Nicely Out of Tune – Lindisfarne

I had a dream a couple of weeks ago that I had written a book about the popular cultural history of Newcastle (exciting dream, eh?). Anyway when I woke up I wondered what a title for such a tome could be. I thought it would be something like, A Cultural History of Newcastle: From Eric Burden to Geordie Shore. Which I think is the most depressing book title, ever. But I digress, I think that Lindisfarne would definitely, and quite rightly, take up a couple of chapters in this imaginary book.
This is probably my favourite Lindisfarne album, although Fog on the Tyne sometimes runs a joint first. Some fantastic tracks on this, Lady Eleanor is quite simply one of my favourite tracks from this era, what an incredible song. Winter Song is another great track, a simple, subtle Alan Hull gem. We can Swing Together always reminds me of a Friday night in Newcastle, my friend once said only Northerners get Lindisfarne (He was from Cambridge), I would disagree with him, but maybe you have to know the area to get this track.
Hidden gem: Scarecrow Song (I am sure Oasis have nicked bits of this, who am I kidding, of course they have!)
An aside: I don’t think Geordie Shore is actually real, I think they are all RADA trained actors from Hampshire and the whole thing is an elaborate experiment in TV drama.

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Flow Motion – Can

Last year I was, shall we say, a little merry after a night out. At stupid o’clock I thought it would be a great idea to watch the Top of the Pops 1976 that I had recorded the previous evening (I usually fast-forward through an episode until I see something interesting, however as I had lost motor functioning in my hands I just let it play). I knew it was going to be a challenge as the room was spinning at an alarming rate now, my head was spinning, BBC4 seemed to be spinning and my extraocular muscles seemed to be struggling to keep up. After about 30 seconds into TOTP I fell asleep. However an odd thing happened, I dreamt the episode of TOTP I was watching, but my dream introduced extra, surreal touches to the show.
I knew something wasn’t right when Can performed I Want More (obviously, I would later discover that this indeed happened and wasn’t the result of a Guinness hallucination). My twist, however, was that Noel Edmonds was the singer in Can. I kept waking for a second throughout TOTP, but only during the ‘DJ’ introductions, so it actually felt like the whole episode was just Noel Edmonds cracking idiotic puns for 30 minutes (add your own punchline here __________________).
Outside of I Want More, which I don’t really like, this is a good album, and contains the fantastic 10 minute reggae jam Flow Motion. Listening to this again after probably 4 years, it sounds really quite commercial.
Hidden oddity: Laugh Till You Cry, Live Till You Die (I am sure Aswad have done a cover of this)
Warning: Never watch Top of the Pops after 8 pints of Guinness, try 10.
Two word review: German reggae