Sunday, 1 March 2015

Gert's Back! With Vic Godard & Subway Sect updates- 'Southend'(!), upcoming gigs/etc, The Bees,The Sexual Objects,Albert Serra/Tate,War, 'Kes,Willard & Ben',tons of vids/music/pics inc 'Gert's Treat', comment(bit chippy), Spock & More


Gert here, fit as a flee and raring to go so no polite preambles, going to dive right in.


First Gig of the year - 'SOUTHEND'
Vic at The Railway by The Dim Locator

  What a start  to Vic Godard & Subway Sect live 2015! I think everyone at The Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea on 7th February had a whale of a time. Gary of The Get put on a grand night of musical entertainment. Kicking off with the inimitable and unforgettable Cryin' Queerwolf, then the seaside sound of Kiss Me Quick, then The Get, then the debut of the 2015 VG & Subway Sect, sounding good, Vic's back on guitar and Paddy Pulzer did a great turn standing in for Ian (who's back for the next batch of shows). Vic and the Sect got a lovely warm reception from all the lovely people there and The Railway is another venue to add to the top ten. Already looking forward to a return visit.  

http://www.railwayhotelsouthend.co.uk/#!





Grand review by James Booth in the Essex Echo.
The Get are here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118148168208793/?fref=ts
Kiss Me Quick here: https://www.facebook.com/kissmequickuk?fref=ts

and you can listen to/Buy Cryin' Queerwolf's EP on Cyclotron here: https://cryinqueerwolf.bandcamp.com/album/the-queer-cant-help-it


The videos below are courtesy of Southend Sites for Southend Punk,  'Southend' (the new Blackpool) and one of the best live Stool Pigeons I've heard. They've got much more from the night including videos of The Get, Cryin' Queerwolf, Kiss Me Quick and Music Of A Werewolf plus photographs, including The Dim Locator's.
http://southendpunk.com/html/soutpunk.htm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/southendsites777/?fref=ts




















Lots more goodies to come - Birmingham, Oxford, London, Brighton, Bristol, Hastings, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and a few more dates to be sorted.  
Info and tickets - http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/vic_godard_live.html
and https://www.facebook.com/vic.godard.3/events
STOP PRESS...... New date 16th October - Miss Peapods,  Penrhyn, near Falmouth, Cornwall - info to follow. http://www.misspeapod.co.uk/
Glasgow and Edinburgh  with The Sexual Objects to be announced soon!

 And talking about The Sexual Objects, 'Cream Split It Up' the long anticipated new limited
edition 10" is now available for your delight and delectation! Buy on line here:
https://thesexualobjects.bandcamp.com/album/cream-split-up
Also available at The Vinyl Frontier Dunbar, Elvis Shakespeare (Leith Walk Edinburgh) and Monorail Music Glasgow.
Free download of Cream Sequence here:
https://thesexualobjects.bandcamp.com/track/cream-sequence


Sunday 1st March 2pm - Lee McFadden and Dave Smith present the first The Dave and Lee Travesty Show on Croydon Radio, playing the obscurest of out there punk 'that will make your ears bleed'! (PS you'll have to watch the podcast or the next one)
http://croydonradio.com/schedule/show.php?HistoryID=68c4777a-0114-3784-a287-34749a123e78


Thinking of a visit to North Norfolk? Then you could kill two birds with one stone and Get your shekels out for a stay at The Control Tower, bag yourself, friends/family some great rewards by making a pledge for the Annexe Project.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-control-tower-needs-you/widget/
Alternatively just book a stay! http://www.controltowerstays.com/
Catch Claire and Nigel on 'Mustard TV' - start of Part 2.
http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/episode/the-mustard-show-218/


Geoffrey Taylor's poignant short film 'Close' is now available to watch on line, it features two of Vic's songs, Birth and Death and Empty Shell'.
https://www.facebook.com/closefilm?fref=ts
http://www.thenewcurrent.co.uk/#!lsff-2014-interview-geoffrey-t/c9uq



Listen again - First broadcast18th September 2014, Trevor Johnson's Another Music In A Different Kitchen on Hive Radio devoted the whole two hours to 30 odd years of Vic and Subway Sect, a veritable Smörgåsbord of songs!




Added/removed a few songs on soundcloud, 'Different Story' live in Paris 1978 one of the 'new' ones https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=Gertie%20grocott
and an EXCLUSIVE treat for you here, found on a mini disc, Vic's 'These Three Things Nearly Always Seem To Sort Of Matter'. If anyone can make out what the three things are let us know! https://soundcloud.com/gertie-grocott/vic-godard-these-three-things

Just about to start reading The Bees by Laline Paull - "Buzzing with sensuous detail and shocking moments, Paull’s intimately-researched look at life in the hive is a surprising reflection of our own structures of power, obedience, and free will." I'll let you know.
http://www.lalinepaull.com/the-bees.html

Going to see Albert Serra: Singularity at Tate Modern on 13th March, part of Albert Serra: Divine Visionaries and Holy Fools .  The initial draw for me? Finding out that there is a performance by the legendary Jordi Valls / VGN Dentana Organ before the films. 
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/film/albert-serra-singularity 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6aFomxVR9Y


Oh me oh my !
Why did the font change above? I know not why.
Can I change it back again? No, I can't......sigh.


Many & Several Things à propos of...................still not altogether sure.

                                                       'Ready or Not' - The Delphonics


In 1969 Ken Loach's second feature film, Kes was released, based on 'A Kestrel For a Knave' by Barry Hines and referred to by some as a masterpiece (I'd be in that camp), it is a bittersweet, haunting story about a Yorkshire boy growing up with few prospects, in a dismal world, whose interest in life is renewed by the love and respect he comes to feel for the kestrel he trains, David Bradley's central performance as Billy quite astonishing. It is equally astonishing that Collin Welland is the only professional actor in this film.  If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it, still resonates, just make sure................oops, nearly let slip a spoiler. This is the original trailer:

More information about the film here: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/480602/
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/a-kestrel-for-a-knave/author/hines-barry/ 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/sense_of_place/sy_people/barry_hines.shtml

'Compare and Contrast', if you fancy it and for no particular reason, with -

In 1971 the ingenious and scary horror film Willard was released, directed by the esoteric Daniel Mann ( Butterfield 8 and The Teahouse Of The August Moon among others), based on the novel 'Ratman's Notebooks' by Stephen Gilbert. It's about a boy living with his invalid mother in a rat infested building, few prospects, who copes by making friends with one of said rats (one might have thought this would present an insurmountable problem of identification, bearing in mind the almost identical physiognomy of your average inbred sewer rat.) It is not long before he comes up with the idea of training his new found friend (and legions of relatives) to exact revenge on his enemies and then it gets seriously sicko. I've never watched all of it, some scenes it's ears blocked and eyes tight shut but here it is in its entirety.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Fndi62nGI


If you want more you could move on to the sequel 'Ben'* (for * see end of blog).
Ben Part 1 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqmAo8fgdE
http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/ratmans-notebooks/author/stephen-gilbert/page-1/
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1939433/Daniel-Man
http://www.esplatter.com/reviewsttoz/willard.htm
Thinking of getting a pet rat? http://www.ratsaspets.net/

Butterfield 8, a favourite of mine, also directed by Daniel Mann and  based on the book by John O'Hara, which in turn is based on the life of flapper Starr Faithful (left). Trailer below.
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/o/john-ohara/  
http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/dangerous-game-starr-faithfull-1931-article-1.798579
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?kn=John+O%27Hara+Butterfield+8&sts=t&x=52&y=9



The World At War
I remember watching this series at school in 1974 and being deeply affected by it, it was my awakening to the reality and scope of man's capacity for inhumanity. The series is currently being repeated on the BBC and available on iplayer and I cannot recommend highly enough.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hkpq6/episodes/player
We didn't learn much though, did we?
 'Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014' Credit: Associated Press/Photo Khalil Hamra http://ap.org/

"A general view of the destruction after what activists said were at least 20 air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus February 5 2015"  Credit: Reuters/Photo Mohammed Badra http://www.reuters.com

I could have chosen any number of photographs illustrating death and destruction in our world.

Where do all the persecuted and displaced people go? Places like this below or perhaps forced to live in unacceptable conditions underground like some in Ukraine.
"A general view of a Syrian refugee camp blanketed in snow in Deir Zannoun village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Jan. 7, 2015" Credit: Associated Press/Photo Hussein Malla


This bit was meant to flow from the photographs above but I have ended up unexpectedly straying in to some very alarming territory (not that the above isn't all alarming but it's in your face). I found this article, which seemed sensible until I got to the credit and saw Rand Corporation. Now RAND meant nothing (I'm now ashamed to say), it was the 'corporation' that made me feel I should check it out and I found a whole can of some very frightening worms coming out of this 'non profit global policy think tank' (depending on your point of view!!). Here's the thing, now, upon re-reading the article I'm seeing all sorts of hidden agendas going on, so, is it feasible not to tar everyone who contributes to an extremely, scarily powerful group ( and of course they have a presence in Doha, Qatar) with the same wary brush and have I  just turned in to a conspiracy theorist? 

http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/syrian-refugees-blessing-in-disguise.html
If you read this next piece http://mentalfloss.com/article/22120/rand-corporation-think-tank-controls-america your answer may well be an outright no, although you may want to check some of the assertions in this 2009 article by Alex Abella, not a fan of RAND (Soldiers of Reason:The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire 2008), for example "RAND is directly responsible for packet switching, the technology that made the Internet possible" hmmmm, perhaps a glance at this would enlighten the author a bit further, 'How the Brits invented packet switching and made the internet possible' (2010)
http://www.computerweekly.com/video/Video-How-the-Brits-invented-packet-switching-and-made-the-internet-possible 

I don't like labels - 'Radicalisation', an inflammatory, alienating catchword of our times if ever I heard one. I personally find its current ubiquitous use (particularly by politicians and the press) as a catch all label, disturbing to say the least, lumping in the choices of fifteen year old girls with grown men who up sticks to go and hack people's heads off (how many irrational choices did you make  when you were 15??). Indiscriminately and inappropriately applying this designation isn't going to do much for community relations, inclusiveness or trust but will certainly engender further mistrust/distrust and alienation among many.

Original photograph by A M Leka. Gnu interpreted 2015 for T perhaps.

Moving On I heard this on an advert and wanted to hear the whole song, fairly bizarre (there is a stranger one of this though), 'I Put A Spell On You' Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1966), even he can't keep a straight face by the end. (According to Vic the beat of this song has been plundered copiously by the Hip Hop world, including Notorious B.I.G. on Kick In The Door - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRfnWpV4i7E )


 Even more far out is Mr Hawkin's  'Constipation Blues'- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbfnP3nhghk

Vic's eclectic mix tape for The Voice of Cassandre:
https://www.mixcloud.com/greggringo/vic-godard-mixtape-n-265/

If you missed Vic's interview with Ian Carter for Smash It Up -
 http://www.smash-it-up.com/interviews.html



 Coming Soon: 16th March Demon release DVD/CD 'Access All Areas' - Vic Godard live at The Town & Country Club 1992, with Edwyn Collins, Paul Cook, Martin Duffy & Segs.
available to pre-order now -http://www.spincds.com/coming-soon/access-all-areas-cd-dvd-44577





The gnu's new theme tune 'Wooly Bully' by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs. Love the video with the added bonus of a trailer for The Untouchables at the end.


                                                    RIP Leonard Nimoy AKA Mr Spock


*'Ben' by Michael Jackson was my third ever LP after Tommy Steele and The Monkees. Just been listening to it again, I forgot how good it was, some great songs - Greatest Show On Earth, People Make The World Go Round, We've Got A Good Thing Going, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, My Girl.........not a duff one among them (ok, In Our Small Way is a tad naff and Shoo Be Doo Be Doo is a travesty of Stevie Wonder's song, but apart from them ) and as it's pre Mr Jackson's metamorphosis so it's beautifully sung. Here's the whole LP if you fancy a listen - http://musicmp3.ru/artist_michael-jackson__album_ben.html#.VPGw6eEXmSo

                                                     'People Make The World Go Round'

 Adieu until the next time........poor choice of word for an atheist!
 PS Vic and the gnu tried to book their favourite hotel the Knavesmire Manor York for a trip to the races but couldn't find it listed anywhere. This is why, so if you've got a spare £1,000,000! https://www.smithsgore.co.uk/property-for-sale-York-25181118

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Gert's got flu so it's over to gnu! Common Cold,Nobody's Scared,79 Now LP back in stock, Jock Scot,Videos,The Sexual Objects,Harry Papadopoulos,Gigs,Sleaford Mods,Music Machine,Recommendations & tons More!

It's been lurgies galore at gnu inc central over the last couple of weeks and we're only now emerging from the bug fug but personally brain still a bit befuddled so the blog is a bit haphazard as I haven't the energy, clear thought or level of concentration back yet to make everything flow nicely or perhaps even make sense. I mostly put it down to snot, mucus, catarrh, whatever you want to call it, whether it's blocking all pathways to the brain, you are blowing it out, trying to cough-hock it up or swallowing it. In it's defense, it is a line of defense and should you be interested in the question 'Where does all the snot come from?' I recommend this simple straightforward explanation from Professor  Niels Christian Stenklev - http://sciencenordic.com/where-does-all-snot-come 

1979 NOW! vinyl LP Back in Stock! 


http://www.aedrecords.com/collections/new-releases/products/vic-godard-subway-sect-1979-now
Mr 'Hugo Ball' has done a brilliant job with the video below. Born To Be A Rebel & Billy Liar, match made in heaven. Thanks to Trevor Johnson for the link.
http://www.dada-companion.com/ball/




If you missed Vic's and The Wave Pictures' sessions on 10th January 2015 then you're in luck, you can now listen again to deXter Bentley's Hello Goodbye show, on the wonderful community radio station Resonance 104.4FM 'the art of listening', you just never know what you might hear that will pique your interest.
14th February it's deXter Bentley's Pay-As-You-Go Hello Goodbye show, part of the annual fundraising drive for Resonance. Air time for sale at a very reasonable £10 a minute to have your request/s or your own music played.  It's very popular so get in quick.
http://hellogoodbyeshow.com/2015/01/14/the-pay-as-you-go-hello-goodbye-show-2015-resonance-fm-fundraising-drive/
Vic's request is for Hoagy Carmichael's Washboard Blues.
                                              

FIRST GIG OF THE YEAR!  Saturday 7th February
GETTITUDE Presents at The Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea
Vic Godard and Subway Sect , Kiss Me Quick and The Get PLUS Cryin'Queerwolf to open! It's going to be a stonker!
https://www.facebook.com/events/641668942609138/

Advance (only a couple of weeks to go) Tickets:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/301755
Below is Vic's interview with Kelly Buckley in the Essex Echo Southend-on-Sea edition.
Interview with Kelly Buckley for the Essex Echo


 If you haven't come across the erudite and entertaining correspondents Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull  then you are in for a treat. I get the impression that a meticulous process is gone through prior to selecting the chosen few singers/songwriters/groups to whom they write (no one is guaranteed a place in these august annals) and dare I say challenge them to respond, to a detailed dissection and analysis of one of their song's lyrics. It's no mean feat to fashion a reply that doesn't let the side down but there are some gooduns' on the site including Dave Collard's on behalf of the Joboxers and Vic's one.*
 http://www.wilfturnbull.co.uk/DearVicGodard.htm
You may not be able to resist some Philpottery while you're there. (I hope Toby doesn't mind the exposure!)  https://www.facebook.com/philpottery?fref=ts
http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/philpottery-custom-dog-magnets-pop-stars
* Vic's been reading Richard Hell's autobiography I dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp and he just read out a sentence that ended '....his fraternal twin brother.' I think had these words been in one of Mr Hell's songs they may well have attracted the attention of Messrs Philpott and Turnbull's and their dry wit.



The Nobody's Scared video below is from The Seventh Wave Presents @ The Flapper 4th October 2014 filmed by Tracey Holloway. We're all looking forward to coming back for more and it's another brilliant line up.
Saturday 16th May The Seventh Wave Presents 
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats and Church of Elvis
The Flapper Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf Birmingham

Advance Tickets:  http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/vic-godard-and-subway-sect-the-cravats-church-of-elvis/10033647
https://www.facebook.com/events/718108791615440/?ref=23


All Due Respect Magazine #5 features a short story by noir crime writer Paul D Brazil ' The Last Laugh'. The main character is a Mr Godard and the bent copper is a Mr Napper!!! 
http://pauldbrazill.com/ 
http://allduerespectbooks.com/books/all-due-respect-issue-5

The Clash New Year's Day 1977 documentary - the most interesting part of this for me was seeing Mr Rhodes in action.  You can hear Subway Sect practising in the background during an interview, I missed it. If you've a mind it's available to watch until 1st February. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04w08p6/the-clash-new-years-day-77 

GIG NEWS
25 years later! Vic's back at the Music Machine!
Friday 5th June DHP Family Presents

Sleaford Mods and Vic Godard & Subway Sect
Koko Camden High Street London
It seems from FB responses to posting the gig you either love the Sleaford Mods or hate them, no bad thing for an act in my opinion, better than apathy. Personally? Like the sentiments but not really my cup of tea musically however I do think the 'line up', which seems to be what ticks so many off, is pure punk! http://www.sleafordmods.com/videos/

 Vic's thinking about including the whole 1980 Music Machine set (basis of 1979 Now!) in the Sect set for the night, just swapping Landslide with Born To Be A Rebel. Read about the 1980 MM gig here at Kevin Pearce's Your Heart Out blog - yho 13 ...a day to remember. That's if you don't get distracted by Mr Pearce's extraordinary opus 'A Moment Worth Waiting For'. http://yrheartout.blogspot.co.uk/
https://app.box.com/shared/p8s2gx6zrc
https://soundcloud.com/gertie-grocott/instrumentally-scared

Saturday 13th June Spinningchilli Gigs Presents  
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Asbo Derek & The Unreliable Witnesses
The Green Door Store Lower Goods Yard Brighton
Come and join us beside the seaside for a summer's night of pure entertainment and joy, really looking forward to this.

Advance tickets £8 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303635
and Resident Records or £10 on the night

https://www.facebook.com/events/902718473096200/



 More dates confirmed
October DTBC -Trash'd Festival 2015 Hastings 
October 17th - Death or Glory Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect + Support Exchange Bristol. Tickets:
The Rock Shop Bristol (Only 50p Booking Fee) https://www.facebook.com/therockshop
Bristol Ticket Shop- http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/



Exchange- http://www.exchangebristol.com/


November 27th  Children of Godard Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND POST The Retreat Newcastle*
 More info/dates to follow, hopefully including Oxford, Leicester, Manchester, possibly somewhere in the South West and of course the Scottish dates.
*A fond farewell to The Star & Shadow as it leaves it's current location.If you are going to be in Newcastle on 28th February the Star & Shadow are throwing a BIG BLOW OUT PARTY for their last night in Stepney Bank. It's going to be popular and it's free entry, so they'll be one one out when capacity reached.  Any/all donations on the night will go towards fundraising for the new Star and Shadow building.
https://www.facebook.com/events/373339072846050/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

Vic Godard & Subway Sect Tour Dates & Tickets
                                          Love this, Meghan Trainor 'All About That Bass'    


Coming Soon or Soonish  - End of The Surrey People re-issue on AED Records
DVD Town & Country Club Live 1992 Demon
Stop That Girl on Recorded at the Automat: The Best of Rough Trade Records March 2015
Don’t Split It – Positive Creed Fanzine CD compilation
Live & Rare Vol 3 – Paris? gnu inc
Recording new material?
Sound of Young Scotland nears fruition! https://www.facebook.com/soundofyoungscotland.soys.9?fref=ts

Which does lead nicely into.........
Vic by Harry Papadopoulos

Paisley Museum  16th January - 1st March 2015
What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos
 If you are going to be anywhere near Paisley while this is on you'd be mad to miss it and it's FREE.

If you can't make it then I highly recommend the very beautiful book of the same name, introduced by Ken McCluskey
http://www.birlinn.co.uk/What-Presence.html

The wonderful Jock Scot is The Idler's Idler Of The Year 2014! Extract from Tom Hodgkinson's interview with Jock. Full interview here:http://idler.co.uk/article/idler-of-the-year-2015/



Been a bit of a hubbub about Davy Henderson's decision to have only one copy of The Sexual Objects's new LP Marshmallow manufactured and then auctioned on ebay with full rights to exploit. The story made it to page 3 of The Independent on Sunday 25/01/2015.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/wutang-clan-and-the-sexual-objects-offer-fans-a-chance-to-own-the-only-copies-of-their-latest-albums-10000903.html
and Davy talks about it here on Front Row BBC Radio 4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050674t 
All over bar the shouting now, my only caveat is if the successful bidder decides to keep it to themselves it means fans won't get a look in. One of my very favourite Sexual Object's songs and one I love, love hearing them do live is 'Feels With Me'.


The Sexual Objects are playing at Sneaky Pete's Edinburgh Thursday 29th January -
http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-sexual-objects-snide-rhythms-miracle-strip/sneaky-pete-s/841580

A Model for Crowd Funding?

 The Control Tower have got it bang on the nail, you know up front what you are getting in return  for your contribution to the renovation of the Annexe. You can read the history/reviews,  etc and they are  being very generous.I"Everyone who pledges will get an invite to the launch and an opportunity to have their name   listed in any publicity.
The launch will involve afternoon tea and a tour of the tower
£25 - Afternoon tea and tower tour or a limited edition print
£100 - 2 nights stay in the Annex or Afternoon tea for 4 plus private tour of the tower
£250 5 nights in the Annex or 3 in Control l Tower (can be taken as 3 nights and 2 nights i.e. not all at once) £500 - 1 night up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, afternoon tea, and a group dinner 
£1,000  - 3 nights up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, a day at the beach with beach hut, a group dinner and other extras being worked on as we speak"If your interest has been piqued and you fancy pledging or a stay: www.controltowerstays.com  


                                             The Monkees 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone'
   

                      Thanks to Joe Mckechnie for sharing the above clipping from Private Eye.


How come when a member of ISIS beheads someone it is an outrage against humanity yet state sanctioned public beheadings seemingly are not? Just asking, it might help us plebs to understand why the UK had  flags at half mast for King Abdullah, ruler of a regime which has a dire record on human rights including recently sentencing a human being to a 1000 lashes for daring to respectfully raise issues about said regime. Show support for Raif Badawi and find out what he said here - https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/saudi-arabia-free-raif-badawi-flogged-blogger?from=issues 
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/half-masting-of-flags-following-the-death-of-king-abdullah-bin-abdulaziz-king-of-saudi-arabia


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/16/saudi-arabia-postpones-flogging-blogger-raif-badawi
Along with many others I personally find it the height of hypocrisy to listen to those praising the late King for his support in advancing  the cause of reform in Saudi Arabia and for his stabilising influence on the area. Apart from anything else, exactly where is this stability occurring?? Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Libya....................

HUMAN RIGHTS 0 OIL 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999




And Lastly -  “Laurence, Angela likes Demis Roussos. Tony likes Demis Roussos, I like Demis Roussos, and Sue would like to hear Demis Roussos: so please, d’you think we could have Demis Roussos on?”  Abigail's Party  Mike Leigh.
RIP Demis Roussos

                                              
Until the next time, over and out.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Gnu's 2014 Review (sort of);1979 Now/30 Odd Years/End of The Surrey People,Gigs,Manchester,Southend,vids,pics,coming up in 2015


Sunset January 2014

This last offering of 2014 is a personal, lighthearted and eclectic (random) review of the last year, events, gigs, recommendations, comment, videos, photographs, etc. I've posted several pictures throughout of some of the places we've visited in 2014 (for fun only, can you get them all? A couple are fairly obvious!).

Well here we are, the tax return looming once again, who'd have thought at this time last year, when I'll admit things had got a tad wearing, that by December 2014.................... .

April 2014 - Think Ms Austen would like the view!

Courtesy of Andrew Paul Shaw
  Last December I was fretting about the release of 30 Odd Years, so much time, talent, effort and good will had been invested into it and in every sense it has been gnu inc's biggest project to date. My fears were swiftly allayed after the release in  February, 30 OYs has had an overwhelmingly warm and positive reception, exceeding expectation to the point of being down to our last few copies within days of the rerun's arrival on 11th December! Particular thanks for this in no particular order go justifiably to Andrew P. Shaw, Mike Coe, Marc Riley, Tracey Holloway, Lee McFadden, Kevin Pearce, Philip King, Michael White, all the reviewers, of course Vic, the Sects, SOBS, Mates Mates, all the other contributors and most of all to everyone who has bought it. ( I am personally quite gnutastically proud of this release.)
http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/30_odd_reviews.html

July 2014 - Really only one place this could possibly have been!!
 Been blown away by the response to 1979 NOW! LP and CD, released on Aed Records on 6th October, the LP version sold out at the beginning of November!  So,
BIG FAT THANK YOU! for the lurv.

Brilliant job all round I think by - Vic, Kevin Younger, Mark Braby, Yusuf B'Layachi, Paul Cook,  Paul Myers, Simon Rivers, David 'Flash Wright, Liam Hutton and Jim Knight, the Aed crew, Edwyn Collins, Seb Lewsley, Susan, Grace and by Andrew Paul Shaw for the iconic art work and cover and brilliant reviews to boot:  http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/1979_reviews/1979_reviews.html

New supplies of the LP are expected in January 2015 and will be available on the main website this time. The CD is still fairly widely available I believe and you can get it from both Aed and us. http://www.aedrecords.com/collections/cds
http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/vic_godard_buy.html
You can have a listen here: https://play.spotify.com/album/6R1jqFT9CPqMHHeN6TmLFJ?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open



An exuberant Holiday Hymn at the Voodoo Rooms 15/11/2014 filmed by Lee McFadden.

March 2014 - It's got soul! North End variety!


Probably one of Vic and Sect's best Marc Riley sessions.
Dead Dreamy, Common Thief, Get That Girl and Better Not Turn On. Available for 11 more days from 30/12/2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04tr6f8
All in all Mr Riley's been a bit of a star, playing lots of 1979 Now! amongst other Vic songs.


We stayed at the Premier Inn Manchester Salford Quays on Thursday 11th December and it was as consistent as the others, helpful staff, comfy beds, clean, decent cooked breakfast, car park and we had a very quiet room overlooking the canal. It was also incredibly cheap for 3 rooms and breakfast, although I did book a long way in advance. 
http://www.premierinn.com/en/search!execute.action
When I  went back to book for the Friday after the Dulcimer gig was confirmed it was sold out as were nearly all in the vicinity except the v, v expensive. Was this because Man U were playing on the Sunday or maybe it happens every weekend. I had to look further afield and settled on nearest to Chorlton that suited, going south, which was the Britannia Didsbury. It was a considerable improvement on the Wigan Britannia, quiet room, good breakfast and ginormous car park which is used for 'park and fly'. They also do smoking rooms, it was a relief not to have to brave the big outdoors to have a fag because it was a tad on the nippy side. http://www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/manchester-country-house/ 
December 2014 - Tuscany????
 It's an oddly unsettling feeling when a gig is sold out, you're usually feverishly promoting in the lead up so along with the warm glow, came a vaguely unnerving feeling that there was something I was meant to be doing. But there wasn't!
Most enjoyable night, great atmosphere at the Dulcimer, lots of lovely people including Mr & Mrs Shaw, 'Jane & Deirdre' and Steve 'not at all' Shy, storming set from Blue Orchids and keep an eye and ear out for Josh Dutton, Jack Dutton and Joe Kutryk, very impressive debut. Photographs courtesy of 'Jane Barnes'.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Orchids/421040661291884?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Josh.Dutton.Bass.96?fref=ts


                                      
Blue Orchids in Blue by 'Jane Barnes'
Josh Dutton, Jack Dutton & Joe Kutryk by 'Jane Barnes'
Thanks to Chris Dutton for arranging and everyone at The Dulcimer. http://dulcimer-bar.co.uk/
PS Highly recommend their Ploughman's  http://dulcimer-bar.co.uk/food

Inadvertently recorded the whole of Vic's set, forgot I'd turned camera on and left it on a radiator! Unfortunately it was right at the back and so no picture and a lot of crowd noise, quite a bit of me! Anyway this is Stool Pigeon, probably the clearest.
video
 
Mid September - Bit of a giveaway!

SOME HIGHLIGHTS 2014

Best Interview - About Remembering: Vic Godard Interviewed by Helen King for The Quietus, November 18th, 2014 - http://thequietus.com/articles/16659-vic-godard-interview-subway-sect

Best Short Film - 16 Again, a very entertaining series of short films brought to you by World of Hoopla.

Best Gig - The Seventh Wave at The Loft Birmingham. The new 5 piece line up really got in to their stride and played the first of many blinders. Storming Stool Pigeon courtesy of Colin Walker -
Best 'New' Venue - by new I mean new for us and the award goes to.........
Ian Magic Teapot & The Musician Clyde Street Leicester LE1 2DE We got a very warm welcome, a lovely group of people run this venue, a lovely and appreciative crowd of people came out on a week night, great sound and Kevin Hewick and The Brassick Bears topped things off. Looking forward to a return visit.  http://www.themusicianpub.co.uk/index.html


Best Book(s) - Non Fiction/Reference
Definitely a book worth waiting for "  "A Moment Worth Waiting For’ by Kevin Pearce is much more than a moment, it is an entertaining musical journey with a cornucopia of information, in fact totally in awe of Kevin’s research for this book, you may wonder where he is taking you next but be assured he’s always there to guide you." - Vic Godard
http://www.caughtbytheriver.net/2014/07/a-moment-worth-waiting-for-kevin-pearce/
PS Quite a few Vic mentions!
Photographic

John Bolloten's evocative photographs of everyday life on the streets of Bradford. AND if you're one of John's FB friends or followers,for 2 days only (up until midnight on 31st December 2104), you can get Bradford Street at a reduced price of £5 a copy plus postage. Once gone they're gone so get yours while you can.https://www.facebook.com/john.bolloten?fref=ts
Some more info: http://onegiantarm.com/post/104414054542/oga-are-now-proud-to-introduce-a-photographer


Best Exhibition - Late Turner, Painting Set Free at Tate Gallery until 25 January 2015. An abundant and extensive collection of Turner's later works.
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-late-turner-painting-set-free



Best Cultural Experience - No contest - Charles Aznavour 1st June 2014 Royal Albert Hall. The  most affecting live performance I have ever been to and I wasn't a fan before I went. (See June blog for link so you too can hear what I mean!)

2015
8th January - The Sexual Objects are doing a Marc Riley session. Don't miss it!  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wxk3r Ron Asheton by the Sexual Objects, on their new 10" Cream Split Up! Video by Douglas Hart.
 

Friday 9th January - Band of Holy Joy and Bitter Springs are at The Macbeth on 9th January
https://www.facebook.com/events/1379852848979178/?fref=ts

August 2014 - Obvious innit.

Saturday 10th January - the 4 piece Subway Sect make their debut. Following Yusuf's move to Hamburg in January Vic is taking up the guitar duties again and the Sect are returning to Resonance 104.4FM to do another session on Dexter Bentley's Hello Goodbye Show.
http://resonancefm.com/listen
https://www.facebook.com/ThedeXterBentleyHelloGoodByeShow?ref=ts&fref=ts

VOLUME 3: Best of Hello GoodBye 2014 – PLAYLIST http://hellogoodbyeshow.com/-

Saturday 7th February - 1st gig of 2015!
Gettitude Promotions Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Kiss Me Quick & The Get Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea
Not saying anything in case I hoodoo it! 
Stop Press: Delighted to announce Cryin'Queerwolf added to bill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/641668942609138/?pnref=story
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/301755?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
https://www.facebook.com/kissmequickuk?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/118148168208793/
https://www.facebook.com/cryingquee


Mid November 2014 - Ayers Rock??

Saturday 16th May -The Seventh Wave Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats & Church Of Elvis
The Flapper Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf, B1 2NU
 Delighted to be going back to Brum and another stellar line up! A bit of a revelation to me how much I warm to Birmingham, in fact the first Chris Wave gig in March 2014 is quite possibly my all round favourite gig of the year, mind you the second one at the Flapper in October was pretty good too and cemented my new found affection for this bustling, lively city.
www.thecravats.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Church-of-Elvis/862416340457837?sk=info&tab=page_info
https://www.facebook.com/events/718108791615440/
http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/vic-godard-and-subway-sect-the-cravats-church-of-elvis/10033647

Saturday 13th June - Spinningchilli Gigs Presents
Vic Godard & Subway Sect
The inimitable Asbo Derek
and The Unreliable Witnesses featuring ATV's Lee McFadden ( who happen to be playing at the Green Door Store 8th March)
The Green Door Store
Trafalgar Arches
Lower Goods Yard
Underneath Brighton Station
BN1 4FQ Going to be another stonker.  http://www.thegreendoorstore.co.uk/about/

Early September 2014 - Beside the Sea on the South Coast
Trash'd 2014 by Mark Richards
 Following this years success the multi-genre Trash’d Festival returns in 2015 and Vic's been invited back, rumour has it a double header with Mr Tim Smith. We had a very enjoyable, laid back time this year, thanks to Keith Rodway, Ben Browton and everyone at The Brass Monkey. The New York Dollies were on the bill with Vic, we knew immediately we heard them that with their doo wop punk they were perfectly suited to add to the bill of Club Left 2014 (a memorable event, full details in last blog). http://www.newyorkdollies.co.uk/
http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/arts-news/trash-cannes-preview
http://www.trashcannesfestival.co.uk/#!hastings-2013-gallery/c5pt

Lots more dates in the pipeline.
November 2014 - Pond Life North of the border.



  Early 2015 - Demon are releasing a DVD of the gig Vic did at the Town & Country Club 1992 with Edwyn Collins, Paul Cook, Martin Duffy and Segs. The set is mostly End of the Surrey People which by a fortunate happenstance Aed Records are re-releasing, hopefully around the same time. 

And here's where it started, Vic and Paul 'the Wizard' Baker's original (and best in my humble opinion) version of End Of The Surrey People.
 
Extract from an original review - ".......So goes End of the Surrey people, strutting with garagey, reckless fun and forever seemingly about to collapse in a ram-a-lam heap. Vic Godard’s ear for pop, though, holds steady, and the album cruises by. 8/10 Craig Mclean" 
My favourite track from the Town & Country Club gig is Vic's cover of Falling and Laughing -

October 2014 - 2nd largest city in UK


Some photos of the '1978 Now' Subway Sect. From left Mark Laff, Leigh Curtis, Vic and Trigger at The Thunderbolt Bristol; above right I think is a station and bottom right is Vic outside BBC Maida Vale, all  2007 and courtesy of Trigger aka Paul Williams.
http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/albums.html



Sunset December 2014
Thought I'd sign off on a positive note with a bit of Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'The Masque of Anarchy'............ 

'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.’
A Bientôt and ALL THE BEST FOR 2015 x