Giving Thanks


It’s Thanksgiving here tomorrow so I’ll be gone the rest of the week. This is my favourite American holiday because it revolves around eating and drinking but you don’t have to buy presents for the kids. It’s like Christmas for adults!

While this year has been terrible on so many levels I am grateful to my wife and kids for filling my heart with love and giving me something to smile about every day.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Download: Wham Bam, Thank You Mam – Small Faces (mp3)

Something for the Weekend

I love the Small Faces but I’d forgotten that they reformed for a few years in the 1970s. The quality of this video is pretty bad but it’s still well worth watching. Steve Marriott is in fine voice and is such a cool dude he even looks good with that hair and mustache.

Something for The Weekend



With Britain being wrecked by two old Etonians this song is now more documentary than allegory.

Haven’t watched any live Jam videos for a long time and it was a pleasure to be reminded how bloody great they were. I made the right choice of favourite band when I was a teenager.

Something for The Weekend



Picture quality isn’t that great but this is a real treat otherwise. The Style Council “performing” their first single in a crappy Dutch hotel room with the lovely Tracie Young. Nice to see Paul Weller not being a grumpy git too.

The Tribes of Britain



Download: Love Of The Common People – Nicky Thomas (mp3)


Download: Ain’t No Soul Left In These Old Shoes – Major Lance (mp3)



Download: Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O – Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group (mp3)



Download: Sweet And Tender Hooligan – The Smiths (mp3)



Download: Tear The Whole Thing Down – The Higsons (mp3)

Lucky Dip


Download: Worlds Apart (Demo) – The Jam (mp3)

Paul Weller’s sketches were better than a lot of songwriters finished articles. I can see why he never finished this one though, and instead used part of it for “Strange Town” where it was much improved.

The Life

Browsing Carnaby Street! God, before there was Tiles, that was what Sunshine used to do everyday at lunch. Sunshine, whose real name is Tony Newman, of Stamford Hill, Tottenham, and who used to be called Blossom (well, Sunshine tops Blossom anyway) Sunshine would cut out of the stationer’s store with the straight lunch mask on and then head straight for Carnaby Street and then just walk up and down Carnaby Street’s weird two blocks for an hour, past the Lord John, West One, the Tom Cat, men’s boutiques with strange enormous blow-up photographs in the windows, of young men flying through the air with some kind of Batman jockstraps on and rock music pouring out the doors, and kids just like him, Sunshine, promenading up and down, and tourists, christ, hundreds of tourists coming in there to photograph each other in front of Male West One instead of Big Ben, and busloads of schoolgirls with their green blazers on and embroidered crests on the breast pocket, all come to see the incredible Carnaby Street, which turns out to be a very small street with shops and awnings and people standing around with cameras in their hands, and Sunshines, all the Sunshines of this world trundling up and down for their whole lunch hour, not eating a goddamned thing, just immersing themselves in The Life.

Tom Wolfe, The Noonday Underground (1965)

Download: The ‘In’ Crowd – The Ramsey Lewis Trio (mp3)

The Tribes of Britain



Download: Boys and Girls – Reparata & the Delrons (mp3)



Download: To Be Someone (Demo) – The Jam (mp3)




Download: Teenage Lament ’74 – Alice Cooper (mp3)




Download: Hersham Boys – Sham 69 (mp3)

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