Category Archives: History class

This is where we unearth forgotten rock gems, debunk some common myths and dust off the story book. Once upon a time…

Mark Hollis. 1955-2019.

Been listening to a Talk Talk cassette while in the bath. They were a much underrated outfit. Their later songs even had a feel of REM in the latter half of their life. I can imagine Michael Stipe c.2005 singing them.

The late Mark Hollis is said to have stated ‘Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note. And don’t play one note unless you’ve got a reason to play it.’ Says it all.


Twin Guitars.

Her Ladyship and I are looking forward to seeing the rejuvenated Wishbone Ash during their Autumn tour.

They are certainly justified in claiming to be ‘a’  (and very likely ‘the’) major instigator of the ‘Twin Guitars’ sound, which the likes of Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and others went on to popularise. Music fans across the pond will probably cite the early Allman Bros as being crucial too.

Currently on the buntermobile car stereo is an amazing gig from Vancouver 1981 by an outfit rarely mentioned in the ‘Twin Guitars’ section, namely…Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. (The recording is easily found on the Internet). Two guitarists, one in each speaker, doing the most amazing things…and that is before the bass player puts his two penneth in! In mono it would just sound a mess but in good , old-fashioned stereo it is fantastic.

A perfect example of the oxymoron ‘ organised chaos’. Seek it out and sit back in wonder.

Andy Powell v Martin Turner . How big is the hatchet? Is there a big enough hole to bury it in?

Are there any Wishbone Ash fans anywhere who think that the two protagonists can ever have a kind word for each other?

Difficult situation at best! Both Andy and Martin have been drawing their Old Age Pension for some time and even the release of their golden goose thirty cd set didn’t result in the five core members sitting down in the local pub having a laugh and a drink together,

Sadly AP and MT have still been having the occasional dig at each other on stage. But wouldn’t it maybe defuse some tension if AP was to introduce eg ‘Come in from the Rain’ as an MT composition? It is good enough to feature in the current set. Or MT could acknowledge one of the many joint compositions as being mainly an AP number with additional contributions from whoever else?

Yes it may stick in both of their throats but fans may be actually interested in how the group compositions started off too. I would.

Gram Parsons

Definitely not a live review! When I first heard the opening note of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ in 1965 I was a Byrds fan…and have been a fan of pretty much all things Byrdsian since. I latched onto the Flying Burrito Brothers in the early seventies.

Trying to find decent or unusual T-shirts though is not easy. I came across the site while looking at They have some really interesting GP t-shirts as well as Clarence White and other Byrds-related stuff. I bought 3 GP ‘tribute’ shirts. Photos below but they are not very good resolution.

And , yes, I am not a fan of tribute acts! These are from GP tribute nights, featuring different artists. Obviously postage is expensive but Peggy has some ‘oddities’ available. Have a look at the site, her e-mail address is there, as are better photos! She will respond really quickly, but remember the time difference. Happy shopping.

Acoustic Beatles.

Having seen them at The Acoustic Festival, I was reminded of the conspiracy theory about Paul McCartney. Loads of posts on Youtube about how Paul died in a  car crash in November 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike. They dubbed him Faul.

Lots of evidence based on details of his physical being, but seemingly none based on audio voice recognition. Yes, there was a recent case where someone’s twin brother successfully impersonated him, but even ‘Mission Impossible’, decades ago, used it? And surely software is just a little more sophisticated now?

No DNA has been provided…how totally unreasonable, but I have the obvious proof. Get Sir Paul/Faul to drop his pants. If he has only one dick, he is an impostor! The real Paul had two dicks.  The conspiracy theorists will say that there are no photos around showing the pre-Pepper Paul with one dick so it must be true. Voila!

The Della Grants.

Those of you who are on the DG’s mailing list will know that they currently are offering a bargain package of their 2 cd’s and a T-shirt for £15.00, in order to raise some funds for releasing a new live lp.

If you have seen them and are not aware of the offer, go to for more details.

If you haven’t seen them, and are a fan of well-played blues/rock/Rhythm and Blues, check out their gig guide on the website. They could well be near you in the very near future. And they seem to be thoroughly nice young men too.

They have featured in reviews here before.

The Grateful Dead

For those Deadheads still out there who aren’t aware of it, the official Grateful Dead website is  Every November it releases daily an mp3 which can be downloaded…even I can manage the technology!  You can currently download each, or all at once, at

There is even artwork for it, you can compile your own Live Dead cd/cds.