Tuesday, 20 November 2018

The Guns Of Brixton

Forgive me for not recording a song from scratch today, but I think it's worth tweaking the rules on this occasion.
Brian Fergus, aka UkeFoote, has a studio in Portland, Oregon, where he regularly conjures up magic on ukuleles, keyboards and vocals. Way back at the start of the year, he offered to help with a song. Knowing my love of The Clash, he even suggested which one. But it was only a couple of weeks ago that I finally got around to recording my part, and sent it off to him. What I didn't know was that he was about to go into hospital for a hip replacement. So, from his sick bed, he has added bass, organ, vocals, and made a proper video out of it. Thanks Brian!

Monday, 19 November 2018

I Don't Want To Talk About It

I always preferred Everything But The Girl's version to Rod's, but now I have heard the original, by Crazy Horse, and that's pretty fine too.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Dirty Old Town

How times change. The dirty old town in question was Salford, now home to Media City, a smart theatre, designer shops, and rather expensive quayside flats. I'm sure Ewan MacColl would have something else to say about it now.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

The Close Shave

Back in June I did "New York Girls", the sad tale of a sailor losing his clothes and money to a lady of the night. Here is something similar, but with a couple of twists, and sailors replaced by gold miners.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Ever Fallen In Love (with someone you shouldn't've?)

Lots of bonus points if you get the title of this one correct, especially the bit in brackets.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

House Where Nobody Lives

Highly chuffed that Jarrod Dickenson has indicated his approval of my version of his song yesterday. If Tom Waits does the same today, I may decide that this is all a weird dream.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

No Work For A Working Man

Jarrod Dickenson is one of the best musical discoveries I have made in the last few years. A modern day troubadour, playing songs that tell stories. Here's one of them.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A Groovy Kind Of Love

Sorry about the paint-splashed clothes (and probably hair too) - this song comes inbetween coats of emulsion on the kitchen walls. Phil Collins always used to have a pot of paint on his piano when he was on Top Of The Pops, so this seems like a good time to do one he had a hit with.

Monday, 12 November 2018

When Will I Be Loved

Thanks to the person who made a donation a few days ago - you know who you are. The target has been reached, but every extra bit will pay for more lamps.
As well as singing perfect versions of songs by other people, Phil Everly wrote a few gems himself. Here's one of them.

Sunday, 11 November 2018