Chelsea!

I been thinking about songs by seminal UK punk group “Chelsea” Probably won’t go over well here, you have to have your ears sharpened, or blunted, or whatever to like this stuff, but I have an appreciation for it. I was thinking about some of these old songs, so I just looked a few up to share here.

I don’t know what half the lyrics are, or what the songs are about, can’t find the lyrics online, cos they’re too obscure – I sort of like that in my music, it seems to add to that secret exclusivity.

Anyhow, the singer is called Gene October – that’s a cool name! Also, I think he has something to say, something a bit unusual, and a bit odd perhaps – 

what on earth this one is about I have no real clue, but it does seem to be about something

What would you do?

This one is like a bit dark, like the Doors or something, not typical punk style really

Look at the Outside

Here’s another dark one, really dark!

No Flowers

This ones even darker, its like punk blues man!

The Loner

They done a cover of Many Rivers! Shit, that’s not typical punk at all! Its not that good, but its quite sweet I think

Many Rivers

This one is probably my fav, a real belter – flat out good song! It sounds really 70’s – I don’t think later generations had this energy 🙂 The drumming towards the end is cracking! I like punk music the way jazz officianados like their jazz!

Don’t get me Wrong

Here’s a good anthem song to round off this post 

Come On

Lockdown blues

The other day I thought I’d have a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits, but when I got to the cupboard I was shocked to find I had no biscuits! Really shocked! I thought I had a packet in there, I buy them in packs of two, and I was sure I still had another pack left, but I was wrong. So anyhow, I made a cup of tea, drank it, then I thought, oh, I fancy a biscuit or 2, but there were none, so I double checked the cupboard, and I really, really don’t have any! So anyhow, I finished my tea, thought about the lack of biscuits, (which I could still barely believe) Then I thought, hmm, I fancy a cup of tea! Completely forgetting I just had one!  Amazing!  I must be getting old – yes!

I’m pretty gobsmacked we’re coming out of lockdown while so many people are still at risk! I feel that it would have been better to shut this thing down rather than just vacinate our way out of it – science is great, but its lazy to just expect miracles – scary really, is the economy really the only thing that matters to these ass-hats?  

I’m getting quite a bit of junk mail lately, I don’t click the links, but I copied some text to translate from French

Notre repasseuse professionnelle repasse votre linge dans le plus grand respect de vos affaires. Notre livreur vous rapporte votre linge plié et repassé 24 heures …

Our professional ironer will iron your laundry with the greatest respect for your business. Our delivery person brings you your folded and ironed laundry 24 hours …

Ha, well that’s not so bad!

During lockdown, I got myself a little iPad mini, I got quite a bit of music software on it, synths + drum machines and stuff, I did a screen grab recording back in March or something, of me just tootling about – its like a thing you can add sounds to, and program in little tunes and select different ways to play them, different synths sound different from each other, or you can alter things and just save them to play about with some more later. Anyhow, that’s what I was doing here, its a bit random!

I just did two more videos, this first one is using Grooverider, which is, well – groovy! 

And this one, its a similar sort of thing called Pure Acid

I got fed up with all that a few months ago, but I did spend a lot of hours doing that stuff, learning about it all, I prefer the music of the pros, get a load of this one! Its an ear worm!

Thats from the 2014 Kompakt Total CD, it kept popping up in my random memory, so I had to go searching to ID the track.

I just bought this double CD of Disco stuff – mostly from the late 70s, I’m digging’ this vibe!

WTF??

WTF is up with these people?

I was trying to read some poetry in another window while this was going on!

First he’s having a go at Judas, and now he’s having a go at a priest!

I don’t even know what this one is about

They’re all big productions tho aren’t they? There’s some money behind all that – I find it rather derivative and anyhow, who needs it? I mean really?

I don’t really care for that much do you? I like to know what’s going on out there, but this just seems silly and superfluous – good luck to them though, perhaps they’ll find their nemesis, or whatever it is they’re looking for, zenith – perhaps I don’t know what those words mean?

Well, I was just thinking:

Haha, that’s more like it!

I was thinking about some stuff earlier, but its all bollocks really, it is what it is, isn’t it! LOL Its for the LOL’s! Hope everyones having / had a good day 🙂

90’s chill . . .

I was trying to remember this song, then I found it!

Groove Armada – At the River

Anyhow, I found that one, cos I’d bookmarked it some place, then I got thinking about getting a compilation of this sort of stuff to listen to, and found this collection called Pure Relaxation – a lot of the tracks are brill!

Here’s 3 more that I just thought, oh yeah! I remember that one!

Morcheeba – The Sea

Smoke City – Underwater Love

Kinobe – Slip into something comfortable

There’s some shite on the 3rd disk in particular, but for £3. 2nd hand, I regard it as a bargain! I went on to order “Anthems Electronic 90’s” by Ministry of sound – its a bit more lively, but only a little! I must be getting old! 😀 😀

Phil Collins – On a Motorbike!

When I was about 19, I had this great big 750 Suzuki motorbike, it was an R reg, so it was pretty old, a bit vintage really, but it went ok, you could go over 100mph on it easy, so I got this job doing despatch riding – what an experience! I lived in Bedford, about 50 miles from London, so most deliveries went to London, but we also got some nice jobs up north, and east and west. Anyhow, I was just thinking about one of my first trips to London, I had to deliver something to somewhere near London Wall, which is an area. I didn’t know where it was, so obvs I had to look it up on a map, cos there were no GPS or anything, so I set off for the motorway, about 15 miles of burning rubber later, I was on it – flying along in the fast lane “Hell for Leather” as they say. Most of the guys who worked there were nuts, and I was no exception. I have no idea why they passed me on my test, it was a license for insanity, like giving a murderer a presentation axe on release day!

So they told me to go down the A41 or whatever it was, I can’t remember, if you’re going west London, you go A5, and turn right at Marble Arch, after that you’re fucked! If you’re going east, its A41, then there’s the North Circular, east and west, the South Circular, and Marylebone road, or the Seven Sisters road – what about that! Cor blimey, watch out for the Old Kent Road! There’s London Bridge, (which isn’t the one you think it is, and there’s Vauxhall, (we were always going there) and the Elephant and Castle! Me old China! 

I drove past Buckingham palace loads of times, never saw the Queen, I expect she was peeping out from behind the curtains saying “Phil – look at that lunatic!”

Anyhow, I found Marylebone, its like an inner city ring road, you go past Kings Cross & St Pancras, familiar with those from train journeys, after that, you just follow the flow of traffic until your’e completely and utterly lost! Its a great job doing despatch – really interesting! Never a dull moment, what with all the taxis everywhere yelling out greetings like “Get out the bloody way” and “Bloody idiot!” 

Anyhow, I found the place eventually, I think I had to ask quite a few people cos the street had vanished, they’d built a factory on it and renamed it or something – it was quite easy getting home, because there’s signs that say A1 – M1 The North – I always loved the way when you’re in a city, it says vague things like that – its always much easier getting out, than getting in – unless you end up in a giant shopping centre car park like I did one time. When you see that sign, “The North” you think yeah! And open up the throttle!!

Anyhow, enough of all that, here’s some Phil Collins songs – I was watching something about his hits the other day, but they missed all the best ones!

UK Subs!

I’m so tired – I just had a week off, but because I had to get my bike wheels fixed, I spent most of it worrying about that. Nothing worries me like motorbike maintenance – its a nightmare, I’d rather boil my head! So, it’s time for new tyres, but there’s corrosion on the rims, so they needed powder coating, which means £80 for that £360 for tyres!!! Christ, I bought whole bikes for less than that in the past – also, had to take off the disks and replace the bearings, which isn’t that hard, but can go wrong – it went ok, but now I’m tired.

Anyhow, thank god its over – 

I just been listening in the bath to this “Jayda G”  DJ Kicks album (on band camp), https://jaydag.bandcamp.com/album/dj-kicks-jayda-g I got to say its a bit unusual, sort of soul funk dance, not heard owt like that of late! I sort of like it – its not my sort of thing, I don’t know how you’d dance to that without losing your shit? 

I might buy the album, that one is the opening track.

Nah then, when I was young, I was a fan of the UK Subs, I saw them many times in many places – they were huge in 1980, biggest punk band in the UK – the UK subs is short for Subversive!

My mate liked this one, the way he goes “Go down Piccadilly” He sounds right cockney! It sure is a good song!

Here’s their biggest hit “Teenage”

I took this photo, Singer Charile Harper was posing for the shot, I was standing on a table, taking ages & he yelled down the mic “Come on David Bailey!” (He’s a famous photographer)

I quite like this summer song by Harry Stiles I think – I’m not going to see him live tho, the Subs are coming to Sheffield later this year – still going strong!

The Kinks!

Well you can’t beat em can you? I was just thinking of their song Autumn Almanac, and decided to pick some Kinks songs to post here, just because 🙂

Autumn Almanac

Susanah’s still Alive

Summer Afternoon

Lola

Come Dancing

Weird!

I just watched the film “Possession” By Cronenbergs son – pretty good, one of those films where you’re thinking back to that time you killed a bunch of people, then instead of covering it up properly, you left loads of easy clues for the cops to follow, in a blind panic – yeah, life’s like that! Good film actually, but I was thinking of music, for some reason, these 2 songs, I just had to seek them out and play them, thus the blog share!

This was totally out of the blue! I’m hankering to listen to a whole bunch of music – haven’t heard that Police one for years – I thought it was Sting. – it took me about 10 mins to ID the Fuckbuttons song – its that sound, very emotive – the Police one is good too 🙂

What a tit!

I bought a new Mac – Apple Mac I mean, (not just another rain mac for my collection). So, I had this Mac that was causing no end of problems for my art, as you know, I like to do digital art, https://woodslog.wordpress.com  – I first had a Mac when I was at college I expect, around 2000, one of those little plastic iMacs they were doing, it was ok, then I had a tower G4, then a G5 when the G4 became redundant, then I went and got a 27inch iMac, which was that last one that caused me so much trouble. I bought that thing in 2011, and expected it to keep going pretty much for the rest of my life, since it cost in excess of a thousand pounds – It was a good machine when I got it, price wise and power wise, it could handle just about anything, but the graphics card was poop, so there was a recall by Apple & they fixed it for free, I thought that was pretty god, but then about 6 years later, the card died again – this time it was up to me. Well the computer was buggered, so I followed desperate advice off the net and put the card in the oven – it worked! It came back to life! It was like a miracle, I wouldn’t have to buy another Mac, but the story isn’t really that much of a happy fairy tale, I’d lost a lot of work I hadn’t backed up, and I’d had to open the back up and mess with things I didn’t understand, so it was a bit of a desperate experience.

Anyhow, I wasn’t prepared to buy a new Mac at that point, I wanted at least 10 years service for my investment, so I soldiered on, I had to buy an external drive a few months later, cos the main disk seemed to be crippled in some way, I don’t know, maybe things just don’t last forever? So anyhow, with the Graphics card half melted, and an external drive instead of the main disk, and a fan control thing on it, because otherwise the Mac had lost its marbles and would blast its cooling fans like a hair drier, onward I went. It was useable, though hampered by occasional crashes. These crashes became more frequent in the last year or so, it was again becoming difficult to do anything ambitious, like riding a bike held together by sellotape. 

So I got this new Mac, I paid £1000. for it, pretty cheap compared to the newest iMac 27inch machine, which is slightly more powerful, but I didn’t want an intel based machine, I still have faith in Apple, and I wanted their new M1 chip, not that I understand the details and inner workings of computers, but I’m told this is the future, I’m excited by the future – or I like to be!

Why get another apple after all this trouble? Well why not? It’s what you’re used to I guess. Things are looking up at last digital art wise, now I have to buy another screen!

Down the River!

The river nearest to me growing up was called the Ouse – or more specifically, “The Great Ouse” cos there is another Ouse in the UK, (its a different river) which passes through York, but we didn’t know about that, cos it was a long way away. Yes, you’re right, this is interesting! At least from where I’m sitting – I now live much closer to York and the other Ouse, but its the Great Ouse I woke up dreaming about. We used to get in canoes, in the youth club and go from the village I lived in Clapham, Bedfordshire, and paddle down towards Bedford town, but then it does a U-turn, and goes to Bromham or something. mostly we’d go upstream to the next village of Oakley, this makes perfect sense, because the road runs the same way – you can’t see the road from the river, as its a way off, and anyhow, you’re down there in the river channel, looking at ducks, swans, water rats, fish, rocks, stuff like that. Its harder going upstream than down, it makes your arms ache a bit.

Its a very gentle river, and pretty easy to go along – only when the level is really low you might have to get out and carry your boat near Oakley, where there’s a weir, and some rapid bits. 

But where does the river go beyond Oakley? I know it goes through Felmersham and Pavenham, and Carlton, and Harold I think, and the other way, it goes towards Bedford, but first it does a U turn, and goes to Bromham, or was that before Oakley? Ok lets have a look at the map –

Well you can see it bends about quite a bit – You might be going along a road and think, “whats the river doing here? I thought it went the other way?” It runs rings around you, you have no idea where its going. Its just as bad if you go along the railway line, it crosses the river 5 times in a few miles – WTAF??

Yes, its pretty flat landscape, the river can hardly tell which way is downhill, hence the meandering. Clapham to Bedford on foot, is about 2 miles, if you went by boat, it would be more like 8 or 10, and you’d have to navigate all sorts of weirs, go past loads of farmland and peoples back gardens – at Bromham, its all water lilies, very pretty, people have long gardens with tall trees, nice lawns, boat houses, that sort of thing – then you get to Kempston, which is all drug addicts and finally Bedford, which is a mixture of posh folk from rowing clubs, and more drug addicts and goths!

But I digress, when you look at a map, you can see where you are and where everything else is, but when you’re actually down there on the ground, its all about what it feels like to be where you are, you got no real idea of where anything else is, you got to experience the journey to know what its going to be like when you get to where you’re going, and what that will be like when you get there. It won’t have much to do with the map. 

I lived in Kempston for a bit, so I know what the river is like there, and I know all those villages from the roads, cos the school bus went through picking everyone up. The river used to flood at some of those places, it would flood in Clapham when I was young, you’d need wellies to go down the high street, so I’d usually just go the other way if it was in flood.

Also, if you go west of this map, I used to work in Olney, where the Ouse passes through there, we used to swim in it at lunch break, its still quite deep there, but its quite a shallow river at many points along it. I see from a bigger map view, after Olney, it goes through Milton Keynes and Buckingham, then ends near there, so if you got in your canoe round there, it would be all downstream to Bedford, but it’d still probably take about a week to do it – it would be nice if the weather was ok, a worthwhile trip, but I don’t know if I’d recommend it? You would need to take a tent, and there’d be no TV etc.

The river is only really navigable from Bedford to the sea, about 60 miles east. Mostly thats all managed water ways, they drained the marshes (Fens) altering the rivers course, but you can take a bigger boat along there.

Here’s the Ouse at Bedford


And here it is at Felmersham

Turvey is nice too!

Here’s a flood

And here’s what its like at Kings Lynn, going out towards the sea!