So there I was, in i-tunes, merrily clicking away to update my podcasts. Strangely nothing came across the airwaves for the Introducing Mixtape. A quick check on Fresh On The Net confirmed that said mixtape was indeed ready. Sadly there is no i-tunes button for ‘if-you-take-another-look-I-think-you’ll-find-something-after-all’.
It was necessary to save the file then import it, meaning that it’s regarded as a ‘song’, so losing the neat podcast filing structure. Fortunately it was all worth – this being the first of two winners
I’ve always liked Camouflage as a quirky pop song.
And I’ve always appreciated this song for its quirkiness.
Side by side it’s screamingly obvious that they are linked by the very wonderful Stan Ridgway. But it was only yesterday – thanks to youtube – that I finally made the link after all these years. It was released as a single in 1983, and that reminds me I came across it while living in Sydney
This is the second song that featured on a 1986 chart rundown – courtesy of Pick Of The Pops – that I also know through its inclusion on Now That’s What I Call Music 7.
Learning point: PFC = private first class
Regular readers will remember that my knowledge of 1980s pop is a little hit-and-miss on account of my travels. I’m not too bad on 1986 as my record collection includes a double cassette version of Now That’s What I Call Music 7.
It’s not every day that my cassette player sees the light of day – so thank you Tony Blackburn for playing this on Pick Of The Pops a few weeks back
For it was he who was being interviewed as a guest on Radio 2. This involved playing a selection of some of his recommended songs. Clive Anderson is already known for being multi-faceted, but it seems we must add ‘good musical taste’ to his list of positive characteristics
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
What to say.
Well it’s the output of classic Sabbath lineup: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward.
It’s got to be one of the heaviest, and most metallic, songs out there. And yet – and yet – there’s a melodic, sing-along quality about it too. Quite accessible in its own way.
What we have here is a 2013 cover by tribute band, Children of the Gravy (!), who state:
Our aim is to provide you a rock-solid, authentic show, featuring an array of Ozzy-era Sabbath classics, with a large helping of humour thrown in.
Might try to track them down in Tredegar, Pontypridd, or Maesteg
And what would ‘in context’ mean, I hear you ask.
For in context we are talking track 8 of Black Sabbath Vol 4 from 1972. A band, an album, and an era I’m especially fond of.
What brought it to more recent attention was hearing it played on Cerys Matthews’ Sunday morning show. It was strange hearing it ‘standalone’ and made me appreciate it more. It really is rather lovely