Just a quick mention for ex Blue Lee Crooks, who is now a Gunner in 1 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment. As he is due to ship out to Afghanistan I wish him luck & a safe return. PS I hope you give the Camel Jockeys hell !!
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Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this. Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. Feel free to give me a shout : firstname.lastname@example.org Skamanc, City 'til I die, rainy Manchester M23, Jan 2010 For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the Mrs! Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!). "Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia). Acknowledgements to Manchester City Football Club, Ford Motor Co, Hollands Pies, Snap On Tools, Levis Jeans, Stella Breweries and Benson & Hedges. Also to all branches of our fantastic Armed Forces. Finally, sincere thanks to all the visitors who have made donations. The blog only continues thanks to your generosity.
Friday, 25 February 2011
More class tracks from the Northern scene, as heard at the Torch, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent back in the day.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
L-R Kossoff, Rodgers, Fraser & Kirke.
Further treasures from the BBC vaults... Here's several sessions by FREE, dating from between 1968 + 1970, covering the "Tons Of Sobs", "Free", "Fire and Water" and "Highway" album material. I still have loads of Free boots on cassette from their Appreciation Society, run by a great lad in Nottingham called David Clayton. (He produces an excellent magazine also).
I've managed to find already digitalised (is that a word??) versions, so have edited them into one file along with artwork and reuploaded them via Rapidshite. I've just done this as a CD for in the car - takes me back years to when I was regularly doing a West London - Derby - Manchester trip every week or so in my old Granada.
These are clips from a Granada TV show called "Doing Their Thing", filmed live in Manchester, 1970. My youngest Uncle swears he was there - still can't see you Tim !!
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Blurb below from the Beeb Web Site :
Suggs made his name as front man of 80s pop phenomenon Madness and impressed a whole generation with his unique style of singing, silly dancing and fondness for making the mundane the subject of his songs, such as Baggy Trousers, inspired by memories of school.
Although his cockney accent is part of his singing style, he was actually born in Hastings and moved to London as a child. His singer mother was perhaps a subconscious inspiration, but Suggs didn't have any particular ambitions in his teens. He dropped out of school and did what a lot of teenage boys do - formed a band with his friends.
Madness, a seven-piece gang of friends, became a huge success. Their first single The Prince went to Number 16 in 1979 and three years later they had a Number 1 with House of Fun. In seven years they had 20 singles in the top 20 UK chart and travelled the world playing to large audiences.
Now Madness occasionally meet up and play their hits list, and Suggs has launched a successful solo career and is also working in TV: hosting Night Fever on Channel 5 and captaining a team on BBC1's A Question of Pop.
1. Cry Me a River
Performer: Julie London
Composer: Arthur Hamilton
2. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
Performer: Ian Dury
Composer: Ian Dury/Chas Jankel
3. London's Burning
Performer: The Clash
Composer: The Clash
4. On a Portrait of a Deaf Man
Performer: John Betejman accompanied by Jim Parker
Composer: John Betejman and Jim Parker
5. Al Capone
Performer: Prince Buster
Composer: C Campbell
6. Is That All There Is?
Performer: Peggy Lee
7. Village Green Preservation Society
Performer: The Kinks
Composer: R Davies
8. Cleaning Windows
Performer: Van Morrison
Composer: Van Morrison
If Suggs could take just one record it would be No 6, Peggy Lee singing Is That All There Is?.
His book, apart from The Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare, would be a concise book of Italian verbs.
His luxury would be a nucleus of bees.
A quick note for overseas visitors - Desert Island Discs is a long running (since 1942!) BBC Radio Show. Every guest can choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item.
Sheer class : Free at the Isle of Wight, 1970. (File also includes a Radio Broadcast from Stockholm 12/12/70). Amazing players - these performances are excellent, even more so when you consider that they were all in their late teens !!! Paul Rodgers is now sadly touring with Queen (!), though he remains one of the greatest English Rock singers.
A further gig excerpt, this time from the States in 1971 is also included, often bootlegged as "Rock Me Stealer". Download these & enjoy...
For the late Paul Kossoff (lead guitarist).
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
EASY LADIES...! This fine set of pins & great Ska tattoos belong to blog regular Paul of London. I know a lot of you out there in blogland have some great designs so why not see them on t'internet ?? Feel free to mail them in & we can all check 'em out.
I must admit I've not got any - haven't plucked up the courage yet... I shouldn't be scared of needles though, as I'm on 4x injections daily for my Diabetes... All I want is a St George Flag, City crest & the wife & kids' names. maybe soon...
Posted by Skamanc at 17:41
Bit of a Cure - fest today as Martin has sent me a load of decent files, the first of which is a John Peel Session collection of material from 1978 - 85. Please leave a note or two for him in Comments or on the C-Box. Many thanks !!
Kindly remember - no comments = END OF BLOG
Monday, 21 February 2011
Thanks to Phil for the ongoing support & supply of decent shared files. Much appreciated mate. Here's a very recent set from The Chameleons Vox.
For Herr Pauli...
Thanks, as always to Phil for these cracking files. Please leave a comment or two for him...
I was delighted to receive these this afternoon, especially as I was going to the Band On The Wall gig until last minute circumstances dictated otherwise....
PS I realise The Witchwood is in Ashton under Lyne, which is in Tameside as opposed to Manchester - just mentioned this as someone was otherwise bound to e-mail in about it...lol
Mcr Sub 61, 28/12/09
Band On The Wall, 11/10/10
Thursday, 17 February 2011
I roiginally posted this as a sharecode along with several others for Farewell Tour gigs in the early days of the blog. Brand new (working !!) sharecode posted 17/2/11.
All tracks labelled & presented in MP3 (ignore the FLAC details on the sleeve - too large to upload sensibly!!)
Thanks to Phil for sending me the artwork and, as always, respect to the original bootleggers.
Sadly no footage exists of this gig... Instead here's a couple of tracks from Paris. Both always meant a great deal to me, especially "But I'm Different Now"...
GOD... must just add one of my favourites..."Private Hell"...
& in conclusion, we'll employ a double negative & end with "Start"... Can't get over the quality of the USA footage (1980) of "Start" & "...Hell"
Posted by Skamanc at 00:35