Hitting a speed-bump early-on, but recovered nicely.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Ocean Colour Scene – live at Manchester Apollo – 1998 – BBC 6 Music
History is jammed with bands who got sidetracked somewhere out of the starting gate and never regained their momentum; crashing and burning and left with a legacy of “what if’s” as their epitaphs. Not so with Ocean Colour Scene. OCS (as they sometimes go as), got started in 1989, just around the time the Madchester scene was starting to take shape. With a well received first single and a debut album ready to be released, something went slightly haywire. The label they were on was suddenly acquired by Polygram and their first album was remixed and remastered without the band’s knowledge, and turned what was an auspicious beginning into a disappointing one, since the remixed album was received poorly and failed to make much dent. What ensued was a legal tangle that most other bands would not have survived (and historically didn’t). But in the case of Ocean Colour Scene, it wound up being a minor hitch in what was to become a promising and successful career, after a period of struggle to regroup and reorganize and quickly regain momentum.
The result has been a band well received by audiences and critics alike. And with their 10th album released earlier this year, further evidence that if it’s supposed to happen, not very much can prevent it.
Here is a concert they did at The Manchester Apollo in 1998, recorded and preserved for posterity by the venerable BBC 6 Music and offering further proof that you just can’t keep a good band down, especially when they work so hard to get there. They are currently on tour and will be until December. No sign of them showing up in the States, but they’ve got a ton of dates booked in the UK and Scotland. So if you’re around . . . .
Enjoy and, as always, play loud.
Gaye Bykers On Acid – believe it or not, at the forefront of the Psychedelia revival in the mid-80s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/gaye-bykers-on-acid-bbc-session-1987.mp3]
Okay – this might be a bit of a jolt, from the decidedly calm and soothing sounds of Ravel to the somewhat frantic and insane sounds of Gaye Bykers On Acid. Nobody ever accused this site of being boring . . . .
Gaye Bykers On Acid were at the forefront of the Grebo Movement and Psych Revival in the mid-1980s. Although not given credit for getting things in motion, to be copied and emulated in Manchester a little over a year later, they were still influential in kick-starting Music that had gone into the doldrums after New Wave faded into the distance.
This is a session they recorded at The BBC in 1987, just as the band released their first album and were heavily promoting it.
Disappointing sales eventually lead to them being dropped by their label, Virgin, an eventual demise by 1990 and one of the bands responsible for kicking things in the right direction were no more.
Here is what you might have missed if you blinked the first time around.
We Have Band – Springtime for Techno.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: We Have Band – Live At South Pop Sevilla 2013
I think it’s safe to say Festival Season is happening right now. It got it’s official start last week at SXSW and now it’s jumped across the Atlantic to South Pop Sevilla 2013, which was held on March 22-23 featuring 10 concerts in a period of two days in Sevilla, Spain.
The flood gates have opened and just about every radio outlet throughout Europe is offering live audio and video streaming of every concert, or at least healthy excerpts. We’re heading into Embarrassment Of Riches mode right now, and it’s only going to get crazier in the coming weeks.
So to start off, or at least get some kind of jump on things – here is We Have Band, a Techno-Trio from Manchester, who appeared on the 22nd. They get off to a rusty start, but settle in by the second song. Not wanting to be left out in the credit department, RNE 3 have slapped voice-overs just about everywhere, including over introductions of songs. That’s cool and I’m all for it, since it does a lot to promote their service – and in this case, it’s a service to the Music World. I can’t blame them, and neither should you – bookmark the stations and visit them regularly and you’lll find out just how big this world is, while being insanely small at the same time.
Welcome to Spring.