Listening to Buck Owens

August 12, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Buck (born 12 August 1929, in Sherman, Texas) was Big in America.  But he was big everywhere.  Why else would the Beatles cover one of his songs?  Why else would Creedence Clearwater Revival sing about listening to Buck while lookin’ out their back door? x https://youtu.be/zZOlu1vyLg8

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Eurovision 2018: Bet Against Logic and Taste

May 14, 2018 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Modern Music, MUSIC, THEATRE |

Lisbon, May 2018 Israel claimed its 4th Eurovision victory in a stunningly predictable finale, where taste was defenestrated and trampled, writhing and squirming, on the Portugese cobbles below. The UK and Bulgaria had outstanding entries, and we give honourable mention to Estonia, Holland and Cyprus.  However, what with the jury vote and the televotes, bizarre results were in the cards. We liked Elina Nechayeva with her dress of many colours and the operatic aria, ‘La forza’ sung in Italian, but Estonia came in 8th. Bulgaria’s Equinox (see main image) featuring an East European Lady Gaga, had a dramatic pop-rocker called “Bones”…

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Melting Pot

May 14, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 91 Melting Pot (Blue Mink) (written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; released 1969) [A timeless, funky classic, a paean to racial harmony that is banned from public broadcasts now because public broadcasters are morons.  Yes, we know “yellow chinkees” is a little out there, but as Alan Partridge’s mate Michael points out, the term is both a people and a meal. “We should all get together in a loving machine, I’d better call up the Queen, it’s only fair that she knows…! What we need is a great big melting pot, big enough to take the…

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Go Your Own Way, Neil!

May 4, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Fleetwood Mac have sacked an angry egomaniac…. …..and replaced him with a nastier, flimsier version…. Why?  Why?  Have Stevie, et al actually heard the horror that is the sound of Crowded House’s “Always Take the Weather With You”?  What ghastly offences against nature are to follow? Justin Bieber fronting The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, penis sock and all? Kanye West replacing Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys? Taylor Swift and The Imposters? Beyoncé heading-up a re-formed Velvet Underground? [P adds: these are genuine nightmare scenarios, particularly if you’re a fan of Elvis or Lou!  How about the Cadbury Gorilla replacing Lars on drums…

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Screaming Jets

March 10, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Songs in Our Heart # 90 Screaming Jets (Johnny Warman) (written by Johnny Warman; released June 1981) [A one-hit wonder par excellence, Warman’s fable of a nuclear dawn still resonates (“there’s a ring around the sun…and it looks if we’re going back to where it all begun…”) and the sound effects are sensational, including some inspired back-wailing by Peter Gabriel.  A great one-off.] x https://youtu.be/Q26zl7x_EFE

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