Friday, 21 June 2013
I first became aware of Phill Jupitus in the mid 1980s around the time of Red Wedge and The Housemartins and things like that. (As you probably know already) Mr Jupitus is a key member of the splendid Idiot Bastard Band, he has directed great pop videos for artists such as Billy Bragg, he's a decent cartoonist, he's been an honorary member of two of the best British music acts of all time (The Bonzos, and The Blockheads), he's written brilliant sleevenotes for Ian Dury compilations, he's penned the forwards of books about The Specials, he's been a DJ, a performance poet, a stand-up, he's performed in the hit musical Hairspray and he's been a regular of TV shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Q.I. and he's been on loads of radio things too blah blah blah. There are worse people in the world than Phill Jupitus...
The Rebel Magazine at 14:48
Thursday, 13 June 2013
When The A Side B Side Gallery discovered that this Summer marked the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley going into Sun Studios and making his first ever recording they said: "Let's have a party!" 30 artistic Elvis fans have contributed a painting, photo or drawing of The King and 30 others have written a personal tribute. The show was curated by Chloe Mortimer and Harry Pye. Chloe says: "Elvis Presley was strikingly handsome and his singing touched the hearts of millions. For some, the Elvis story may have ended in 1977 but for me it goes on. He was always there for me and I find that even now he's always on my mind." Harry says: "I was delighted when Chloe asked for my help in finding artists for his show. For the last 12 months I've been compiling a book which is an A to Z of Elvis. The more I researched into Elvis the more I loved him. I hope this show will be sexy, funny, sincere, sad, touching, exciting and full of contradictions - just like Elvis." Catherine & Tinsel: "The A Side B Side Gallery is proud to be the host of a show dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll. For 6 decades Elvis has inspired many artists including Peter Blake (who has made 6 shrines to Elvis) and Andy Warhol (whose double Elvis work recently sold for 37 million dollars). The contributors to "I Love You Because" are from all over the world, we hope we can squeeze everyone in and look forward to seeing you there!" The first 500 visitors to the gallery will receive a free copy of "The Rebel magazine's Elvis Special" sponsored by Immprint.
The Rebel Magazine at 00:45
Friday, 7 June 2013
Last night I had a great time watching the Imposters. Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve, and Davey Faragher were all on splendid form. The songs he performed were: "I Hope You're Happy Now", "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)", "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down", "High Fidelity", "Uncomplicated", "Mystery Dance", "Radio, Radio". There was then a medley of songs with the word "Girl" in the title ("This Year's Girl", "Sulky Girl" "G.L.O.R.I.A",and "Girls Talk"). "45", "I Want You", "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes", "Riot Act". Bonnie Raitt was brought on as a guest and she spun his spinning songbook. Raitt was very jolly but said she couldn't sing as her throat was bad so Elvis serenaded her with "Either Side Of The Same Town". I thought their version of "Cry, Cry, Cry" was a bit lazy and I don't remember enjoying "Song With Rose" either. Things vastly improved with "Brilliant Mistake", "Oliver's Army", "Man Out Of Time" and "Shipbuilding". Two songs with just Elvis and Steve Nieve on the grand piano ("She" and "Shot With His Own Gun", "London's Brilliant Parade", Elvis spoke about two of his relatives suffering from dementia and explaining that the reason he was going to perform a famous song about Margaret Thatcher was due more to the facts we shouldn't forget all the unforgivable misery she caused so many people. It must be said his new John Lennon style arrangement of "Tramp The Dirt Down" is a very powerful way to end the show. His first encore was a lovely take on Nick Lowe's "Indoor Fireworks" sadly things then went very downhill with the tedious "A Slow Drag With Josephine", and, even worse, "Jimmie Standing In The Rain". "Watching The Detectives" was a bit of a mess but thankfully "Everyday I Write The Book" was great fun. He ended with fast and furious versions of a trio of crowd pleasers ("I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea", "Pump It Up", and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding"). The highlights for me were his stunning version of "Riot Act", the unexpected Jimi Hendrix style jam at the end of "Uncomplicated", a wild and crazy "I Want You", Pete Thomas's brilliant drumming on "Mystery Dance", Steve Nieve really going for it on "She", Elvis walking out into the audience and sitting on a man's lap whilst singing "Shipbuilding" and great versions of tracks from the King of America album. There were also lots of witty quips and silly stuff - when a fan screamed "Elvis, we love you", Costello quickly replied: "We love you too, both individually and as a group."
The Rebel Magazine at 01:32