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  1. tsiqueido October 29, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    absolutely beautiful site…great content…will definitely donate as soon as I have some extra $…congratulations again
    PeaceLoveHeaven

  2. Marty Willson-Piper October 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Thank you, here’s to keeping up the interesting content and helping the archive grow.

  3. toby October 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Not so much money to donate but I happily donate this link :
    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/10/why-is-sweden-so-good-at-pop-music/280945/
    Enjoying my first visit very much Marty. Cheers!

    • Marty Willson-Piper October 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Thank you Toby and an interesting read it was too.

  4. toby November 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Yes..sort of interesting..but only story telling half…to really grasp the picture you will need history-lessons…scandinavian post-war-policy….mandatory-recorder-lessons… socialdemocratic-culture-policy…and so on….and on.

    • Marty Willson-Piper November 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      Mandatory recorder lessons, wow that could be responsible for some serious psychological scars!. Ha Ha!!

  5. chris1967 November 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Fantastic site, will be giving people a heads up on this for sure. This has clearly been a mammoth task getting this up and running, but hats off to you Marty, this is a must visit site for the discerning music fan.

  6. Ansible Jon November 5, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Marty, would you consider posting some of the art work of George Underwood under your Album Artwork? (Bowie, Marc Bolan, T-Rex, Procol Harum, The Fixx)? He’s got some classic stuff! Thanks!

    • Marty Willson-Piper November 6, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Great idea Jon, will do some research and get something posted in the near future.

    • Marty Willson-Piper December 10, 2013 at 1:07 am #

      Just to let you know Jon I have done a whole lot of research on this and will post something as soon as I get some time.

  7. Marty Willson-Piper November 6, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Thanks Chris, Glad you like it, trying to keep it broad and interesting.

  8. simone November 19, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Dear Marty
    What a wonderful site this is. Have been a fan of yours since the early days of The Church.
    Thought you and others may find this of interest. It is an article about the Battersea power station and how it has featured on album covers such as Pink Floyds Animals LP and a Hawkwind cover. The article is on BBC news in the culture/art tab on their site. Best wishes.

    • Marty Willson-Piper November 21, 2013 at 3:37 am #

      Hey Simone, Yes interesting will try and post something about this at some point. Thanks for the tip.

  9. delay plus chorus November 19, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    That is a good article on Battersea station, Simone. Here is a link so it’s easier to find:

    http://goo.gl/ClRvb3

    It’s a dramatic structure, to say the least. I remember it was name-checked in the liner notes to the 4AD compilation “Lonely Is An Eyesore” (1987), although I can’t remember the specific context or with reference to which band. (All my CDs are in bins right now, or I’d look it up.)

    I don’t know anything about British law, but I would like to think that since it’s been declared a heritage site, that will always protect it from the wrecking ball. The interior of the old “art deco” wing must be quite a sight, from the article!

  10. charles November 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I’m looking forward to listening to the Moat LP I have just ordered.
    Great if any chance Marty you and Niko could autograph it but realise if the records are sent from elsewhere you wont be able to.
    Thanks.
    Charles.
    ps hope there will be some Moat live dates.

    • Marty Willson-Piper November 21, 2013 at 3:38 am #

      Hey Charles, Yep no problem will autograph the record for you.
      Live dates are looking hard outside Sweden. In Stockholm there were ten of us!!

  11. simone November 24, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Yesterday was a rainy afternoon and perfect time to watch a rerun of Dr Zhivago – the lush 1965 version directed by David Lean with a beautiful score by French composer Maurice Jarre. When I was a teenager my favourite English teacher had a poster of this film on the wall and everyday I strategically positioned myself so I could stare at it while waiting for inspiration to strike.
    I’m then reminded of studying the brilliant epic 1957 novel by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, which was first published in Italy when a left wing Italian managed to smuggle the manuscript out of the USSR. Pasternaks’ work remained heavily censored in his native USSR well into the late 1980s. I remember my teacher saying that this novel was a perfectly written record of the Russian Revolution era.
    Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for literature with this novel the following year in 1958 which caused outrage amongst the Communist Party back in his homeland.
    When I read the novel, I, for some reason, never have Lara’s Theme in my head, I always have an old Russian folk song going round known as Dark Eyes. I have a Bakelite 78 rpm copy of this song in Russian that belonged to my grandpa,who could speak Russian fluently. He bought the record in Paris at the end of the war in a tiny store.
    Why do I think of this folk song? I think it’s because of the balalaika ,and, if you know the story of Dr Zhivago you will know of the symbolic importance of the instrument.
    When I was growing up I used to ask my grandmother to play the record for me over and over. I can still hear the clunk of the disc as it landed on the turntable and the crackle of the needle as the record began to spin…and then the words…
    Otshi tshornye, Otshi stratsnye
    Otshi zhgutshiye i prekrasnye
    Kak lublyu ya vas, kak bayus ya vas
    Znat,uvidel vas ya v nyedobry t shas
    ( dark eyes,passionate eyes
    burning and beautiful eyes
    how I am in love with you, how I am afraid of you
    since I saw you I haven’t had a good time)
    ( Please forgive my Russian translation grandpa – I can’t write in the Cyrillic alphabet)
    Beautiful
    In modern music the balalaika has featured in two Jethro Tull songs – Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square and Fat Man, while it also featured most memorably in Kate Bushs Babooshka.
    As a final word if you want to see the balalaika in a more contemporary setting, have a look at Norwegian all girl pop group Katzenjammer and watch a contrabass balalaika at work.
    Cheers

    • Marty Willson-Piper December 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks for that fascinating piece Simone. Do you know I don’t think I saw the film even though it is Julie Christie (who I always liked) and Omar Sharif of course. I also didn’t know the Pasternak story. Lots of interesting revelations for me in this piece. Those Russian relatives seem to have instilled you with the passion.

      • simone December 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

        Hi Marty
        Thanks for the comment. My grandad used to sing this to my French grandmother when they courted. It is a very stirring piece. My grandad also had records of traditional Polish folk songs and others in different languages( he spoke more than a dozen). I still have them.

  12. simone December 3, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Hello
    If anyone is a fan of reggae music I have just heard that Junior Murvin has died. The Clash recorded his biggest hit Police and Thieves.

    • Marty Willson-Piper December 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks for me letting me know Simone. Sad, I spent some time in Port Antonio. He had a great voice.

      • simone December 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

        Hi Marty
        Yes he had a very distinctive voice that you normally wouldn’t associate with reggae.

    • Marty Willson-Piper December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      You Grandfather’s collection sounds very personal and meaningful. I suppose they are 78s. In Sweden they call them stone cakes.
      Be careful with them though, they are heavy and brittle and break easily.

      • simone December 4, 2013 at 4:23 am #

        Hi Marty
        Yes my grandfathers collection are 78s and they do weigh a fair bit. My grandmother passed away in 2010 and I recently had to move from her house to a flat and I had a lot of trouble with the removalist company shifting things. The 78s are stored in a compartment of a huge wooden HMV record player and they jammed the door inwards which really annoyed me and my mum. They even complained about all the boxes of vinyl and books I have. In the end they ended up dumping all the boxes in huge piles and I’m still sifting through things.

  13. Marty Willson-Piper December 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Nobody wants to move you if you’ve got records and books!

    • simone December 5, 2013 at 3:46 am #

      Wish you’d told me that sooner!! Ha! Ha! They also hate boxes marked fragile and they are always the ones that “mysteriously” and “accidentally” fall off the back of the truck! On a more serious note what is the best way to pack vinyl? I’ll eventually have to shift again. I didn’t have the correct sized boxes so I laid them flat in piles on a layer of bubble wrap and then filled in the surrounding gaps with CDs and cassettes which probably wasn’t the best thing to do,but, it was a sudden move. Also what’s the best way to look after my grandpas stone cakes? At the moment they are lying flat.

  14. toby December 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Don´t wanna spoil the art of vinyl or stone-cake scratching, but now, in these dark times of the northern hemisphere, I introduce a new topic on this website: Engineering beauty from the the past …take away : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd4jvtAr8JM
    the oldest synth ever : the Theremin
    and for dessert : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy9UBjrUjwo
    the Onde Martinot
    Santa, I want them both for christmas .

    • Marty Willson-Piper December 10, 2013 at 1:11 am #

      Yes, excellent, will have a good look at these clips this week…Thanks Tobbe

  15. simone December 17, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Hi Marty
    There is an interesting article on the BBC news website under the Culture tab on the rise in popularity of vinyl records in Germany.

  16. K.P.BUK December 24, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    how could you ever remember… there’s no way I would ever expect you could.. the (first) time we met face to face.. we spoke of this album.. it was Boston, before the Mamakin show.. i followed you and the band after sound check.. rounded the corner.. ended up in some record store found this album.. and then spotted you.. the rest is history…

    David Gilmour
    David Gilmour
    Marty Willson-Piper hasn’t played this yet

  17. simone January 4, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    Hello
    Today marks the passing of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, aged 74 from lung disease.

  18. simone January 11, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Françoise a soixante-dix ( Françoise at 70)

    Having a French born mother,it was inevitable that the country’s popular music would be part of my growing up. My mum had a great collection of 45s and amongst the tunes of The Beatles, The Shadows and Elvis were gems by French stars such as Georges Guétary, Dalida and Yves Montand,but, the one I liked the most was” Tous les garçons et les filles “(All the boys and girls) by Françoise Hardy.
    By the time I was 12 I harboured the secret desire to be a folksinger and play the guitar just like her, but, after learning only 3 chords in school music class and feeling “all thumbs”,I soon put that dream to rest.
    This Friday January 17th, Françoise Hardy turns 70. Born in Paris in 1944, she was given a guitar by her father as a birthday reward for passing her baccalauréat. Inspired by French star Charles Trenet as well as the Everly Brothers,Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde, all of whom she listened to on Radio Luxembourg, she answered a newspaper ad looking for a young singer.
    In 1962 she left university and made her first recording “Oh Oh Chéri” written by the duo behind Johnny Hallyday’s hits. The flip side of this record was “Tous les garçons et les filles” which became her biggest success riding on the wave of “Yé Yé” music in France. Selling over a million copies and a gold disc, Françoise was reported to have disliked the tune.
    The song was first telecast on the evening of October 30 1962 as a musical interlude during an election broadcast and was put on her debut LP “Françoise Hardy” ( titled “The Yeh Yeh Girl from Paris” in the USA). Françoise has recorded the song in English as “Find me a boy” in 1964, in Italian as “Quelli della mia età” in 1962 and in German as “Peter und Lou” in 1963.
    “Tous les garçons et les filles” recounts the feelings of a young person who has never known love and her envy of the couples that surround her. Here is the first verse :-

    Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
    Se proment dans la rue deux par deux
    Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
    Savent bien ce que c’est d’être heureux
    Et les yeux dans les yeux
    Et la main dans la main
    Ils s’envont amoureux
    Sans peur au lendemain
    Oui,mais moi,je vais seule
    Dans la rue l’âme en peine
    Oui,mais moi,je vais seule
    Car personne ne m’aime
    Mes jours commes mes nuits
    Sont en tous points pareils
    Sans joies et pleins d’ennuis
    Personne ne murmure je t’aime à mon oreille

    All the boys and girls my age
    Walk in the street two by two
    All the boys and girls my age
    Know what it’s like to be happy
    Eyes in eyes
    Hand in hand
    They fall in love
    Without fear of tomorrow
    Yes,but I’m alone
    In the street a lost soul
    Yes, but I’m alone
    Since nobody loves me
    My days are like my nights
    They’re all the same
    With no joy and full of boredom
    No one whispers I love you in my ear

    The song has been covered by many other artists over the years including Swedish star Lill-Babs as “Vart Jag Ä Går” in 1963, French stars Ginette Reno and Catherine Spaak also in 1963, and more recently by Carla Bruni with Laurent Voulzy in 1995, US duo The Dresden Dolls and British indie band St Etienne. The most notable cover is by The Eurythmics where it appeared as a bonus track on their “Be Yourself Tonight” LP and as the B side to their single “It’s alright (Baby’s coming back)”.
    The song has also been quoted in many films and books including J L Carrs 1988 novel “What Hetty did” about an 18 year old girl who flees to Birmingham in the Midlands after discovering she is adopted.

    These days Hardy still records. Her comeback LP was “Clair Obscur” (Twilight) in 2000 and her most recent recordings are 2012’s ” La Pluie sans Parapluie” ( The rain without an umbrella) and 2013’s 40th anniversary reissue of her 1973 LP ” Message Personnel”
    You can follow Françoise at http://www.françoise-hardy.com
    Enjoy

  19. charles February 1, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Have just discovered Danish Singer/songwriter Agnes Obel.
    Beautiful songs/music. Piano and Cello.
    2 records released since 2010. Philharmonics and Aventine.

    Maybe catch you next week at Circus (Nina), Tickets are quite pricey though.thats if you need one! 😉

    • simone February 1, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Riverside is a beautiful track. If you love Agnes you might also like this band also from Denmark, The Choir of Young Believers. Their album This Is For The White of Your Eyes spawned the hit Hollow Talk which is used as the theme to the Swedish/Danish TV program The Bridge.

  20. simone March 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    For those of you who are fans of The Stooges ( Iggy Pops band) there is sad news of the death on Saturday of drummer Scott Asheton. There is an article on BBC Arts and Entertainment.

    • Marty Willson-Piper March 19, 2014 at 5:29 am #

      Yes I heard, another one gone, I will go and look at the article you mentioned. I’m in France at the moment playing with the Sweet Gum Tree project will be back writing on the site when I have finished here.

  21. simone April 22, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    In my life I heard many stories from my grandmother of her childhood in Provençe and of her love for writer/ director Marcel Pagnol. She always told me that ” Pagnol gave Provençe its identity. The words we hear,the words we say come from him”.
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of Pagnols passing.
    Born in Aubagne in 1895, the eldest son of schoolteacher Joseph and seamstress Augustine, Pagnol grew up in the nearby town of Marseille with two younger brothers and a younger sister.
    In 1904 the family rented a summer holiday house,La Bastide Neuve,over several years in the village of La Treille. Pagnols mother died of a chest infection in 1910 and his father remarried in 1912. Pagnol passed his baccalauréat the following year and went on to study at university in Aix-en-Provençe. He was called up for duty in WW1,but was discharged due to poor constitution. In 1916 he married Simone Collin and became an English teacher in Marseille.
    In 1922 Pagnol moved to Paris where he taught until 1927,when he decided to devote his life to writing. His first book was The Merchants of Glory. This was followed by Topaze in 1928.
    Feeling exiled in Paris he returned nostalgically to his Provençal roots for his next work Marius,the first book of a trilogy containing Fanny and César as parts two and three. These works set in Marseilles Old Port,are often seen as Pagnols masterworks. The three instalments actually started as stage plays and were filmed by Pagnol in the early 1930s.
    Separated from Simone,he had a relationship with English dancer Kitty Murphy,and their son Jacques was born in 1930. Pagnol remarried in 1945 to actress Jacqueline Bouvier and they had two children – Frédéric born in 1946 and Estelle born in 1949. His daughters death at the age of only two devasted Pagnol so much that he fled from the south of France again and returned to Paris where he began working on a series of autobiographical novels – Souvenirs d’enfance ( Childhood Memories), based on his time at the house in La Treille.
    In 1957 the first two novels of the series La Gloire de mon Pére( My Fathers Glory) and La Château de ma Mère ( My Mothers Castle) were published. In 1959 the third instalment Le Temps des Secrets ( The Time of Secrets) was also published. The final instalment Le Temps des Amours ( The Time of Love) was published posthumously(1977).
    Pagnol turned his attention to a second series which focused on Provençal peasant life- L’Eau des Collines which was divided into two parts Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources which were published in 1962. Both were made into films in 1986 by director Claude Berri.
    Pagnol died in Paris on April 18 1974 and he is buried alongside family in Marseille.
    Pagnol devoted his life to commemorating Provençe and its exuberant,resilient characters. His work has universal scope even though he is regarded as a regional writer. His writing is a language full of sun and humanity,both serious and lighthearted,funny and profound. I love his relationship with ordinary people whom he turns into extraordinary characters.
    If you haven’t read any of his works or seen any of the films please do so. You will not be disappointed.
    I will leave you with this quote from Pagnol:-
    “A secret is not something unrevealed,but something told privately in a whisper”

  22. Jason Engelund May 13, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    This is a great site! I worked for a few years in independent record stores here in the USA in the late 80s and early 90s. I loved my job of being able to share good music with people. I feel like an old guy rambling on about the good old days here, but it’s great to share good music and art!

    I have crystal clear memories of the first time we played Nirvana’s Bleach on vinyl in the store. Same with Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule. I loved my job of turning people onto new sounds, like Galaxy 500, the Valentines Loveless, to Brian Eno and of course Gold Afternoon Fix! So many great albums. And there were the honorable duties keeping in stock those albums that should be in everyone’s record collection, and espousing the awesome-ness of Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein!

    I was the 45s guy. Lots of Patsy Cline was bought on 45s! And at the time, only available on 45 the Led Zeppelin track Hey Hey What Can I Do. That was a hard to get B-side available through Fantasy Records.

    This site feels like a giant independent record shop!

    I’ll try to donate when I can, especially when I get turned onto a new band and album.

    Thanks!

  23. Jason Engelund May 13, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    120 Minutes
    Here’s a great archive of a great show:
    http://120minutes.tylerc.com/

  24. simone June 3, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Sad day for Australian rock music with the death of Doc Neeson lead singer of The Angels,from a brain tumour. He passed away at 7:15 am in his sleep. Australian music won’t ever see his face again….

  25. simone June 13, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    Australian music has lost another star in Jim Keays the lead singer of The Masters Apprentices from cancer related pneumonia. He was 67.

  26. delay plus chorus August 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Knowing that we like record collections around here, here’s a story in the NY Times about a really big record collection. A really, really, REALLY BIG record collection — maybe the world’s biggest, although not yet very well curated.

    Fascinating reading, I think:

    http://goo.gl/MAEhfc

  27. simone August 22, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    August 23rd marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Grace by the late great Jeff Buckley. If, like me, you are a fan and you are in Sydney then head over to the Blender Gallery in Paddington for an exhibition of photos taken by Merri Cyr celebrating Jeff. It is on August 23 until September 13. The gallery is at 16 Elizabeth Street Paddington.

  28. delay plus chorus September 16, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Here’s an interesting story for you all: Joe Boyd has been trolling through and curating the late John Peel’s record collection. As you can imagine, there’s some interesting stuff in there! The trove is said to include 26,000 LP’s, 40,000 singles and thousands of CD’s.

    Good reading for all enthusiasts of popular recorded music, of which I think there are a few around here:

    http://www.thespace.org/artwork/view/johnpeeljoeboyd#.VBh9OUvsfYs

    • simone September 17, 2014 at 6:37 am #

      I noticed that there was a copy of Tomorrow’s My White Bicycle on the list of which was discussed on these very pages. There was a nice article about John Peel in the Independent.co.uk last Friday too.

  29. delay plus chorus November 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Does our esteemed host take requests? I’d love to see something written on Stockholm’s legendary Polar Studios, which has over the years hosted sessions by everyone from A to Z — from ABBA to Zeppelin. I understand the studios are in a different space now from their heyday in the 1930s-era theatre building where they started out, but it would still make an interesting read. It’s cool how some studios — Abbey Road, AIR, Electric Lady, Sausalito’s Record Plant come to mind — build up a terrific lore because of the sessions they’ve hosted over the years. It would be cool to read some reflections on Polar in the larger context of studio mystique, from a writer with plenty of studio experience.

  30. bm7777 December 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Just figuring out my way around here. This sort of thing is new to me. The notion of a music archive like this has me pulling my teeth out wishing I hadn’t lost two sets of vinyl LP’s years ago…..What a great place this is.
    I was raised on the folk music of the ’60’s but by 1967 I was listening to CHUM in Toronto on my crystal radio set and was into The Collectors “Looking at Baby”, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Buy For Me The Rain”, The Tremeloes, and others. Suprisingly to my peers, I was not a big Beatles fan. The years go by…..this archive is a great service to posterity, and to music fans.

  31. simone December 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Jazz clarinet player Buddy de Franco passed away on Christmas Eve aged 91. He led the Glen Miller Orchestra 1966-74 as well as playing for singers like Sinatra.

  32. bm7777 December 30, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    The importance of records – my first real rock record was by the Electric Prunes. If “Had To Much To Dream Last Night” was the highlight track, “Train For Tomorrow” was the coolest track.
    I was given a student guitar and “Play Guitar With The Ventures”, an instruction record by the famous instrumental band who played surf music. It taught me how to properly tune the instrument, and I discovered that I was not a virtuoso, but but could play rhythm. Later on for my 12th birthday, I got “Cosmo’s Factory” by CCR – and a nylon string classical guitar, which sounded awesome and was easier to play than the student guitar. I learned to play “Who’ll stop The Rain”, thanks to some of the lessons from the Ventures’ instructional record.
    I went on to learn songs on my America records, and later, Gordon Lightfoot. Now I am trying to learn songs by a fellow named Marty Willson-Piper….

  33. simone January 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Sad to hear the death of Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 70.

  34. alsendk January 25, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    Hi Simone
    Being half french – are you aware of Valérie Lagrange ?
    Especially La folie, and On meurt tous d’amour caught my attention back in the eighties

    • simone January 25, 2015 at 6:14 am #

      Ah oui bien sûr ! Elle est géniale !
      Her most famous songs in France are La Guérilla which was written in 1965 by Serge Gainsbourg and Si ma Chanson Pouvait from early seventies which was in fact the first French reggae song and was quite a big hit. Her last CD was in 2003 and called Fleuve Congo. She still acts too and also wrote her autobiography.
      Nice to hear from another fan.

  35. simone January 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Greek legend Demis Roussos has passed away in Athens aged 68.

  36. delay plus chorus April 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    Someone just turned me on to this band, this song, and this video. I know nothing about them, but I haven’t heard/seen anything I enjoyed this much in a while now. Creepily silly! Apparently it came out in 2011, so I don’t know where I’ve been: “Cache Cache” by Cours Lapin (Price of Rabbit…?):

    • simone April 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Cours Lapin means run rabbit and cache cache is hide and seek. The band hail from Denmark.

      • delay plus chorus April 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

        Ha! That’s what I get for trusting Google Translate 😯

  37. delay plus chorus May 1, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    We should acknowledge the passing this week of Jack Ely, who sang the Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie.”

    Ely was just “howling to be heard over the band,” but his famously indecipherable delivery prompted federal authorities to investigate the song as indecent.

    “My daughter brought home a record of ‘LOUIE LOUIE’ and I, after reading that the record had been banned on the air because it was obscene, proceeded to try to decipher the jumble of words,” one Indiana parent wrote to the U.S. attorney general, prompting an official inquiry. “The lyrics are so filthy that I cannot enclose them in this letter.”

    Of course the truth was somewhat less dramatic. Good obituary in the NY Times, with lots of great information about Mr. Ely and his once-controversial performance, now recognized as one of the most iconic recordings in American popular music:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/arts/music/jack-ely-who-sang-the-kingsmens-louie-louie-dies-at-71.html?ref=obituaries

  38. simone May 5, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Two little articles on BBC News this morning that some of you may find of interest. The first is called “Six seconds that shaped 1500 songs” about the most sampled drum beat in music history. Click on the Magazine bar on the News home page and scroll down to the heading More From The Magazine.
    The second article is under Science and Environment – click on the Science bar- and is titled “Evolution of 50 Years of Pop Music Tracked”. Both worth a read.

  39. simone August 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Such shocking news with the sudden death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain. It appears to be natural causes but a post mortem is to be conducted. Cilla was only 72.

  40. simone August 25, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    If anyone is a fan of Queen, then head over to BBC Culture to read a great article celebrating the 40th anniversary of their classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

  41. Patrick October 14, 2015 at 5:13 am #

    Marty’s piece on his musical awakening has inspired me to write a counterpoint. I’m almost exactly the same age, but grew up in OZ, and this is about us before Marty got here. This is about a show called Countdown and a very odd sort of sexual awakening.

    The Church must have been on Countdown, though I don’t remember seeing them. If so, perhaps Marty could tell us about it.

    Countdown was on every Sunday on the ABC before the news. It was a make or break for almost any Australian act. The musical director and default host was Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, who at the time was Australia’s most openly gay man. Not that he was open so much as out there, which is different. That is, us teenagers sitting watching with our parents knew there was something going on, but not what. We didn’t know gay, but we sort of knew camp. More importantly we got a passing parade of acts, each more colourful and wierd than the last. Some of Australia’s great bands slotted in seamlessly to the aesthetic. ACDC went from a slightly nervous bunch in satin bell-bottoms to masters of their domain with Angus’s nascent school uniform matched by Bon in a schoolgirl uniform sucking a siggie. Possibly without Countdown Angus may never have donned the cossie. My 10 year old daughter is now a rusted on Acadacka fan after seeing this clip.
    Did I mention we were watching this with our parents? Before the news?

    Many of the acts came and went, some truly bizarre, others kind of inspired. Molly loved Duffo – Geoff Duff of Kush who wore leotards and makeup but with a skinhead haircut and a very deep manly soul voice. Duffo is currently doing his own Bowie show. Turns out I’m sort of related by marriage to Duffo and meeting him is on my bucket list. Oh yeah, I watched all this with my parents, who were Dutch migrants born in the very early 20th century. Maybe they thought they were in 30s Berlin…
    Most of the really good Aussie bands cycled through, some in the studio, some as clips. Molly played The Birthday Party’s Nick the Stripper with the sort of reverence that suggests he’d fought tooth and nail to get this on because it was bloody good. He also was the first to play The Saint’s I’m Stranded – because it was bloody good.

    My old man sat through the whole of the first half dozen or so years of Countdown – Kiss, Iggy Pop stoned off his nut and half naked, the androgynous, the wierd, the stoned, the plain stupid, lots of bad disco, The Pistols. He never spoke. I don’t know what the hell he thought. Well no, he spoke twice. Once was – and this is really spooky because my 10 year old who my old man never met has this on obsessive rotation – when Bob Dylan did Hurricane. The other was when The Stones did …er…something from the post Mick Taylor period. My old man thought Bob was very serious and thought The Stones were silly old buggers.

  42. brevinda January 2, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    Hey Marty….great site!…it invites me to discover music I would normally not be exposed too…thanks…hope you have an amazing 2016 and we would dearly love to see in back in Oz this year…it has been far too long between drinks and we miss you very much…happy new year and best of luck with your future projects.

  43. simone January 11, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    Has anyone else heard the news about Bowie passing away suddenly??? Someone tell me it’s not true please!

  44. simone March 12, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    JON ENGLISH 26 March 1949 – 9 March 2016

    The Australian music industry has lost a giant this week, a mainstay in the industry and one of the very few performers who combined rock music, stage and television screen. Everyone in Australia will know who I’m writing about, but others reading this may not, perhaps with the exception of those in Sweden and Norway where one of his songs achieved cult like status.
    Jon English was born in Hampstead, London and moved to Australia when he was 12. As a teenager he was a member of bands Zenith and Sebastien Hardie ( who backed rocker Johnny O Keefe in 1968 ). By the early seventies Jon auditioned for a role in Jesus Christ Superstar and won the prestigious and demanding role of Judas at the age of just 22, touring Australia and New Zealand for the next five years in the production.During his period with JCS he recorded four albums and had hits with Handbags and Gladrags, Turn the Page (#1), and the dramatic sounding Hollywood Seven.
    At the same time he made appearances on some of Australia’s best known television shows such as Number 96, Matlock Police and Homicide ( for which he won a Penguin Award nomination). When JCS folded he remained in the public eye singing lead in rock opera Ned Kelly and co-writing the ballet score Phases for the now defunct NSW Ballet Company. Jon followed this with a tour supporting Bryan Ferry and winning an Aria Award for his song Turn the Page. In 1977 he had a third #1 with Words Are Not Enough. Taking a break from music he appeared in the lead role of the incredibly popular television mini- series Against The Wind in 1978 which won him a Logie Award for his role of convict Jonathon Garrett. Jon wrote all the incidental music for the show including the theme Six Ribbons which went to #1 in six countries including Norway and #4 in Sweden (where the programme is known as Mot Alla Vindor).
    During the eighties Jon’s career broadened overseas with tours of Europe where he won an award for Best Visiting Artist in Norway in 1983. In 1984 he joined the cast of the Pirates Of Penzance alongside opera star June Bronhill, performing the role of the Pirate King over 1000 times. Jon then performed in HMS Pinafore and The Mikado earning him a new legion of fans in both Australia and the UK. He soon followed these with stage roles in Rasputin (1987), Big River(1988), Turn the Page( which he wrote), A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Are You Being Served ,Don’t Dress For Dinner, Bacchoi, Noises Off, Hairspray and Spamalot. In 1990-1993 he moved into television in the lead of the comedy All Together Now playing a faded rock star who discovers he has twin teenagers. The show displayed his comedic skills and over 100 episodes aired.
    Jon’s fascination with Trojan mythology led him to write the rock opera Paris(Prince of Troy). The original cast recording featured Doc Neeson from The Angels, Demis Roussos and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna fame). Jon released amateur rights to the opera and it was translated into German in 2010.
    In 2013 and again in 2015 he was invited to Scandinavia to take part in Sweden Rock Festival where he was supported by Swedish rock band Spearfish.
    In early March 2016 unexpected health concerns forced Jon to cancel upcoming performances. He died following post operative complications from an aortic aneurysm on the evening of March 9th in Newcastle NSW with his four children by his side.
    On a personal note I was lucky to see him perform in musical theatre but what will always stick in my memory was the time he was in JCS – I was only about three or four and my mum spotted him in the street and said hello. I asked who it was and she replied “he’s in JCS” – that’s when I knew he was a “star”.
    Rest in Peace “ol’ black eyes” and thanks for all the performances.

    https://youtu.be/3YgtwR56PVI

    https://youtu.be/298OsuFbOu0

    https://youtu.be/9BCXjyq3gPw

    https://youtu.be/3II3BJIMqxU

  45. simone April 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    With the news that Led Zeppelin may have pilfered the opening chords for their 1971 Stairway to Heaven from the song Taurus by American rock band Spirit, Professor Joe Wolfe of the University of NSW School of Physics, says what if Led Zeppelin stole from Schubert, Mahler or Beethoven?
    Wolfe is an accomplished classical musician and composer and is in Acoustics Physics. You can read his take on The Stairway Suite at http://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/-jw/Stairway.html.
    If you have trouble getting the link ( I kept getting error) just type in Professor Joe Wolfe Stairway To Heaven which will take you to the Joe Wolfe: music page. Click on the link The Stairway Suite. You can even download the score. It’s absolutely fascinating.

  46. Mr Wisdoms Whopper August 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    Sad to hear of the passing of Bob Garner of Creation. A band that should have been way bigger than they were.

  47. Jussi August 25, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Marty!

    Because I’m not in Facebook or Twitter etc. This is the only way to ask You, what is the situation of NOCTORUM IV album now. Or MOAT 2. Or what else is going on? Anyway, this has been / is going to be a real good year for a Church / related music lover, like me. Those two little document pieces of studio made me feel soo good. (When the world is going down you’ve make the best of what’s still around). 150+ Church + records in my shelf and still counting… LUV Ya

    • Marty Willson-Piper September 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

      Hey Jussi, We hope to be recording MOAT 2 and Noctorum 4 till the end of the year, mixing into next year and releasing some time in 2018.
      Sounds like you have quite a collection.
      News will be posted on my new web site coming soon.
      martywillson-piper.com
      Best
      Marty

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