Friday, 20 November 2009
News, Views and Music Issue 48 (Intro)
♫ Welcome everybody who’ve downloaded this page, hope that you’re all still keeping the rage, here’s your latest issue of what you take to stop feeling sick: it’s issue 48 of ‘news, views and music’! Looks like we’re here this week after all, even if this week’s contents have to be small, so hoping you stick around to read our reviews that’s it from us – on with the news! (as you can see we haven’t as much time, so to make up for it this week’s issue is written in rhyme!)
♫ Beatles News: Only one piece of news for you this week – OK, so that’s usual, not that much of a freak. And yes, as usual, it’s Paul McCartney, who this story is about (at least, partly), with Macca part of an all star cast trying to raise amounts of money vast for this year’s Children In Need (it’s broadcast at 9pm, Thursday, across the Beeb). So it looks like being one hell of a show – even if the other singers we hardly know.
♫ Anniversaries (November 20-26th): For the first time since, err, this week last year there are no AAA birthdays to celebrate this issue (sob, how sad, please pass the tissue!) There are plenty of anniversaries of events, however, which this week seem to go on forever: Ray Davies flies back to Britain in the middle of an American tour to re-record a solitary line in the latest Kinks single (what for? It’s to avoid a BBC ban (sort of – it’s a bit of a sham - Hot on the heels of the ‘coca-cola’ in ‘Lola’ (changed to ‘cherry cola’ to avoid a ban on the grounds of product placement) comes – surprise, surprise - the line ‘the air pollution is foggin’ up my eyes’, redubbed for the single ‘Apeman’ just in case listeners took it as something stronger that ought to be banned (November 20th 1970); Keith Moon collapses during a Who gig after a shaky start – unbelievably he’d overdosed on animal tranquiliser darts – a 19-year-old fan/student drummer named Scott Haldin steps out of the audience to help replace him for a few more songs before his arms give way and the band and the audience call it a day (November 20th 1973); November 22nd sees the anniversary of Beatle-related releases no less than three (‘With The Beatles’ in 1963, ‘The White Album’ in 1968 and John Lennon’s final album ‘Double Fantasy’ in 1980); The Rolling Stones provoke shock and hubub, by err...turning up a bit late to a BBC Radio recording session for ‘Saturday Club’, earning them a temporary ban and their manager Andrew Loog Oldham to carry the can; The Who begin their residency at London’s Club Marquee, a place that will become forever linked with their name and the reason our eardrums will never be the same (November 24th 1969); Otis Redding’s breakthrough foray (with him singing anyway, he’d written a few hits for other people by then) ‘Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) is released in the UK (November 24th 1966); The Gentle Giant’s first single ‘My Girl’ (better known from numerous cover versions) was almost a year to the day unfurled (on November 25th 1965); John Lennon sends his MBE back to Buckingham Palace, making a stand against the troops sent to Vietnam, British relations in Biafra and Alice...no hang on, it was in protest against his single ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts (not one of his better statements that last one and it broke his Aunty Mimi’s heart – she’d been keeping the model on her wall ever since 1964) (November 25th 1969); The Band’s massive farewell gig (filmed as ‘The Last Waltz’) takes place at San Francisco’s Winterland Theatre big on November 25th 1976 (AAA artists taking part include Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills – not in the film but in the DVD extra footage – and most famously a bleary-eyed and uncharacteristically drug-ridden Neil Young) and finally Kevin Godley and Lol Creme’s decide to quit 10cc at the peak of their success, pleasing them and confusing all the rest (November 26th 1976).