what's with the dog statues? didn't notice til the end. i didn't know much about mackenzie, but that was quite good. too bad about him and rakine. and him and his mom... it's unnerving that her death could destroy him that completely...
― zingzing, Monday, 14 May 2012 04:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
They're whippets, and as the doc shows, he loved them dogs.
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 May 2012 04:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
Never seen the documentary before. Just watching it reminds me all the reasons why he's my favourite ever popstar. Some great footage and the use of Nocturne VII at the end is truly heartbreaking.
― Kitchen Person, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
I need to sit down one of these days to watch that Glamour Chase doco.
Anyway, have been on a bit of an Associates Youtube binge lately and came across this vid of Billy performing "You Only Live Twice". Had no idea he covered this - so great!
amusing bit at the end with Billy flirting outrageously with a very young, very smug-looking, obviously uncomfortable Jonathan Ross lol
― Roz, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:00 (7 months ago) Permalink
I'll back up all the repping for the 'Glamour Chase' book upthread. I first read it 10 years ago just after first moving through to Dundee, was odd but nice reading a book that mentioned places I walked by every day - I lived a couple of streets from the Lyon Street flat, for example, and worked alongside people who'd known Billy to some extent.
― michaellambert, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:06 (7 months ago) Permalink
Haven't seen if I still have my copy of the book. Not seen it in ages, and it may have been among a load of books stolen as I moved out of a place 10 years ago. Which means I should know one way or the other by now.WAs interesting anyway, the beginning where he's wound up involved in the Howard Hughes case while travelling in the US. through the events surrounding the recording of the singles compiled on 4th Drawer Down etc etc very very good bio.
I think the lps have drifted out of print on cd again which is a major shame, the 00s reissues of Sulk, 4th Drawer Down & Affectionate Punch are all very worth getting hold of. I never got Double Hipness which i had meant to remedy but I don't think you can get it any more.
There was a compi video made of the band's tv appearances on the Yahoo list somewhere about 10 years ago that I wound up with a faulty copy of but should be good if you find a decent copy. I think bits of what's on it may be up on youtube anyway. Would like taht stuff in goood quality though. Wish somebody would release an official dvd compi with taht material on though.
& ALan Rankine is one half of the creative part of the band during the period that really counts. I think he's teaching at a Scottish university now.
― Stevolende, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:11 (7 months ago) Permalink
Double Hipness is amazing.
― dan selzer, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:49 (7 months ago) Permalink
Rankine teaches at Stow College, or did the last time I checked.
There was a showing of "The Glamour Chase" at the DCA in Dundee a couple of years back with a Q+A with Rankine (mentioned upthread), who mentioned that they'd just got the rights back to the recordings, not sure if all or just the early ones. No sign of anything happening with that though.
― michaellambert, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:51 (7 months ago) Permalink
And just in case anyone is in the general vicinity of Dundee on Fri 10th May, a showing of The Glamour Chase to accompany the exhibition 'What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulous' which will be running at the McMannus Galleries.
― michaellambert, Monday, 29 April 2013 21:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink