The Jam- Live At Bingley Hall, Birmingham, 1982
Full concert, 1 hr 20 mins
3 men and Black - Alternative Ulster (acoustic)
3 men in Black were J.J. Burnel (The Stranglers), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) and Nicky Welsh (The Selecter & Bad Manners) and Pauline Black (The Selecter) , doing acoustic versions of songs they are famous for, and talking a little about how they came to write the songs etc.
Above is Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers who originally recorded this song.
The Boomtown Rats - “Someone’s Looking At You”
In honour of Mummy NSA and Daddy GCHQ.
On a night like this I deserve to get kissed at least once or twice
You come over to my place screaming blue murder, needing someplace to hide.
Well, I wish you’d keep quiet,
Imaginations run riot,
In these paper-thin walls.
And when the place comes ablaze with a thousand dropped names
I don’t know who to call.
But I got a friend over there in the government block
And he knows the situation and he’s taking stock,
I think I’ll call him up now
Put him on the spot, tonight.
They saw me there in the square when I was shooting my mouth off
About saving some fish.
Now could that be construed as some radical’s views or some liberals’ wish.
And it’s so hot outside,
And the air is so sweet,
And when the pressure drop is heavy I don’t wanna hear you speak.
You know most killing is committed at 90 degrees.
When it’s too hot to breathe
And it’s too hot to think.
There’s always someone looking at you.
They’re looking at you.
And I wish you’d stop whispering.
Don’t flatter yourself, nobody’s listening.
Still it makes me nervous, those things you say.
You may as well
Shout it from the roof
Scream it from your lungs
Spit it from you mouth
It could fall on deaf ears to indulge in your fears
There’s a spy in the sky
There’s a noise on the wire
There’s a tap on the line
And for every paranoid’s desire…
There’s always Someone looking at you.
S-s-s-s-someone looking at you…
They’re always looking at you.
The Stranglers - “Nice ‘n’ Sleazy”
To celebrate JJ Burnel’s 62nd birthday, here’s is finest bass-driven song.
The Smiths - “Reel Around The Fountain”
Track 1 of The Smiths’ debut album, released 30 years ago today. (Jesus H Dawkins. 30 years)
Devo - “Mongoloid” (1980)
In memoriam guitarist Bob Casale who died yesterday, and drummer Alan Myers who died in June.
Cindytalk - “It’s Luxury” (1984)
I lost my cassettes of the Camouflage Heart album, and discovered a Cindytalk forum on the web about 10 years ago. A kind person offered to send me CDs, which arrived from Japan including early demos and mix tapes unavailable elsewhere, sent by someone called Tabitha. I suspect that Tabitha may actually be Gordon Sharp, Cindytalk’s singer, who (according to wikipedia) “has split his time between Japan and the UK”.
Sharp also sang “Kangaroo”, a This Mortal Coil song.
Old Punk documentry from Granada TV on Channel 4. Features (in order):-
Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Iggy Pop, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury, Penetration, Blondie, Fall, Jam, Jordan, Devo, Tom Robinson Band, Johnny Thunder, Elvis Costello, XTC, Jonathan Richman, Nick Lowe, Siouxie & the Banshees, Cherry Vanilla & Magazine….. The tape fails there!
I have left the adverts in for historical reference - TSB, Once, Cluster, Coke is it, Roger Daltery in American Express, Ulay, Swan, Our Price, Gastrils, Cluster & Prestige.