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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Rewind: Moving Targets - Penetration (3rd October 1978)

Moving Targets - Penetration
Proudced by Mick Glossop and Mike Howlett
Released 3rd October 1978
UK Chart #22

Side One

Side Two

    Pauline Murray - vocals
    Fred Purser - lead guitar; keyboards on "Reunion"
    Neale Floyd - guitar
    Robert Blamire - bass
    Gary Smallman - drums, percussion


It's amazing to think that Moving Targets is 40 Years Old today! It's an album that I have never had to blow the dust off or brush off the cobwebs because it gets played often and even after 40 years I never tire of listening to it.

Penetration were formed in 1976 in County Durham but at first were called The Points and played their debut live show at the Rock Garden in Middlesbourgh in October 1976. Their second live performance saw them supporting The Stranglers at Newcastle City Hall! The change of name came from the Iggy and The Stooges track Penetration that was released in 1973 on the Raw Power album.

The band signed to Virgin Records and in November 1977 released their debut single Don't Dictate which is widely regarded as a Punk Classic. They followed up in March 1978 with the excellent Firing Squad single. 

 (Firing Squad Picture Sleeve)

Neither single dented the chart and the single released as the forerunner to the debut album, Life's A Gamble, didn't set the chart on fire either! 

It's a shame because all three singles were really decent quality tunes and fortunately the debut album would be the one to open the door to some much deserved chart activity.

The first two singles were not included on the album though when reissued on CD both A & B Sides were present.

A John Peel Session was recorded on 5th July 1978 and it included Future Daze, Vision, Stone Heroes and Movement, all of which would appear on the Debut album.

Nine of the eleven tracks were written by members of the band and it ends suprisingly with two cover versions, firstly Nostalgia which had been on the second album Love Bites by Buzzcocks (released only a month before!)  and secondly Free Money, written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (and had originally appeared on the Horses album from 1975).

Whilst those cover versions are excellent it's actually the quality of their own writing that really stands out for me. They had grown musically as a band from their debut single to what is offered here on the debut album. A lot of that I think can be put down to the twin guitar attack of Neale Floyd (who had replaced the original guitarist Gary Chaplin, who departed in March 1978) and Fred Purser (who joined in July 1978).

Whilst the studio versions of the songs are just brilliant it was actually the live performances that really captured the sheer force and energy of the songs.

Listening to this once again brings up great memories of shows at The Marquee in Wardour Street and The Lyceum Ballroom down at The Strand in London. 

"Sometimes there's a song in my brain
And I feel that my heart knows the refrain
I guess it's just the music
That brings on nostalgia for an age yet to come" 
- (Nostalgia - Pete Shelley)

Thursday, 27 September 2018

S4L Radio Show Playlist #11

I woke up very early today, around 4am, and was thinking that it's been sometime since I last did a Radio Show Playlist so amid the cobwebs of the dusty mind and the quietness of the morning I threw this little lot together.

There's old music and new music gathered from many different artists but all have one thing in common, they have invaded my ears with the beautiful sound of guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and vocals (and whatever instruments they could find) to bring delight and wonder.

The Playlist

On The Playlist
Radio Radio - Spear of Destiny
Who doesn't like a good song about the Radio? 

7" Singles - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Recently released video spotlighting a track from a new collection tracing Paul Heaton's musical journey entitled 'The Last King of Pop'

45 - The Gaslight Anthem
They have been out and about playing The 59 Sound album as well as other tracks from their catalogue including this one.

45RPM - The Alarm
Another ode to the the 7" single. The Alarm will be back on the road in the USA and Canada starting in Hollywood 25th October and finishing up in Toronto 15th November. They then launch out on another UK Tour starting in London 28th November. For all details of all dates go to their website (click here).

That Song - The Bouncing Souls
Sometimes there is a song you just want to play over and over again because it's just that good.

Don't Come Close (40th Anniversary Mix) - Ramones
Taken from Road To Ruin
40th Anniversary Edition. It's a nice package that comes with a Remastering of the the 1978 album, a special 40th Anniversary Mix, B-sides, Demo and Acoustic versions and a live hometown show from 31st December 1979 in NYC.

Just Breathe - Thrice
From the brand new album Palms on Epitaph Records.

Prayers - Good Charlotte
From their latest Generation Rx project that follows on after the success of Youth Authority from 2016.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
Now I'm not usually fussed about Ms Lavigne but I heard this song unaware of who it was and really liked the lyrics on it and so was mightly surprised to discover it was Avril!

Downhearted Town - The Textones
Opening track from their album Old Stone Gang on Blue Elan Records. Must admit I know nothing about the band but what I've heard from the album I quite enjoyed.

High Cost of Loving You - Scott Sharrard
From his latest album Saving Grace. Another artist I know little about but I love the mix of Blues and Soul that runs through his latest album.

Girlfriend - Anderson East
So as I begin thinking about the list of the Top Albums of 2018 I'm sure Anderson East will be on it somewhere. His album Encore is one of my favourite releases of the year.

Confidence - Candi Staton
Taken from her 30th album Unstoppable that includes covers of Patti Smith's People Have The Power, and Nick Lowe's What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding. It was released in August this year and has received a lot of good press for her. Another one that might show up on my end of year Best of list.

Save Me - The Saints
Drifiting back in time to 1978 and this wonderful cover of a track that first appeared in 1967 on Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You album. This version was on Prehistoric Sounds, the third album by The Saints, released on Harvest Records in October 1978 and was the last album to feature Ed Kuepper who had been one of the founding members of the Australian band.

Wanderlust - Glen Matlock
Taken from his recently released album Good To Go on the Peppermint label. Ex-Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom feature as musicians on the album.

Movin' On - Paul Weller
Brand new video from Mr Weller spotlighting a track from his latest album True Meanings. It sees Weller in a more quieter and acoustic frame of mind.

I Am The Highway - Ann Wilson
Taken from her latest album Immortal in which she has chosen the songs of musicians she loves and respects who have passed away in the past few years. I Am the Highway is her tribute to Chris Cornell. Also included on the album are tributes to Tom Petty, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Jack Bruce, George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Lesley Gore and Gerry Rafferty.

My Way - Willie Nelson
Album number 68(!) from Willie Nelson and this time around he's paying tribute to Frank Sinatra! His album Last Man Standing from earlier this year was a wee gem and if this latest collection of shows anything it is that you can't put Willie Nelson in a box because he just comes along and blows the box up!

The Parting Shot
Goodbye, Goodnight - Jars of Clay
Taken from their 1999 album If I Left The Zoo.

That's your lot until next time. Until then whatever you play, play it LOUD!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

I'm Still Here...Now Playing!

Just in case readers of this blog have been wondering if I have somehow stepped into the back of my wardrobe and ventured into Narnia and can't find the way back home or have visited the Costume Shop and suddenly found myself, like Mr Benn, at sea in the middle of a storm and awaiting The Shopkeeper to appear as if by magic to save me from a watery grave, may I calm your fears...I am still here!

Yes it's been a long time since I last posted but I did mention that I might struggle to post on a regular basis due to some medical issues etc and current state of mind. So today you got me in a good moment and for that you are rewarded with a Playlist of a few things I've been listening to over the past couple of months. Hope you enjoy this rather eclectic mix.

Thanks for your patience.

Doug. 😀

Now Playing Playlist

I'm Alive -999
Debut single from the brilliant 999.

Keepin' It Close To My Heart - Drivin' N Cryin'
Don't really know much about these guys but I really liked the sound of their album Too Late To To Turn Back Now.

Lose My Mind - Lucy and The Rats
Lucy was formerly in The Spazzys and is now apparently based in London. With her new band she has released a Self-Titled album that is pretty cool. Vocals at times remind me of early Kirsty MacCall and also of Andrea from The Darling Buds.

Rock and Stick - Bozz Scaggs
From his latest album Out of the Blues. Still sounding brilliant by the way and still out playing shows.

Get Your Shirt - Underworld and Iggy Pop
A bit of a bizzare collaboration but it actually works pretty well. Taken from the EP Teatime Dub Encounters.

1st (Acoustic Version) - Leah Daniels
Country singer from Uxbridge, Middlesex. Not exactly known as a hot bed of Country Music but she's recently put out a nice wee EP that includes a full band version of this song.

Just Found Heaven - Daughtry
From his latest album Cage to Rattle

Sheriff Fatman - Carter USM
This one appears on a new compilation called C89 which has some really cool Indie tunes.

Waiting For Winter - Popguns
Also on the C89 Compilation

Tony Hadley - Peruvian Hipsters
A last one from the C89 Compilation. Why anyone would want to sing a song about the ex-lead vocalist of Spandau Ballet is beyond me, but hey, those Indie Kids were a strange bunch!

Something Worth Fighting For - The Spitfires
Latest track to be released on Limited Edition 7" (28th September 2018) and also features on their excellent Year Zero album.

Verse & Chaos - The Droggettes
Philly Punk From the album Clockwork Girls

Future Me Hates Me - The Beths
Title track of the latest album from a band that were new to my ears. They hail from Auckland, New Zealand.

Wildflowers (Tribute to Tom Petty) - The Church Sisters
Another Country outfit that were new to my ears. Their latest album A Night at The Opry is well worth a listen.

Outdoor Miner - Wire
From the Special Edition of Chairs Missing.

Toxic - Ian McNabb
From his latest album Our Future In Space. Ms Spears is the last person on earth you would ever imagine to be covered by the Neil Young lovin' Ian McNabb!

Save Me - Aretha Franklin
From the 1967 album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You. Recently heard a great cover of this by The Saints, and Jimi Hendrix does a version of it as well. But the voice of Aretha is one that's going to be missed. Thank goodness for the treaure of her musical legacy that's left behind.

I'd Give A Kidney For You - Hailey's Comet
Not quite sure where I stumbled over this but I'm always impressed when people write songs with either amazingly funny titles or ones that are thought provoking!

Supernatural - The Slow Readers Club
My mate Gary in Manchester is always on my case about listening to The Slow Readers Club and so I thought I would finally surrender, and they are none too shabby!

Riot On The Strip - James Williamson & The Pink Hearts
Track from the brand new album by former Stooges guitarist entitled Behind The Shade.

Old Enuff To Know Better! - Pink Fairies
The old Psychedelic Anarchists are back! This one was written by Larry Wallis and is featured on their brand new album Resident Reptiles.

Crazy Kids - Walter Lure & The Waldos
Taken from the new album Wacka Lacka Loom Bop A Loom Bam Boo. Old Walter is still kicking it big time after more than forty years of playing and he's never sounded so good.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

45RPM #129 Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (November 1974)

I can hardly believe it's been more than a year since I last did a post in the 45RPM series and so I thought why not kick start the old beast again with a real classic from the vaults of Rock Music History.

Mention the name Lynyrd Skynyrd and your are guaranteed to hear mentioned one of two songs from their arsenal of classics, one would be Sweet Home Alabama and the other of course would be Free Bird

We all no doubt have at one time or another been to a concert when the particular performer asks for requests and more often than not there will be at least one person standing there, pint in hand, shouting out loud "Free Bird"! This happens at gigs of all sorts of bands and not those dedicated to the playing of Classic Rock.

And so, we turn our attention towards Free Bird (the Signature song of Lynyrd Skynyrd) and ponder afresh the absolute wonder of it and the sheer beauty of of a band, each with a specific part to play, bringing into being what is surely one of the greatest Rock songs of any time and quite simply of all time.

It's one that I dig out every now and again because if it is over-played it begins to lose a little of its wonder and I heard the original 1972 version recorded at Muscle Shoals recently and it got me thinking about doing this piece today.

Free Bird / Down South Junkin'
MCA Records
Produced by Al Kooper
Released November 1974
US Chart #19
UK Chart #21

1974 Single Version

More Links Below for other versions of Freebird and more music from Lynyrd Skynrd.


Released on the 2013 Muscle Shoals Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Republic Records).

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Bird
Studio version (1973)

    Ronnie Van Zant – vocals
    Allen Collins – lead and acoustic guitars
    Gary Rossington – rhythm and slide guitars
    Ed King – bass guitar
    Billy Powell – piano
    Bob Burns – drums
    "Roosevelt Gook" (Producer Al Kooper) – organ, mellotron

Additional personnel
    Steve Gaines* – Addition of lead and rhythm guitars

*Gaines had replaced guitarist Ed King who left the band in 1975 and on his third gig playing for the band they were recording what was to become their One More For The Road live album. Gaines was also one of the band members who sadly died three days after the release of their 1977 album Street Survivors in a plane crash along with Ronnie Van Zandt, Cassie Gaines (back up singer and sister of Steve Gaines), and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray were the other fatalities! 

(1976 UK 7" Picture Sleeve)

One of the greatest musical crimes ever committed by a record label has to be by MCA Records releasing Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd as a 7" Single in 1974 cutting four minutes and twenty seven seconds off of the version that appeared on their 1973 debut album 'Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd' (I mean they could have been crafty enough to at least split the song into two parts and have part two as the B-Side, but they didn't!). Such an act, if done to a movie or a book would be greeted with such horror as a vital part of the film or story would be lost! Likewise with the "editing" of this classic song, the cut removes aspects of the song that make it stand out as one of the finest songs ever recorded by a rock and roll band. 

Now, of course I understand that it was merely done for the purpose of having the song played on the radio at the time (I wouldn't have imagined that there were that many DJ's who would have got away with playing the full length album version) but still....

The song has been included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, was listed as #193 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2008 it was listed at the #3 in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.  In 2009 it was considered by VH-1 to be the 26th Best Hard Rock Song of All Time. In the Digital Age the song has sold over two million copies worldwide!

Freebird was originally recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1972 but the tracks from those sessions never saw the light of day until 1978 when Skynyrd's First and...Last was released (but Freebird wasn't actually included in that release! It only turned up on the 1998 Reissue entitled Skynyrd's First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album and was also included as part of the Soundtrack for the film about Muscle Shoals).

The introduction to the song was put together by piano-playing roadie Billy Powell (with Al Kooper adding some nice touches on the Organ and Mellotron) and when the band heard it (he was apparently playing a piano version of the song during a break at an event in 1972 when Skynyrd were playing a Prom event at The Bolles School in Jacksonville), they included it in the song and then invited him to join the band as keyboard player (a position that he held between 1972-77, 1979 and 1987 until his death in 2009)! The extended guitar solos on the studio version (performed by Allen Collins and Steve Gaines) initially were used as part of the live set due to the band playing several sets a night in the clubs thus giving vocalist Ronnie Van Zant a chance to catch his breath and preserve his voice for the work ahead. Behind the guitar dynamics of Collins and Gaines was the steady hand of Gary Rossington keeping the Rhythm Guitar section motoring forward alongside the Bass of Ed King and the beat master on the Drum stool was Bob Burns.

To this date Gary Rossington (the last remaining member of the original band) is out on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd as they play their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, the US leg began in May and stretches into September and dates are expected outside of the USA as well. Brother of original vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, Johnny Van Zandt is on the lead vocals (he's been the frontman since 1987), and sometimes he really does sound like old Ronnie! There's actually a nice touch and tribute to Ronnie during the performance of Free Bird during the Farewell Tour shows that you can see below.

 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Jones Beach, June 23 2018

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

S4L Radio Show #10: The Seventies

This time around on the S4L Radio Show our ears are to be enlightened by the music of the 1970s. We go from long hair and flared jeans to short cropped dyed hair and drainpipes. From old hippies to young punks.

It's a nice mixed bag of Classic Rock, Glam, New Wave and Punk. The Playlist is loaded with music that I love from that particular decade and the reality is that it could have had a lot more songs than 23 because there was so many great records released back then. It's easy to dismiss a lot of stuff that came before the whole Punk and New Wave Scene and many did and thus miss out on some terrific music. Hopefully you'll find maybe a few tracks here that will make you tap your toes.

On The Playlist
Rock and Roll - Velvet Underground
Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
The Shape of Things To Come - Slade
Looking At You - MC5
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
As Long As I Can See The Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Changes - David Bowie
48 Crash - Suzi Quatro
Teenage Rampage - Sweet
The Golden Age of Rock and Roll - Mott the Hoople
Search and Destroy - The Dictators
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
Land - Patti Smith
Little Johnny Jewel - Television
In The Flesh - Blondie
Sheena is a Punk Rocker - Ramones
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Neat Neat Neat (Peel Session) - The Damned
Police & Thieves - The Clash
Your Generation - Generation X
Schooldays - The Starjets
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures - The Rezillos
The Beginning of the End - Eddie and the Hot Rods

Friday, 20 July 2018

New Music 2018: Subversions - U.K. Subs (June)

Subversions - U.K. Subs
Cleopatra Records
Produced by Pat Collier and U.K. Subs
Released June 2018

Released on Limited Edition Red Vinyl (500 Copies) and on CD

Listen To The Album In Full Here:

Click on the links to hear the original versions:
A1 Kick Out The Jams (MC5)    
A2 Train Kept A Rollin (The Johnny Burnette Trio)    
A3 I Don't Need No Doctor (Ray Charles via Humble Pie)    
A4 Boston Babies (Slaughter and The Dogs)    
A5 Tired Of Waking Up Tired (The Diodes)    
A6 This Perfect Day (The Saints)    
B1 Get Out Of Denver (Bob Seger)    
B2 Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (Queens of the Stone Age)   
B3 Bomber (
B4 Roadrunner (The Modern Lovers)    
B5 1969 (The Stooges)    
B6 Suffragette City  (David Bowie)


2018 seems like a busy year for the U.K. Subs as not only are they out on the road and releasing two 15CD Box Sets containing the full set of their albums in Alphabetical Order (Volume 1 is A-M and Volume 2 is N-Z), a brand new studio album plus a new EP coming in November but Charlie Harper (vocalist) released (in April) his second solo album, 'Little Black Crow' (Road Dog Records - his Debut Solo was called 'Stolen Property', it was an album of covers and released in 1982!), he also received the 'King Rocker/Icon' award at the Vive Le Rock! Awards in March and has also had an exhibition of his art alongside Gaye Black down in Sussex. Alvin Gibbs (bassist) is due to release his Debut Album in December under the banner of 'Alvin Gibbs and The Disobedient Servants'. Jamie Oliver (drummer) also has a side project called You and they released their Debut Single (in April) entitled 'Selfish'.

U.K. Subs are no strangers to Cover Versions as over the period of 40 plus years they have played a fair few and even recorded and released some - 'She's Not There' (lead track on the 1979 EP), 'I'm Waiting For The Man' (B-Side of 'Warhead') - and there have been a fair few released on various albums as well but a whole album's worth is something they have not done before (at least as far as I can remember!).

Of all the tracks on Subversions I have to confess to not actually knowing two of them (the Queens Of The Stone Age track 'Feel Good Hit of the Summer' and Canadian band The Diodes' 'Tired Of Waking Up Tired').

As for the other ten they are pretty magnificent. The U.K. Subs are not over fancy and what you get is 12 tracks of raw power from beginning to end. The choices are interesting as there's a couple that would no doubt have been played by the teenage David Charles Perez ('Train Kept a Rollin' and 'I Don't Need No Doctor') and would be quite obscure to the rest of the band possibly and the rest, there's a number of Classic Rock tracks spanning the early 70s, a few Punk/New Wave Classics, a wee tribute to the genius of Lemmy's Motörhead, and the "newest" track is the Queen of the Stone Age song (and that's 18 years old!).

At 74 years old it's great seeing and hearing Charlie still doing what he loves and the current line up of the band is pretty tight and tidy as well. How much longer it goes on who knows but while they are still up and at 'em I'm going to enjoy listening and watching as I have done so for as long as the band have been around! 

U.K. Subs
Live at 100 Club, London
19th May 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

S4L Radio Show Playlist #9: Singing Song Songs

When I was playing my iPod recently on shuffle I noticed that quite a number of songs following each other had the word "Song" in them. Of course this got me thinking about put together a wee playlist under the banner of Singing Song Songs.

It's a mixture of the wild and whacky (what else would it be from me?) from the seriousness of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer to the plain daft of The Yobs!
There's Pop, there's Rock and everything inbetween and outside the lines. Hope you enjoy it.

The Playlist

On The Playlist
Radio Song (Tower of Luv Bug Mix) - R.E.M.
The Gold Song - Bouncing Souls
Song For A Future Generation - The B-52's
Song For Whoever - The Beautiful South
Wrote A Song For Everyone - John Fogetry (ft Miranda Lambert & Tom Morello)
Song For A Friend - Aztec Camera
Sing All The Saddest Songs - The Mighty Wah
The Worm Song _ The Yobs
Swansong - The Alarm
Tower Of Song - Leonard Cohen
This Is A Love Song For The Loveless - The Juliana Theory
The Mystery Song - Transvision Vamp
The Breakup Song - The Greg Kihn Band
Sea Song - Penetration
Looking For A Song - Big Audio Dynamite
Redemption Song - Johhny Cash & Joe Strummer
Empire Song - Killing Joke
Festival Song - Good Charlotte
Fort Bragg (The Kool-Aid Song) - Beki Hemingway
Like A Song - U2
Authority Song - John Mellencamp
The Parting Shot
The Last Song - Thousand Foot Krutch

Sunday, 1 July 2018

New Music 2018: Let's Ride - MxPx (June 2018)

Let's Ride - MxPx
From the fortchcoming album MxPx due out July 2018

 New Album Tracklist:
01. Rolling Strong
02. All Of It
03. Friday Tonight
04. Let’s Ride (RADIO SINGLE)
05. Uptown Streets
06. 20 / 20 Hindsight
07. The Way We Do
08. Life Goals
09. Pipe Dreams
10. Disaster
11. Moments Like This

Haters Gonna Hate!
MxPx Respond to "Fan" Comments

MxPx, now in their 26th year of life, are getting ready to unleash their crowd-funded Self-Titled new record, their tenth studio album by the way if you were counting. 
They released a brand new video for a song from the new self-produced work entitled Let's Ride. The album was recorded in their hometown of Bremerton, Washington. It will be available as a Download and I think the CD is only available to those who ordered it on the Kickstarter site for the album. Not totally sure about the Vinyl and what kind of quantities it will exist in.

Live in Jarkartar, Indonesia
May 2018

Friday, 29 June 2018

New Music 2018: Equals - The Alarm

There's loads of links below for every track on the new album as well as for playlists of some older albums and also for more information regarding tour dates etc. Enjoy.

Equals - The Alarm
The Twenty First Century Recording Company
Produced by George Williams
Released 29th June 2018

Equals Promo

One little gripe I have is that if the band are wanting maximum exposure for the album then the little promo above should actually be made public rather than unlisted as folks wouldn't be able to find it.

*Not on the Vinyl Edition of the album

Click on the links above to listen to all the songs on the album.

No one has done more to keep the name and spirit of his band alive and kicking than Mike Peters.

Equals is the first worldwide released album from the band for a good few years (Direct Action in 2010 I think was the last one) and there’s a lot of excitement once again about seeing the music of The Alarm on the shelves in Record Stores across the globe.

Earlier this year there had been a little taster with the Where The Two Rivers Cross EP that was released on Record Store Day and was subject to a Transatlantic Promotional Challenge with Mike Peters performing in the UK (Wales and London) and the USA (New York City and Los Angeles) within the space of 24 hours.

2018 has been a busy year for The Alarm as prior to these releases there had been the reissues of Eponymous and Declaration on Vinyl and CD that stem of course from the early days of the band when they had got signed by I.R.S. and also a Digital only release of 21 (Redux).  The 21 (Redux) album featured new mixes and remastered songs from In The Poppy Fields (2004), Under Attack (2006), Guerilla Tactics (2008), Direct Action (2010) and the Vinyl Soundtrack (2013) and was a glimpse into the life and music of the band since Mike Peters resurrected the name of The Alarm with a brand new backing band that has featured James Stevenson on Guitar (Chelsea, Gene Loves Jezebel, Generation X, Kim Wilde and stacks more), Craig Adams on Bass (Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and Spear of Destiny), Steve Grantly on Drums (Eighth Wonder and Stiff Little Fingers), Steve “Smiley” Barnard on Drums (Robbie Williams and Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros), Mark Taylor on Keyboards (Belinda Carlisle, Elton John and Simple Minds) and Jules Jones Peters on Keyboards and Backing Vocals (Mike Peters and The Poets of Justice). 

The current line up of the band is:
Mike Peters Vocals and Guitar
James Stevenson Bass, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jules Jones Peters Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Steve “Smiley” Barnard Drums.

On top of the releases there has been a Tour (both UK and Europe), the annual event The Gathering in Wales and also for the first time The Gathering also took place in New York and Los Angeles.

Promotion for the new album will consist of a number of Record Store appearances with Mike performing, signing and I think also a few Q&A’s. There will also be a tour in the USA as well (see The Alarm website for dates). By no means are they sitting on their laurels but are out to unleash “fresh music” upon the masses!

Now, you will note about that I put “fresh music” in quotation marks and I did so for a reason because whilst many of the songs will be new to the unsuspecting public at large they are actually well known to those within the ranks of The Alarm fan base. Last year Mike Peters issued two albums under the banner of The Alarm (Blood Red and Viral Black) that were only available from The Alarm website. What they have decided to do is draw from those two albums what they think are the best songs and release them as a stand alone album. The big question of course is how do they stand up and what sounds can we expect?

There's a new podcast available where Mike speaks about the new album and the songs that are a part of it. Click here to have a listen

Have a listen and see what you think. My own personal view on it is that I am pretty pleased with the choices they made for the album and whilst I still don't get Thirteen Dead Reindeer the rest of the album sounds pretty good to my old ears.

The standout tracks for me are Two Rivers, Coming Backwards, Peace Now, Cenotaph and Tomorrow.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

New Music Video: A Place They Called "Forgotten Town" - Henry Priestman & Les Glover

Taken from the album 'six of one & half a dozen of the other' by Henry Priestman & Les Glover. The video was actually unleashed on the 22nd June 2018.

There's also a few links below where you can check out other music from Henry & Les.

A Place They Called "Forgotten Town"
Henry Priestman and Les Glover

(Les Glover & Henry Priestman)

The song is a reworking of the debut single by The Christians (1987, it reached #22 in the UK Charts) and was written by Henry Priestman, who was also a member of the band. The track was also featured on their self-titled Debut album that reached #2 on the UK Album Charts and spawned four other charting singles with Ideal World reaching the highest placing of #14.

Forgotten Town
The Christians

Henry & Les regularly perform songs from Henry's days in the Yachts (Love You Love You and Yachting Type) and The Christians (Ideal World) as well as songs from Les Glover's Loved Up Les (Men of a Certain Age).

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