In Bed With Chris Needham
A BBC video-diary documentary from 1991 depicting the trails and tribulations of a teenage metal fan as he tries to knock his band, Manslaughter, into shape for its first gig, with many digressions into his philosophy of life along the way. Some NSFW swearing. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Jun 8, 2008 -
Lucky Soul's 'Lips Are Unhappy'
isn't the likliest of contenders for the UK's coveted Christmas number one, but this is the track (from a shortlist) selected by listeners of Last.fm to receive Last.fm's backing. Profits go to charity, as is the norm for Xmas No. 1 entries.
posted by nthdegx
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Mickey Jupp, the Father of Pub Rock
and England's answer to Chuck Berry. Why havent Americans heard of him? As alluded to in the great song "You'll Never Get me Up (in one of Those)" Mickey did not like the thought of flying.
Collaborated with Rockpile , Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, (who covered his "Switchboard Susan"
Lowe's Labour of Lust is commanding in excess of $100
Amazon, and Jupp's early 70's band, Legend, who sound like Bad Company command in excess of $70 frequently on Ebay. Good stuff for real rock and roll lovers ...
Personell on Juppanese: Mickey Jupp,
Bruce Lynch ,
posted by celerystick
on May 1, 2006 -
Music photography goodness - some UK-based photographers with plenty of image galleries of rock and pop bands: Peter Hill
(also see his livejournal
for more pics), Ami Barwell
, Michael Williams
, Scarlet Page
, Graham Smith
too), Emma Porter
, and the already mentioned Andrew Kendall
which licenses the work of several photographers and has sections on jazz
, hip hop
, etc. as well as travel photography
and other cool stuff (free registration required to access single galleries and images)
posted by funambulist
on Oct 15, 2005 -
RIP Tommy Vance.
For years the voice of BBC Radio 1's 'The Friday Rock Show' and, for TV viewers throughout the UK, the voice of a multitude of adverts, Tommy Vance
has died following a stroke. RIP you gravel-throated bringer of rock.
posted by TheDonF
on Mar 6, 2005 -
The Scissor Sisters
(album art NSFW) seem to be getting the attention of the two primary community-owned radio stations I have bookmarked, to the point of becoming a guilty pleasure. The band is unapologetically camp
riffing or perhaps just plundering
the more popular glam rock
lexicon and of course the music that we love to hate
, disco. Of course, it may be all over. With the recent revelation that the Scissor Sister are favored by U.K. Tory co-chair Liam Fox
they might suffer what the Guardian calls, the Curse of the Thrashing Doves. The wisdom being that while it is kosher for bands to endorse politicians
, it is the kiss of death for politicians to endorse bands. Still, it is interesting to me how things have changed in that the Scissor Sisters are capitalizing on the gay card early in their careers. Melissa Etheridge took two albums
before coping to what had been an open secret.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Oct 5, 2004 -
For Westerners, the index case of subculture has to be the 1960s UK conflict
between the razor-sharp, tailored mods
and their mortal enemies, the greasy rockers
Difference was critical to these first self-identified youth subcultures: difference in dress, in music, in drug of choice, in the favored mode
...everything. This obsessive focus on not just standing out, but standing out just so
- on showing the world precisely the right angle of a hat, length of a coat, shortness of hair - has defined many a subculture since. We recognize b-boys
, ganguro girls
, and straightedge punks
by such deployments, among many, many other identifiable groups. (It's not just a youth thing, either: leathermen
and the delightfully recrudescent roller derby culture
are largely adult phenomena.)
To a devotee of a given subculture, such matters, far from being a "narcissism of small differences," are a matter of pivotal import in framing how one presents oneself to the world: how we want to be seen
, how we want others to understand us. But I'm getting older now, and further out of the loop, and I realize that just maybe I'm losing the ability to discern these differences in the people I pass walking down the street. I find myself asking, who and where are the new subcultures? And how do they choose to present themselves to us?
posted by adamgreenfield
on Sep 25, 2004 -
No time to pick out your own music? Still like the CD format? Live in the UK? Well has The Rough Trade Shop
got a club
for you. Is this outmoded on arrival or an interesting variant on old style "X-Of-the-Month" clubs? I know I sometimes find it overwhelming to keep up with what's new'n'exciting.
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Jul 30, 2004 -
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
(NWOBHM to cognoscenti) one of the lesser known but most influential movements of the past quarter century. After the innovators of Metal
ran out of steam in the late 70's and were stampeded in the maelstrom of punk, heavy metal (and testosterone-soaked delindquents everywhere) found itself in a quandary). A number of UK acts took some cues from the punks, shortened the songs, reigned in the self-indulgence and speeded up the tempo, and upped the relevance and intelligence of the lyrical content, while still retaining the vocal prowess, instrumental pyrotechnics and young warrior energy that makes it Metal in the first place. Some groups
became world famous. Others only big in Europe
. Some great ones missed stardom by just
. Many of these acts have been cited as inspirations by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Napalm Death and the thrash/death metal hordes, and even many post-punks. An interesting summary for fans, and a good introduction for non-mans who may have to recalibrate their opinion of the genre after checking some of these bands out.
posted by jonmc
on Dec 17, 2003 -
A history of UK Punk Rock from 1976-79.
"Featuring an A-Z of punk bands from Adam and The Ants to The Sex Pistols to X Ray Spex, fanzines, punk girls, rare record sleeves, audio clips, fashion, punk rock lyrics, interviews and loads of pictures." It's not all about the Sex Pistols.
posted by archimago
on Sep 18, 2003 -
Fix Up, Look Sharp
With stateside hip hop in an unprecedented doldrum, the torch has been snatched up on this side of the Atlantic by 18-year-old Eastender Dizzee Rascal. He's recovering from a stabbing carried out rival fans of a rival garage collective in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. The attack took place a few days before being nominated for the Mercury Music prize.
Guaranteed not to be everybody's cup of tea, but he's an interesting character and challenging music make it, and his album, worth a look.
posted by hmgovt
on Jul 29, 2003 -
160 million people watched the gloriously kitsch Eurovision Song Contest
this year. The UK's entry [Real]
scored an astonishing nul points
(i.e. none of the other 25 countries thought the British song was in the top 10 competitors). The singers
blame the country's worst ever result on sabotage. What do you think?
posted by Pretty_Generic
on May 26, 2003 -
Fancy yourself as a mixmaster? Marillion
are offering you the chance to remix their last album, Anoraknophobia
. Tracks cost £10 per song for the masters, or £60 for the whole album. Whatever you think of the band (like/hate/never heard) this is certainly an unusual opportunity. Feel creative? There's a prize of £500 per song for the best mix.
posted by salmacis
on May 6, 2003 -
have been talking about it for a while, but this Music Identification Service for British
(nyt) mobile phones is finally here. For 50p, you can place your mobile phone next to any machine playing groovy unidentifiable music, and within a minute, it'll text and tell you what's playing. So far, I've worked out that it's great at identifying Sheryl Crow and Bush tracks, but it's not so good at identifying
traditional Greek folk music.
posted by seanyboy
on Sep 17, 2002 -
The Bolan Tree
Today is the 25th Anniversary of the accident in which folk-singer turned glam pioneer Marc Bolan died. The tree
his car hit - driven by his partner, soul singer/producer Grace Jones
- has been purchased by a fan group [T-Rex Action Group], who have also contributed a bust sculpted by Canadian Jean Robillard
(with Quebec Government Cultural Attaché to Great Britain attending the unveiling today).
You may not think you know his music, but if you've seen Velvet Goldmine
or Billy Elliot
, watched the NBA Playoffs on TNT [using 'Get It On/Bang A Gong'
], or ever wondered where the ubiquitous '20th Century Boy'
[with the definitive power chord + squeal opening burst] comes from, now you know.
Marc inspired devotion in his fans, and respect from the likes of Bowie, the Damned and Billy Idol in his own lifetime - and influenced musicmakers like The Strokes & The Red Hot Chili Peppers [according to this article in The Philidelphia Enquirer
Dandy's in the Underworld, indeed.
posted by dash_slot-
on Sep 16, 2002 -
Taking a swipe at celebrity cause-fests:
The ever-witty Pulp
(whose latest album, "We Love Life," might finally
be seeing a Stateside release come spring) enlists a host of celebrity impersonators (how many can you point out?) for the video promoting their newest single, "Bad Cover Version."
posted by maura
on Feb 13, 2002 -
Now, I've never been a BIG fan of either Frank Sinatra
or Robbie Williams
. Sure, I've a lot of respect for the former, and the latter's a great singer and entertainer from the UK. But last nite, I was converted. Anyone see A Night With Robbie Williams on TV in the UK last night? (more inside)
posted by wibbler
on Nov 18, 2001 -
This is a long-running community website, starting life as a mailing list way back in 1992. Since becoming a member in 1997, I've found it the liveliest, strongest and sometimes most seditious web site community I know. The main tenets are dance music (from jazz, through dub, reggae but most emphatically house, techno, drum'n'bass and whatever the scene throws up), hedonism, politics and networking. You have to subscribe to take part, but if you're a DJ, producer, music fan, clubber, raver, psychonaut or revolutionary, you'll be made to feel welcome. Check it out, but beware if you're a big fan of trance music.
posted by hmgovt
on May 11, 2001 -