Lot To Say

Yesterday was quite eventful in its own way. I didn’t get up early and go to queue up outside Piccadilly Records for Record Shop Day. I went for a bike ride and managed 45km in the sunshine. Very nice. Then at about 2.00 pm I went into town and popped into Piccadilly Records where I got the Andrew Weatherall remix of Noel Gallagher’s In The Heat Of The Moment and the Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser remixes of Finitribe’s 101 (on bright orange vinyl), both of which I wanted. The 7″ single of Johnny Marr’s cover of Depeche Mode’s I Feel You had long since sold out.

In a way I wasn’t too bothered. I expected it would be sold out and I’m not sure I like it that much anyway. The mechanical guitar riff is good but I was never very fond of the stadium rock Depeche Mode and don’t especially like the song.

Looking at the list of releases for Record Shop Day 2015 it looked to me like at least half of them were re-issues, in some cases of albums which really don’t need re-issuing as they’re widely available anyway. Stuff that is actually new was in a minority. Piccadilly records was extremely busy, large numbers of young folk, make and female. I hope they keep buying records and that this isn’t just a retro-fad.

Tim Burgess of The Charlatans was in the record shop, just hanging about. He was interviewed by Sky News roving vinyl news team and was due to dj in store at 5. A few people asked for pictures and autographs. I browsed a little bit and then went for a cup of tea at the Manchester Coffee Co. just down Oldham Street towards Piccadilly Gardens. As I ordered my brew I noticed Tim having a coffee at the back and ten minutes later as he left we had a chat- about me seeing The Charlatans at The Albert Halls a few weeks back, me seeing them in 1989 (‘wow’ he said, ‘long time ago’), Record Shop Day and my purchases, and the fact that he was djing while United play Chelsea (we lost, one-nil. Weakened team due to injuries, away from home, played fairly well, not too disappointed). I have to say, he seemed like a lovely fella.

This is from The Charlatans recent Modern Nature lp. If you haven’t got it, you’re missing out.

Lot To Say

By the time I wanted to go home the tram system southbound was down so I had to get a bus. A bus. I haven’t been on a service bus for years.

This is a Charlatans single from 2008, when no-one was interested anymore. Oh Vanity is Time Is Tight crossed with New Order and there’s nowt wrong with that.

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The Messenger

Johnny Marr’s first solo album is out at the end of February (which seems a long way away at the moment). Lead track The Messenger has just been put up on Youtube and at his website. To save you the trouble of searching I’ve posted it here.

Good guitar work, as you’d expect, and there’s a decent tune here as well, boding well for the lp. About time Mr Marr delivered a full-on, self penned, strong album. This is one of the better songs from the Johnny Marr and The Healers album Boomslang from a good few years ago.

Down On The Corner

Seven hours til the weekend. Can’t come soon enough.

How Soon Was Then?

I quite like this- Johnny Marr and his Healers playing How Soon Is Now at a gig (Ray Bans promo possibly),  October 2011. Some of the guitaring is first rate, as you might expect.

And playing some Chic with Nile Rodgers a month later (lower quality fan filming job I’m afraid but the riff survives).

Free Johnny

Just found this, a few days too late but never mind- Johnny Marr has resurrected The Healers and re-started them with this free download over at Soundcloud, a very Christmassy instrumental called, wait for it, Free Christmas.