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Sad Cafe – Every Day Hurts

I thought today I’d make a start on copying my vinyl singles on to my computer, and the first one I came across was Every Day Hurts by Sad Cafe.











I’m not sure where or even when I got this, but it’s one of my all time favorites. Looking at the single, it was released in 1979. It was taken of their third album Facades,which was produced by Eric Stewart of 10cc

I’ve actually seen this song performed live a few times, not by Sad Cafe. but by Mike and the Mechanics. Paul Young, Sad Cafe‘s lead singer, was one of the two vocalists with Mike and the Mechanics, until he died in 2000.











One of the highlights of the Mike and the Mechanics gigs was when they performed Every Day Hurts with Paul Young on vocals, then Paul Carrack took over to perform the Ace hit, How Long, with Paul Young finishing off the medley with Genesis‘s We Can’t Dance.











So to finish here’s Paul Young, with Mike and the Mechanics, performing Every Day Hurts. Definitely another song to go in My Imaginary Juke Box


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Top Ten Gigs of 2014, Part Two

Following on from my last post, here’s Part Two of my Top Ten Gigs of 2014.

5 – Leo and Anto at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia. One of my favorite live bands is the Saw Doctors, who are currently taking a well earned break after 25 years of touring. 2013 must have been the first year for god knows how many that I hadn’t seen them live, so when I saw that Leo Moran and Antony Thistlethwaite, from the band, were appearing in Atlanta, I immediately purchased tickets.

The gig took place in a great little venue, ideal for the intimate acoustic set performed by Leo and Anto. They played a mixture of Saw Doctors songs, some off their own two albums and also a couple of Waterboys tracks, as Anto used to be a member of the Waterboys. There were so many great moments throughout the evening, but my own favorites were a rousing version of Clare Island and a great version of Fisherman’s Blues.

It may not have been a full blown Saw Doctors gig, but it certainly was a damned fine alternative. And I got my photo took with Leo and Anto! Wicked!
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4 – Steve Hackett on his Genesis Revisited tour at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, Georgia. My all time favorite band is Genesis, and the chances of me seeing them again live are fairly remote, so this to me was my last chance of hearing some of the songs from the classic Genesis line up of Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett and Rutherford, performed by one of it’s original members.

I’d seen Steve Hackett on his Genesis Revisited tour the previous year in Liverpool, and that was superb, but this set was even better. Every song received a standing ovation from the appreciative American crowd. There were a number of occasions throughout the gig when I, along with loads of other members of the audience, had tear-filled eyes listening to some of the classic Genesis back catalog. Of these, the epic Supper’s Ready was out of this world, it was simply stunning. If I never get to see Genesis again, this was a fine farewell!

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3. Pokey LaFarge‘s Central Time Tour at the Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University, Middletown Ohio. I’ve been lucky enough to see Pokey LaFarge a couple of times already, once on both sides of the Atlantic, in Leeds, Yorkshire and in Decatur, Georgia. On both occasions, they were both great gigs. This evening was no exception, the poster below shows the artists who performed throughout the evening, and there was not a duff performance amongst them. Dom Flemons did a superb job as Master of Ceremonies, as well as performing a few numbers of his album. The Loot Rock Gang were excellent, as were The Cajun Country Revival.

The Tillers were given the honor of being the main support act as they were a local Cincinnati band, and they were amazing! They had a lot of loyal support in the audience and they certainly did Cincinnati proud.

And needless to say Pokey Lafarge and his band were spot on once again! The Central Time Tour was a great idea and I certainly hope that it’s something that Pokey LaFarge will undertake again, if he does, I’ll be there!

Pokey Lafarge Central Time poster


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