Archive for the ‘Old-timers get groovy’ Category

Mozzer to enter Eurovision?

January 9, 2007

Morrissey

Prepare yourself for the strangest news story ever run on PopJunkie. Morrissey has linked himself with Eurovision after the UK did not win this year’s contest on May 20. Last years competition was won by diet Slipknotters, Lordi. Britain just managed 19th out of 24 countries, with the toe-curling Daz Sampson and his moronic ‘Teenage Life’.

Now Morrissey has questioned why he was not considered for the UK’s entry.

"I was horrified but not surprised to see the UK fail again in the Eurovision Song Contest," the former Smith cheekily noted, "and there is one question I keep an asking: ‘why didn’t they ask me?’. That question keeps going round my head." Morrissey is on tour of the UK now.

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Brian Wilson biopic announced

November 17, 2006

Brianwilson A matter of days after Brian Wilson was inducted into the UK Hall of
Fame, the songwriter has made a deal with “Saving Private Ryan”
producer Mark Gordon to start work on a biopic about his
life.
David Leaf who has known Wilson for 30 years and previously filmed
Wilson for the documentary “Beautiful Dreamer” is also set to help
with the new film about the legend.

Rights to use Wilson’s back catalogue has been granted and a
scriptwriter is soon to be appointed.
Talking to Daily Variety, Wilson said, "I love the idea of there being
a movie on my life, and I can’t wait to see the script.”
Talking about how the film would tackle some of the hard parts of his
life, Wilson said, "It’s tough, and when I see the movie I’ll be ill at
ease at some of the bad parts. But I remember when we made ‘Pet
Sounds,’ and I knew we were up to something spiritual and special. I
have that feeling again."

Book Review – The Lost Tribes of Pop by Tom Cox

November 15, 2006

The_lost_tribes_of_popTom Cox has been penning his Lost Tribes of Pop article for a while now, and quite rightly, the good folk at Portrait Books have published it as a book. Compiling all those weird muso people you bump into in various coffee houses and record shops, The Lost Tribes of Pop won’t fail to bring a wry grin to your face, and worse still, make you recognise a few of your own obsessive compulsions.

Featuring wonderfully spotted vignettes about the people who frequent a music fans’ life, Cox has managed to hit the nail on the head with every character. One particular favourite of mine is The Posh Hippie. We’ve all met one, and boy has Cox got them down pat.

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Stooges in the studio

October 18, 2006

Stooges

Vet punks, The Stooges have started work on their new album with producer Steve Albini (of Nirvana fame).

The band are working at Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and it will be the group’s first album of new material since the ‘Raw Power’ masterpiece.

The line up will beIggy Pop, bassist Mike Watt, drummer Scott Asheton and guitarist Ron Asheton who recently toured to rave reviews and ringing ears.

According to Billboard, new tracks expected to appear on the as yet untitled album include ‘Mexican Guy’, ‘Trollin’, ‘Greedy Awful People’, ‘Claustrophobia’ ‘ATM’, ‘O Solo Mio’, ‘She Took My Money’, ‘End Of Christianity’ and ‘I’m Fried’.

The Raconteurs’ Brendon Benson is believed to be making a guest appearance.

Pop said of writing with original member Ron Asheton: "All the same passions and problems are there. But the problems are in a more muted style. I’m still the show-off in the group that gets all the attention. Everyone has their role. It’s pretty much the way it was in high school." No release date as yet, so stay tuned.

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Review – Shapes & Sounds (Orange & Red Beams from teh BBC Archives 67-69)

October 12, 2006

Shapessounds

Following on from ‘Alphabeat’, Top Sounds has released another gem of a compilation. This selection, known as ‘Shapes & Sounds‘ compiles 60’s rarities from the largely inaccessible BBC archives. ‘Shapes And Sounds’ goes straight for the psych/freakbeat jugular, and offers seventeen killer cuts taped live in the BBC studios. Available on both LP (and CD), the comp features the cracking Kaleidoscope (with a great rendition of ‘Jenny Artichoke’ kicking procedings off) and more… read on.

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Review – Shapes & Sounds (Orange & Red Beams from teh BBC Archives 67-69)

October 12, 2006

Shapessounds

Following on from ‘Alphabeat’, Top Sounds has released another gem of a compilation. This selection, known as ‘Shapes & Sounds‘ compiles 60’s rarities from the largely inaccessible BBC archives. ‘Shapes And Sounds’ goes straight for the psych/freakbeat jugular, and offers seventeen killer cuts taped live in the BBC studios. Available on both LP (and CD), the comp features the cracking Kaleidoscope (with a great rendition of ‘Jenny Artichoke’ kicking procedings off) and more… read on.

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Ray Davies hints at Kinks reunion

October 6, 2006

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Ray Davies has hinted at the possibility of a Kinks reunion.

Ray, who was recently honoured by the Broadcast Music Inc at London’s Dorchester Hotel, suggested he was searching for his brother, Dave Davies, for a possible collaboration. Dave, suffered a stroke in 2004, but Ray Davies was confident the two would work together again.

He told BBC 6 Music "I’m trying to track down my brother, see how he’s doing. Maybe he could guest on a few tracks. But we’ll see. I spoke to him before I went on my last tour in America, and he’s really on the mend. He’s playing again, so it’s a good sign."

The tumultuous pair last performed together in 1996. Davies is currently working on a new solo album.

Mof Gimmers

Eddie Shaw of The Monks speaks!

October 6, 2006

Themonks_1It’s unbelievable. The Monks are indeed like buses (big black scary buses admittedly). You listen to their LPs for most of your adult life hoping to speak to them, then BANG! Two come along at once! After speaking to Gary Burger (singer and guitar grizzler) last week, we now caught up with Eddie Shaw, the man responsible for the plethora of evil bass-lines for The Monks.

He chatted about the early days, Vietnam, The Monk sound and much more…

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A look at Woody Guthrie

October 3, 2006

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On this day in 1967, one of the most important singers who ever lived passed away of Huntington’s Chorea in Queens, NY. Woody Guthrie is the original folk superstar and hero. It was Guthrie who, in the Thirties and Forties, transformed the humble folk ballad into a vehicle for social protest and observation. He paved the way for Bob Dylan and many others, who, via Woody, were moved by their conscience to share experiences through protest songs. Famed for writing ‘This Land Is Your Land’, ‘I Ain’t Got No Home’ and ‘Dust Bowl Refugees’, his colourful life became as legendary as the songs he wrote.

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Interview with The Electric Prunes

October 2, 2006

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On the back of an interview with the mighty Gary Burger of The Monks, PopJunkie has another scoop! An in-depth interview with the legendary psychedelic misfits, The Electric Prunes. Lead singer James Lowe, and noise-smith Mark Tulin chat about their new LPthose David Axelrod LPs, making music and the rise and fall and the phoenix like resurgence of the incredible Electric Prunes.

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