I’ve jumped straight from March to May as looking back over the postings from April 2007 didn’t show anything that I feel worth repeating here. Thinking back, April 2007 was a very busy time at work…loads of hours being spent in the office building up to an important set of elections at the beginning of May 2007….and that would explain why a lot of the posts were hurriedly written and posted just for the sake of it.
And so onwards to May 2007….and another self-indulgent post which will hopefully provide you all with a little more of my DNA if you’re interested:-
Fil at the blog ‘Pogo A Go-Go’ was the first person I saw have this little bit of fun.
Then it ended up with Crash at the blog ‘Pretending Life Is Like A Song’.
And because Crash didn’t want to be Johnny no-mates that he couldn’t pass the chain onto, and I’m an all-round nice guy, I volunteered to be next. So he sent me five questions,…..
Q1. Alerius C of Tralfamadore likes the cut of your jib, and empowers you to revisit specific live performances of five songs whenever you choose. What five performances do you choose, and why?
A. How joyous to find that someone at last, after almost 44 years on this planet, likes the cut of my jib.
I have no idea how many live gigs I’ve been to since 1979 – and lord knows how many live acts I’ve seen. I could go through the record collection and work part of it out, but for every one of them, there will probably be two acts that I’ve never bought any records by.
But enough of the gibberish – it’s time to face up to the question.
(a) Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Glasgow Tiffany’s 1980. Joe Jackson had enjoyed his chart success and was about to enter into a few years of oblivion before Stepping Out went Top3. The venue was maybe 70% full and I got right down near the front for the first time in my life. This song was the encore – and Joe turned it into a masterpiece lasting the best part of 10 minutes, starting it off as a piano-led ballad before bit by bit the rest of the band (who had been in top form all night) joined in. By the end it was an angry rant keeping in spirit with the true meaning of the song.
(b) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Curse of Millhaven
Glasgow Barrowlands 2001. Mrs Villain’s favourite Bad Seeds number and one neither of us thought we’d ever see live. Another one kept for the encore and so rare in the live canon that Nick needed idiot boards to get all the words correct. The band thrashed away and Nick ranted and raved about murders and Prozac. A few weeks later he did the same again in Lyon, France and the results can be seen on the live DVD God Is In The House. But being there in Glasgow was even better.
(c) Paul Quinn & the Independent Group– Will I Ever Be Inside Of You?
Glasgow Film Theatre – September 1995. A one-off gig in a cinema. the band played as movie montages unfolded behind them. A quite incredible night topped-off when a singer from Scottish Opera hotfooted it from her performance on stage some 500 yards around the corner and provided backing vocals, still dressed in her operatic outfit, for the title track of Paul Quinn & The Independent Group‘s second LP. Truly beautiful. Truly breathtaking. And the last time that i ever got to see Paul Quinn perform on the stage. Sigh
(d) Tindersticks – Jism
Edinburgh Jaffa Cake late 90s. The hottest gig I’ve ever been at in my life. A tiny attic room that was part of an Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue more akin to hosting comedians and staging plays by undergraduate theatre groups. I’ve no idea just how the fire authorities were able to let so many folk in. So hot that the band removed their jackets. I know I’m likely to go to hell when I die – and it will be a dawdle compared to surviving that August night without passing out. The roar that greeted this epic number would have graced the winning goal of any cup final.
(e) The Smiths – Hand In Glove
Glasgow QM Union 1982. The first time I ever saw them live. The first song I ever heard them play live. A life-changing moment.
Q2. Tell us about the high points and low points of a typical working day.
The high point is lunchtime and the moments that I’m able to spend in any one of a number of half-decent (Avalanche, Fopp, Missing) or indeed rubbishy (Virgin, HMV) record stores in Glasgow city centre.
I don’t think about the low points – if I did I wouldn’t make any effort to come in. But they’re usually the result of something happening outwith my direct control but which ultimately will end up at my desk requiring immediate fixing.
Sorry it’s a dull answer, but there’s little really exciting about working in a huge bureaucracy.
Q3. You’ve been convicted of the murder of the football commentator who said they’ll be dancing on the streets of Raith tonight, and your final appeal has failed. It’s time to choose your last meal.
I wouldn’t be settling for a last meal at this point. I’d be mobilising the troops, with hopefully comrades like Toad, Colin, Simon, Liz, Crash and everyone who has a modicum of love for me (that includes you Mrs Villain) organising last minute petitions to the top brass explaining that it was a mercy killing as all football commentators on British television deserve to be garroted.
But I guess you guys will get nowhere. So I would demand, as my last request, a bowl of pasta from a magnificent Milanese restaurant called Da Ilia– to be washed down with a bottle of Valpolicella Amarone red vino. Failing that, a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties – after all, on the eve of my execution, I will no longer be worrying about its effect on my waistline.
Q4. It’s 2012 and Scotland is to be retired in order to pay for the London Olympics. You’re responsibility is to preserve ten Scottish songs for posterity. What do you choose.
I could refer you all back to a series of earlier postings that appeared on TVV in which the choices of the personal Top 10s of myself & Jacques the Kipper for the poll at Jock’n’Roll were aired and discussed. I was only allowed one song per artist, and my list featured Orange Juice, Sons & Daughters, Bronski Beat, Bourgie Bourgie, Associates etc, etc…
But if Scotland is to be retired, then the lawmakers will inevitably deem that all good things associated with the country must be outlawed forever in order to prevent a revolutionary uprising. So all my choice of songs will come from a prescribed list of such crap that the authorities will thereby ensure that no-one in their right mind would ever want to be part of a nation once again….
Andy Stewart – A Scottish Soldier;
Neil Reid – Mother Of Mine;
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better;
Darius – Colourblind;
Simple Minds – Belfast Child;
Aneka – Japanese Boy;
Wet Wet Wet – Goodnight Girl;
Gun – Word Up;
Lena Martell – One Day At A Time;
Runrig – Loch Lomond.
Ten stinkers I’m sure you agree.
Q5. We all need a bit of direction in our leisure time. What should we be watching on the telly? Something current, something from the last few years and something to buy and enjoy on dvd.
The only long-running thing really worth watching is The Simpsons. Need I say anymore?
In terms of recent stuff no longer with us, I think it has to be Our Friends In The North– the last thirty seconds of which had me blubbering away like a big southern jessie.
On DVD – make sure you get every episode of The Sopranos. It can be watched over and over again as small details emerge each episode as hugely significant for the future.
If I was to choose a DVD movie, it would be High Fidelity. I want to be as cool and handsome as John Cusack, and I want to own a record store but only if I could afford it to run at a huge loss as I would only sell records which I liked…..
So that’s what I’ve got to say in response to Crash’s five questions. If you’d like to play along, send me an e-mail and I’ll get some probing stuff over to you. Go on…you know you want to.
Oh, I suppose I better put up an mp3 given you’ve got this far:-
mp3 : Tindersticks – Jism (live, Bloomsbury Theatre)
Oh and here’s another while I’m at it. Sorry it’s not live:-
mp3 : Paul Quinn & The Independent Group – Will I Ever Be Inside Of You?
Q1 : I’m still happy enough with the five live renditions selected, although I know for certain that the rendition of Felicity by Vic Godard & The Independent Group just a couple of months back when they were support to the one-off reformation of Jazzateers would get in.
Q2 : Have changed job since May 2007. No longer work in Glasgow city centre, so browsing round record stores no longer the daily highlight. Truth is, walking out of train station and into the front door is the highlight as it’s the last time I will be in full control of the situation as I’ve no idea what the day will bring. Low Point? Any unexpected phone call from a journalist bringing news of an unforseen problem….
Q3 : The troops mentioned in the original answer were the small group of like-minded bloggers who were providing all sorts of support and advice on a daily basis at a tine when TVV was in its infancy. Today, I’d be confident the troops that I could muster in support would be bigger in number.
Q4 : It wasn’t the Olympics that bankrupted us….it was the fucking bankers.
Q5 : Since then, box sets like The Wire, Deadwood, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Six Feet Under would be added to the list….
Oh and I have no idea who it was I passed my own list of questions onto.
Suppose I better add some more mp3s as you’ve got this far……
mp3 : Elvis Costello & The Attractions – High Fidelity (Peel Session, March 1980)
mp3 : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Curse Of Millhaven (live, Lyon)
mp3 : The Smiths – Hand In Glove (live, Glasgow QMU)