Goodbye Tom

Wow it really seems that the greats are popping off sooner and sooner.  I don’t know if this is because I’m getting older or not, but either way 66 is too damn early to lose a great artist like Tom Petty.  I literally was just talking about Tom Petty in …

& My First Single

Well, yes, first records. My first single was a lesser known Michael Jackson release, though it was also the title track on his first album. The song itself  was Michael Jackson’s debut solo single, released on October 7 1971. It was the annus mirabilis of pop and rock according to …

The Final Leg

So when this year began I had a number of things planned to celebrate our Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years Later Kitchen Renovation Hell! First Class Max Tomorrow (today in fact) we drive to the Woodlands to see Matchbox Twenty as the final leg in our celebration.  Rob Thomas …

My First Single

Now time has a way of playing tricks on you but if you asked me what my first ever single that I purchased was I would say it was Queen’s Somebody To Love.  I was 13 years old. 41 years later it is still an amazing song and not even …

The Vinyl Experience

It was great reading through some of the Consul’s Vinyl stories.  If you are over forty you probably have one, but if you are under forty you probably have no clue what us old duffers are talking about.  Because I moved to the USA 27 years ago it coincided with …

Vinyl S to Z

And the final box contains more gems the like of which we shall not see again. Many of the artists remain but we ain’t gonna get this kind of quality anymore, even from Neil Young. It has been a pleasure to live through the vinyl years, which were the golden …

Vinyl M to S

Well, this is dominated by Van, as it should be, but goes on through the Prefabs and REM (Out of Time was appropriately the last record I bought on vinyl before switching to CDs) to Santana, Paul Simon and the Stones…   And my brother’s back at home With his …

Vinyl E to M

Another box, another post. When I look at this section I see the early days, from the Jackson 5 and early Elton John through the prog and rock days. Obsessions with Genesis and Zeppelin that dominated every day. The introspection of Joni, the education in Ella, on to my mother’s …

Vinyl A to E

Nothing beats the feel, size, smell, sight and sound of vinyl. So easy to chuck out those CDs, ripped to the computer. But vinyl is for life; the vinyl years stay with you and contain a whole history. So the old stuff is here, from the classic to the tragic …

Hard to believe it has been 40 years

When you think of 40 years ago you certainly don’t think of 1977.  That was when life was literally happening all around us.  Being a year younger than The Consul I got to The Clash not with their first album but with the immortal “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” which to …

It was 40 years ago today

It was 40 years ago today that Sgt Strummer taught the band to play (3 chords). The complete first album from 8 April 1977.   SIDE 1 – 1. Janie Jones;  2. Remote Control;  3. I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.;  4. White Riot;  5. Hate & War;  6. What’s …

Taking My Girls To See Lindsey!

So if you grew up in England you’d never imagine a man being called Lindsey, but on November 15th I’ll be taking my wife and daughter to see a truly amazing man: Lindsey Buckingham.  When I saw Fleetwood Mac a few years ago, which was a really great concert, Lindsey …

The Best Decade For Music: The 70’s

So sometimes I really believe that The Consul has a camera in my office.  As he was posting this I was busy working on a playlist for my daughter that focused on the 70’s but had some spill over into the 60’s and the 80’s.  His useful comments on some great …

Everybody’s on ToTP

Well we were lucky to be born into the golden age of rock n roll. David Hepworth’s new book Uncommon People charts the rise of rock from the mid fifties through to its demise with the death of Kurt Cobain. Forty glorious years that peaked in the seventies. There’s so …

No Kardashian’s Here

Firstly I’m really happy to see Peter Perrett back in business.  As always, thanks to The Consul for keeping me in the loop.  The Only Ones were one of my favorite bands in the 70’s and of course “Another Girl, Another Planet” was featured on every single romance mix tape …

Maxim Hot 100

I see that the 2017 Maxim Hot 100 is up and there are some fine beauties for sure.  However, I feel as though things are changing and maybe I’m getting out of touch with what beauty is.  Of course girls like Hannah Davis are always going to go down well …

Signs of the times 2

It was good to see Max made it to London to visit some of the old haunts. But I wonder if he stumbled over to Marylebone to pay tribute to the best-named subway, where the Strummer sect hang out. RIP John Mellor. Fifty and not counting but remembered and honoured …

My Kind of American

So sometimes we steer away from beer and cleavage on this blog and get more serious.  One American movie that I found really fascinating was Love & Mercy focusing on the life and times of the supremely talented Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  I really loved this movie and thought …

Yes Blonde Works For Me

So I’m sure The Consul will hate the song, but I find it hard to turn away from this French beauty, and if you watch closely Alizée does a spot-on Marilyn impression. I also think this really is a perfect example of “In vino veritas” because I want her more after …

No Red Fish But Still Sexy

As all the readers of this blog know, the Consul changed my world when he introduced me to Alizée.  Recently I found the official video for J’en Ai Marre that was released before the Red Fish.  As one comment says: This video makes pedophilia look ok. which I know is close …

Gob On You!

Although in later years clearly beautiful actresses have caught my eye as The Consul rightly points out, when I was a teenager it was the female led punk bands that really got me going.  Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux were probably the biggest influence, but I also had a soft spot …

Sweet Baby Max Indeed!

I have loved James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James since I heard it the first time shortly after arriving in the USA 27 years ago, so I’m really honored to have it as my song.  Thanks to The Consul for the choice. What has always cracked me up about James Taylor …

Sweet Baby Max

My theme tune is Steely Dan’s ‘Here at the Western World’ because it has the magical opening: ‘Down at the Lido they welcome you / With sausage and beer’. My favourite food and drink to welcome me to the pool — sounds great. Kentucky is named after a Rolling Stones …

Holiday Monday

One of the great traditions is the Bank Holiday Monday. So, here in the week of Whitsun we have Monday off work. It’s meant to be the day after Pentecost, but because no one can actually put a date on the death of Jesus over ‘Easter’, we have to have …

Nobody Does It Better?

I agree with The Consul Roger Moore was inferior to Sean Connery as far as who was the best James Bond but when it comes to Bond music Roger Moore wins quite easily.  My two favorite Bond songs were Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” and Wings’ “Live and Let Die”, …

Goodbye Leonard

Whilst we were away Leonard Cohen passed which is just one more nail in the loss of  amazing talent.  What really stuck in my craw was that over the last ten years I’ve really been listening to more of his amazing music and never saw him live, even though I …