Monday, 25 August 2008
♫ Welcome everyone to Alan’s Album Archives. The website is about to be launched any day now, with an exciting batch of 101 album reviews of scintillating music to muse over. I know every site says this next sentence at some point but we really mean it—please send us any feedback, we look forward to hearing all your comments whether you’re a music maestro or a rock rookie, a sophisticated web-surfer or a reluctant luddite, a literature-loving English specialist or a text-type loving teen. If you like music, we like your comments, whatever they are (I’ll even start liking the Spice Girls if you harass me enough) (No promises mind!) Meanwhile, here’s a quick look at news happening elsewhere in the
this week… land of AAA Artists
♫ CSN: According to Ceefax CSN are working with Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash’s producer, who helped the man in black re-ignite his career towards the end of his life, on an album of covers to be recorded and released some time next year. Added to the release of the film De Ja Vu in September (a Bush-baiting documentary about the super group’s anti-Iraq war world tour in 2006) this marks a rather busy period in the lives of CSN/Y!
♫ Grateful Dead/Jefferson Airplane/ CSN: a new DVD ‘Go Ride The Music’ has just been released featuring an hour of rare early 70s Airplane and Quicksilver with cameos from the Grateful Dead and CSN and others…
♫ Brian Wilson’s new album ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ has just been released and is gaining four-star/ five star reviews everywhere—it’s a new concept album based around a cover of the title song, which is especially intriguing bearing in mind that Brian hasn’t tackled a ‘concept’ album properly since the days of Smile (did I ever mention how much I liked that album?!?)… Alas I can’t offer a verdict as no one near me seems to be stocking it!
♫ Oasis prepare for the release of their new album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ in October with the first screening of their new promo film on channel four tonight. We’ll tell you how good it was next week…
♫ On similar lines, here’s the first in a semi-regular series of top 5 lists: The top 5 album archive records for Fibro sufferers:
5) “Fido” (The Byrds/ Ballad Of Easy Rider, 1969) - OK< so it’s a dog called Fido howling outside the narrator’s window that’s stopping him from sleeping, but change a hound called Fido into a pain called ‘fibro’ and you virtually have the whole song right there. No wonder the poor singer is indoors ‘feeling mighty sick’ while he’s ‘wide awake, staying up late, wishing he was not’ - that’s fibromyalgia for you.
4)(Fibro) “Fog On The Tyne” (Lindisfarne/ Fog On The Tyne, 1971) - For years we’ve assumed that this novelty item could only be about the Geordie band’s beloved homeland, but it works equally well as a lament for all those cognitive problems that come with fibro (the words never seemed to make much sense anyway!)
3)”Cold Turkey” (John Lennon/Non-Album Single, 1969) - OK, so this song is about drug withdrawal according to the ex-Beatle’s later interviews, but at the time this song about ‘head so heavy’ and ‘fever so high’ while the desperate narrator screams about not being able to get to sleep at night could have been a fibro anthem.
2) “Another Sleep Song” (Graham Nash/ Wild Tales, 1974) - ‘All I need is someone to awaken me’ sings the CSN/ Hollies legend, sleepwalking his way through a song about how life is so much easier to cope with from your bed when your mind and body feel sooooooo sleeeeeeeeeepy. Yup, agree with that one.
1) “I’m So Tired” (Beatles/ White Album, 1968)- Was John Lennon an undiagnosed sufferer or something? Here’s yet another song on the same theme, with the Beatle delivering that old fibro night time curse: “I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain, you know its three weeks, I’m going insane, I’d give you everything I got for a little peace of mind!”
Oh well, That’s all the news for now my fellow monkeynutters...see you next time at the AAA (Album Alcoholics Anonymous!)