Saturday, 16 December 2017

Saturday Snapshot - The Answers


Extra quick today - it's almost as though you were trying to help me get through my Top 17 of 2017 before next Saturday...


10. Weinstein menace: could this be an appropriate punishment? (A sharp one, obviously.)


Harvey is a danger. We should make him sit on a very sharp flagpole.

Charity Chic googled his way to victory on this one.

Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

George didn't believe they existed. He obviously never watched Peep Show.

9. Jumbo pantyliners.


My deepest apologies to Sir Thumbsaloft for this one.

Pantyliners, so the adverts keep telling me, come with Wings... "Only the band The Beatles could have been."

Jumbo is a type of jet. D'oh.

Wings - Jet

Alyson got the artist, CC the song.

8. A big twit, fair of face, thinks we all want a truly great Queen song.


A big twit is a berk... or Burke.

Monday's child is fair of face... and Solomon Grundy was born on a Monday.

One of Queen's best songs was Somebody To Love.

Solomon Burke - Somebody To Love

Think Lynchie got this one first.

7. This is what happens when you have John Lydon round for tea. He mucks about with your TV and your stereo.


John Lydon is a daft punk.

Your TV may well be LCD. Your stereo is your sound system.

LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

C got that, with a little gentle prodding.

6. Da doo one, quick, doctor - there's a Lady playing alternative percussion.


Da doo is obviously followed by Ron Ron.

"Stat!" is what the doctors on ER (or Casualty) shout when they want something quick.

The Beach Boys sang about Lady Lynda.

Alternative percussion might be a different drum.

Well done, Alyson. The early bird gets the worm.

Linda Ronstadt - Different Drum

(Ronstadt is a very difficult name to spell from memory.)

5. Goodbye Lucille goes well with the last song: a very deep fellow.


Goodbye Lucille is a Prefab Sprout song about Johnny, Johnny, Johnny.

A cymbal would go well with Linda's drum.

A very deep fellow would be Mr. Bassman.

Martin has been missed.

Johnny Cymbal - Mr. Bassman

4. Nobody can make a jacket this fast! Even better than Adele.


Nobody can make a jacket faster than a swift tailor.

Adele's first album was called 21.

Alyson worked this one out double-quick.

Taylor Swift - 22

Yes, it's Taylor Swift. Get over it.

3. Bad luck lifts you to this. One day, I won't be here...


If you got in a bad luck lift, you'd probably be taking a Thirteenth Floor Elevator.

When I'm not here, you're gonna miss me...

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me.

Martin's obviously a Hi Fidelity fan.

2.  Metaphorically, it's green. Literally it's mostly brown, orange or purple. But he says it's red. (Somewhere past L.A.)


This one explains itself - well done, C.

Hollywood Beyond - What's The Colour Of Money?

1. Have you got a third of Sgt. Pepper? Affirmative!


One third of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band might be Lonely Heart. Affirmative?

When prog goes 80s...



No Saturday Snapshots next week...

But don't despair, we'll have something a little more festive instead.


Saturday Snapshots #13



Ten clues. Ten pictures. Ten great tunes. Go!


10. Weinstein menace: could this be an appropriate punishment? (A sharp one, obviously.)


9. Jumbo pantyliners. (I'm sorry, that clue really is juvenile. I should be ashamed.)


8. A big twit, fair of face, thinks we all want a truly great Queen song.


7. This is what happens when you have John Lydon round for tea. He mucks about with your TV and your stereo.


6. Da doo one, quick, doctor - there's a Lady playing alternative percussion.


5. Goodbye Lucille goes well with the last song: a very deep fellow.


4. Nobody can make a jacket this fast! Even better than Adele.


3. Bad luck lifts you to this. One day, I won't be here...


2.  Metaphorically, it's green. Literally it's mostly brown, orange or purple. But he says it's red. (Somewhere past L.A.)


1. Have you got a third of Sgt. Pepper? Affirmative!



Answers on a postcard... or in the comments.

Friday, 15 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums of 2017 #7


70s Americana and a Laurel Canyon vibe: "sad, slow & acoustic" yet packed with a sly wit.

More here.

7. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

(Really struggled to pick one stand out track: they're all great.)


Next: Even better without his band? We all want the same thing.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums Of 2017 #8


8. Jarvis uncovers dark (& pervy, obviously) secrets of a Hollywood hotel room while Chilly jazzes the ivories.

More here.

Magic box / Upon which life leaves a stain / Which we can watch / Again and again / Oh you taught us to kiss / Taught us so many things / Do you mind if I ask:
When do we get to join in? / A magic window / A most marvelous confection / But windows are for looking through /Not for checking out your reflection

(Trick of the Light)

8. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales - Room 29




Next: mental illness never sounded so good.



Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums of 2017 #9 / My Top 90 Mid-Life Crisis Songs #10 My Top 90 Mid-Life Crisis Songs #11


Mature and nuanced Americana songwriter adopts a rockier sound to take on Trump's United States of Anxiety.
I’m a white man looking in a black man’s eyes
Wishing I’d never been one of the guys
Who pretended not to hear another white man’s joke.
Old times ain’t forgotten.
There’s no such thing as someone else’s war.
Your creature comforts aren’t the only things worth fighting for.
You’re still breathing. It’s not too late.
We’re all carrying one great burden, sharing one fate.
More here.


9. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound



Another two-fer today, as I squeeze in yet another song about growing old... although Jason Isbell has some pretty sound advice for us on the Mid-Life Crisis front...
I hope you find something to love.
Something to do when you feel like giving up.
A song to sing or a tale to tell.
Something to love, it’ll serve you well.
Mid-Life Crisis Songs 11. Jason Isbell - Something To Love



Next: A chilly hotel room... fortunately, an old friend's there to warm us up.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums of 2017 #10



10. Angsty, Lebowski-loving millennial hits singer-songwriter gold channeling Vega*, Mann* and O'Connor***. Young people also cry****.

*Suzanne, not Alan.

** Aimee, not Michael.

***Sinead, not Des.

**** "Strong men also cry," is another quote from the greatest film ever made.

10. Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger In The Alps

More here.
Jesus Christ, I'm so blue all the time / And that's just how I feel / Always have and I always will / I always have and I always will.
(And let's face it, a certain Mancunian miserablist would be pretty happy with that chorus too.)




Next: Argonauts not needed.

Monday, 11 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums of 2017 #11


Celebrity chums add depth* and chuckles** to a play-it-safe set. Still country's most incisive raconteur.

*John Fogerty, duetting on the title track: a worthy update of Creedence's Fortunate Son.

**Mick Jagger, given the chance the play the louche lizard again on Drive Of Shame.

See also this: the year's best song about growing old. Still makes me laugh and cry.

And as for the internet...

Your grandmother's in an open casket
You're in a suit and shades
You take your iPhone out and snap it: #sadday
You oughta be ashamed

Posing in the bathroom mirror, in a skimpy little two piece
In the background there's a toddler, cryin' on the toilet seat...
 
You oughta be ashamed, of your selfie
Now why you gotta go and tweet it?
When you really oughta just delete it
Now we all want to unsee it but we can't
You oughta be ashamed (but you're not)



Next: This is what happens, Larry...

Sunday, 10 December 2017

My Top 17 Albums of 2017 #12


Glorious homage to showstopping 70s pomp; tongue firmly in cheek. "They don't make 'em like this anymore."

12. Foxygen - Hang



Next: all's fair with modern country's finest wordsmith.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saturday Snapshots #12 - The Answers


And we're back in the room...


10. Two things Otis claimed to have in Tramp go paseo.

 (It's OK, by the way, that's his wife.)

In Tramp, Otis tells Carla Thomas...
I got six Cadillacs, five Lincolns, four Fords
Six Mercuries, three T-Birds, Mustangs, ooh, I'm a lover
One type of Cadillac is the Cadillac Deville. Carla goes on to tell him...
You can't buy me all those minks and sables and all that stuff I want
To which Otis replies...
I can buy you minks, rats, frogs, squirrels, rabbits, anything you want, woman
Gram got Mink Deville, but thought maybe the Cadillac doubled up as a reference to Cadillac Walk.

Alyson and C got out their Spanish dictionaries to reveal that a 'paseo' is a stroll.

Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll

9. Scottish comics get me really angry.


The Dandy is a famous Scottish comic. These guys were a not-that-famous Britpop band from Leeds.

George puzzled that one out, with a couple of hints.

The Dandys - You Make Me Want To Scream

8. Silly & lazy, yet insists on being a traditional bride.

Silly Billy apparently took his stage name from the fact his teachers called him idle.

Alyson rocked out to this one.

Listen to that intro! Then enjoy the outrageous 80s excess of the video...

Billy Idol - White Wedding

7. Like The Man says, the right Geordie goes a little French.


Van 'The Man' Morrison sang 'Jackie Wilson Said... it was Reet Petite'. (Dexys, of course, sang about Jockey Wilson.)

Reet is Geordie for right.

Petit is French for small.

Lynchie nabbed this one.

Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite

6. Big O song of the Spanish king. I was always an Atari man myself.


Roy Orbison sang about Lana.

Del Rey means 'of the king' in Spanish.

Lana Del Rey - Video Games

Chris had a few goes at this, but George snatched the victory.

5. Not Morrissey's world; not Mr. Ed or Shergar either.


Morrissey sang America Is Not The World.

Mr. Ed & Shergar were both horses... with names.

America - A Horse With No Name

Another one for Lynchie - fighting it out with George for top spot this week.

4. Add 997 to the above, supporting camping without golf in the Reformation.


In the previous picture, there were three swordsmen. 3 + 997 = 1000.

A tentpole supports you when you're camping - take away a golf tee and you're left with Tenpole.

The Reformation happened in Tudor times.

Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a Thousand Men

Another big win for George. Charity Chic wants Ed TPT's trousers.

(Another top video too, if you've got the time.)

3. A sweet Beatles girl and a jerky fellow get disconnected.


The Beatles sang about "sweet Loretta Martin" (George's missus). A jerk is an American twit.

Lynchie got the artists, Charity Chic got the song.

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty - As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone

(IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THIS BEFORE, YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT BEFORE YOU DIE OR YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN WASTED.)

2. Night sky obscured by Carly's coffee, "Yay!" say the upper class twits.


Carly Simon had clouds in her coffee.

Rah = yay. Apparently, Rah is also a derogatory term for the upper classes. Why anyone would want to be derogatory about the upper classes is beyond me.

The Rah Band - Clouds Across The Moon

Lynchie has no shame. (It's the only song of theirs that I know too... but I love it unashamedly.)

Another video that screams for your attention.

1. Delta, famous for 15 minute soup and a Queen simile.


Delta = D.

Andy Warhol did pictures of Campbell's soup and told us we'd all be famous for fifteen minutes.

Queen sang Bohemian Rhapsody

Similes, as I keep telling my students, mostly involve like or as.

Somehow, I've never seen the video this before. Can't understand why they never showed it on Top of the Pops. (Clue: it's NSFW.)

Another George victory.



Can't wait for next week's. #9 already has me chuckling...

Saturday Snapshots #12


Saturday is the best day of the week! Here's why...

Ten clues to ten great songs. Who'll guess them first?


10. Two things Otis claimed to have in Tramp go paseo.


9. Scottish comics get me really angry.


8. Silly & lazy, yet insists on being a traditional bride.


7. Like The Man says, the right Geordie goes a little French.


6. Big O song of the Spanish king. I was always an Atari man myself.


5. Not Morrissey's world; not Mr. Ed or Shergar either.


4. Add 997 to the above, supporting camping without golf in the Reformation.


3. A sweet Beatles girl and a jerky fellow get disconnected.


2. Night sky obscured by Carly's coffee, "Yay!" say the upper class twits.


1. Delta, famous for 15 minute soup and a Queen simile.


Special prize for anyone shameless enough to admit to knowing #2.

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