TOTP performance of "Club Country"
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 22 June 2006 01:01 (6 years ago) Permalink
― What's wrong's the wrong that's always in wrong (Jaap Schip), Thursday, 29 June 2006 01:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
Meantime, I finally picked up Holger Hiller's Oben Im Eck, which I know Momus praised as containing Billy M.'s best thing ever, "Whippets," IIRC (though I can't seem to find the comment on this thread). It really *is* something bizarrely wonderful, and for the first time the idea of him as a proto-Bjork makes total sense in terms of sheer 'WTF.' And the fact that he named it after/wrote it about his 'spirit animal,' as the bio put it, makes it even better!
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 July 2006 20:40 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 July 2006 20:44 (6 years ago) Permalink
also - just picked up the "club country" 12" - fuck, had no idea there was an extended version! though, just looking now, it was mentioned upthread. if if if only the latin rascals had been around!
― etc (esskay), Thursday, 3 August 2006 21:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
Meantime another YouTube treat -- "White Car in Germany" on Dutch TV in 1982.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 27 August 2006 15:56 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Marcello Carlin, Friday, 27 April 2007 08:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Billy Dods, Friday, 4 May 2007 13:36 (6 years ago) Permalink
― blueski, Friday, 4 May 2007 13:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
tell me easter's on friday, and i'll bend my hips
― cutty, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:25 (5 years ago) Permalink
Tell me Easter's a draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggg!
Was thinking about Billy this morning on the way into work, especially the stuff he did with Yello.
"Give me your gooooold..."
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:30 (5 years ago) Permalink
ah, someone else was thinking of it:
― cutty, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:40 (5 years ago) Permalink
7 years, 2 months :(
― DG, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 16:28 (5 years ago) Permalink
Attention all -- Blair Booth, who worked with Billy for a long stretch, has put the Wild and Lonely demos tape up on eBay. He's on the Associates list and had discussed this with folks before doing it -- opinions differed but anyway:
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 21 March 2008 14:32 (5 years ago) Permalink
A bit of a rarity, this hadn't surfaced on YouTube yet -- "Those First Impressions" and "Waiting on the Loveboat" from 1984 on the TV show No. 73. Great stuff, of course:
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:15 (4 years ago) Permalink
They sound like the Pale Fountains or something.
― burt_stanton, Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:17 (4 years ago) Permalink
(in that youtube clip, at least for the first few seconds)
Wait until he starts singing.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:18 (4 years ago) Permalink
Speaking of which, how come I can't find no Pale Fountains threads on this thing? Geez louise.
― burt_stanton, Thursday, 12 February 2009 03:43 (4 years ago) Permalink
Strange thing, but I found myself thinking about the Associates in the bath one day in 1997, not having listened to them for years. I got out, dried myself, turned on the radio and heard about billy's suicide.
― Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:31 (4 years ago) Permalink
So, when was "Party Fears One" released?
― Mark G, Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:39 (4 years ago) Permalink
i was about to revive this thread last night, weird.
― cutty, Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:40 (4 years ago) Permalink
i always thought it was "tell me easters adjourned"? was always one of my favourite billy lyrics that way
― rio (r1o natsume), Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
i think it is adjourned
― cutty, Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:31 (4 years ago) Permalink
i want some live associates. any top boots available on blogs or soulseek?
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 20 March 2009 18:47 (4 years ago) Permalink
There is or was a page with a bunch of shows for downloading, I recall.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 March 2009 18:57 (4 years ago) Permalink
Oh yeah, posted just upthread a bit:
thanks so much Mr. Nedyou just made my day
― turtles all the way down (Face of Wolf), Friday, 20 March 2009 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink
Glad to help!
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 March 2009 21:22 (4 years ago) Permalink
Ned, with that posted link, I can finally forgive you for that YouTube vid about the cape. You are indeed a gentleman.
― Blancmange Is Playing At My House (King Boy Pato), Sunday, 22 March 2009 08:30 (4 years ago) Permalink
There's a new play on at Dundee Rep Theatre, "Balgay Hill", in June that is kind of Billy Mackenzie related. It's not purely autobiographical. I'm not going to explain it well, but here's the link: http://www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk/p2s22.html
Will be going along to see it, the Rep is usually good.
― MichaelJLambert, Sunday, 22 March 2009 12:47 (4 years ago) Permalink
One tries, KBP.
And I kept forgetting to mention Balgay Hill! The Associates list has been talking about it for a bit -- and someone on there just posted a link to this thread so hello all who are seeing it for the first time! (I have to apologize as upthread I say Blair Brown is male, which is obv not the case!)
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 22 March 2009 14:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
After the first half of this thread talked exclusively about Sulk, I'm glad The Affectionate Punch got some love after it was reissued in 2005. It's my favorite of theirs. AMG said "Two years later -- a year after the genius run of bizarre singles collected on Fourth Drawer Down and the same year as the high-drama overdrive of Sulk -- Rankine and Mackenzie partially re-recorded and completely remixed this album to spectacularly layered and glossy effect." Too bad the reissue didn't include that version, it might have won over some of the Sulk fans.
― Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 22 March 2009 15:04 (4 years ago) Permalink
That version was already on CD for years, so it was quite exciting to get the original version back in print. I think it's like the Slapp Happy thing (Casablanca Moon/Acnalbasac Noom) some people prefer one, some the other, some like to pick from each!
― dan selzer, Sunday, 22 March 2009 18:22 (4 years ago) Permalink
Having fun on Dutch TV in 1982
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 05:32 (4 years ago) Permalink
Another Dundee-centric event coming up: a screening of the documentary "The Glamour Chase", introduced by Alan Rankine. The page says it's still TBC, but if it's on it's on June 2nd. Probably not much use for many of you, I know.
― MichaelJLambert, Wednesday, 8 April 2009 20:54 (4 years ago) Permalink
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― cutty, Friday, 10 April 2009 14:42 (4 years ago) Permalink
― rio (r1o natsume), Friday, 10 April 2009 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink
And to repeat myself in turn given the weekend:
"Tell me Easter's a draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggg!"
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 April 2009 16:10 (4 years ago) Permalink
says "splint my hips" hmmm
― cutty, Friday, 10 April 2009 16:59 (4 years ago) Permalink
Ned, did you ever come around on Wild & Lonely? I enjoy the older CD I have. But esp. now that it's been remastered and reissued--and given how dramatically different Sulk sounded after its reissue (compare the old Popera master of "Party Fears Two" for a taste)--my guess is that this could be a pretty remarkable difference.
― Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:28 (4 years ago) Permalink
I haven't listened as much to the remaster as I could/should have but I do have it around, and while I still think it's a prisoner of its particular time and place there's a better album in there struggling to get out than I first thought. A couple of TV clips from the time helped to bring that home to me more.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 11 April 2009 17:08 (4 years ago) Permalink
Yeah -- listening to Wild and Lonely now, I feel like this record has aged very, very well. To begin with, the comparison to which this era of Billy is most regularly drawn--post-Avalon Bryan Ferry--is superficial at best and wrong at worst. Yes, it's "glossy" and "high tech" and both have marvelous voices -- but the similarities end there.
For one, there's much more weirdness going on here -- from the production touches (the varispeeded high keyboard melody of "Something's Got to Give") to the lyrics ("It all begins/With Santa Claus/And brilliant men/With brilliant flaws" is but one of the amazing couplets to be found throughout this).
And honestly, I think the production has dated quite well, really. There's this assumption that's been extrapolated from Ferry to every artist that became "slick" in the 1980's that this Xanadu-ification of studio technology naturally covered for a lack of ideas or inspiration.
That may be true for Ferry, Bowie and whoever else, but it just doesn't apply for Billy's post-Rankine work. Don't get me wrong: Sulk is desert island pick-worthy for me -- I love it as much as any record I own, probably. But in some ways, I think what Billy did from Perhaps-onward is riskier and bolder because he was pushing those limits wearing an MOR straitjacket. And while it's not "consistent," well...that was never Billy's strength anyway.
― Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 12 April 2009 04:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
The full 40 minute edit of the documentary "The Glamour Chase" was given only it's second public airing at the DCA in Dundee tonight. It was originally made in 1999 for Grampian and STV. It's good, fairly zips through the life and times, I never saw the original 23 minute version when it was broadcast, but it must have battered through at a fair pace! Most of the detail is familiar from Tom Doyle's book of the same name, unsurprising as he was involved in the making of the documentary and the fact that the book itself was fairly exhaustive. There's talking-head contributions from the likes of Michael Dempsey, Max Hole, Chris Parry (a "Kiwi c-nt", according to Rankine...), Billy's father and sister, Boris Blank, Martin Fry, Glen Gregory, Marc Almond, Siouxie Sioux, Noko from Apollo440 and others. There's a few clips of the Ronnie Scotts performance in 1984 in a kind of jazz trio arrangement, not sure how widely available that has been but it looked great - the sound quality was good and clear, it would be great to have the audio of that.
Afterwards we got "Billy Sloan in Conversation With Alan Rankine", which was quite enjoyable. Sloan was knowledgeable and understated and not at all playing up to his reputation. Sloan basically asked him about his time in the band from beginning to end, his memories of Billy, that sort of thing. A few questions from the audience at one point but I couldn't think of anything to ask. On the subject of "William It Was Really Nothing", Rankine said that he doesn't know if anything ever happened between Billy and Morrissey, but if he knew Billy as well as he thought he did then he probably shagged Morrissey ragged... By the sound of it, they had fun at the time. He also mentioned that they got their rights back for recordings a month ago, I assume he meant "Fourth Drawer Down" and "Sulk" and the "Double Hipness" material which was previously licenced to V2, and that they'll probably be doing something with it. On the subject of watching Billy carry on as Associates after his departure, he did say that other than some of the songs on "Perhaps", he didn't really rate the post-"Sulk" output, and that it was clear by the "Wild and Lonely"-era videos that Billy's heart wasn't in it.
The Q+A was finished off with the playback of a recently made recording of the lost Associates song "The Twins of Gemini". Rankine said that they'd worked on it at the time, but never recorded it, finished the lyrics or properly performed it other than maybe accapella at parties. Apparently this version was only finished the night before, and features Steven Lindsay on vocals, Craig Armstrong on piano and Rankine on bass. Someone asked him later if it was getting a release, he said they'd maybe be doing some more work on it but that it was a possibility.
Got the chance to shake Rankine's hand on my way out, didn't really have much to say. He had a few signed, unplayed 12"s of "White Car in Germany" that he was handing out, got one of those.
― MichaelJLambert, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
There's a few clips of the Ronnie Scotts performance in 1984 in a kind of jazz trio arrangement, not sure how widely available that has been but it looked great - the sound quality was good and clear, it would be great to have the audio of that.
Both video and audio of the full show have circulated pretty widely at this point -- that blog link I put should have it.
Great report, glad you had a good time!
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 22:17 (3 years ago) Permalink
Ned, I suspected that the Ronnie Scotts stuff was out there, will have a look for that link.
The "Balgay Hill" play starts its run next week at Dundee Rep, work permitting I'll try and check that out. Don't expect much insightful critique of it though!
― MichaelJLambert, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 22:47 (3 years ago) Permalink
Odd news but hey -- two late period rarities featuring Billy have surfaced on YouTube courtesy of some bunch called Binary Music.
"Put This Right":
The first one apparently appeared on a cassette a while back but this is a far cleaner version -- it might be a track he did with Balcony -- while the second is more of a mystery. An Associates listmember who provided the earlier info also got a hold of Steve Aungle, his last regular collaborator, and he said he remembers the lyric -- apparently it's a tribute to Ms. Galas! -- but not working on the song. He also figures that the date is wrong since Billy died in January 1997, so maybe this was 1996.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 14 November 2009 15:49 (3 years ago) Permalink
Billy's last regular collaborator Steve Aungle has started a blog which will be dedicated to a series of posts about his life and times with the good man.
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:33 (3 years ago) Permalink
This looks pretty promising thanks for the heads up. I just never get bored of finding out more about Billy. There seems to be an endless list of people who have great stories about him.
I think it's probably time to read The Glamour Chase again.
― Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 11:31 (3 years ago) Permalink
Really enjoying the blog. As much as I love the guy, he must have been a total nightmare to work with.
― The Man With the Magic Eardrums (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 12:01 (3 years ago) Permalink