An homage (of sorts)

Not playing to the house here. Then again I've not been for a while...


This will be a thoroughly peculiar post by WB norms, but I am reaching out to Opher and Stoney in particular here.  Opher, as you know I have a novel project in the works. I got into something that involved the music scene circa 1983. You may recall I had inquired of your knowledge of festivals of the period.  I ended up penning something as part of the material for the chapter and while doing so I kept playing the Fall's Words of Expectation in my head.


Which brings me to this.  Put yourself back in those years, that hot summer of 83.  Get a Paul Hanley bass line vibrating your seat and hear the wailing drone of their guitars of the period.  Get that twin kit rhythm ensemble beating out and finally add the speed fueled verbal psychosis of Mark E. Smith. There. You got it? Okay, now try to put something like that to the following:


Pull up the van. Shine the lights

Yeah, shove it in their face

Yeah, your free pass

Say anything

Only truth after editing

And she's only blond on camera

Most days nothing happens

most days...nothing.....happens

At the accident scene, get a lens on that victim

Can you tell us how you feel?

Yeah, your free pass

Do anything

No film,it never happened

Most days nothing happens


Stone - Na, man, was denkst du? Nimst die Gitarre und die Klingen finden?


Anyone else?



Jeff Jackson Added Nov 25, 2017 - 6:32pm
Where's Jim Morrison when you need him?
The Burghal Hidage Added Nov 25, 2017 - 6:38pm
:) Indeed. I could hear Morrison do this absolutely.
Flying Junior Added Nov 26, 2017 - 12:45am
The years of 1983 and 1984 were a rich period of musical creativity.  The lull years of the mid 1970s following the mid-life crisis of rock ‘n roll  had seen breakout artists like Elvis Costello, Blondie and Johnnie Rotten once again fire our imaginations.  Disco fever had given way to early rap and hip-hop led by Gil Scott Heron once again recalling the roots of Philadelphia, Motown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Staple Singers, George Clinton and Sly Stone.
But the renaissance we speak of was fueled as much by British artists, as well as some momentum from Germany and even Sweden.  I know you asked about festivals, I will get to that in a moment.  Here is a list of some of the major artists and their songs from the early 1980s.
The Police – Roxanne, Can’t Stand Losing You
Oingo-Boingo – Only a Lad
UB40- One in Ten
The Clash – Rock the Casbah, London Calling
Madness – Our House
Men at Work – Land Down Under
Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
General Public – Tenderness
The Specials – Ghost Town, The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
Howard Jones – What is Love?
The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
The Cure – Let’s Go to Bed
The Talking Heads – Burning Down the House, Take Me to the River
Elvis Costello – Every Day I Write the Book
Modern English – I Melt with You
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Bow-Wow-Wow – Candy
Nena – 99 Luftballons
It was an exciting time for bands and their followers.  Not since the 1960s had the scene been so vibrant and alive.  I attended the second X-Fest in 1984.  Between the first two X-Fests of 1983 and 1984 the following bands performed and were actively on tour. 
The Ramones  (I Want to Be Sedated)
Tom Petty  (The artist who kept American rock ‘n roll alive during this time.)
Modern English
The Stray Cats
The Flirts
Stateside, Grateful Dead performances had become a mainstay of this period.  I saw them in Irvine California.  But I know that The Clash were performing shows.  Another of my personal favorites will always be The Specials.  UB40’s, "One in Ten," was one of the most important social commentaries of the decade.  And who can forget, “In a Big Country?”  The Thompson Twins?  The Tom-Tom Club?  Didn't most of these British bands build their followings in London as well as touring the Island Nation?    Here on the West Coast, it was mostly hair bands like Motley Crue and Poison.  Not to put down the Crue, they were great, but as far as I'm concerned, the only important act recorded in Studio City at this time would have been Billy Idol.  Of course the whole thing caught fire with the advent of MTV.  But we are concerned with real music.
Two more that deserve mention.  From a few years earlier, Peter Tosh with, "Don't Criticize it, Legalize it," and no doubt, Echo and the Bunnymen with, "Kissing the Tortoise Shell."
opher goodwin Added Nov 26, 2017 - 5:50am
TBH/FJ - ah you hit me with the Fall - one of my favourites!
83 - the Clash were gone along with the rest of the first Punk Scene. Elvis Costello was a tour de force. But in 83 I was dealing with kids and not really gigging a lot - apart from the great Roy Harper.
I hope that book is going well.
The Burghal Hidage Added Nov 26, 2017 - 7:37am
it is, thank you Opher. as far as a festival fitting my needed criteria I have discovered the june 17-22 Stonehenge Free Fest. The bill for this event included Roy Harper, among others. Knowing some of the musical pedigree of my protagonists this event appears perfect in that it was the first year that they had a blend of the prog-rock legacy which had previously defined the event and an infusion of such new sounds as Poison Girls, Dexy's Midnight Runners and CHumbawumba. Some of my English cousins on here might recognize the spectre of a squatters union. The acts and attendance were heavily populated by anarchists
Stone-Eater Added Nov 26, 2017 - 8:53am
TeeBee :-)
Yeah, your free pass
Say anything
Guess that's the refrain, but I don't see the structure yet ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 26, 2017 - 8:56am
Much of the sounds you cite date from 1977-1980 (Talking Heads, Police for example). I like THEM. Since I hate the 80's it ends when the Cure, UB40 or Men at work etc. show up LOL
Stone-Eater Added Nov 26, 2017 - 8:58am
BTW: When I worked in Frisco, Tom Tom Club (Wordy Rappinghood) was blasting all over the place :-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 26, 2017 - 8:59am
The Fall were always a problem for me. Bizarre songs, bizarre composition. Don't know why I always mix them up with The Smiths !
opher goodwin Added Nov 26, 2017 - 10:53am
Stone - the fall are one of my favourites - so bizarre and uncompromising. I love that about them.
opher goodwin Added Nov 26, 2017 - 10:58am
TBH - Oh yes - I forgot all about Stonehenge. A great festival. And Cropredy too
It is a shame you are not doing the late sixties/early seventies - I used to go to them all - Windsor Blues Festival, Plumpton, Bath, Hyde Park - you name it - Hendrix, Cream, Frank Zappa, Arthur Brown, Roy Harper, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Jefferson Airplane....................
The Burghal Hidage Added Nov 26, 2017 - 8:39pm
Opher -  might hit you up on some of that. remember my chief protagonist's musical mentor played in that milieu
opher goodwin Added Nov 27, 2017 - 7:18am
TBH - whenever you want. I'm intrigued to read what you've been up to.

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