My Generation of Sunday 01 May: Paint it, Black * Georgie Fame [Ed’s show 2016-18]
Paint it, Black * Georgie Fame ** Radio 68: All the sounds and all the voices that made the sixties ** Happy To Be Different
SHOWTIME CET (Brussels) Sundays 12:00 noon > 16:00 hrs ** Repeated 16:00 > 20:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs > 24:000 hrs midnight and 24:000 hrs midnight > 04:00 hrs Monday Morning.
SHOWTIME GMT (London) Sundays 11 a.m. > 3 p.m. ** Repeated 3 p.m. > 7 p.m., 7 p.m. 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. > 3 a.m. UK Monday morning.
MY GENERATION & BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLISTS
MY GENERATION (new show)
SPECIAL PAINT IT, BLACK with THE ROLLING STONES, SPENCER DAVIS GROUP, THE SILENCE, THE PRETTY THINGS, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, THE BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE, THE SEEDS, THE RED CRAYOLA (from the Mojo magazine cd)** AND ALSO: HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS ** HONEYBUS ** THE GOLDEN EARRINGS ** FLEETWOOD MAC ** DR. JOHN ** BARRY McGUIRE ** BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & PETE SEEGER SESSIONS BAND ** Voice: MARTIN L. KING: We Shall Overcome **
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (new show)
SPECIAL GEORGIE FAME with GEORGIE FAME (FAME AT LAST, 1964 * SWAN SONGS, 2013), MOSE ALLISON, CACTUS, THE WHO ** AND ALSO: ROD STEWART with RON WOOD ** WEBB WILDER ** SHUGGIE OTIS ** PETE SEEGER ** CLIFF RICHARD: What‘d I say, Live in Japan 1968 **
MY GENERATION (repeated)
SPECIALS: YARDBIRDS LIVE AT THE BBC – KEITH RELF solo (incl. alternate take) and MUNGO JERRY ** AND ALSO: DDBM&T ** THE IVY LEAGUE ** THE FLOWER POT MEN ** THE MINISTRY OF SOUND ** BONNIE DOBSON ** HUGUES AUFRAY ** ERIK VAN MALDER **
MY GENERATION BLUESIDE (repeated)
SPECIALS: ROLAND “A Tune For You” re-released * SPECIAL: MATTHEW FISHER’s Blues ** AND ALSO: CHUCK BERRY ** ROBBAN: solo album by the singer of The Wentus Blues Band ** SLIM CHANCE: two more tracks from recent album ON THE MOVE **
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.
PAINT IT, BLACK
Meaningful and intelligent lyrics were common in folk, blues or jazz – but in popular music clichés and cheap rhymes ware king. The reason is simple: pop music for youngsters was just another form of entertainment. Entertainers are meant to make you feel happy and create artificial worlds that make you forget – if only for an evening or the duration of a radio show – your daily routine, bad luck and utter misery. The first singles by The Beatles were no exception: Love me do, you know I love you, I’ll always be true… The Rolling Stones were among the first to pen songs with lyrics about all aspects of life: not just the bad sides, rather the the censored, hidden and not-fit-for-young-ears ones. In 1965, they summarized the frustration of an entire new generation with consumer society in a simple pop song: ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’. Of course, there was Dylan and Donovan, but they belonged to the folk tradition and folk music is exactly music by, for and about the people, not about candles in the rain. Jagger and Richards continued with ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ and, of course ’Paint It, Black’. For the mid-sixties bathing in luxury and consumerism, these were dark, offensive and almost unbearable lyrics. Not only were these lyrics about something; the frustration, angst and revolt of that generation was given it’s own sound and beat: the droning fuzz of ‘Satisfaction’, the sitar of ‘Paint it, Black’ and, in all cases, a serious beat and pounding rhythm.
ABOUT the LP “FAME AT LAST”: “Following on from the blazing live set that was his debut, Fame’s first studio album is one of those discs to which only one appellation can truly be applied — it’s dangerous. A blistering romp through Fame and his Blue Flames’ repertoire of the day, fast and loose and driving, it captures one of Britain’s best-ever R&B troupes stepping so far beyond the customary precepts of the Beat Boom that, if you were to come to this record without knowing who it was, there’s no way you’d ever guess a bunch of (predominantly) Londoners were responsible. To pull out any highlights is to indicate that there are any corresponding low-lights — there aren’t. (Dave Thompson, www.allmusic.com)
Check out the wonderful 5 cd box: The Whole World Shaking: reissue of is first four LPs with tons of extras and a fifth disc with demos and rarities:
STILL GOING STRONG: The Yardbirds, Roland, Mungo Jerry, Bonnie Dobson
ROLAND: Starman Records has re-released Roland’s early albums “A Tune For You” and “One Step At A Time” on vinyl, with eight bonus tracks in all. Check: www.starmanrecords.com Thanks to Felix! We play four bonus tracks: three songs and the interview.
BONNIE DOBSON: the composer of “Morning Dew” has turned 75 and is performing again. She also released a new album with new songs in 2013, “Bonnie Dobson and Her Boys”. A splendid album on Hornbeam Records www.hornbeamrecordings.com . Thanks to Bonnie, Liz and Les.
MUNGO JERRY aka RAY DORSET played a wonderful gig at The Spirit of 66. Read my review here: http://www.keysandchords.com/mungo-jerry-bull-9-april-2016-bull-the-spirit-of-66-verviers.html. He also has a new album out: Rewind. The second cd features all new songs and we play a few in this show.
THE YARDBIRDS: only one original Yardbird is still active in the band: drummer, singer, composer Jim McCarty. Anyway, they’re still touring did a great gig at Under the Bridge (London) on 15 April. Also, heir LP “Roger the Engineer” has been re-released as a doouble cd to coincide with its 50th anniversiary, so to speak. The new release features the mono and stereo version of the LP, some bonus tracks, plus five Keith Relf solo tracks: the A and B sides of his two singles and an alternate take of ‘Shapes in My Minds ‘A-side of the second single).
MATTHEW FISHER’s BLUES
Our Savage Branch of this show is none other than MATTHEW FISHER, him of the mighty organ! After stints with Bill Fury and Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, Matthew Fisher joined Screaming Lord Sutch’s Savages in 1967. That same year, Gary Brooker asked him to join his new band, Procol Harum. Fisher played on their first three albums, then left and returned on various occasions, while developing a solo career, AND, surprise, surprise, recording an album with R&B rockers The Downliners Sect in 1993! Fisher also on the albums by Screaming Lord Sutch.
Now, you may think that a prog band with a classically-trained keyboard player has no connection with R&B, but they did write and record some blues tunes and would play lengthy versions of them on stage. So here’s one-time Savage Matthew Fisher
First, with The Downliners Sect on 3 songs: Glendora, Baby What’s Wrong and Strange Locomotion. Next, with Procol Harum, live in the USA in 1969, a long and heavy version of Going Down Slow, followed by tracks from their early albums “Shine On Brightly” and “Salty Dog”, plus the single track “In the Wee Small Hours”. (This is a repeat of episode of The Savage Branch, the special of my show The Savage Tree, Wednesdays at 21:00 hrs CET / 8 p.m. UK time on Radio Sutch www.radiosutch.net