My Generation of Sun. 10 April: Aftermath [Ed’s show, 2016-15]
Specials: Aftermath (The Rolling Stonees) ** Repeated: Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance * The Peter Miles Story pt. 2 (Blues Band, Radical Sheikhs) ** ** Radio 68: All the sounds and all the voices that made the sixties ** Happy To Be Different
SHOWTIME Sundays at 12:00 noon CET (UK: 11 a.m.), repeated 16:00, 20:00 and 24:000 hrs midnight CET (UK: 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.). Ends 04:00 CET / 3 a.m. UK (Monday morning)
MY GENERATION & BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
MY GENERATION (new show)
SPECIAL: AFTERMATH (The Rolling Stones) ** AND ALSO: FERRE GRIGNARD: I Warned You (rereleased by Starman Records www.starmanrecords.com * THE DOVELLS ** RONNIE HAWKINS ** VINCE TAYLOR ** THE DEEP: PSYCHEDELIC MOODS, 1966** uncensored songs from JEFFERSON AIRPLANE’s first abum Taking Off, 1966 ** GANDALF ** COUNTRY JOE & FISH: ELECTRIC MUSIC, 1967 ** + Voice: The Freedom Riders
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (new show)
SPECIAL: AFTERMATH (The Rolling Stones) ** AND ALSO: ROCKY ATHAS (Compilation album 2, see www.rockyathas.com ) ** THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND (EAST WEST, 1966) ** + Voice: Birmingham 1963
MY GENERATION (last week’s show repeated)
SPECIAL: RONNIE LANE & SLIM CHANCE 2015: RONNIE LANE’ SLIM CHANCE * THE FACES ** THE SMALL FACES ** SLIM CHANCE 2015 (cd Move On) feat. Original members Charlie Hart, Steve Bingham, Steve Simpson * * AND ALSO: MARK & THE CLOUDS (unreleased live recording, thanks Marco!) ** TOE FAT feat. Cliff Bennett ** ARTHUR ALEXANDER ** THE BOX TOPS ** THE SORROWS ** + Voices: We Won’t Go * Ce n’est qu’un début * Jim Hightower *
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE ((last week’s show repeated)
SPECIAL: The PETER MILES STORY pt. 2: PAUL JONES, THE BLUES BAND, RAY CHARLES, RADICAL SHEIKHS ** AND ALSO: COUNTRY JOE & FISH : Crystal Blues (Here We Go Again) ** JAMES COTTON (Mighty Long Time, cd reissue)**
MY GENERATION, incl. BLUESIDE: THE SHOW
MY GENERATION / BLUESIDE is a four-hour show. Each week, a new 60 minute episode followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend. BLUESIDE: a new 60 minute episode every week, followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.
THE ROLLING STONES: AFTERMATH (LP, April 1966)
‘Aftermath’ (April 1966) is the first Rolling Stones album written entirely by Jagger and Richards and that seems to be the main reason for declaring it a super album. It is not, because it is caught between two styles. One that they would soon abandon, though it had barely come to fruition. And one they still had to develop.
The style that had barely come to fruition and was soon to be abandoned altogether, is a kind of lightweight pop Jagger and Rchards produced when they first tried to write songs together. Not surprisingly, they turned to the obvious, not to say to the cliché: Take It Or Leave It, Lady Jane and even Mother’s Little Helper – which is saved by its lyrics. These song aren’t bad and several artists covered them straight away, thinking the Jagger-Richards stamp would ensure success. But they weren’t good songs either, the proof simply being that the Stones themselves didn’t bother to record many of them. Twice As Much didn’t do too bad with ‘Sittin’ On A Fence’, but Cliff Richard’s take on ‘Blue Turns to Grey’ stalled at no. 15 In the charts (1965), his worst position ever. The Searchers turned ‘Take It Or Leave It’ into, well, a Searchers tune, but had to be content with a no. 31 position in the UK (1965). The exception to the rule is the Aftermath original ‘Lady Jane’. It was covered straight away by one David Garrick – it started his career on the Continent, but failed to enter the UK top 20 again. In the US, The Rolling Stones put out ‘Lady Jane’ as the B-side of ‘Mother’s Little Helper’, but the song hit the top on its very own. By then, Jagger and Rihards had written a string of cliché songs they prefer not to talk about. To their dismay, some ended up on the ‘Metamorphosis’ album, making it a metamorphosis in reverse… Examples of these (best) forgotten songs are ‘ I’d Much Rather Be with the Boys (Toggery Five) and ‘So Much In Love With You’ (The Herd).
The style they yet had to develop is a sort of bluesy song with a touch of country, like ‘Goin’ Home’, and ‘Flight ‘505’ or country as such, like ‘High and Dry’. One is never sure in which direction these songs are going and it takes a first class interpreter like Chris Farlowe to realize the potential of the tune, as he de did with ‘Think’. ‘What to Do’ and ‘I Am Waiting’ seem to be in a category of their own, but not on the side of genius.
Radio 68 plays the entire album because ‘Aftermath’ does mean that from now on Jagger and Richards are in charge of the song-writing, which will greatly enhance their influence in the band. For the first time, there is no cover or imitation of Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry or one of their other R&B heroes. In hindsight, this is the musical point where the blues of Brian Jones is abandoned.
RONNIE LANE & SLIM CHANCE
After The Faces, Ronnie Lange changed his entire life. The London boy wen to live in the country. The Mod and rock star lived in an artists’ commune. He toured with a tent, just like a circus. He wrote quite, thoughtful songs in the folk tradition. And he found himself a band that had nothing to do with his rock past: Slim Chance. Ronnie Lane’s solo career with or without Slim Chance wasn’t a success, but it enlarged who Lane really was: a true artist and a fine song-smith. One critic tried to define him as “British Americana”, but that is nonsense: Ronnie Lane is as English as Ray Davies. Ray was inspired by revue, music hall and the city, Lane by folk of old (including its themes), the countryside and his Cockney upbringing.
Slim Chance continued when Ronnie had to give up and eventually died of MS. Slim Chance is still very much alive today, counting three original members in their ranks: Charlie Hart, Steve Binngham and Steve Simpson. They still bring tunes they played with Lane, like ‘The Poacher’, but have developed a style and a song collection of their own.
The band now also count Geraint Watkins and Jim Russell (drums) in their ranks.
About their new cd: “The band’s latest album, ‘On The Move’, features five originals songs written by the band, three songs of Ronnie’s (including ‘The Poacher’), and three ‘covers’ (including a Leadbelly song and the Balham Alligators’ ‘Hey Hey, Ho Ho). We’ve had a lot of fun making it – in true Slim Chance style – and we think and trust that you’ll like it”.
Read more : buy the record here: http://www.slim-chance.co.uk/
Peter Miles started to play the drums when still at school – in Australia. When he eventually went back to Britain, he quickly connected to the blossoming Brit blues scene. Usually working as a freelancer, he teamed up with Jo Ann Kelly, Dave Kelly, Bob Brunning and Bob Hall, backing visiting American bluesmen or striking out on their own. An in-demand session drummer, he also appeared on numerous albums of that time. One day when I was really early for a gig and with Peter having finished his bit of the sound check, we found ourselves at the bar and started to talk about his life as a drummer. Months later, we we met over lunch and I turned on the recorder.
Part 1 focuses on his work with Jo Ann Kelly and Bob Brunning / Bob Hall ** Part 2 is about Paul Jones, The Blues Band, The Radical Sheikhs and Ray Charles.