Sunday, 3 March 2013


A British bohemian treasure

A much under-valued original, Basil Kirchin was one of the most unique musician producers to emerge out of the British post-war big band scene and will surely one day be recognized as an artist of stature. A native of Blackpool, he made his debut aged 13 playing drums in his father Ivor Kirchin's orchestra at the Paramount, Tottenham Court Road. The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band released proto-punk classic Stone Age Mambo in 1956, a young Keith Moon took note.

In an impossibly bohemian move he went to India in the late 1950s spending some time in  an ashram.  In the 1960s he worked on experimental music and film soundtracks such as the Abominable Dr Phibes, using rock session men like Jimmy Page to make weird De Wolfe Library records. In the 1970s he issued his experimental sound works as "World within worlds". They were ahead of their time and maybe are still. Kirchin belongs the same pantheon of maverick British sound artists as Joe Meek or Vernon Elliot. 

Primative London is a rare exploitation film about London's seamier side
Here is a review of Basil Kirchin's soundtrack LP which was issued in 2011.

here is the wikipedia entry but more interesting examination of Basil's work from Sound and Music

and a reminiscence from Bearded Magazine and an interview by Bob Stanley from 2002

World within worlds can be heard here 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


The Captain wore flowers in his wig

The Damned bring punk rock to the city of love

Find the whole show and more at this channel

Torrent here

Saturday, 23 February 2013


SKY HIGH: Alexis and Duffy blow away the London Blues

This is a real gem of British blues and one of Alexis Korner's best recordings. Recorded in 1965 with a much changed line-up from earlier sessions here we have Duffy Power and Alexis sharing vocal duties backed up by Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. Duffy sings on four tracks and plays harp throughout. For me this is British blues at its finest. Lo-fi and plaintive, the sound of the coffee bars and the night buses. Alan Skidmore and Chris Pyne bring a jazz feel that is always modern and tasteful. The title refers to the studio's location above a chemist in South Moulton St, at that time a hub of weed dealing. Producer Jack Winsley is one of the forgotten heroes of the British independents in the 1960s working with Mike Berry and Slade among others.

Here is the story of the sessions from Neil Slaven's liner notes to the reissue

and here is the story of its various releases

Get the LP  here  BONUS Chris Jagger tells the story of Alexis Korner for BBC Radio in three parts 1, 2, 3


Guts on screen!

Based on a true story about a Russian platoon in Afghanistan in 1988. The director/lead Fyodor Bondarchuk is a star in Russia and this big budget movie was seen by 3.8 million in its first two weeks. Its fully a war movie and a quality addition to the genre. A lot of sweat and muscle (and who knows what in subtitle translation) but the absolute payback are some awesome battle scenes that capture the mayhem and brutality of that conflict.

Trailer here


Torrent  RS Links


Chicken, Mutton or LSD

Goat is a new band that I like alot. They come from some remote part of Sweden and are very psychedelic. Check out their LP World Music.

Here they are live in Stockholm from last year

Some more live performances from UK and Sweden in 2012 - trippy lightshow

Thursday, 21 February 2013


The band that time forgot

There isn't very much live Patto footage out there but here is some that I could find
This from French TV show Pop Deux 1971

This one from 1970


Death of a British Original 

Very sad. Though he will no doubt be feted in obituary, Kevin Ayers never received the credit he deserved for one of the most creative and unique bodies of work in British music. His sometimes co-conspirator in psychedelia Syd Barrett became a legend on the basis of only three LPs whereas Kevin Ayers released album after album (17 in all) of his distinctive poetic, whimsical, mind-crawling psychedelic rock music without ever securing the reputation for creative genius that he deserved many time over. He should have been known as a British Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen for the consistency of his songwriting but for the most part remained an all-too-quirky footnote to the history of psychedelia despite being copied by everyone from Robyn Hitchcock to Peter Perrett and many more beyond. When he was part of The Soft Machine they were Britain's true answer to the Velvet Underground and his debut solo LP Joy of a Toy deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Transformer or Hunky Dory. That said there is so much to discover in all his albums. His is an oeuvre without too many duds. Shooting at the Moon, Whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour, right up to his later records like Sweet Deceiver and Yes we have no Mañanas on which he was accompanied by the even more underrated guitar hero Ollie Halsall formerly of Patto. Nowadays, with the internet revealing a musical landscape that was never so available the Canterbury scene is lauded as a pillar of the British avant-garde. Kevin Ayers was always his own man, however, never easy to pigeon-hole, a rocker and a poet with a charm that oozes from all his recordings.

Here is the obituary from the Guardian,  from the Daily Telegraph, and from Mojo

SOFT MACHINE 1967 from Dutch TV show Hoepla (with Mark Boyle lightshow)

Kevin Ayers from French TV show Pop2 in two parts
Kevin Ayers and the Whole World (with Mike Oldfield and Lol Coxhill) - May I? on OGWT 1972
A full concert of Kevin with Ollie Halsall at the Shaw Theatre, London 1992

Thursday, 14 February 2013


MC5 rarities 

For a start if you watch any of these videos once you will have to watch again. So get down on your knees and give tribute to a bunch of true rock motherfuckers. Mostly from French TV show Pop


The Pink Fairies in your bedroom ... naked!

Impossibly rare and obscure 1973 film of the Pink Fairies with Larry Wallis from French TV. It even has an interview with the mighty Lazza. Hooray for the world wide web.
Listen to Kings of Oblivion, Larry's 1973 Fairy freakout  here

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Simon Stokes and the Nighthawks - Voodoo Woman

Swampy garage rock

Sunday, 10 February 2013



Great singer, Discovered in a record store in Greenwich Town, Kingston. Pals with Prince Allah and Earl Zero. Not much of a career for someone with all the moves.
Sylvan White - Africans Unite 1978-1983 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Glimmer Twins Breakdown on Wardour Street

The Stones rock the Marquee Club in 1971

a cool video that recently came out of hibernation


Heldon - Électronique Guérilla

Ride the electric cloud

Relax on beutiful sonic waves of pulse and feedback with this Eurotronique gem

Tuesday, 8 January 2013


The hippest numbers in town

You gotta love this film footage of the High Numbers, soon to become the 'oo, playing to a heavy mod crowd at the Railway Hotel, Richmond, with cool footage of some hot steppin' young modernists, twisting and turning to their fave beat combo.