New MOJO Magazine Issue #346

8 August 2022

New MOJO magazine Issue #346 (September 2022) out now.

COVER STORY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN‘s 50 greatest songs. Entrapment and escape, love and betrayal, murder and mayhem, cars and girls: all human life encapsulated by a force of nature and his Swiss Army band. Plus: Springsteen AloneNebraska at 40 by David Fricke.

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS: It’s 40 years since Too-Rye-Ay, the Celtic soul-pop milestone that was a double-edged sword for mainman Kevin Rowland. But have the wounds finally healed?

ELVIS PRESLEY: As Panto Presley hits the screens, the King comes to life in the jaw-dropping photographs of Alfred Wertheimer. MOJO gets first dibs from a new book.

DANNY THOMPSON: Punch-ups with John Martyn. Pub sessions with Nick Drake. On the bus with Roy Orbison. Sixty-odd years of low-end high jinks with the British bass master.

BURNING SPEAR: Last standing of the roots originals, reggae’s wise one grants a rare audience. “I don’t deal with colourism, nationality, or religion,” he reminds David Katz.

JOAN JETT: The Runaways derailed at their peak, but their ever-stubborn guitarist has forged on – to the delight of Riot Grrrls, Nirvana and The Goddess Of Rock.

DANGER MOUSE & BLACK THOUGHT: The über-producer with feet in the Black Keys and Kiwanuka camps gets down with the Roots’ revered rapper. Voilà! Hip hop like mutha used to make.

PROCOL HARUM: How Guy Stevens, J.S. Bach and a drug dealer’s cat paved the way for A Whiter Shade Of Pale. And how angst over attributions drove them apart.

REVIEWED: Cass McCombs / Blondie / Elvis Costello / Little Feat / Jamie T / Ben Harper / Julia Jacklin / Lou Reed / Muse / Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera / George Scott / Loudon Wainwright III / Hot Chip / Rich Ruth / Osees / She & Him / Chris Forsyth / Porcupine Tree / Josh Rouse / Earl McGrath’s horde / and much more!

PLUS Iggy Pop Unseen! / Dr John’s last album / Tom Paxton reveals himself / Amanda Shires and Thee Sacred Souls are Rising / Augie Meyers’s mighty organ / Wattstax / The Pistols and Grundy / Farewell Julee Cruise / Galaxie 500 / How To Buy Steve Albini / And All Back To… Bret’s from Flight Of The Conchords!

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PROCOL HARUM – No 1 On The UK Singles Charts With Masterstroke ‘A WHITER SHADE OF PALE’ 55 Years Ago Today

Top Singles from the past

8 June 2022

The British flower power beat band PROCOL HARUM (1967–1977, 1991–2022) scored
their biggest hit with masterstroke A WHITER SHADE OF PALE. That psych-pop ballad
with that warm organ and frontman Gary Booker‘s magnific voice.

I still wonder if there were chemicals involved when Booker wrote the lyrics

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
The crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said “there is no reason”
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
Would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well’ve been closed
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

PROCOL HARUM: Story