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Much to my surprise, Peaky Blinders S4 will be on already at "Arte" from tonight!  :o

World Chat / Re: The Pogues
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:34:12 AM »

(Shane MacGowan and Nick Cave -  at Shane MacGowan’s 60th Birthday Party - Dublin, January 15th 2018)

World Chat / Re: The Pogues
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:49:21 AM »

I believe in miracles,” Shane MacGowan said recently in response to a question about his religious beliefs from the Irish radio show host, Miriam O’Callaghan. “I’ve seen miracles happen in my life. It’s a miracle every morning when you wake up.”

In MacGowan’s case, this oft-repeated spiritual mantra has a particular resonance. Having turned 60 on Christmas Day, he has defied the dire predictions of both doctors and concerned friends regarding his doggedly self-destructive lifestyle over the last four decades. In short, Shane MacGowan is alive and (relatively) well despite himself, despite the years of dissolution that began in his teens and continued apace through his years as a punk “face” in the late 1970s, the halcyon days of his London-Irish group, the Pogues, in the 1980s, and the long years since when his appetite for excess dulled both his songwriting skill and his ability to perform.

What is also clear with each passing year, however, is that the great MacGowan songs endure, from the bruised romanticism of A Pair of Brown Eyes to the brutal realism of The Old Main Drag, his evocation of life among the teenage rent boys that once haunted Piccadilly Circus by night. Not only that, but they possess a visceral authenticity that belongs to a time before the onset of cultural gentrification, when rock music was peopled with outsiders and misfits. As one of them, MacGowan wrote with acuity about the lives of London’s human flotsam and jetsam.
I first crossed paths with him when he was working in a record shop called Rocks Off in central London in 1976. If memory serves me well, he insisted I buy the debut single of a group I had never heard of: New Rose by the Damned. Unbeknown to me at the time, it was the first British punk record. As I later realised, MacGowan was one of the early faces on the London punk scene. As a wired 19-year-old, he was captured for posterity dancing furiously in a Union Jack jacket on the floor of the fabled Roxy Club in Covent Garden. “I was happy during punk, incredibly happy,” he told me wistfully a decade later. “I didn’t regard it as chaos; to me it was natural living.”
Once I had gotten over the shock of hearing old-fashioned Irish ballads like The Auld Triangle and Poor Paddy being given a good kicking, I began to take in MacGowan’s originals – raw and rowdy punk-fuelled songs like Transmetropolitan and The Boys from the County Hell. To me, and thousands like me, they seemed both old and new, familiar and disorientating. They were immigrant songs: London-Irish rather than purely Irish, as dependent for their visceral insider reportage on the primal influence of the Sex Pistols as on the Dubliners. Back then, MacGowan often evoked a rural, pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland that was already disappearing, but his lyrics spoke to me even more directly of the life I lived back then – the crappy jobs, the dole queue, the casual racism, but also the more illicitly exciting London of semi-legal squats, cheap gigs, and all-night shebeens and dive bars.

He was an outsider in England from the moment he arrived as a youngster plucked from rural Tipperary on a scholarship to Westminster School. Constantly bullied for his looks and accent, he spent long hours, he later told me, wandering alone in Soho, a curious teenager drawn to the seedy undertow of those pre-gentrified streets where the lure of peep shows and strip joints still held sway. All he experienced, saw and overheard somehow lodged in his brain, and came out again, transformed, in the songs he wrote on the scraps of paper that littered his flat in King’s Cross alongside the empty bottles and scattered records.

One of those songs, of course, has since entered the public consciousness in the most surprising way. The epic and brutally romantic sway of Fairytale of New York has become the festive song for those of us who can’t abide festive songs, and no amount of annual over-exposure can dull the achingly regretful sway of the couplet he trades with the late Kirsty MacColl – “I could have been someone/ Well, so could anyone.”

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:17:33 PM »
You could think there was a TV influence on them...

The sheer quality of Bu Bir Ruya is staggering, perhaps more so given that their previous two albums – Troubles (2013) and Lion City (2014) – were also of such incredible superiority.
As the album continues into The Border Crossing with its post-punk funk and reverb, the immortal line “don’t you know the world is getting smaller” resonates deep within. Recorded in a converted mechanic’s studio in Istanbul, the sound is one of a live feel but with a clinically organic edge and as the lovely guitar pluck ends and fades it’s onwards and upwards.

The stunning vocals of Gaye Su Akyol feature on Love Is A Foreign Country providing a haunting interlude which grips the listener with every note. It’s simple and enthrallingly monotonous and provides a quite wonderful halfway mark for the album before Safety In Numbers breaks free and almost explodes onto the scene. Deep bass grooves and one of those annoyingly catchy straplines that just won’t go away.

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:47:12 AM »
Mansunkid's German review (feat. a video of "No Time To Be 21"):

World Chat / Re: The Damned - Pledge album.
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:18:14 PM »
Single played yesterday! 44 mins

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:07:46 PM »
R.I.P. FAST EDDIE CLARKE (5th October 1950 - 10th January 2018)

From Motörhead Official FB page:
We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight...Edward Allan Clarke - or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke - passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia...

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:56:21 AM »
Video of Vom, TV & Schneider "warming up" for their shows:
(Let me know if this works for people outside FB.)

Photo of last night's show:

World Of TUTS / Re: 2017 lists
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:52:15 PM »
Thanks for contributing to this thread!  8)

Suzy & los Quattro's "Faster & louder" is still a fab album to listen while driving the car!

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Throatbox > What Are You Drinking This Week?
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »
Nice name (& nice taste)!

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:09:14 PM »
Sometime between Xmas and now, I grew a little tired of all the punk, rock, pop... music in my collection.  :(
Then I discovered in an old drawer lots of cd's my late dad left behind; as no-one else seemed to have much interest in them since his passing (2007), I looked through them and found a few interesting ones with classical music. Some of those were played at home and in my car since then.

However 2018 seems to bring some new albums! I will get the new one by Dirtmusic.
As I "pledged", the Damned album should be sent to me when it's ready.
Then there's a new release by Calexico in January (might get that one later in the year).

Also, both Rat Scabies and Paul Gray have contributed to this one:

Disintegrate Me released on LP/CD/DL by Fullertone Records on February 23, 2018

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Boox > What Are You Reading This Week?
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:12:25 PM »
Will start reading Umberto Eco's "Numero Zero" soon (German translation).  8)
"A triumph" (Scotland on Sunday)

"A smart, modern mystery" (Justine Carbery Independent)

"A novel for our times" (Irish News)

"Brims with exuberant inventiveness" (Terry Eagleton Times Literary Supplement)

"Combines farce and conspiracy thriller while retaining the author’s familiar sense of detachment" (Anthony Cummins Guardian)

"Cynical but heartfelt, utterly flippant yet deadly serious" (Mark Sanderson The Times)

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Throatbox > What Are You Drinking This Week?
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:04:55 PM »
Coffee is all I ever have for breakfast  :)

No time for toast?

World Chat / Re: The TUTS Throatbox > What Are You Drinking This Week?
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:56:37 PM »
Looks a fine breakfast beer to me.

Well it looks and tastes (almost) like coffee!  ;D

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