Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Freddy dropped by Arigâteau Towers this morning. It had been nearly two years since I last saw Fred and it was really great to see him. It seems like ages ago now, I'm in Cornwall now, we're on holiday. What do people do in Cornwall anyway?

Monday, 30 May 2011

My dear auld dad, part IV

I like this picture partly because, in the way that photographs sometimes do, it seems to suggest that there is more going on than there actually is, because really he was just tired and so was I.

RIP Kenickie

Saturday, 28 May 2011

It's A Small World After All (house band IV)

When Belle's guys heard what was going on with the other guys they decided to put their own show together. Solidarity and all that. You might notice that Little Miss Naughty (she's purple, on the far left in some of the pics) is out on her own. Why's that? you ask. Well there are two reasons. One: she's naughty. And two: I don't need her. Apparently it's all down to the good work of Mr Happy and Mr Bump that she got to participate. Well done fellers, even if it is essentially a patriarchal move on your part.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Notes from a room, part XV

For the forthcoming masterclass Writing Good Press Statements with Sapphire Pearl please contact Belle at the usual address. At only £195 + VAT per delegate, and bursting with thousands of top tips, this promises to be as much of a fun, fact-filled eye-opener for the PR newbie as it does a simple, much-needed refresher for seasoned, jaded auld lags.

Free tip: *always give journalists something nutritious to eat, they tend to get quite hungry and will write up your product much more favourably on a full stomach*

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

We Are The World — Hands Across Your Face (house band III)

Some of the guys got together this morning and decided to record a new charity download of Something To Believe In for RAMONE$ AID 2011. Belle designed a quick backdrop and hey-ho-whaddya-know the whole thing just came together (sorry Russell but I think they have your guys completely licked at this point)

This time it's Dee Dee's turn to fall in love by the soda machine. With Doraemon of all people

Joey is majestic, as usual, leading from the front, middle and back

Jam Master Jay and Run DMC are just glad that Aerosmith didn't show up

Doraemon is as happy as Larry. Actually it was Doraemon that put all this together. He sort of just pulled it out of his pocket and it unfolded like magic before you could say 1–2–3–4

Big Joey can't stop smiling. He's in heaven basically

Good auld dependable Doyle keeps everything "just as it should be"

Milk-chan is so excited to meet medium Joey. She hasn't stopped grinning since she got here

Johnny's just going through the motions really. He knows Daniel Rey will redo the guitar parts on his own when this thing is over anyway

Marky's multi-tasking. He's so smart that he's able to do his taxes in his head while tapping out the backbeat. Also he's glad he's got that pasta sauce racket going now and doesn't have to eat dogfood any more

After the shoot Johnny was sitting around eating Chicken Vindaloo and just looking for something to do tonight. Rumour is that he broke Milk-chan's arm because she looked too happy talking to rainbows with medium Joey but none of the witnesses will agree to talk to the cops right now

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Notes from a room, part XIV

These are a few of my favourite things..... Although in fact these are really just notes for an epic report on daytime stuffs.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Happy birthday dear Craig

Uncle Craig turned 40 yesterday and Buzzy organised a party in Islington which was a lot of fun. Belle made name-tags for everyone, a bit like Edna Everage, which was very helpful and there was a very tasty chocolate cake. I meant to post these last night but we sort of passed out when we got home.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Il Padrino, part II

And so to Romford where Ellioto-kun (aka Baka-chan (maybe you had to be there)) and me became godfathers to Lee and Shoko's sons Rui and Eiki. It's a great honour of course and we will obviously be there for spiritual guidance, prayer meetings and all the usual stuffs including birthdays if Mr Lee can just drop us a line to let us know when they are. That's four godchildren so far this year and much responsibility now sits heavily on my frail shoulders. It was a swell party too. Thanks fellers.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Au bord de la rivière

If you'd have tauld me in Ménilmontant 17 years ago that 17 years on I would still be boozing with Peter, well, I would have most likely believed you, but I'm not sure whether I would have been able to compute the passage of 17 years exactly.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Russell's house band

I received this photo across the unternet from my good friend Russell a little while ago who says: With all due respect my guys p*ss all over your guys. Well I think I can only disagree. Certainly I'm scared of GG but that fat auld gnome is no match for either of my Joeys. And Snow White, well I wouldn't want to get in her way but in the final analysis she is just a Disney princess after all. Which means that it's between Doyle and GG basically. Russell adds: GG is our nuke and takes no prisoners. But Doyle is an ex-Misfit Muscle-Mary christian pro-wrestler rocker in true life for real so I think it's pretty clear who are the real gypsy kings here.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

House band

I'll see your Doyle and raise you a couple of Joeys.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part X

Luxury item: Fortnum & Mason

When it was reported that UK Uncut had overrun Fortnums briefly with the help of le Bloc Noir during the TUC anti-cuts demo in March it just made me feel incredibly hungry.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part IX

Book: Valerie SolanasScum Manifesto

Today I'm choosing Scum Manifesto. Another day it could certainly be another book, but Scum Manifesto is a work of genius for sure, albeit presented in a somewhat unhinged fashion, and it's so good that it really requires more than one reading, perhaps more than two. So, yes, it's maybe not your typical beach read, and it may not last you an eternity, but there could easily be a library ship along any moment, you never know.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part VIII

Talulah GoshBeatnik Boy

It's a bit of a shame really that no girl groups have made it to the beach so far, and in fact we could, for example, have selected eight songs by The Ronettes just on their own if we'd gone about it a bit differently. And so to Talulah Gosh, the fabbest girl group in my living memory, and certainly too fab to have gone the whole hog with no boys at all. This one takes me back to around 1986, or perhaps it was 1987, who knows. Obviously, like so many clips here, this is not the definitive version of Beatnik Boy but rather one of those quite amazing bits of serendipity that YouTube throws out there every now and again. And of course it could have been almost any song by any of Amelia Fletcher's bands. Heavenly's C Is the Heavenly Option was a strong contender (but Calvin's voice kind of grates so, even if C is also the Arigâteau option). Anyway, this is for all the young people on the beach, especially likesay the dames and the poets and the artists and the kids.

All my life
I had a dream
Of someone I'd like to meet.....

Friday, 13 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part VII

CrassBloody Revolutions

Tiens, un military marching band punque roque-ish interpretation of the Marseillaise as grand opera via Benjamin Britten, written and arranged by Penny Rimbaud. This version of course is not Crass but Steve Ignorant with pals at the Shepherd's Bush Empire a couple of years ago, and it's the best version of it on YouTube by some measure. Plus it's sort of much more theatrical than I had ever visualised before, and sort of Liberace-style in the lighting. Ace basically.

You talk about revolution
Well that's fine
But what are you going to be doing come the time.....?

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Three definitive movie dance sequences, premier cru

1 Bande à Part — Dir Jean-Luc Godard, 1964

2 Girlfriend in a Kimono — Dir Dominic Thackray, 2005

3 Pulp Fiction — Dir Quentin Tarantino, 1994

Monday, 9 May 2011

Nature mirrors art

The view from the landing window about 20 minutes ago. Oh the irony.

Desert Island Discs, part V

Jonathan RichmanRoadrunner

The Alpha and Omega, or it ought to be anyway. This version was recorded live at an early Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Coney Island High and features a round of Happy Birthday Dear Joey at the end which sort of makes it twice as special don't you think?

Roadrunner once
Roadrunner twice
I'm in love with R&R.....

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part IV

The SkidsFields

I used to love this song was I was around 14. And then I didn't really listen to it for a long time. And now I'm auld I like it all over again. The version here is perhaps not the one that I would choose to spend an eternity with on a beach, something about the acoustics of a big hall or something, but it's the best version there seems to be on YouTube, especially if you consider that it's the first time it had been performed live, nearly 30 years after it was written. Also there's some fine flute, by Virginia Astley I think, in the original recording which is missing here. Still, if not for an eternity then at least a good few years eh, spreading the Dictatorship of the Proletariat with Jobbers and the boys to the desert isles of the world and all that..... Iona anyone?

Oh shift thy feet, oh peasant one
Pull and tug your burden.....

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part III

The Gun ClubFor the Love of Ivy

I think Jeffrey Lee Pierce was maybe really quite angry when he wrote this. I like the way he rhymes hell with hell about a dozen times but the best bit has got to be either I'm gonna buy me a graveyard of my own and kill everyone who ever done me wrong or I'm gonna buy me a gun just as long as my arm and kill everyone whoever done me harm. The voodoo cover art is brill of course, but I've never been completely sure about the typography. The type is pretty bad, and not in a good way either, but is it part of what makes it great? I mean if the type were done well would it somehow lessen the intention? I think so. But I'm just not completely convinced that Times Roman (or Garamond or Baskerville et al) ever had a place in voodoo.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Desert Island Discs, part I

The FallTotally Wired

If you only had one beach and eight records between you and eternity then it would be a gross oversight indeed to leave this at sea. Bzzzzzzzzzz.

If I was a communist a rich man'd bail me.....

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Notes from a room, part XIII

There's a new club in town and all the cool people are going. What do you mean my name's not down? Don't you know who I am?

Monday, 2 May 2011

Word at the Palace

Some very kind folk have been saying some nice things about My Big Fat Big Society Wedding.

The King

Princes & Princesses
Steve Grasse
Jasper Sharp
Hannah Quinn

Thanks fellers!