Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Spice of life

With songs written by such notables as Rod Temperton, Derek Bramble and Serge Gainsbourg and collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Frankie Vali Bodies and Souls took the nostalgia of Manhattan  Transfer and gave it an eighties pop/soul flavour.
it featured the track Spice of life penned by Temperton which is a dead ringer for Michael Jackson's Baby be mine also written by Temperton.
The album takes the vocal stylings of Man Tran and blends them up to un appetising effect. It's a case of an idea turning into a concept turning into a product.
The vocal harmonising trademark of Manhattan Transfer was briefly extinguished by this change in direction, but they soon returned to what they did best; jazzy, doo wop tinged performances.

this independance

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

ZERMMATTITIS: A musician's guide to going downhill fast-Tony Ashton

Zermattitis: A musician’s guide to going downhill fast by Tony Ashton
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Tony with Gardener & Dyke
Tony & Eric
Tony with Paice & Lord

tony ashton book
An unashamed plug for a new book by the musician, artist, raconteur and all round diamond geezer Tony Ashton. He passed on ten years ago but all who met him, and were lucky enough to know him (as i was), have warm memories of him. This book is humerous, interesting and wonderful company; like the man himself. Thouroughly recommended


That’s it man-The Valentines

Remember the sound of music that isn't over produced garbage? Remember when music was raw and fun? Over Fifty years old this B side from the Doo Wop group The Valentines is a sensational and rousing example of vibrant and energetic music. From Sugar Hill in Harlem the quintets output is much sought after by collectors.
This tune is raw raucous and lovely

Monday, 28 November 2011


Ken Russell 3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011 RIP

Love or hate his work, Ken Russel was an absolute one off. His contribution to British Cinema was always interesting, flamboyant and worth talking about.

MY HIT LIST-The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche

Paul Delaroche

I'm no fine art connoisseur but the first time I saw this 1833 painting at The National Gallery I was overwhelmed by it. The scale and detail in it is amazing; it's like real people posing on a stage. it's poigniant and moving, poweful and subtle. Art historians talk of it's inaccuracy, but I don'rt really care about that. I'm just glad that it was discovered in 1973 after being feared lost in The Tate Gallery flood of 1928.
if you are in London and have an opportunity to see it in the flesh I heartily recommend it. In fact I think I'll  go down there later for another look at this magnificent piece.

A short film
An idea of scale

Saturday, 26 November 2011


Miller's Batman
Frank Miller has stretched out of the comic book world and gotten involved in directing films and being a ‘name’ in Hollywood, therefore his political thoughts are now noteworthy. He ahs spoken about the Occupy Wall Street movement and been met with accusations of right wing reactionaryism. He’s got a view and I guess he’s entitled to it.
More of concern to long term Miller fans is his latest piece of work in book form Holy terror; it’s not very good. It’s not about its pseudo irony and political controversy it’s the fact that it is just not any good
Miller-Sin City
Where once Miller led the way with his comic book work, both artistically and in terms of writing he seems to have fallen behind. His stylism looks uninspired where it was once groundbreaking. His dialogue clichéd, where it was once refreshing and his originality of composition now seems lazy.
The Miller of Daredevil, The Dark Knight, Ronin, Martha Washington, Sin City, 300 and Batman: Year One seems to had faded, to be replaced by rehash.
He has been overtaken by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Alan Moore and numerous others in the mainstream. Perhaps his Hollywood commitments are distracting him from the Comic Book world. His solo directorial debut, The Spirit, was awful and one get’s the sense that Miller is on the wane. In itself this is not a great tragedy; no one is great forever. It’s just a shame; a real shame.
Interesting piece on Miller

CLASSIC MOMENTS-"I've Seen things you people wouldn't believe"



"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion I watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain… Time to die"

Friday, 25 November 2011

CLASSIC MOMENTS-" You can all go F*#k yourselves"

The Front

“Fellas... I don't recognize the right of this committee to ask me these kind of questions. And furthermore, you can all go f*#k yourselves.”

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Ok I'm going to do a series of classic moments; that;s all they are, moments in movies, Music and TV that I love. Starting with a bumper bundle of David Lynch moments

“See that clock on the wall? In five minutes you are not going to believe what I've told you.” Blue Velvet

“You want me to make this easy for you? No fucking way! It's not gonna be. It's not easy for me!”-Mulholland Drive

“I bathed him, I fed him, and I cleaned up after him, didn't I? And I see that my nurses do the same. And if loving kindness can be called care and practical concern, then I did show him loving kindness, and I am not ashamed to admit it!”-The Elephant Man

“Diane, it is 4:20 PM. I'm standing on the bank of Wind River near the location of where the body of Teresa Banks was found. Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling. Not only has Special Agent Chester Desmond disappeared without a trace, but this is one of Cole's blue rose cases. The clues that were found by Special Agent Desmond and Agent Stanley have led to dead ends. The letter that was extracted from beneath the fingernail of Teresa Banks gives me the feeling that the killer will strike again. But like the song goes, "who knows where, or when?"
- Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me

“Speaking of Jack, One eyed Jack's yearning to go a peeping in a seafood store!”-Wild at Heart

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


Come on, who doesn't love a Professor, Nutty or otherwise. Mad Professor's , quiet genius eccentricity; Professor's come out with crazy and world changing ideas. Here's the best of fictional Professorial power. Twenty top Profs
Professor Julius Kelp-The Nutty Professor
Professor Jacob Barnhartt-The Day the Earth stood still
Professor Cuthbert Calculus-The Adventures of Tin Tin
Professor James Moriarty-Sherlock Holmes
Professor Lilloman-High Anxiety
Professor Brains AKA Hiram K Hackenbacker-Thunderbirds
Professor Charles Xavier-X Men
Professor John Nerdulbaum Frink Jr-The Simpsons
Professor Eddie Jessup-Altered States
Professor Henry Higgins-My Fair Lady
Professor Henry Jones Sr-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Professor Augustus Barclay Yaffle-Bagpuss
Professor Mohinder Shuresh-Heroes
Professor Pat Pending-Wacky Races
Professor Jonathon Crane-Batman
Professor Harold Everett-Nanny & The Professor
Professor Jocelyn Mabel Peabody-Dan Dare
Professor Bernard Quatermass-Quatermass & The pit
Professor Abraham Van Helsing-Dracula
Professor Professor Hans Delbruk-Young Frankenstein