The Blowin Weekly Extra – The Ghost of electricity

Blowin 9-10pm Sunday 12th December 2010
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Crummockdale last Sunday

Crummockdale last Sunday

Baaba Maal plays Leeds
Thursday 24 March 2011, 8pm
Howard Assembly Room

The Fall play Blindness on Jools Holland’s cosy little programme
“If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you’re an idiot.”
Umberto Eco
thanks to Zoki
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – links and stuff
Visions of Johanna
Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind
In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman’s bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the “D” train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it’s him or them that’s really insane
Louise, she’s all right, she’s just near
She’s delicate and seems like Vermeer
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna’s not here
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place
Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He’s sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I’m in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it’s so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn
Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeeze
I can’t find my knees”
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel
The peddler now speaks to the countess who’s pretending to care for him
Sayin’, “Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him”
But like Louise always says
“Ya can’t look at much, can ya man?”
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev’rything’s been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain.
Bob Dylan
This week I have mostly been.. eating copious amounts of garlic, and finding consolation in good beer, Little Feat bootlegs, and the news that the New Beehive is not imminently to close.
12 December
New Order – Your Silent Face – Power Corruption & Lies CD – Factory
Gil Evans – Thoroughbred – Blues In Orbit CD – Enja
Wailing Souls – Run My People – Wailing Souls LP – Studio One
Beach Boys – Breakaway – Friends + 20/20 CD – Capitol
The Fall – Blindness – Fall Heads Roll CD
Le Seigneur Rochereau – Pitie – Le Seigneur Rochereau & Orch. Afrisa LP
Little Feat – One Love Stand / Rock & Roll Doctor – Rampant Synchopatio download -
Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward – Showcase LP – Taxi
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (Keith on vocals) – Let It Bleed mono edition – Decca
Bob Dylan – Visions Of Johanna – Live 1966 2xCD – Columbia
Nightmares On Wax – Les Nuits – Carboot Soul CD – Warp
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Rob co-founded BCB with Mary Dowson, back when the hills were young and it were all flat caps an chappatis round 'ere. It was known as Bradford Festival Radio then, and thanks to the generosity of Dusty Rhodes we got started. Now he takes photos, puts little silver discs in drawers, mumbles into microphones, and walks on the hills. Keep On Blowin..

2 thoughts on “The Blowin Weekly Extra – The Ghost of electricity

  1. avatarPhil

    Hi Rob
    Great to see the Fall on Jools Holland again – I remember that at the time if you put subtitles on the TV it would give you the lyrics to the songs – if you did this when the Fall were on it came up with the words “Indistinct Muttering”

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