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Friday, 28 February 2014

Eddie and The Hot Rods - Dave Higgs Celebration 27th Feb 2014

I had previously posted about the annoucement of the passing of Mr Dave Higgs (founding member of Eddie and the Hot Rods), and just wanted to add this little update.

Eddie and the Hot Rods posted this on their fb page today:

"Well what a night that was, The Oysterfleet on Canvey Island rocked big time. All in memory of Dave Higgs RIP and raising money for McMillan nurses. The 45's opened proceedings and what a great start, they were fantastic. The present line up did what they had to do and hit people with some Rods classics and their own tunes, the original line up then turned in a brilliant performance that really turned back the clock, finaly all band members onstage for Gloria and Get out of Denver, it was a fantastic night, thanks to everybody for turning out."

There's a few videos about, not necessarily great quality but I thought I'd stick the links up for them here.


Tidy Tune #59: The Power and The Glory - Eddie & The Hot Rods

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Ian Prowse - God and Man (2014)

From the Debut Solo album 'Who Loves Ya Baby' by Liverpool based musician Ian Prowse.
The album is due for release on 17th March 2014 and it can be pre-ordered from Amazon at the moment.

Tidy Tune #58: Stayin' Alive - Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

Live in Brisbane on the final night of the Australian leg of the tour a most surprising set opener!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour:Brisbane 26/02/14

 3 Hours and 43 Minutes.
For only the second time ever 'The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle' played in its entirety. First time you will remember was on The WOAD Tour at MSG, NYC in 2009.

Review of the Show from The Brisbane Times.

Links will be added when they become available.

New York City Serenade
4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

01. STAYIN' ALIVE (Cover Bee Gees)
02. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City

03. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
04. Growin' Up
05. Spirit In The Night
06. High Hopes
07. Just Like Fire Would
08. You Can Look (But Better Not Touch)
09. Sherry Darling
10. Save My Love

* The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle album in its entirety:
12. The E Street Shuffle
13. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
14. Kitty's Back
15. Wild Billy's Circus Story
16. Incident On 57th Street/17. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
18. New York City Serenade

19. Darlington County
20. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
21. The Rising
22. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

23. Badlands
24. Glory Days/25. Born To Run
26. Bobby Jean
27. Dancing In The Dark
28. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
29. Highway to Hell (with Eddie Vedder)

Tidy Tune #57: Lost in Music - The Fall

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Remembering Larry Norman

On this day back in 2008, Larry Norman, pioneer of Christian Rock and Roll music passed out of this world and into the next. He was one of those chaps whose music was  maybe a bit too religious for the world and maybe a bit too 'secular' for the Church. He was misunderstood by many and was a little controversial at times but one thing you could never deny with him was his desire to share the message of the Gospel in pretty much every place he went. He was passionate about that to the end.

Most people reading this might be totally unaware of the life and music of Larry Norman. It might not be your "thing" but give a wee click on some of the links to check it out.

His music was a great help to me at a difficult time in my life and I'm ever grateful to those who first slipped a cassette of his music into my hands many, many years ago.

 Evangelist Without Portfolio.

On August 4th, 2007 Larry performed in New York City in what turned out to be his last official solo concert. On both piano and guitar, Norman played music spanning his entire career, spoke intimately to the audience, and finished the performance with a remarkable medley of some of his most poignant songs. Not the best quality film but it certainly offers an great insight into Larry and his music.

A Few Other Larry Tunes:

These two links will take you to the Drew Marshall Show page and you can download the interviews and tributes by right clicking on the little icon and when menu comes down choose 'Save Target As'. Well worth listening to.



Happy Birthday Mike Peters

Born on 25th February 1959.

Tidy Tune #56: The Story of the Blues (Pt1 & 2) - Wah!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour: Hope Estate Winery Hunter Valley 23/02/14

(photo from backstreets)

3 Hour and 5 minute set
A few interesting tour debuts down there in Wine Country! 
Links will be added when they become available.
01. SPILL THE WINE (Eric Burden and War cover, w/ story)
02. My Love Will Not Let You Down
03. Death to My Hometown
04. Seeds
05. Out in the Street/06. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Sign request)
07. High Hopes
08. Just Like Fire Would
09. Johnny 99 (Sign request, w/ horn solo)
10. Heaven's Wall
11. BRILLIANT DISGUISE (restarted after 30 sec)
12. Human Touch
13. I'm Goin' Down
14. Pay Me My Money Down
15. Shackled and Drawn
16. Radio Nowhere
17. The Rising
18. The Ghost of Tom Joad (not great sound)
19. Badlands
21. Born in the U.S.A.
22. Born to Run
23. Ramrod
24. Dancing in the Dark
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
26. Rockin' All Over the World
27. I WISH I WERE BLIND (solo)
28. Thunder Road (solo)

Tidy Tune #54: The Breakdown - Rufus Thomas,

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour: Hope Estate Winery Hunter Valley 22/02/14

Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
No Surrender
Two Hearts
Bobby Jean
High Hopes
Just Like Fire Would
Murder Incorporated
Wrecking Ball
The River
American Skin (41 Shots)
Because the Night
Working on the Highway
Darlington County
Shackled and Drawn
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Land of Hope and Dreams
* * *
The Wish (solo acoustic)
Friday on My Mind
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Thunder Road

Friday, 21 February 2014

Rewind: Dead Boys - Young, Loud and Snotty (Sire Records 1977)

Was a bit shocked to see Uncut Magazine's 50 Greatest American Punk LP's and to notice that the debut album by the Dead Boys was strangely absent! The follow-up, 'We Have Come For Your Children' (Full Album) came in at #15.

David Bowie Series Update

I was a little bit annoyed about The Brit Awards the other night. Kate Moss accepted an award on behalf of David Bowie and read a message from him. I noticed that she actually only had one card with her and not two. The second one had another message from David Bowie and I can exclusively reveal what the contents of it were:

"I am a little disheartened to discover that Soundtrack4Life have delayed the continuation of a series looking at my music from the 1960's up to the present day due to a slight technical glitch. I have been in touch and have been informed that the writer has been sidelined due to listening the three Tin Machine albums in a row. I can only apologise for making them and causing him to stumble in his quest to inform the public of my good musical journey!"

So that's where we are at. Hopefully when we fully recover from this trauma we shall resume normal service!

Happy Birthday Jake Burns

New Album Info! Their First New Album Since 2003!
For info regarding up and coming tour dates go to SLF website.

Happy Birthday Jean-Jacques Burnel

Jean-Jacques Burnel born 21st February 1952.

Happy Birthday James Dean Bradfield

Born on this day in 1969, James Dean Bradfield, guitarist, singer with Manic Street Preachers.

 Manic Street Preachers


Tidy Tune #52: This is the Day - The The.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour: Sydney 19/02/14

No Jake Clemons tonight in Sydney, Australia, as he had flown back to the USA to be with his family due to his father, Bill Clemons being injured in a fire at his home. It was reported yesterday that Mr Clemons had passed away on Monday evening. For more on this sad event please click here to read the news.
Bruce and ESB Allphones Arena Sydney, AUS. - Feb. 19, 2014

Show Duration: 2hours and 59 minutes. 
Darkness on the Edge of Town played Front to Back.
Five Tour Premieres that featured a cover of an INXS track from 1982. The show opened with a cover of The Easybeats - 'Friday on My Mind'.

Links will be added when they become available. 

Set list:
01. FRIDAY ON MY MIND (The Easybeats cover)
02. Out in the Street
03. Cadillac Ranch (Sign request)
04. High Hopes
05. Just Like Fire Would
06. Spirit in the Night

07. Badlands
08. Adam Raised a Cain
09. Something in the Night/10. Candy's Room
12. The Promised Land
13. Factory
14. Streets of Fire
15. Prove It All Night
16. Darkness on the Edge of Town

17. Darlington County
18. Shackled and Drawn
19. Waitin' On a Sunny Day
20. The Ghost of Tom Joad
21. Land of Hope and Dreams

22. DON'T CHANGE (INXS cover)/23. Born to Run
24. Dancing in the Dark
25. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
26. Shout
27. SURPRISE SURPRISE (solo acoustic)

Tidy Tune #50: You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Members - Live at The Brudenell Social Club 01/02/14

Original Members JC Carroll, Nigel Bennett and Chris Payne Play The Members Old and New.
Electricity (Instrumental)
Muzak Machine
Soho A Go-Go
? (Fourth track deleted from playlist)
Offshore Banking Business
New English Blues
At The Chelsea Nightclub
Solitary Confinement
Working Girl
Midlife Crisis
Sound of the Suburbs
Police Car


Secret Affair and The 45's - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 15th November 2013

Click on the links to enjoy the music.

Morrissey, Cliff and Tom!

The news broke last week that a certain Stephen Morrissey is looking to have Cliff Richard and Tom Jones supporting him on dates in New York and Los Angeles in a couple of months time!

Tom Jones will play in LA on May 10th 2014 and Cliff Richard will play New York on 21st June 2014.

Cliff did an interview for the BBC on the day the news broke.

"Morrissey's a fan and he'd like you to be there." - Cliff's Manager to Cliff.

"I can't say that I've followed his musical career but I've followed the success. I've Googled him a couple of times now and I'm thinking, I could be a fan." - Cliff

" I've only heard that he likes me. The words were "he's a fan of yours" and that's enough for me to hear. It's a great honour for me to be asked by someone like him because no-one would expect him to ask me, and that's what I like about it." - Cliff.

Tidy Tune #48: Have Love, Will Travel - The 45's.

The lads have just released their latest EP 'Teenage Depression - Live On Canvey' and it's available at iTunes.


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Otis and Aretha: The King and Queen of Soul

4CD set. Chronological 92-track collection of Atlantic material from 1964 to 1968! Features "Try A Little Tenderness", "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay", "Respect", "Satisfaction", "Knock On Wood" and more classics.

 4CD set. Chronological 87-track collection of Atlantic material from 1967 to 1976! Features "Respect", "Chain Of Fools", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Rock Steady" and more classics.

Both of these albums are released by Rhino Records and they are an absolute bargin. 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia 16/02/14

  Born to Run Album played Front to Back.
5 Tour Premieres
3hrs 48 mins
Another Curfew Breaking Performance!
 Links will be added when they become available.

01. Born in the USA
02. Badlands
05. GROWIN' UP (w/ extended story in the mid section)
06. Wrecking Ball
07. Death to My Hometown
08. High Hopes
09. Just Like Fire Would
10. LOST IN THE FLOOD (sign request)
11. Spirit in the Night (w/ extended spoken intro, talking about the Jersey Devil)

BORN TO RUN full album
12. Thunder Road
13. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
14. Night
15. Backstreets (w/ Sad Eyes interlude)
16. Born to Run
17. She's the One

20. Heaven's Wall
21. Waitin' On a Sunny Day
22. The Rising
23. The Ghost of Tom Joad
24. Land of Hope and Dreams

25. We Are Alive
26. Ramrod
27. Bobby Jean
28. Dancing in the Dark
29. Twist and Shout
30. This Hard Land (solo acoustic)

Tidy Tune #47: I Love Music - Dave Edmunds.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band High Hopes Tour: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia 15/02/14

Three hours and twenty four minute set from Bruce and the E Street Band on Night 1 in Melbourne. For the first two numbers Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam joined Bruce and the band. The set included six cover versions, not sure if that's a Bruce record or not.

Four Tour premieres were played (in CAPITALS)

'Born in the U.S.A.' album was played front to back.

When links become available I'll add them,

 Picture: Ian Currie
01 Highway To Hell (with Eddie Vedder)/02 Darkness On The Edge of Town (with Eddie Vedder)
03 Badlands
04 Seeds
05 High Hopes
06 Just Like Fire Would
08 Hungry Heart

Picture: Joe Wall @JPWall

Born in the U.S.A. Album.
09 Born In The USA
10 Cover me
11 Darlington County
12 Working On The Highway
13 Downbound Train
14 I'm On Fire
15 No Surrender
16 Bobby Jean
18 Glory Days
19 Dancing In The Dark

22 Shackled and Drawn
23 The Ghost Of Tom Joad
24 The Rising
25 Land Of Hope And Dreams

Picture: Joe Wall @JPWall

26 Heaven's Wall
27 Born To Run
28 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
29 Seven Nights To Rock
30 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
31 Shout
32 Thunder Road (Solo Acoustic)

Tidy Tune #46: (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired - Traffic.

Friday, 14 February 2014

A Valentine's Day Special

So, it's that time of year again, February 14th, Valentine's Day! ( I hear men up and down the land gasp in shock as they have forgotten to get a card for the love of their lives!). But Valentine's Day is not the only day to express love or to receive love. It really should be an everyday thing, after all who on earth doesn't like to hear those words 'I Love You'?

It's also a day of despair for those who are single (especially the ladies), who would just wish that the guy that sits on the bus three rows from the back would at least notice them, even for just one day and maybe agree to go out on a date!

As we come together on this day maybe some music might brighten the day and lift your hearts and allow you to say things to someone you would never normally say.

So here's some fine tunes to set you up for the day. Enjoy.

Go and Love and Be Loved.


Songs of Love and Heartbreak.

Tidy Tune #45: My Book - The Beautiful South

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Ruts DC Acoustic - 12 Bar, London. 10th February 2014

A very special night at the 12 Bar in Denmark Street, London as The Ruts DC played their first ever Acoustic Show!
The links below are mainly for You Tube with the exception of 'Mighty Soldier' and 'Society' which are from facebook (and I'm not sure that they will work for everybody).


Happy Birthday Henry Rollins

Henry and The Ruts

Tidy Tune #44: Tell Me - The Alarm.

Declaration - The Alarm: 30 Years Old Today

It's a bit of a special day today for myself and a lot of my friends. Today, 13th February marks the 30th Year Anniversary of the release of an album by a band that I've loved from the moment I set eyes upon them supporting U2 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London in 1981. It had been a long wait for the album to come. Their debut single 'Unsafe Building' was released in 1981 and was backed by 'Up For Murder'.

In 1983 The Alarm had been out on the road in the USA supporting U2 on the 'War Tour'. In November that same year they went into the studio to record their debut album.

68 Guns became their first Top 20 Hit (peaking at #17) and it got them a spot on Top of the Pops.
On it's release, 'Declaration' peaked at #6 (though The Alarm's website states that it went Top 5!) in the UK Album Chart and #50 on the U.S. Billboard Charts.

 The Declaration Album
All songs written by Eddie MacDonald and Mike Peters, except where noted.

  1. "Declaration" — 0:45
  2. "Marching On" — 3:35
  3. "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?" — 2:56
  4. "Third Light" — 3:25
  5. "Sixty Eight Guns" — 5:49
  6. "We Are the Light" — 3:16
  7. "Shout to the Devil" (Macdonald, Peters, David Sharp) — 4:10
  8. "Blaze of Glory" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 6:04
  9. "Tell Me" (Sharp) — 3:14
  10. "The Deceiver" — 5:05
  11. "The Stand (Prophecy)" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 4:44
  12. "Howling Wind" — 6:44
Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "This is one of the best new live bands I heard last year, and they've put a lot of that power into their first album."

Promo Vids/TV.
Mike Peters
Declaration Tour Dates
Feb. 14th Liverpool O2 Academy
Feb. 16th Oxford O2 Academy
Feb. 20th Keighley Gassienda
Feb. 21st Wrexham Central Station
Feb. 22nd Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Feb. 27th Derby Flowerpot
Feb. 28th Neath Gwyn Hall
Mar. 01st Ebbw Vale Institute
Mar. 02nd Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Mar. 05th Birmingham O2 Academy
Mar. 06th Sheffield O2 Academy
Mar. 07th London Islington O2 Academy [SOLD OUT]
Mar. 08th Bristol Thunderbolt [SOLD OUT]
Mar. 15th Iridium, New York (One night // Two shows) [SOLD OUT]
Mar. 20th Preston 53 Degrees
Mar. 21st Chester The Live Rooms
Mar. 22nd Worcester Marrs bar
Mar. 23rd Exeter Cavern
Mar. 28th York Duchess
Mar. 29th Glasgow King Tuts [SOLD OUT]
Mar. 30th Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Apr. 04th Otley Korks [SOLD OUT]
Apr. 05th Manchester Deaf Institute
Apr. 06th Newcastle Cluny

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