Friday, February 17, 2017

Young Men Will Have Visions and Old Men Will Have Dreams-Athens GA Inside Out-1987

Art by Howard Finster

Click Put Me In The Funny Book to Download Alternate Athens GA Inside Out Soundtrack

Athens Ga Inside/Out is, of course, a wonderful documentary made in 1986 about the Athens, GA music scene.  It really captures a time and place- Athens in the mid 1980's. The recent CD/DVD package released by Omnivore records is highly recommended and contains bonus tracks not available elsewhere as well as the film itself- it can be bought here.

What I have for you here is a companion mix to the film, meant to supplement not replace the re-release, this mix features the music on the original issue of the soundtrack as well as some tracks missing from both the soundtrack and its re-release but featured in the film (like the opening "Fun To Be Happy" by Love Tractor, both B-52 tracks and Limbo District's rare "A La Maison") all put in the chronological order in which they appeared in the film.

1. Fun To Be Happy- Love Tractor
2. Swan Swan H- REM
3. Work That Skirt-B-52's
4. 52 Girls- B-52's
5. Oh Shit (His and Hearse) Bar-B-Que Killers
6. Window Sill- Time Toy
7. Hi- Time Toy
8. A La Maison- Limbo District
9. Jet Tone Boogie- The Flat Duo Jets
10. Baby Blue (Crazy Hazy Kisses)- Flat Duo Jets
11. Golden- Dream So Real
12. Nightfall- The Kilkenny Cats
13. Pretty- Love Tractor
14. Got To Give It Up- Love Tractor
15. Na, Na, Na, Na- The Squalls
16. Elephant Radio- The Squalls
17. Stop It- Pylon
18. Dream- REM
19. Italian Movie Theme- Pylon

There's a lot of great music here, everybody has their personal favorites- mine are The Flat Duo Jets (from whom the White Stripes borrowed a big chunk of their image & sound) Pylon, Love Tractor, R.E.M., and Time Toy.  There are many great moments in the film the funniest is when Walter from Walter's BBQ says "I had another group come by I think their name is the Asshole Surfers, they come by and eat my BBQ, they try to pattern themselves on REM." There's also plenty of great footage of folk artist and man of visions Howard Finster as well.  Buy the film/soundtrack from Omnivore! And enjoy this alternate version. Below is the Flat Duo Jets amazing sequence (some Southern Gothic rockabilly adrenalin), then Pylon's "Stop It" and REM's version of "Dream".

I visited Athens in the late 90's and it still seemed a wonderful place that hadn't been too corrupted by the popularity of the music scene(s). Got to see Stipe's two houses-one for his art and one for him- while there and ate at the Grit. Georgia is a beautiful state, one of the best parts of the South, visit if and when you can.

As a bonus here's the Asshole Surfers covering REM-

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Strange Days Indeed

John stepping out in his spacesuit
This might eventually grow into a mix covering the period 1979-1980, but for now just a foundation.
Starting with one of the 20th century's greatest pleasures- listening to Blondie and looking at Debbie Harry.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

I Was Once A Toff- The Kinks 1977-83

Ray Davies camping it up in the late 70's, he really came WAY out of his shell- might have been the cocaine.  The Kinks were the first band I saw live in the early 80's, they were doing this same kind of bit, it was a lot of fun, my parents went with me and they enjoyed it as well.  Can't remember if he had dropped the white sneakers by then, I hope so, white sneakers are always a bad look-makes you look like you work in a hospital.

I heard "Come Dancing" in a drugstore the other night and even in my feverish state (bad case of the flu or something) I had to pause and listen, what a great song, probably the Kink's last great song. The tour I saw was right before this album (State of Confusion) came out, 83 I believe. I think Julien Temple directed this video, you can see the same visual style he would use a year or two later in Absolute Beginners.  I have a soft spot for his early work, especially The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle.

Go here for the interview portion with Ray Davies by a clueless Mike Douglas. Its funny how Mike obviously did little to no research. Very cool to see Tony Bennett sitting next to Ray. Talk shows used to have such a casual relaxed pace, and an unusual and refreshingly unscripted air. People actually sitting around just talking.