Mixed music bag – Week 14

This is the final week of May. Groups/solo artists starting with the letter M.

Magazine were an English rock band formed in 1977 in Manchester in England by singer Howard Devoto and guitarist John McGeoch. After leaving the punk group Buzzcocks in early 1977, Devoto decided to create a more progressive and less traditional rock band. The original lineup of Magazine was composed of Devoto, McGeoch, Barry Adamson on bass, Bob Dickinson (later Dave Formula) on keyboards and Martin Jackson (later John Doyle) on drums.

Their debut album¬†“Real Life”¬†(1978) was critically acclaimed and was one of the first¬†post-punk¬†albums. After releasing two other albums,¬†“Second Hand Daylight”¬†and¬†“The Correct Use of Soap”. McGeoch left the band in 1980 to join¬†Siouxsie & The Banshees. Magazine released another studio album, “Magic, Murder and The Weather”, and disbanded in 1981.

They reunited in 2009 for a UK tour with¬†Noko¬†on guitar. Magazine released an album of new material,¬†“No Thyself”, in October 2011, followed by a short UK tour.

Magazine and their original guitarist McGeoch have been cited as an influence by bands and musicians such as the Smiths and Radiohead. 

Time flies
Time crawls
Like an insect
Up and down these walls

The light pours out of me [x2]

The conspiracy of silence
Ought to revolutionize my thought

The light pours out of me [x2]

The cold light of day pours out of me
Leaving me black and so healthy

The light pours out of me [x2]

It jerks out of me
Just like blood
In this still life
Heart beats up love

The light pours out of me
Pours out of me….

(Devoto, McGeoch, Shelley)

Song Lyric Sunday – Hip-Hop and Rap

The theme of this week’s SLS is Hip-hop and Rap. I’ve gone with this sad tale from the ‘Hey Ya!’ hitmakers; Outcast

The video is kind of sad but also very funny.

Lyrics

Yeah this one right here goes out to all the baby’s mamas, mamas
Mamas, mamas, baby mamas, mamas
Yeah, go like this

I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times

My baby’s drama mama, don’t like me
She be doing things like having them boys come from her neighborhood
To the studio trying to fight me
She need to get a, piece of the american pie and take her bite out
That’s my house, I’ll disconnect the cable and turn the lights out
And let her know her grandchild is a baby, and not a paycheck
Private school, daycare, s**t medical bills I pay that
I love your mom and everything, but see I ain’t the one who laid down
She wanna rib you up to start a custody war, my lawyers stay down
Shit you never got a chance to hear my side of the story we was divided
She had fish fries and cookouts for my child’s birthday I ain’t invited
Despite it, I show her the utmost respect when I fall through
All you, do is defend that lady when I call you, yeah

I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times

Me and yo’ daughter, got’s this thing going on
(We got a special kind of thing going on)
You say it’s puppy love
We say it’s full grown
Hope that we feel this, feel this way forever
You can plan a pretty picnic
But you can’t predict the weather, Ms. Jackson

Ten times out of nine, now if I’m lyin’ fine
The quickest muzzle throw it on my mouth and I’ll decline
King meets queen, then the puppy love thing, together dream
Bout that crib with the Goodyear swing
On the oak tree, I hope we feel like this forever
Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever?
Forever never seems that long until you’re grown
And notice that the day by day ruler can’t be too wrong
Ms. Jackson my intentions were good I wish I could
Become a magician to abacadabra all the sadder
Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, thoughts of he
Asking what happened to the feeling that her and me
Had, I pray so much about it need some knee, pads
It happened for a reason one can’t be, mad
So know this, know that everything’s cool
And yes I will be present on the first day of school, and graduation

I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times

Uh, uh, yeah
“Look at the way he treats me”
S**t, look at the way you treat me
You see your little nosy-ass home girls
Done got your ass sent up the creek G
Without a paddle, you left to straddle
And ride this thing on out
Now you and your girl ain’t speaking no more
Cause my d**k all in her mouth
Know what I’m talking about? Jealousy, infidelity, envy
Cheating to beating, envy and to the G they be the same thing
So who you placing the blame on, you keep on singing the same song
Let bygones be bygones, you can go on and get the hell on
You and your mama

I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times

I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times
I’m sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make your daughter cry
I apologize a trillion times

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Andre Benjamin / Antwan Patton / David Sheats

Ms. Jackson lyrics © BMG Rights Management, DistroKid, Universal Music Publishing Group

Mixed music bag – week 13

This is part four of the month of May. In which a group or solo artist has the letter M in their name.

Modern Eon were a British post-punk/new wave band, formed in Liverpool in 1978. They released one album, Fiction Tales, on the UK label Dindisc in 1981. They should have been more successful in my opinion.

The band, originally called Luglo Slugs, were founded by guitarist/vocalist Alix Plain (real name Alex Johnson) and bassist Danny Hampson, later joined by drummer Dave Hardbattle.¬†The Luglo Slugs lineup recorded “Benched Down/70s Sixties” at Open Eye Studios in Liverpool. Soon after the recording, Hardbattle left. Guitarist Ged Allen and drummer Joey McKechnie joined, and the band eventually decided on the name Modern Eon. The Open Eye recording was released under the name Modern Eon in late 1978 on the compilation album¬†Street to Street: A Liverpool Album.

After one self-released¬†EP,¬†Pieces, released on Eon Records in 1979, they recorded the single “Euthenics” for Inevitable Records in 1980.¬†Allen and McKechnie left the band in 1980, prior to the recording of their debut album, and were replaced by Bob Wakelin (strings, vocals, percussion) and Tim Lever (guitar, saxophone), with Cliff Hewitt (drums) joining shortly thereafter.

In early 1981, a re-recorded version of “Euthenics” was released as a single on Dindisc followed by two more singles, “Child’s Play” and “Mechanic”.¬†Fiction Tales¬†was released in mid 1981 to lukewarm reviews, citing disappointment at six of the twelve songs on the album already being released as singles or B sides. Later reviews were more positive. ¬†After a tour was arranged that year, drummer Hewitt critically injured his wrist, forcing them to go on tour using Hewitt’s drum playing on a tape machine. Modern Eon dissolved by the end of 1981 while working on demos for a second album.

The demos appeared on a recent re-release of Fiction Tales along with other bonus tracks and remixes. I snapped that double cd up straight away. I already had a copy of the original album on vinyl.

Song Lyric Sunday – Dancin’ at the disco

The theme of Song Lyric Sunday this week is disco. Thanks again to Jim for the prompt.

Running a mobile disco is not easy; just ask my brother! Yes, we ran a disco together after we got kicked out of the band and so we decided we’d have a go at it and thought, how hard could it be?. This was in the early 80s and we’d already had a lot of records between us. It was handy that my boss at the printing works also owned a record shop in my city. I had a discount on the records I bought from the shop. We called the disco; ‘Night Life’ after the Alicia Bridges hit. Shifting the heavy deck, speakers and boxes of records was back-breaking at times! We did that for a good part of five years and it was mostly great fun…but not so much when the fighting starts! We sold all the gear a while ago but kept a lot of the records.

Please don’t talk about love tonight
Please don’t talk about sweet love
Please don’t talk about being true
And all the trouble we’ve been through
Ah, please don’t talk about all of the plans
We had for fixin’ this broken romance
I want to go where the people dance
I want some action
I want to live

Action, I got so much to give
I want to give it
I want to get some too

Oh I, I love the nightlife
I’ve got to boogie
On the disco ’round, oh yea
Oh, I love the night life
I’ve got to boogie on the disco ’round, oh yeah

Please don’t talk about love tonight
Your sweet talking won’t make it right
Love and lies just bring me down
When you’ve got women all over town
You can love them all and when you’re through
Maybe that’ll make, huh, a man out of you
I got to go where the people dance
I want some action
I want to live, yeah

Action
I got so much to give
I want to give it
I want to get some too

Oh I, I love the nightlife
I’ve got to boogie
On the disco ’round, oh yea
Oh, I love the night life
I’ve got to boogie on the disco ’round, oh yea

Oh, I love the night life
I’ve got to boogie
On the disco ’round, oh yea
Oh, I love the night life
I’ve got to boogie
On the disco ’round, oh yea
Oh, I love the night life
I’ve got to boogie
On the disco ’round, oh yea

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Alicia Bridges / Susan Hutcheson

I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round) lyrics © Bike Music

Mixed Music Bag – week 12

Part two of the May mixed music bag. Bands or soloists whose name starts with an M.

This week I’ve chosen the English rock band; Muse.

Muse are from Teignmouth in Devon, England and were formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums).

Muse released their debut album,¬†“Showbiz”, in 1999, showcasing Bellamy’s¬†falsetto voice¬†and a melancholic¬†alternative rock¬†style. Their second album,¬†“Origin of Symmetry”¬†(2001), incorporated wider instrumentation and¬†romantic classical¬†influences and earned them a reputation for energetic live performances.¬†“Absolution”¬†(2003) saw further classical influence, with strings on some tracks and was the first of seven consecutive¬†UK number one albums. They have sold around 40 million albums up to 2022.

Song Lyric Sunday – Girl bands

The theme of SLS this week is girl bands. Once again thanks to Jim for the prompt.

There is one all-girl band that I instantly took a shine too in the 70s. They were The Runaways. I remember playing their debut self-titled album to my own band mates at the time and they wouldn’t believe it was a girl (Lita Ford) playing the guitar solos!!

The Runaways were an all-female American rock band who recorded and performed from 1975 to 1979. The band released four studio albums and one live album during its run. Among their best-known songs are “Cherry Bomb”, “Hollywood”, “Queen’s of Noise” and a cover version of the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll”. Never a major success in the United States, the Runaways became a sensation overseas, especially in Japan, thanks to the single “Cherry Bomb”.

The most well known line-up in the band consisted of: Joan Jett (guitar/vocals), Cherie Currie (lead vocal), Lita Ford (lead guitar), Sandy West (drums) and Jackie Fox (bass).

Music video by The Runaways performing Cherry Bomb. © 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Songwriters: Joan Jett / Kim Fowley

Mixed music bag – week 11

Here we are already in the second week of May, which means part two of soloists/bands with the letter M

I’ve been a fan of The Manic Street Preachers from their early days. This track is from the album ‘The Holy Bible’, the third and final one with guitarist Richey Edwards. It’s my favourite album as it is for many other Manic’s fans. Revol was released as a single in 1994 and reached #22 in the UK charts.

The song’s lyrics were written by rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards and bass guitarist Nicky Wire. The verses list famous and controversial names in history, each being dismissed one-by-one in short and often insulting lines (such as “Chamberlain, you see God in you”, “Pol Pot, withdrawn traces, bye-bye”, “Che Guevara, you’re all target now” and “Gorbachev, celibate self-importance”).

Mr. Lenin, awaken the boy
Mr. Stalin, bi-sexual epoch
Kruschev, self love in his mirrors
Brezhnev, married into group sex
Gorbachev, celibate self importance
Yeltsin, failure is his own impotence

Revol’, revol’

Revol’, revol’
Lebensraum kulturkampf
Raus raus, fila fila!

Napoleon, childhood sweethearts
Chamberlain, you see God in you
Trotsky, honeymoon, serenade the naked
Che Guevara, you’re all target now
Pol Pot, withdrawn traces, bye-bye
Farrakhan, alimony alimony

Revol’, revol’

Revol’, revol’
Lebensraum kulturkampf
Raus raus, fila fila!

Revol’, revol’

Revol’, revol’
Lebensraum kulturkampf
Raus raus, fila fila!

Revol’!

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: James Dean Bradfield / Nicky Wire / Richey Edwards / Sean Moore

Revol lyrics © Sm Publishing Uk Limited, Bmg Rights Management (uk) Limited

Song Lyric Sunday – Boy Bands

The theme to SLL this week is Boy Bands. Thanks once again for the prompt by Jim Adams.

My choice is the band; Slik, featuring lead vocalist/guitarist Midge Ure before he got involved with Band Aid and Ultravox. Slik’s biggest hit was ‘Forever and Ever’ in 1976 and they released a self titled album in the same year.

As it was in the beginning then so should it end
Don’t let a lover become just a friend
Oh no.
I made you a promise I vowed I would keep
The candle ‘s still burning the river runs deep

My love
Didn’t you know
Didn’t you feel
Couldn’t you tell that it was real
Couldn’t you tell that it was real.
I’ll dedicate to you all my love my whole life through

I’ll love you forever and ever ev’ry day ev’ry hour we share
I’ll treasure you I swear I’ll love you forever and ever.
What we joined together
Let none tear apart
We give one another our hand and our heart
My love
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Will love last forever I know that it must

My love
Now you can see
Now you can feel
Now you can tell that it was real
Now you can tell that it was real.
I’ll dedicate to you all my love my whole life through

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bill Martin / Phil Coulter

Forever and Ever lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Mixed Music Bag – Week 10

Well, here we are in May already. That means the MMB theme is a band or soloist that starts with the letter M throughout this month.

This week my choice is Ian McNabb

Robert Ian McNabb (born 3rd November 1960 in Liverpool) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Previously the frontman of The Icicle Works, McNabb has since embarked on a solo career and performed with, Ringo Starr, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, amongst others.

McNabb’s first book, an autobiography entitled¬†Merseybeast, was published in October 2008. I still haven’t got a copy!

He cites his earliest musical influences as being from watching¬†T.Rex’s “Born To Boogie” and¬†“That’ll Be The Day”¬†starring¬†David Essex¬†at the age of 10. After this he began attending guitar and¬†music theory¬†lessons.

His first musical performance was playing “You’re Sixteen” at Fairfield Conservative Club in Liverpool in 1974. He became the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band, The Icicle Works which was founded in 1980. The band’s other members were¬†Chris Charrock¬†on Drums and¬†Chris Layhe¬†on bass guitar and backing vocals.

The Icicle Works had success in the UK with the top 20 single “Love Is a Wonderful Colour” in 1983. They also hit the top 40 in the United States and Canada with the single “Whisper To s Scream (Birds Fly)” in 1984.

The Icicle Works continued recording through the 1980s with limited success. In the UK, several of the band’s follow-up singles charted, although none reached higher than No.¬†52. In the US, they briefly made the Modern Rock charts in 1988, but achieved no further mainstream recognition and were regarded in the US and Canada as a¬†one-hit wonder.

The original line-up of The Icicle Works broke up in 1988. McNabb put together a new “second generation” Icicle Works line-up in 1989, which released one album in 1990. However, the album was commercially unsuccessful and the band broke up the following year.

His first solo album,¬†“Truth And Beauty” was released in 1983. It was¬†recorded on a shoestring budget in¬†Oldham, Greater Manchester, and won him a record deal with¬†Andrew Lauder’s new ‘This Way Up’ Label.

Since then he has released a total of fourteen studio solo and five compilation albums up to 2022.

My favourite Ian McNabb album is “Merseybeast” from 1996.

Song Lyric Sunday – Gospel music

It was hard trying to find a song to go with the gospel theme this week. Once again, thanks to Jim for the prompt.

I’m not really sure if this one fits the category but see what you think? This is from the SAHB album; ‘The Impossible Dream’.

I like the pipes and drums coming in near the end part of the song. Now, who wants to visit Scotland? lol

Sorry, I couldn’t find the lyrics.