Jun 242011
 

 

Someone said the only thing worse than having a shit job was not even having a shit job. Anyway, the mighty Circle Jerks tell it like it is. My three year-old is nodding her head to the song as we speak. Groovy man.

 

May 062011
 

 

 

It’s often a mistake to revisit the bands of your youth but I had no regrets going to see the mighty Killing Joke who’ve just released their 13th album.

It’s been a long time since I first saw them as a teenager in London but they can still out-drone the best of them.

A maniacal front man with a penchant for face paint, boiler suits and the apocalypse, another band member who ended up in a psychiatric ward, flirtations with the occult, accusations of fascism and temporarily decamping to Iceland to avoid the end of the world have provided plenty of entertainment along the way.

They’ve also had an entertainingly fractious relationship with the music press over the years including one unfortunate who had a box of maggots tipped over his desk after a falling out.

The songs aren’t all tap dancing and sunshine but they’ve plowed a unique furrow through three decades of music. Bing Crosby always wanted to be like this.

 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away rap music wasn’t all about trainers, bitches and gold jewellery. Cop a load of this…

 

I do wonder about my musical taste in hindsight and I’m not talking about the Spice Girls or Phil Collins.

I was dusting off some old CDs and came across Pornosonic¬† (unreleased 70s porno music) featuring such classics as Laying Pipe, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Does It and Special Delivery.

Cue the slinky funk bass and rinky-dinky keyboards. Sounds quite good. Not sure what the neighbour thinks.

 

Nice to see a bit of reverse discrimination operating on the door for a Subhumans gig last week (see left).

The nine-to-lifers getting a taste of their own medicine for a change. Not a casual or chav in sight.

And the band played on…

 

I never thought I’d be blogging the virtues of 80s electro popster Morten Harket but you find wisdom in the most unexpected of places:

“Talent is an interesting animal. Where does it come from? You can be very talented and have no self-confidence and you will never utter a word or sing a note. That bird will never fly because it just doesn’t dare to do it. It has a stronger voice in it that tells it that if it leaps out of the nest it will plummet to the ground and die.

“So I’m not sure anymore if talent is something that is just sprinkled on some people. I think we all possess a lot more than we are aware of, and that it is whether you believe that you do and try and open that thing in you that is the main difference between flying and not.”

Morten Harket, singer

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