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It’s Friiiiiday…

Who’s up for some Sex Beat?

The Gun Club - Sex Beat

I played this at Dreams Never End, after someone requested it, and was reminded again that it is one of the best songs ever written…

The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet

This was another request at Dreams Never End.  Always a pleasure to play Patti…

Patti Smith Group - Because The Night

Another of those gravest hits from The Cramps…

The Cramps - Domino

A post-Clash Mick Jones classic that still sounds great, and any film that’s about Performance has got to be a good thing…

Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2

Happy weekend.

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Another week of World Cup, literature, music and dancing comes towards its end and so it’s time to celebrate the weekend with some fine, fine music….

I am loving this, the opening track to the new Mungo’s Hi Fi album of the same name…

Mungo’s Hi Fi – Serious Time

Here’s one that always sound brilliant, and like they used to say about Martini, anytime anyplace anywhere…

Classics IV – Spooky

Now then, I want you to spell for me New York..

Dillinger – Cokane in My Brain

Another 2014 release that I keep coming back to…

The War on Drugs – Suffering

And finally, one of the greatest songs of all time…

Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy the World Cup final.

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This week, to celebrate the weekend, it’s five songs that I will be playing at Dreams Never End on Saturday night…

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Cabaret Voltaire - Nag, Nag, Nag

Blondie - Heart Of Glass

The Stranglers - Go Buddy Go

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Israel

Have a great weekend

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Flipping heck Moe Tucker, it’s Friday again….

I’ve been enjoying Martin Newell’s Mule TV.  Here’s part two, where from two minutes in, you can hear “The Days Of May”, the song that would propel the UK to Eurovision glory were it ever to get sung by a modern day equivalent of Matt Monroe…

Cleaners From Venus – The Days Of May

I’ve finally got round to giving the new Real Estate album Atlas” a proper listen. Blimmin’ lovely it is too if you dig West Coast dreamy guitar pop.  Here’s my current favourite tune from “Atlas”…

Real Estate – Past Lives

Another new album that has been getting a serious listen this week is the Teleman album “Breakfast” - another record chock full of top notch tuneage.  Here’s a low key gem from ”Breakfast”…

Teleman – Lady Low

Every now and again I go on a little Louis Prima binge, and this week has seen one of those periodic Prima binges.  Is there anything more life reaffirming that Louis Prima?  I adore it all.  I’d love to have seen him live.  Here’s a somewhat restrained performance from the great man of the wonderful “Buona Sera”…

Louis Prima – Buona Sera

Finally, another band who - on the back of a current tour - have been getting a few spins are the Violent Femmes.  Does it get any better than Blister In The Sun?

Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you happen to be doing.  I hope to get in plenty of Glastonbury and World Cup action on TV accompanied by beer.  Mmmmm beer.

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I rewatched Swingers a few days ago.  I hadn’t seen it for years.  Would it still be as wonderful?  The verdict…

Still wonderful.  Still a great film….

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Flipping heck Tucker, it’s Friday….

Last Friday I had the good fortune to see the wonderful Ruts DC and that inspired me to revisit their back catalogue including the wonderful “Rhythm Collision” their collaboration with Mad Professor from 1982.  Whatever you do, check out Whatever We Do…

Ruts DC – Whatever We Do

For reasons I cannot explain I’ve also been delving into the wonderful world of the Electric Light Orchestra and their Strange Magic…

Electric Light Orchestra – Strange Magic

And, if you’re going to wallow in perfect pop music you gots to be spending some time with The Zombies…

The Zombies – Maybe After He’s Gone

Stanley Spencer had a vision of the holy land, he saw Jesus everywhere preaching to the common man…

Luke Haines - English Southern Man

I’m back in God’s own country again.

Roy’s running scared…

Roy Orbison – Running Scared

Here’s to a joyous weekend.

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Ruts DC supported by Prince Fatty @ Concorde 2, Brighton on Friday 13 June 2014



Despite the rival attractions of Rod Stewart playing up the road at Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s Amex Stadium; and Spain versus Netherlands in the World Cup; anyone with any taste and sense was down at the Concorde 2 for Ruts DC ably supported by Brighton’s own Prince Fatty and Horseman (Prince Fatty also produced the superb 2013 Ruts DC album “Rhythm Collision Volume 2” which, if you don’t own, you need to put that right ASAP).



If you’re reading you probably don’t need me to tell you that Ruts DC were formed in 1980 from the ashes of The Ruts and following the untimely death of Malcolm Owen by guitarist Paul Fox, bassist John ‘Segs’ Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy, before splitting up in 1983. 

In 2007, Ruts DC reformed to play a benefit gig for Paul Fox, and in 2008 Segs and Ruffy started recorded the aforementioned “Rhythm Collision Volume 2” and, so far as I know, have been active ever since. 

So, on Friday 13 June 2013, there was only one place to be in Brighton. 



Prince Fatty and Horseman were a wonderful, bass-tastic way to kick off the evening and despite the lovely weather which meant quite a few of the crowd stayed outside, they got plenty of people dancing and grins aplenty.



Along with Segs and Ruffy, Ruts DC are now guitarist Leigh Heggarty and the splendidly charismatic Molara providing additional vocals and percussion. What a night! I see a fair amount of live music and this is right up there with the best gigs I’ve seen in a long time. Segs makes a great front man - passionate and humorous.



Ruts DC played plenty of old favourites, including West One, It Was Cold, Jah War (with Horseman helping out), In A Rut, Babylon’s Burning, SUS, Staring At The Rude Boys, and Something That I Said, and this was augmented by plenty of Ruts DC tunes. 



Part of what makes Ruts DC so great is that they are still producing vital new music that is every bit as good as the classic punk era songs. 

The audience seemed to be loving every minute - I know I was. 

If you get the chance to see Ruts DC grab it with both hands.

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Time to conjure up that Friday feeling….

Having recently finished "All The Madmen" I’ve been listening to quite a bit of early Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett.  Here’s a classic tune from Syd…

Syd Barrett - Gigolo Aunt

I heard this last Saturday night and, as always when it hits, I was blown away by it’s majesty and perfection…

New Order - True Faith

Have you got game?  Public Enemy have…

Public Enemy - He Got Game

Graham Parker was in my local barbers the other week.  What a lovely man he is too.  Anwyay, here’s one of his finest moments…

Graham Parker & The Rumour - Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions

And, finally, here’s one of many great tracks on the new album by James…

James - Moving On

Have a great weekend.

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It’s Friday and it’s time to get this party started.

This tune came up on my iPod yesterday and, as usual when I hear it, I was struck by how life reaffirming it is.  You want bongos?  We got bongos.  This is quite simply bongotastic…

Incredible Bongo Band - Bongolia

A few days ago I finished reading "The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds" by John Higgs which is brilliant and, somewhat inevitably, inspired listening to some music by The KLF.  Here’s their most perfect pop moment (and a great video).  When Jimmy Cauty, unhappy with the way this track was going, said to Bill Drummond, “This needs some Tammy Wynette”, well, the rest is history…

The KLF - Justified and Ancient (Stand By The JAMs)

You want another perfect pop moment.  Buddy Rich and his daughter Cathy… What does the beat do?

Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On

To finish a couple of songs that anyone coming down to Dreams Never End nightclub in Hove will get to groove to…

"The holiday we spent together, Lives with me now and forever…"  

What is it about Barney’s lyrics that makes them so brilliant?  Aligned to New Order’s music, they are perfection….

New Order - Mr Disco

And finally one of my favourite songs of all time and a punk classic.  

You had yellow hair, did you see me?

The Mekons - Where Were You?

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Keep on the good foot.

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"The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned a Million Pounds" by Johh Higgs

Do you believe in magic?

John Higgs overlays a standard chronological history of The KLF (a wonderful, and very successful, pop duo active in the late 1980s and early 1990s who adopted the philosophy contained in “The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan”) with all manner of interesting and provocative historical, cultural and philosophical ideas, movements and people: for example, Dadaism, Carl Jung, the Situationists, the Discordians, Doctor Who, Alan Moore and “Ideaspace”, Generation X, Robert Anton Wilson, multiple-model agnosticism, and much more. If that list excites you then you are strongly advised to read this book as soon as possible. If not, move along, nothing to see here. 

It’s a superb, stimulating and entertaining read that I will be returning to again before much longer. 

5/5