Monthly Archives: August 2015

Throwback Thursday – 23 February 1999 – Lindisfarne at Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough

I’ve never written a Throwback Thursday post before today. So for my first Throwback Thursday, I’m going back to 23 February 1999, at the Trinity Arts Centre in my hometown of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

I saw Lindisfarne quite a few times in the 1980s & 1990s, in their original line-up, but this was my first time seeing the reformed Lindisfarne. They were touring their comeback album, Here Comes the Neighbourhood, which featured a number of the original members, plus Billy Mitchell.

Lindisfarne - Here Comes the Neighbourhood











I remember the night well, as my son, wearing a Newcastle United top, got to meet Marty Craggs of the band, in the bar prior to the gig. He was kind enough to give us his autograph and managed to get Billy to sign as well.

As for the gig itself, it was up to the usual high standards, with songs from Here Comes the Neighbourhood, standing up well against well known classics, such as Run for Home, Lady Eleanor and Fog on the Tyne.

I’ve seen these guys so many times, in various line-ups, but every time they’ve never failed to deliver. I’m sure there’ll be some more posts on Lindisfarne in future Throwback Thursdays


Here’s a cool video of one of my favourite songs from Here Comes the Neighbourhood, Ghost in Blue Suede Shoes



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Drive-By Truckers – Everybody Needs Love

The latest addition to My Imaginary Jukebox is Everybody Needs Love by the Drive-By Truckers.

I bought the single of Everybody Needs Love on Record Store Day earlier this year at Shake It Records. It’s Volume 2 of Dangerous Highway, A Tribute to the songs of Eddie Hinton. In fact Everybody Needs Love is the B side, the A side  is called Where’s Eddie.











I first heard these two tracks on their 2011 album Go-Go Boots.

Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots










And have I ever told you…

Yes, I’ve seen the Drive-By Truckers live! In fact I saw them back in August 2013 at the Golden Theatre, Athens, Georgia. That was one special night, not just because it was their hometown gig, but also it was the first time we caught Fly Golden Eagle live, who have since become a firm favorite. Their album Quartz is pretty damned awesome!

Fly Golden Eagle - Quartz










And, get this, we’re going to see the Drive-By Truckers later this year at the Southgate House Revival!

Here’s a video of Drive-By Truckers performing Everybody Needs Love on the David Letterman Show


Not bad hey? That’s why Everybody Needs Love by the Drive-By Truckers is the next track in My Imaginary Jukebox!

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Midpoint Music Festival

Okay, I’m more than a little excited, I’ve just bought my ticket for the Midpoint Music Festival, being held on 25-27 September in Cincinnati. The reasons for the excitement, well firstly, one of my favorite live acts, Pokey LaFarge is appearing at Washington Park on the Sunday evening. This will be my fourth time seeing Pokey LaFarge, I first saw him in Leeds, England at Brudenell Social Club. As well as a brilliant performance from Pokey LaFarge, the night was memorable due to a great performance from the support band, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and also for me protecting my date, and future wife, from a group of drunken Yorkshiremen!

By the time we saw Pokey LaFarge the second time, we’d moved to Columbus, Georgia. We made a 100 mile trip to see him at a great venue, just outside Atlanta, called Eddie’s Attic. This was another great evening’s entertainment,and one which was thoroughly enjoyed by our two sons. The last time, we saw Pokey LaFarge was on his Central Time Tour,at Middletown, Ohio. By this time, we’d moved to Cincinnati, so this was virtually on our doorstep. Once again this was a great evening, featuring another favorite of mine, Dom Flemons, and a group that soon became favorites, The Tillers.









So needless to say I’m looking forward to seeing Pokey LaFarge!

My second reason for getting so stoked is that I finally get to see The Besnard Lakes, I’ve been dying to see The Besnard Lakes for a few years now. I’ve got a couple of their albums, The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse and The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night , and they’re both brilliant and I can’t wait to see them live. They’re appearing at Washington Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Besnard Lakes - are the Dark Horse











The Besnard Lakes - are the Roaring Night










These are just two reasons for getting my ticket to the Midpoint Music Festival and I’m sure you’ll be hearing alot more from me about it over the next few weeks!

And to finish with, how about some Pokey LaFarge, here’s the title track from his latest album, Something in the Water….


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Aztec Camera – Love

Love by Aztec Camera is the latest addition to my vinyl collection. I found it in the second hand section of Plaid Room Records. Why Love by Aztec Camera? I hear you say. Well two main reasons, firstly it contains Somewhere in my Heart, which is probably Aztec Camera‘s best known song and is just a great song. Secondly How Men Are is one of my all time favorite tracks. I seem to remember reading a review somewhere that said it was the perfect pop song, well I totally agree!

There are a couple of other tracks that I remember being released as singles, Deep & Wide & Tall and Working in a Goldmine.

Listening to the album now, Killermont Street, the final track brings back memories of an episode of a BBC show called Songwriter’s Circle, featuring Roddy Frame, Aztec Camera‘s lead singer, Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Graham Gouldman (10cc). This was one of the songs performed by Roddy Frame and for some reason it’s stuck with me ever since.

Talking of said show, take a look at this…


Anyway, it’s a wicked album!

It’s been a while since I added a song to My Imaginary Jukebox, so Somewhere in my Heart is going in there!

And here’s a video of How Men Are, check it out, it is the “perfect pop song”


And if that’s whetted your album, well….

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