Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Yer Rock & Roll 9


















Time for some more rock and roll and today an English edition and a triple header. The first offering is a grainy black and white clip from the beginning of time - the Kinks performing Waterloo Sunset. I often pass through Waterloo station and the line about Terry and Julie regularly comes to mind. The still not completed crime novel has a major character called Terry.What should his wife be called? I asked myself - it was obviously really - Julie. Oh and have a look at Dave Davies's glasses! :-O


The second clip is UB40s Red Red Wine video. I'm not a huge fan of UB40. They came out of the West Midlands centred two tone thing and recorded original material initially. Then they took the safe route and just began covering reggae/ska standards to considerable commercial success. A bit of a cop out really but Red Red Wine is a good song and the video is a class act. I once saw them live many moons ago backed by Bo Diddley, complete with star guitar, who completely upstaged them. Oh and someone I used to know claimed he could have been the bass player with UB40 except he fell out with Ali Campbell over a girl. Ah well...


Okay so Warren Zevon wasn't English but Werewolves of London is, at the risk of labouring the obvious, a very English song. I've a bootleg tape - recorded straight from the soundboard of the Dead doing it as encore at a Halloween concert - in London.

He's the hairy handed gent who ran amuck in Kent

Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair

You better stay away from him, he'll rip your lungs out Jim

I'd like to meet his tailor

All together now...

Awooooooooooooooooooooooo..........

3 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

I love the live version of "Werewolves" where Zevon sings "I'd like to eat James Taylor" instead of "I'd like to meet his tailor". Always made me smile.

MiMi said...

got Waterloo sunset on my Ipod, always makes me melt

Renegade Eye said...

This balances my Youtube time. I was watching flamenco dancers.