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  1. I was thinking he could be Bungalow Bill (him of the Continuing Story of), but it is stretching it a bit to call that a bungalow, so I think you are right. He also has a bit of a "Don't Bother Me" look about him! The trouble is if I see something that puts a song into my head by another artist I have difficulty getting past that. I kept thinking the girl leaving home was Bob Dylan's "Only A Hobo", and the "Revolution" roundabout put me in mind of Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" which has "painted ponies going round and round". It's doing my head in, but in a good way. As mentioned earlier, many of the scenes could be interpreted as multiple Beatles songs, so the Official OTIB final number could be about 60, albeit many tenuous ones! I also thought that the roundabout and whole funfair scene might be more than just "Helter Skelter", "Ticket To Ride etc and somehow be a reference to "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite", but of course there is no reference to those things in the title. I am also sure there must be something "Flying" but can't see anything!
  2. It looks like their is a light on in the Spar shop, could that be The Inner Light?
  3. Could even be Golden Slumbers! Or both I'm Only Sleeping and Golden Slumbers could be the guy just waking up and yawning, next to "Not Dead"?
  4. Is the bald guy with glasses and a bag of money (in pushchair) Mean Mr Mustard?
  5. Drive My Car (yellow car) Help (guy drowning) Getting Better (not dead) Still working on it (that's not an answer!)
  6. On the same subject as the Pistols, if only because the story involves Malcom McLaren, Adam and the Ants are a classic example of a band who were struggling commercially and making average although sometimes interesting music (Dirk Wears White Sox anyone?), then suddenly took off. Adam asked MM to become their manager, which he agreed to do, then promptly sacked 3 of the band and pointed them in the direction of Annabella Lwin's Bow Wow Wow (who McLaren also happened to manage!). Adam and the Ants, with the use of Burundi drums, then created a distinctive and very popular sound, and basically stormed the charts in late 1980 through the whole of 1981, only losing momentum when Adam (Stuart Goddard) branched out on his own, although he was still successful for a year or 2 as a solo artist. I think people forget just how huge the whole Adam Ant/Antmusic phenomenon was at the time. I remember, when they were in their pomp, songs from their back catalogue like Young Parisians and Car Trouble hit the charts, something that happens to very few artists, David Bowie's Life on Mars being an example that comes to mind. I know he had some mental health issues a few years ago, but he was touring quite recently, I am sure he played the Colston Hall about 5 years ago. I also remember him doing a solo spot at Live Aid in 1985, and thinking after his lacklustre performance how quickly his stock had lowered in the space of 2 or 3 years. Good artist when he was on the top of his game though. And Bow Wow Wow were pretty good!
  7. I take your point with Blondie to a degree, TBH I knew very little of them until they had a hit with Denis, and then the release of the Parallel Lines album, which I thought was a brilliant pop album - which contained Heart of Glass - and also a massive seller. So I'm not really viewing them as "selling out" by bringing out that album, more that PL was such a great album with a very high quality of song writing (although HOG has been overplayed so many times on the radio I wouldn't care if I never heard that again!) and for me the style of music didn't change that much, apart from a little dalliance with rap, but the quality of the songs after PL. just never matched up to that album. Likewise, The Police brought out 2 very good albums and then we had Zenyetta Mandetta, the style was the same, the quality of songs was underwhelming. One more example I will chuck out there is Ian Dury and the Blockheads, pretty much everything he brought out before the "Do It Yourself" album was top drawer - perhaps there is something in the "difficult 2nd album syndrome" but the quality of the songs on "New Boots and Panties" is absolutely outstanding, the only thing he did that I liked after that was "Hit Me" and it's B side "There Ain't 'Alf Been Some Clever Bastards", and "Reasons to be Cheerful" was decent. Bowie was an exceptional artist with a very long career (50+ years?) so there is always going to be some mediocre stuff in the catalogue. What you said, though, reminded me of how he always seemed to be ahead of the game, suddenly knocking out a soul influenced album in Young Americans in 1975, and then the ultra-commercial Let's Dance album in 1983 with 3 tracks that stormed the singles charts. His recordings before Space Oddity are also very interesting..
  8. Frank Zappa and/or the Mothers of Invention - a classic example of a point I was going to make about Queen, love some of their stuff, find other things unlistenable. I bought Zappa's "Hot Rats", "Chunga's Revenge" at the time on vinyl, now have them on my I-pod and of course Spotify, and still find them to be classic albums. Within a couple of years of these he brought out an Album (with a film to boot!) called "200 Motels" and "The Mothers Live at the Fillmore East" which, as schoolkids listening to cassettes of these in the 6th form block we thought were hilarious and could recite all the vocals - now they just sound like smutty gibberish! There are countless bands and artists whose output has been so varied across the course of a career, that there is bound to be some crap periods following brilliant starts, I am thinking The Police, Blondie, Boomtown Rats, Talking Heads, even Kate Bush and David Bowie produced some stinkers (all in my opinion of course). Elbow took about 10 years to get to the stage of making a classic album in "Seldom Seen Kid". I am a massive fan of Joni Mitchell, her output in the 70s was outstanding, but if her entire output was the stuff that came out after 1980, she would probably never have had a career! Which brings me on to something that I was going to start as a new thread, but thought I would include it here as it is a similar theme. What do people think of bands that have totally changed musical direction at a point in their career, with varying amounts of critical/commercial success? The 2 obvious ones for me are Fleetwood Mac, who went from a very successful (critically and chart wise) blues band based around Peter Green's genius, to a much more successful (commercially at least) "Adult Orientated Rock" band. And the Bee Gees, who went from Beatles sound-alikes in the late 60s,the specialising in ballads like "Massachusetts" (or, as Kenny Everett would say "Mass of Chew-Sets") to a high pitched disco combo selling stuff by the bucketload and obviously, the high involvement with the mega Film Soundtrack of "Saturday Night Fever". Any opinions on these two? Another band that totally changed musically, as well as their name, was T.Rex, I know they were mentioned on one of the music posts on here. Also Mott The Hoople were similar to T.Rex, in as much as they were a decent band with limited commercial success, until David Bowie got hold of them and turned them into a sort of rock band version of himself!
  9. A great post there Major, the whole Beatles phenomenon was, obviously based on the brilliant music, as Paul said on the Anthology DVDs:- "We were just a little rock and roll band who could play good". Very true, but also a massive understatement from Macca. The music, and the speed of their musical progress (from "She Loves You" and the whole Beatlemania thing in 1963 to the Revolver album in 1966, to Strawberry Fields/A Day in the Life/I am The Walrus etc in 1967) speaks for itself. There was also the perfect storm of having Brian Epstein as manager, who decided to ditch the "scruffy" look of Hamburg and the Cavern Club, and stick them into suits to make them more accessible to the mainstream, and a brilliant producer in George Martin, who, whilst disapproving of their drug use etc. was happy for them to use the creativity that it sparked to push their music into unchartered territory. As you alluded to, the social phenomenon they created could almost be presented as a separate thing from the music. There was the long hair, the "dry wit" style they developed at interviews, the whole London swinging 60s scene always traces the "Fab Four" back as the epicentre. Plus the influence they had on other bands and the "British Invasion", as well as the rivalry with the Rolling Stones and Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Add to that the amazing impact they had internationally, upsetting the President of the Phillipines, and having the evangelical Bible Belt of the Southern States of America, and the KKK, out on the streets rioting and burning Beatles albums and "merch", when they found about John's quote about the Beatles and Christ. Brilliant! Not to mention the rumours of Paul's death, and how they responded to it in some of the songs, and the "clues" on the famous front cover of Abbey Road. And the Maharishi! There is so much more to analyse about them, obviously so many books and articles have done it all to death. In case you didn't notice I am a bit of a fan of theirs.
  10. Getting back on topic, but slightly different as I am referencing a single artist rather than a band, any fans of Nick Drake out there? His brilliant music was largely ignored when he started out in 1969, he was uncomfortable performing, which hampered his ability to go out and promote his albums. This led to a downward spiral in his health and he died in his sleep at the age of 27, back in 1974. His 3 albums suddenly grew from a hardcore cult status to a frenzy of re-releases mainly in CD format, which resulted in millions of sales. I was aware of Nick at the time as I had a few Island Records samplers, which contained tracks such as "Time Has Told Me" and "Hazey Jane", and liked these tracks but, guilty as charged, I did not buy his albums until the posthumous sales frenzy in the late 1990s/2000s. An incredible talent, but a very tragic story.
  11. Thanks for that, as soon as you mentioned Merchant St, I had a "lightbulb" moment. I can now visualise it and remember going in there and rummaging through (and buying quite a few of) the albums. I was thinking it was around the "Bandstand" circular area where The Disney Store used to be. The set up of that bit of Broadmead totally changed when they knocked down Fairfax House and built The Galleries, which was playing tricks with my memory! Cheers.
  12. I think that has pretty much nailed it. I worked in Union Street from 1974-1986 and can only remember HMV on that site (of course it is a Tesco Metro now!) This link I found is pretty amusing, and it is ringing bells that the "Virgin Megastore" was in Broadmead before the Galleries was built, just don't remember it as well as the original Virgin in the Bear Pit, or the later one in the Galleries (which got taken over by another company who went bust about 10 years ago). I think it gets confusing as the big Virgin store could be accessed from inside the Galleries and from steps halfway up Union Street. I am not in this photo by the way! I was more into the music than the clothes and lifestyle. https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/10294435256/in/photostream/ A pity the article does not give the exact address of the shop, but I am sure it was Broadmead.
  13. Anyone remember the record shop in Picton Street that specialised in Reggae, Dub, Northern Soul etc, this would have been from the mid 70s? Used to share driving duties to Ashton Gate with a few mates, one of whom was really into that genre, and always insisted on stopping there after a Saturday afternoon match, went in there few times but I was more interested in Punk/New Wave at that time. Just can't remember the name of the place. Also remember the Virgin shop in the bear pit, as mentioned this was by Paradise Garage. They outgrew that shop and moved into the Galleries, not sure if they had another outlet in Central Bristol in between. I also remember the HMV at the bottom of Union Street, and getting my tickets for The Stones at Ashton Gate (1982) during my lunchbreak (used to work in Union St so quite handy). They also hosted a few signing sessions, although never went to any. I remember The Thompson Twins causing a bit of stir with the sheer number of fans trying to get in (TTs were playing the Colston Hall that night) and, one to forget, Rolf Harris doing a book signing. It is really bugging me that I can't remember the name of the Picton Street shop!!
  14. I saw the title of this thread and, following the Kate Bush thread, wondered if there was going to be a thread for each of her songs which would have been , Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow-ooh Unbelievable!
  15. I remember the gig (at the Hippodrome IIRC) being announced and, for whatever reason - can't remember if there were a few of my mates wanted to go but not enough tickets left, and we dithered too much and just missed out (probably thinking we would catch her on the next tour!!) so, as a big fan I did not get to see her. I remember there was a fatal accident with one of her crew, or a member of the theatre production team in Brighton, which cast a tragic cloud over the tour. Kate is a phenomenal artist. With regards to David Bowie as per RED4LIFE, saw him at the Colston Hall in 1973 on the Ziggy Stardust/Alladin Sane tour, probably the best gig I have ever seen!
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