blogs are so 'last year', but then again Fruits de Mer is so last century it's as close to cutting-edge as we're ever likely to get (unless the HRT starts to kick in)...so this is the FdM blog and you're welcome to it.
(it's all supposed to be related to music but sometimes I lose the plot, with typically uninspiring results)
HOW DARE THEY?
The latest Gala Bingo TV ad uses Todd Rundgren's 'I Saw The Light' as the backing track - sacrilege!
IN NEED OF RETAIL THERAPY
Checking the usual online shops is all well and good, but sometimes you need a good thumb through stacks of records you've already got (possibly) or don't need (almost certainly); not a lot coming up locally in the way of fairs, but Guildford is always worth a brief look in - and there's one due in a couple of weeks' time.
A FLOOD OF FLOYD
There's seems to be a great outpouring of Pink Floyd live albums at the moment - none of them official, but are they legal? I still don't understand the copyright rules - I thought the pre-1963 rule applied, anything before that is fair game but from then on only live recordings that haven't been broadcast or released officially can be put out. Anyway, if you want to investigate the 'new releases' further, www.juno.co.uk is a good place to start.
YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP
Just got back from a quick break in Fuerteventura, including the opening of the annual carnival in Carraleyo - a slightly surreal experience as the only entertainment on the big stage was a very, very long speech by an elderly guy who seemed to be the town's answer to Sadiq Khan, dressed like one of the 'Three Amigos' and was accompanied round the stage by a remote controlled wooden cart, which moved occasionally to the theme tune to 'Knight Rider'.
A couple of days later, we had the Fee Waybill lookalike contest - drag artists in Spain have clearly all been brought up by fans of The Tubes.
SOD THE CATHEDRAL
We managed a flying visit to Winchester, and just had time to call in on The Record Man, who has had a stall on the High Street for years (Thursday to Saturday - mainly second hand, with the occasional new LP) and Elephant Records, which is hidden away down a side street and promotes itself with a very small silhouette of an elephant in a window and nothing else; it looked like it was closed, but wasn't, and any shop with sections headed 'krautrock' and a'ambient' has to be worth a vist.
THE LION KING
Bet you didn't expect that - neither did I, but tickets were a Christmas gift from one of my kids and we had a family outing to experience a musical that's been going longer than FdM.
It was the first musical I'd seen since Spamalot about 15 years ago and a good time was had by all, especially by the prat sitting behind me to laughed louder than a foghorn at any line that didn't involve a lion being killed, maimed or expelled from the pack.
A total prat - but he was about 20 stone and wore a t-shirt that had a print of a bare torso on it, so i decided that he probably wouldn't appreciate me interrupting his fun.
FIRST GIG OF THE YEAR
Another visit to the Prince Albert in Brighton, with one of my kids. I think Sick Days did a good line in grunge, while Let's Swim, Get Swimming were even better - a math rock(?) instrumental duo! I say 'I think' as apparently the Prince Albert was the eighth pub we called in on during the evening so my memory is about as hazy as some of the craft IPA I had to drink
A TRIP TO BEN'S RECORDS, GUILDFORD
visiting Ben's Records in Guildford is always fun, but this week was particularly interesting as there's been quite a clear-out and restocking since I last called in. I came away with more records and less money than I'd planned, including a rather nice Amon Duul live in 1969 LP and a rather odd 'Eliminators' instrumental LP on Pye, consisting mainly of covers - from 'Wipeout' to 'Thunderbirds' to Eleanor Rigby'; a studio project that seems to have been the brainchild of Cyril Stapleton!
A SINKING SHIP?
somebody recently had a go at selling their collection of FdM singles on eBay for £600...
HAVE THE RULES CHANGED?
There seem to be an awful lot of (and probably a lot of awful) live recordings from the sixties and seventies surfacing at the moment, available through mainstream mail order services, such as Juno.
I've lost track as to what is and isn't permissable, but it's starting to look like a bit of a free-for-all.
YOU'VE GOT TO LAUGH...
...unless you're a Villa supporter. The only upside being that I wasn't there and the Man City vs Chelsea game was on TV, so I was spared having to sit through it.
...seen in through a bit of a blur in an Irish pub, fuelled by Guiness and Bushmills - there are worse ways to start a year
Here are some of our earlier ramblings....
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