Saturday, 28 March 2020

Gil Melle - The Andromeda Strain OST

With half the world in lockdown whilst hiding from a contagious illness, what better to accompany the sight of empty streets and fights over toilet paper than one of the creepiest soundtracks out there?

From the 1971 film (not the 2008 mini series), we have some quite radiophonic-sounding atmospheric stuff here. Perfect for a trip to the supermarket, or come to that, any old venture out of a secret underground facility.

Gil Melle - The Andromeda Strain

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Lenny Dee - Dee-lirious

We're back on the great keyboardists of yesteryear, and 1956 was obviously a goodun.

The title reminds me of when I was delirious as a kid. My bedroom wallpaper featured racing cars and motorbikes and they kept on revving their engines. I attacked them with a rolled-up comic but they still wouldn't stop.

Ah, great days!

I think it would also take more than a rolled-up comic to make Lenny Dee desist. He gives an energetic performance, and judging by the way he stabs those keys he will probably counter with a mean jab or two.

Lenny Dee - Dee-lirious

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By the way, you can find more Lenny here!

Friday, 31 January 2020

The Great British Experience

To commemorate the UK leaving the clutches of the EU, here's a re-up of one of XYZ Cosmonaut's great rips, because it's got the word 'British' in the title.

As well as that though, it has some cracking old tunes from times when the word wireless had a completely different meaning, and when a previous referendum regarding a united Europe took place.  (World War II)

The Great British Experience

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

The New Goodies LP

 Happy new year everybody! Now that Pigeonshit is into its third decade (technically true), here's a dusty old reupload from the days when I'd contribute to the great X-Y-Z Cosmonaut's Cosmoblog..

Among all-male comedy trio shows on BBC1 in the 70s, The Goodies is the best and I was a big fan. Mind you, comedy tends to be funnier when you're very young indeed.

A friend tipped me off about this LP being in a local charity shop, so I went there post-haste and claimed my prize! I was very lucky, and so was The British Heart Foundation.

Some fine examples of Bill Oddie's musical talent are here, and I'll admit to being as much of a fan of Bill's as he is (he's avid birdwatcher so likes bills/never mind) - there's some great tunes here, my favourite being 'Cricklewood Shakedown'. It also includes the critically acclaimed song Funky Gibbon which got all the way to number 4 in the UK charts in 1975. After exposure by Dr Demento, it even got to number 79 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the US! Wow!

Do..Do..Do.. enjoy The New Goodies LP
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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

The Very Best Of The Temperance Seven

With just hours to go before the 20s begin again, I'm trying once more to engender a trad-jazz revival with more of the great Temperance Seven. Here is a compilation of what they were up to in the late 50s and early 60s with the great George Martin, before he got distracted by Scousers.

I think this CD was a turning point for me, as I had always felt that recording quality in the 50s and 60s was pretty bad. However the sound quality present here is fantastic, and further reading showed that pop music in particular was mixed so that it sounded relatively good on transistor radios. Well fancy that!

So grab your monocle, dress up in your best soup and fish and get ready for greats such as The Charleston, The Shake and The Black Bottom. Vo Do Dee O!

The Very Best Of The Temperance Seven

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Ronnie Hazelhurst & Orchestra - Laurel & Hardys Music Box

Now a real treat as we celebrate the birthday of Jesus! He had some pretty bad luck being born on Christmas day. One lot of presents per year, and if those first gifts were anything to go by, they were pretty boring ones. At least Joseph could have swapped the gold for a Scalextric or something I suppose. Maybe he did. If my wife had been impregnated by a deity, I'd certainly want some table-top electric car action.

Anyway, this has a somewhat tenuous link to the 20s as it was more a 30s thing but I'm not waiting another ten years.

Faithfully recreated with modern recording equipment, this is all the Laurel and Hardy music you could need. Maybe pop it on your phone and go with your earphones to re-enact some famous scenes, such as going down the docks and tricking merchant seamen into getting a mouthful of broken egg. Or maybe getting hold a policeman's wallet, inviting him to a restaurant and pulling it out in order to pay for his dinner.

Laurel & Hardys Music Box

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Thursday, 19 December 2019

Bob Kerr and His Whoopee Band - Molotov Cocktails for Two

As we prepare to venture into a new decade, I'm sticking with music inspired by the 20s, as very soon we'll have to add a '19' to that so nobody gets confused. These are the last few days during which we can just say 'the 20s' and I'm very sad (yes, in more ways than one).

Anyway, I just wonder if we might see a resurgence in clarinet playing, bespecatcled people hanging off of very tall buildings in films and tuberculosis. Probably not, but I can dream.

This latest offering is courtesy of Bob Kerr and his accompanying Whoopee Band which is indeed very silly, but all the more likeable for that. Find the humble banjo lauded in the track Pleasant Pluckers, or their rendition of The Old Bazaar in Cairo in which the phrase 'fanny hair' is cheekily placed, or perhaps the not so subtle My Baby's Wild About my Old Trombone.

Amid all this fun however is a rather jarring version of the great Winchester Cathedral when the band must have got lost somewhere and a MIDI sound module was drafted in. Shocking!

Molotov Cocktails for Two

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