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

Monday, April 19, 2021

XTC - LIVE in BELGIUM '82 - Fight this sickness find a Cure



Superb quality from FM broadcast tho' nobody seems to know who aired it! 

from Fight This Sickness Find a Cure blog! A relatively new site for me . . . . . . they feature quite a few fine albums and links to ROIOs and came across them through the other guys at Floppy Boot Stomp and Voodoo Wagon that I support here and especially as they had featured a couple of XTC recordings lately. This show starts with perhaps the best live version of Runaways I have heard!

This is a show from the final XTC tour (this concert was broadcast on FM radio), from a gig at L'Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, on the 7th March 1982.

The last major hit of XTC's touring phase was "Senses Working Overtime," the first single from their double album English Settlement and a top 10 hit in 1982.

At the peak of their popularity, the band embarked on a major tour, but Andy Partridge suffered a mental breakdown on stage during one of the first concerts of the tour in Paris on March 18th, 1982. The European and British dates were cancelled and after completing only one show in San Diego the whole US leg was also abandoned. 

Source: FM Broadcast.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps.

Set: Full Set.

Set List:


2.Jason And The Argonauts.


4.Ball And Chain.

5.Senses Working Overtime.

6.All Along The Watchtower.

7.Towers Of London.

8.Making Plans For Nigel.

9.Living Through Another Cuba / Generals And Majors.

10.Real By Reel.


XTC - Live in Brussels, Belgium 1982 - Fight This Sickness Find Cure

Links: Official Site.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Helen McCrory - Dies at 52


1968 - 2021 

So sad to hear of the death of the super stellar actor Helen McCrory who has died from cancer at 52. So young and her wonderful equally super stellar husband said in a heartbreaking statement announcing Helen's death, Damian Lewis wrote: 

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully as home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family." 

Mrs Malfoy!  Mama Jeanne, Clair Dowar,Polly GrayKathryn Villiers,  Emma Banville,  Lady MacbethOlivia, and Rosalind 

Damien added: "She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you." 
Our thoughts go out to him and their children, Manon and Gulliver.

"I don’t think I’ve ever been interested in any play about the happy, successful, lighter moments of life. I think that’s a very modern, pervasive idea in our entertainment, whether it’s on Instagram or in fiction, to show only the good and the perfect side of yourself. It’s just a lie and it’s very dull, and it’s nothing that anyone should even strive for." - Helen McCrory

Jack Kerouac by Elliott Erwitt

Hey, Jack Kerouac!

As the post with the biggest numbers of 'hits' is a photographic one [Gary Winogrand - see below] so here's a masterwork by one I have actually met. I was fortunate enough to have been able to promote certain artists and photographers when the manager of BH Blackwell's Art & Poster Shop these included Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Robert Doisneau, and relationships with artist the like of the then Ruskin Master, Stephen Farthing, the lovely David Mach, Gilbert & George (who came twice so that they ended up calling me Mr Andy!) to name but a few. 

 Jack Kerouac, New York City, 1953. Elliott Erwitt. [Silver Gelatin print.]

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. 

~ Jack Kerouac.

Top posts visited

10,000 Maniacs  . . . . . of course! 

Jack with Steve Allen

Saturday, April 17, 2021



Now I don't normally post audience recordings any more and such is how we are spoilt now but this is an exception (there are some) This is great and thanks to the quality of the sounds at this Coachella it doesn't suffer too much from audience noise . . . . . . . . great addition to So Many Roads. Thanks guys!

Paul McCartney - Live at Coachella 2009 - So Many Roads

It all starts with Diplo's legendary re-mix of The Beatles 'Twist and Shout' which is either cheeky or, if Macca approved, a stroke of genius!

So Many Roads say:

When the Cochella Music and Arts Festival launched in 1999, the 2 day event hosted about 37,000 concert goers, just slightly more than half the foretasted 70,000 the organizers had hoped to draw.  The festival was then cancelled in 2000, and retained in 2001, but only as a single day event.  Things looked bleak for the future until AEG purchased the original promoters of the festival, providing a strong source of funding in the process. Cochella returned to a 2 day format in 2002 and hasn't looked back. Artists such as Paul MccArtney, Prince, Roger Waters, Jay Z, AC DC, Kayne West, Lada Gaga and Beyonce have headlined the festival in recent years.  In 2007, the festival expanded to 3 days.  In 2012, it grew to encompass back to back 3 day weekends, each featuring the same line of artists.  This excellent audience recording captures McCartney's appearance, a dozen years ago today at that the 2009 Festival, on April 17, 2009.

Have at it - you won't be disappointed!

Friday, April 16, 2021



John Cale - Sabotage Live 1979 

{Out of Print}

From the original FBS Archives
Back From The Dead, Originally posted here March 19, 2014 

John Cale - Sabotage Live
Recorded live at CBGB's
New York, New York 1979

Rare and Out of Print @320
$900 at the 'Zon

"being paid just enough to make them wanna KILL for you, but not enough to make them wanna DIE for you,"
The Boss says . . . . :
I know it's probably hard for a John Cale fan that may not know this record to accept the guy dropping his acoustical piano and violin for an electric guitar, and issuing what's most probably the most brutal/ straightforward live album ever- but it would be a crime to ignore this masterpiece, which runs at full voltage all the way down. Captain Hook is probably the best Cale performance ever, Mercenaries the best anti-war song ever written, but anyway the whole album is an astonishing experience, provided of course that you do know how to pump up the volume for your speakers.

Review at Rolling Stone

Track List:
01 - Mercenaries (Ready For War)
02 - Baby You Know
03 - Evidence
04 - Dr. Mudd
05 - Walkin' the Dog
06 - Captain Hook
07 - Only Time Will Tell
08 - Sabotage
09 - Chorale

Marc Aaron: Guitar
Joe Bidwell: Keyboards, Vocals
Doug Bowne: Drums, Vocals
John Cale: Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Viola, Vocals, Producer, Fretless Bass, Mixing Deerfrance: Percussion, Vocals
George Scott: Bass

John Cale - Sabotage Live 1979 - Voodoo Wagon

Mercenaries (Live) Rockpalast 1984

"My Rifle Is My Friend/I Clean My Rifle Every Day/That´s Why My Rifle Is My Friend/Ready For War..."

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Richard Thompson - Interview with Joe Boyd - ROUGHTRADE



in conversation with JOE BOYD

Richard Thompson new Memoir

"BEESWING - Losing My Way and Finding My Voice - 1967 -1975"

14th April 2021 7pm 

Zoom webinar due to pandemic

Well that was brilliant! What a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating talk between perhaps our greatest guitar player as well as being one of our very greatest and most unique singer songwriters and the legendary producer from Witchseasons, Joe Boyd. Reading from his new book and interviewed mostly it must be said about the early years for obvious reasons, Joe Boyd who seems to have hardly aged but was there at the beginning was perspicacious and erudite and of course highly informed about Richard's work.

 Richard was as ever breathtakingly honest and has a mind that I could hear discuss anything I feel. At once self deprecating and possessed of the acerbic wit and also with the most staggering recall, bringing back up lyrics from his earliest of songs ("The Angels Took My Racehorse Away" and 'Sloth' were discussed) with little to no effort it seemed. Reading out excerpts of his dreams from the addendum was an amusing start but Boyd ensured it was serious and probing too. 

Boyd dove straight in with references to 'the crash' in which Richard bravely, I thought, spoke of the cathartic affect the death of the Fairport's drummer Martin Lamble and Richard's then girlfriend the legendary fashionista of the hip at the time the beautiful Jeannie Franklyn, when the band's tour bus crashed and all were injured but regrouped under Joe's guidance and care and as Richard noted 'therapy wasn't something much discussed then'. Boyd pulled no punches, largely I imagine because Richard himself can cover these traumatic events so well in the book but I was somewhat taken aback at first. Brave and open discussion of the bands drinking habits reveal Richard's 45 years of sobriety and there was no attempt to disguise his belief in the Islamic mysticism of Sufism of which he is still  a proponent. However it was mostly about the music, the muse and the ability to write so poetically that colours his entire output. Extraordinary evening for over an hours illuminating talk and chat. Riveting stuff

Wonderful gift from my daughter for my birthday two months back now and can't wait to receive my copy of the book and I am sure I will go banging on about it when it comes from the excellent Rough Trade hosts of the evening. Thanks guys!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Frank Zappa - Captain Beefheart - Bongo Fury - Voodoo Wagon


Another peach from The Voodoo Wagon

Hhmmm I wish I had a pair of Bongos . . . . . . . . . 

Again the kind of quality we have come to expect from ROIOs from the boys over at Floppy Boot Stomp and Voodoo Wagon. ( Thanks Brother  Now I have said before that I don't care for Zappa that much but appreciate his 'discovery' or support for Don Van Vliet and think that Bongo Fury is probably the only Zappa album in my collection now (well not really but the only one I play anymore!). Anyhoo, this is a doozie and and worth it for any Captain Beefheart / Zappa fan. FBS has a Zappa box set ROIO from way back in 2013 now ing out of print. It's from The Boss too so have a look over there also! Of course . . . . . . 

Frank Zappa - Beat Boots II - France 1970 - Disc One FBS 

Frank Zappa - Beat Boots II - Fillmore East 1970 Disc Two FBS

Frank Zappa - Beat Boots II - Fillmore East, 1970 - Disc Three FBS

Frank Zappa - Captain Beefheart - Bongo Fury - El Paso 1975 - Voodoo Wagon

BOB DYLAN - Nashville 1993 - So Many Roads

 Haven't posted any Bob Dylan for a while and after all it was what started me off concentrating mostly on blogs and ROIO's of Theme Time Radio Hour (I think!) where I began focusing on music rather than my day job and back ground in the plastic arts . . . . . . . 

so there's this . . . . . . . . from the brilliant So Many Roads . . . . . but . . . . . .it is nothing particularly special in terms of supposed 'soundboards' of Bob and there are literals thousands by now . . . . many of you will know if you are at all a fan very bass heavy and unclear in the vocals. But as we haven't had anything for a while it is worth checking out and seeing whether it is worth hanging on to. It is certainly (always?) worth a listen . . . . . 

Bob Dylan - Nashville 1993 - So Many Roads

Give it a go . . . . . it's His Bobness!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021



So we had a lovely George tribute we should have some more Macca I feel and whoops whadya know Hear Rock City turned up trumps t'other day

Wings live in L.A. 1976

Who Didn't Love Wings Over America?

(I Still Have the 3 Record Set Around Somewhere...) me too!

This Is a Great Sounding Soundboard From 
Los Angeles, 
(A Few From the Seattle Show Mixed In)
From The Wings Over... Tour back in 1976!

Paul McCartney and Wings At Their Best!

My wife and I were still members of the Fanclub by this time (the year we got married and still living in Leicester after my sojourn at Art College) and we bought the triple live album when it came out of course and loved that album despite people accusing it of being 'touched up ' and remixed if not 'over produced' but being a triple we forgave Paulie anything! This is a peach and breathtaking quality!


With a selection of cover artwork no less!