It was my birthday this month, so I thought I would dig this old favourite, which I recorded on my birthday 30 years ago, when I was 52.
It is all factually accurate. And I still reserve the moment to put way too much glow filter on any time I choose. It’s the privilege of age…
It’s only now that I watch it again that I realise how tired everyone must have got of singing ‘oo oo’ constantly for, like, 6 minutes. But anyway, this was my version of the Rolling Stones classic, from way back in 2013. (Jesus, five years ago now!)
An old favourite butchered by me and me bruv that we haven’t had in a while. Tomorrow there’ll be a special NYE version of the Bastard English Session, and no doubt this tune will crop up somewhere. (more…)
Time to crack open another ‘vaults’ artefact. From way back in February 2015, in the Vaults in central Oxford, this is a version of Tom Waits’s magnificent Fish & Bird by Faceometer and myself, that’s very dark (photographically) and a bit insane, and we both seem to be competitively shooting up and up into the highest registers of falsetto. “Is it a fish? Is it a bird? No! It’s… the only way we seem to be able to wind this song up.” To be fair, I started it…
Anyway, if you haven’t heard the original song before, it’s on Waits’s album Alice, and I think it’s one of his best. (And from me, that’s saying something.)
I’m starting early with the Half Moon All Stars nostalgia.
Personally, I think this was one of our most fun gigs. We still had Jane, we still had Mark — I think we might have even still had Kate!
DOESN’T EVERYONE LOOK YOUNG!!
Anyway, that’s great… it starts with an earthquake…
This is a piece of sheer filth that I performed at Folk Weekend: Oxford a number of years ago.
But it’s traditional, so that makes it okay.