OASIS – First Appearance on TOP OF THE POPS…

29 June 2016

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Manchester’s mad Britpop rockers OASIS made their debut appearance on the legendary and withdrawn BBC TV show TOP OF THE POPS with their second single SHAKERMAKER on 29th June 1994, twenty-two years ago today. As we all probably know songwriter NOEL GALLAGHER was a clever thief. The catchy melody of this cracker sounded very much like ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)’ a mealy pop song (first used for a Coca-Cola commercial) made popular by British band The New Seekers in 1971. But the twelve-bar blues swagger and Liam‘s charismatic vocals made it sound and look bloody cool and irresistible. I fell in love with the band…

Some of the daftest lyrics The Chief ever wrote…

I’d like to be somebody else and not know where I’ve been
I’d like to build myself a house out of plasticine
Shake along with me
I’ve been driving in my car with my friend Mr. Soft
Mr. Clean and Mr. Ben are living in my loft
Shake along with me!

I’m sorry but I just don’t know I know
I said I told you so
But when you’re happy and you’re feeling fine
Then you’ll know it’s the right time
It’s the right time
To shake along with me!

Mister Sifter sold me songs
when I was just sixteen
Now he stops at traffic lights
but only when they’re green

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The single’s artwork…
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THE STROKES – New Video for ‘Threat Of Joy’ from latest EP…

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NYC rockers THE STROKES shared a new video for THREAT OF JOY. One of the tracks on their earlier released 4-track EP titled FUTURE PRESENT PAST. The clip makes reference
to the band’s blocked attempt to make a politicised video for other EP track ‘Oblivious‘. Frontman Julian Casablancas said: “Well we were going to do ‘Oblivious’ first and we had all this kind of super heavy political content and then it kinda of through different indirect corridors got shutdown”. Enjoy it here…

Here’s the excellent EP in full…

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THE STROKES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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WALL – Crackerjack Post Punk Bravado from NYC…

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Band: WALL
Who: hottest gang – 3 girls, 1 boy – of the moment, out of New York City…
Members: Vanessa Gomez (drums) / Vince McClelland (guitar & vocals) / Elizabeth Skadden (bass & vocals) and Sam York ( vocals & guitar)
Sounds: a smashing mix of so many different punk rock spirits. The mad cleverness of Devo, the gothic timbre of Siouxsie Sioux , the hyperkinetic riffs of Pylon, the opinionated swagger of The Slits and the cutting guitar sharpness of early Talking Heads and Television. Compelling and noisy. Pungent and caustic. Their 4-track self-titled, sold out, debut EP will turn you into an exuberant fan, no doubt about that. Play it loud and grin!…

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Also witty and excitative is their video for lead track Cuban Cigars

WALL: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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All dressed up and ready to conquer Europe in the autumn…
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Magnetic Album Covers! 7 from ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN…

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It’s all about the music as we know it but powerful images are the timeless faces for big
albums made then & now. Here are 7 classic LP sleeves from one of my all time favorite bands: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN. The Liverpool new wave legends are still alive and still playing kicking shows led by founding members: charismatic frontman/songwriter
Ian McCulloch
and musical maestro Will Sergeant.

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1/ CROCODILES (1980)
Their debut longplayer…
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2/ HEAVEN UP HERE (1981)
Second LP and definitely one of their best…
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3/ PORCUPINE (1983)
Third cutting album…
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4/ OCEAN RAIN (1984)
Their masterpiece…
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5/ EVERGREEN (1997)
Comeback album…
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6/ WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? (1999)
Underrated, melancholic diamond…
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7/ SONGS TO LEARN & SING
Greatest hits compilation with a truly iconic image…
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ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN: Discography – Website – Facebook
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DEAP VALLY – Crushing New Single ‘Smile More’…

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Female garage rock duo DEAP VALLY are finally back. They release their sophomore album FEMEJISM produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ sonic maestro Nick Zinner on 16th September. The first single SMILE MORE is described by the rousing Californian duo
as a ‘fuck you anthem’ and sounds as a damn bloody one. ‘I am not ashamed of my mental state/ And I am not ashamed of my body weight’ spits angry frontwoman Lindsey Troy while strengthening her I don’t care what you think rant with a smoking blues groove assisted
by drummer Julie Edwards‘ hammering force. Honest feminist dynamite! An outspoken barbed wire manifesto! Hail hail…

DEAP VALLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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Don’t mess with them…

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Artwork new album FEMEJISM

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Loud and clear in Brussels (2013)
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COURTNEY BARNETT – Moving perfomance of THE LEMONHEADS’ pearl BEING AROUND…

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I love the cool ‘I just sing what I like‘ attitude of Australian singer-songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT. Her two albums, so far, prove she’s a damn good composer and an enthralling storyteller. No wonder she’s a huge fan of troubled Boston troubadour Evan Dando and his Lemonheads who released some excellent alt pop albums in the nineties. Barnett is particularly fond of their 1993 LP Come On Feel The Lemonheads. Her own performance of touching love track BEING AROUND is just enchanting…

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If I was in the fridge, would you open the door?
If I was the grass, would you mow your lawn?
If I was your body, would you still wear clothes?
If I was a booger, would you blow your nose?
Would you keep it? Would you eat it?
I’m just tryin to give myself a reason, for being around.

If I was the front porch swing would you let me hang?
If I was the dance floor would you shake your thing?
If I was a rubber check would you let me bounce
Up and down inside your bank account?
Would ya trust me, not to break you?
I’m just tryin really hard to make you,
notice me being around.

If I was a haircut would you wear a hat?
If I was a maid, could I clean your flat?
If I was the carpet would ya wipe your feet,
In time to save me from mud off the street?
If you like me, if you love me,
why don’t you get down on your knees
and scrub me?
I’m a little grubby
From being around.

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RED LIGHT EFFECT – Anthemic Post Punk Experience…

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From Salford, Manchester (UK) here’s highly promising four-piece RED LIGHT EFFECT.
Their second single SUNFLOWER STATE keeps playing in my head for several days now.
The beating heart of this appealing track is a magnetizing melody driven by ardent vocals
and surrounded by gloomy guitars creating a cutting atmosphere while the rhythm section pushes the track fiercely from start to finish. The final result is a thrilling, anthemic post punk experience. Engrossing effort!…

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RED LIGHT EFFECT: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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ANGEL OLSEN Sounds Like Her First Name…

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American singer-songwriter ANGEL OLSEN will release her third album ‘Woman’ on 2nd September. But today I wanna go back to one of the outstanding tracks on her previous
LP ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’. On melancholic track WHITE FIRE she philosophizes and sings like Leonard Cohen and she sounds like a heartbroken angel full of doubt, regret and sorrow. Her sadness will touch your soul…

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Everything is tragic, it all just falls apart
But when I look into your eyes, it pieces up my heart
If I only had an answer to put it all to bed
I wish sometimes I could take back every word I’ve said

I walk back in the night alone, got caught up in my song
Forgot where I was sleeping, none of the lights were on
I heard my mother thinking me right back into my birth
I laughed so loud inside myself, it all began to hurt

So I turned on a picture show, I disappeared the lines
As memories came flooding in, the tears blew up my eyes

I see an elevator, a moment I am above
I look for you or someone who can still remind me of
The tight grip and the sun lick
And the calm weight of all things summer
When it’s all here and it’s all new
And you’re not hungover

Fierce and light and young
Fierce and light and young
When you don’t know that you’re wrong
Or just how wrong you are

My feet are always heavy as I head toward the door
I thought we’d leave this for ourselves a hundred times before
But I guess we’re always leaving even when we look the same
And it eases me somehow to know that even this will change

If you’ve still got some light in you then go before it’s gone
Burn your fire for no witness, it’s the only way it’s done

Fierce and light and young
Fierce and light and young
Hit the ground and run
Hit the ground and run

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ANGEL OLSEN: Website – Facebook – Twitter
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BREXIT – No Future In England’s Dreaming…

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The old, narrow-minded British generation smashed the new generation’s hopes and dreams. Sad times for human solidarity. Nationalism and egoism are back and will lead
to misery and isolation as it always did in the past centuries. John Lydon‘s anger is highly relevant… again.

God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
Potential H-bomb

God save the queen
She ain’t no human being
There is no future
In England’s dreaming

Don’t be told what you want
Don’t be told what you need
There’s no future, no future,
No future for you

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
‘Cause tourists are money
And our figurehead
Is not what she seems

Oh God save history
God save your mad parade
Oh Lord God have mercy
All crimes are paid

When there’s no future
How can there be sin
We’re the flowers in the dustbin
We’re the poison in your human machine
We’re the future, your future

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the queen
We mean it man
And there is no future
In England’s dreaming

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future,
No future for me

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future
For you

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He saw it coming…
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12 Grooviest Tracks of 2016… So Far!

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Time flies when you’re having dazzling sonic strokes on your headphones. It’s already June, so here’s a steamy selection of Twelve Smoking Motherrockers to inflame all your 2016 summer parties. Clear your street, invite the whole neighbourhood, turn up the volume, sing and scream out loud and go completely nuts with this 2016 All Star Team… so far.

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1/ ‘Whitest Boy On The Beach’ by THE FAT WHITE FAMILY
London’s provocateurs on a mind-boggling roll. Unstoppable and irresistible groove.
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On album: Songs For Our Mothers
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FWF: Facebook –  Twitter

2/ ‘Golden Rope’ by PRIMAL SCREAM
When swirling psychedelia & electro vibes have a date with a gospel choir. Hallelujah!
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On album: Chaosmosis
ChasosmisosPRIMAL SCREAM: Website – Facebook

3/ ‘Coming Out Backwards’ by THEM BRUINS
From down under. Explosive psychobilly spiced with a stirring The Cramps swagger.
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On mini-album: Nobody Wants To Dance With Them Bruins
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4/ ‘Dust’ by PARQUET COURTS
The New York based Texan punks are back with a swinging broom to sweep all critics.
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On album: Human Performance
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5/ ‘Semper Fidelis’ by THE DANDY WARHOLS
You can’t ignore the catchy magnetism of these experienced Portland groove experts.
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On album: Distortland
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6/ ‘T.I.W.Y.G.’ by SAVAGES
Never mess with the genuine intensity & power of this tremendous female four-piece fury.
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On album: Adore Life
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SAVAGES: Website – Facebook

7/ ‘I Decide’ by THE JULIE RUIN
Kathleen Hannah‘s gang on a thunderous trip accompanied by a seducing na-na-na choir.
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On album: Hit Reset
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8/ ‘Translate’ by SUUNS
The Canadian sound wizards will get under your skin with this haunting electro kraut jam.
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On album: Hold/Still
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9/ ‘Kill Us’ by DEUX FURIEUSES
This British female duo will impress you with their raging passion & clenched outburst.
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DEUX FURIEUSES: Website – Facebook

10/ ‘Snakehips’ by THE LAPELLES
Young Scottish guitar pop firework with electrifying my guitar generation sparks.
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11/ ‘Cocktail’ by DOUBLE VETERANS
Sixties jingle jangle fueled garagebilly to get rid of your hangover in 2.07 minutes.
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On album: Space Age Voyeurism
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12/ ‘Blink Your Eyes’ by BIG BAD ECHO
Mind-bending serpent turning more enraged with every second. Fervid Australian frenzy.
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Mini-album: It Takes a Big Dog To Weigh a Tonne
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BIG BAD ECHO: Facebook – Spotify

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