Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

Ennio ...

Saturday, June 20, 2020

this is in my Happy House

went to see Siouxsie Sioux at the Southbank Meltdown Festival and afterwards popped backstage. Mark Moore was there too 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Poor Young Sid by Five Mle Family

photo by Chalkie Davies
Here is a song written and sung by Chris McHallem from Five Mile Family.
I was a West London punk. I found out a few days ago that I am that girl in the white aertex blouse having a cigarette in the Men's Toilets (homage to Chalkie Davies photo no doubt) and also in the Kam Sing Chinese Restaurant later, with a bandage on my arm.

My arm is bandaged because I was taken to Paul Hartnett's house in Ealing. His house used to belong to Alistair Crowley or someone 'magikal' like that. He had an Alsatian dog that leapt at me and bit me, called Seamus. We were surprised to remember the name of the dog.

Anyway ...

Monday, May 18, 2020


 (donations to the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research will be optional and greatly appreciated)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Gina Birch from The Raincoats in PARIS today on ZOOM

ZOOM to Paris this evening to hear Gina Birch  talking about her paintings --
here's the link to click at 5pm

In the Village on Thursday - Portmeirion ...

 they lit up in Portmeirion's magical village on Thursday 
thank you NHS
So lovely 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

L O V E -- Thursday NHS Appreciation lights -- WALES

These lads have lit up Carnarvon Castle in PrAiSe of KEY WORKERS and the NHS.
They have another location planned tomorrow.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

When Florian was here ...

Earlier at the Paridiso

1994 ... Nirvana Buzzcocks backstage downtime (France)

Tony Barber in his leopard spot bucket hat, Steve Diggle, Pete, Dave, Kurt ...

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

STAY FREE - remember that song?

Mick Jones wrote it about Robin Banks who just happens to be interviewed on this radio show Click here -- Episode 65
The host is Aiden McManus who, when the coast is all clear, takes tours round the houses that Joe Strummer lived in back in the day, amongst other things ...
I am a BIG FAN of Aiden.
Top bloke.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sing-a-long with Genesis P-Orridge

Filmed by Texas bob (Robert Stockholm) in a Rome hotel bar - November 27 2008.
David Max (PTV) starts to play DARK  GLOBE (Syd Barrett)
Genesis P-Orridge joins in the chorus.

Thanks to Lee McFadden

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Now wash your hands to the tune of your choice ...

You know how they say wash your hands and sing happy birthday so you wash your hands for a good amount of time to destroy any germs ... well now you can

Click here and tell the generator what song you want to wash your hands to

for example
you can do ANY song ...

Dennis Bovell and Tessa (The Slits) on SoHo Radio

Dennis Bovell on the radio with wonder that is Tessa from The Slits

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mark E Smith (5 March 57 - 24 Jan 2018) Here's a lost interview from MTV June 1996 thank you to Tim Riley X

Tim Riley freelanced at MTV in 1996. Some kind soul working in the MTV library found this videotape hidden away in the vaults and made him this copy.  
Tim has noted that it's clear that it was never intended for broadcast. Firstly, there is no microphone on the interviewer and this makes her voice too audibly low for broadcast and the one-camera, extreme close-up would make editing difficult, especially given Smith's erratic movements. 
Secondly, a callous VH1 producer appears to have assigned an unfortunate, naive (and anonymous) 26 year old female staffer the job of interviewing the notoriously abrasive and volatile leader of The Fall to earn her music journalism credentials. 
Smith seems to warm to her and drops his usual acidic guard revealing more than if she'd been a seasoned music hack. The latter stages appear more like a chat over a cup of tea than an interview, making it one of the more candid and open media exchanges given by Smith at the time. 
There's lots of interesting topics in here; politics, recording albums, record companies, young fans, plagiarism, Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks reformation, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, Pete Waterman and John Peel. I particularly like the way Smith praises his ex-wife Brix, who had re-joined The Fall during this period but she would shortly leave acrimoniously during the album's imminent promotional tour.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

David Haslam has written a book about Courtney Love. "Searching For Love." (Not expensive. 7 quid. About her time in Liverpool. He was reading it in Liverpool last night. Reminded me that one night I was strolling with my friend from Albecurque. We'd had dinner and we came across a huge crowd on the sidewalk on the Bowery. Big old cinema place. The place looked like a bank.
I asked, "Who's playing?"
And they said, 'We're waiting for Courtney Love.'
She was meant to go on at ... let's say 10pm, and she was late. Very late. Someone said she was staying in SoHo which wasn't far away so she didn't have far to come.

They told us it was a special concert for Virgin records. Special tickets.
My friend and I stood outside where the velvet rope was. Saw Mick Rock, LIttle Steven ... loads of famous people coming in. He knew most of them. I only recognised Little Steven cos he was little and wore the bandana.
At one point an ambulance came and these big metal doors opened and a very loud girl was chucked out and loaded in by the paramedics.
It wasn't Courtney.
The ambulance must have stopped round the corner. 

The girl walked back.
She pounded on the door screaming that her coat was in there and her boyfriend had her keys.
She got let in again.

We waited and waited.
Some people were drunk and left, and the bouncer said there was room if we wanted to go in.
We thought about it and thought we'd wait some more, after all we'd been there an hour or so at this point. And it was very amusing outside.
Of course just as we were about to leave limousine turns up. It's Courtney. Suited and booted. Handbag like an attache case. She marches in right by us (tiny!) and we followed her in.
A few minutes later she had taken her coat off, was on the stage. Sang one song. No sound check of course. Blew her voice but just freeeking carried on. Jill Emery was on bass I remember. Great bass player. She played with Mazzy Star too.
There were enough people there to carry Courtney to the back so we could wave and they carried her back and put her back on the stage. It was a great night. Like i say it was warm out so we walked home afterwards.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

JC Carroll (The Members) has been busy

You've heard of the trans-Europe Express - now hear this -- about JC's Great-Aunt Irma escaping from those Bolsheviks (true story). It is a song from his new album called West ByFleet Selfie

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Television and Patti Smith at CBGBs in 1975

Television 00:45 Fire Engine 
Television 04:00 Tuning 
Television 05:07 Judy (Hello Jim) 
Television 08:50 Poor Circulation 
Television 14:00 Tuning 
Television 14:40 Breakin' In My Heart 
Television 20:30 Foxhole (The Soldier Boy) 
Speech 25:39 
Patti Smith 26:14 Soundcheck and tuning 
Patti Smith 28:51 We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together 
Patti Smith 31:33 Redondo Beach 
Patti Smith 35:45 Birdland 
Patti Smith 41:46 Speech 
Patti Smith 43:20 Space Monkey 
Patti Smith 48:01 Distant Fingers 
Patti Smith 53:30 Gloria 
Television 01:00:43 Venus T
elevision 01:04:54 Marquee Moon 
Television 01:12:39 Friction

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Andy Gill ... That essence rare ... 1 2 2020

I remember beaming at you on the balcony of the velvet black jewellery box of Irving Plaza, Tim, looking down at that joyous, one mass, all dancing and moving together, arms, waving, like phantastic ants that were somehow carrying Irving Plaza somewhere else, the balcony reached by vinyl red staircases tunneling down and up and around and the stage black curtain pulled apart. Hugo Burnham suspended in air, cymbals hanging from the ceiling it seemed, drum kit lit front and central, like he was managing a Star Trek desk and the whole place lifted off, just lifted off, just joyfully lifted off, didnt it? 
We knew the songs - love will get you like a case of anthrax. At home he's a tourist. They knew what we all want. I love a man in a uniform. Unburdened. And you've just reminded me we found out about the secret after-show at that hotel downtown. I think we got a taxi. Was that the day I met you, Delphine Blue? Wasn't it taped off but we ducked around. I remember we were on the grey flat floor with them just alive again just amazed again adoration. Magi, not just three wise men -- a gang of four with their gold, sense and Andy Gill, and Andy Gill gone now, gone beyond the velvet rope. Leaving star dust.
What a gift, what treasure. THAT red album with the men shaking hands that we swept into the record shop to scoop up and become acquainted with, to grip on the bus, to put diamond to the groove, and if I close my eyes with it spinning, be with that heavenly memory. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Widow Basquiat by Jennifer Clement --- love this book

Just finished this memoir.
It's the girlfriend's story and the magnet within the relationship and all the sticky bits.
It was a page-turner and an eye-opener.
New York is veeeeeeery different now.
It sparked a lot of memories of 1987/1988 when I worked downtown a few streets away from Basquiat's loft on Crosby Street.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights I had the crazy walk through Williamsburg, past the burned out cars and the boys going, "Pssst, hey mama," delis playing Cuban music, Puerto Ricans playing dominoes sitting on milk crates etc etc ... before it was gentrified. 

I would take the J or M train with it's Coney Island-like ramp over the river on the rattly bridge to the darkness that was the newly named Tribeca (repeating triangle below canal to remember the acronym), the new real estate name late 80s. graffiti on the trains, smoking on the platform, in the carriage.
Was it against the law?
I didn't know it but the bartender at the Odeon was a coke dealer and one time he took me after work to Save The Robots. Apparently he'd put the coke in my handbag when I wasn't looking I found out later.
I only found out he was a dealer when he didn't turn up for work one night and it was explained the police were on to him and he'd done a runner back to Baltimore.
Basquiat's dad used to chat to me when he came in, waiting for his English girlfriend, in his posh suit and tie. Her name was Nye. "Hi Nye." "Hello Darling," kiss, kiss. Cos I was also English.
Sometimes Jean-Michel might be in at the same time, at his favourite table by the stairs, ordering a salad but they never spoke.
He never ate the salad, disappearing downstairs. I might bump into him on my way down cos that's where the cloakroom was where i locked up the furs and camel coats. Winter.
Or I'd come back and see his salad and tell the bus boy, "No, don't take that. He'll be back."
Doodles on the napkin that stopped the music playing if you know what I mean. You'd look. Everything would go quiet and then I'd walk back to my station.
Of course I didn't work in the summer so when I got a call from the Odeon August 13 1988 that was a surprise.
They asked me what his dad's name was.
They were going to call and tell him that Jean-Michel had come back from Haw
aii but overdosed.
Death was all around.
Jennifer Clement has really done a great job with this book.
Girls with boyfriends on drugs.
What WAS it like?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bonds - the Clash Invasion (no booze)

Tim Van Metter