Saturday, March 17, 2007

Hooray, it's Saturday

Hi people, and happy Saturday to you, and happy St. Patrick's Day, if you celebrate it, too! The Vinyl Villain has posted some good stuff by Irish acts.

I meanwhile have spent Saturday very agreeably, not doing anything connected with work, but instead working on the wedding list, record shopping and going to see Hot Fuzz. Completely over the top, ridiculous, silly...and all the better for it. I was told by my better three-quarters when we left the cinema that she hadn't seen me looking so happy in ages.

The record shopping brought much pleasure (shopping in Avalanche in Edinburgh usually does) including The Scars' re-issued 'Author! Author'. If you have never heard The Scars before, they were a legendary Edinburgh post-punk band, around the same time as The Fire Engines, Josef K, the Prats and The Associates. Their MySpace is here and a website is here. One track, 'Your attention Please' is earily reminiscent of the 1980s film Threads about a Nuclear Bomb being dropped on Sheffield. (Scripted by Barry Hines who was responsible for Kes, you have to see it. It may be dated, but the shock value is still there). I had been made aware of this Scars release by Manic Pop Thrills who has also been very complimentary about me today on his blog.

As I type, the soundtrack is provided by another 'friend' on Myspace, Kevin Rowland and Dexys. The demo of a track called It's OK Johanna must be heard, if you haven't already. I seem to have been a real late comer to Dexys (other than 'that' song), but once you have heard it, it's definitely up there with the best stuff from his career, which can be heard by buying this album here.

Have a nice weekend

xx

2 comments:

JC said...

Ed

Glad to hear you're on the mend.

If only Kevin hadn't worn that dress when making his comeback on Creation Records, then he would probably have enjoyed a fair bit of success in recent years. Thanks for the track.

Ed said...

Well, still signed off work, JC! But yeah, slowly on the mend.

I think you are right about that dress. Rowland is a maverick, but he seemed to shoot himself in the foot with that. It took a long time for people to re-evaluate Don;t Stand Me Down; so who knows...but perhaps not, in this case. Perhaps sometimes there are downsides to artists having the final say?!