Wednesday 25 November 2009

the kindness of strangers...

...well alright the kindness of fine folk who you've been in some strange through the ether conversation with for oooooh blimey nearly three years or so (don't it just fly)

so (as you have hopefully already glommed over at living for pleasure alone and cocktails and records) sunday night thanks to the big hearted thoughtfulness of spareticketed ol' bltp we got a whole heap of high class storytelling out of the very mouth of the horrifically attired ( think woody as style icon only in america he called it a vest shirt and tie and jumbo cords do they not have mirrors gawd help us terrible ) but desperately loveable david sedaris. his books i always find desperately sad but somehow when he reads them they get all funny. it's the way he tells 'em.

david sedaris - a million bubbles

a whole bunch of david sedaris on national public radio for your listening pleasure


Tuesday 24 November 2009

no how no way

that nice young man over at pretending life is like a song has been most kind and passed on some meme thing but i'm afraid i haven't the faintest idea what one is or what you might do with one apart from that there seems to be some sort of tagging involved which certainly sounds like just the sort of thing i'd disapprove of awfully. it really is lovely to be thought of and all but i'm afraid i've always been a terrible joiner inner so i think i'll be staying in and washing my hair instead.

the peddlers - say no more

i think dusty's with me...


Thursday 19 November 2009

double decker

'and as he sang he created the loneliest early-morning mood in the world'

frank sinatra - i'll be around

the spinners - i'll be around

and one for the broken hearts turned mean

tony bennett - i wanna be around


Wednesday 11 November 2009

i'm going to say it now

too many too many lost last year it's staggering alton and isaac and norman and levi and bo and eartha and freddie and all so this year we're celebrating the greats still with us shouting it loud and cheering them on whenever we can and being desperately desperately grateful for all the joy they've brung to our hungry souls before it's too late.

ah hell that was january that got wrote and gee but the years flown hasn't it just zoomed with the precious treasure of little anthony and the imperials still all unsung unshouted unroared right here right here where we adore them where we can't quite believe the goddamn rocknroll hall of fame managed to induct the blighters and we never even managed to cobble together some tatty twadle. i'm a disgrace.

so finally... little anthony and the imperials we salute you

all you need to know is in the hall of fame performance this year. majestic.

i desperately want to be playing you i'm on the outside looking in or the definitive goin' out of my head or northern showstopper better use your head but i don't want to spoil the thrill for you and damn these two'll just rip you up mighty fine

little anthony and the imperials - it's not the same

little anthony and the imperials - world of darkness

now get a greatest hits if nothing else

Monday 9 November 2009

mods mayday

how does this sound ?

'award winning Carnaby Christmas decorations take on a psychedelic theme'

'filled with fifteen, six metre high inflatable decorations declaring 60’s festive messages of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace, along with four, six metre high inflatable hot pink reindeers, and surrounded by brightly coloured suspended Christmas trees and sparkling lights'

'a psychedelic Christmas is a fond homage to the 50th birthday of Carnaby as it was the birthplace of the explosion of British fashion design and its vitality still invigorates the design world today'

'colours are reminiscent of the 60’s including pillar box red, bright yellow, orange, acid green, purple and candy pink'

'a FREE open air swinging 60’s disco will take place in Carnaby Street on Tuesday 10 November 6pm - 7pm with a live DJ set from Eddie Piller, founder of Acid Jazz Records'

i know. it's like christmas on acid. for gawd's sake. still at least old piller's playing records so that'll be nice. there's go go girls on podiums too apparently. well there were last week when it was all supposed to be on till nine. we'll be wandering about the place tutting and being despicable elitist snobs then retiring for something warming down the red lion if anyone fancies it.

i don't really do psychedelic as a rule and turn into a strident swinging sixties denier after a a gin or two (even without a gin or two as it goes) but i do do charles stepney bananasness which i'm sure has a kaftan in there somewhere so this'll have to do (man)

rotary connection- i took a ride (caravan)


warm up

a quick bit of blog tennis with the mighty mondo. i think i've got more versions of light my fire than any other tune and this is a bit of a favourite starting off loungey ending up all jazz massive . and the doors do it rubbishest obviously.

the gerald wilson orchestra - light my fire


Thursday 5 November 2009

Wednesday 4 November 2009

what am i supposed to do

well it's looking like a do in a park for us then back for sparklers and a rocket or two off the fire escape so where do we go to my lovelies ? your top tips would be tip top

now if i could just lay my greedy paws on some of those moves on ground emits sparks and reports ones

and till i can track down a bit of waste ground for a bonfire to call my very own i guess there's only one song to play...

jocelyn brown - somebody else's guy


Tuesday 3 November 2009

when what where how

so when did it start to happen huh ? when did the spotty little herberts parked outside the off licence with a parka and their dad's best pants stuffed shoddily with heaven knows what and a wonky face drawn on a football shoved under the hood sulkily mumbling penny for the guy mister metamophosise into the darling little cherubs in dinosaur rompers being herded round by the guardian reading classes without the slightest hint of tricks but demanding treats all the same? and when did it all come to get so godddamn close together? and where can you get sparklers in the west end? and how the hell am i going to get thirty feet away from anything on our fire escape?

the pop group - thief of fire (live)

the recalls - nobody's guy

the pop group from we are time which you'll have to find down your local second hand store but you can get y and assorted other things from universal sound

the recalls from lost and found rockabilly and jump blues compiled by keb darge and cut chemist from the fine folk at barely breaking even


Monday 2 November 2009

burning love

right then. now we've got all that flipping haloween palaver done with ( which in my day was just mischief night - knock a door run filling your physics teacher's drive with milk bottles going and getting chips ) can we get on to the stupendously more thrilling fireworks. you know the one. bonfire night. fireworks night. guy fawkes night. treacle toffee. parkin (see our pal bltp's handy recipe). being quite insanely thrilled by a sparkler. that one yes. well it's this week and we're going penny for the guy guvnor barmy so stand well back... oh alright we'll be quietly over enthusiastic and fidget a lot but you get the idea

our lives are shaped by what we love seems appropriate somehow sung by a different hairier odyssey and off of the wobbliest record in my pile swapped for a couple of t shirts at a jon lucien show in brighton long ago. and a bonus other fabulous song off it cos it's too lovely to miss out

odyssey - our lives are shaped by what we love

odyssey - battened ships