First record I ever bought as 9 year old was T. rex ride a white swan, second was Rolf Harris ! If you want really embarrassing, first ever gig I was 15 and got asked by bunch of friends to go to a cliff richard concert, not a cliff fan but went as fancied a girl. Two songs in realised it was a religious tour, no devil woman tonite. Still cringe at memory of everyone holding hands and singing allehluya.
I have electric 6s gay bar on vinyl, doesn't represent who I am or even my favourite genre of music, I just think it's a tune. It does raise questions when someone notices it for the 1st time, especially if they've not heard it, because I then feel the need to make them hear it and agree it's a tune
When I was 6 the first ever song I bought was Jimmy Somerville, mighty real. In my defence I just liked the cassette art. No excuses however when I purchased the Hamster Song. I was old enough to know better.
Lucky enough to see Ozrics at several free festivals in late eighties and nineties, once so caned on micro dots I thought I was watching floyd from the meddle era. Great band , nice guys. In similar vein try the ;porcupine tree’
Miles Davis - "Miles in the Sky" Steve Hillage - "Rainbow Dome Musick" Neil Young - "Ragged Glory", "Live Rust" Ozrics - "Pungent Effulgent" Led Zep "II" Gong - "Angel's Egg", "You" Phish - any live Summer Jams on YouTube Dylan - "Blonde on Blonde" Thievery Corp - "Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi" Zappa - "Absolutely Free", "Hot Rats" Mike Oldfield - "Hergest Ridge", "Ommadawn" & most (live) Dead "Dark Star(s)" & "Eyes...." + checking out the recommendations here...
Its a personal choice and each to their own taste however if there is a list of great albums to listen to when stoned then Fleetwood Mac - Rumours has to be on it.If you have never heard it then you are missing out on one of the greatest albums ever made.
+1 for Rumours - there is a great documentary about the making of it...well, about the whole band, how they formed etc. They were basically hating each other when that album was made (which is obvious when you listen to the lyrics). Have a look for it on the iPlayer - well worth a look
Takes me back to the early 90's......that and Moon Safari by Air stand out for me. I listened to Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld by the Orb a lot back then too. I still roll this one out - another great toking album.
From avenged sevenfold through to chopin and everything in between. This is really awesome to listen to. If you want a nice hour musical journey one of the best albums I could listen to from start to finish is Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream, and it's not traditionally my fav music. Or anything Led Zep.
Or as we used to call it....the ultimate album come down album! Not that this happens anymore, but...put this on as the last album of the night/morning after a night of raving and loads of mdma! Perfect!! Thanks for reminding me of this, been about 15 years since I listened to this beast!
You know it - that's how I first discovered it too. And yeah, It's been waaaayyyyy too long since I had one of those nights. As soon as the world gets back to normal I'm going to recreate 'the old days' :-)
Just listening to gill Scott herons first album ‘a new black poet’ , he still has the power to shock.who are today’s protest singers. Is urban rap and hip hop, choose your genre, the new protest platform. Or is it just a mysoginist, homophobic, violent twisted reflection of city life from those excluded from the mainstream. Is stormsy the new urban Dylan.?
You've got a lot to choose from in metal. Check out some of the following: Body Count: Black Hoodie Body Count: No Lives Matter Lamb of God: Poison Dream Lamb of God: Now you've got something to die for Dead Label: Dystopian Complex Lock Horns: Blood and Oil Gojira: Silvera And I know this is basically a pisstake, but Dethklok Detharmonic in on point.
There is still a pretty decent punk scene out there. (or was before the pandemic)Human Project, Random Hand, SB6, Crazy Arm- all inherently political. Solo artists- Babar Luck, Chris TT, Prolefeed, Carol Hodge.
personal fave on my rotation at the minute would be ‘the hunstman comes a marching’ chris tt. Check it out!
Don't want to start a war between them but... Dave > Stormzy :P
edit - don't know whats going on with lb but this post went wacky, anyway jokes aside Dave actually deserves a little shout in this. The live performance of Black was really invoking and things like Question Time and Children of the Internet will appeal to any stoned thinker haha :) - at least the UK scene isn't just kids dying on cough medicine after one youtube hit, wtf happened to America?!
I'd say for this definitely Run The Jewels. Akala is still about as well. Immortal technique is meant to be releasing a new album soon. I don't think we will see the likes of a band like RATM again for sometime
Unfortunately he grew up and joined new labour. Saw him live at least dozen times, used to do loads of small gigs and protests. I was in socialist workers party and he was doing loads of fundraisers for the miners.
Just as much intolerance on the left as on the right. We live in a shallow social media driven world. In which we all eat consume far too much whilst slowly killing ourselves and the planet. Facebook, mcdonald's,nike etc. It's a shallow,plastic world and that's not a suitable environment for growing protest singers.
I blame the growing influence of the network - attentions turning inwards as the younger generation start living in the fantasy of the online world. I showed my teenage step daughter the matrix the other day thinking she'd love it - her response "why would anyone choose not to stay in the matrix"!
I would love to have seen Mars Volta.. Seen At The Drive in a couple of times. Once at Reading festival a long time ago (think I saw Sparta there aswell), and caught them at Cochella around 2012. Still, loud, mental and awesome.
Yes man! Only a matter of time before a fellow Ozrics fan chimed in....been with them since tape days, their highs and lows, but Brandi's playing with them heralded a great return to form....esp. "Mooncalf"...and gorgeous to boot :)
Early days eh? I was there at the Crypt in Deptford (still have my membership card) when they only had a couple of tapes :) My mate is a good friend of Ed, and still is, so I've been lucky enough to hang outa few times and share a spliff or several backstage.
Eds released a new album this year, which is well worth a listen - he's still got it! If you also liked the ullulators, you should really check out what Gavin has been up to too - he has released some amazing stuff lately - check out bandcamp for his stuff.
So many good bands on this link, I loved some of the early Monster Magnet and of course Black Sabbath are great. If you haven't heard of Elder they are good. As they've progressed they've really got some mellow flows.
It sounds like you’ve got a sweet shop! The 0.0 has got a real nice quality to it, it doesn’t send me into space or anything it just gives me a real nice lift that leaves me happily lazy, very hard to leave it alone.
Just listening to her new album of jazz and blues covers, wow, her voice has barely aged over the last 45 years but those years have given majestic skill and a ease with virtually any genre that is awesome. Collecting her pension and still as full on and sensual as she ever was.
Just seeing if anyone's interested in buying clones of my stock plants ? Stick a message up here if interested so I can gauge the interest. I'll put some of my variety's up if there's enough ! Thanks all oilman x
Me too. Frank Zappa was the most musically-curious artist in my life time. He once jammed with a South American group of Pan Pipe players and combined them with the Irish band The Chieftans along with his consummate guitar playing to create the most wonderfully-bizarre set I've ever enjoyed. Don't know Frank Zappa? Check out the video 'City Of Tiny Lights', a plastacine masterpiece! Mind-expanding goodies all round? No. As I understand it, Frank didn't turn on anymore from a young age, if at all. A confirmed cigarette chain-smoker, there are records of strong tobacco being used to get high, but that's such a longshot. Frank's talents were his own, embellished by his creative genius; a real American Hero. Frank once did a Pony ( a crap, defecation) on stage during a set. He then opened a case containing $25 000. He said that if anyone can do something more gross, they can take the money. Some bright spark got up on stage and set about eating it. Did he win the money? What do you think? Two of ours have gone recently. Spencer Davis and Gordon Haskell, along with the big Jamaican man, Toots Hibbard. The question: 'Does a bird know that it's singing a beautiful song? Or is it a manifestation of the bird's beautiful spirit?' can be asked of our heroes. Who would you say has this quality? For me, Roy Orbison, Billie Holiday, George Harrison, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield... for starters.
Zappa was afaik completely free of drugs other than alcohol and tobacco. I like the question are certain people born with a finite number of god given tunes, or are they limited by talent. Motzart wrote so many works in a relatively short period, he never corrected a manuscript. Some say he only had enuf time to write them out, so the works must have been inside his head waiting to come out. No conscious thought just a outpouring of genius. Zappa was same, his body of work is huge, most musicians I know admire him with godlike love.
Apropos Zappa, a rather excellent 'Tribute Band' (I know, stay with me) Called The Muffin Men. I saw them at the Phoenix in Exeter a few years ago. This from Wiki will give a measure of the quality of the band
The Muffin Men are a British band, based in Liverpool, England, which primarily plays the music of Frank Zappa and his band, The Mothers of Invention. The group formed in 1990 for a concert in honor of Zappa's fiftieth birthday. They went on to perform his music as a tribute band, along with some of their own compositions, worldwide. Until his death in 2008, the band often featured guest vocals and percussion by Jimmy Carl Black, former drummer and vocalist from Zappa's Mothers of Invention, with whom they also performed songs by Captain Beefheart.
Since their debut, the Muffin Men have featured no less than seven original Zappa band members, along with original Mothers Of Invention drummer/vocalist Jimmy Carl Black, as well as performing with Don Preston and Bunk Gardner in 1993. In 1994 they played a nine-week European tour with guest vocalist Ike Willis, and again teamed up with Willis in 2003 for a special Zappanale festival show, which also featured Napoleon Murphy Brock. (Zappanale is a yearly tribute concert festival dedicated to Frank Zappa's compositions.) Mike Keneally has also appeared with the band, along with Ray White, and Robert Martin. Denny Walley has performed on several occasions since 2010.
Rather than play pieces note-for-note, the band plays Zappa's material working to the strengths of the current line-up, often giving the music a different slant to the original versions.
25th anniversary gigs (2015) feature a core line-up of 3 original members - Rhino, Jumpy and Roddie, with Phil Hearn on keys
Loved to have seen them or the real deal, Zappa was reportedly a dictator when it came to the band, bit like James brown. One mistake you get a warning, two mistakes and start looking for a new band. Often wish I understood musical theory better as people who do are astonished at his knowledge and inventive audacity.
The Muffin Men. Wow! As the MC says at the end of the Edar Broughton Band's turnout on the Glastonbury Rock and Blues Festival 1971 album - 'Fuck me old boots! What a set!' Interesting point about the Great Dictator. When you see the gig, thanks for putting it on, Frank don't care, having introduced the band, how long he takes tuning up. When he kicks off, he's gonna have it right. So the whole band are following him. Woe betide if you're not where he wants you, when he wants you. Tough stuff, but this is a rare quality Zappa has. His perfection is right where he wants it, at any moment. To mess up, or the impact messing up has on Frank, is difficult to comprehend because we don't have this quality. I FEEL GOOD! That's the sticky, that is. Anyway. The Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness! James Brown has the same experience of performance. His guys are shitting themselves with a constant eye for his signal,which could be any time soon. They were on salary of $1500 or something a week and they would be fined for dirty shoes or wrinkled clothes at rehearsals. This same quality may be seen in other, more structured, boring artists like Sinatra and Streisand. I love JB, Mark Lamarr visited JB as an elderly chap, who, when clearing his throat, made Mark think he was kicking off a song! Understanding musical theory... Me too. I'm not very musical myself. We can only enjoy an experience alone. Musical types will experience more comprehension of the forms and things they're picking up on, which will enrich their experience. Lucky bleeders! Lucky Bleeders! @ Ian Dury.
Bass – Tom Fowler Drums – Chester Thompson, Ralph Humphrey Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals – George Duke Lead Guitar, Vocals, Producer – Frank Zappa Percussion – Ruth Underwood Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Jeff Simmons Synthesizer – Don Preston Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Lead Vocals – Napoleon Murphy Brock Trombone - Bruce Fowler Trumpet – Walt Fowler