Friday 3 July 2009

News, Views and Music Issue 35 (Intro)

July 3:

 Sorry we’ve been off the air for the last few weeks but it’s been a rotten month for computers – first the library shuts so I have to go to Mike’s to upload the site, then Mike’s computer falls apart in such a way that the pen drive just won’t quite work despite copious encouragement and finally my beloved home computer packs up, taking with it a rather nifty review of the Human league’s ‘Romantic?’ album which I am trying to revive for you. Anyway, fear not – the missing weeks we had ready to post will be posted just as soon as the library’s back in mid-July and in the mean-time say hello to our special new friend Mr Dell Laptop (helloooo people!) Rest assured everybody’s favourite anniversary section (the, err, ‘anniversary section’) will be expanded this issue to show you what birthday’s you’re missing.


♫ Anniversaries: Seeing as we’ve missed the last couple of weeks, this is an extended column this issue and it’s a particularly busy week (we know there’s still a week missing but this issue was all prepared for going to press at the time the computer failed – hopefully we’ll retrieve it at some point in the future, so apologies if your birthday is missing): Happy Doo-dah birthdays (June 20-26) to Brian Wilson (bassist, vocalist, composer and all-round genius with the Beach Boys 1962-85) turned 67 on June 20th, Ray Davies (guitarist, vocalist, composer and all-round genius with The Kinks 1963-95) turned 65 on June 21st, Clint Warwick (bassist with the first line-up of the Moody Blues 1964-66) would have been 60 on June 25th and John Illsey (bassist with Dire Straits 1978-93) was also 60 on June 26th. Anniversaries of events include: the Rolling Stones releasing their cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ seven years to the day after the original (June 20th 1964); the first ever Glastonbury, held in 1971 (June 20th); the ex-Beatles have a good week as George’s ‘Living in the Material World’ replaces Paul’s ‘Red Rose Speedway’ at the top of the American album charts (June 23rd 1973); John, meanwhile, released his second book of prose ‘A Spaniard In The Works’ on June 24th 1965; Jefferson Airplane record their second – and last – hit with the release of the perennial psych single ‘White Rabbit’ (June 24th 1967); the Beatles are shown on the ‘one World’ global satellite link-up programme on June 25th 1967, representing Great Britain as they perform their new single ‘All You Need Is Love’; Mick Taylor plays his first gig with the Rolling Stones, less than a fortnight before the death of his predecessor Brian Jones (June 25th 1969); and finally the world’s best selling EP, The Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout’ is released in the UK on June 26th 1963.

And doo-wah diddy birthdays (June 27-July 3rd) go to Bruce Johnston (pianist, bassist, vocalist and composer with the Beach Boys 1965-71, 1979-present) who turns 65 on June 27th; Stanley Clarke (Paul McCartney collaborator in the 1980s) turns 68 on June 30th and Adrian Wright (keyboardist with the Human League 1981-84) turns 53 on June 30th. Anniversaries of events this week include: the gramophone turns 124 years old on June 27th, after the patent for it was officially passed in 1885; Crosby, Stills and Nash play one of their earliest – possibly the earliest – concerts 40 years ago at the Denver Pop Festival on June 27th 1969; the Fillmore East – beloved ‘home’ theatre of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane – closed on June 27th 1971; the first Beatles song to make the American charts, ‘From Me To You’ is released on June 29th 1964 – but amazingly it’s not the fab four’s version but a cover by 1950s star Del Shannon; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spend an uncomfortable night in Brixton prison, facing drugs charges that could have seen them spend up to a year inside (June 29th 1967); Forty years ago this week Rolling Stone Brian Jones dies in mysterious circumstances after taking a swim in his home swimming pool (previous owner: AA Milne) on July 3rd 1969, just a few months after leaving the band and finally Brian Wilson joins the Beach Boys on-stage after an amazing 11 year absence (July 3rd 1976).

News, Views and Music Issue 35 (Top Five): Things You Might Have Enjoyed Since The Last Newsletter

And now we end with our traditional top five: the top five things you might have enjoyed since the last newsletter:

1)      Watched this year’s Glastonbury. There’s usually somebody interesting at this most hip of festivals but there were no less than three AAA artists involved this year, all playing their first festivals in many years (39 in CSN’s case!) CSN were quite nervy and Nils Lofgren (playing as part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) didn’t get a lot to do, but Neil Young played perhaps the best set I’ve seen. Goodness knows why he insisted on playing ‘Words (Between The Lines Of Age)’ at one of the biggest gigs he’s had in years (it’s one of Neil’s biggest failures according to fans and guaranteed to annoy the faithful) but the grungemeister made up for it with no less than four false endings during a 15-minute version of ‘Rockin’ In the Free World’ and a staggering performance of the Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’, replacing the majestic orchestral whirl of the original with crunching guitar, bass and harmonies. Magical.

2)      Celebrated the 40th anniversary of Woodtsock a month early with the release of the new DVD set. Yes, it is out as we speak as promised in our last issue and does include the deluxe four-hour film version as well as Woodtsock Diaries and four new hoursw of footage including some from the Airplane and the Dead (the firsat time ever their footage has been shown).

3)      Celebrated the fact that CSN might be getting a decent documentary at last – we’ll let you know more next month when it’s finally out but Henry Diltz’s ‘Laurel Canyon’ documentary has been getiing rave reviews everywhere else.

4)      Celebrated the fact that Crazy Horse’s first pre-Neil Young album has finally made it to CD! Yes, the band’s only album recorded under first name ‘The Rockets’ has sneaked out quietly and doesn’t seem to have made it to the shops yet – but is available through mail order shops if you persevere. Mine’s in the post so I’ll let you know what it’s like next week! Another new release for you – Jefferson Starship – the Definitive Concert is also out on DVD for the first time dating back to 1983 and erroneously credited to the Jefferson Airplane.

5)      Oh yeah and Michael Jackson’s dead. We thought we’d better tell you because everyone else has, but don’t worry there won’t be a top five or anything about him this issue (we could only think of two good Jackson songs and they were both written by Paul McCartney).

Well that’s us done for another week – hopefully it will be a bit sooner before we see you next. Ciao for now!

A NOW COMPLETE List Of Top Five/Top Ten/TOP TWENTY  Entries 2008-2019
1) Chronic Fatigue songs

2) Songs For The Face Of Bo

3) Credit Crunch Songs

4) Songs For The Autumn

5) National Wombat Week

6) AAA Box Sets

7) Virus Songs

8) Worst AAA-Related DVDs

9) Self-Punctuating Superstar Classics

10) Ways To Know You Have Turned Into A Collector

11) Political Songs

12) Totally Bonkers Concept Albums

13) Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

14) Still Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

15) AAA Existential Questions

16) Releases Of The Year 2008

17) Top AAA Xmas Songs

18) Notable AAA Gigs

19) All things '20' related for our 20th issue

20) Romantic odes for Valentine's Day

21) Hollies B sides

22) 'Other' BBC Session Albums

23) Beach Boys Rarities Still Not Available On CD

24) Songs John, Paul and George wrote for Ringo's solo albums

25) 5 of the Best Rock 'n' Roll Tracks From The Pre-Beatles Era

26) AAA Autobiographies

27) Rolling Stones B-sides

28) Beatles B-Sides

29) The lllloooonnngggeesssttt AAA songs of all time

30) Kinks B-Sides

31) Abandoned CSNY projects 'wasted on the way'

32) Best AAA Rarities and Outtakes Sets

33) News We've Missed While We've Been Away

34) Birthday Songs for our 1st Anniversary

35) Brightest Album Covers

36) Biggest Recorded Arguments

37) Songs About Superheroes

38) AAA TV Networks That Should Exist

39) AAA Woodtsock Moments

40) Top Moments Of The Past Year As Voted For By Readers

41) Music Segues

42) AAA Foreign Language Songs

43) 'Other' Groups In Need Of Re-Mastering

44) The Kinks Preservation Rock Opera - Was It Really About The Forthcoming UK General Election?

45) Mono and Stereo Mixes - Biggest Differences

46) Weirdest Things To Do When A Band Member Leaves

47) Video Clips Exclusive To Youtube (#1)

48) Top AAA Releases Of 2009

49) Songs About Trains

50) Songs about Winter

51) Songs about astrology plus horoscopes for selected AAA members

52) The Worst Five Groups Ever!

53) The Most Over-Rated AAA Albums

54) Top AAA Rarities Exclusive To EPs

55) Random Recent Purchases (#1)

56) AAA Party Political Slogans

57) Songs To Celebrate 'Rock Sunday'

58) Strange But True (?) AAA Ghost Stories

59) AAA Artists In Song

60) Songs About Dogs

61) Sunshiney Songs

62) The AAA Staff Play Their Own Version Of Monoploy/Mornington Crescent!

63) What 'Other' British Invasion DVDs We'd Like To See

64) What We Want To Place In Our AAA Time Capsule

65) AAA Conspiracy Theroies

66) Weirdest Things To Do Before - And After - Becoming A Star

67) Songs To Tweet To

68) Greatest Ever AAA Solos

69) John Lennon Musical Tributes

70) Songs For Halloween

71) Earliest Examples Of Psychedelia

72) Purely Instrumental Albums

73) AAA Utopias

74) AAA Imaginary Bands

75) Unexpected AAA Cover Versions

76) Top Releases of 2010

77) Songs About Snow

78) Predictions For 2011

79) AAA Fugitives

80) AAA Home Towns

81) The Biggest Non-Musical Influences On The 1960s

82) AAA Groups Covering Other AAA Groups

83) Strange Censorship Decisions

84) AAA Albums Still Unreleased on CD

85) Random Recent Purchases (#2)

86) Top AAA Music Videos

87) 30 Day Facebook Music Challenge

88) AAA Documentaries

89) Unfinished and 'Lost' AAA Albums

90) Strangest AAA Album Covers

91) AAA Performers Live From Mars (!)

92) Songs Including The Number '100' for our 100th Issue

93) Most Songs Recorded In A Single Day

94) Most Revealing AAA Interviews

95) Top 10 Pre-Fame Recordings

96) The Shortest And Longest AAA Albums

97) The AAA Allstars Ultimate Band Line-Up

98) Top Songs About Sports

99) AAA Conversations With God

100) AAA Managers: The Good, The Bad and the Financially Ugly

101) Unexpected AAA Cameos

102) AAA Words You can Type Into A Caluclator

103) AAA Court Cases

104) Postmodern Songs About Songwriting

105) Biggest Stylistic Leaps Between Albums

106) 20 Reasons Why Cameron Should Go!

107) The AAA Pun-Filled Cookbook

108) Classic Debut Releases

109) Five Uses Of Bird Sound Effects

110) AAA Classic Youtube Clips Part #1

111) Part #2

112) Part #3

113) AAA Facts You Might Not Know

114) The 20 Rarest AAA Records

115) AAA Instrumental Songs

116) Musical Tarot

117) Christmas Carols

118) Top AAA Releases Of 2011

119) AAA Bands In The Beano/The Dandy

120) Top 20 Guitarists #1

121) #2

122) 'Shorty' Nomination Award Questionairre

123) Top Best-Selling AAA Albums

124) AAA Songs Featuring Bagpipes

125) A (Hopefully) Complete List Of AAA Musicians On Twitter

126) Beatles Albums That Might Have Been 1970-74 and 1980

127) DVD/Computer Games We've Just Invented

128) The AAA Albums With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

129) The AAA Singles With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

130) Lyric Competition (Questions)

131) Top Crooning Classics

132) Funeral Songs

133) AAA Songs For When Your Phone Is On Hold

134) Random Recent Purchases (#3)

135) Lyric Competition (Answers)

136) Bee Gees Songs/AAA Goes Disco!

137) The Best AAA Sleevenotes (And Worst)

138) A Short Precise Of The Years 1962-70

139) More Wacky AAA-Related Films And Their Soundtracks

140) AAA Appearances On Desert Island Discs

141) Songs Exclusive To Live Albums

142) More AAA Songs About Armageddon

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159) A (Not That) Short Guide To The 15 Best Non-AAA Bands

160) The Greatest AAA Drum Solos (Or Near Solos!)

161) AAA Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speeches

162) AAA Re-Recordings Of Past Songs

163) A Coalition Christmas (A Fairy Tale)

164) AAA Songs About Islands

165) The AAA Review Of The Year 2012

166) The Best AAA Concerts I Attended

167) Tributes To The 10 AAA Stars Who Died The Youngest

168) The First 10 AAA Songs Listed Alphabetically

171) The 10 Best Songs From The Psychedelia Box-Sets ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Nuggets Two’

172) The 20 Most Common Girl’s Names In AAA Song Titles (With Definitions) 

180) First Recordings By Future AAA Stars

185) A Tribute To Storm Thorgerson Via The Five AAA Bands He Worked With

188) Surprise! Celebrating 300 Album Reviews With The Biggest 'Surprises' Of The Past Five Years Of Alan's Album Archives!

190) Comparatively Obscure First Compositions By AAA Stars

193) Evolution Of A Band: Comparing First Lyric With Last Lyric:

200) The Monkees In Relation To Postmodernism (University Dissertation)

202) Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain': Was It About One Of The AAA Crew?

217) AAA 'Christmas Presents' we'd most like to have next year

221) Dr Who and the AAA (Five Musical Links)

222) Five Random Recent Purchases

223) AAA Grammy Nominees

224) Ten AAA songs that are better heard unedited and in full

225) The shortest gaps between AAA albums

226) The longest gaps between AAA albums

227) Top ten AAA drummers

228) Top Ten AAA Singles (In Terms of 'A' and 'B' Sides)

229) The Stories Behind Six AAA Logos

230) AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! The Best Ten AAA Screams

231) An AAA Pack Of Horses

232) AAA Granamas - Sorry, Anagrams!

233) AAA Surnames and Their Meanings

234) 20 Erroneous AAA Album Titles

235) The Best AAA Orchestral Arrangements

236) Top 30 Hilariously Misheard Album Titles/Lyrics

237) Ten controversial AAA sackings - and whether they were right

238) A Critique On Critiquing - In Response To Brian Wilson

239) The Ten MusicianS Who've Played On The Most AAA Albums

240) Thoughts on #CameronMustGo

241) Random Recent Purchases (Kinks/Grateful Dead/Nils Lofgren/Rolling Stones/Hollies) 

242) AAA Christmas Number Ones 

243) AAA Review Of The Year 2014 (Top Releases/Re-issues/Documentaries/DVDs/Books/Songs/ Articles  plus worst releases of the year)

244) Me/CFS Awareness Week 2015

245) Why The Tory 2015 Victory Seems A Little...Suspicious

246) A Plea For Peace and Tolerance After The Attacks on Paris - and Syria

247) AAA Review Of The Year 2015

248) The Fifty Most Read AAA Articles (as of December 31st 2015)

249) The Revised AAA Crossword!

251) Half-A-Dozen Berries Plus One (An AAA Tribute To Chuck Berry)

252) Guest Post: ‘The Skids – Joy’ (1981) by Kenny Brown

254) Guest Post: ‘Supertramp – Some Things Never Change’ by Kenny Brown

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256) AAA Review Of The Year 2019 plus Review Of The Decade 2010-2019

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