Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wreckless Eric Radio Show #32 (click to tune in)

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Blowing brickdust off the vinyl after months of fixing the house up in order to sell it. An action packed show with tales from a warped childhood plus david bowie, research turtles, kathy kirby, spottiswode & mcmahon, donnie elbert and a host (whatever that is) of others.

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7 comments:

captainpotato said...

Hooray! I thought the copyright police had taken you away and shot you behind the sheds.

Peter said...

Hooray, indeed...

Anonymous said...

More Wussy please
Love, Bob D

sprattle said...

Wonderful to have you back! I've missed you more than I've missed any other Stiff Records recording artist over the past several months.

The last song you played, No Regrets, is it an English-language version of Non, je ne regrette rien? Or just a budget-priced knockoff?

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the "Rough Mix" track. It put me in mind of the sort of song favoured by old builders living on past glories......successful hearths and sterling board clad metal studwork for strength and durability. The past glories of a journeyman in his twilight years.

Wreckless Eric said...

"They say that the trick is to walk in backwards like you're walking out..." Sterling board clad metal studwork indeed - the journeyman's going to keep on turning for years to come.
No Regrets is indeed the English translation of Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. The emptiness of the lyric translated is quite astounding, almost profound, and a great example why France has never quite been a force in the pop business. Quite simply the language is too complicated - one English verse is the equivalent of three French verses. Now someone's going to accuse me of jingoism whatever that is. I must admit I just fancied using the word, and I'm sure I have a perfect right having living in this infuriating country (France that is) for ooh... just about as long as I remember.

sprattle said...

I also bought the ROUGH MIX LP when it first came out, and really enjoyed the apparent spontaneity of it, and the contrast between Ronnie Lane's sweeter outlook and Pete Townshend's more cynical lyrics. I believe that Ronnie was in the early stages of his illness then; very talented guy.

(Isn't the bit about walking in backwards like you're walking out a recycled lyric? Didn't Pete also use that in LONG LIVE ROCK?)

French lyrics never do come across very well in English, do they? (Except for Plastic Bertrand, of course.)Even the sublime Françoise Hardy. Her English is fine, but it doesn't quite work. (Although she suffers even more when she tries to sing in German.)