The Specials‘ founder, keyboardist, and songwriter Jerry Dammers says he’s been excluded from the band’s upcoming 30th Anniversary reunion dates, thanks mostly to the efforts of singer Terry Hall. Dammers says that he was involved in some early rehearsals, but that’s only because word of the meetings slipped out to him.
“The fact is that I would not have been invited to the first ‘reunion’ meeting at all had [drummer] John Bradbury not told me about it,” he said in a Guardian piece. “It was generally agreed to get together and commence rehearsals, by everyone except him [Hall].
“Shortly after the meeting, however, [guitarist] Lynval Golding phoned me saying that I was not required for the band – ‘like Bill Wyman from the [Rolling] Stones’ were his exact words. Terry’s manager circulated emails from which I was excluded. Rehearsals were held without me, and I only managed to attend two – one of which was attended by only four people.”
Ouch. Dude is the founder of one of the most influential 2 Tone ska revival bands and can’t even get those guys to return his calls?
Looks like a lot of the issue is around what kind of reunion dates they play with Hall favoring an extended tour in smaller venues and Dammers preferring a couple large-scale shows, mostly in London and Coventry.
The Specials will play UK live dates next month and will play at the T In The Park, Oxegen and V Festival.
Once a month we look back on the stuff we wrote that got the most attention. We don’t do any special weighting for items that appeared later in the month, or anything fancy like that. These are simply the things that received the most views last month, according to our stats. If an item carries over from last month’s chart, its prior rank appears in parentheses.
1. Madonna: $242,176,466 2. Bon Jovi: $157,177,766 3. Bruce Springsteen: $156,327,964 4. The Police: $109,976,894 5. Celine Dion: $99,171,237 6. Kenny Chesney: $90,823,990 7. Neil Diamond: $82,174,000 8. Rascall Flatts: $63,522,160 9. Jonas Brothers: $62,638,814 10. Coldplay: $62,175,555
Billboard points out that “Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard’s Moneymakers list toured in 2008.” In fact, Madonna “only had the 50th-best-selling album in the country.” So…current sales really don’t matter. People are going to these big-production shows to hear the oldies. Seems obvious.
Of the Top 10, only the Jonas Brothers first charted within the last five years. The rest have been around since at least the dawn of the new millennium… There’s only a handful of post-millennial acts in the rest of the Top 20: Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West. Think any of them will be making this chart in 25 years? (Of course, people would’ve said the same thing about Madonna and Bon Jovi…)
Pete Dohertyreveals to the NME that the Libertines have received multiple offers worth millions of pounds to reunite for British festivals but that co-leader Carl Barat has nixed them all.
“We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading,” he said. “Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival. I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Let’s get the old band back together.’
Pete and Carl have been seen together on occasion and have even performed some acoustic sets in recent months so what’s the problem? Pete says it’s personal.
“He (Barat) said, ‘We have to be friends, we can’t just do it for the money’. I said, ‘OK, let’s be friends! Friends who go and make lots of money’, because I haven’t got any money and I know he’s skint.
…and then it gets weird, even for Pete Doherty.
“He said I had to go and see an energy consultant, some new age guru who is going to measure my energy levels and see if I’m surrounded by darkness.
Sounds like one of those Scientology exams. Have we lost Carl too?
This is why I love the internet. The Hound Blog is giving away Hasil Adkins – The Great Lost Album. The songs are from a 90-minute cassette that the rockabilly legend had given to WFMU deejay James “The Hound” Marshall via Norton Records’ honcho Billy Miller back in the mid-90s to play on his radio show.
So Billy gives me this cassette of Hasil’s home recordings, no info, no song titles, nuthin’, but every song is great. Some of his best work. Much better than anything on the Fat Possum LP (which captures Hasil on a very uninspired day). As far as I can tell none of this stuff has ever been released, so now it will escape, I being the one to unlock the cage and let it loose on you–the rest of the world. If you’re a Hasil fan, fidelity isn’t one of your great concerns, this stuff was recorded at Haze’s house in the holler somewhere in the country side outside of Madison, West Virginia and transferred to cassette by Hasil himself.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Haze, the best place to start is Out To Hunch, a seminal collection of his recordings from the 50s and 60s. One of my first forays onto the world wide web was a Hasil Adkins fan site that I haven’t updated since about 1997.
Fans will certainly appreciate some of the song titles on this new tape: Let Me Talk To You (Moo Moo Moo), Me & Jesus (Got It All Worked Out), Lee-Anne (I Wanna See You Boogie Woogie), Somebody I Used To Know (and Chased Away With A Baseball Bat), You’re Too Young For Me.
The NME claims to have the first copy of Pete Doherty‘s as-yet-unnamed solo album and they’ve posted details of what’s inside. What does it sound like? “Well, like Gorillaz. And The Coral. And The La’s. And Blur. And Bob Dylan.” OK.
The album apparently features a lot of work from the recently reunited Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and veers from plaintive acoustic ballads and musings on what it is to be British, to “Gorrillaz-esque” dance and drone numbers. Production credit goes to Stephen Street and the album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, according to Spin.
The album is currently slated to drop on March 9 in the UK with no US release date yet scheduled.
I sometimes obsess over bands. Two of my heaviest obsessions were focused on The Smiths and Wilco. So, if I had been in the audience when Johnny Marr joined the members of Wilco, Liam Finn, and Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway on a cover of “Fake Plastic Trees” I may have pissed my pants and screamed like a little girl. Instead, I am watching the video in my office. Check it out.
This is sad news for anyone who gives a shit about real, American punk rock: Asheton pretty much invented it on The Stooges and Fun House. If you don’t know those two albums, then you do not care about music. I love the New York Dolls and the MC5 as much as the next guy, but those bands just look like Rolling Stones wannabes compared to the Neanderthal stomp of Asheton’s work with the Stooges. The Stooges invented punk rock.
I’m glad I got the chance to see Asheton in action a couple years ago at Lollapalooza. Back then I said the show “proved once and for all that punk would have been equally important and influential had it never crossed the Atlantic Ocean.” It’s still true.