Sunday, February 26, 2006
John Payne, Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen have formed a new band called ONE who will release their self titled debut album on 26th May on the Inside Out label. Keyboard duties will be taken by Ryo Okumoto of Spock's Beard.
There are still tentatve plans to release "Architect Of Time" sometime during 2006.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
"Cracklin Rosie you're a scoreboard woman" - 'Cracklin Rosie' by Neil Diamond
"Down In th dungeon with Peters and Lee" - 'Now I'm Here' - Queen
"In walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor" - 'Lady Eleanor' - Lindisfarne
"It's a surreal submarine" - 'Showdown - ELO
"I believe in Milko" - 'You Sexy Thing' - Hot Chocolate
"For forty days and for forty nights I was on the cider" - 'Billie Jean' - Michael Jackson
"You do the wok of rice" - 'Walk Of Life' - Dire Straits
"Baby, don't understand/why we can't just hop along into each other's pants" - 'Broken Wings' - Mr Mister
"Tonight we're going to run tomorrow" - 'Shine A Little Love - ELO*
"Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard" - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - Queen
"She keeps a tangerine/fixed to a magazine" - 'Modern Girl' - Sheena Easton*
"This is Mike Read" - 'Creed' - Petra
"Spare him his life from these pork sausages" - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - Queen
"Forty Ewings In the lobby" - 'I Won't let the Sun Go Down' - Nik Kershaw
"You were supposed to have been in Walsall" - 'Oh What A Circus' - David Essex
"Young girl with eyes like potatoes" - 'La Isla Bonita' - Madonna
"I'm a heavy woman" - 'I'm Every Woman' - Chaka Khan
"Every time you go away/You take a piece of meat with you" - 'Every Time You Go Away' - Hall & Oates
"Don't give up on us Arnold" - 'Don't Give Up On Us' - David Soul
"I was sick and tired of everything/When I called you last night from Tescos" - 'Super Trouper' - Abba
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Here's the latest in an ever increasing line of ELO tracks reworked for a new generation. This is by Little Thief and is a dance-style version of "Evil Woman"
And for more of the same checkout these sites here:-
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The forthcoming Bucks Fizz double album "Comfort's Place" is progressing nicely.
Two more unheard and unfinished tracks, which are currently being mixed & finished by Dean Murphy have been added to the album. One of them is a brand new track with all the group, including Jay, recorded in 1984, which looks like it was a possibillity for the 'I Hear Talk' album but for some unknown reason was never finished. The second track is "an early version of a track already released".
There is also a possibility that the JK Mix of "Keep Each Other Warm" may appear although, this is still awaiting clearance.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Strange news is emerging from planet Asia.
It seems that the band have scrapped the recording of their new album "Architect Of Time" and shelved plans for a tour later this year. Geoff Downes meanwhile has thrown in his lot with John Wetton, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer for a '25th Anniversary' DVD/CD/World Tour sometime during 2006-07.
On one level I'm quite excited about this. Asia's first three albums (Asia, Alpha & Astra) were by far and away their strongest and to be blunt I prefer the vocals and songwriting style of John Wetton over his successor John Payne. Also, I never saw the original Asia line up at Wembley Arena in 1982, so I'd look forward to having that opportunity.
However, as someone who has followed the 'second phase' of Asia, from 1992's "Aqua" to last year's tour in support of "Silent Nation" (great gig at Wolves Civic lads!), I would be lying if I said I don't have some misgivings about all this. With John Payne Asia had evolved into a good little prog-rock band and a solid live act. This reformation of the original lineup cannot be an ongoing concern in that form - not least because Steve Howe is still a recording and touring member of Yes - so after the tour is over...what then?
John Payne owns (or owned?) the legal rights to the name 'Asia' so the tour could not have happened without his permission, yet having given so much to Asia as a writer, vocalist, musician, performer, producer and spokesperson for 14 years I can't help wondering how he feels, sitting on an unfinished album and watching a band that has been very much his 'baby' touring without him.
Perhaps it's an attempt to rekindle interest in the band? Perhaps it's a one-off before everyone returns to their day jobs. Perhaps it's a swan song. Who knows. 'Only Time Will Tell' as they say.
Watch this space...
Friday, February 10, 2006
If you thought it was a long time between Kate Bush albums then think again - because Telex release their first album in 20 years (!!) later this month.
The album is called "How Do You Dance?" and the lead single is "On The Road Again". All this sillyness, the video for the single and more can be found at:
Sunday, February 05, 2006
In the meantime. Here are some links to some of favourite sites. I'll be adding to this lot over the next few months...
Abba Official Site
Asia Official Site
Sam Brown Official Site
"What's happening with all things Kate"
Kate Bush (1)
"A collection of very early Kate demos in mp3 form"
Kate Bush (2)
"In 1986 Kate's elder brother - John Carder Bush - published a book of pictures of his younger sister. It's VERY hard to get hold of now and regularly goes for £100+ on eBay - so here's the online version."
Kate Bush (3)
"History of the ever wonderful Kate"
Kate Bush Official Site (4)
"Official Site of the mighty Tip!"
Def Leppard Official Site
Barbara Dickson Official Site
"Links to discographies of bands that time has forgot"Thomas Dolby Official Site
Dollar - Shooting Stars
"Useful little Dollar fansite"
"Face The Music Fanzine. The nearest thing to an 'Official Site' ELO have"
Andrew Gold Official Site
Hall & Oates Official Site
"Comprehensive Geri fansite"
Jeff Lynne Song Database
"If Jeff Lynne has recoded it, written it or whistled it once in the bath in 1978 - it's here..."
"Remember 'Pop Muzik'? Well that was Robin Scott. Here's what he's been doing since..."Madonna
"Ridiculously extensive Maddy site"
"Official site - and an object lesson in how to use the internet to promote and market your band"
"Excellent Joni site"
Kylie Minogue Official Site
Stevie Nicks Official Site
Queen Official Site
Queen Download site
"A good idea this. Queen bootlegs made available (legitimately) online at £5 a go with all proceeds going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust."
Gerry Rafferty Official Site
Showaddywaddy Official Site
"Official home of 'The Waddy!"
Status Quo Official Site
Steve Miller Band Official Sitehttp://www.stevemillerband.com/
Supertramp Official Site
"Have you ever heard such electronic stuff...?"
Thunder Official Site
"Still going and still very good live - as their 2005 gig at The Robin2 in Bilston proved"
Judie Tzuke Official Site
Judie Tzuke - Robin 2 Pictures
"In 2004 I went to see Judie at the Robin2 club in Bilston. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. Here are a few pictures from that night"
Brian Wilson Official Site
"Woody's Official Site"
"Official site for Swindon's finest!"
"Everything you ever wanted to know about Yes, but were afraid to ask"
"Band featuring Jon Anderson's son Damion Anderson"
Thursday, February 02, 2006
On February 13th Yes release 9012 Live on DVD. Originally released in 1986, it was directed by Steve Soderburgh and filmed on the 90125 tour in Canada in 1984. The tracklisting is as follows: Introduction/Cinema/Leave It/Hold On/I've Seen All Good People/Changes/Owner Of A Lonely Heart/It Can Happen/City Of Love/Starship Trooper.
The DVD features two version of the concert, the original version (with graphics) and a 'Directors Cut' version. The DVD also features a bonus track (Roundabout), a documentary and band interviews.
Jon Anderson has released a new solo album "In Elven Lands" on 30th January. It was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord Of The Rings' and contains a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Battle Of Evermore". Kenty will be pleased!!