Thursday 11 August 2011

News, Views and Music Issue 109 (Intro)

August 11th:

Well, last week we were younger than yesterday, but this week we’re on the old straight track again, giving you the lowdown about an album I can guarantee that 99.9% of you readers don’t own. But you should – this site is all about passing on information about the great albums that don’t get talked about enough and I can hear the other 0.1% of you nodding along because the few of us that know it really know it’s worth. So let’s hear it for the under-rated Jack The Lad, spin-off from the under-rated Lindisfarne and all those other great albums that sold a pittance but can change your life, most of which I haven’t even discovered yet. But I will – and thanks to this column so will you.

There’s not really much to add this week – our average site hits have fallen slightly but alas my laptop’s still too wonky to keep up my advertising efforts. A quick hello to my friend Jim though, as thanks to him and his visit to the UK this week I’ve been able to spread the word about Alan’s Album Archives halfway round the globe to China!


Byrds News: BBC6 have been a bit quiet on the AAA front of late, what with a repeat of the BBCs mammoth 10 part series about Jamaican music, but there is one documentary of note to Byrds fans. Grievous Angel: The Gram Parsons Story, which is repeated in just one part on Monday, August 8th, was made for the 30th anniversary of Grams death in 2003 and discusses his work with the Byrds alongside the Flying Burrito Bros and the International Submarine Band and his career singing duets with Emmylou Harris. Talking of which, by coincidence Ive just come across Grams two albums GP and Return Of The Grievous Angel in a charity shop and mighty impressive they are too, far better than the Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and the Flying Burritos Gilded Palace Of Sin, both famous Gram Parsons albums which have always seemed badly over-rated to me but thanks to this double-album set I really get his work now. We miss you Gram...

Monkees News: Apologies for the late posting, but Saturday August 30th saw a rare showing for the Pacific Arts film Tapeheads. Why is of this of interest to Monkees fans you ask? Well, Pacific Arts is the company Mike Nesmtih ran for a short time before struggling finances saw it go bust (its a very similar story to George Harrisons Handmade Films in fact) and Nes makes a cameo appearance in the film when John Cusacks character mistakes him for the director of a music company in fact hes just a man replacing the water coolers! There are quite a few Monkees links with the concept, too, which is about a couple of unemployed security guards trying to run their own MTV-style music video company the series of mock-videos for fast food and heavy metal groups involving paint are hilarious and the highlights of a mixed film and clearly Nes getting his own back for the wild and weird things the Monkees prodeucers made him do 20 years before!

ANNIVERSARIES: Birthday cakes all round for AAA members born between August 8th and 14th: Mark Knopfler (guitarist, singer and pretty much everything with the Dire Straits 1979-93) who turns 62 on August 12th and David Crosby (singer and guitarist with The Byrds 1965-68 and with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young various dates between 1969 and present) who turns 70 on August 14th. Anniversaries of events include: August 8th 1964 saw the release of perhaps the greatest AAA spin-off single of all time: ‘Ringo For President’ by the Young World Singers’. ‘It would be nice but I don’t have the time right now’ quipped Ringo when asked it!; Ready! Steady! Go! for perennial TV favourite Ready! Steady! Go! which premieres on August 9th 1963 and runs for three years and four months; the infamous Charlie Manson murders take place in Laurel Canyon, relevant to this site as Manson is a close friend of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, quotes various songs from The Beatles’ White Album at the crime scenes and causes several AAA members living in California’s Laurel Canyon to emigrate elsewhere (August 9th 1969); Paul McCartney is arrested on his first ever drugs charge, several years after John and George, although conversations later suggest he actually carried the rap for wife Linda who is pregnant with daughter Stella at the time. Ironically, this drug conviction means Macca is not allowed to visit the States for any length of time and Lennon’s drug conviction means he can’t leave there – this is pretty much the only thing stopping a Beatles reunion at this point in time (August 10th 1972); the first of the annual Richmond Jazz Festivals takes place on August 11th 1963, with those well known jazz musos The, umm, Rolling Stones headlining; The Beatles announce the formation of Apple Records barely a week after first mentioning their plans for their new company – the first release is the band’s ‘Hey Jude’ (August 11th 1968); A tearful John Lennon gets as close to an apology as middle America will ever get over his ‘Beatles bigger than Jesus’ remarks (August 12th 1966); The now sadly forgotten ‘Festival Of Hope’ takes place, the first to be designed from the outset to raise money for charity (that decision came late in the day at Woodstock). Headlining are AAA men Jefferson Airplane (one of their last gigs) and Stephen Stills, but despite the talent on offer the festival ends up making a loss (August 12th 1972); The Kinks’ first charting entry ‘You Really Got Me’ is released this week (August 13th 1964) and finally, Jefferson Airplane make their debut performance at San Francisco’s Matrix Club, a venue that just happens to be owned by vocalist Marty Balin (August 13th 1965).

News, Views and Music Issue 109 (Top Ten): Unexpected AAA TV Appearances

Dear reader, I must have been writing this column too long because I keep seeing AAA musicians everywhere, even in the most unlikeliest of places! Why just this morning there I was, minding my own business and watching series six of ‘Bewitched’ (the classic show made at the same time and featuring many of the same cast as The Monkees) when who should pop up playing ‘teen idols’ than Monkees writers Boyce and Hart! (They were pretty good too – perhaps they should have been half of The Monkees?!) And then straight after who should pop up on an episode of Columbo than Johnny Cash playing – of all things – a country-rock guitarist?! Madness! What’s even more alarming is that it’s all true – both the two I’ve mentioned and the following100% genuine cameos by AAA bands in places you’d never expect!

1)    Musical cameos in films (The Hollies in ‘It’s All Over Town’ 1964 and The Small Faces in ‘Dateline Diamonds’ 1966): It’s obvious isn’t it? A film about motorbike gangs starring under-rated comedian Willie Rushton with no real plot that seems to have invented the ‘road’ movie four years before ‘Easy Rider’. Just what this film needs is a soundtrack by an impossibly young looking Hollies, who just happen to be singing at a club when the bikers roar past. And that’s that, there’s no real mention as to what The Hollies are doing and they’re never mentioned again until the end credits of the film. Still, get a load of how young Graham Nash is – and what teeth! The Small Faces film is similar, although at least this plot about smuggling diamonds inside an amplifier makes more thematic sense. Alas The Small faces are going through their ‘directionless’ phase in-between scoring big with ‘All Or Nothing’ and reviving their career with ‘Itchycoo Park’ so the late-Decca era music they play isn’t among their best. Still, this is the youngest footage we have of the band in full flight during the Jimmy Winstun years and as such is fascinating! Both films available on DVD, but they’re pricey and hideously short, so beware.

2)    Musical cameos in established science-fiction television series (The Beatles in ‘Dr Who’ 1965):The story is ‘The Chase’, the episode number one and the Tardis crew is possibly the best ever – with the original and best Doctor William Hartnell still joined by the schoolteachers you wish you’d had Ian and Barbara and with the under-rated resourceful Vicki replacing the squawking terrified screamer that was Susan, The event is a new television that the Doctor’s just ‘borrowed’ from the Zarbi – with a bit of tweaking it shows whatever the people want to see: Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth and The Beatles (the television thingy seems to have tuned into the band’s 1965 appearance on TOTP miming to ‘Ticket To Ride’). This is a huge thing for TV in 1965 – far from being just ‘a craze’ The Beatles are placed on the same level as monarchs and Shakespeare (well, they’re more important then either if you ask me, but by 1965 standards this is amazingly progressive stuff) and Vicki, a character from the 22nd century, has not only heard of their ‘classical music’ (as she calls it), but they’re the people she most wants to see in the whole wide galaxy. It’s as if the production team wanted British viewers of 1965 to believe they were around in the greatest era of all – which, perhaps, they were. The Beatles approved, by the way, as they were big fans of the show, although that didn’t stop a row over rights delaying ‘The Chase’ on video till comparatively late (it’s now available on a sparkly new DVD along with my 2nd favourite ever Who story ‘The Space Museum’, so if you want to k now more buy it now!)  Legend has it that the Dr Who production team and Brian Epstein had agreed to shoot a special clip of The Beatles dressed up to look old, reforming for a concert special in Liverpool in the year 2000 but the band were simply too swamped with offers to accept it. One other question, unresolved by time and space, is how Ian not only knows about a band whose only had one top ten single by the time they left in the Tardis in November 1963 (‘Please Please Me’ in September) but how he knows the words to a song from 1965 (or is he just singing the chorus he’s just heard?...) We could also mention Justin Hayward popping up unexpectedly in Jeff Wayne’s musical version of ‘War Of The Worlds’...

3)    Personal appearances in comedy shows (John Lennon in ‘Not Only But Also...’ 1966, George Harrison in Rutland Weekend Television 1979 and Paul Simon on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on various 1970s broadcasts: Surprisingly, it’s not the natural comedians who dominate this list but musicians who can take a joke and act as straight men. I still haven’t seen Paul Simon’s Saturday Night skits yet but I’ve heard their good – after all, who else has a good enough sense of humour and yet the composure not to get the giggles as Paul Simon? One only has to look at the spin-off music video for ‘You Can Call Me Al’ starring Chevy Chase to see what they would be like – let’s hope they’re all out one day in the UK (at the time of writing each character has a ‘best-of’ DVD out but as far as I know none of them feature Paul). The John and George appearances are interesting ones too – Lennon plays a lavatory attendant resplendent in such finery most fab four fans of the day didn’t believe it was him, refusing to admit Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in for their sloppy dress (this clip isn’t officially available but its endlessly repeated in ‘comedy moments’ and Cook/Moore compilations so keep an eye out for it); George is hanging out with his buddy Neil Innes, later the creator of The Rutles on whose TV series George will also star, but it’s this first appearance with George dressed as a pirate on ‘Britain’s smallest television network’ (rutland being Britain’s smallest county) that’s the most fascinating. The show’s presenters are really pleased to have a Beatle on the show – but George isn’t interested in singing his old songs and insists on being a pirate! By the ends of the show his band strike up the opening chords to ‘My Sweet Lord’ and you think he’s acquiesced, but no – it’s just the start of a song that goes ‘I’ve got a jolly roger, its big and red and vast and I’ll run it up your mast!” Cue pandemonium. And credits. Alas this isn’t available either except on YouTube which is a great shame because the rest of this short-lived series was pretty good too.

4)    Personal appearances in stuffy television discussion shows (The Grateful Dead on ‘Playboy After Dark’ 1969): What exactly was Playboy celebrity Hugh Heffner trying to pull off with this chat show? A very 1950s show, full of posh people in tuxedos and pearls name-dropping, the show was a bad anachronism by the late 60s. And yet, to be fair to him, Heffner isn’t anything like as patronising as the other 1960s chat shows I’ve seen (barring the great Dick Cavett) and actually gives the Dead (his only AAA guests) the time to speak. Jerry Garcia was, along with David Crosby, the best spokesperson the hippie movement could have and he copes with the questions about Haight Ashbury and rebellion with aplomb as ever They also get the chance to play a really beautiful version of ‘Mountains Of the Moon’ (which may well be the definite cut of that track), although alas a sprightly ‘St Stephen’ is cut off by the end credits. By the end you sense that most of the people involved with the show want to leave their day jobs and run off with the Dead circus, but then that might also have something to do with the legend that the band spiked the drinks being served on the film set with acid, something that might also account for why the play-bunnies attempting to dance at the end look unusually un-rhythmic! Alas not available on DVD, but one of my favourite Youtube clips.

5)    Personal appearances on children’s television programmes (Paul Simon on ‘Sesame Street’ 1973 and 1986, Justin Hayward does the music for ‘The Shoe People’ 1986):Well, if the likes of Carol King and John Sebastian end up doing the best work of their twilight years for the first Care Bears movie, I don’t see why two members of the AAA clan can’t get in on the act. We’ve already mentioned the first Paul Simon appearance on Sesame Street (where he tries to play ‘Me and Julio’ only to be upstaged by a six-year old girl improvising her own set of words!; available on the ‘Old School Volume 2 1974-79). But there’s also a second, dating back to the ‘Graceland’ years, where Paul and Ladysmith Black Mamboza not only teach us our ABC’s, they teach us a bit of African too (no wonder I always got my languages so confused!) Alas this oft-seen clip (in my childhood anyway) is still unavailable (in fact we’ve waited two years now for a volume 3 – get a move on, Children’s Television Workshop, I’ve only learnt my numbers up to 8!) Moody Blue Justin Hayward, meanwhile, composed the theme music for the five minute long episodes of ‘The Shoe People’. In fact, according to the DVD commentary, he helped the show get on the air after meeting creator James Driscoll at a housewarming party, pledging his services for free and helping impress TV executives that the show could work.

6)    Non-musical cameos in films (Paul Simon in ‘Annie Hall’ 1977, David Crosby in ‘Hook’ 1991 and ‘Thunderheart’ 1993, Neil Young ‘Love At Large’ and ‘68’,  Keith Richards in ‘Pirates Of The Carribean III’ 2006): It’s a good job I’d learnt about Crosby’s cameo in ‘Hook’ along with friend Phil Collins or I’d have spent the rest of the film going ‘you know that scurvy-ridden pirate over there, doesn’t he look like?...’ Actually Cros’ links with the film industry go way back – he tried to be an actor before making it as a musician and his father was a cameraman  - not to mention becoming Drew Barrymore’s surrogate dad when she felt out with her parents. ‘Hook’ makes sense – both he and Collins were friends with star Robin Williams – but ‘Thunderheart’, a rather drab film about the FBI, is a stranger choice: I’ve sat through the film twice and haven’t spotted Crosby yet although he’s even there on the credits (and in my film book). Both are out on DVD by the way. Neil’s films are far more obscure and I haven’t seen them, but judging by the stills I’ve seen our favourite chameleon songwriter looks different in every one – with slicked back hair for ‘Love At Large’ where he looks like an aging 50s rocker! Paul Simon’s is good though – he actually has quite a few lines as the obnoxious boyfriend in Woody Allen’s ‘Annie Hall’(out on DVD) – a role he took so he could work in a movie studio before working on his own film ‘One Trick Pony’. He’s meant to be in the film ‘Shampoo’ too though I couldn’t see him, just hear him (with a few alternate mixes of his solo songs on the soundtrack).  Oh and finally, who can forget Rolling Stone Keith Richards appearing as Jack Sparrow’s granddad in Pirates Of Caribbean? Well, me actually, I don’t think I’ve stayed awake through any of them yet they’re so dull but Keith makes for perfect casting and its a shame he’s not in the fourth one, at a cinema near you right now! Perhaps Monkee Davy Jones would make a good choice for the next film?! (as in ‘Davy Jones’ locker? Ha ha! Get it? No, please yourself...) Each of these Johnny Depp films is out on DVD by the way – and another weird Johnny Depp statistic for you is that he started his career as a session guitarist, appearing on Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’...  

7)    TV adverts (The Monkees and Ringo Starr 1986): Well, to be honest, there’s barely a product The Monkees didn’t flog at one time or another, but most were in the context of the band’s series and their sponsors so they don’t really count as unexpected. But this American advert from 1986 does: Ringo’s been asked to get ‘back together with the boys’ to celebrate Pizza Hut’s new thin crust pizza – only to find it’s the wrong ‘boys’! Micky, Peter and Davy (Mike, as ever, is missing) don’t seem to mind though, playing a stylised and even more Beatleised version of their theme tune to match. Almost as weird as the Ronnie Corbett-Iggy Pop advert pairing a few years ago and, as an advert, it’s unofficially available I’m afraid, though it’s one of my favourites on YouTube. 

8)    Giving a musical accompaniment to a poetry reading (Paul McCartney and Allen Ginsberg 1994): Allen Ginsberg’s fans know to expect the unexpected. But even they must have been shocked when they walked in and recognised the hunched guitarist accompanying Ginsberg’s poems. Yes, this was one of Paul McCartney’s weirder career moves over the years – and there’ve been a lot of those as us Firemen and McCartney II lovers can testify – but in some ways it ,makes sense: the two artists were great friends during the 60s and always said they’d work together in private – what really was odd was the timing, with Paul on a break from touring and caring for wife Linda during her treatment for breast cancer. The show was well received, by the way, but alas was a one off never to be repeated and never filmed – so we can’t show you any of it I’m afraid.


9)    Presenting chat shows (Lulu 1997, Graham Nash 1999): OK, I get turning musicians into music programme presenters – after all, if Jools Holland’s allowed to get away with what he does, I can easily put with the occasionally stilted performances by Tom Jones and Cilla Black. But what seems less obvious is turning musicians – ie people who sing, rather than talk, for a living – into chat show hosts. After all, it’s a big skill, needing a presenter who has enough ego to carry a programme but enough humility to listen to guests – so why give so many shows over to those who can’t do it? To be fair, neither of our AAA members were that bad – Lulu’s show, a kind of extended National Lottery coverage come chat show come game show, bombed because the format was poor and the guests atrocious, not through her mistakes (though going out live was a bad idea, as Lulu often had to improvise her way out of trouble). Even worse was last year’s ‘The 1960s Revealed’ – again Lulu is likeable if a bit shallow across five episodes but the format and guests were just wrong. If the UK television networks really want a chat show host of their own they can do worse than look out for Graham Nash’s short-lived chat series about song-writing, one sadly unavailable over here, where Graham proved himself to be a good mix of enthusiastic champion of others and a comfortable, charismatic presenter in his own right. Guests included David Crosby, Grace Slick and Carole King.      

10) Cameos in The Simpsons (George Harrison and David Crosby 1992, Paul McCartney 1994, Ringo Starr 1995, Moody Blues 1997, The Who 1998): Everyone else has been in The Simpsons so I suppose it’s not much of a surprise these days, but more AAA stars than most have cameod in the series. In fact there’ve been four individual AAA stars and two bands turned into ‘yellow fellows’ over the years, although the best loved episode amongst fans has to be Beatles spoof ‘The B Sharps’, one full of spot-on parodies from rooftop appearances to re-creating lots of famous photographs (the one from the Let It Be sessions, with four very despondent Beatles plus Yoko, is spot-on!) Best of all, there are cameos from two AAA stars: David Crosby offers an award to Homer Simpson’s band setting up some classic dialogue (‘You’re my favourite star!’ ‘Oh, you like my music?’ ‘You’re a musician?!?’) and George Harrison tells the band they’re story has ‘been done’ before. Crosby pops up again in the ‘Marge In Chains’ episode, though to be honest I’m not sure why – his cameo seems randomly stuffed in without relation to the plot, which has Marge in trouble for accidentally stealing from Apu’s Kwik-E-Mart. Macca, meanwhile, appeared with Linda Macca in ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’, one of the better Simpsons episodes which has Lisa finding how others cope with the ridicule of going veggie. There’s even a groovy new version of ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ which, alas, is cut short. The whole Moody Blues line-up (circa the mid—90s) appear on ‘Viva Ned Flanders’, where the Moodies appear on the same Las Vegas bill as Homer’s act – spouting torrents of nonsense spoofing their ‘Days Of Future Passed’ monologue for good effect. The second-best effort, though, is to date the last AAA-related Simpsons episode ‘A Tale Of Two Springfields’, where a strange storyline about Springfield being split between two postcodes and causing rival towns ends up with Homer’s side getting The Who to take part (the recording for this episode was one of the last things bassist John Entwistle did as part of the band before his death). I’m still trying to track down the Ringo episode by the way – so expect an update when I find out which episode his is! I’m afraid I’m not sure which series of The Simpsons each of these episodes is from – I own them as individual videos/DVDs, including ‘Backstage Pass’ (The Who one), Viva Los Simpsons (The Moody Blues one), ‘Crime and Punishment’ (The Crosby one) and ‘Raiders Of The Lost Fridge’ (The Macca one).

Well, that’s it for another week readers. Except keep your eyes peeled – who knows when one of the AAA crew may pop up doing something unexpected to add to this list! Oh and send us in your thoughts on our forum if I’ve missed out anything obvious. Till then, goodbye! 8>)

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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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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

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190) Comparatively Obscure First Compositions By AAA Stars

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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?

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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

255) AAA Review Of The Year 2018

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

257) Tiermaker

258) #Coronastock

259) #Coronadocstock