69. Ry why

Posted on 25/09/2017

69. Ry  Why I have always been grateful to Ry Cooder for the Buena Vista Social Club. If he had not been to Havana and discovered all these neglected and hopeless geniuses, the world would be a... read more >

68. Odds Boddikins

Posted on 18/09/2017

68. Odds Boddikins This refers to two very odd singers: John Otway and Hubert Felix Thiefaine. English and French and both pretty strange. Otway is in his mid 60's now but was very odd when I knew... read more >

67. Fun lovin Criminals

Posted on 11/09/2017

67. Fun lovin Criminals I had planned to write about Steely Dan, in view of Walter Becker's death. I then discovered that I could not stand Steely Dan. I once had a friend who was mad on them, back... read more >

66. Charlelie

Posted on 03/09/2017

66. Charlelie Couture Slightly strange name for a slightly strange person. He is a French musician and artist, who now lives mostly in New York and designs things. This post is about his music,... read more >

65. Suffering and smiling

Posted on 27/08/2017

65. Suffering and smiling Fela Kuti wrote this epic song in the 1980's. It describes the hard life of those living on very low incomes in Africa. Its title first points the hardship, but then to the... read more >

64. Cafe music

Posted on 21/08/2017

64. Cafe music When I was a child, there was a radio show based in an imaginary 'Palm Court' of an hotel. The music was dreadful, but was the sort of weedy stuff that passed for music in hotels in... read more >

63. Music while you work

Posted on 12/08/2017

63. Music while you work It should not be too demanding, but at the same time be interesting enough. I listen to a french online radio station called FIP. It is excellent because almost all of its... read more >

62. The man with the Twang

Posted on 05/08/2017

62. The man with the Twang I met Duane Eddy in 1972. He was then past his stardom and was working as an A+R man for a record company in Hollywood. I was doing the rounds of the record companies ('Mr... read more >