Friday, August 26, 2022

A Note From Your Friendly Absentee Landlord Dept.

If you can't see your comment, or any new comments, hit the "see more comments" button right at the bottom of the section. This is a blogger "feature" - I'm not moderating! You're free to use the comment section of this post as you see fit. There will be no new posts after this, and no re-ups, so please clip n' keep this brief yet poignant paragraph to savor every exquisite nuance woven into the jewel-like tapestry of prose. Could one of the 4/5g© copy it into the comments for Steve, so he's aware of it? I pinch your claws ...


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49 comments:

  1. as you sit there chortling to yourself "not as easy as it looks, eh guys?", i hope you are happy. chortling is not always a true indicator of contentment.

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    1. I'm fine, thank you. I haven't been around for a few days, but I'll look in from time to time. An unexpected pleasure of retirement is listening to music without thinking in the context of a blog - formulating an opinion, sharing, all that blogging involves. Having a direct and private relationship with the music I love. It's good to see th' 4/5g© still chewing the fat in the comments - maybe you should start a blog!

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  2. If I'm the Steve mentioned, I am now fully clewed in to the idiosyncracies of blog threading.

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  4. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your retirement, Farq.

    Best wishes, and all that jazz!

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  5. Adios Farq. I'll see you at Club Elson from time to time, quick like. xxxx

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  6. Hope you get your revenge on that Stephen King moron

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    1. Seconded. I REALLY enjoyed the books, btw. Haven't bothered with Mr Kin's yet though.

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  7. Bin travelling for the last 3 days so not much chance to join in the fun, but now that I've arrived and to celebrate our brand new scribbling page, in the best Blue Peter tradition (non anglophiles need a google for that reference) here is some screed I prepared earlier :

    Gone too soon Dept.

    Gavin Clark (Sunhouse) : 25 January 1969–16 February 2015

    "This is an obituary for a man many of you will never have heard of - I just wish you had..... A singer who sold just a handful of records in his lifetime and who was never much on the radio or TV died last week, aged just 46.

    His voice was a beautiful thing, fragile and careworn – an angel drunk on whisky. His lyrics were full of despair and hope and love and fear and death."

    So reads the obituary of the singer songwriter Gavin Clark, written by John Niven, who worked with him on Sunhouse's only l.p.

    I also discovered the following quote by the same guy.

    "It is a cruel and frequent twist of the universe that it will grant voice, melody and lyricism – the ability to say the bleakest things in the most beautiful manner – to those least equipped to cope with it. The heaviest soul often lies within the thinnest skin and an artist’s life is all anxiety and ambition; the ambition to do right by whatever talent you may have accompanied by the anxiety that you are failing at this. Some of us will be wanting a break from this if we can possibly manage it. Chemically, if need be. These warring impulses were written all over Gavin Clark" – John Niven.

    A troubled soul it would appear, but I had the good fortune to see him a couple of times and was mesmerised by his voice and his songs, so to quote Viv Stanshall, "now read on dot dot dot" ...

    https://www.imagenetz.de/ifcxH

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    1. Just listened to Sunhouse - Hurricane, brilliant, thank you for this album, I'd never heard of Gavin before...

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    2. Hurricane is just spectacular, that's partly why I put the ep with that as the first track up first, as I thought it might grab someone.

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    3. Thanks for that, it grabbed me, for sure, in a nice way. Don't suppose there's any more Sunhouse ? Please.

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    4. Well I'm very pleased that it has grabbed two of you, that's a 50%/40% hit rate.

      Here comes the only Sunhouse album plus two more eps :

      Crazy On The Weekend.rar 190.93 MB
      https://www.imagenetz.de/c9BiF

      There is another ep called Loud and Lippy, but I've never been able to find a copy.
      If any of the 4or5 guys or 1or2gals could lay their grubby mits on it, then that would complete the set, and make an old man very happy.

      I did manage to get hold of most of Gavin Clark's post Sunhouse recordings, which I can upload in two weeks time if anyone asks for them.

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    5. Right here for the taking (click on CKAЧATb for each song)

      https://myzuka.club/Album/1520427/sunhouse-loud-and-lippy-ep-1998

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    6. Here's convert no. 3. Finally got to download this (didn't have my computer with me during my short holidays) and it sounds great! Would be up for more Gavin Clark when you can get around to it...

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    7. OBG - I will sort it out when I get back home in a couple of weeks. Glad to spread his name about, just a shame he isn't still around and also that he didn't get more recognition at the time. Inevitably there are comparisons to Nick Drake.

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    8. Yeah, it's a shame that towards the end of his life he was down to being a pizza delivery guy to try and provide for his family. Sheesh. Talk about wasted potential and talent (not from his side, obviously, but from the public's).

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  8. Farq, the other day as I was reading the stream-of-consciousness narration on the Blink And It Lasts Forever Dept page, and noticed a comment of yours concerning Santana. You mentioned about working on an alternative version of an album of theirs. Well, I kept on reading all the remainder of the various comments by readers of your column further down on the page, before returning to the Santana comments to download your offering— but it was gone. Was their actually a “Blink and You Missed It” offering, or am I suffering from early onset dementia?

    Gbrand

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  9. Gavin Clark was big mate of Shane Meadows. Discovered Sunhouse years ago truly great LP.

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    1. I like the story of them meeting when they were both working af Butlins or Pontins or somewhere. Shane Meadows thought he would like to be a musician until Gavin Clark picked up a guitar and sang. Realising he was nowhere near as good he decided to make films instead, but went on to use him to provide music for them.

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  10. farewell and thank you for your service.

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  11. I saw Ray in Lowell. Mass. He played his entire set in the dark with his back to us. I heard that he suffered from extreme shyness. I recently read a rare interview in which he said that was a “misconception”. He simply wants his music to stand for itself free from the bad taste of celebrityism, like the Residents, in a way. I really can respect this.

    Here is my favorite of his:

    Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros (2016)
    https://mega.nz/file/k1Z11SrB#4LlugQgAj9Vjxn7dTHa-1E5F-Sc25bdCDfW42Isf3g0

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    1. I must confess to knowing nothing about Ray LaMontagne, but having read up on him on Wikipedia, my interest is aroused, anyone who can walk off the stage because of a couple in the audience talking gets my vote. I remember going to one of the famous Lindisfarne Christmas Concerts at Newcastle City Hall and 'Winter Song' was totally ruined for me by a couple behind me talking all the way through it. If you know Lindisfarne then you'll know it's the quiet one, and my favourite Alan (gone too soon dept) Hull song.

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    2. A fellow fan!
      As I said in my Davy Graham screed, I used to be in a folk duo and we covered the hell out of Lindisfarne and AH songs.
      Their first two albums were just stunning.
      Here's a 1972 recording of the band live in the studio on their US tour. Pretty good quality.
      Trivia note - at one of the US shows they were billed as "Linda's Farm"...
      https://workupload.com/file/acsDftPwecv

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    3. Agreed on first two plus always had a soft spot for Dingly Dell, but nothing thereafter, although I suspect there is some good stuff scattered amongst the later works. (Don't ever mention Gazza)
      Love their OGWT appearance, what a mess!
      Saw Jack The Lad a few times, it was always entertaining, they too have a good OGWT session with them doing their dance routine with picks and shovels.

      Thanks for the US recording, I used to have a c120 cassette of the concert referred to above which I recorded off metro radio but long since gone. If I remember rightly it was Chrustmas 1977, there were three shows, first was on the tv, second the radio and the third was recorded for a live lp " magic in the air"‽

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    4. Dingly Dell is OK, but not quite up there with 1 & 2.
      I find its sound is a bit overbearing - loses the subtleties a bit.

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    5. That's where the soft spot comes in, it relates to a time and a place, also I'm so iver familiar with the first two that it makes a change to listen to it. It's like I hardly ever listen to DSOTM, but listen to Obscured By Clouds quite a bit.

      Like the Linda's Farm bit, maybe theg thought it was a Macartney tribute band, before they'd been invented.

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    6. For those to whom Lindisfarne may be a total mystery, here's a video documentary about the band.
      https://www.discogs.com/release/9963223-Lindisfarne-The-Complete-Lindisfarne-21-Years-On-Keeping-The-Beacon-Burning
      Don't get too excited - it's not brilliant, but it's better than nowt!

      https://workupload.com/file/B9RqQKGBZYq

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    7. Lindisfarne a total mystery? That's the problem coming from NE England I forget not everyone knows them - even though Fog on the Tyne was the biggest selling album in UK 1972.

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  12. Enjoy Farq and deep thanks. Diego

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  13. A bow and thanks. You join Willard in the MBHOF. Rock on!

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    1. All you kiss-ups. This isn't Willard's Wormhole, this is Farq's F@(#hole.

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  14. This Album feels like the end of summer.
    Mike Randle from Baby Lemonade
    (w/ tasty Probyn Gregory wah guitar on Desert)
    link: https://workupload.com/file/82wgTtF92pJ

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    1. Phantom Of The Rock OperaSeptember 5, 2022 at 6:55 AM

      Or you need some "Khruangbin" They've got this funky psychedelic surf thing going on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4xKvHANqjk

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  15. something for your days
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDx_Ns-oNp4

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  16. Sorry for the end of things as I knew them. Thankful for the experience. Thanks to Farq and all the others. It was a good game for the while, wasn't it?

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  17. Howdy Partner,

    Sorry to see you go - but glad to see you go with your boots on. We have a saying around these parts; "If the cattle ain't cattlin'' and the rattlers ain't rattlin', then you did good". Thank you for all you did and if you ever find yourself near the Rio Grand and between the two cacti that look like they went to the George Herriman school of posture, and you hear the strains of a Melotron or some crazy mixed up jazz - that's the Miss' and I havin' a swell time and feel free to come on in.

    As ever,

    Billy Gates of the Double X Ranch.

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  19. This and Boris Johnson passing maybe there a connection.....Farq and Bojo the new Monkees?

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  20. Phantom Of The Rock OperaSeptember 5, 2022 at 7:06 AM

    Whilst only an occasional visitor to these haloed pages it is indeed with a tiny tear in my eye that I receive the news of its suspension and at such sombre moments I think there is only one thing that one should do. PARTY!! SO to start things off how about a bit of 'Fuad & His Feztones' with the title track from their "Beeramid" Album

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN2ywX_i7SQ

    Time to build a Beeramid methinks......

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  21. “This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”

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  22. adios! Thanx for the memories...

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  23. It seems that this is appropriate

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-Hg41hy0wU

    But surely not this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDyb_alTkMQ

    The 1970's a decade of 'progress'

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  24. These things happen, or so I'm given to understand.

    Nosher: What's black with curly hair and full of holes?
    Alex: What?
    Nosher: You!
    Alex: OK. What's old, stupid, and only got half a stomach?
    Nosher: What?
    Alex: You!
    Nosher: Knock knock.

    https://mega.nz/fm/79wijKQQ

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    1. https://mega.nz/file/jlYQSYJL#I8eTPJtocaCMOWkLyQkqyaov9RynoBBmNEdDXKmL3vE

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