Posted tagged ‘John Peel’

Chopped Liver – Suspended Sentence

January 15, 2011

Sometimes the little-uns say the funniest things – hey there’s an idea for a TV program – but so it was today – I howled with laughter – you’ll probably be non-plussed.

People often sing along when they are doing chores. But when you have a taste in music as obscure as mine – that can lead to alarming results. I am sometimes known to recite the spoken-word intro to an obscure John Cooper Clarke track from 1977 – which I haven’t actually heard since 1978.

Does me boom look big inis?

JCC is a Manc poet who sets his poems to a rhythm often backed by musicians – or in some cases by musical machines – and in this particular case by a drum machine.

The spoken word intro to Suspended Sentence says “Raiyyt, we all staaart when the droom machine staaarts”. Well, how else do you write Manc?

So from to time I, for reasons unknown, am heard uttering this phrase. As it was today, as I was preparing lunch in the kitchen – and I had just finished whisking the eggs when I pronounced “Raiyyt”.

To which Weedy, from another room responded with “we all staaart when the droom machine staaarts”!

Believe me, I was convulsed with laughter. John Cooper Clarke would’ve been convulsed with laughter. John Peel, if he was still alive, and in my house (both rather unlikely) would’ve been convulsed with laughter. There may well be someone else in Manchester who may have chuckled – but apart from those three, I don’t know anyone who would’ve gleaned much from this exchange at all.

Still, it made me go on to YouTube and select the chosen track – just to hear those dulcet Manc tones informing us when “we all come in”.

It’s when the “droom machine staaarts”.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps

Chopped Liver – This Nation’s Saving Grace

September 10, 2010

Tonight on TV – living legend Mark E Smith (MES) – what more can I add?

I first saw The Fall in September 1977 when I was a student in Manchester. I though I was watching The Velvet Underground. There they were, dressed in black, barely moving on stage – MES with his back to the audience the whole time blasting out their repetitive riffs – it was awesome. The memory is raw even after 33 years!

You know I have lived abroad before – back in the 80’s and I swear I had to come home just to see The Fall.

I even went to see them on my 50th birthday. And they played a song called 50 Year Old Man. Cute.

And I am also delighted that the other music legend – without whom yada yada yada – the late and sadly lamented John Peel was also a massive fan (even though I got there first – natch). If anyone wants to come round my house for a Fall fest they are welcome – even though There’s a Ghost in Ma House.

I could go on. And on. And on. But you’ll be pleased to know it’s just starting – gotta go.

Hang on, wassup? What’s B doing? Ultimate What???? Musht be shum mishtake.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.