Sometimes it just makes perfect sense.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Soup Dragons, In session for John Peel – 1986 – BBC Radio
Something slightly more familiar (at least to some of you) tonight. The Soup Dragons got started in 1985 and finished up in 1995. Between those ten years they released 6 albums and one compilation, a pile of singles and really only had one memorable hit; a version of the Rolling Stones classic I’m Free.
Initially inspired by 70s band The Buzzcocks, they shifted gears after a year and got into a more rock-Indie-Pop crossover sound, and it was during this time they scored their major hit.
After splitting up in 1995, the band members went off into other groups, some known and some obscure.
But before all that, here is a session they did early-on in their career for the venerable John Peel on February 6, 1986.
Maybe you remember them – maybe you don’t.
As the wall of guitars would attest . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Band of Susans – in session for John Peel – BBC Radio 1 – October 10, 1988
They had a good ten-year run, going from 1986-1996. One of the premier Noise Rock bands out of New York, Band of Susans garnered a lot of attention during their lifespan. By this time this session happened (which was issued by the band as an ep in 1992) two of the three Susans left, but it was such a great name for a band there was no point in changing it.
Since the band had no less than three guitarists at any given time, they were considered heavily guitar-centric and were part of that genre of New York bands which also included Sonic Youth and Swans, among others.
This 1988 session, recorded on October 10th for John Peel, captures the band during a period of transition with Karen Haglof and Page Hamilton replacing original Susans Lyall and Tallman. Still, it gives you a good idea of what Band of Susans was all about and why they became an influential element in the musical changes of the period.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Band Of Susans – Peel Session – October 10, 1988
1. I Found That Essence Rare (Gang Of Four cover)
2. Throne Of Blood
3. Child Of The Moon (Rolling Stones cover)
4. Hope Against Hope
After the band dissolved in 1996, the individual members went off to other bands and other areas in the avant-garde.
In short, the spirit still abounds, as always.
By all accounts, they should be celebrating 50 years too.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Pretty Things in concert at Roadburn 2013 – VPRO Radio
Anyone who is reasonably familiar with the history of The Rolling Stones knows The Pretty Things factor in there during the early days. Under a previous incarnation as Little Boy Blue and The Blue Boys, which consisted of Dick Taylor, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, they played primarily covers of American R&B artists during the formative stages of the British Rock scene. When Brian Jones came along to form his own band, Richards, Jagger and Taylor were recruited and the band was renamed The Rolling Stones. Dick Taylor left the Stones for Art School where he met Phil May and The Pretty Things were born. Had fate turned out differently . . .
Truths to tell, I always liked The Pretty Things, and often preferred them to the Stones just because they sounded so much more raw and loud, and with the raging hormones of a 14 year-old, they were talking my language.
Sadly, The Pretty Things didn’t achieve the level of success The Stones did. Probably the biggest reason was their difficulty in cracking the U.S. market as well as a few bad choices in touring strategies. Whatever the reasons were, they became something of underrated legends.
Tonight’s post is from a concert at the recent Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands. One of the constants about The Pretty Things is the ever-changing personnel. But the remaining original members Phil May and Dick Taylor carry on the raw spirit of the band and, fifty years on, still have that raw energy they always did.
So . . .happy 50th to another legendary band.
Daughter – the new face of moody.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Daughter – live at Glastonbury – recorded June 30, 2013
Continuing on our quick recap of the Glastonbury Festival from last week. Daughter are another band who haven’t been around very long, but have managed to get a lot of attention in a short period of time.
From the ethereal/experimental/Indie/folk/folk-rock school, Daughter was initially the brainchild of singer Elena Tonra, who teamed up with two schoolmates and made Daughter a reality.
From their first ep they garnered quite a bit of excitement (not to mention getting instant recognition) via a commercial for a Tour de France commercial as well as featuring a couple of their songs on the hit TV series Skins.
A lot of ground covered in a short time.
Needless to say, they were well received at the Festival last week.
And here’s proof.
Justin Young of The Vaccines – Best selling debut of 2011 and not looking back.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Vaccines Live At Glastonbury – Recorded June 28, 2013
For a band that’s been together a little over 3 years, The Vaccines are having an amazing track record of success. From the best selling debut album of 2011. Their second album hitting #1 in September last year. Described in the press as everything from “fresh, exhilarating” to a prediction they would usher in a new era for guitar bands. Not bad for a relatively new band. Their headlining tour of the U.S. this past January cemented a firm fan base in America and they’ve been on a world tour most of this year so far.
So naturally, their appearance at Glastonbury a few days ago was hailed as a huge success and bodes well for them the rest of this year.
Since they’re still making inroads to the U.S. audience, I thought I would get you up to speed and let you know who you might be wanting to catch next time they’re in the States, which should be towards the end of the Summer playing support for fellow upstarts Phoenix.
While you’re waiting for tickets, here they are, just as they appeared at Glasto and recorded on June 28th.
It’s a safe bet you should play this one loud.
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.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/1970-09-20-john-peel-bbc-in-concert-humble-pie.mp3]
Some early 70s Headbangers this weekend, via Humble Pie, recorded in concert for the BBC as part of the John Peel Presents series from Sepetember 20, 1970.
It would be hard to say where Humble Pie were more huge – the U.S. or the UK. They were a staple in the diet of every vinyl collector and were played almost non-stop on most of the Underground FM stations at the time. They epitomized the growth of Hard Rock as a genre; the non-stop onslaught of guitars and stage swagger and they symbolized excess, almost as much as Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones.
Having formed in 1969 from elements of Small Faces (Steve Marriot), The Herd (Peter Frampton) Greg Ridley (Spooky Tooth), they achieved success almost out of the gate. By 1970 (when this concert was recorded), they had switched labels to A&M, got new management and their fortunes soared.
Frampton would leave a little over a year later and start that part of the legacy. But this 1970 concert captures the band during their halcyon days, with certainly no looking back.
I don’t you need to be reminded to turn this one up . . .way up.
The fantastic mayhem
Click on the link here for the Audio Player: The Rolling Stones In Concert – 1965-1967
Since we’re right in the midst of the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary tour, I thought it might be fun to have a listen to some of the earlier stuff.
So . . I dug up two concerts, given in Paris at The Olympia Theater. The first is from April 18, 1965 and the second is from April 11, 1967.
You can get some idea is just how insane these early concerts were. As was so often mentioned in the past, sound systems at concerts were crude at best, there were no stage monitors and with a sold-out audience, screaming at the top of their lungs, impossible to hear yourself, let alone bandmates.
Given all that, these concerts (extended excerpts of what exists so far) sound remarkable. Thanks in no small part to the sound archivists, collectors and engineers who have labored for months over getting the best possible recordings and compiling them in a way that preserves the historic significance for people who weren’t around at the time.
So if you’ve been watching the YouTube clips from opening night concerts of this latest tour, you might want to give these a quick listen, just to know what all the insanity was about the first time around. And believe me, it was insane.
Enjoy and play loud.