Pick of the Political Pops: Smog “The Morning Paper”

This week we were somewhat concerned that local rag – The People’s Republic of Liverpudlia’s Armageddon Times and Advertiser – ran a piece which was clearly in contravention of The People’s Republic’s Declaration on Inhuman Rights. Local law enforcement giant Bobby Bob was interviewed about how he had taken his local authority issued bike on a cycling holiday around a neighbouring republic and whilst there had afforded himself the opportunity to observe the local law enforcement’s methods of subduing the nasty, unwashed miscreants that litter their society. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Smog “The Morning Paper””

Pick of the Political Pops: Nicolai Dunger “Lost In Freedom”

Here in the People’s Republic of Liverpudlia we very much value our autonomous status even though through tradition and, er, the law we closely follow our sister republics on our island(s) home. It has been no different whilst the pesky Severe Acute Respiratory System Coronavirus 2 thing has been keeping us all occupied. Like every other part of our commonwealth of nations we have been issuing regular press updates and, given the momentous events of the past few days, we felt compelled to chip in our tuppence ha’penny. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Nicolai Dunger “Lost In Freedom””

Bob Dylan “Rough and Rowdy Ways” (Columbia, 2020)

“Well you took your own sweet time with this” we can hear our regular readers shout given that this record has been released for a good week or so now and the world and her husband have been picking over the bones of the thing (also the heart, soul, kidneys and temporal lobe). Indeed lovers of the Euterpian muse have been positively beside themselves in their excitement and, indeed, willingness to chip in with an opinion or three regarding this new release coming, as it does, some eight years after the last issue of ‘fresh’ material. But, y’know, we’re all about the music here at AUK and care not a fig for other people’s opinions/reputations/pre-eminence. So we think that we should look at the album in terms of how good (or not) the music is on its own terms. Look – Bob Dylan is “Bob Dylan” and no one is going to dispute that. Better folk than us have had much to say about his contribution to the canon of popular music. But, similarly to the man himself, we are fiercely independent and will simply let our words speak for themselves. Continue reading “Bob Dylan “Rough and Rowdy Ways” (Columbia, 2020)”

VERSIONS – “Domino”

Welcome to another of our series in which we examine a song or tune and the different ways that it has been handled by various artists. We also look at the way a song or tune has been handled in different ways by the same artist. This time Paul Villers puts the microscope over Van Morrison’s ‘Domino’. Continue reading “VERSIONS – “Domino””

Pick of the Political Pops: Fleetwood Mac “Oh Diane”

There has been much talk, and indeed action, of late regarding an improving cultural awareness of the plight/circumstances/experience of certain members of our communities. This is very good and something the residents of Americana-UK Towers would support wholeheartedly. Now given the demographic of those residents its probably not something that most would have direct lived experience of. Couple that with the fact that many are not able to take the knee (since they would have difficulty resuming a standing position) and that we don’t really do statues (except for that nice one of The Editor in the entrance hall) we are still able to express our solidarity with our BAME brothers and sisters (an odd epithet which we’re not sure flies in, y’know, Africa or Asia). In that regard we take a brief look at an inspirational figure to people of all communities. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Fleetwood Mac “Oh Diane””

VERSIONS – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”

Following a conversation between our writers we’ve come up with this new occasional feature which we hope you will enjoy. The question posed is “What is the best or definitive version of any given tune. Is it the original, the first version that you heard or the one that got recommended by a friend?” It’s a tricky one, right? Over the course of this series we will be looking at individual songs and how different artists have interpreted them. This could be different artists covering the same tune or indeed the same artist interpreting their own tune in different ways. First into the fray is my chief collaborator on this feature Rick Bayles who gives us an in-depth analysis of the song ‘1952 Black Lightning’ for all you motorcycle enthusiasts. Continue reading “VERSIONS – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning””

Pick of the Political Pops: Iron and Wine “Love Vigilantes”

Down here in The People’s Republic of Liverpudlia we are a fairly peaceful lot. At Americana-UK Towers we employ our own security staff but down in the village and the surrounding hamlets matters of policing the populace fall to the local constable handily named… err… Bob. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Iron and Wine “Love Vigilantes””

Pick of the Political Pops: Bob Dylan “Only a Pawn In Their Game”

The pejorative term ‘Fascist’ has been bandied about a lot recently particularly in the direction of certain people and their governments. This week we thought we’d take a little look at what the word means. Historically the word is derived from the Latin ‘fasces’ which was a bundle of sticks around an axe and was a symbol of authority in Ancient Rome. The symbol was co-opted by Mussolini who formed the Fascio Di Combattimento group in the early 20th century and it is from here that we derive the word as we know it now. Other notable fascist regimes include Hitler’s Germany, Franco’s Spain and Peron’s Argentina. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Bob Dylan “Only a Pawn In Their Game””

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird

Our popular feature in which the your humble writers spill the beans on their influences, musical roots and record buying habits is back. This week Deputy Editor and man who is averse to foppish hair and synthesisers  Jonathan Aird tells us what he does like instead: Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird”

Pick of the Political Pops: Robbie Robertson “Breaking The Rules”

We are all good at Americana-UK Towers. The weather has been nice, none of the writers have (recently) slaughtered each other during the night in our communal dormitory and we discovered that our favourite chi-chi little delicatessen is resuming doorstep delivery of our go-to late-night snack of jalapeno flavoured houmous (with a special offer of a free sun-dried tomato side dish drenched in toad urine and tossed in a bag of hand sanitiser). For a very reasonable twenty quid extra Stefanatiti, the Ukrainian-Columbian delivery driver, will even wear full PPE when he drops it off. Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Robbie Robertson “Breaking The Rules””