Focus on Song for a Friday

September 17, 2010

I love it when things flow on from one another, and since we had the progression from Chad and Jeremy to Peter and Gordon, let’s continue on with this logic and turn the attention to another player in this week’s vinyl triptych, namely Jan Akkerman. Read the rest of this entry »


To be a Big Star

July 23, 2010

Sad news this week with the passing of Andy Hummel, the orginal Bass player from one of my favourite bands Big Star. Don’t worry if you have never heard of them, because most people haven’t. Nevertheless Big Star were a truly incredible band with the most inappropriate name, since they never were Big Stars.

Earlier this year, there was the passing of Alex Chilton the main man behind Big Star (Chris Bell, the other former main man in the band died many years ago), and so all up this has not been a good year for fans of Big Star. Last year at least saw a box set released to commemorate the group, so there has been recognition in the lifetime of some members.

All of which brings us to today’s song and I am sorry that it is not the rocking happy song you might have been expecting for a Friday, but this one goes out to the memory of Andy. As the bassist he didn’t write a lot of songs but the few he did I think were fantastic and one of them is amongst my favourite Big Star songs.

So here it is Way Out West; a song of aching and longing and wishes, with that unmistakable  powerpop jangle.

I promise the song next week will be more upbeat, but, as Leonard Cohen once pointed out, people tend to remember the sad songs more; I know I do.

So you want to be a rocknroll nerd?

September 8, 2009

Tips on how to be a music nerd.

I. Make lists. Anyone who saw High Fidelity probably had a laugh at all the top ten lists they made. Yet, such lists are a real pursuit of the music nerd. Be aware that many of the good lists have already been done, such as top ten songs to break up to, top ten songs for a Saturday night and so on. Hence there is scope for some original lists, and a real music nerd strives for originality. Here are some ideas for lists that I have started that you might like to use to get you going:

10 reasons that Tales of Topographic Oceans by Yes is a really good album.

  1. Rick Wakeman proved that it is good to eat a curry to.

10 highlights of Bill Wyman’s solo career

  1. A New Fashion from his eponymous album of 1982 is a really good song. (You think I’m joking don’t you? I’m not. I really like the song; it’s catchy)

Just as you will have your lists, other nerds will have theirs. It is important that you denigrate their choices just as much as you vehemently argue the case for yours. You are a connoisseur of fine music. They are idiots. And their lists are crap.

Why not make lists that reflect that, such as: The most overrated top 10 songs appearing on other peoples’ top 10 lists. Read the rest of this entry »