Evanescence (A-Z #39)

Originally hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Evanescence got together back in 1995 but didn’t release their debut album until 2003. But it was a wait worth every moment because ‘Fallen’ has gone to sell over 17 million copies worldwide, helped on more than a tad by the superb ‘My Immortal’, a song about a lingering spirit appearing after the passing of a loved one and whom will never, ever leave.

You can find ‘Fallen’ on Wind-up records.

En Vogue #37

The opening line for En Vogue’s massive 1992 hit ‘Free your mind’ – ‘…Prejudice. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it?’ was adapted from a line originally used by David Alan Grier’s character ‘Calhoun Tubbs’ from Fox’s “In Living Colour”.

En Vogue are currently being sued for $310 million by Rufftown Entertainment for a breach of contract in 2010.

Dave Edmunds #35

Between 1966 and 1970 Dave Edmunds joined forces with John David on bass and Rob ‘Congo’ Jones on drums to form Love Sculpture. They released just two albums, the first, in 1968 featuring this epic helping of blues. Added as an afterthought to the album, it became its title track and helped seal the guitar prowess that would seal Mr Edmunds’ place in the guitar greats hall of fame.

Underworld – Brighton – 7 March 2015

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I’d waited 20 years to get to feel Underworld live. But last night in Brighton I finally got the chance. This threesome from London comprising Karl Hyde, Rick Smith and Darren Price are part-way through their UK/European “Dubnobasswithmyheadman” tour to celebrate the re-release last year of their first album. This tour replicates Dubnobasswithmyheadman in its entirety with a couple of other gems chucked in for good measure.

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Rick Smith wasn’t very well, so it was just Mr Hyde and Mr Price last night – but the ‘feeling’ was still there in spades. And that’s the right thing to say. Because when ‘Dark and Long’ kicks in and the rhythm builds, you just know there’s going to be an explosion. And it’s a wall of sound that grabs you right there in the pit of your stomach and just sends you. It’s electric in every way.

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The setlist was therefore a known certainty – Dark and Long, Mmmm Skyscraper I love you, Surfboy, Spoonman, Tongue, Dirty Epic, Cowgirl, River of Bass and m.e. But then there was a big bit of Bigmouth with Karl Hyde showing off his blues harp prowess to great aplomb, culminating in a standing ovation from a three thousand strong packed house just braying for more.

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And we were not to be disappointed. How could we be? For, after a brief dark curtain, the duo returned to a dry-ice filled stage and the unmistakable dulcet tones of ‘Born Slippy’ drowned completely by three thousand plus people screaming at the tops of our voices.

That’s what I call a gig! One more thing to tick off of my bucket list – although it may get added back in because, given the chance, I’d one-hundred percent go again!

A song for every year #5

Working on a challenge posed by a good friend to name a favourite song for every full year of my life to date, I’ve done just that over the last four instalments of this mini-series. Part 1 gave you 2014 back to 2005, Part 2 – 2004 back to 1995, Part 3 – 1994 back to 1985 and Part 4 (yesterday), 1984 back to 1975. So, to round things off, here’s the final 16 – 1974 back to the year it all started for me, 1959.

  1. 1974: Mountain – Last of the sunshine days (from Avalange)
  2. 1973: T-Rex – Born to Boogie (from Tanx)
  3. 1972: Stevie Wonder – Superstition (from Talking Book)
  4. 1971: David Bowie – Oh you pretty thing (from Hunky Dory)
  5. 1970: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (from Black Sabbath)
  6. 1969: Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (from Let it Bleed)
  7. 1968: Ten Years After – Woodchopper’s Ball (from Undead)
  8. 1967: Cream – Sunshine of your love (from Disraeli Gears)
  9. 1966: The Beatles – Taxman (from Revolver)
  10. 1965: The Who – My Generation (from My Generation)
  11. 1964: The Animals – the house of the rising sun
  12. 1963: Freddie & the Dreamers – You were made for me
  13. 1962: The Tornados – Telstar
  14. 1961: Dave Brubeck – Take Five
  15. 1960: Sam Cooke – Chain Gang, and
  16. 1959: Eddie Cochran – C’mon Everybody

And the vid – no brainer – from the year it all began – 1959…