Saturday, December 26, 2009

Avoiding a thread-jack - Steenbeck asked for a new topic!


As ejay said the other day; what Steenbeck wants, Steenbeck gets. A random word for a new topic seeing as the mothership seems to be undergoing her annual service. This photo of a certain "Padre Jony" brought the word "Vocation" to mind. So there it is folks. Songs about vocations. Shane's definition (see comments on Magicman's post below) will take some beating!

Collabo playlist available.

Update: Tin has opened a DB folder for the topic. Game on!

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Makinavaja said...

Noms so far:

Born to be wild -. Steppenwolf (TatankaYotanka)
Born to Run - The Boss(Maki)
I was made to love her - Stevie Wonder(Maki)
Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker (Steenbeck)

severin said...

Well, it's Monty Python's Lumberjack Song innit?

That or "She Was Born To Be My Unicorn" by Tyrannosaurus Rex. A difficult vocation but a valid one nonetheless.

steenbeck said...

I'm such a brat!

Makinavaja said...

No you're not Steen! What would we do without you?

Cosmic Dancer - T Rex

saneshane said...

you so are steen.. as Jesus and mary chain pointed out in 'Birthday' if you are a bad muthaf*cker santa will still 'spill you presents..(they may not have been so specific)


David Ivar Herman Düne 'My Brand New Bike'
it's kind of about writing comic books - (for vocation... but great for new beginnings too)

steenbeck said...

Hee hee, Shane.

Blimpy said...

Um, "Holiday" by Madonna.....

steenbeck said...

Help, All I can think of at the moment is

I was born to love her and I'll never be free, she'll always be a part of me.

Remember this?...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtPKa7MXLfA

an old guilty pleasure. But i just discovered that Burt Bacharach wrote the song. WHO KNEW?!?!?

steenbeck said...

woah woah woah...who knew there were other versions

Lou Johnson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X9hWUPZhI0

Sandie Shaw...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsB-_le-VEg&feature=related

David tells me she's a Smith's cover star. He's thinking Rank, maybe

steenbeck said...

No she wasn't a cover star, but this song inspired a SMiths song...

http://open.spotify.com/track/3qZ7ESAWXZZPNYnMgA6Hmp

and later she did a version of a Smiths song...

http://open.spotify.com/track/4pcWIjDaC9BjqkxBfmDwyl

I'm so totally going to bed now, OMG!!

But first...!

here's a cleaner version of There's always something there to remind me. I like the horns. Are those horns?

http://open.spotify.com/track/0EE5cpDiuxuod7z7SaKxHg

Okay, I'm done now.

steenbeck said...

But wait, there's more...

http://open.spotify.com/track/003qIgHfaNfXquGgyF9FOn

Okay, really really done now.

steenbeck said...

Hey!! The Rank cover star is Alexandra Bastedo. Guess who that is? It's only Sourpus' perfect woman!!

The world is all connected!

nilpferd said...

The Gordons- Coalminers song.

All that time spent down t' pit, you've got nothing else to do besides compose monstrously great riffs.
And drill coal, of course.

FP said...

Donds for Steenbeck and Maki's new theme! Stuck in Freedom Road about a long distance truck driver who really loves his job....

sonofwebcore said...

Morning all,

SHAOLIN TEMPLE - Barrington Levy.

How do I access the Collabo?

sonofwebcore said...

It's okay I've found it now.

Chris said...

Good morning people - and especially to a rare prescence: sowc.

Made it to the 27th without major trauma so I'm quite pleased. We may have played football in no man's land at some point...

Anyhow, on seeing what I initially thought was a photo of a young Jerry Garcia, I couldn't resist adding the GeeDees' Playin In The Band to your list, Maki, in which they explain their own sense of vocation. It's an early, short version; plenty of other, much longer, versions on Spotty.

Makinavaja said...

Thanks everyone! Instadonds to GD's playing in the band, Chris. I'll be back with my obligatory Spanish nom a little later...

Webcore - really pleased to see you here!

tincanman said...

There's a DB folder for vocation songs now. In it I've put - and yes folks, this sho nuff IS a nom: Fred Eaglesmith - Cumberland County. He's a bored snowplow driver. Great song!

lambretinha said...

Hi all.

I'm late with my Festive 'Spill listening (late as in.. not even started!. Same with the new Ounsworth, steen -glad you like it, though!-) But a new topic is a new topic is a new topic, so...

Kid Harpoon - Milkmaid. (About a milkmaid who wants to become an actress)
The Decemberists - I Was Meant For the Stage. Ditto (well, not quite, he's not a milkmaid, but you know what I mean...)
The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues

Ta, Maki!

Chris said...

There's now a longer version of PITB in tin's box, from a blazing hot day in Veneta, Oregon, 1972. (To be played as loud as possible.)

steenbeck said...

Good call on I Was Meant for the Stage.

I thought of Love, by Mos Def, about how he had to become a hip hopper. I'm sure there are more like that...

Makinavaja said...

Didn't I read somewhere that DsD wanted to try his hand at writing the A list column sometime? Well, if he'd like to set a deadline - it's all his!

tincanman said...

Are we following same rules about Zedded songs etc?

Makinavaja said...

Seeing as this is just a bit of festive fun I think we can relax that rule - what do others think?

bishbosh said...

Afternoon all!

A whole new game via the 'Spill?! How enterprising. How about Radiohead from before they got artsy and "Anyone can play guitar"?

And if the world does turn, and if London burns
I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar...

Shoey said...

Greetings from North Carolina where my annual mission to drink all my Uncle's scotch continues.

Ian Dury - What a Waste
Elbow - The Lonliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Fever Ray - When I Grow Up
Skids - Working for the Yankee Dollar
Hot Chip - Wrestlers
Nick Cave - The Singer

Makinavaja said...

Andrés Calamaro - El Cantante

tincanman said...

Elkie Brooks - Pearl's a Singer. Fine, fine song.
Harry Chapin - Taxi. Clumsy drivel.
Triffids - Farmers Never Visit Nightclubs. Now that's more like it.
Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley. On the night shift.
Big Bill Broonzy - Banker's Blues. Is that a tear I see in your eye?
Guy Clark - Funny Bone. Rodeo clown falls in love. Good song, unhappy end...oh, I won't spoil it.
Over the Rhine - if a song could be president. Once Barak's done with it, of course.
Neil Young - A Man Needs A Maid. I'm not touching that one.
Doc Watson Family - The House Carpenter. Another brick in the ...

Makinavaja said...

Tin's going for a clean sweep on the unofficial festive A list, folks!

steenbeck said...

Well I can't be bothered to read all the comments, and this whole thing is a massive waste of time, but if nobody has said John Henry you're all big...

I have versions by Furry Lewis, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen.

tincanman said...

Keep that tongue in cheek too long Steen and it'll get stuck there.

DsD-strngth forehead slapper:
Weathergirls - It's Raining Men. Not a song about a vocation, it's one better - using a song in their vocation!

And surely this is finally the time for a certain swift deliverer of milk?

Makinavaja said...

Well, I've got one by Lonnie Donegan, so there!

tincanman said...

oh oh oh - how stupid of me!!!!!!!!
Message to the Messengers. It's been a couple weeks!

lambretinha said...

Shurely shome mishtake, but this late in the blog, and I can't believe nobody has mentioned.... um, what was I sayin'?

Oh, yeah, right!

Little Feat - Willin'. Vocations don't know about laws, do they?

Donds for Pearl's a Singer

tincanman said...

See that's why I hate all hiphop. I even have a black(ish) friend, too.

Makinavaja said...

Nice to see the RR spirit is making its way over here! Any more of this and Blimpy'll close us down!

Nico Wayne Toussaint - Southern Winds (Tells story of how he set up his first band with his dad!)

Shoey said...

Half Man Half Biscuit - Driver of a Train.

& if you think your's is better, it's not because you're not Beethoven. So there.

lambretinha said...

As far as vocations go, this is sort of weird, but...

Van Morrison - Cleaning Windows

On the street all day, a french bakery, lots of music... nope, it doesn't sound that bad to me either

steenbeck said...

And if you don't nominate a song by Beethoven, even if it doesn't really fit, you're an uncultured boor.

Mr. Steenbeck thought of Stand and Deliver, Adam Ant...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPgHbt0ODr4

tincanman said...

I'm a lineman for the county...
Glen Campbell or Jimmy Webb - Wichita Lineman.

But my songs never get picked because Rob/Paul/Maddy doesn't like me.

Beethoven said...

I can't hear a thing.

tincanman said...

Flaming Lips - Mr. Ambulance Driver
Now I'm going on a bike ride to Northern Ireland to buy a fish to cook for tea.

steenbeck said...

HA HA HA! I just put 50 versions of John Henry into the vocations list. Who knew there were so many? And blues, country, bluegrass. Anyway, I put Snooks Eaglin, and Odetta, and this great field recording from 1935. I've gotta get me some snooks Eaglin.

I also put CW McCall's Convoy in the list.

Tom Waits Diamonds on My Windshield is also a good song about the joys of driving a truck.

sonofwebcore said...

Just . . . .Shut Up!

steenbeck said...

Jack of My Trade - Sir Lord Comic.

also possibly by him The Great Wuga Wuga, because I think it must be a calling to be the great wuga wuga.

sonofwebcore said...

Oops, not you Steenbeck. I was playing at trolling. Learnt my lesson!

Makinavaja said...

WEBCORE _ I was about to moderate Tin's post but I think you've done a better job!

sonofwebcore said...

The Decemberists - Engine Driver.

Dustman donds (If I knew what they were.)

Beethoven said...

Da, da, da, ping.

Any good?

Makinavaja said...

Webcore - Barrington Levy Donds!

Makinavaja said...

@Beethoven - Must try harder!

tincanman said...

Obviously we need some Brazilian hip hop. How about Rio de Janitero?

Beethoven said...

Da, da, da, tinkle?

notTatanka said...

so the beet goes on

sonofwebcore said...

Johnny & The Moondogs - Lovely Rita

steenbeck said...

It's gotta be

Sly and the Family Stone - Poet.

or how about

Shoplifters of the World - The Smiths or, maybe even better, Sweet and TEnder Hooligan

tincanman said...

Busdriver - Unemployed Black Astronaut
Not everyone gets to pursue the vocation of their dreams.

Makinavaja said...

@Beethoven - now that's got more of a ring to it!

tincanman said...

Poet is one of those things that really stick out on a resume, isn't it?

1979-1981 - Gas Bar Clerk, Texaco
1981-1988 - Shelf stocker, Tesco
1988-1991 - Nursery school Assistant
1991-1994 - POET
1994-1997 - Telephone marketing
1997-present - Cosmonaut

steenbeck said...

The Creator - Pete Rock and CL Smooth. It's absolutely the best song for the subject and you don't need to think about any other. Um, unless you don't really like it, then you could consider Santo Gold's The Creator.

Really though, I wish Pete Rock's was in spotify cause it's so good.

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ShivSidecar said...

Oh, I know this game.

The Soft Boys: "I Wanna Be An Anglepoise Lamp"

Nick Lowe: "Born A Woman" (bit more upp-y than Sandy Posey's original)

Robert Wyatt: "Born Again Cretin"

The Kinks: "David Watts"

The Stone Roses: "I Want To Be Adored"

Manfred Mann Chapter III: "Happy Being Me" (...willing to bet that I.Dury heard this before writing "What A Waste")

The Byrds: "All I Really Want To Do"/"Wasn't Born To Follow"/"So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star?" - what an aspirational bunch. Who knew? [Hygh flyers. - Ed.]

Buffy Ste-Marie: "She Used To Wanna Be A Ballerina"

The Hollies: "Gasoline Alley Bred"

The Stooges: "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

Saint Etienne: "I Was Born On Christmas Day"

Hope this finds you all as it leaves me (eg. with ice on your boots...). Be seeing you next year.

sonofwebcore said...

THE SMITHS - VICAR IN A TUTU.

TOM WAITS - Jockey Full Of Bourbon.

Graudian Tek said...

Hi
Just a quick note to let you know this thread will stay open until it closes. We really have no idea when that will be, but are ready with a list of other people to blamne when it does.

Makinavaja said...

Shooting Star - Bad Company

sonofwebcore said...

BLIMPY . . .?

Shoey said...

Hold Steady - Slapped Actress
Fall - Container Drivers
Stump - Bit Part Actor
David Byrne - Astronaut
Kraftwerk - The Model
Morrissey - Hairdresser On Fire
Clash - Bankrobber

gremlinfc said...

here i come with my post-Xmas trail...hope you're all not too bloated (more than usual maybe) with the festive over-eating- may I throw into the mix:
* AIR -"Universal Traveller" - something we'd probably all like to be.
*APHEX TWIn - "Windowlicker"...
*BIRTHDAY PARTY -"Zoo Music Girl" - always wondered exactly what one is but it sounds really ace...
* BUSDRIVER -"Unemployed Black Astronaut"

Makinavaja said...

¡Hola Gremlin! ¡Qué bueno verte por aquí! Hear Hear for Air.

Shoey said...

Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves
Stranglers - Non-stop Nun
Fall - Hip Priest

Makinavaja said...

Shoey - Non-Stop Nun Donds
How about Tramp from the same album?

gordonimmel said...

Bah!

If I hadn't been forced by frauimmel to go driving round and round a completely packed Retail Park car park for half the afternoon, I might have seen this earlier and beat tinny to:-

'Ernie (The fastest Milkman In The west)'

Since WE'RE making the rules this week, I declare that one to be in the A-List......only chance it'll ever have!

But I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT Shiv missed this one, knowing his taste in music:-

'Song Of A Baker' - Small Faces

There's wheat in the field
And water in the stream
And salt in the mine
And an aching in me

I can longer stand and wonder
Cos I'm driven by this hunger

So I'll jug some water, bake some flour
Store some salt and wait the hour

When thinking of love
Love is thinking for me
And the baker will come
And the baker I'll be'


More than a third of the lyrics there, Grauniad Moderators, so, 'Whatcha Gonna Do about It?

Makinavaja said...

Sailing to Philadelphia _ Mark Knopfler and James Taylor (about a couple of English lads called Mason and Dixon growing up to be surveyors - wonder if they ever did anything of note...)

gremlinfc said...

¡Gracias amigo mio! -navidad fue divertida y hoy en casa aqui esta muy tranquilo ; el niño juega al playstation con sus amigos de universidad y la niña va mas tarde en casa con su novio (they've got their own place)- Señora gremlinfc se fue a dormir para unas horas porque hay una fiesta a las 9...
¿y tu?
* HONG KONG PHOOEY - I still want to be that character...
* EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN -"Halber Mensch" - not desirable but apt for some people...
* FLUX of PINK INDIANS - "Youthful Immortal"
* WOLFE TONES -"Merry Ploughboy"
best of all though cos of the lovely choon:
* SUZANNE VEGA -"Gypsy"....

gremlinfc said...

* STRANGLERS -"Duchess"
* SPACE -"Disco Dolly"
* NINA HAGEN -"Smack Jack"
You're spared some of these brilliant numbers as mrsgremlinfc has once again KINDLY "disabled" DrobKickBox & I can't remember what to do to get it going again...
* MUSE -"Assassin"...now there's a promising line of work...

Makinavaja said...

Gremlin: las navidades muy tranquilas también. Como no trabajamos hasta ¡el día 4! pues aprovechamos para comer, beber, echar la siesta cuando nos entran ganas y, sobre todo, descansar. Yeah, a good quiet, family Xmas which is just what the doctor ordered (quite literally, I'm afraid, in Mrs Maki's case).

steenbeck said...

Lee Perry. - the upsetter

sonofwebcore said...

HORACE ANDY - Mr. Scientist.

BURNING SPEAR - African Teacher.

All my life I've absolutely hated records with kids on them (cos kids can't sing), with one exception, XTC's Dear God. However, if the kid has written the song, the kid sets themself up for the same level of criticism I would hand out to Bob Dylan, Randy Newman or, ooh, I dunno, Tiny Tim. I heartily recommend the album '58 Really Short Songs With Lyrics By 3 To 5 Year Old Children'. Talk about valid pop music!!
NINNY COW TEA - Diver With A Net.

Hang on, God's a vocation . . .

XTC - Dear God.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - The Witch Doctor Life.

gremlinfc said...

lo siento oir que la señoramaki esta enferma - ¿como es ahora? No trabajo hasta el 4 de enero...¡que suerte!
* RICK JAMES -"Superfreak" - i'll go for that...

gremlinfc said...

Sonicbrewfoe!
How are you ?
Had a good time?
Went out on the bike today for first time since "the snow" - gritters crap up here though...

Makinavaja said...

Mucho mejor GFC, gracias. We get test reults tomorrow. An op looks to be on the cards but it's apparently a "keyhole surgery" thing so she's not too worried. She's actually been feeling a lot better since the bout of jaundice that was brought on by the gall bladder probslems.

Hey this is just like RR - I'm so off topic now Beethoven's hounds should be ripping me to shreds!!

gremlinfc said...

Maybe we should open a surgery or advice column for ailments and concerns...isn't this the time of the year to get off topic tra la la la la la la la la...

sonofwebcore said...

GRIMLINGFEC - here's one you missed . . . beforesnow co

Been out on bike, too. Main roads ok. You gave me an idea for a song . . . Frozen Beach.

lambretinha said...

Good to see I'm not alone in my confessed prejudice against records with kids. In fact, it goes to the point I much prefer Sarah McLachlan's take on "Dear God" to XTC's (so help me God) on that basis alone.
It made me think of the one record with kids I actually like, though:

The Clash - Career Opportunities.

(Zedded for Social Class week, but not sure that's relevant here)

Hi there, Gremlin. And happy holidays.

bishbosh said...

Leonard Cohen - Tower of Song
Bonnie Prince Billy - I am a cinematographer
Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
Er, Cilla Black - He was a writer

Time for Corb Lund's "I wanna be in the cavalry", Tinny?

Sorry to hear Mrs Maki's been poorly. Fingers crossed for tomorrow's results.

bishbosh said...

Leonard Cohen - Tower of Song
Bonnie Prince Billy - I am a cinematographer
Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
Er, Cilla Black - He was a writer

Time for Corb Lund's "I wanna be in the cavalry", Tinny?

Sorry to hear Mrs Maki's been poorly. Fingers crossed for tomorrow's results.

bishbosh said...

Oh Christ, it really is like the mothership! Why on earth did that publish twice?

Makinavaja said...

Thanks bishbosh. I'll dond your Cilla Black just for that...

gremlinfc said...

Hi there Lambretinha - hope you have had a glorious time!
Sonic- That's a really good one that not only fits (I sneaked ina an "i" for t'last 1) but is sooooo on topic! My own favourite for me was 'girlmen' - but can't remember who got that?
Am looking for gaps to get yon bike over to Merseyside for early 2010...

steenbeck said...

What's the song from in rainbows with a chorus of children? I like thatone.

How bout

I don't wanna work I just wanna bang on my drum all day

gremlinfc said...

Steen: do you mean the Radiohead thing?

Makinavaja said...

Time to get Quique on the A List!

Los Auténticos Decadentes - La Guitarra

I'm gonna be a rock star and play my guitar all day, get rich, and get all the pretty girls but, until I do, dad, I'm gonna stay at home and drink all your beer.

gremlinfc said...

Presume it is and think it's called "15 Step"...Mr.Maki si si je suis un rockstar , in case you weren't aware...

steenbeck said...

I think that's the one. I'm at work so I'm really not supposed to be doing this.

Makinavaja said...

Bill Wyman! Hear! Hear! GFC

Makinavaja said...

Webcore - loved that NINNY COW TEA thing! Pure. Oh, and XTC donds, too.

gremlinfc said...

Steen - you are a very naughty girl.
Gracias Mr.Maki - I am just listening to "European Female" by the stranglers which is not really right for me(!) but still love its smoothness - think there was a black panther in the original video- any1 out there a 'european female'?

Makinavaja said...

There was it kept morphing into a european female or vice versa - don't remember. Mrs Maki is one damn fine European female as I've no doubt Mrs GFC is too!

gremlinfc said...

Sure thing!
As the Verve sang "I'm a lucky man..."

gremlinfc said...

Ooh I just got a century too - raises his bat to the Members Enclosure and takes sweaty helmet off in salute...

tincanman said...

@ bishbosh
Or Corb's Horse Doctor, Come Quick.
Lonesome rancher (vocation 1) calls vet (vocation 2) for some horsie pills for himself (junkie = vocation 3)

sonofwebcore said...

GRIMLEN - 'Girlmen' belongs to MAGICMAN . . .

MAKI - Thanks for donds. 58 Really Short Songs is special.

BISHBOSH - you reminded me . . .

PAPERBACK WRITER.

gremlinfc said...

Partytime beckons , which means formal wear tonight - dontcha just love getting a suit on now and again? As mrsGFC says "getting poshed up" and it's nice when you scrub up - maybe that's one to do -pictures of Spillers in their glam stuff..
* SCRATCH PERRY - "(Kiss the) Champion" - which means massive "Hear hear" to Steenbeck for the "Upsetter"...the man really was bonkers...

Makinavaja said...

I've just been kicked out of the kitchen - Mrs Maki's making croquetas. Yummy!!

sonofwebcore said...

MAKINAVAJA - you jammy get!

I'm drinking a tot of Demerara to MrsMaki's health right now.

gremlinfc said...

¡Que aproveche!
We are just wondering whether grub is laid on at this do - doesn't say on invite so there's a dilemma...May have to have a nibble before venturing out, ooerr ...
Thought it was Sonic - you've got a blooming good memory!

Makinavaja said...

Good health Webcore! And thanks.

Fairport Convention - Mr Lacey

Gremlin - have a nibble, go on you know you want to!

gremlinfc said...

Ein guter Ratschlag Mr.Maki - but one nibble leads to another and before you know it...bloater.
Tell mrs.Maki not to overdo it!

gremlinfc said...

Afore I go @bishbosh - I was pleased you recognised one of my choons from the Festive Top 3 Spills - it was a very interesting and entertaining hundred or so songs.

bishbosh said...

@gremlinfc: Yes, a great, great set of choons (love your Royksopp selection!). I'm still working my way through them all, but already have loads of artists I now 'need' to check out further: Frida Hyvonen, Soulsavers, Taken By Trees, Withered Hand...

@sowc: Slightly better track than Cilla's there, I must confess.

@tin: With justifications like that, it's only a matter of time before you get Corb onto the A list - I can feel it in me waters...

saneshane said...

'A Normal Suburban Lifestyle Is A Near Impossibility Once You've Fallen In Love With An International Spy' by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

I didn't get it in: suburbia/ surveillance/ love / etc etc etc but it's the best song title ever so I demand that it get in!

Makinavaja said...

It's on spotify so it's in the playlist, Shane.

Japanther said...

aha...i get to to do my usual RR trick of popping in to nominate one pretty-on-topic-but-not-astoundingy-so-or-particularly-impressive track and then buggering off again! So, without further ado:

Mudhoney - Hate The Police

...that'll do me for this topic methinks!

Blimpy said...

"Do You Know Your Butcher?" - Prinzhorn Dance School

severin said...

Aah vocations vocations...... people who were just, just, just "born to run", "born to lose", "born to be wild/bad", "born to be alive" (stunning lack of ambition there), born to go "ecky ecky ecky".I think I'll go for one where he claims to know her vocation.

Thus: "You Were Made For Me" - Freddy and the Dreamers. Sexist pig but I do love the way he flicks his legs about.... innit?

Fintan28 said...

Returned from the holiday & found RR sealed tight as a drum. I suspect falkenberg. Anyway poked about & found this. You're all daft ya know & my hats off to ya.

Anyway a self imposed topic. I'll have a go.
How about the Fabs as follows.

Paperback Writer
Taxman
Dr. Robert
Penny Lane (Loaded with vocations)
Her Majest (hard gig to land)
Yellow Submarine (HMS)
& 1 borrowed
Please, Mr Postman

Donds to Lovely Rita
Major Donds to Shooey for The Clash - Bankrobber & Lambretinha for Van Morrison - Cleaning Windows

ShivSidecar said...

Television Personalities: "We Will Be Your Gurus" - as I recall, line-up was DL, MC, RF & PM.

Maddy's still a member of this blog, no? She could be a Guest Guru to select the Top 10...

Donds to [fill in your noms here - all great, all sound]

sonofwebcore said...

How about this folks. Was wandering around newspaper sites, just looking for something to read, and I found a Daily (Sunday) Mail story about Ivana Trump. So I registered with them (about 3 hours ago) asking why would anyone in the UK be interested in anything about her. My post hasn't been approved yet.

Secondly, on my wanderings I found a Sunday Mirror story about Jordan and the Aussie ex-husband whose name eludes me. I registered and told them that my Nanna used to take the Mirror. It was great, campaigning and dedicated to raising the consciousness of the working class. What happened? It's down to Sun and Star level.
Unfortunately they moderated me before it was posted.
Good old Guardian, eh?

Makinavaja said...

As the (proud) son of a retired journalist (he gets three pages to himself in Harold Evans' new autobiography, which I got for Xmas), I know how you fell Webcore. Not much good journalism left.

tincanman said...

I read in the Telegraph (yesterday when there was no Guardian - and it is a well written paper) that 34,000 wild mustang horses live in captivity on a reservation in the southwestern U.S. Tens and tens of thousand more roam free.
I couldn't help wondering if the ones on the res have higher rates of drug abuse, suicide, crime, etc. Is admitting you have a problem the first canter for a horse alcoholic? I'm guessing denial is the biggest hurdle for a horse, too. So easy to say neigh.

sonofwebcore said...

Folks, I'm retiring now, but I went back to The Mail and The Mirror and asked the same plain questions and made the same plain statements without adjectives nor adverbs. They're both acting as if I don't exist. All hail The Guardian.

DarceysDad said...

:o)

What an ace thread! Well done, lads & lasses, you've given me even more laughs reading this than I got watching me mam trying to beat up Jess on some fighting game on Jess' new Wii.

Particular guffaws were caused by sowc's failed attempt at trolling; gordonimmel's defiant lyric-quoting; multiple snook-cocking foreign-language quotes; and the general air of last-day-of-term anarchic release.

It's true I would love the opportunity to pull on the No.12 shirt for FC RR just once, but if you think I'm going to use this joyful shambles as my trial/try-out, I'm afraid you've got another thing coming!!!

Donds to "All hail The Guardian", but megadonds for you lot, and my toast response is a mighty "All hail The 'Spill".

Goodnight all.

sonofwebcore said...

Morning all, it's foggy out. I live on a hill, and fog, being heavier than air, falls towards the river, where it must be quite thick. As I write, I'm listening to the foghorns, low and mournful. Why do they always sound so sad? Is it the sense of imminent and stately departure, or is it an ancient dread dredged up from the collective unconscious, as we search our pockets for a coin for Charon?
When I was a child the river heaved with traffic, and the funereal foghorn was a much more common sound than it is today. Oh, there are two of them out there now! It's almost like New Year's Eve when we'd go outside at midnight to hear every ship on the river let rip!
During the teenage winter I worked on the Mersey Ferries I learned that each landing stage has four bells, one of which must be rung in foggy weather to guide the ferry towards whichever end of the stage was best for them to approach. Each bell had a different sound, and it was part of the job to be completely familiar with them. They'll be ringing now, atonal metallic clanks designed for aural distinction, unharmonious, yet somehow threnodic.

Well, I was due one, wasn't I? Just keeping it real . . .

Japanther said...

mornin' sowc,! as you get up i'm just finishing work before a nice 5 whole days off for New Year..ahh....
that's a beautiful description of the dour foghorn sound. I grew up by the sea, but the edge of the town furthest from the sea...you could still hear the mournful tones clearly across the morning air though...

gremlinfc said...

Footie-packed day , bright + sunny, got party of 10 coming for tea (afternoon meal here)so great way to kick off with a SOWC tale! You tell them so evocatively - it's a pleasure to read them (and even better to hear them -accent 'n all). Post festive greetings to Japanther and hope you had gr8 time.
Got reports to write before the throng descends so will be in and out - off on bike to town centre in bit though...

steenbeck said...

Moonshiner!!

Bob Dylan or Cat Power or, for me, Uncle Tupelo.

Welcome to the 'Spill, Fintan. Are you Our Friend in Nevada?

treefrogdemon said...

Michael Marra: The Guernsey Kitchen Porter

Phew...

Fintan28 said...

@Steenbeck Aye it's the silver state for me.
& two for the road before I go to work

Beautician Blues - B.B. King

Love Man - Otis Redding ( this vocation only available in certain localities)

magicman said...

was the festive spill about your top three songs of 2009 ? Am I here ?
Sorry I'm late, er, I was just late.
Nice to see you again Girlmen

steenbeck said...

"real" American or expat, Fintan? (You can tell me to stop being so nosy, 'Spillers have to do it all the time.)

Japanther said...

does "Have Love Will Travel" fit the theme?

There are a load of great versions, The Sonics is my favourite followed by Thee Headcoatees and The Black Keys (in that order!)

Makinavaja said...

WEBCORE _ loved the foghorns. I grew up near the Tees estuary and it brought back memories. Don't get to hear many in Madrid.
Also remember seeing the ships queuing up all the way to the horizon to enter TeesPort! Doubt it's that busy these days, more's the pity...

sonofwebcore said...

Good evening folks.
Glad a few of you enjoyed my foggy thoughts (Japanther, Gremlin, Maki). Was sipping coffee in bed with laptop where it should be, heating on, windows open; telling it like it is.

Hey up . . .

THE WAILERS - African Herbsman. (who knew that this stunner was written by Richie Havens!?!!??)

BARRINGTON LEVY - Bounty Hunter.

sonofwebcore said...

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE - Starwalker.
The lyrics mention many important Native American vocations.

sonofwebcore said...

It was so tempting to post Donovan's hit version, cos it was so good. But the passion of the writer's version won me over . . .

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE - Universal Soldier.

tincanman said...

Is being a baseball player a vocation?
If so, I'd be allowed to pitch - he he - a song from Todd Snider's excellent 2009 album, Excitement Plan (welcome back to the majors, Todd - major label that is; his career's been up and down between the majors and the minors).
In this song, America's Favorite Pasttime, a pitcher throws a no-hitter while high on LSD.
Yet more talent from Portland, Oregon.

lambretinha said...

Oh, sports, you say?

Warren Zevon - Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song). About a kid from Saskatchewan who wanted to be a Hockey star. Eventually, he becomes one, but not exactly the way he planned (see title)

Makinavaja said...

One for Webcore (and any other lovers of the Sport of Kings who also enjoy my Spanish Language noms)...

Carlos Gardel - Leguisamo Solo

A celebration of a man with a vocation- the legendary Irineo Leguisamo a Uruguayan jockey who rode competitively (principally in Argentina) for -get this - 57 years! His first race was in 1916 at the age of thirteen and he rode Fortimbras to victory in his last race at The Maroñas Racetrack in 1974.

There is a popular after dinner liqueur in Argentina named after him. So, now you know, round that neal off with a glass of Legui.

gremlinfc said...

MAX BOYCE -"Pontypool Front Row" :
"theres a programme on the tele, i watch it when i can,
the story of an astronaut, the first bionic man,
he cost six million dollars
that's a lot of bread i know,
but we can offer more for The Pontypool Front Row..."- big bruisers these geezers , no messing...but footie-wise it's Mr. Robertson , B.A. as he puts it:
"Some of us have talent, some of us just haven't
Some are super sensitive like Mr Spock
Chose my vocation, … application
I'm an overnight sensation, The King of rock
Available for parties, Bar Mitzvahs and charities
Do another session, I'll be carried off
I have my creativity, thank God, my sensitivity
You know I really love my art
(We think you are a boring …)
Knocked it off, you know I knocked it off
While I was sitting in the corner with my tracksuit off
I was hopin' I'd be playin'
But I never thought I'd be winnin' the game
You knocked it off. Yeah, I knocked it off
While I was standing on the goalline when the ball got crossed
I thought I'd have a go and shoot it
But I never thought I'd put it away..." GET IN B.A.!

gremlinfc said...

Jugadors,
Seguidors
Tots units fem força
Són molts anys plens d'afanys,
Són molts gols que hem critdat,
I s'ha demostrat, s'ha demostrat,
Que mai ningú no ens podrà tòrcer.
Blaugrana al vent,
Un crit valent,
Tenim un nom,
El sap tothom:
BARÇA!, BARÇA!, BARÇA!,
The Catalan defeats me in places but it makes the hairs on me neck stand up when the stadium sings...PS sorry gone off thread...

Makinavaja said...

DsD politely refused to do the A list. Do we need one? And if so, who is going to be landed with the job? Sorry offered the privilege...?

lambretinha said...

Players
Supporters
We are strong together
It's been many years of fighting
It's been many goals we've scored
And it's been proved, it's been proved
That no evil can bring us down
Blue and red to the wind
A valiant cry
We have a name
Everybody knows
Barça (x3)

My catalan is not a lot better, but it should be something like that, grem!

lambretinha said...

Um, Maki... Your thread, your collabo, your A-list?

Makinavaja said...

Thought you'd say that Lambre!!
Ah well, what's another week without A-listers for me, eh? I mean I can hardly put one of my noms on, can I? Maybe do it as a New Year's Makicast...

sonofwebcore said...

MAKINAVAJA - That is interesting. Going to bed now, but will look into the chap tomorrow.
Seeing you brought it up, had 3 bets today - £5 win Pistolet Dove in 13:25 @ Leicester, (first time over fences but bred to jump them) - won 11-1. Won £55 plus stake = £60 back.
£5 win Money Order in the 13:35 Chepstow (won only cos AP McCoy was in the saddle.) Horse was unwilling but McCoy knew what he had under him and threw it over the line a head in front at 8-1. Won £40 plus stake = £45 back. Next bet in Welsh Grand National, £5 win, no good, finished fifth, but a damn good day. The money is nice, but 5p, £5, £500 stakes gives the same excitement.

lambretinha said...

Eeep!

Don't think this thread needs a list, it's fun enough as it is, Maki.
On the other hand, if you feel like putting one up, I can take the chance and do some lobbying via email!

Makinavaja said...

Good on ya, Lambre! No list, then. But the New Year's Makicast is going ahead anyway!

Makinavaja said...

Oh and this isn't really my thread - it's more just something that came out of Magicman's earlier post. If we're looking for the inspiration behind this it was Steenbeck.

gremlinfc said...

That's brill Lambre - like it !
When's the deadline for this thread? Mr. Maki want to make it a joint A-List? I'll e-mail you my top 10 and you can do the same and see if we match?! Could be fun!
SOWC- your horse-racing adventures always sound really xciting but i never quite grasp what you mean...take it you had fun though!

gremlinfc said...

Alternatively we can just leave it to go its own way...

Makinavaja said...

Gremlin - might be better not to have a list - why invite controversy? Now, if we could persuade PaulMac to take a look...

sonofwebcore said...

Aye Aye GREMLIN, just made an e-mail offer to wear the number 12 shirt to write the column. Your idea is tremendous, though. What if we all pick our own A-List and write a justifying column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

Come on, let's do it. Anyone who wants to pick their own top ten has to write 500 words justification.

sonofwebcore said...

GREMLIN - before I cuddle me pillow. No one wins all the time, least of all me. I bet only what I can afford to kiss goodbye. When I win I refuse to give it back to the bookie. I dive in the supermarket and spend it on goodies so that I always take my winnings home in a couple of carrier bags.

gremlinfc said...

I'll go for either option but only prob i have is writing substantial amount of words of meaning as struggling to get Y11 reports and UCAS references done before go back and got big game tomorrow ( Tigers and Lions and stuff...)but i'll try...
SOWC- just had vision of you diving in supermarket when you've got winnings in the style of Jurgen Klinsman as all around you punch the air and join you in victory hug...

Fintan28 said...

@Steenbeck - I'm as real an American as you can get. Conceived in Nevada, accidently born in California and apart from a stint in the Navy I've lived in the sliver state all my life & no I don't mind you asking.

@Tincanman Donds for America's Favorite Pastime - Barefoot Todd Snyder. The true story of Dock Ellis.

& 1 more nom now that you've got me thinking Centerfield- John Fogerty.

steenbeck said...

I like the idea of anybody and everybody picking a list of songs from those submitted. Then we'll all understand how hard it is to pick. Perhaps we should set the deadline for submissions to the end of the day tomorrow. (Whatever time your day ends, wherever you are.) And we can post them during the day Wednesday (wherever the day happens to fall, wherever you are.) The list can be as short as you want, but no more than ten. And a justifying ramble shouldn't be necessary, this time of year, because we don't want to discourage anybody from participating.

How does everybody feel about that?

Thanks, Fintan. Now all I'll be needing is your hat size. Just kidding! Just so you have some company, I was conceived in London, born in the Sunflower state, lived most of my life and still live in the Garden State. I think you might be the only other actual gen-u-ine American contributor at the moment. ALthough Ejay was born in California as well, I believe. (But he speaks french like a frenchman, so don't tell DIck cheney)

Fintan28 said...

@Steenbeck Darth Cheney & I do not Converse. So A Joisy girl. Who'd a thunk? Thanks for being so gracious. I'm a little overwhelmed by the the sheer volume of music being tossed around & as a lot of it is Brit (not a problem) I'm finding amazing new threads to follow. I stumbled upon this by accident & I'm having a great time. It's nice to see people sharing their passions this way. I am at a loss over some of the tech links. what's a spotify & why am i in the wrong country for it? Is it a Patriot act thing. Must I swear not to be a crotch bomber to use it? So many ?s

gremlinfc said...

GremlinFc's A-List:
1. Controversial Number One as it's BLIMPY with Prinzhorn Dance School but not his nom cos when I investigated them i got so engrossed in all their youtube selections that i had to stick "Crackerjack Docker" in instead. Ami allowed to do that? Brighton does it again.This doesn't just rock; it punks.
2.Mr.MAKI - "El cantante" this really got me checking out at first Andres Calamara but then i discovered Hector Lavoe who wrote the original and then the fact that he played with the Fania All Stars who played at the lead up to the "rumble in the Jungle"! Crazy! He died poverty-stricken in '93 but was the subject of the 2006 film with Marc Anthony & J-Lo- wonder if they've got it at Blockbuster...
3.Weird new-found stuff for me from NILPFERD but like it very much apart from the fact that i actually preferred this song BEFORE they started singing!It is of course "Coalmining Song". New Zealand? Can it be?
4.SOWC - "Engine Driver" by the Decemberists ; one of my albums of 2009 this and though not my fave track , this is a top choon with easy lyrics though it has to be said about several different vocations!("And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I've written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones
I am a writer, I am all that you have hoped on..."). Luvverly.
5.LAMBRETINHA -"Fisherman's Blues" from t'Wattterlads- a real classy number which automatically takes me right back to when i met mrsgremlinfc and our squatting days...
6. Nod to the boys that made me laugh and still do , again not my fave song from the Pythons but a great nom from SEVERIN. Especially the line "I wish i'd been a girly just like my dear Papa..."
7.Another song which conjures up a youth of long coats Joy Division, Clash, Wire , Gang of Four , Killing joke , with the Fall and Mark E. Smith actually churning out some classics , this being one of them "Container Drivers" nommed by SHOEGAZER -"Net cap. of 58 thousand pounds
They sweat on their way down
Grey ports with customs bastards
Hang around like clowns the
Uh-containers and their drivers". Choice cut.

tincanman said...

For what it's worth, I think it'd be great for Maki do be the guest Paul. I know I speak for us all in saying you need not worry about making enemies - we've all struggled to whittle down playlists for the spill or a CD or a festive 3 etc.
If you don't want do, gremlin and webcore could teamup. gremlin's posted that he'd do it but is a little pressed for time and webcore's said he'll do it if needed, plus they get on here and off the blog.

As for other people's faves, yeah by all means. Many of us do dond lists normally anyway.

There's my 2 cents/pence

gremlinfc said...

8. "I am the Upsetter" - mr crazeeeeee himself with a wicked choon guaranteed to get most people movingregardless of time , place or mood. STEEN is the Nominator with a classic, capital C. "Now it will be tough
For you it will be rough
I promise you the right and the left
And there'll be the uppercut
I am the avenger
This is the upsetter." Absolutely love that lyric - compromise and jaw-jaw only go so far...
9. SHIVSIDECAR brings up "I Wanna Be Adored" by Ian 'Monkey Boy' Brown & Co , which is another classic and as soon as you hear the bassline start to creep in at a very late 40 seconds it makes the hairs stand up as that was a real time to be young...1989 Acid house - Warehouse Raves - waiting for news of venues -waiting in convoys on motorways- loved up and going for it...anti-poll tax movement...NICE ONE SVIV - love it!
10. Another case of not looking properly before making a nom was my Busdriver "Unemployed Black Astronaut" track so seeing as he got there 58 minutes before me with it (which is about 2 minutes on RR i recks) it's TCM -
Well, after my statement about having too much to do and not having time for just-if-i-cayshuns - egg on my fizzog.
That was fun and much better than reports / references.

gremlinfc said...

Sorry TCM - this is not meant ot be thee definitive A-List but thought I'd follow Steen's suggestion and just get mine done. Look forward to reading everyone else's if they have time : isn't it amazing how you can "bend" time when you want to avoid work...

steenbeck said...

I'd absolutely second Maki as the list maker. You've done such a lovely job moderating so far. And we can all post dond lists if we feel up to it, just like Tin said.

Fintan28 - I think we all feel overwhelmed sometimes at the sheer volume of wonderful music we encounter through RR/'Spill, but it's worth it. (And so strangely addictive, somehow.) If you have questions about specific things, there's almost always somebody around to elucidate. Spotify is nice for the collaborative playlists, but I believe there's a licensing issue, and that's why it's not available in the US. I think you get a 2-week trial though. DId you try that? I might be wrong. The "DB" folder Maki mentioned is Dropbox, which has become a wonderful way for us to share music. If you ask Tincanman he might be able to help you with that, if you're interested. And Last.FM is a nice place to try. I believe it's English as well, but there don't seem to be any restrictions about browsing there, and it's a good way to share a link to a song if you want others to hear it.

Heh heh, I just read that back and it sounds more confusing than helpful. I remember when I first started reading RR blogs (2 1/2 years ago? Yikes!) it was so odd and intriguing -- all these lunatics speaking some strange but very funny and compelling language. I suppose the fact that it all makes sense now is the real cause for worry.

steenbeck said...

and who am I kidding. It most certainly does NOT all make sense now.

gremlinfc said...

Hope i didnt waste my time there though.

Makinavaja said...

No, gremlin - anything but a waste of time. A great read, specially as you got one of my noms on there. I'll be happy to do a personal and one off A if that's what's wanted. Maybe we could set midnight GMT today as deadline and I'll try to post sometime on Wednesday. Follow-up insults should be sent to makinavajarr -at- gmail.com!!!

gremlinfc said...

Top o' the morning Mr. Maki & any1 else who#s up -not been up this early since last day of work but annual coaches match v U18s calls -thanks for your comments re my list - look forwrd to seeing yrs!

sonofwebcore said...

Morning all. Last night I dreamt . . .

THE WAILERS - Duppy Conqueror. A 'duppy' being a malevolent spirit. Which, of course, led me to . . .

CURTIS MAYFIELD - Sweet Exorcist.

Blimpy said...

@gremmers - engrossing is totally the right word!! i'll dond "crackerjack docker" cos it is the better song, i was torn betwix the vocational values of dockers vs butchers (hey, isn't that a Coachwhips LP?!!)

bishbosh said...

Nice list, gremmy. If this was the Mothership, I might well be outraged-of-Brixton at 'adored' being considered a vocation, but I'll let you off for that lovely, reminiscence-fuelled justification!

sonofwebcore said...

GREMLIN - Not a waste of time. Great reading. Glad you included Engine Driver. 'Twas the first Decemberists song I heard. It was on a free CD, you know, with a magazine you buy for the disc alone.

sonofwebcore said...

Ha Ha!! Jurgen Klinsmann!!

Wasn't he a good buy for Spurs. At the time it was really exciting that a player of his stature was coming to England. Spurs had a pre-season match against Luton(?). The Guardian interviewed their big centre-half. "I clattered him properly the first time he came near me. He got up, smiled and patted me on the back. So he's okay."

bishbosh said...

I believe tin nommed Mr Ambulance Driver up there somewhere *points up thread* but how about The Flaming Lips' "Race for the prize"?

Two scientists are racing
For the good of all mankind
Both of them side by side
So determined
Locked in heated battle
For the cure that is their prize
But it's so dangerous
But they're determined
Theirs is to win
If it kills them...


Sounds pretty vocational to me. (And yes, that probably is more than a third of the lyrics. So sue me...)

bishbosh said...

Come to think of it, battling pink robots is probably vocational for Yoshimi...

Her name is Yoshimi
she's a black belt in karate
working for the city
she has to discipline her body
'Cause she knows that
it's demanding
to defeat those evil machines...


Those Flaming Lips take their imaginary heroes' quests mighty seriously.

AliMunday said...

Hi, late as usual, have been ill all over Christmas and now back at work - enjoyed reading this - I'll nominate 'Green-toothed Gardener' by Steve Tilston which is probably un-findable on Googgle but appears on his first LP "An Acoustic Confusion", which I only have on vinyl ... so a complete waste of a nom really, but that never stopped me before.

tincanman said...

@ Ali
You'd be surprised what the google elves drop

@ Maki
Bit of advice: You started this with fun in mind, so keep it that way. If you agonize over who has how many 'maki A' lists, it won't be fun. I'd just pick 10 you're happy with and only then look up who nommed them. If its 3 for one person and none for another, so be it. Otherwise it'll be too stressful, and to be honest, a bit pointless.

sonofwebcore said...

They keep on coming . . .

THE POGUES - Navigator.

From whence the contraction 'navvy' arose.

Makinavaja said...

I agree with you totally Tin. The A list will be here in the comments box - not a separate post - and will be written in the spirit I expect it to be taken.

Fintan28 said...

@Steenbeck Thanks for the tips. I'll absorb it eventually.

@Shivsidecar - a thank you for the Thea Gilmore nom on RR. Led me to some great music & as she shares the same day of birth as my daughter it had extra import this xmas.

Some last noms for fun.

Bus Driver - Muddy Waters
Cab Driver - The Mills Brothers
Station Man - Fleetwood Mac

all involving modes of transport to get you to -

The Wooodchopper's Ball - Woody Herman

Makinavaja said...

Ali, sorry to hear you were poorly over Xmas. Glad to hear you're better...

Guess what? Green toothed gardener is on Spotify so I put it on Collabo.

steenbeck said...

MOrning. Thought of a few more...

Hip Hop Saved My Life - Lupe Fiasco

Dr. Dick - Lee Perry

The Decemberists have quite a few, don't they? What with all the Chimbley Sweeps and Chinese Trapeze artists. But I'm going with Eli The Barrow Boy, because it's so darn pretty, and because he pushes the wheelbarrow even after death.

sonofwebcore said...

STEENBECK - You jogged my memory. One that went down well o0n the Mothership . . .

MR. PERFECT - Handcart Boy.

He sells fruit and veg at the market, and his pretty girl won't be tempted away by those rich guys in flash cars. Wow, he doesn't half love her!

sonofwebcore said...

This one mentions four vocations.

Dave Davies - Death Of A Clown.

A check on Spotify reveals it's by The Kinks - NOT! (But I'm sure Ray did it for baby brother.)

gordonimmel said...

Evening,

I had thought that amongst all this talk of 'Vocations' nobody had mentioned the oldest profession in the world but then I heard 'Tecumsah Valley' by Townes Van Zandt via the dropbox (already knew it by the way). Anyway, in the same vein one for Maki's considerations before midnight tonight...

'Rene' - Small Faces

'There she is parading on the quayside
You can find her every night
Ah, waiting for a stevedore from Tyneside
Why It's Rene the dockers delight
Well, if you just got off an oil tanker
And you've got the readies in the bin
Just make your way down to The Crown & Anchor
Ask for Rene (ohh, hello ducks!) and you'll be well in.
Well it's Rene, the docker's delight
And her ships in every night...'

AliMunday said...

Maki - thank you, you are a star!

ToffeeBoy said...

I haven't spent too much time in these parts of late - lots of family things to do including watching all three Lord Of The Rings films back to back today in the company of the littlest MissToffee today. There's no better way to watch them - nine hours of heaven!

Great thread you've got going here - who needs the Grauniad and their evil techies??

Vocations eh?

Arctic Monkeys - The Jeweller's Hands
Arrested Development - Mr Landlord
The Avalanches - Frontier Pyschiatrist
Aztec Camera - Working In A Goldmine

That's the A's ...

steenbeck said...

FUnnily enough I was thinking of prostitution as a subject a few weeks ago, Gordonimmel.

I thought of, among others...

House of the RIsing Sun (NIna for me!)
A Film Called (Pimp) - Common
Pimper's Paradise - Bob Marley
Broken Glass - Talib Kweli

and a bunch by Lucille BOgan - Down in Booie Alley, They Ain't Walking No More and Memphis Minnie - Down in the Alley, Hustlin WOman Blues, Tricks ain't Walking No More, and You Can't Give it Away.

bishbosh said...

@Maki: Been meaning to ask, how did Mrs Maki get on with the test results yesterday? (Was it yesterday? One gets so confused in this weird Xmas/New Year's No Man's Land.) Hope it was good news. bb

Makinavaja said...

@bishbosh - pretty well thanks. All the levels but one were back to normal. The one that isn't is important, however so more tests and appointments with a specialist and a (probably) pre-op meeting with the surgeon. But she's pretty upbeat most of the time. A two day "bolus" treatment of antibiotics has left her pretty groggy, though.

bishbosh said...

@Maki: Well, I'm glad to hear things are looking better, but sorry to hear they're not 100% back to normal. All the best for the next round of tests.

Right, work tomorrow so bedtime for me. Night all. bb

Makinavaja said...

OK Drawbridge going up half an hour early. Family commitments dictate that if I don't do this now it won't get done till next year!

Makinavaja said...

MAKI’S LIST

Taking part in RR and joining the ‘Spill has been a humbling experience for me. Let me explain: I’ve always thought I knew a fair bit about music and, indeed, that has always been the consensus among family and friends. Can’t remember a song? Ask Maki, he’ll know! When did so-and-so release such-and-such? And what were the lyrics really about? Maki’ll know – let’s ask him! And guess what? It’s bollocks. Compared to most of you guys, I know nothing. Nada. Zilch.

The up-side of this – and boy, what an up-side! – is that thanks to all of you I have discovered a shed load of music that had escaped my radar (some new, some not-so-new) that has seriously enriched my listening life. For that; thank you!

All of this leads up to my trying to explain the reasoning behind this highly subjective and ultimately (in all senses of the word) irrelevant A-list. I have decided only to include songs I didn’t know or remember well before the thread started. Many of you will be amazed at the extent of my ignorance and for that I can only apologise whilst thanking you for helping me to something about it.

Makinavaja said...

First up (and in no particular order):

The Decemberists – I Was Born for the Stage

A vocation I very nearly shared and can heartily relate to. I love this live version for the audience participation. He was born for the stage and he knows how to work a crowd. The cheers, the boos – a rollicking and beautifully stage-managed live performance!

Barrington Levy – Shaolin Temple

Here’s the MFF phenomenom really raising its head. An early nom I listened to straightaway and just haven’t been able to get out of my head. I have no idea if it’s one of his best, or not. I just know that after repeated listens I haven’t tired of it.

The Small Faces – Song of a Baker

This group is familiar, of course. When I was at school this was the sort of thing the older boys, who hogged the Common Room record player, listened to all the time. Ogden’s Nut Flake with its cool sleeve was a favourite, of course, but I never paid attention. I was too intent on wresting control of said record player from them so I could listen to Slade. No apologies for the Slade obsession – it persists! – but I should have paid more attention!

Michael Marra – The Guernsey Kitchen Porter

For years I steadfastly refused to listen to folk music or anything that had even a whiff of beards, pipes (those you can smoke and those you can’t) and woolly jumpers. Then one summer back in my beloved Saltburn I stumbled on the Saltburn Folk Festival. I was entranced. The storytelling. The roots. I’m a neophite in these lairs. But I loved this.

Makinavaja said...

Over the Rhine – If a Song Could Be President

Beautiful voice. Beautiful idea. Oh yes, if a song could be president! For me a song about the purity of music about the good passions it inspires. Loved it and it’s from a genre I wouldn’t normally listen to so that’s another plus.

The Gordons – Coalminer’s Song

Loved the intro: the bass and simple but persistent riffing and all those toms. This is the sort of thing that really floats my boat. Maybe it doesn’t really go anywhere but I’m happy to follow it there!

Nick Cave – The Singer

I nommed El Cantante, which means the same thing, and I’ve always been a Nick Cave fan but somewhat from the sidelines. I love the way he squeezes the words in or draws them out – he should be shot at times for his diction but it always works. I love the sense of alienation that pervades so much of what he does. But I didn’t know this one, so it’s in.

The Flaming Lips – The Race for the Prize

Loved the mock-epicness of this. This is a group I thought I was familiar with and had rejected. I was wrong. Time to re-listen and find out what I missed!

Jack of My Trade - Sir Lord Comic

As the farmer said to the potato: I plant you now and I’ll eat you later. I was hooked from there on in. It lilts along so well. Upbeat and fun. Just how I feel!

The Grateful Dead – Playing in the Band

O.K. I’m cheating here! I love this song and always will. I couldn’t envisage an A list for this topic that didn’t include this one! Justification – I’m not sure I was ENTIRELY familiar with the version Chris put in the box!

Makinavaja said...

Well, there it is. If I have upset anyone with this list, I apologise, but I doubt it. I think I know you well enough to feel safe about that. I have had enormous fun following a thread that came about as the result of a riposte to a steenbeck request on magicman’s earlier Roxy Music thread.

Nearly two hundred comments, a collabo with more than eighty songs and a score in DB!! As fintan said, we are daft. Really daft! But we have a lot of fun together and I love you all for that! Thank you all so much for a really worthwhile and enjoyable diversion in these happy festive times.

Keep on enjoying the music. MAKI.

tincanman said...

Great job Maki. Loved the comments and justifications. You've done yourself proud, and thanks 'cause it's been a blast having this.

gremlinfc said...

Have a great new year Mr.Maki- glad señoramaki is on the road to recuperacion and wishing you all ¡Feliz año nuevo!(bit early I know).
It will be interesting to see where croosovers are on lists and there are 2 on ours (at least 1 is a song and another a band different song) - one of the things i like about this phenomenon is the wide spread of tastes and while everyone might not have their own favourite genre (eclectic is probably the best word)you get an idea of what sort of music people have a penchant for (some are esier to spot than others!). If i could recommend a couple more Levy choons for your delectation: "Here I Come" probably his most successful song and almost crossed over into mainstream , classic line "Extra size, extra size, extra sizer than sizeway
extra broad, extra broad, extra broader than broadway".I bought that as a 12 inch single in 1985...it's much catchier than "Temple" and will have you seriously singing along! Trouble double double...i still love that track. Also "Black Roses" and "Murderer" are real BL classics.
Best wishes,
GFC.

gremlinfc said...

BBC 4 at this moment is showing "Guitar Heroes at the BBC II" which sounds promising especially as it opened with the great Lulu show clip of Hendrix doing "Hey Joe"...guess who's on now...Status Quo "Down Down"...???

gremlinfc said...

Now Johnny Winter...who's going to take the 200th post...? Come on , nod the ball into the back of the onion bag...

Makinavaja said...

Thanks Tin.
Thanks Gremlin.

Próspero año to you both!

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