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 …

Goodbye Lou

I received a text earlier today from The Consul informing me Lou Reed had died. It wasn’t until later this evening it really sank in: over the last thirty years Lou Reed has meant more to me than probably any other performer. He took over from my teen years and …

Sir Paul

So our busy lives have made it difficult to post so often this month, but I did manage to take my family to see Sir Paul McCartney in Austin last week, and I wanted to record the event. I have seen 100’s of performers over the years, but I can …

I Still Love Her!

I just find out that one of my favorite singer/song writers of the last ten years is a big fan of our current President. I shouldn’t be surprised but it still saddens me when someone as obviously intelligent as Brandi Carlile falls for his bullshit. I expect it from The …

Women of the Fifty

Many things were discussed over the two weeks in England, but women were probably aired the most. One woman that was new to The Consul was the beautiful and sadly departed Brittany Murphy. I always enjoyed Brittany’s performances and thought she was one hot lady. She was totally amazing in …

Talking of Ireland

So one of the early Irish bands I loved was: Stiff Little Fingers. I saw them first down at the Top Rank Ballroom in Brighton (with an ant sucking his left nipple) in 1978. They were supporting the Tom Robinson Band. It was an incredible evening, and as good as …

71, years ago

So, Max made a great claim for ’77 as a classic music year, though he missed out Talking Heads ’77 and a few others like AJA and Marquee Moon, which just underline what a great year it was. As he says — you get tired of typing… My own favourite …

What a Cuneyt

Max has pinpointed one of those ‘where were you’ moments, while making a great claim for ’77 as a classic music year. When Kennedy was shot I was in bed (a cot), when Elvis croaked I was on holiday (also Princess Di and Jacko), when Lennon was shot, I was …

77 Beers To Go

So the beer countdown continues as we fast approach the trip of the half century. Hard to believe I only have 77 beers to go – they slip down so easily each week! 77 of course reminds me of perhaps one of the greatest years (and saddest years for Elvis …