portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Monday, July 26, 2021




    And while we mention Time Bandits we have mentioned before the concern for the mental health of one of it's stars in Shelley Duvall and her interviews with the American TV institution that is 'Dr Phil' (2016) and the criticism of how she was portrayed and treated, whether she should even have been filmed at all is a moot point but we have shared the concern since and worried over the wellbeing of a dear and much beloved actor. 

So it comes as a sense of relief to note this article by Seth Abramovitch from The Hollywood Reporter which I confess I did not know and wondered if it wasn't rather similar to the USA's National Enquirer or similar but the article is well balanced and informative, affectionate even and well worth a read. 

Reassuring and even handed the senior journalist goes to some lengths to find Shelley and tracks her down in her beloved Texas. That she is better is a given and it would seem she had the treatment or found the solution to her troubles since the interview and it it should be noted and in fact the article goes to some length to stress that the team behind Dr Phil made an apparently still open invitation for her to receive treatment, counselling etc at the companies expense. 

Searching For Shelley Duvall - The Reclusive Icon on Fleeing Hollywood - The Hollywood Reporter

So encouraging to see the star smiling



From Aquarium Drunkard

Time Bandits (1981) ORIGINAL TRAILER

Videodrome :: Time Bandits

(Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.)

“I am Evil. Evil existed long before good.”

Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.

Now showing: Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy-adventure Time Bandits — the first installment in his “Trilogy Of Imagination” series…

a favourite film and often in my top three of all time . . . . . . . . .(Ralph Richardson as God what else do you need?!) reviewed by Videodrome on Aquarium Drunkard

Sunday, July 25, 2021

NAT MYERS! - New Album - 'Hobo Wine & Remedy Blues'


I found this young man and discovered him playing his blues on a Leon Redbone facebook group (sic) the style is unique and plain lovely, the age seems indeterminate but young, young YOUNG and the voice sounds like the stylistic workings of an old blues man several hundred years old. I think he must be the reincarnation of Blind Wille McTell! He sum ole soul . . . . . . 


This is the blues!

His page says:

It’s hard to track down Nat Myers. He’s one of those young solitaires you hear before you see. Here’s what the books know: he was named after his great-grandfather, an Indiana dairy farmer. His father, a revenue man, served in South Korea. His mother is from Pusan, a factory worker since she was thirteen. They met, and married, then moved to Kentucky, where the solitaire was raised.

He calls himself an entertainer, but that’s like a dog calling itself a flea. As a performer, he emits, but doesn’t distill, his secrets. He’s self-taught, and it probably shows. His style’s homemade, unplugged. From the start he was drawn to the falsely believed to be forgotten styles. He found those who knew it, busking as a street performer before working into traditional venues.

His biggest gift perhaps is not feigning some bigger picture, or abiding scholarly abstractions or pedantic classifications. He doesn’t play for purists, his music, like him, is half-breed. He plays to the living as well as the dead, tapping the tradition passed down by those who tell him he has right to make something from it. He brings a new relevance to a rage of music that gets dusty before the old folks.

-Petunia Burch

Nat Myers page . . . . .


My darlin got the rod, I got the pick ~ 
Tell me where darling, I'm gonna dig dig dig ~ 
Tell me honey, where to dig my well ~ 
My water diviner honey sure does cure dry spell ~ 

When the new dustbowl come boogie-in in 
My baby gonna make a livin divinin ~ 
Tell me honey, where to dig my well ~ 
My water diviner honey sure does cure dry spell ~ 

When you got no watering hole 
My baby bring it gushin clean & cold ~ 
Tell me honey, where to dig my well ~ 
My water diviner honey sure do cure dry spell ~ 

Well & she willow witchin since the day she born ~ 
First doodlebuggin back at home ~ 
Tell me honey, where to dig my well ~ 
My water diviner honey sure does cure dry spell ~


releases July 31, 2021 

Photo Credit: Ari & Zoe Elefterin 

“The folk-blues troubadour wasn't made for these times. But I'm glad he's here.”


Nat Myers - YouTube

 Boy only askin' three dollar!!!

Picture of The Week! - Rico Rodriguez & Jerry Dammers


Rico and Jerry!

Jerry what ARE you doing!???

Dammers' people will know he was the brains behind The Specials, google him! (and them if you must!) Rico is a legend. You should know who he is and if you are British you prolly do! The entry in Wikipedia on Rico sums it up but he started out as trombone player per excellence under Don Drummond's influence and went on to play with Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames and started being heavily involved in the British discovery of Ska and Bluebeat to Reggae. From 1996 he featured as a significant part of The Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Universally loved bu all who found a joy in Ska and Reggae (and Jools' work) he passed away aged 80 in 2015 having been given an MBE for services to music and the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music. Legend!

SOURCE: rebel without applause . . . . .

Saturday, July 24, 2021



B  O  W ★ I  


Now as I was visiting Floppy Boot Stomp and Voodoo Wagon as I do (daily) I found myself wandering the side bars waiting for them to post something ( I do get so frustrated if they don't post something everyday! impatient little sausage ain't I?) and wandering about, as I say, I found this . . . . .  has anyone actually listened to this!? Over at Fresh & Alive!

 It is extraordinary in my view Bowie at his most playful and weird, with my favourite line up band and being an awards ceremony he seemingly can get away with the most playfully weird approach I have ever heard! The lead in for The Jean Genie is one of the strangest ever, loose and they start with nursery rhymes ('There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly'!?) and then an Elvis take off 'Baby What You Want Me To Do!? with Reeves starting with a screaming solo intro over David's Acoustic guitar noodling (presumably) and then full into a funky loud and tight JEAN GENIE! This is modern pop, POP! at its peak! Truly a creative set and staggering really in its coverage, 'My Death' (prophetic!?) 'Battle For Britain"?!! Seven Years in Tibet?!?! then Moonage Daydream! check out 'Fashion' here . . . . . . faultless, coke fuelled? possibly! fun? undoubtedly! . . . . . extraordinary!

David Bowie - 'Fashion'  live at The GQ Awards, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, 15th October 1997

David Bowie – Vocals, Guitar & Saxophone Reeves Gabrels – Guitar Gail Ann Dorsey – Bass & Vocals Zachary Alford – Drums & Percussion Mike Garson – Piano & Keyboards

David Bowie

GQ Men Of The Year Awards

Earthling Tour

Radio City Music Hall

New York City, NY, USA

Wednesday October 15th, 1997 

Soundboard Recording

Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

Track List:

01. Always Crashing In The Same Car

02. Panic In Detroit

03. I'm Waiting For The Man (The Velvet Underground cover)

04. My Death (Jacques Brel cover)

05. The Jean Genie

06. I'm Afraid Of Americans

07. Seven Years In Tibet

08. Looking For Satellites

09. Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie cover)

10. Fashion

11. The Man Who Sold The World

12. Battle For Britain (The Letter)

13. Stay

14. Little Wonder

15. Hallo Spaceboy

16. Moonage Daydream


Check it out you won't be disappointed!

Friday, July 23, 2021


 "I am the light in the dark, I am the match, I am the spark. Don't worry, I'm OK now . . . . . . . . "

Amy says:

We performed a little set for Independent Venue Week a few months back and I'm pleased to share the performance with you over the coming weeks on YouTube. To kick things off, here's 'Spark'. Hope you enjoy!


Watch in full here: https://amymacdonald.lnk.to/liveoranmorFA

Bonus track a faultless version of the 4 Non-Blondes cover 'What's Up?'

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Nanci Griffith - Santa Cruz CA 1986 - Big O

    Big O have posted links to a nice late eighties set from Nanci Griffith today which goes some way towards ensuring we don't forget her. As I have said repeatedly Nanci seems to have disappeared and is believed to be somewhere in the South perhaps running a bookshop it has been said. After a blistering angry letter to many Texan newspapers and reviewers claiming abuse and lack of appreciation in some instances to journals that hadn't covered her work (sic) she then seemed to lay low and fans were extremely worried for her. Griffith is a survivor of breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996, and thyroid cancer in 1998. We always wish her well

Enjoy this a crystal clear soundboard recording . . . . . this is from around the time she wrote Anybody Can Be Somebody's Fool which frankly should be and is a classic of folk country music. She has that rare gift of making most songs her own and her writing often sounds like songs you always thought existed! These are some of them . . . . . . 

Nanci Griffith - Santa Cruz 1986 - Big O

KEVIN AYERS - First two albums - Urbanaspirines

 A great look at the work of Kevin Ayers (yes again!) and Urbanaspirines have revisited the reissue of his first two 'solo' albums Joy of A Toy from 1969 and 'Shooting At The Moon' (with The Whole World) Once again his notes are really worth a read and help the context of Kevin in the panoply of music makers with Eno, Cale, Nico to Soft Machine, Mike Oldfield, Lol Coxhill etc. The Whole World featured Mike Oldfield on bass (no less!) and the ubiquitous Lol Coxhill who played a lot around the free festivals I used to go to and we had him play MOMA under the auspices of Marco Livingstone (art expert curator, gallerists and actually a very fine musicologist who started out interviewing rock and pop people - not a lot of people know that - and they should - he introduced me to Nick Cave but I digress . . .) Coxhill played that time with perhaps one of the finest piano players I have ever witnessed ( I use the term accordingly) Veryan Weston (of Stinky Winkles - still my favourite name for a band! sic) Enjoy!

Kevin Ayers - Joy of A Toy and Shooting At The Moon 69/70 - Urbanaspirines

the intro begins thusly:

Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter who was active in 

the English psychedelic music movement. Ayers was a founding member of the psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with 
Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, Bridget St John, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others.  . . . . . . . . . 

By the late 90s Ayers had become something of a recluse  He died in his sleep on 18 February 2013 in Montolieu, France, aged 68

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

JIMI HENDRIX & Marshall amps . . . .

Allegedly, Jimi first came across a Marshall amp, and tried one himself, while sitting in with Brian Auger’s band Trinity – most likely on September 28, 1966. According to Brian Auger, Jimi turned the amp all the way to 10 and instructed the band to follow him while he played “Hey Joe” – of course leaving everybody in the room (apparently including even Eric Clapton) completely stunned. [11-12-13 Brian Auger Talks of Jimi Hendrix, Marshall amps].

Following this, and Jimi’s discontent with Burns amps that the band was practicing on until then, on October 11, 1966, Jimi and Mitch Mitchell went out to meet Jim Marshall – the founder of Marshall Amplifiers. Apparently, Jim Marshall, who was a drummer himself, already knew Mitch – who had been a pupil of his at some point and had worked at Jim’s store.

  On a Saturday afternoon in the autumn of ‘66, a tall, lanky American walked in with Johnny Mitchell—or “Mitch,” as most people knew him. Mitch used to work in my shop as a “Saturday boy,” and he was also one of my top drum students. The fellow who came in with him that day was James Marshall Hendrix, and he quickly became the greatest ambassador Marshall Amplifiers ever had.

 I must admit, when Mitch introduced me to Jimi, I immediately thought, “Christ, here we go again—another American wanting something for nothing.” Thankfully, I was dead wrong. The very first thing Jimi said to me was, “I’ve got to use your stuff, but I don’t want anything given to me. I want to pay the full asking price.” That impressed me greatly, but then he added, “I am going to need service wherever I am in the world, though.” My initial reaction was, “Blimey, he’s going to expect me to put an engineer on a plane every time a valve needs replacing. It’s going to cost me a bloody fortune!” Instead, I suggested our staff teach Hendrix’s tech, Gerry Stickells, basic amp servicing skills, such as changing and biasing the valves. He must have been a very good learner, because we were never called on to sort out any problems.


According to most sources, Jimi purchased two (some claim three) Marshall Super 100 heads, and four cabinets. He was first seen using the amps during the band’s short French tour, that began on October 13, 1966, concluded on October 18, 1966, and featured four shows. The first show on October 13 was also the first time that The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever performed together as a band. From this first tour, and until the end of his life, Jimi would continue using Marshall amps almost exclusively.

"I really like my old Marshall tube amps, because when it’s working properly there’s nothing can beat it, nothing In the whole world. It looks like two refrigerators hooked together." 

- GroundGuitar


 I think a glaring error here is that I don't think I have ever posted any Robyn Hitchcock! A unique voice and song writing talent and especially British sounding lyrically, I cannot fathom why I haven't posted any before! We are the same age!  I am truly ashamed! I have always admired his sound and writing as have people like REM! Check the background vocal on the band's version and then check out the live TV studio version! Superb stuff

Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians - She Doesn't Exist

ROBYN HITCHCOCK - She Doesn't Exist

I used to ring you and put down the phone
Once wore a hole in your dress
Even tried voodoo right outside your home
But these days I just couldn't care less
She doesn't exist anymore
She doesn't exist anymore
I let her go like the fool that I was
Thought I'd get over her soon
I smell her perfume when my eyes are closed
And I see her face in the moon
But she doesn't exist anymore
She doesn't exist anymore
I tell myself it would be different now
I wouldn't treat her that way
I wouldn't be me if she wasn't her
And it's far too late anyway
And she doesn't exist anymore
(La la la lala)
She doesn't exist anymore (La la lala la la)
(La la la lala)
Only inside you the ghost of a love
That is wordless and painful and old
There's no one else in the whole outside world
That matches to her in your soul
But she doesn't exist anymore
(La la la lala)
She doesn't exist anymore (La la lala la la)
(La la la lala)
She doesn't exist anymore
(La la la lala)
She doesn't exist anymore (La la lala la la)
(La la la lala)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bob Dylan 'Shadow Kingdom' - No Depression

Singing Takes Center Stage in Bob Dylan’s ‘Shadow Kingdom’

By Doug Heselgrave

Shadow Kingdom is an impressionistic, highly theatrical presentation of Dylan singing some of his earliest, rarely performed material. Those expecting the spontaneous, off-the-cuff attitude of his usual live show may have been disappointed by Shadow Kingdom’s choreographed performances, but the format had plenty to offer in lieu of spontaneity. Shadow Kingdom is a revelation that truly breathes new life and offers new insights into some very old songs.

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The Velvet Underground and Nico Reimagined - Aquarium Drunkard

The World’s Behind You :: The Velvet Underground & Nico Reimagined

The songs on the Velvet Underground’s epochal 1967 debut have been covered endlessly over the years, by everyone from rock royalty like David Bowie and R.E.M. to the lowliest garage bands. Coinciding with Todd Haynes’ hotly anticipated Velvets documentary, there’s a new, Hal Willner-produced tribute to the LP coming out in a few months, with various indie rockers onboard. Here’s our own reimagining of The Velvet Underground & Nico, featuring obscure takes on the VU, spanning from the 1960s to the 1990s. Some of these renditions are fairly faithful to the source, while others are decidedly irreverent, finding some truly weirdo approaches to these very sturdy songs. Synth-pop, goth, glam, industrial, grunge, garage … it’s all here, and more. Not everything is totally successful, but it’s always interesting. Watch out, the world’s behind you. | t wilcox

Sunday Morning – Strawberry Switchblade / I’m Waiting For The Man – Tina Harvey / Femme Fatale – Charlie Harper / Venus In Furs – Eye & I / Run Run Run – Riats / All Tomorrow’s Parties – Japan / Heroin – Roky Erickson / There She Goes Again – Real Kids / I’ll Be Your Mirror – Aliss Terrell / Black Angels Death Song – Clock DVA / European Son – Subterannean Dining Rooms

MOBY GRAPE! - 1967 - Urbanaspirines

Around the late sixties there were number of compilation album of bands that we maybe wouldn't have heard in the UK and also cutting edge bands to promote their following over here too. Rock Machine Turns You On (and its sister follow up Rock Machine Loves You - although I didn't get that one for some reason)  and 'You Can All Join In' were budget priced and essential listening and especially The Rock Machine Turns You On which was the first bargain priced sampler album. It was released in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany and a number of other European countries in 1968 as part of an international marketing campaign by Columbia Records, it cost 14/- about half the price of a standard LP then (about 75p). This was how I discovered Moby Grape, Spirit, amongst others. Their eponymous debut remains their signature statement


One of the best '60s San Francisco bands, Moby Grape, were also one of the most versatile. Although they are most often identified with the psychedelic scene, their specialty was combining all sorts of 

roots music -- folk, blues, country, and classic rock & roll -- with some Summer of Love vibes and multi-layered, triple-guitar arrangements. All of those elements only truly coalesced for their 1967 debut LP. Although subsequent albums had more good moments than many listeners are aware of, a combination of personal problems and bad management effectively killed off the group by the end of the '60s. The album discussed here was rmematered and rereleased in 2007

Moby Grape 1967 - Urbanaspirines

* Rock Machine Turns You On track listing CBS 1968 

Side 1[edit]

  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" - Bob Dylan - from the LP John Wesley Harding
  2. "Can't Be So Bad" - Moby Grape - from the LP Wow
  3. "Fresh Garbage" - Spirit - from the LP Spirit
  4. "I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar" - The United States of America - from the LP The United States of America
  5. "Time of the Season" - The Zombies – from the LP Odessey and Oracle
  6. "Turn on a Friend" – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – from the LP The Great Conspiracy
  7. "Sisters of Mercy" – Leonard Cohen – from the LP The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Side 2[edit]

  1. "My Days Are Numbered" – Blood, Sweat and Tears – from the LP Child Is Father to the Man
  2. "Dolphins Smile" – The Byrds – from the LP The Notorious Byrd Brothers
  3. "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" – Simon and Garfunkel – from the LP Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
  4. "Statesboro Blues" – Taj Mahal – from the LP Taj Mahal
  5. "Killing Floor" – The Electric Flag – from the LP A Long Time Comin'
  6. "Nobody’s Got Any Money In The Summer" – Roy Harper – from the LP Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith
  7. "Come Away Melinda" – Tim Rose – from the LP Tim Rose
  8. "Flames" – Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera – from the LP Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

Side one
  1. "A Song for Jeffrey" (Ian Anderson) – Jethro Tull – (Alternative mix, original version from This Was) (ILPS 9085)
  2. "Sunshine Help Me" (Gary Wright) – Spooky Tooth – (from It’s All About Spooky Tooth) (ILPS 9080)
  3. "I’m a Mover" (Paul RodgersAndy Fraser) – Free – (from  Tons of Sobs) (ILPS 9089)
  4. "What’s That Sound"[4] (Stephen Stills) – Art[5] – (from Supernatural Fairy Tales) (ILP 967)
  5. "Pearly Queen" (Steve WinwoodJim Capaldi) – Tramline – (from Moves of Vegetable Centuries) (ILPS 9095)
  6. "You Can All Join In" (Dave Mason) – Traffic – (from Traffic) (ILPS 9081T)
Side two
  1. "Meet on the Ledge" (Richard Thompson) – Fairport Convention – (from What We Did on Our Holidays) (ILPS 9092)
  2. "Rainbow Chaser" (Alex Spyropoulos, Patrick Campbell-Lyons) – Nirvana – (from All of Us) (ILPS 9087)
  3. "Dusty" – (Martyn) - John Martyn – (from The Tumbler) (ILPS 9091)
  4. "I’ll Go Girl" (Billy Ritchie, Ian Ellis, Harry Hughes) – Clouds – (from Scrapbook) (ILPS 9100)
  5. "Somebody Help Me" (Jackie Edwards) – Spencer Davis Group – (from The Best of the Spencer Davis Group) (ILPS 9070)
  6. "Gasoline Alley" (Mick Weaver) – Wynder K. Frog – (from Out of the Frying Pan) (ILPS 9082)

Seminal influences upon my taste both . . . . . . . .