Favourite Place

Nov 1, 2018

Nostalgic memories of growing up at Willow Bog Farm somewhere in Northumberland in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Well, up to the autumn of 1963 anyway. In the 1964 Elvis Annual (published by World Distributors) the author devotes nine pages to his own publishing achievements so far, along with details of his home town.

He even includes photos of his first end-terrace house and his current bungalow (which he had named “Graceland”) as well as his Record shop. If that article doesn’t deserve a place in my “Odd Stuff” folder, I don’t know what does.

 

The Elvis Monthly story

Seventeen revisited

Nov 1, 2018

I spent half a day creating another music mix. It sounded ok but then I played an old one from five years ago which sounded much better. So it’s back to the drawing board for number 37 and here comes number 17 once more.

Bettie had her own style of “bump and grind” which she uses with particular effect dancing to The Seeds here.


It’s time for me to spin some discs too. Hear them right here.

Thirty six

Oct 1, 2018

With my current car I’ve never ever switched the radio on or played a CD (assuming it even has a CD player). After a few weeks of ownership I found a hidden usb slot and since then I’ve happily just listened to my own mixes. If you’d like to hear what I’m listening to this week as I hurtle/meander around the local highways and byways you can hear it here.

Get Outa My ‘Ouse

Aug 1, 2017

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Hustler were a great band from the mid 1970s that deserved better breaks.

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Top Fifteen

Aug 1, 2017

For the last twenty years Radio Caroline has been available first via the Astra satellite and then later via the Internet. Later this year they will be returning (legally) to 648khz on the Medium wave band (Note: This officially/actually happened on Dec 22nd 2017) , but you’ll only be able to listen using that “old fashioned” method if you are in the Suffolk or Essex areas. Although no doubt “anoraks” living far further afield will manage to hear it too! I recently visited the Radio Caroline website and saw that they broadcast a Top 15 chosen by listeners each weekday morning. They give you a clickable list of their Top 500 albums to select your Top 15 from. I struggled to find much there. How many more times can people listen to “Dark Side of the Moon” or “Stairway to Heaven”? Anyway this was the list I ultimately chose:-

15 Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
14 Lou Reed – Perfect Day
13 Loving Awareness Band – Existence
12 Hazel O’Connor – Will You
11 John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth
10 Bob Dylan – I Want You
09 Alice Cooper – Poison
08 Love – Alone Again Or
07 Iggy Pop – Some Weird Sin
06 Argent – God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You
05 Beach Boys – Here Today
04 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power Of Love
03 Earth & Fire – Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight
02 Elvis Costello – What’s So Funny ’bout (Peace, Love & Understanding)
01 Shakespear’s Sister – Hello (Turn Your Radio On)

It was only after I’d submitted that list that I discovered I could have chosen tunes not in the Top 500 albums, but they’d only be used if Radio Caroline had the songs in their library so I’m sure that would exclude most of my current favourites. I doubt they’d play Robb Storme’s version of “Here Today” if I’d asked them, much as that is the sort of variety they should be aiming for.

My Top 15 was played on Radio Caroline a couple of weeks ago. But given free rein and my very own radio station I would no doubt be subjecting people to stuff like this:-

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Closet mixes

Aug 1, 2017

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The VU’s third album was a great contrast to the high energy of the previous ones. A mix by MGM/Verve’s Val Valentin was originally used but there was also another mix by Lou which changed the dynamics of the tracks considerably.

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