76. Not a Blockhead

Posted on 27/11/2017

Ian Dury and the Blockheads were popular in the 1980's. One or two of his songs have endured: mainly his 'Reasons to be Cheerful' as its such a good idea for cheering up when things are going against... read more >

75. Freaky Bertrand

Posted on 20/11/2017

Bertrand Belin is a remarkable person. Also produces good songs if you dont mind them a bit intellectual. He is not the chap for a singalong chorus so much as the meditative lament. But his voice has... read more >

74. Major and Slam

Posted on 09/11/2017

74. Major and Slam Two string bass players of the same era: 1930's to 1960's developer an unusual but similar approach. They both played conventional string bass most of the time, but also did bowed... read more >

73. Elvis’s imitators

Posted on 02/11/2017

73. Elvis's imitators You could say  that all pop singers after about 1955 were Elvis imitators, except perhaps Roy Orbison, as Elvis had an immense effect on subsequent performers. But what I mean... read more >

72. Is the Fall falling?

Posted on 26/10/2017

72. Is the Fall falling? The Fall is an extraordinary band. Its focus is Mark E Smith. I am not sure if the E stands for anything, like the great heavyweight champion John L Sullivan, who put the L... read more >

71. LH+R and Vocalese

Posted on 16/10/2017

71. LH+R and Vocalese They were a mesmerising vocal group in the late 50's and early 60's. Its worth watching their interaction in the following video. Lambert was much older than the other two and... read more >

70. Tim Maia

Posted on 01/10/2017

70. Tim Maia Maia was an unusual person. He was the second last of 19 children of paerents who cannot have been very well off. But he was musical from an early age. He managed to go to the USA for... read more >

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... read more >