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 …

The Times They Are A-Changing

So as much as you rely on the Drinking Man to provide you with vital tips on great beers, it also has a wonderful selection of Cleavage and Videos for your entertainment too. With all the learning and visual and audio stimulants it is hard to imagine why you would …

Cheers, Ta.

So The Consul likes to remember the best debut albums. But what about the bands that fulfilled the “Third Times a Charm” rule? The first band that comes to mind is The Jam: Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler. These had to be the best live three piece new …

Other "Third Times a Charm" Artists

Of course by the time The Consul wakes up he will fill the screen with great third albums, but I thought I better get a few off my chest while he is still sleeping. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run The Clash – London Calling Blondie – Parallel Lines Iggy …

No one ever had a brother like Martin

Yes, 2-4-6-8 Motorway was a good singalong song, and as for the first album I wish I had a Grey Cortina when Up Against the Wall too, but Max answered his own question methinks. TRB’s greatest moment was the Rising Free EP. Glad to be gay, Don’t take no for …

When Gay Was Tricky

So these days we talk about lesbians and gays quite openly, but as recently as 1978 it was still a big deal. I remember when Tom Robinson came out with the Rising Free EP with the “Glad to be Gay” as the lead song (although another namesake song was probably …

New Music in Beer Town

So there is a beautiful 31 year old singer that I’ve listened to recently that I thought was worth a mention before I crack open my next Old Pecker of the evening. Her name is Brandi Carlile. Brandi sings a combination of alternative, country and folk with a beautiful husky …

Huge Cornball

The Consul reminded me of one of the great bands on the late 70’s – The Stranglers. He rightly places their first album, Rattus Norvegicus, as their best. Although they fell into the Punk crowd, their music was certainly a little more sophisticated than the average three chord wonder of …

The Old Steps and Moondance

Many of the memories I have of Leeds University 30 years ago are hazy due to time, stress, and alcohol. But I still clearly remember the night we were at a wonderful little bar called The Old Steps. Over the jukebox came Van Morrison singing Moondance. At the time I …