it did over there.
And so bands like The Jam didn’t really achieve the same status in the U.S. that they did back home, and were subsequently not as popular, certainly from a mainstream standpoint as some of their U.S. counterparts.
Tonight it’s the second session The Jam recorded for John Peel’s program at The BBC on July 19, 1977.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. All Around The World
2. London Girl
3. Bricks & Mortar
4. Carnaby Street
Nothing laid-back or complacent about this session.
And that’s exactly what it was meant to be.
Nirvana – Pioneers of Grunge.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Nirvana – BBC Session – Nov. 22, 1989
Starting off the holiday weekend with grunge pioneers Nirvana and their first session for the BBC on November 22, 1989.
Here’s what they play:
Nirvana – In Session at The BBC
1. Love Buzz
2. About A Girl
4. Spanx Thru
Crank it up. The neighbors won’t mind.
Moon the Loon – would have been 66 today (August 23rd).
Click on the link here for audio player: The Who BBC Sessions – 1965-1967
Depending on where you’re reading this, it’s either still August 23rd or already August 24th. In any event, it would be criminal to let a birthday observance go unnocticed of one of the most celebrated drummers in rock. Keith Moon was certainly the spirit of The Who and it may have been a considerably different band without him. A musician who happened to play the drums, Moon did more to change the perception of drumming than anyone else at the time. Taking it from the place of being an elaborate time keeper to becoming an integral part of the classic songs of Pete Townsend. He was in a league of his own and one of the most influential drummers of the 20th century.
And today would have been his 66th birthday.
So in honor of that, here are a few sessions featuring Keith and The Who from 1965 and 1967.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. My Generation – November 27, 1965
2. Pictures of Lily – January 21, 1967
3. A Quick One (While He’s Away) – January 21, 1967
He is still missed.
Jethro Tull in 1969 – Progressive, Folk-Rock, Folk, Art-Rock – it all sort of stuck.
Click on the link for Audio player: Jethro Tull – BBC Session – June 22, 1969
One of the early legends of the Progressive Rock movement. Jethro Tull initially got lumped into a mish-mash of genres. Labeled Folk-Rock, Art-Rock and Jazz-Rock, they were in fact a hybrid of everything, but above all – they were different. There was nobody quite like them on the horizon in 1968. Because of that, they quickly found an audience in the fledgling FM Underground format sweeping over the U.S. at the time and they were one of the first bands to achieve superstar status without actually having any top-40 hit records to their credit.
Tonight it’s one of the early sessions Jethro Tull recorded for the BBC, from June 22, 1969.
Here’s what they play:
Jethro Tull BBC Session – June 22, 1969
1. Living In The Past
2. A New Day Yesterday
3. Fat Man
5. Nothing Is Easy
A few years later they would release the milestone Aqualung, but in 1969 they were just getting rolling.