Tag Archives: Liverpool

distant voices, still lives

A cd (re)issue of the Distant voices, still livessoundtrack lp (Rough Trade cat. no. ROUGH129) is long overdue. Full info on Terence Davies’ 1988 movie classic (incl. 2012-06 screenings) via https://zaropans.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/distant-voices-still-lives/

bunker soldiers

… and the Peel version via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_Sessions_1979%E2%80%931983 and the studio version via http://uzine.posterous.com/carol-with-snowy-red-and-a-machine-or-two or http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-New-Stone-Age-Bunker-Soldiers/release/2545637 or http://www.omd.uk.com/discography/orchestral_manoeuvres_in_the_dark

carol with snowy red and a machine or two

Absolutely wanted to play Carol‘s “Breakdown” for ya – a track I’d already mentioned in my Snowy Red post, as he’s backing her on this one. The track is also on the very excellent A Man & A Machine IIIv/a 2cd. The tracks by the Cabs, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Drinking Electricity are presented here in the compilers’ original sequence, just to show how well Stéphane Ritzenthaler and Philippe Pierre-Adolphe can create a musical flow, apart from having impeccable taste in eighties wave and avantgarde … Do check their “A Man & A Machine” series, I urge thee!

beatles x-mas rex


The lighter side of Christmas: the Beatles and their proto nay plain psychedelic pantomimes … with the radio comedy & novelty talents of Sir George Henry Martin CBE strongly on display, obviously. Indeed, the Beatles had been impressed by Martin’s work with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook and other Goons before they’d even met, while on the day of their first meeting, the Liverpudlians’ jokes and comic wordplay actually charmed Martin into thinking that he should sign them to a contract for their wit alone.

young master sergeant


Will Sergeant (of Echo and the Bunnymen) has made two brilliant solo albums. Not many people know that, Eric.