Here’s the brand new Honest John Plain And The Greenowskis‘ video for “Old Songs” single taken from “Acoustic Menopause” full lp out now on Action Recordz.
The video shot in Italy celebrates 7 european tours a live record during five years of happy artistic marriage between the English punk rock prime mover (The Boys, Ian Hunter, The Crybabys etc.) and the Italian combo.
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“Sometime you have to speak of the times and share it with the world as soon as possible. This is one of those instances” says Chicago rock’n’roller TAFKAVince.
“Well Worn Stories” was written last weekend, and full purchase of every sale will be donated to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union.)
Rock’n’Roll troubadour BRANDY ROW is back with 4 new urban bluesy songs in which you’ll hear some STONES (“Consolidated”), and SEEDS (“Martial Law”) influences all mixed with good taste and style.
These songs are full of cool arrangements such as horns, female vocals, etc., but when BRANDY decides to just keep the core of a song, then acoustic JOHNNY THUNDERS and DYLAN come to mind (“Hold No Shame.”)
“Walking On A Razor’s Edge” and its New Orleans feel displays more variety in BRANDY‘s songwriting, almost TOM WAITS in the atmosphere at times, and while listening to this song, you realize that it could have been sung by AMY WINEHOUSE. It’s interesting that the mood of this record is sometimes close to JOHNNY THUNDERS & PATTI PALLADIN‘s “Copy Cats”, although these songs are not covers.
This new EP is alvailable on 10″ vinyl (No Front Teeth records), and digital. A full album is coming our way soon, and we sure won’t complain about it!/Laurent C.
New single/video for Brandy Row on No Front Teeth Records. You might have heard of him through his 77 punk band The GAGGERS, and more recently through the excellent BRANDY ROW & THE TRUEBADOURS.
“Decline Of a Better Man” displays a quieter, but darker side (see video below) of Brandy’s music: Johnny Thunders kind of vocals, acoustic guitars, street folk vibe and mariachi trumpets.
The second song, “Crazy World” has a more STONES/Gospel feel, and manages to make you want to dance to the absurdity of the modern world we live in. I’m now looking forward to hearing a full album!/Laurent C.
Drummer in horror rock band CADAVER CLUB (Manchester, UK), Matty James is also a solo artist playing gutter-gypsy-troubadour rock’n’roll. This second EP opens with “A World Away”, a song that mixes the best of Izzy Stradlin’ with ELECTRIC ANGELS, quite a killer opener that won’t leave your mind after you’ve listened to it!
“Uncertain Times” slows things down in a Johnny Thunders way while “State Of Mind” and “Someday” could have been written and played by The DOGS D’AMOUR. The last song, “You’re Not The Only One” is an acoustic/piano rock’n’roll ballad that QUIREBOYS fans will enjoy with a good glass of wine!
It’s crazy to think that Matty is only 22 when you hear these 5 songs. I definitely look forward to what’s coming next!/Laurent C.
This is being marketed as the last Nikki Sudden disc, but I highly doubt it’s the Last Of The Last. The homemade sound is pretty great-he was pullin’ from all eras-eighties new wave, sixties girl groups, and of course, his beloved seventies glam rock. I’m only three songs in, and already moved to pick up pen to spread the good word on Brother Nikki’s swan song cd. This album rocks like a Spencer P. Jones, or Ian Hunter album. I always preferred his sidekick, Dave Kusworth’s bratty battle cry, and the alley cat harmonies of the Jacobites, and Bounty Hunters, to many of Sudden’s solo outings. He’d really started concentrating alot more on his lyrics in recent years, which really enriched his writing on these latter-day albums. Much of his early work suffered a bit from lazy, throwaway Hallmark declarations of love-like he was yellin’ for Rapunzel to let down her golden hair. You can tell he’d been listening to more Dylan, than Thunders, as he aged. I know he’d nearly completed an epic book on the Rolling Stones entitled, “Bring Back Ian McLagen” before he died, and I hope his estate finds a way to still hustle it into print.
There’s plenty of good music here, that’ll appeal to the core Nikki Sudden fanbase of old Faces/Mott fans, but some of it reminds me of other artists as well-“Hunky Dory”-era Bowie, Stephen Merritt from Magnetic Fields, and Steven “Tin Tin” Duffy-the original Duran Duran singer, who worked with Kusworth back in the old days. There’s a big hole where Nikki Sudden’s supposed to be, that ain’t likely to get filled—esp. not by any of the screaming dude-metal jock-kids with the dyed hair on the corporate labels. If you’re a fan of TYLA and have yet to be properly introduced to Mister Sudden, or if yer an old fan, debating if you should shell out your girlfriend’s hard-earned money on the new Snatches Of Pink, Chamber Strings, Dave Kusworth & The Tenderhooks, or for still another LP’s worth of Nikki Sudden’s Stonesy, soulful, self-mythologizing trash-folk, get this immediately. Who else but Nikki rhymes “manuscripts” with “fish ‘n’ chips”?? It’s a far-worthier investment than the new Ronnie Wood autobiography, and sincerely, the best over-all album I’ve heard since the NY DOLLS comeback album. If you can imagine Soho Roses, or Hollywood Brats, covering a vintage Rod Stewart song with a quality lyric, yer at the right hootenanny. Olde Saint Nick used to sign all his letters to me, “Stay Bruised”, and I’d always think, “No Worries, Man!” We miss you, Nikki! God Bless the Prince Of Rags!
(-Dicky Bottomfeeder and the Forty Thieves)