8/23/17

The end ... of Forgotten Songs

Mega has decided to close my account (on which I uploaded all the material from this blog) due to the classic violation authors' rights. They received 3 takedown notices for 3 posts in 1 year, and consider it's enough to delete all the stuff that I had stored there. I'm totally disappointed (devastated actually) and think I've had enough of these storage problem (first Mediafire, then Rapidshare, and now Mega). So this is the end. I know several other musical blogs use Mega or Zippyshare and had not their accounts deleted, but maybe I'm not cautious enough in the material I post. Anyway, I'm fed up with this cat and mouse play. Since I don't want to leave posts with dead links, I'll remove the blog from the web. Hard to see 8 years of work (the blog started in August 2009) destroyed but I think there'll be soon no place for free sharing on the web, except for those who are familiar enough with the ways to use alternative modalities (I don't want to use torrents). But personally, I'm too old for that now. If you have a sort of solution to propose, for example a filehoster that does not obey like a watchdog to the companies that earn money with delation (like webcapio, who did the bad job in my case, go to hell fuckers), don't hesitate to give it to me in comments whilst the blog is still active. Maybe it'll make me change my mind. Sad it ends since I had a lot fantastic stuff to post in the near future. But free (in its double acception) is less and less a word that has to do with internet (no tits, no free music...). Thanx to all those who left me nice comments during this 8 yrs long adventure, and the musicians that were kind enough to let me share their music freely (thinking of Mark Perry, one of my all-time hero). I'm sure they understood that the way I did it was for helping their work to stay alive, and not to rob them. Note that many of my stuff (improved sounding live material and nice DIY cover sleeves) are sold legally on the net by cupid MP3 sites and nothing is done to stop them. In this capitalistic world, the moneymakers are working hand in hand, the only enemies are us, the free-sharing-activists.

8/21/17

Buzzcocks - It's Not You 7" (2014)

We had to wait 7 years before new stuff by the band was released. It was a LP called The Way and I was proud and glad to have participated to it's release via some money given by The Pledge. The album was all we could hope from a band whose members are in their 60's and who maintain the name of Buzzcocks with honour and the rather weak notes you can see on its wikipedia page is nothing less than bullshit by second-hand rock critics. The album was released during the summer of 2014 and this single only in November. If this is actually my favorite song from the album, it's not really calibrated to be a hit and it was not. I'm not sure the band was expecting any success anyway but maybe to add a great song to their fantastic repertoire. It shows how  Pete Shelley can still write seminal songs. And this one is really one of this kind. The bridge is in particular a real killer.  Note that there's "(radio mix)" added to the title of the single. Since I took this version from the clip, I hope it's the good version but I think so. On the B-side, a Steve Diggle non-album track called "Generation Suicide". A rather common rocker but pleasant anyway. Catch it here or there. Still 2 more to come.

8/17/17

Buzzcocks - Reconciliation EP (2007)



















Released in December 2007, i.e., more than 18 months after it's paired LP (Flat Pack Philosophy), the reason of this song being issued in a single format is not very clear since it's far from being a potential hit, at least for me. Anyway, the reason this EP is interesting is, as always, for its B-side, consisting of two Steve Diggle's songs, again much more in a solo vein than related to Buzzcocks. Not bad but rather dispensable. The Who/Jam influence (we'll say "mods") is very pregnant but this is not a surprise with this composer. Some more to come. Meanwhile catch this one here or there.


8/11/17

Buzzcocks - Sell You Everything EP (2006)


















In August 2006, 11 years from now, the band released their usual second single driven from the current album (it was Flat Pack Philosophy). And as usual, since the first was a Pete Shelley composition, the second was a Steve Diggle's. Ans as often, it was a very very good song, almost a classic based upon my own standards, and it would have deserve, as "Sick City Sometimes", to be a hit but unfortunately it was not, and didn't enter the charts as did it's predecessor. The B-side is often the one that stimulates interest of the fan in search of non-album tracks. It's the case here but the load is rather deceiving since the first one is a live version of "Sixteen" dating from 6 years earlier (2000) and captured in a unlocated US concert. The sound is poor and the version doesn't add to the band's glory. The second song will surprise any Buzzcocks fan since it's a Steve Diggle's ballad that shows how he's in the steps of Pete Townshend (with the voice of John Entwistle) and even Paul Weller. Not bad but rather out of place on a Buzzcocks EP. All the more that the song was a leftover from the Modern LP sessions recorded 10 years earlier, so what was the need to release it on this EP this is a good question. Interesting to catch here anyway or there.


8/6/17

Buzzcocks - I Wish I Never Loved You EP (2006)

Three years after their eponymous LP, the band released in February 2006 this single as a trailer for their new LP Flat-Pack Philosophy. Weirdly, and although the chosen song is far to be a classic, it charted (only at 146 it's true, but it charted, first time since Part 1 in 1980). On the B-side of the EP, two non-album songs. First the Diggle's"Don't Matter What You Say", unfortunately once again not a recent one but from 1996, surely again a leftover of the All Set album. But since the song is rather good, we won't complain too much. Then "Orion", much better, one of this Shelley's oblique and dark songs we love so much. Sad it doesn't last more, the sudden end is clearly premature and wastes some of the pleasure of provided by this song. All in all, another winner for a band that never released an uninteresting EP since its reformation. More to come. Catch it here or there.