Monday, October 30, 2006


The Pines are on the cards, not only because of their forthcoming album - which is actually a collection of old material, so the Castaway Stones album is still the only full-length by any of Pam Berry's bands. But they have also been on my mind a lot lately, as I was hoping to meet Pam a few days ago. I was listening again to all her records, with Black Tambourine/Glo-Worm/Shapiros/Castaway Stones/Belmondo/Seashell Sea, formulating my thoughts into questions. The questions are still there on the piece of paper, demanding their answers. In many ways, The Pines is the best of her countless projects. But if you'd ask me out of the blue, I'd probably go for Glo-Worm. But really, everytime I listen to one those bands I think "this is the best one". A friend of mine recently gave me "If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)" by 80's Greek band Fantastic Something. I then realised that I had already had that song sitting on my computer for a few months, but as an mp3 of The Pines playing it live sometime, somewhere. I didn't know it was a cover and I still don't know where it comes from. So although it's quite true to the original, I still think it sounds like a Pines song when I hear the Fantastic Something version. This is dedicated to Pam and her family. I hope they are well!

The Pines - If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)

'86 In '06

Yesterday I came home from an eventful and exhausting trip to London. It was quite busy, what with the weekend and all, so it's nice to be back here in the West End! I was there for two days and I think I managed to get lots of things done. I arrived in Belgravia at 7 am and almost the first street I came on to was were Lawrence lives. One of the fun things about walking around London was that all the names of streets and places makes you think of pop songs, like "A-Bomb In Wardour Street, "Wells Street", "Elephant & Castle" and so on. There's probably a song about each and every one of the tube stations! Aye, it was busy - apart from Crystal Palace that is. I quite liked it as I was walking around in the chilly morning sunlight. Then I went record shopping on Berwick Street in Soho and found some stuff by The Popguns, The Primitives and The Railway Children. Content and tired, I sat down in Starbucks to read for a few hours. I've never actually been to Starbucks before (not even sure we have them in Sweden) but they make you feel really displaced with the music they play. It kind of damaged me and as I went out again I had to tell myself "alright, you're not in 1940's Manhattan, you're in London stupid!". I was going to Kentish Town to meet up with Alice and Ian, so I stopped off in Camden to get some new boots because I'd just noticed mine were about to give in on me. We went to see The Bobby McGees in the evening, who were playing this weird folk/anti-folk/hardcore night in a bar called The Pleasure Unit. Everything else was crap, but the BMs were great as usual. They have a tendency to win the crowd over, I mean, how could you not be charmed?

On Saturday me and Ian went to Camden to do some more record shopping - I found the second Close Lobsters album quite cheap. After some hastily eaten food I went down to the ICA, as I was supposed to be there early for the interviews. It's really an impressive venue, housed in one of those monumental buildings on The Mall. I ended up arriving just as doors opened, so I found myself constantly on the move, meeting people, talking to the artists, watching the shows that started just half an hour after opening and that only had 15-minute breaks between them. And during the breaks they showed clips from Hungry Beat, which seems really promising - I hope it will be available on dvd next year. Anyway, I felt I couldn't talk to anyone as much as I wanted to and I don't even remember any of the songs Stephen and Katrina played. I met so many legendary and nice people and it was all for such a short time! Most of them I'll probably never see again, but I guess it's much better than not to have met them at all. Apart from Stephen Pastel and the artists playing, I met Ian and Alice's friend Andrew from the States who had been in a band with the guitarist from Black Tambourine (who later started Slumberland). And I finally met Alistair Fitchett who was kind enough to give me a copy of his book Young and Foolish. I'll read it soon as I have the time, and then I'll let anyone who wants to borrow it! I met Harvey Williams, formerly of Another Sunny Day, and Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, who was responsible for arranging these nights at the ICA. I even bumped into Andres Lokko who lives in London now. What feels most unreal though, is that I met Johnny Johnson. I didn't think I was ever going to meet her! She still looks just as beautiful. As I was telling her how much I loved The Siddeleys and she said, like most people do, that it was such a long time ago it finally dawned on me how people who were around in 1986 must feel about this. I was just one year old at that time, so I don't have any concept of the music as part of the time to which belonged. Most the bands I've only discovered one or two years ago, so on an unconscious level it's all fairly recent to me. It seems to me that SO much has happened in just the last three years. How much then, will I remember of 2006 when I'm 40, if I'm even alive then? It's a staggering thought. Maybe artists can't really relate to what they did twenty years ago. But at the same time, things that I went through two years ago sometimes feel like just yesterday... I'll leave it there, because I have to tell you that I finally got meet Lawrence too! He was nothing like I had pictured him, and I don't mean that in either a negative or positive sense. He was just different, but he was friendly and didn't seem to mind talking to me. He said that he was planning a more extensive tour of the UK after the coming album, so I guess I will get to see him play after all. About the gigs then.

The Wolfhounds were on first, at 8 pm, and they did an amazing set. They haven't written any new music since they split up, which is good for one reason, namely that we got to hear all our favourites. Highlights that I recall were "Me", "Skyscrapers", "The Anti-Midas Touch", "Blown Away" and "Rule of Thumb". They certainly had more energy and feeling than many new indie bands have these days. I did get to interview Dave Callahan and Dave Oliver at the end of the evening but they really wanted to go home and I didn't want to keep them, so it might not be one of the best interviews I've done, plus I just recorded it on my mp3-player which didn't really give it a professional sound quality. But maybe that merely goes with the spirit of the evening. I don't know if Dave was just tired, but he seemed more than a bit cynical about music today, and life in general. But maybe that is what drives him. Hopefully, you'll get to hear it soon.

It was just a joy watching Phi Wilson play - he really seemed to enjoy it! He had Big John playing the trumpet and he played guitar through this tiny, cheap Peavey amp. He had the other instruments recorded as a backtrack on an mp3-player, complete with tinny drum machine and all. It was fascinating to hear "Sunday to Saturday" played in this fashion. Me and Ian sat listening to that song earlier, thinking "he's never going to play that". I thought it would just be him playing guitar and singing his solo songs. But he was tumbling around on stage like he was still twenty, missing notes here and there. I think it all conveyed rather well what music was really about for bands like The June Brides. It is perhaps best captured in one of the lines in "Better Days", which was one of his solo songs that he played. It's a line I've thought about before, but that night it really stood out for me: "A song of hope and rapture, I hoped to capture - these days it's worth it just to try." That neatly encapsulates the way I feel and have felt for quite some time now. And oh, he did a version of "Lee Remick" as well, in memory of Grant McLennan. Then he allegedly he got drunk and had to go home. As he said, The June Brides weren't twee - they were punk! So much for that interview.

Phil's performance was greatly contrasted by Roddy Frame's, which was not only twice as long but from another universe completely, professionally seen. His voice was still amazing and he's as brilliant a guitarist as ever. He had four acoustic guitars on the stage beside him, and I was just waiting for him to pick up the twelve-string! He started out with some of the not-so-old Aztec Camera material and I didn't recognise much if this, but it sounded better in these acoustic versions than what I remember the later albums doing. He then played some Orange Juice stuff and got sentimental about Postcard. There was clearly a sentimental air to the whole arrangement and most of the people there were probably in their thirties or forties. The climax of Roddy's gig was when he had worked his way up to the twelve-string and played "We Could Send Letters", "The Boy Wonders" and "Oblivious" from High Land, Hard Rain, which were aided by some audience participation. And I think he did three songs for the encore!

After I had done my one interview I went back to Ian's flat to get some sleep before catching the bus early next morning. Even though setting the clocks back gave me an extra hour, I barely made it to the coach station in time becuase of some maintenance work on the Victoria line. Thanks a lot to Alice and Ian who put me up! You can expect the favour returned when you come to Glasgow. If you live in London you must go their club Spiral Scratch Saturday next week. And next Tuesday they're arranging some c86 style gigs with Bobby McGees, post-Rosehips band Horowitz and indiepop supergroup The Cut-Outs! Good-night, if you've not already fallen asleep.

Who Said Budgies Don't Fly?

It may be that snowbirds don't fly, but these Swedish birds sure will go far! So, yesterday I handed out the last of the 96 flyers and it's about time I told you just how to get your hands on that Budgies live record. Basically, all you have to do is to send the flyer back, in an envelope together with you name, address and email. The first five who do this will find a copy of the cd in their mailboxes sooner than you'd think! The address you send them to is:

The Rain Fell Down
1/1, 37 Athole Gardens
G12 9BQ

This goes for everyone in possesion of a flyer, whether you got in London yesterday or in Emmaboda two months ago! To read more about this intriguing record, go to this old post. To give sweets to budgies, go here. Best of luck!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

You're Not Real and I Can't Talk to You

So, another line from "If Only Words" - seems like I can't get all those violins out of my head. Just a quick one today, to let you know I'm taking the the Boring Night Bus to London this evening. I was going to meet Pam Berry at Crystal Palace the next morning for some coffe and an interview, but that's been cancelled as she's in hospital giving birth to her second indie baby! Friday evening I'm off downtown to meet my friend Alice and go and see The Bobby McGees. Then on Saturday a walk down The Mall to the respectable ICA. Still Doing It For Fun no 2. On Friday they will have Magic Numbers, Subway Sect and Go-Kart Mozart (I'm missing him again!) playing. That was night no 1. I'm going to see Roddy Frame, Phil Wilson and The Wolfhounds! Hopefully I can interview the latter two. It's supposed to be a celebration of the original c86 week at the ICA in 1986 and they will show clips from Bob Stanley's forthcoming Hungry Beat documentary. I hope to meet Alistair Fitchett, Martijn Grooten, and Stephen Pastel of course, who is playing some records together with Katrina. I don't know how they'll recognise me, but if they - or you - want to have a chat I shall be wearing a dotted black shirt and a red tartan tie. And I'll be giving out the last flyers for the blog, so we can finally get the competition underway!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Here's something to make up for the missing bands on CD86. "You crushed my bones, but I've got thousands." That's a line from one of my favourite 1000 Violins songs, namely "If Only Words". That's not the song I'm giving you today though. This is one I've fallen for more recently, as I just got hold of a copy of Like One Thousand Violins (thanks to Jimmy Tassos!), the singles compilation Vinyl Japan put out in 2000. This is as good an example as any of their quirky song titles, which are sometimes brilliant, but sometimes just TOO long. "Let Me Charm the Pants Off Your World" is probably the best! "If I Were a Bullet..." was from their fourth (or third, or fifth - hard to find information on these matters!) single, released by Report in 1987, and it is one of the most gloriously jangly songs of the decade. 1000 Violins could have been really big you know, if they'd only stayed together longer. They deserve being as big as The Stone Roses, at least! Well, there's a lot to say about this band but it's all in the music, so if you look up their records you can find out on your own. Good luck!

1000 Violins - If I Were a Bullet (Then For Sure I'd Find a Way to Your Heart)

Painted Into Corners

I help you paint the floor of your room
But it’s not the paint that makes me swoon
You know I’m afraid to get my hands dirty
So you think you’ve got me where you want me
When you go out leaving me marooned
But I don’t care if my feet get maroon

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Hip Hip Hurrah(!)

If you're throwing a party for our twenty year old birthday boy (or perhaps girl is more appropriate?) C. Eighty-Six, you've just a soundtrack for it! Against my expectations, Fopp actually had CD86 in the racks already on the day of release! It's a stunning collection of indiepop hits - I got 15 great tracks I hadn't before. No one can listen to this and say: "This is no good! I'll stick with Oasis, thank you." What satisfies me the most is the inclusion of "Around and Around" by Hurrah!, my favourite Hurrah!-song - which is to say a lot. That's easily the best track on the double cd. But woe! They forgot the exclamation mark that goes with Hurrah and This Poison...! And the "i" in Chesterfields is the wrong way round. But no matter. The first nine tracks pretty much conform with the best nine bands of the period, in my opinion. Other selections that makes me nod my head in ecstatic approval are "Just Too Bloody Stupid" by The Close Lobsters and "Sign On the Line" by The Fizzbombs.

But I do have some objections to the selection (of course): 1. Either they should have done a complete reissue of NME C86, or chosen only tracks that are not on it. (It doesn't reflect the tape anyway as only Big Flame are included from the "shambling bands".) 2. They should have chosen other tracks by artists who were also on the two year old Rough Trade comp. (Why can't anyone see that The Clouds' "Tranquil" is several dimensions better than "Get Out of My Dream"?) 3. And lastly I would have had a slighty different set of bands on it if I'd compiled it. The omissions that most make me cringe are: 1000 Violins, Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes, St. Christopher and James Dean Driving Experience. Also they've got a few songs released by Sarah Records though I see Sarah as following on "the birth of indiepop". Then why not include Brighter, The Orchids, The Springfields and The Field Mice and other late eighties bands on other labels too? I guess many an indie aficionado will propose their own tracklisting to this comp, so here my suggestion:

I would keep all the bands, except: JAMC (who everyone knows anyway, I mean, they haven't included The Smiths or Housemartins), BMX Bandits (early Bandits were nowhere near as good as they got later), TVPs (who are as much associated with other "scenes" and are considerably older than the other bands on the comp), Pop Will Eat Itself, Laugh, Weather Prophets, Jasmine Minks, Boy Hairdressers, The Raw Herbs, Half Man Half Biscuit, Meat Whiplash, Age of Chance, The Bachelor Pad, Revovling Paint Dream, Soup Dragons, Mighty Lemon Drops, Groove Farm, The Dentists, The Bodines, The Pooh Sticks, and even The Flatmates and The Shop Assistants. Of course I love most of these bands, but they just can't compete with the bands that I would have replace them:

Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes, James Dean Driving Experience, 1000 Violins, Emily, The Mayfields, The Springfields, St. Christopher, Brighter, Even As We Speak, The Orchids, Friends, Hey Paulette, The Desert Wolves, The Brilliant Corners, The Visitors, Remember Fun, The Church Grims, Reserve, Rodney Allen, Love Parade, Fat Tulips and Bubblegum Splash!.

But that all depends on your taste, I guess. The compilers certainly haven't stuck to "the most important bands". In that case they would've had The Smiths on it - the only band people Actually Listened To.

I Tried to Write an Opera For Us

This Saturday I went to the opera to see Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. It's part of our Opera course and we only had to pay seven quid, instead of I-don't-know-how-much. So it was agreeable although he's not one of my favourite composers. It was a nice experience still, don't think I've ever seen a live opera before... But it was hard to concentrate for three and a half hours, even though I'd brought a good deal of chocolate. Especially since we all knew exactly what was going to happen! The view was amazing though, we were on the top balcony more than ten meters above the stage. And the balcony was quite steep, so you felt a bit dizzy getting to your seat. Apparently you're not allowed to take pictures at an opera performance (why?) but I managed to get a few off before it started. It really is a nice opera house!

Oh! I forgot to tell you, when I came home from Sounds of Sweden the other night a saw a fox strolling down my street as I looked out the window. I've only ever seen a fox once before, if you don't count the zoo (not sure they have foxes at the zoo though...) and that was in a city as well. Maybe they've jumped on the urbanisation bandwagon too? Anyway, I was inside so I didn't get a chance to talk to him, or her. I've always wanted a fox! Not to own it mind you, just as a friend. I didn't have time to capture it on film, but it seemed almost like a magical moment, not meant to documented. And then two nights ago I spotted the fox again! This time scurrying along, as if it had a really pressing appointment. I assume it is the same one. Maybe he, or her, lives in our garden?! I should leave a cup-cake or something and then come back to check if someone's eaten it. I wonder was a fox's favourite meal is? Apart from rabbits - I couldn't kill such cuddly creatures, not even for my fox.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

In My Secret Garden

Hello everyone! I've been doing some interesting things these last days, including venturing into the Private Garden for the first time. My street encircles a sizable garden, complete with imposing fence and robust iron gates to keep the common man out. Not really. Everyone who lives in this street's supposed to have a key, but there are only two keys for us at no 37. So now I finally got hold of my neighbour across from me and got to borrow the key. But having gone to all this trouble I went down to the gate, proudly brandishing my key, only to find someone had left the gate slightly open anyway. It reminds of of those great lines in "Raincoat" by Melodie Group: "Unfortunately no one is home, but fortunately I have got my key. Unfortunately someone's changed the lock, and no one took the trouble to tell me." Anyways, I walked around as the sun was peering through the clouds, listening to The Tidy Ups and The Haywains and basically just took a lot of photographs. Some of them turned out quite nice actually, might use them for something later.

I also sent in my application for a new show at Subcity Radio, so keep your fingers crossed! And yesterday I went to my second Sounds of Sweden, this time with Blood Music and Fine Arts Showcase. I don't really like these bands, but I went just as well to support the cause. I had a good time though - Blood Music was much better on his own than with the full band and I had a nice chat with Stephen Pastel. He and Katrina will be dj:ing at the second of the c86 nights at the ICA in London next weekend. I planning on going that night, to see Roddy Frame, Phil Wilson and The Wolfhounds. You may have noticed the CD86 compilation that's coming out on Monday. It's got one of the best tracklistings for an indiepop compilation since the early 90's!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


When I wrote about my favourite Sarah bands earlier, I forgot to mention St. Christopher and Another Sunny Day of course and... The Springfields! It's been hard to find an adequate follow-up to DROP 7, but if there is one it has got to be The Springfields, and especially their first single "Sunflower" which was attributed the tenth number (what a coincidence...) in the Sarah catalogue. With it's three guitars sounding as immaculate as any musical instruments ever has and its tranquil sixties melodies, it's sheer pop perfection. As you can see from the picture there were apparently more than one The Springfields. As I found out from Nixon-Roger's blog, this was the band Dusty Springfield was originally in. It's a nice cover though, don't you think?

The Springfields - Sunflower

Such a Simple Plan

Yet it results in such a beautiful work of art. The world has been waiting to see what the Math & Physics Club could actually achieve, after lapping up their first two eps, each with its own classic title track. What was underneath those white lab coats we asked ourselves? Was it more than a worn Moz shirt? We've gotten to know MAPC as the group with the reverby, delayed lead guitar and the singer who's listened too much to The Smiths. "Weekends Away" and "Movie Ending Romance" were the group at their upbeat, jangling best. We loved the slower, violin-accompanied pieces as well though and the way they reminded us of oldskool Belle & Sebastian. Their eponymous debut album, out now, is full of the former kind. "I Know What I Want" has some of the most delicate guitar-picking you'll hear this autumn. "La La La Lisa" has a Tullycraft-flavoured lyric, but without the name-dropping. "April Showers" has a great ba-ba-ba chorus and is one of my new favorites. Their countryesque streak shows in "Darling, Please Come Home" with its brushy drumming, in the languid "Holidays and Saturdays" where they sing about "croquet on the lawn", and in the skipping "Last Dance". A small minus for the artwork though, which is nice, but not as nice as for the eps. It seems more as a standardized Matinée cover. You're not starting to design the covers in your sleep, are you Jimmy? You should regard the Lovejoy cover as a challenge! Now, watch as MAPC take off their coats to reveal their brand new shirts - with their own band name on them. You don't need comparisons anymore! With their album, MAPC shows they are themselves enough.


Scotland's number one group today might be Bubblegum Lemonade, but 40 years ago The Poets where the kings of the turf. A five-piece beat (soon to be freakbeat) group dressed in black suits and white frill shirts. What was unusual about them was they they relied solely on material penned by their own members, and to fantastic results. Nuggets-owners are probably familiar with the mind-blowing b-side of their second single, "That's the Way It's Got to Be", but that was only one of six singles released. "Call Again" was the fourth, also released in 1965, and is more of a classic 12-string jangler. As to this date there is still a not a proper compilation of The Poets' recordings, as Decca won't let their stuff go. I got this track from the Scotland's No. 1 Group bootleg that is full of demos but most of which suffer from crap sound quality. Still worth acquiring though, if you come across it.

The Poets - Call Again

Journey's End

I feel the need to say a word or two about Out to Sea, the new Brighter compilation on Matinée. It ties to together the remaining loose ends, just as Keris tells me he's ready to tie the knot also with his current project Harper Lee. Because it feels like like I've come full circle in my love affair with Brighter, who have been among the handful of bands I've held closest to my heart for several years now, and that will certainly remain there forever. Obviously, the cd is first of all a reissue of the band's only album: Laurel. If you like Brighter you've probably heard it already, so I won't go on about that. The title of the comp is from Laurel's sixth track, apparently a favourite for some. Mine is "Maybe" however, which has one of the most poignant lyrics according to my book. But there are also a wealth of songs from flexis, demos and an old compilation LP called Becket House - which I saw not long ago in a record store in Stockholm, despite Jimmy Tassos' frequent mentioning of its rarity. Ever since I heard "Wallflower" on the Matinée site this Spring, I've been longing for this release! That is without a doubt one of the best Brighter songs there are. Listening to this record I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality of these previously unreleased songs that Keris seem to regard as inferior or rather naive. As if there was something wrong with naivety! "If I Could See" can easily rival "Wallflower" and there are several quite upbeat songs, which we weren't spoiled with in the previously released material. There's is nothing to rival a fast Brighter song, you know. All those layers of jangling guitar-figures and simple yet ingenious guitar-lines that sounds so majestic and moving in the slow songs just makes me go through the roof when played at the pace of classics like "Does Love Last Forever?". As you may have noticed Tom posted some Brighter demos on the Indie MP3 blog not long ago, and some of those tracks are to be found on Out to Sea, remastered and in their full glory. I'm very grateful for the cleaned-up version of "Nothing At All", which was the one I liked best among the demos posted! Among them was also "I Wish I'd Never Said That", which devoted fans would recognise as a track from the Election Day EP Keris released under the Hal moniker post-Brighter. That sets you to wondering if maybe other songs, even with Harper Lee, where perhaps written long ago? The only song on the record that makes you understand Keris' concern with the quality of the songwriting is "Airhead". But although it might not be a full-fledged Brighter composition, you can't help but be charmed. Just as with the singing on "Next Summer", where Keris sounds like he's about twelve. Beautiful! There must have been many requests for the reissue of Laruel (not the least from me) and we can only lift our hats for Jimmy Tassos, who's finally made it happen. To sum it up and make for a nice quote for Jimmy: Out to Sea is a double victory for Keris, Alex, Alison, and Matinée - finally the magnificence of Laurel is once again available for all to behold, and for the rabid fans a completely new universe is opened with these extra tracks that show us Brighter are even more deserving of our love and worship than we had thought! So, I was right in my prediction that this would be the record of the year.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Pop Love Will Save the World!

For a while now I've been plotting to extend our business here at The Rain Fell Down to the more established medium of radio broadcasting. Those who know me may know that I was one of several people behind the Tandem Pop programme on Radio AF in Sweden. It got its name from the fact that it was a twin programme, it's twin Tandem Modern went to its death prematurely however. Now it's about to get a new twin, hopefully, on Subcity Radio here in Glasgow. For better or worse, I've decided to post our manifesto here. It's not at all certain that it's going to happen, but this is what I'm going to send to Subcity, and they can't turn this down can they? And if they do, you'll be sure to fill their mailbox with letters of complaint, right? So here it is:

Pop music is not about creating perfect records - it's about creating perfect moments. So said Tim Vass. The Rain Fell Down is a radio show solely dedicated to pop music. And when we say pop music... we don't mean pop music! We mean POP! music, in the sense that Tim was trying to get at. Pop music was born in the sixties. Already then it was all about moments, the frivolous and the throwaway. Its medium was the 45 and it came in three-minute burst into which all your frustration, hate, ecstasy and hope was concentrated, canalised. That moment, when you had written that song and you knew that this was It, it was never going to get any better. That moment, when you heard a song and it made you feel alive for the first time. That moment that, though never experienced in the same way ever again, would always stay in your heart. It was about being young and foolish, when every day had its perfect moments. Some people stay young, even when they get old. Pop music is still young, even though it has 40 years weighing on its shoulders. It has always been there, whether it was The Subway Sect in 1976 or Primal Scream in 1986 or Belle & Sebastian in 1996 or maybe Your band in 2006. It may have gone from chiming Rickenbackers to sparkling laptops, from flexis to mp3s, from fanzines to blogs but it's still the same. So, The Rain Fell Down is about pop music, and all that comes with it. It's about staying independent. You've got advice for Us? We Don't Want To Hear It! We will make our own records, our own ideas, our own haircuts, our own perfect moments. It's not about being Different. It's not about being Superior. It's about being Ourselves. It's about politics in the same way Sarah Records was about politics. It's about putting a Chelsea boot to the fat behind of the establishment. It's about fashion and style in the same way Mike Alway's él records was about fashion and style. It's about getting stared at when you walk down the street. It's about making art and destroying art. It's not about pretensions, but ambitions - like The Creation saying their music is red with purple splashes. It's about joy and empathy. It's about wearing a badge to show your delight. It's about making the world more loveable. Anything bad can be made in to a song. Every week The Rain Fell Down will bring you perfect moments. From the past, from today, for the future. Perhaps a band, like The Clouds, only recorded one single and that was their perfect moment. That might be the song that changes your life, your perfect moment. Some of them might be gone forever, but We like discovering them, blowing off the dust and giving them to You. Have you heard "Deeper Than the Ocean" by The Mayfields? Yes? Then you understand what we're trying to say. No? Then you've missed something, but we will see to that. Some of these moments may be happening right now, getting lost in today's overload of information. We will pass you the word on what we come across, and we trust you to do the same. Have you heard Bubblegum Lemonade? We will play them for you. Maybe you would like to play something for us? The Rain Fell Down is about making something pretty while you can. If we're lucky, it might inspire You to do the same. Stay happy, be friends, and be our friends!

Montague Terrace (In Purple)

Just put together a new comp. I did have a certain person in mind, but again, if anyone of my friends want one, I'll be happy to oblige. The title this time is taken from the song by Mayfair Charm School (which was In Blue). Cover photo: Linnview Avenue in Simshill, 1955. A popular Sunday afternoon walk, they say. Again taken by the Partick Camera Club. I've strayed from the usual jangly style often permeating my mix-tapes, to a slightly more elegant and él-infused air (what do think of "él-egant"?). Indeed, several tracks were él singles. Others are from the stylish decade commonly known to contemporary man as "the sixties". Tracklisting:

Marden Hill – Oh Constance
Aztec Camera – Pillar to Post
The King of Luxembourg – Valleri
Ken Williams – Come Back
Bad Dream Fancy Dress – Curry Crazy
35 Summers – Really Down
James Dean Driving Experience – Sean Connery
The Orange – What’s In a Name?
The Seven Souls – I Still Love You
Francoise Hardy – Je veux qu’il revienne
The Cat’s Miaow – Peut-être que rien jamais
Louis Phillipe – Like Nobody Do
Anthony Adverse – Our Fairy Tale
Three Berry Icecream – A Towering Cloud In the Summer
Majestic – Overcoat
The Sunny Street – Morton and Claude
Days – Echo of Last Summer
St. Christopher – If I Could Capture
The Mayfields – Deeper Than the Ocean
The Hoodwinks – Once Again
The Inspirations – Touch Me, Hold Me, Kiss Me
The Action – Baby You’ve Got It
Felt – Apple Boutique
Always – Thames Valley Leather Club
The Lighthouse Keepers – Springtime
The Go-Betweens – You Can’t Say No Forever
The Wallflowers – Blushing Girl, Nervous Smile

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Today I have a split for you! I admit this one is not as otherwordly as Days, but it's still two new and unbelievably good Glasgow bands. What they've got in common is that they've constructed their band name from the halves of two old indie bands, namely Baby Lemonade/Bubblegum Splash! and Meat Whiplash/Strawberry Switchblade respectively. I like Bubblegum Lemonade best, I think it's the best Scottish band I've heard since Tales of Jenny! They obviously reminds one of everything from The Byrds and Razorcuts to JAMC. Neither of the bands have released anything, I think, so these are songs they've got on their MySpace pages. I seems that MySpace has changed their policy, so now all downloads are much lower quality. But with this kind of music it really doesn't matter, and hey, it downloads faster!

A Bubblegum Lemonade - The Tomorrow People
B Strawberry Whiplash - Falling Through

I Went Up to the Country Park...

...and ALMOST hung around til after dark! I went to Pollok Country Park yesterday, which is in the south of Glasgow - had to take a train to get there. It was cool, like walking in a forest, because I went in thorugh the wrong entrance. I discovered the asphalt paths later... I had not anticipated this when I decided which shoes I should wear! Actually, I didn't go there just to hang out among the trees. In the park is the building housing the Burrell Collection, a huge collection of artworks left after a filthily rich bloke called William Burrell. There weren't many paintings on display, but I found some great pastels by Degas and his oil painting of ballerinas practicing. There were also some Rodin sculptures, including The Thinker. But where were the photographs? Haven't thought about that until now.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


This is the best one yet, I promise you! Janglepop is back. This is probably the Best Swedish Band Ever, at least just as good as Happydeadmen. They're called Days, and I won't tell you any more about them, there's no need. Some of us have had a feeling that guitars were on their way back, and with Days the future of Swedish POP! has been secured for, well, as long as Days are around. Go to Stockholm and see them in November. The only comparison I can think of is St. Christopher, and how's that for a comparison? There are more heavenly sounds on MySpace. Discover Days, get to know them, be their friends, and give them an affectionate hug every night before you go to sleep. Don't be scared to get happy.

Days - Never Came to Last

(I've noticed that some drops have sunk into ground and disappeard, but I won't use Radipshare anymore now. If anyone wants some of the previous ones I will make them available again.)

I Know What I Want

I just recieved my order of 15 Matinée items, including Math & Physics Club's debut album. It jingles, it jangles, and it shines like nothing else. It's even got a song about you Lisa! And I got the Brigther badge I've always wanted. Speaking of jangle, I've also gotten myself a new guitar: a twelve-string electro-acoustic. I got it at half the price too! It's probably the most beautiful thing I've owned. Now I can finish that song, finally. Hm... there are two northern clubs his weekend, wonder which one I should go to? Jonathan Richman's playing here soon, hope I can afford that.

Monday, October 02, 2006


Leading on from my post about BMX Bandits, and the Peel session recently posted on The Perfumed Garden, I'm giving you a Soup Dragons track from their withdrawn first single. The band was fronted by Sean Dickson (who was in the original line-up of the Bandits) and they were very good for a few years, before they turned crap. The session posted by Kris contains (a slightly incomplete) "Whole Wide World", which DID become the first single. It also has a great track called "Just Mind Your Step Girl" - brilliant title as well! "Whole Wide World" became the fourth release on Martin Whitehead's Subway Organisation but The Sun Is In Sky EP would have been SUBWAY2. Had it not been for the fact that the lettering on the cover (adorned by the same photo as the Whole Wide World cover shown above) was flawed, and that Sean wasn't satisfied with the songs. They're still in boxes in Martin's home! Here's the second of the four songs on the ep, with the eloquent line "I would give you flowers, you would give me hate".

The Soup Dragons - Swirling Round the Garden