I blame the DARK SIDE
Everything wrong with the world is down to the dark side.
Do kids still go guising?Just got back from Cochabamba (Bol) and Halloween is huge there. Much bigger than here. Maybe its because of their Day of the Deid.
Sadly they don't call it guising anymore, though here in Greenock they're doing their best to keep the old local word Galoshans going. It's all trick or treat now and it's big in that it's all over the shops - an excuse to sell nonsense like Halloween tinsel and banners etc etc. All the kids wear ready-made costumes, but the face-painting I'd have to agree, is pretty impressive. Here's a wee tune for Halloween
It's all very commercialised. What's the Halloween equivalent of bah humbug? Don't get me started on fireworks...
Ah love 'em... still do my party trick of making a 'Genie' 😳 Still get singed eyebrows.
Best guising 'party piece' I ever heard was George Kane burping the national anthem. He might've been related to Penicuik's premier crime family but he made my Dad laugh and even give him money instead of sweeties so that says something.
Speak of the devil.....
So what about collecting for bonfires? Putting bangers through letter boxes?
we're never that badly behaved here in Greenock.
...tying rockets to cats' tails.
We never managed to catch a cat. They were most unco-operative.
Don't even think about it!!!!
The B.B.C. want us all to shower. Every single day.I think they've been watching too many fillums...
Kills the natural oils, you'd end up like a prune.
Have the B.B.C. announced a period of mourning?I caught the final 20 minutes of Wednesday's show, and it almost scuppered years of therapy!Thankfully, a wee spell of Country music restored my equilibrium.Thank God for Charlie Daniels!
Or Jack Daniels...
Indeed. Tribute show on Monday?
Nah!They're too busy mourning the demise of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential ambitions.
Songs you forgot how good they are. Do they mean you had forgotten how good songs were or good songs you had forgotten or that you had forgotten how good some songs were or that you are becoming absent-minded and may have left a pot on the stove? What's that smell?
Good rhymes? Diplomat and Laundromat for me.Hmmm, but does that count?
Mustn't grumble and apple crumble surely.
Roses are red,Violets are purpleSugar is sweet,So is maple surple... DANG ME!
Violets are blue, Roses are red, If I looked like you, I'd stay in my bed!
NEWSFLASH! My baby sister cannot recommend this highly enough.Ask Santa for tickets! (A.S.A.P.)!
I once went to Wagner's Tristan and Isolde at The King's. I have to confess not staying the five hour course.
I'm not sure if Tuesday's theme is getting its 3rd. or 4th. outing this year... Jeezo...
Yeah, but its a sound salvation and its cleaning up the nation.
It's the same old show on my radio...
Dont give up Billy, its still to have its finest hour.
That's true. Tone t try for Mexican Radio once again...
Tine to try even...
In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow. He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's Radio
Not enough Warren Zevon on the wireless.
His family are reduced to selling clothes pegs round the doors.
Glen - what's with the new moniker?
Whats he done now?I have to admit I rarely look at the Dark Side these days. Is the Liquid Entertainer still with you?
She hasn't been spotted for a while. Maybe in rehab?
Or maybe jist at Arbroath...(one for the younger bloggers there)
Adam - there's no such thing any more...
I'm at the Strange Behaviours festival in Stirling this weekend. RM Hubbert and Rick Redbeard are headlining tonight. Also looking forward to seeing Be Charlotte.
Hope you enjoy your evening, Billy. I passed up a chance to see RM Hubbard in Greenock as Kathryn Joseph was on the same bill. That was just a step too far for me. I mean if you can't sing you'd think you'd at least have a decent haircut.
Fair point Gaie. He was very good by himself as was Rick Redbeard.
RM Hubbard played at a friend's daughter's wedding and he was very impressive. His guitars must have a short lifespan.
Mr. Sachs (may he rest in peace) may no longer be with us, but Woss and Bwand will be forever in my bad books.Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
It's a shame his memory is polluted by that association.Didn't we have feel good songs last week?
Haven't we had all these themes before?Deja Vu - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Many times!Tuesday - William ShatnerWednesday - k.d. lang and the ReclinesMonday & Thursday? No' interested.
Laurie Lingo and The Dipsticks shurely a shoo-in on Wednesday.
GIO Snr. Producer's mantra... You are likely to keep repeating the same mistake all over again if you do not agree it’s a mistake
THURSDAY Again we get to hear Nirvana murder 'The Man Who Sold the World' Jeezo...
Y'all bored, gentlemen?Why don't y'all check oot next week's themes?
I've already seen them...
Monday's show has potential. A few decent album tracks instead of wall-to-wall singles could be just the ticket! BLUE - FRAMED - REVOLVER etc. I'll be at a Mary Coughlan gig. Lemme know what transpires on the airwaves. >8-D
More like Raintown or Dare I'd say.
Is it the album that has just the one name or the song?And you know, SG, that you just get the singles anyway anytime "album" is in the theme.
Oh, ye of little faith! Now, where did I put that winning lottery ticket?
Looked like there were some non singles in there...
NEWSFLASH!I gotta hit Preview and then Publish to get any comments on here.Is it just me?
P.S. Happy Birthday, Blogmeister!
Happy Birthday Norrie! I just get asked to prove Im not a robot everytime. Its like being on Westworld.
Happy birthday Norrie!
I was asked to prove I wasn't a robot when I was buying Kraftwerk tickets.
Well, I won't be listening to next week's themes...
Well im sure we've got plenty trivia for Boxing Day and Billy will break the record on the 29th.Here's yer crib sheethttp://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/musicians-who-died-in-2016.html
Adam - I think these will be prerecorded shows.
Who's all coming on the blog outing to Hyde Park to see Tom Petty?
I'll be at Heathrow on January 26th. Furryboots is yon park?
Here Norrie did you catch Brooce on Desert Island Discs??I knew he was a fan of Max Boyce but Simply Red was a bit of a surprise.
Where has everyone gone??Merry Xmas anyway!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!
Yes, a belated Merry Christmas everyone, or maybe Happy Boxing Day. Been poorly myself and missed 2 concerts I had really looked forward to, but hey ho, better now, or getting there. Hope you all had a rollicking good Christmas - if this year's taught us anything, it's do it while you can.
It has taught me that wall-to-wall George Michael music oan the tranny is not quite as bad as wall-to-wall Xmas music oan the tranny.
THURSDAY: TRIBUTES Will one show be enough?
Next year's themes.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y'ALL!
Happy New Year everyone!
From me too.Wouldnt let me on earlier.
Does anyone have anything exciting lined up?
Well, it depends whit ye mean.
Gigs? Exotic holidays? Listening to Michelle McManus?
I've got RHLF at St Luke's and Tommy Emmanuel at GRCH. Also Lost in France film screening and assorted folks playing in a made-up band. Alex Kapranos & folks. can't remember who else ABC February . Roddy Woomble here in The Beacon some time soon. And of course there's July 9th when I will be standing several miles away in Hyde Park while Norrie gets up close and personal with Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. I can't say I'm very enthused about the RHLF gig, his voice annoys me too much. But they are a decent live band. Day of the Dead arrived at Christmas as requested.
Sounds good Gaie. I'll be seeing Roddy at Roaming Roots Revue then again at the start of June at Oban Live. Kraftwerk in June too.
I daresay you've seen this this
Excellent. I forgot that I'm also going to see Roy Wood next month.
My Maw liked him ;-) ;-) ;-)
I'm going with my brother-in-law who is much older...
See above. Why did that post twice???
Deh ken. Offski to Sunny California ramorra furra couple of weeks. Next gig is Caro Emerald at G.R.C.H. Re: Michelle - What happened to Monday's theme? I can't believe Sir Harry Lauder wasn't hauled out of the archives!
Hope you have a great trip!
Thank you! Looks like I'm escaping just ahead of some nasty weather.
I see Tommy Allsup has left us. But for the toss of a coin, as they say....
He only lived to 85. The rock'n'roll lifestyle claims another victim.
Busy old place these days...
I know. I think even Adam's given up on us.
Glad you enjoyed Roddy Hart the other night. We're going to Roaming Roots Revue on Saturday so looking forward to it.
I saw Amy Sky, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Olivia Newton-John. Songs about getting over death and illness. Still waiting for Grease medley.
I'm sure that guy works down the chip shop would sell you one
Billy, hope you enjoy Roaming Roots. The band are in fine form for sure - they really are good. But the programme of both songs and singers at RRR just doesn't work for me this year.
Thanks Gaie. Will report back.
So how were the warbling women then? ;-)
Sone amazing performances and Kathryn Joseph..To be fair she was good too but she has a rather unique singing style. The Lonesome Fire were on great form. I particularly liked Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Yola Carter and Jesca Hoop.
Got me a CD from a young Country singer busking on Santa Monica pier. Ben Bostick, 5-track CD called "My Country", which is also the stand out track. It makes the Keith Urban album I was given sound like trite pop. Och, weel, back tae work!
Welcome back. Hope you had a great time
The weather was dreadful, (3 Pacific storms in the space of a week), but my granddaughters are an absolute joy. Their mother is bloody good company also.
I suppose Ben suffers from the hot weather.
Going to see Rab Noakes tonight at the Old Fruitmarket.
Hope you have a great time Gaie!
My older brother was a big fan. Remember Red Pump Special being played on the old mono record player. Tomorrow is Another Day was a fave.
Bought Do You See the Lights many moons ago, saw him in St Andrews, then he visited our school, I mean the one I'm working in, a couple of years ago with Mairi McInnes to give a wee song session to the Gaelic class. No-one else knew who he was, and I didn't know he was coming till I sat the kids down and turned round to see our visiting singers. Jaw off floor, we had a wee chat later and of course he didn't know my chum who had claimed he was a great pal of hers, but he was delightful.
and thanks, Billy. My challenge is to not get lost in the Trongate and end up in a bus lane. Going to try Glen's tip of coming straight down High Street so if I do get lost it's his fault.
Stop before you reach the river. Just noticed George Harrison's triple being re-released at £84. I order it for around £4 from Virgin mail order when it came out. After some time they said they didn't have and I asked for a refund which came in the form of an unsigned cheque. I eventually got a cheque signed by Richard Branson which I wish I'd kept.
Rab was brilliant. Came on in an eye-watering striped suit and accompanied by a full band - cello, banjo, guitars, fiddle, the lot and his voice seems, if anything, stronger in spite of the tonsillar cancer of a couple of years ago. So glad I went after a last minute decision - when I booked the ticket it came up with 1 ticket left - I assumed that meant only single seats, but then it was unallocated cabaret seating so I think I did actually get the last ticket. And I didn't get lost. Or have to pay £9 to park on a heap of rubble. Result.
Hey man, what's happenin'?
Hey! Metro Man!
not a lot happenin' but good to hear from you
I'm oot Ceilidh dancing tonight, but if y'all have nothing better to do, check this oot!
Aye, and Songs first heard on the radio would cover pretty much every single ever released.
"...somewhere other than on the radio" might have worked
NEXT WEEK'S THEMES Fillums
Glen - You watched the first series of Billions. I see they've done another. Is it worth watching?
Does he no come by anymore? I was asking coz its Carnaval time again and as I gave my mankini to Justin Rose in August I'm havin tae bide in this year. So lookin for something tae binge.
Lot of tumbleweed here these days. I'm sure I saw Glen on FB yesterday but the thread here's so slow now, I don't think folk check-in very often any more. Sadly.Tried this morning. to get a ticket for Ryan Adams in Edinburgh. All gone bar 'restricted viewing' within 15 mins. Can someone please tell me why tickets go on sale during working hours when not all of us can access a computer at the very minute sale opens.
It makes the lives of the thieving gits so much easier.Just like contactless credit cards...
I watched the first couple but it didn't hold my interest. My wife thought they had the lead roles reversed and Damian Lewis would have made a better "goodie".
I would recommend Quarry if you can get it. I saw Peter Mullan in The Horseshoe before I started watching and would have congratulated him on his performance.
Thanks. Ill see if I can dig it out.
TUESDAY Renewable energy: So long as it's not too windy. Or too cloudy.
NEXT WEEK'S THEMES Nothing on this list pushes my buttons. Looks like BBC Radio 2's Country2Country will be my channel of choice.
Pretty boring. They've never picked up on my suggestion of "Songs about Vegetables". Turnip Turnip Turnip by the Byrds etc.
Anything from CABBAGE GARDEN
(Nothing but) Cauliflowers -Talking Heads
What news of Norrie's favourite band, Blue Nose Code?
They're providing half-time entertainment at the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
On the vegetable theme, where DC and I grew up, turnips were known as "tumshies" and Phil is quite clearly singing about an invisible one here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMiDhmL_zFoAnd I have some "irregular" chums who swear by "Peas release me, let me go".
Don't try to swede talk me.
Little Red Courgette - PrinceSprout - Tears for FearsCelery - Steve Winwood or Amy Winehouse
Whit aboot Elton? He's a rocket, man! (shamelessly stolen from Des Clarke).
Any Greenhouse - shurely?
Hurry up Haricot.Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Zucchini.
Johnny, Cucumber Me.tell me when to stop.....
You can stop now. It's beginning to grate...
18 Carrot Love Affair - The Associates
This post was meant to be further up obviously...
Does "See My Baby Chive" count?
Adam, you just reminded me that I forgot to report back about the Roy Wood gig. I thoroughly enjoyed it and remembered more songs than I thought I would. His between song patter was quite corny but funny with it.
He s a fine man.
Repeat themes, but superior repeat themes to the repeat themes we endured last week.">
Some potential there
Well, clear what the opening track for Thursday night should be! Perhaps you can request it for me Billy?
Of course Adam
The theme for tomorrow appears to have changed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h089z
No explanation?Or is Scotch Git just giving us fake news? Bad intel?King of the Cops was a good alternative though. Well done.
Blame the B.B.C. It wisnae' me!
I see Norrie's been on tour again. Hiring a camera crew would would save all that time on Facebook.
Is it the American or the European tour?
POSSIBLE SOLUTION... Forget the 'upcoming episodes' page. Instead, consult the schedules.
The one about song sequels has possibilities. Every Breath You Take - Folsom Prison Blues etc.
Facebook unusually quiet about Chuck Berry. Perhaps no suprise that a man of 90 dies. Perhaps his checkered past. A lot of people based their careers on his music and its thread runs right through rock'n'roll. They might even change tomorrow night's theme from Niceness, because that certainly didn't apply to Chuck.
Shared a flight with him back in 1980. It was my first transatlantic and it was Glasgow-St Louis on British Caledonian.Halfway through the flight I pressed the button for the stewardess. She came down the aisle but instead of attending me she went to Chuck instead. I leaned across, tapped her on the back and said "I think you'll find that was my ding a ling not his".
Ahhh yes... better times. Dont get ads like that anymore.
Fruit Who cares what song they play at your funeral? I was at one recently where they played Perfect Day.
Things Can Only Get Better
Norrie. Are we allowed to wear leggings on this blog?
You can do what you like as obviously Norrie has forgotten about us...
Thongs Can Only Get Better
Afternoon all, hope everyone is well!
I'm well, though we're all - those of us still here - just shadows of our former belligerent chatty selves. How's life in the East Neuk these days, DC?
Fine thanks DC. I hope you're well too.
Had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago so doing physiotherapy in effort to get back to full fitness. More time to listen to music these days but not able to get on the exercise bike to tune in to BB as yet!I see the core team still contributes now and again. If only I was a Blues Brother.........DC
THURSDAY "When I Kneed You Tonight" - for D.C.
They're playing your song.
I wiz on the morphine for a few days but got out. Sad song Glen, doubt ye have tae be "In the mood" for it
Scotch, was the link to Children in Kneed?
As John Prine said in "Please Don't Bury Me", "Give my knees to the needy!"
I enjoyed the Quay Sessions last night. The Little Kicks were excellent. Pictish Trail was good too but didn't impress my wife so we left before the second part of his set.
I quite like the Pictish Trail. Saw him supporting Malcolm Middleton. Still, best not to get to like anyone on the Quay Sessions too much, just had another reject.. :-(
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" is a shoo-in, but what do YOU want to hear on Monday's much repeated theme?
THURSDAY Third Rock from the Sun
An almighty boot up the park (a la late Ernie Bryson tactics...)
The remaining bloggers chase after the ball and there's a cross into the penalty box
DC is waiting, supported by two crutches on account of sair knees, but is still able to swing an overhead kick towards the net........