Archive for June, 2006
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 30th June to Thursday 6th July.
Highlights of The Week
Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 30th June
The story of the Stax label, and how Otis Redding emerged from the divided Deep South. Watch out for the super rare clip of James Carr, culled from forgotten out-takes from The!!!Beat!!! show.
The Who double bill – The Kids are Alright (1979) followed by The Who – Live in Boston (2002) ITV 4. 9.00pm – 2.05am. Monday 3rd July
The classic rockumentary TKAA succeeds where most other band documentaries fail – in that it was made by a genuine fan and that the band are presented warts’n’all, rather than being a homogenised record company promotional piece. Followed by a 2002 American concert, their first after Entwistle’s untimely death.
Looking for a great night out without spending a penny? You need to get yourself down to Filthy MacNastys in London, where, by popular demand, Rhoda Dakar is back playing live on Thursday 29th June – and it’s free to get in!
Rhoda Dakar began her career with Ska/Two Tone band The Bodysnatchers, and very soon was regular guest vocalist with The Specials . She had chart success with ‘Do Rock Steady’ before singing on perhaps her most famous and notable release ‘The Boiler’ – much played by the late John Peel.
With Gerry Dammers she sang on the seminal single ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ under the The Special AKA monika. Revisiting her Two Tone roots she has recently sang with The Selecter and appeared on tour with other 2 Toners Dave Wakeling (The Beat), Roddy Radiation of the The Specials and of course Pauline Black & Nick Welsh (The Selecter).
It all starts at 8pm – don’t be late.
If you want to see how good she is check this out this YouTube clip.
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Great news for fans of sixties TV – Adam Adamant Lives is coming out in an impressive five DVD boxset.
Adam Adamant is an Edwardian adventurerm frozen in a block of ice by his nemesis, "The Face", only to be woken up in the swinging sixties to fight crime and have his Edwardian morals tested on numerous occasions!
Originally screened in 1966 and 1967, this five DVD set features all 17 surviving episodes, a documentary on the series featuring cast and crew, commentary tracks, a mini-documentary called Adam Adamant’s Wheels, audio from a missing episode, outtakes, scripts of 12 missing episodes, plus a gallery of images from the show, the Adam Adamant annual and the comics.
Find out more at Amazon.co.uk
I once emailed Mark Lamarr, in an attempt to book him for a club night I was doing in Manchester. He couldn’t do it, but did actually call me up to apologise for not being able to do it, which makes him a better person than most in my book.
Another reason for giving him the time of day is Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – easily one of the best radio shows around right now. The show’s a mix of across the board underground 60s sounds – and that’s why it works – because it doesn’t try too hard to fit a particular genre. If it’s a decent track from the era, it’s got a chance of a spin.
The new series is now on every Monday, from 9:30pm until 10:30pm, on Radio 2. If you’re not around then or not in the UK, you can listen to each week’s show again online at the show’s homepage.
– the page also has tracklistings from the week and the week’s competition.
I’m always amazed how far the Mod scene has spread. The scene’s very healthy in Europe and indeed the US, but it’s surprising to hear of clubs and events elsewhere. There is actually a regular event in Brazil, run by Danimod.
BANG! (every 2nd Saturday of the month) covers 60s South American Samba, Bossa Nova, French beat, English freakbeat, ska, garage, soul and R&B. If you’re in the country, you’ll find it at NICO, Rua João Negrão, 45, Downtown, Curitiba in Brazil. Email for club details to [email protected].
If you’re not planning a trip to Brazil in the near future, Danimod has done a rather good podcast covering some of the sounds of the club, check it out at:
You can stream it online or download it to your machine by the usual podcasting software (including iTunes). And if you know of anymore podcasts or indeed events in places you perhaps wouldn’t expect, let us know.
I’ve been a fan of Andy Smith’s previous Document outings – taking some a mix of the rare, the classic and the contemporary and throwing them all into a modern day mix. For his latest outing, he’s gone Jamaican, plundering the Trojan back catalogue for Andy Smith Presents Trojan Document.
To quote from Mr Smith’s website: "This release presents another mix album first – with Andy giving the listener a live sound system experience complete with rewinds, shout outs and reverb sounds. The Trojan Document takes you on a journey from early Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub, DJ tracks and Dancehall – it’s set to be yet another class."
Which all sounds very promising. Not heard it myself as yet, but if you nip over to Andy Smith’s website you can hear some audio clips.
And if you want to buy it, the album is available from Monday 26th June on mix CD and unmixed double vinyl. Full tracklisting if you click "continue".
Find out more at Amazon.co.uk
A couple of years back, an album came out called Sex, featuring the music played in Malcolm McLaren’s shop in the Kings Road in the mid 70s. Rather than the expected collection of early punk, it was actually a very quirky and entertaining mix of rock, soul and general strangeness from the 50s to the 70s. And now another iconic store – Granny Takes A Trip – is releasing the sounds that drifted out of its doorway- and again, it’s not quite what you’d expect.
The album, compiled by owner Nigel Waymouth, is called Conversation’s Dead Man (named after a comment from one of the store staff) and pulls together 18 tracks covering jazz, soul, blues and some contemporary rock of the time.
It’s perhaps not as experimental or cutting edge as you might think, but as Weymouth says: "You have to remember that 1966 was before rock as we know it – we didn’t have that library of music – black American music was our music. We were of the same generation as the Beatles and the Stones, and we were listening to the same records."
The full tracklisting can be viewed if you click on the "continue". If you want to pick it up, it’s out on July 10th. We’ll try and get a review sorted before then.
Film-maker, actor, musician (if you remember B.A.D.) and reggae fan Don Letts presents a two-part series under the title The Story Of Trojan Records, starting this Saturday, 24th June at 9pm.
In its heyday of the late 60s to the mid 70s, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and effectively launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob & Marica and Dave & Ansel Collins. For an idea of their success, in 1970 alone Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records in the process.
The documentary tells not just the story of Trojan Records and the story of how Jamaican music arrived in the UK, kikcing off with Duke Reid’s Trojan soundsystem in Jamaica and looking at how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kick-started the Jamaican music scene in the UK. It also looks at how British skinheads made ska and reggae popular in the British charts and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become chart hits. It also covers the fall of the label, before Two Tone gave it a new lease of life.
Contributors to the series include Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy and Derrick Morgan.
All sounds good. And if you miss it, you’ll be able to listen again at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 23rd June to Thursday 29th June.
Highlights of The Week
Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 23rd June
Berry Gordy’s rise from a Detroit car-production line worker to head of Motown. The songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland and Mary Wilson of the Supremes contribute.
Tighten Up: the Story of Trojan Records – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Saturday 24th June
Two part documentary looking at the influential reggae label Trojan Records and the arrival of reggae in the UK. This two-parter explores specifically the UK’s history and experience of reggae, from the postwar influx of young Jamaicans to the genre’s strong following among British skinheads. Contributors include Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, Derrick Harriott, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many others.