Shakin’ Stevens – All You Need Is Greed29th March 2023 · 2020s, 2023, Music, Rock'n'Roll
Ladies and gentlemen, I present for your appreciation and enjoyment a great new single by the UK’s most successful singles artist of the 1980s.
Darrell Banks – Open The Door To Your Heart28th March 2023 · 1960s, 1966, Music, Soul
Darrell Banks had one of the greatest voices in soul music – and plagiarised his biggest hit from the equally great Donnie Elbert in their hometown of Buffalo, New York.
Leroy Smart – Pride And Ambition27th March 2023 · 1970s, 1977, Music, Reggae
I first heard the name Leroy Smart when Joe Strummer name-checked him in the lyric of The Clash’s best single, White Man In Hammersmith Palais, in 1977.
Donnie Elbert – Will You Ever Be Mine26th March 2023 · 1960, 1960s, Music, Soul
I only really know Donnie Elbert for his trio of hits in 1972, when he hit the UK charts with versions of Where Did Our Love Go, I Can’t Help Myself and the Northern Soul classic A Little Piece Of Leather. This slow-burning soul number from way back in 1960 is a very different affair – though Donnie’s remarkable falsetto remains in place.
James Chance & The Contortions – Dish It Out (No New York)25th March 2023 · 1980s, 1981, Music
“Like getting stabbed in your ears,” said one critic about the abrasive funk, atonal horns and unhinged screams of James Chance & The Contortions’ opening track on No New York. “In a good way.”
Pigbag – Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag24th March 2023 · 1980s, 1981, Music
It’s always sad to hear that someone you once used to see on Top of the Pops has fallen on hard times. That’s what prompted me to post Pigbag’s finest moment – the funky instrumental with which they (literally) made their name.
Betsy Legg – In The Early Morning Rain23rd March 2023 · 1970s, 1971, Music
I’ve never heard of Betsy Legg before and I bet you haven’t either. This eponymous album – “Betsy” – is, as far as I know, her only record.
POST – Paradise Circus (Fallen Sun version)22nd March 2023 · 2020s, 2023, Music
The feature-length Luther film is far from brilliant, replacing characterisation and intrigue with action and a dollop of torture porn. But the music makes up for it.
Dorothy Moskowitz & The United States Of Alchemy – Under An Endless Sky21st March 2023 · 2020s, 2023, Music
Not many people reading this will have heard of Dorothy Moskowitz, an iconic counter-cultural figure from the late Sixties, apart from my friends familiar with the avant-garde fringes of music.