British Rock and Roll

There’s something really appealing to me about Rock and Roll as interpreted in Britain. The often slightly more ‘showbiz’ and big band aspects to the arrangements add a campy and delirious sense of fun that is quite different to the US originators. That said- Britain could and did rock with the best of them, despite […]

Beach Boys ‘Do it again’ drum sound live- technical wizardry

I’d read that the Beach Boys took the custom made tape delay responsible for the ‘do it again’ drum sound on the road with them but never heard the evidence until now. It’s not unusual to hear treated drums these days, but this was 1969, and even fuzz pedals had only been around for five […]

Leonard Bernstein- Inside Pop (1967)

This documentary Inside Pop – The Rock Revolution (a CBS News special) is legendary in Beach Boys circles for featuring Smile era footage of Brian Wilson singing ‘Surf’s Up’ alone at a grand piano. I’d wanted to see the full programme for ages, but it was impossible to track down, and rumoured to be lost […]

Free Joy

Here’s a rip of a record I found. I think it’s from Hong Kong, it’s a ten inch, and the only words on it in English are ‘Happy Birthday’. 3 of the 4 tracks are trad sounding- not really my bag, but the last is what I imagine is also a folk melody, but played […]

Paul Linklater- Virginia C

This track is from Paul Linklater’s ‘Smooth Sailing and How’, probably my favourite ‘underground’ release that deserves to go overground (well, at least as far overground as the BLOGOSPORE) of the last couple of years. Lo Fi tones and attitude are great and all, but when there’s a killer song poking through the murk, that’s […]