THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ELVIS COSTELLO – “Pump It Up”.
Elvis Costello has said that “Pump It Up” was written in the midst of the infamous Stiff Records package tour of 1977; Ian Dury’s “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” had become the official closing number of the tour, and its hedonistic philosophy proved contagious among the participants, as the tour became a rolling party of nonstop drunken debauchery that taxed its participants to the breaking point.
In many ways, “Pump It Up” is the flip side to Dury’s anthem, an unblinking look at the physical and emotional costs of what some call the rock & roll lifestyle. But unlike most cautionary songs, “Pump It Up” is as exciting, insistent, and physically powerful as anything Costello might have been railing against; the rhythm section of Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas set down a hard, stomping groove that rocks hard but demands to be danced to, while Steve Nieve’s roller-rink organ and Costello’s slashing guitar serve up boundless energy with a slightly sinister undercurrent; the song perfectly captures the giddy but terrifying feeling of an wild, adrenaline-fueled all-night party that’s dangling on the verge of collapse.
Viva Joe Strummer – The Clash and Beyond (duration: 1h)
Here is an amazing documentary, which tells the story of Joe Strummer, former Clash legend and defining figure of British popular music.
As a Celebration of his life and his music, with exclusive interviews from band members, close friends, roadies and fans, this film gives an insight into the artist whose sudden death in 2002 came as a shock to the music world.
Interviewees include Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Jonny Green, Glen Matlock, Pennie Smith and more. Also featured is music from Joe Strummer,The Clash and The Mescaleros. You can see footage of performances of Tommy Gun, Graceland, London Calling, White Riot and many many more.
Narrated by Robert Elms
Chapter 1. First Impression
Chapter 2. Early Days
Chapter 3. Punk… So What Was That All About?
Chapter 4. Leader of the Pack
Chapter 5. The Fans
Chapter 6. We Gotta Move On
Chapter 7. Backlash
Chapter 8. Amerika
Chapter 9. The Man Behind the Mask
Chapter 10. Words and Music
Chapter 11. “I Am Not Che Guevara”
Chapter 12. That Split
Chapter 13. The Wilderness Years
Chapter 14. The Mescaleros
Chapter 15. Joe At 50
Chapter 16. Deja Vu
Chapter 17. Joe R.I.P
Chapter 18. Legacy
Chapter 19. Strummerville
Chapter 20. Memories.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: A CERTAIN RATIO – “Forced Laugh”.
Song taken from A Certain Ratio’s debut album, To Each… (1981).
The group dropped much of the bleak dance-punk of early material in place of what sounds like a shallow attempt to seize the baton dropped by gloom giants Joy Division after the death of Ian Curtis. Though Simon Topping’s trumpet work occasionally lifts To Each… over the crop of contemporary synth-popsters, the album is a bit too mired in its own misery to make an impression on listeners.
A Certain Ratio are a post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are sometimes referred to as “post punk funk”. The band’s name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno’s song “The True Wheel” from the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).