Using the Wayback Machine for work this week, I deviated from what I was supposed to be doing to looking up defunct websites. In the process I managed to find this review I had published on the Plan B magazine website. I’d thought it’d gone forever, but no.
I was so pleased when I got this accepted, so pleased. I’ve sometimes thought to try to contact Gracelette, the lives editor at the time, to tell her how much I appreciated her publishing me, and for the much-needed encouragement it, and she, gave me. I never have. But one day maybe she’ll read this.
Roberta Flack – The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Mad Men always got its use of music spot-on. This Roberta Flack version of an Ewan MacCall song is used at the end ‘The Forecast’ (S7 Ep.10).
Sleaford Mods – Under the Plastic and NCT
Ryvita / Ryvita / Cracked Black Pepper
This is how it starts. A love song.
Here / Here’s a bit of cheese / Nibble the bastard
A great one. A love song.
Under the general weight of it all / exists impossible visions of you
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 20.6.18
John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads
I watched the last episode of Barry last week. If you can watch the series, do so, it’s superb– funny, dark and moving. Great soundtrack too. John Denver’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ plays over the end credits of the last episode. This led me to listen to ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, which I’ve chosen because it has one of those choruses that country songs do so well. Then, the fact that I was listening to John Denver, led me to remember my friend Andy, who many years ago dressed up as John Denver. The photo of which still pleases me.
Wussy – Gloria
I saw Wussy at The 100 Club on Thursday. As this tweet suggests they are a great guitar band. And if I was ever going to get a tattoo done, I’d get the band name Wussy. It feels fitting somehow.
‘Gloria’ is off their most recent album What Heaven Is Like.