2/24/16

Paul McCartney - Another Day / Oh Woman Oh Why 7" (1971)



Recently, I was walking with a friend and saw this single in the shopping window of  a "used records" store. I said to my friend it was my first ever single but did not tell him the intimate story I wrote in the original post. Weird as today we write to the whole world things we don't even tell to our closest friends. This is a re-up request so I'm glad to provide the link again. The B-side is one of my fave Macca song any period. Catch it here.

And, as used to say the great Monty Python, now something completely different. Actually, it may seem the most extreme contrast in the world to put an old McCartney single after a modern doom album. Yes but who cares would say the Bastards. This was the first single I had and the B-side had a sustained effect on me. It is called "Oh Woman Oh Why" and the screaming and frenzy voice of Paul McCartney gave me such a thrill that I then began my quest for unconventional singing. These songs were recorded in november 1970 for the sessions that what would become one of my fave albums of all the times: Ram. But they would not be included in the album and would only feature on this single. If the gentle "Another Day" would be included in many compilations due to its success in the charts of several countries, it would not be the case of the raw "Oh Woman Oh why", although it is now a bonus track of the last reedited version Ram CD edition. The Paul and Linda couple did not give birth only to lyrics on the joy of conjugal love, and these 2 songs have actually a very dark content. "Another Day" is more or less similar to "Lady Madonna" and talks about the difficulty of a working woman to assume her everyday life (sometimes I feel like this woman I must say, so sad) whilst "Oh Woman Oh Why" anticipates by 40 years the hard separation Paul would live with Heather Mills, except that Heather did not take a gun to kill him as the lady does in the song. Nothing vapid here. And the rude arrangements are a relief after all this sometimes overindulgent sophistication that Georges Martin felt the need to provide to the songs. The sleeve above is the French one i.e., the one I had. The name written on it (Nathalie Coste) is the name of the sister of the pal who gave me this single. In fact, he lended it me and if she reads this post, I am ready to give it back to her, but I doubt it will occur. My pal's forename was Jérôme, and he died in a motorbike accident before his eighteenth. I had been more or less in love with him some years before (my sexuality took some times to decide between girls and boys). It's one of these wounds that never completely cicatrise.


Another Day. Every day she takes a morning bath she wets her hair, Wraps a towel around her As shes heading for the bedroom chair, Its just another day. Slipping into stockings, Stepping into shoes, Dipping in the pocket of her raincoat. Ah, its just another day. At the office where the papers grow she takes a break, Drinks another coffee And she finds it hard to stay awake, Its just another day. du du du du du Its just another day. du du du du du Its just another day. AySo sad, so sad, Sometimes she feels so sad. Alone in her apartment shed dwell, Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell. Ah, stay, dont stand around And he comes and he stays But he leaves the next day, So sad. Sometimes she feels so sad. As she posts another letter to the sound of five, People gather round her And she finds it hard to stay alive, Its just another day. du du du du du Its just another day. du du du du duIts just another day. Ay So sad, so sad, Sometimes she feels so sad. Alone in her apartment shed dwell, Till the man of her dreams comes to break the spell. Ah, stay, dont stand around And he comes and he staysBut he leaves the next day,So sad. Sometimes she feels so sad. Every day she takes a morning bath she wets her hair, Wraps a towel around her As shes heading for the bedroom chair,Its just another day. Slipping into stockings, Stepping into shoes, Dipping in the pockets of her raincoat. Ah, its just another day. du du du du du Its just another day. du du du du duIts just another day.

Oh Woman, Oh Why. Oh Woman, Oh Why, why, why, why What have I done Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where Did you get that gun Oh what have I done What have I done Well I met her at the bottom of a well (of a well) Well I told here I was tryin' to break a spell (break a spell) But I can't get by, my hands are tied Don't why I ever got her to try myself Cause I can't get by, my hands are tied Oh Woman, Oh Why, why, why, why What have I done Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where Did you get that gun Oh what have you done Woman what have you done Well I am fed up with you lying cheating ways (cheating ways) But I get up every morning and every day (every day) But I can't get by , my hands are tied Don't why I want her to try myself Cause I can't get by, my hands are tied. Oh Woman, Oh Why, why, why, why What have I done Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where Did you get that gun Woman, what have I done What have you done What have I done

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2/20/16

Kim Fowley & Snow Mercy - Live In Overdrive (2012)

















Another album from 2012. It seems a joke but it's not. Anyway, this is not a real album but a stage capture. Not a seminal one but anything from Kim Fowley is of interest. This is is requested and I'm glad it has been since I had forgotten to do it. So here it is.

Recorded on the stage of the Skinnys Noho on April 3rd 2012, it was said that "the audience beheld a "Giant Baby Doll" version of Bettie Page interacting with a "Nuclear Frankenstein" backed by a surf garage band version of The Doors featuring Mike Wolf, Cosmo Topper & Steve Darrow". Actually, it seems pure impro based on "Gloria"'s and "Wild Thing"'s riffs played approximately and on which, during never more than 1 min 1/2, Kim and his "dame" talk about naughty things. Not one of the best thing to hear at home that has been done by the great man but after all, the important is to participate. It's short and simple and shows the man has decided to fill the year with (virtual) albums. He can go on, I love it. Hope an LP with jfg (he played last month with him in Bordeaux and in Nantes, you can listen to his solo and band stuff here) will be released this year, sure it would be one of 2012's highlight. Meanwhile, listen to this piece of experimental 60's garage by mister Kim and miss Mercy. And then, as usual, go to buy it here or there. Kim needs it. You would be naughty not to do it (except if you don't have the money for).



2/18/16

Alternative TV - Revolution (2001)






















It was the last Alternative TV LP when I posted it first. Now, there's the great Opposite Forces (eg. here) to satisfy pur need for new stuff. Someone asked me to re-up this one. So I do it. Catch it here.

This is the last ATV album to this day. Unfortunately. I don't know if Mark Perry will do another one someday, but I hope so. Meanwhile he's touring again with a new ATV band and cross the fingers it will go on (and that he will lose some weight cos' it's not the Mark Perry I love to see). Because I miss his music, his voice, his intimate and dirturbing universe on record (live, he seems now to stick to the punk formula). When I talked to him the year this album was released, he told me he didn't like it. It was a step back to the punk days for him, a kind of opportunistic project not fitting with the taste of a 43 yrs old man listening to Bob Dylan and no more to punk. I think he was too severe and that the album stands proudly in his discography. I doubt he was so cynical he seemed to say he was recording it. There are some gems, and even the punk tracks are powerful and done with great energy. The fact is that he still plays some songs from this album, meaning that this album was not a one-shot. Except if the present ATV is opportunistic of course. But it's true it's rather the unreleased old songs written at the time of Alex Fergusson's ATV such as "In Control" than songs written for this album that he still plays. 


On your knees again. Back in your room there was a surprise. Your eyes tell the story: a lonely man, in his lonely hell. On your knees once again. So hard to deal with your own desires. For the same old reasons. Wicked thoughts are clutching you. On your knees again. If you look out of the window of your mind, the universe is always changing shape. A big bright light burns into your soul, bringing you forgiveness. You've convinced yourself, there's nothing left. Your world's imploding. Voices screaming. On your knees again.


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2/8/16

Kim Fowley - Death City (2012)





















That may seem weird that Kim Fowley released so many albums in 2012 (no less than 5 judging by the official release dates). Surely some were recorded some years before but I don't know which one. This one was my less loved but now that I listened to it quite a lot, I can't say there is any less loved one among them. Actually each one consisted of rather heterogenous material and in each there are some gems that any KF fan (or not) should possess. In this one it's  "Men don't have sex" (I did a modest video below) and "Goblin" that are my fave tracks. Maybe I should do in the future a sort of selection tracks album with what I think are the gems on this 5 LP offer. Anyway, here is Death City. No info about who plays on it unfortunately (maybe there are some but I didn't find, if you have, don't hesitate to leave it in the comments section). As for the other 2012 LPs, I did a new cover sleeve cos' really they were all ugly and the music on them deserves a better wrapping. Meanwhile, catch it here.