ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – Epic Masterstroke ‘NOTHING LASTS FOREVER’ Released 20 Years Ago…

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‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

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After the band split in 1988 ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN reformed in 1997 with original members Ian McCulloch (singer/songwriter/big mouth), Will Sergeant (musical maestro, guitarist) and Les Pattinson (bassist). Unfortunately they had to replace the late Pete De Freitas, the group’s first drummer who died tragically in a motorcycle accident (1989). Comeback album EVERGREEN was an overall moody LP with some outstanding tracks such as:  I Want To Be There (When You Come) / I’ll Fly Tonight / In My Time and Just A Touch Away. But the unquestionable masterstroke was epic single NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. Melancholic brilliance with McCulloch‘s voice as the song’s captivating instrument. A truly grand composition and performance (with, yes, Liam Gallagher on ‘la la la’ backing vocals in the chorus). The single was released on 20 June 1997 – 20 years ago. Here’s the clip, shot in Morocco, for this timeless classic…

I want it now
I want it now
Not the promises of what tomorrow brings
I need to live in dreams today
I’m tired of the song that sorrow sings

And I want more than I can get
Just trying to, trying to, trying to forget

I’d walk to you through rings of fire
And never let you know the way I feel
Under skin is where I hide
The love that always gets me on my knees

And I want more than I can get
Just trying to, trying to, trying to forget

[Repeat: x4]
Nothing ever lasts forever

I want it now
I want it now
Don’t tell me that my ship is coming in
Nothing comes to those who wait
Time’s running out the door you’re running in

So, I want more than I can get
Just trying to, trying to, trying to forget

[Repeat: x4]
Nothing ever lasts forever

[Repeat: x8]
All the shadows and the pain are coming to you

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Evergreen album – released 14 July 1997…

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THE CLASH – ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ Released 16 June 1978…

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‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais‘ by THE CLASH

Amplified reggae vibes à la THE CLASH, the only band that mattered…

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
And if they’ve got anything to say
There’s many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain’t got no…roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack
‘Cos it won’t get you anywhere
Fooling with your guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An’ it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in the UK
They won’t notice anyway
They’re all too busy fighting
For a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway

I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun

I’m only
Looking for fun

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THE VERVE Released Their Mother Of All Power Ballads ‘BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY’ 20 Years Ago…

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‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by THE VERVE

Twenty years ago – 16 June 1997 – THE VERVE released BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY,
their most famous song ever. An epic and timeless masterstroke. An imperishable
anthem with the lyrics written by charismatic frontman Richard Ashcroft. But as
the band sampled strings arrangements from the 1965 Andrew Oldham Orchestra symphonic recording of ‘The Last Time‘ (composed by a certain David Whitaker but
inspired by The Rolling Stones‘ song of the same title) 60s greedy Stones’ manager
Oldham and poor guys Jagger & Richards were added to the songwriting credits.
Whatever. It became The Verve’s biggest hit (No 2 on the UK singles chart). Here
we go, at the top of our lungs…

‘Cause it’s a bitter sweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road
I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah,

No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds
that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine,
let it cleanse my mind,
I feel free now
But the airways are clean
and there’s nobody singing to me now

No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change
I can’t change

‘Cause it’s a bitter sweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
Try to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road
I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the things meet yeah

You know I can’t change, I can’t change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change
Change my
No, no, no, no, no

Its justs sex and violence melody and silence (x2)
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
It justs sex and violence melody and silence
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down
Ever been down (x4)
Have you ever been down? (x3)


From classic album URBAN HYMNS (released 29 September 1997)

DAVID BOWIE – ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ Released 45 Years Ago…

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by DAVID BOWIE

Forty-five years ago – on 6 June 1972DAVID BOWIE released his fifth album THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. One of his best and most notorious albums and his Ziggy Stardust persona was probably his most intriguing, brilliant and charismatic creation ever. When I listened to the classic LP again yesterday
(in full for the first time in years) I was honestly stunned by its imperishable beauty, its indefectible power and timeless passion. This is what a genial artist and his work is all about: immortal impact!…

Rolling Stone Magazine journalist Richard Cromelin wrote in July 1972: “David Bowie
has pulled off his complex task with consummate style, with some great rock & roll, with all
the wit and passion required to give it sufficient dimension and with a deep sense of humanity
that regularly emerges from behind the Star facade. The important thing is that despite the formidable nature of the undertaking, he hasn’t sacrificed a bit of entertainment value for
the sake of message. I’d give it at least a 99.”

You can read the great original review in
full here, while I’ll have another listen…

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THE BEATLES – Fabulous Album ‘SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND’ Is 50 Today…

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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by THE BEATLES

On 1 June 1967 the FAB FOUR released their most innovative album so far in their career. SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND was musically and conceptually different from anything they did before and sounded and looked spectacularly at that very time, fifty years ago. Listening to that non-stop symphony magic still feels quite special today. Becoming a devoted and experimental studio band – with the incredibly impactful vision from fifth Beatle George Martin – after their decision not to play live anymore the Liverpool legends created a masterpiece (almost) everyone loved, then and now, and it was the perfect soundtrack for the 1967 summer of love. I’m sure even the ones who didn’t/doesn’ like the best ever popular music band in history at least listened once to that magnum opus. A great 1987 Rolling Stone Mag piece on the album with Paul McCartney anecdotes tells a lot about the birth and the making of that timeless record. You can read it here.

Now, music maestro, please!

It was fifty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play’

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The iconic Peppers album sleeve even inspired my wife and me for our 2009 wedding invitation (the size of a 7″ single with all info of the wedding party on the back)…

MANIC STREET PREACHERS Released Timeless Anthem ‘MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS’ 25 Years Ago…

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‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS

MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS is unquestionably one of the most memorable and timeless anthems (next to ‘Design For Life‘, of course) MANIC STREET PREACHERS ever wrote and the song gave their early career a tremendous boost at the time. The epic classic was released 25 years ago – 1 June 1992. The lyrics were inspired by S.E. Hinton‘s book Rumble Fish, about biker gang culture. The band said they wanted to express their critical view on the hollowness of the consumer lifestyle offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform. Originally, the very early version was titled ‘Go, Buzz Baby, Go‘. The first line of the chorus – ‘Under Neon Loneliness’ – was taken from a poem
by Welsh poet Patrick Jones, the brother of Manics’ bass guitarist and lyricist Nicky Wire.
Here’s the electrifying, magnetizing and melancholic pearl…

Culture sucks down words
Itemise loathing and feed yourself smiles
Organise your safe tribal war
Hurt maim kill and enslave the ghetto

Each day living out a lie
Life sold cheaply forever, ever, ever

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Life lies a slow suicide
Orthodox dreams and symbolic myths
From feudal serf to spender
This wonderful world of purchase power

Just like lungs sucking on air
Survivals natural as sorrow, sorrow, sorrow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Drive away and it’s the same
Everywhere death row, everyone’s a victim
Your joys are counterfeit
This happiness corrupt political shit

Living life like a comatose
Ego loaded and swallow, swallow, swallow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness everlasting nothingness


The single – also on their debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’ – peaked at
number 17 on the UK singles chart and the video clip was shot in Japan…

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SEX PISTOLS Shocked The United Kingdom 40 Years Ago – But Nothing Has Changed Today…

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‘God Save The Queen’ by SEX PISTOLS

Forty years ago today – 27 May 1977 – the SEX PISTOLS released controversial single
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. A timeless punk banger that shocked the conservative United Kingdom. I just loved their rage, their controversial attitude, their middle finger for the capitalistic establishment and Johnny Rotten‘s new generation charisma. These outcasts
were just sensational, highly inspiring and made the best punk rock album ever!…

So what’s the status today, 40 years later? Well, after several reunion tours the legendary
four-piece filled their pockets with tons of money. Face & voice John ‘Rotten’ Lydon recently became an American citizen (obviously inspired by Obama he claimed) after living for many years now in a huge mansion in Los Angeles and he stated on several talk-shows (selling another book, again) a couple of months ago that idiot Trump is a ‘possible friend and in
a way a political Sex Pistol
‘ and Brexit (read: old Brittania going back to intolerance, racism and egoism) is a great thing for the UK as that is what the working class wanted and ‘ I’m one of them and I’m with them’‘ waffled the nowadays irrelevant punk has-been. And, oh yeah, the Queen is still in charge. Wow, what a revolution! We’re back at point zero. Over the years punk became a million dollars business and their early figureheads, like the Pistols, became silly comedians and greedy chameleons. Sad, really sad…


The good old days: bloody loud, damn cool and pretty anarchistic…

SUEDE – Debut Single ‘THE DROWNERS’ Released 25 Years Ago…

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‘The Drowners’ by SUEDE

After a bad start with Justine Frischmann on guitar – who came up with the band’s name and left frontman Brett Anderson and the group very soon for Blur‘s leader Damon Albarn, amazing guitarist Bernard Butler joined SUEDE and teamed up with Anderson to write the songs. And how! They appeared on the front cover of the former English magazine Melody Maker labeled as ‘The Best New Band In Britain‘ (1992) before they even released one note. record. The sudden press euphoria was based on their fresh and buzzing approach of pop music as well as their flashing charisma and sonic magnetism at gigs…

No more Madchester ecstasy, no more American macho grunge. Here was an incredibly ambitious, shiny and creative band with a different sound and a vibrant presence: sensual, adventurous, sexually ambiguous, romantic and gloomy at the same time. Oh yes, indeed, they were definitely inspired by their hero David Bowie and his provocative glam persona. Twenty-five years ago – 11 May 1992 – they released their debut single THE DROWNERS. The beginning of a new era, called Britpop, the rest is history…

Won’t someone give me a gun?
oh well it’s for my brother
well he writes the line wrote down my spine
It says “Oh do you believe in love there?”

So slow down, slow down, you’re taking me over
And so we drown, sir we drown, stop taking me over

Won’t someone give me some fun?
(and as the skin flies all around us)
We kiss in his room to a popular tune
Oh, real drowners

slow down, slow down, you’re taking me over
And so we drown, sir we drown,
stop takin’ me over!


Historic issue of Melody Maker – 1992…

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PRIMAL SCREAM – Speeds Means Freedom Of The Soul – ‘KOWALSKI’ Single Released 20 Years Ago…

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‘Kowalski’ by PRIMAL SCREAM

Probably the nastiest groove PRIMAL SCREAM, featuring killer bassist Mani in the
line-up back then after The Stone Roses split, ever produced. A menacing steamroller
in honour of speed freak KOWALSKI, the madly driving hero of the 1971 cult movie Vanishing Point. It was the first single of The Scream‘s fifth album, named after that movie. One of their most striking LP’s ever to my ears. The single was released twenty
years ago today on 5 May 1997. Tighten your seatbelt, you never had a trip like this before. Start the mind-blowing engine of insanity here…

THE SINGLE

THE LYRICS

This radio station was named Kowalski
In honor of the last American hero to whom
Speed means freedom of the soul
The question is not when he’s gonna stop
But who is gonna stop him…

There goes the challenger
Being chased by the blue blue meanies on wheels
The vicious traffic squad cars
Are after our lone driver

The last American hero
The electric centaur, the demi-god
The super driver of the golden west
Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind
The beautiful lone driver
The police number are getting closer, closer
Closer to our soul hero, in his soul mobile
Yeah baby, they’re about to strike
They’re gonna get him, smash him
Rape the last beautiful free soul on this planet

Vanishing point (4x)
Soul on ice (7x)
Hello Kowalski (3x)

THE ALBUM

THE MOVIE

THE BAND

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OASIS – Their First No 1 Single In UK Released 22 Years Ago Today…

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Twenty-two years ago Manchester legends OASIS released SOME MIGHT SAY. Their
first Number One single hit the top spot of the UK charts two weeks after its release.
There were three more excellent tracks on the cd single. Intimate ballad Talk Tonight,
storming anthem ‘Acquiesce’ and punk outburst ‘Headshrinker’. Here’s the cool black
and white clip for‘ Some Might Say’…

Some might say that sunshine follows thunder
Go and tell it to the man who cannot shine
Some might say that we should never ponder
On our thoughts today cos they hold sway over time

Some might say we will find a brighter day
Some might say we will find a brighter day

Cos I’ve been standing at the station
In need of education in the rain
You made no preparation for my reputation once again
The sink is full of fishes
She’s got dirty dishes on the brain
It was overflowing gently but it’s all elementary my friend

Some might say they don’t believe in heaven
Go and tell it to the man who lives in hell
Some might say you get what you’ve been given
If you don’t get yours I won’t get mine as well

Some might say we will find a brighter day
Some might say we will find a brighter day

Cos I’ve been standing at the station
In need of education in the rain
You made no preparation for my reputation once again
The sink is full of fishes
Cos she’s got dirty dishes on the brain
And my dog’s been itchin’
Itchin’ in the kitchen once again

Some might say Some might say
Some might say Some might say
You know what some might say
You know what some might say
You know what some might say

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