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Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:22 pm
by will vine
Well yeah, I wasted my youth on it too but it wouldn't let go of me all through my middle years and now, as I anticipate the homeward voyage, it still informs a lot of my messing around.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:46 pm
by Adam Blake
I am understandably very nostalgic for the days when you could put a band together around two guitars, bass and drums and a bunch of Chuck Berry songs and then get a gig in a pub and invite your mates down to jeer and cheer at you. You get pleasantly drunk and end up doing your back in dragging an AC30 up several flights of stairs at around 2:30am. This seems to me to be a very British and entirely laudable endeavour, steeped in tradition and not without honour.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:30 pm
by davidt
I think Charlie used to play this:

Bees Make Honey, here complete with pub.

http://youtu.be/boSKRgH0vKM

I've got a single of Van Morrison singing this that came out about the same time.
Odd co-incidence.

David

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:50 pm
by Nigel w
Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-O2HGI0GYs

Basher and the Brinsleys on Whistle Test :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMYc5U_jIdc

Not sure John Fogarty ever played in a London pub, but he should have done. His 1975 version of Frankie Ford's Sea Cruise summed up all that was best about the spirit of pub rock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvQGawB4Fv4

But Americans certainly could and did play pub-rock... the American guitarist Danny Adler with Roogalator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRUI8bTNbZs

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:11 pm
by Kari Salonen
When I was in my earlish teens, Ian Dury landed on my musical landscape practically out of nowhere with "Sweet Gene Vincent". I was bewildered but immediately hooked (finalised by his appearance in the 1978 Rockpalast concert series which was shown here as a late night marathon).

Only after that I began to read about the pub rock scene: the editors and writers of our then leading music monthly were all pub rock aficionados, so many names already mentioned in this thread cropped up frequently. And Dr. Feelgood were a big cult name already.

And I think the Kilburn and the High Roads records, what little they had recorded, became also available more widely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4woKl4GGTZs

This TV appearance is interesting: the lineup looks very groomed...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SxxjnAr2c

Compared to this live clip I mean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL5WOnnIOC0

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:04 pm
by Rob Hall
Well, well, well...

Thanks Kari, for those Kilburn clips.

One of the commentators underneath asks "are there any clips of Slack Alice?"

Not a clip of them live as they were (but some from more recent years) but this track gives you an idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xHVGw-MoDs

The reason I post this is that we had Slack Alice play at Ravensbourne art college in Chislehurst back in the day. The support act were playing what I believe to be just their 3rd gig (and there's a story behind how they got it):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiC2EqGalQ8

That's quite a contrast in musical styles, that is.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:45 pm
by Adam Blake
Was transported back to 1975 last night by The Mysterious Wheels at Bar Etc in Stoke Newington High St. (OK, OK, in 1975 I wouldn't have been able to get served and would have had to stand outside to listen - which I did, on occasion)

A perfect mid-70s London bar band. All elements present and correct: upside-down Hofner bass (very tasteful and unobtrusive), an extrovert singer in fantastic alligator winkle pickers and wide stripe spiv suit with more enthusiasm than technique, two wonderful lady backing singers who look like they're slumming it on a night off from touring with a much more successful band, a disgruntled looking guitarist, a noisy piano player who doubles on rhythm guitar when necessary, a tight drummer, a repertoire of blues, country and rock'n'roll classics and, best of all, not a single solitary nod to suggest that the last 40 odd years have actually happened.

Drunks danced badly, spouses smiled indulgently, men talked about guitars. To quote David Bowie (and why not?): It was ragged and naive, it was heaven.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:08 am
by alister prince
Adam, a 'disgruntled' looking guitarist'... Shome mistake shurely...
Aly

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:44 am
by Adam Blake
alister prince wrote:Adam, a 'disgruntled' looking guitarist'... Shome mistake shurely...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI55lG7ZAvM

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:39 am
by AndyM
Adam Blake wrote:
A perfect mid-70s London bar band. All elements present and correct: upside-down Hofner bass (very tasteful and unobtrusive), an extrovert singer in fantastic alligator winkle pickers and wide stripe spiv suit with more enthusiasm than technique, two wonderful lady backing singers who look like they're slumming it on a night off from touring with a much more successful band, a disgruntled looking guitarist, a noisy piano player who doubles on rhythm guitar when necessary, a tight drummer, a repertoire of blues, country and rock'n'roll classics and, best of all, not a single solitary nod to suggest that the last 40 odd years have actually happened.

Drunks danced badly, spouses smiled indulgently, men talked about guitars. To quote David Bowie (and why not?): It was ragged and naive, it was heaven.


Evocatively evoked, but really, how GHASTLY.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:11 pm
by Adam Blake
Wouldn't life be dull if we all liked the same things?

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:17 pm
by AndyM
Absolutely! Which is why it's healthy for me to scriggle in occasionally and interrupt this love-in.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:28 pm
by Chris P
The word scriggle, is maybe better than 99% of pub-rock. Just a viewpoint! Now if it was 'the indecent pub jazz thread', that'd be another thing

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:43 pm
by Jamie Renton
AndyM wrote:Evocatively evoked, but really, how GHASTLY.


You see? Jokey AND grumpy. The forum's very own Les Dawson.

Re: The Decent Pub Rock Thread

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:12 pm
by Chris P
the word grumpy just doesn't fit Andy, Jamie. I'm surprised how many times you've used it. You'll never ever get that one to stick boyo!