Sunday, 27 November 2011

Mr.Anderton will lead me to it.......perhaps

RE: LC's reference posts,
The only thing I can imagine LC was referring to here, given the context of this song and the social climate in the UK at that point, would be a certain Chief Constable James Anderton, who at the time had slammed AIDS suffers as "swirling about in a human cesspit of their own making" and adding to the mass paranoia surrounding the condition at this point in time. I understand that Polydor had some issues with the band's inclusion of this song on Mainstream because of its standpoint, but that LC had stuck to his guns and the LP was issued with it on, to be honest it would be very hard to imagine Mainstream without this closing track. Any how that's the best I can offer on this one.
As for Jules et Jim ! Don't know how I didn't ever make that connection, I studied the bloody thing in detail and wrote several essays on it during a film/media studies A level in the early 90's! the record sitting in my collection all the time. I could have kept that quiet obviously, but hey, it was more my style to get sand kicked in my eyes.
 Jules et Jim  directed by Francois Truffaut 1962 -see LC's speedboat "Jules said to Jim why don't we jump in, while the water's clean and we are still friends?"
And thanks to Nicky who commented " Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel, the song "June is bustin' out all over" is the first line of Vin Ordinaire from The Negatives!  ..........
George Jones country singer
  LC sings on To the Church "can't you find me some George Jones on your radio?" . After failing to turn up to many concerts due to his various addictions and tempestuous relationships Jones earned himself the moniker 'No show Jones'. the church, indeed!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Just Like Tim Thumb's Blues

Thanks to Follower Tim Ellis who has filled in some missing suspects on the LC reference post:

"No longer angry,no longer young

No longer driven to distraction,
Not even by Scarlett Johansson"

LC Woman in a bar (Antidepressant)

Scarlett Johansson (1984-)

Actress, model and singer
Note worthy work:(obviously my opinion)

Ghost world
lost in translation
Vicki Christina Barcelona
match point

Bob Dylan sang on Just like Tom Thumb's Blues from Highway 61 revisited

"When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
 And they really make a mess outa you."

LC sang on Tell your sister  from Don't get weird on me babe
"why don't you come down
soil your pretty feet on the dirty
ground of rue morgue avenue"

Rue Morgue is generally considered to first appear in Edgar Allan-Poe's work
The Murders in Rue Morgue and Poe appears elsewhere in Dylan's work as well as the beatles
I am the Walrus

And here are a couple that came to me after the post........

"Hey sean could you mosey on down to our gala ball
It reads mister maddonna kicks some beat poetry"
LC from Sean Penn Blues from Mainstream
LC had reportedly read an article where Penn had revisted one of his old Educational facilities
and had been heckled whilst reading his poetry.
Incendently LC visted one of his old schools recently during his UK tour
details of which can be found at this link: Back to school

Sean Penn (1960 -)
Actor, screenwriter, director, political/social activist, one time Mr. Madonna
Genius piece of work?  ....Arguably playing the Lawyer in Carlitto's Way

"My beautiful launderette is my beautiful escape" sings LC during the instrumental section of Mr.Malcontent from Mainstream
1980's british social drama directed by Stephen Frears and an early starring role for Daniel Day Lewis
Not sure what the relevance was in the context of the rest of this song..maybe someone can enlighten us.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

LC's Occupational health record

.Lloyd Cole joins the ranks of the 'Occupy this album' artists to support the growing occupy movement.
David Crosby, Graham Nash, Devo, Jackson Browne, Yo Le Tengo, The Guthrie Family and Micheal Moore have all signed up to the project supporting the protest against the financial world's irresponsible management of western economies. |The movement has seen protests grow in London, New York's occupy wall street and various other sites across the USA and Europe.
The album is expected to be released before Christmas and the proceeds will be split between supporting the Wall St. Movement (50%) and the new protests that are evolving across the States.
The movement started in New York when Canadian activist group Adbusters issued a campaign which began on September 17th in Zuccotti Park in the financial district of the city.
The "We are the 99%" campaign is in reference to U.S statistics illustrating the country's wealthiest 1% standing well above the rest of the population.
Greece and Spain's anti-austerity protests and the Occupy St.Pauls Movement add weight to this global backlash.
to lend support or find out more click here

Don't know how I missed this one

Not really sure how I managed to miss this one.

Heartbroken again, " Listening to Arthur Lee records"

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

"Now, the older I get the more I'm convinced that the idea of a great piece of art without humour is an oxymoron."

This quote from Lloyd came from a recent interview, all of which can be found at Lloyd, but got me to thinking about the various influences and references that appear in his work and how some of it has shaped my own reading preferences. This post delves into the  references that appear in Cole's work and presents key works by those who are name dropped, quoted and works that are referred to in their own right.  In no particular order.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
was part of the french philosophical existentialist movement and had a long relationship with its founder Jean Paul Satre during which they enjoyed an 'imaginery' married life. Her existential feminist treaty 'The second sex' helped pave the way for the feminist movement.
A provided reading material for Cole's protagonist in 'Rattlesnakes'

Marc Bolan (1947-1977)
Singer songwriter with john's children, tyrannosaurus rex and T-Rex
provided much inspiration for Cole who has covered Bolan's Slider and Children of the Revolution with great effect, he also provides the subject mater of '4MB' making Lloyd feel well.......groovy. and maybe a bit of a nod to Roxy Music's '4HB' from the same era.
Bolan died in a car accident aged just 30, but leaving behind a fairly large and unique body of work.

Greta Garbo actress from Sweden (1905-1990) popular in Hollywood's silent and classic period becoming a recluse in later life after appearing in 27 films. LC sings "At the age of ten she looked like Greta Garbo" on the opening track to his debut LP 'Perfect Skin'

                                                           The Citroen 2CV  "She drove her mother's car it was a Deux Cheavaux"     and one fantastic record.

Truman Capote our first star of "Four Flights up" author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the 'new journalism' offering in Cold Blood. Capote shares the new journalism label with other authors Cole refers to such as Joan Didion and Norman Mailer below who have all been 'slotted' into the movement. Mailer was the author of 'The Naked and the dead' and 'The Deer Park' "Read Norman Mailer, or get a new tailor" was perhaps not the best rhyme ever but the song its lifted from remains one of Cole's classics. Find it "Are you ready to be Heartbroken?"
Grace Kelly"You can drive them back to town in a beat up Grace Kelly Car" from Cole's Four flights up pictured hear with Cary Grant in' to catch a theif', was a Hollywood actress and a favorite with Hitchcock until marrying the prince of Monaco and thereby forgoing her film career. She died in a car accident in the mountain roads of Monaco in 1982.

Joan Didion
Author ( born Sacramento 1934)
Whose novel 'play it as it lays' 1972 was the main inspiration
for Cole's 'Rattlesnakes'
The main character is forced to have an abortion after which she becomes traumatised and takes to driving around the freeways and west coasts dessert roads, looking for a way out of her problems, she gives herself up to various sexual encounters and experiences in order to break free of her stagnation. During the novel she periodically has dreams
of dead children and foetus body parts "Her never born child still haunts her as she speeds down the freeway" .
Rattlesnakes appear at various places within the novel, and appear to act as a motif for danger, or dangerous males.
The main character is also told to read a passage about rattlesnake bites from a red cross handbook.
Cole has cited this and the book of common prayer by Didion amongst his favorite novels. Didion was famous for her journalism as well as her novels and worked in the style of new journalism which looked to inject a personal narrative and response into pieces , the tone then lending itself more to fiction than factual reporting. Her use of sentence structure and minimal delivery was heavily influenced by Hemingway.

Eva Marie Saint in on the waterfront, what more can we say?
A film based on a series of articles about corruption and mob influence
over union workers in the new jersey docks in the late 40's early 50's.
Directed by Elia Kazan in 1954. Eva Marie Saint played opposite
Marlon Brando as the sister of a murdered dock worker.

Nick Drake's Five Leaves left
recorded in 1969 the first of three LP's before the singer/songwriters untimely death.
The LP features Richard Thompson on electric guitar and some fantastic string scoring by Robert Kirby. Cole refers to the album during 'What's wrong with this picture?' from Lloyd Cole and the negatives  "Smile, she said, and if you want
I'll look the other way
And you can go back to your Five Leaves Left
And you can call me when you get over yourself"
In his usual self effacing manner and humour probably picking the LP to represent somewhat earnest, studious types that like to linger in a melancholic haze. Not that anyone reading this would have ever been guilty of such behaviour. The album's title refers to a Rizla cigarette paper pack that would warn you when you were running out by having a dummy paper  or leaf declare "only five leaves left" I believe its ten now.

The inclusion of a 'SpectraVision Girl' would have changed the status of my page to something else entirely, but I am sure you can find one without too much trouble.
'Late night, Early town'
Music in a foreign language.

I am quite sure I have missed a fair few others, look forward to having them pointed out.

Monday, 21 November 2011

She takes me down to the basement 'Tapes'

Trawling the Internet for LC bootleg bits and pieces can sometimes turn up some gold!
In amongst the badly recorded, shaky hand cam nonsense there are some beautiful moments that have been captured. The first one in a small bar in Stockholm is enough to make any LC fanatic a little green eyed! The second is from April this year in Bologna. Two fantastic performances. If any one has any to add to the list, let me know, I am considering a 'Meet me down in the basement bootleg top ten'.
both of these tracks are from Rattlesnakes.

Rattlesnakes deluxe edition available from this link.

The ones that got away

Updates for our discography/guide to the music of Lloyd Cole
These discs represent live recordings and sessions . The small ensemble recordings capture the touring band that Cole has been using to tour the Broken Record LP and provide a set that illustrates how that dynamic works in relation to some of the more familiar songs in his set list. The other two collections are a very good example of what makes LC a fantastic live performer, possibly better than any other live recordings from an artist working in this genre in terms of passion, sound quality and the warmth of the atmosphere in general. There is not a great deal to say here about the songs themselves that can't be found elsewhere in these pages, but it is well worth having these sometimes surprising versions in your collection . Track lists and release dates are supplied,along with some comments from LC on the Small ensemble release.  
Click on link below for purchases.

Buy these recordings from Lloyd Cole shop

Lloyd Cole comments on this album: "12 songs recorded live in the studio the day after our debut 2010 performance. Is this an album or not? I’m not sure, it was recorded so that we would have something by the small ensemble to sell at our January 2010 concerts; a souvenir, but it turned out better than we expected, and folk who weren’t at the shows expressed interest in getting their hands on it. So, here it is.
Lloyd, guitar, banjo Matt Cullen – guitar, banjo Mark Schwaber – guitar, mandolin Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Alan Miller.
No overdubs.

Tracklisting -
My Alibi
If I were a song
Why I love Country Music
Margo’s Waltz
Perfect Skin
Broken Record
Four Flights Up
My Other Life
Trigger Happy
No More Love Songs
Are you ready to be heartbroken?

Release date: January 30th 2009

folksinger 1

1. Like Lovers Do
2. Music In A Foreign Language
3. Why I Love Country Music
4. Trigger Happy
5. No Blue Skies
6. Butterfly
7. Famous Blue Raincoat
8. No More Love Songs
9. NYC Sunshine
10. What's Wrong With This Picture?
11. The Young Idealists
12. Love Like This Can't Last
13. Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
14. Four Flights Up
15. Forest Fire

Folksinger 2
Release date: January 30th 2009
1. Woman In A Bar
2. My Other Life
3. Don't Look Back
4. Cut Me Down
5. The Lady Came From Baltimore
6. Rattlesnakes
7. Vin Ordinaire
8. Butterfly
9. Late Night, Early Town
10. Old Enough To Know Better
11. That Boy
12. No More Love Songs
13. I'm Gone
14. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
15. 2 CV
16. Pay For It
17. Music In A Foreign Language
18. Undressed
19. Impossible Girl
20. Lost Weekend
21. Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?
22. Perfect Skin
23. Unhappy Song

Sunday, 20 November 2011

UK November dates.

UK, November , 2011
Thu 10th - Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre
Price: £18.50 (+£2.50 booking fee)
Address: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Tel 0131 650 4673
Fri 11th - Glasgow, Oran Mor SOLD OUT
Sat 12th - Glasgow, Oran Mor SOLD OUT
Price: £18.50 (+£2.50 booking fee)
Address: Top of Byres Road,
731-735 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8QX
Box Office: 0141 357 6200
Sun 13th - Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
Price: £17.50 (plus booking fee)
Address: 5 West North Street, City Centre, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
Box Office: 01224 641122
Tue 15th - Morecambe, Platform
Price: £20
Address: Station Buildings, Marine Road West, Morecambe LA4 4DB
Box Office: 01524 582803
Wed 16th - Hebden Bridge, Picturehouse
Price: £20 (plus booking fee)
Address: New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD
Box Office: 01422 842807
Thu 17th - Gateshead, Sage
Price: £16 - £18
Address: St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Box Office: 0191 443 4661
Fri 18th - Buxton, Opera House
Price: £20
Address: Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Box Office: 0845 127 2190