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Monday, 30 June 2014

Tidy Tune #181: Open the Door (To Your Heart) - Van Morrison

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Rewind: 1984 Born in the U.S.A. Tour Kicks off

On this day back in 1984 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their massive 156 date 'Born in the U.S.A. Tour'.

Opening Night was in St Paul Civic Center Arena, St Paul, Min.

The Set List was:

The video for 'Dancing in the Dark' was filmed at this show (that's why it was played twice!).

Tidy Tune #180: Lazy Sunday Afternoon - The Small Faces.

 On this day in musical history back in 1968 The Small Faces began a 6 week run at #1 with their album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake'.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Today's Tidy Tune #179: The Bravest Man in the Universe - Bobby Womack

Was saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Bobby Womack today.

Bobby Womack
Glastonbury 2013

Tidy Tune Catch Up #173-78

#173 Shadow of Doubt (A Complex Kid) - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

#174 Highest Trails Above - The Ramones.

#175 Being Boiled - Human League

#176 Take Me To The River - Al Green.

#177 What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone.

#178 Ready or Not - The Lightning Seeds

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Temporarily Closed

Tidy Tune #172: Coming Back To Me Baby - James Carr

This one is the last one for a week as I'm off on holiday, fear not though because when I'm back we'll play catch up.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The "Sweet" Sound of Candy Hearts

It's always nice discovering something new and recently New York/New Jersey band Candy Hearts have found their way onto my musical radar.

I stumbled on their latest video, 'I Miss You', a track that's taken from their brand new album 'All The Ways You Let Me Down', and immediately fell for their infectious indie pop punk sound.

Of course I had to find out a bit more about them and so the search began. Click on the links to enjoy the music.

Formed whilst still at College in Upstate New York by frontwoman Mariel Loveland in 2010, 'Ripped Up Jeans and Silly Dreams' was the first album from the band and was a self-release.

A Split single with Sister Kisser followed in June 2011 and the band contributed two songs to it.

Their 2nd album release was on Kind of Like Records and was out in September 2011.

November 2012 saw the release of 'The Best Ways To Disappear' (a mini album of 6 tracks). The album came out on Bridge Nine Imprint Violently Happy Records (founded by Chad Gilbert, Guitarist of New Found Glory and this was the first release).

'Miles and Interstates' Single was released in August 2013. It was a Limited Edition of 500 copies.
And on June 10th they released their brand new album.

I Miss You

More "Sweet" Music:

For More Info on Candy Hearts check out their Website.
Also checkout their Bandcamp page.

Tidy Tune #171: Don't Push Love Away - The Juliana Theory

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Rewind: 17th June 2012 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Play Madrid on the Wrecking Ball Tour

This was the 34th show on the Wrecking Ball Tour in 2012 and up to this date it was the longest show the band had ever played - a massive 3hrs and 48mins. The previous longest show was back on The River Tour in 1980, Nassau Coliseum on the 31st December when the band played for 3hrs and 43mins. The elusive 4hr Springsteen show would materialize on the final night of the European leg of the tour when they played in Helsinki  for a remarkable 4hrs and 6mins (add a Preshow appearence and all in all it was around 4hrs and 37mins!).

Click on the links to enjoy the music.

Audio of the show:



Tidy Tune #168: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Monday, 16 June 2014

Rewind: 16-18 June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival

Click on the Links to enjoy the Music.

Friday 16th June
The Association
The Paupers

Lou Rawls

Johnny Rivers

Eric Burdon and The Animals
Simon and Garfunkel

Saturday 17th June
Canned Heat

Big Brother and The Holding Company
Was Not Filmed
Country Joe and The Fish
Al Kooper

The Butterfield Blues Band

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Steve Miller Band

The Electric Flag
Moby Grape
Hugh Masakela
The Byrds

Laura Nyro
Jefferson Airplane
Booker T and The MG's 

Otis Redding
  1. Shake (Audio Only).
  2. Respect (Audio Only).
  3. I've Been Loving You Too Long.
  4. Satisfaction/Try A Little Tenderness.

Sunday 18th June
Ravi Shankar
The Blues Project
Big Brother and The Holding Company
The Group With No Name

Buffalo Springfield
The Who*
* They also performed 'Pictures of Lily' and 'Happy Jack'.
The Grateful Dead
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 

The Mamas and The Papas

Scott McKenzie with The Mamas and The Papas

The Mamas and The Papas

Lamont Dozier 73 Today

Happy Birthday Lamont Dozier
73 Years Old Today

Click on the links to enjoy the music.

Think Holland-Dozier-Holland and one word comes to mind: MOTOWN!

Between 1962-67, these three chaps wrote and produced some of the finest music known to man. They put together 25 #1 Hits.

Here's just a small selection of those classic songs:

Of course, Lamont Dozier is also known as a performer and writer in his own right.


Tidy Tune #167: Roam - The B-52's

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Rewind: 1979 - Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division Released

Released on 15th June 1979, 'Uknown Pleasures', the debut album from Manchester band Joy Division (formerly Warsaw) was a #1 Album on The Indie Chart but only reached #71 in the proper UK Album Charts. But the sales were slow until the release in October of the non-album single 'Transmission'.

Recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport in April 1979 and was produced by Martin Hannett.

The album is still considered by many as one of the finest albums of it's time.

Unknown Pleasures

Live Appearances 1979

Tidy Tune #166: Daddy's Tune - Jackson Browne

For Daddy's Everywhere
Happy Father's Day.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Tidy Tune #164: Moving On - James

Album Version

Semi-Acoustic Live Version

Live At The Electric Ballroom, London
May 2014

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Tidy Tune #163: Cast of Thousands - The Boys

The Boys - Doing What They Do Best!

The Boys have returned with a bang!

The band that bought you such 1970's punk rock gems like 'Sick on You', 'I Don't Care', 'First Time' and 'Brickfield Nights', and classics like 'Terminal Love' and 'Kamikaze', have finally released a brand new album! We've only been waiting since 1981!Their last album was 'Boys Only'.

A round of applause for The Boys!

The old guard of Matt Dangerfield, Casino Steel and Honest John Plain have penned 13 new slices of their perfect brand of Punk Pop and you'd think they'd never been away! Well, in the years between releases they have all been involved in various musical projects so it's not like they have been sitting on their bottoms doing nothing, so I guess we can forgive them for taking so long.

Stand out tracks so far for me are: '1976', 'She's the Reason', 'Punk Rock Girl', 'Organ Grinder' and 'What's the Matter With Morris?'

I love hearing the great harmonies again that made all their previous records so good and it makes you wonder why these guys only ever had limited success back in the day.

All in all it's a great return and one can only hope that it gets the attention it fully deserves. There's quite a number of songs that would sound mighty fine on the radio.

If you Click Here there are links to a teaser from the album and also for getting the album for yourselves.

Listen and Watch:

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Frank Turner - We Shall Not Overcome (Animated Video)


"Be a fan of every band who ever made you wanna move your feet
Fall in love with every person whoever made your heart wanna skip a beat"

Tidy Tune #162: Running on the Spot - The Jam

Studio Version
Live Version

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Tidy Tune #159: Everlasting Love - The Love Affair

The Love Affair - 1967 Single Version.

U2 Version - B-Side of 'All I Want is You'.

Paul Weller and Steve Ellis (lead vocalist of The Love Affair) - Live at Croydon Fairfield Hall 6th December 2001.

Robert Knight - The Original Version.

Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet Version from 1981.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Tidy Tune #156: Platinum - Miranda Lambert

"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blonder" - has to be one of the funniest lines in a song I've heard in ages! 

Title track from the brand new album by Miranda Lambert

Rewind:1980 The Psychedelic Furs Debut Album

Click on the links to unleash The Beautiful Chaos!

Birthday Greetings
Richard Butler 
(born on this day in 1956).

29th May 1979 at The Music Machine in Camden was the first time I set eyes upon The Psychedelic Furs and they were like this kind of cross between The Velvet Underground and Roxy Music! Was so amazed by them I went to see them a couple more times in '79 and then saw them support Echo and the Bunnymen at The Lyceum a month after their debut album came out. In June they were back at The Music Machine in Camden and were even more polished.

The 1979 debut single is epic and like a lot of singles back then, the b-side was none too shabby either.

The single did not chart in the UK and it hit #77 on the US Dance Chart!

Their debut album is one of my all-time favourite albums. The tracklisting below is for the 9 track original UK release. For some reason 'Blacks'Radio' was removed from the US release and 'Susan's Strange' and 'Soap Commercial' replaced it.

The album reached #18 in the UK Chart and only #140 in the US Chart.
Produced by Steve Lilywhite (except where noted)

Side one
  1. "India" – 6:21
  2. "Sister Europe" – 5:38
  3. "Imitation of Christ" – 5:28
  4. "Fall" – 2:40
  5. "Pulse" – 2:37 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and The Psychedelic Furs)
Side two
  1. "We Love You" – 3:26 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and The Psychedelic Furs)
  2. "Wedding Song" – 4:19
  3. "Blacks/Radio" – 6:56
  4. "Flowers" – 4:10 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and The Psychedelic Furs)

To coincide with the release of the debut album'Sister Europe' was released as a single. It didn't chart in the UK or the US but did break the Top 50 in New Zealand!

John Peel Sessions
(Broadcast 30th July 1979)
1. Imitation of Christ
2. Fall
3. Sister Europe
4. We Love You

(Broadcast 28th February 1980)
1. Soap Commercial
2. Susan's Strange
3. Mac the Knife

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