TEXT THE NATION JINGLE & 2 FAVOURITE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES!
TEXT THE NATION JINGLE ETC!
Hey ho hi! It’s exclamation mark time again!! If you enjoyed listening to us on the 6 Music breakfast show a couple of weeks ago, here’s a very special treat for you! It’s the multi award-winning jingle from the nation’s favourite feature*: Text The Nation, as well as my brief but powerful rock song Jane’s Brain and Joe’s triumph of chilled electro tourism, Euorpean Supermarket. My life will be nearly perfect the day I hear a stranger’s phone emitting the Text The Nation jingle as a text alert or ringtone.
It looks as if the powers that be at 6 Music were sufficiently happy with us and the positive feedback they got from listeners to try and find us a regular slot of some kind. It’s too early to say when that might be, or indeed if it will definitely happen but it’s looking good. I’ll keep you posted, and thanks very much if you were one of those to feedback positively! Thanks again to Lisa, our fantastic producer, Jenny who gathered important facts and helped Joe marshal the texts and e-mails and Milly who did something so complex and important that I can’t properly describe it. Good work team!!
*Technically it was not award winning or in any way the favourite of the nation but if you make these kinds of claims they generally go unchallenged and impress those of us who assume there must be some kind of truth to these kinds of statements for them to be made in the first place.
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2 ALL TIME GREAT MUSICAL PERFORMANCES!!!
I used to have a VHS tape with amazing musical odds and sods I’d taped off the telly, most of which were missing the first few seconds as I scrambled to stick the tape in the VCR and hit record. Then I mislaid the tape and for years I mourned those lost musical TV treasures and they became legendary in my head. Of course thanks to You Tube, they’re found again! There’s a little muso snob part of me that thinks that’s a bit of a shame; that my VHS tape represented a hard won journey of chance musical discovery more valuable and meaningful than simply typing a name into a search engine. On the other hand seeing those clips again was a fucking treat and nearly every one was as wonderful as I remembered. Here’s a couple for you.
The first is a very famous clip of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street band doing Rosalita in 1978. I think I originally taped it off The Rock’n'Roll years in the early 90′s (so much for my hard won journey) and despite not being much of a Bruce fan then or now I was completely electrified by this performance. It’s a good song (very much the template for a lot of what makes The Hold Steady enjoyable) and they play all the shiz right out of it, but check out Bruce! In a time before irony it’s as if the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan in the world has somehow been transported into the body of his idol (has that been done in a film yet?) and suddenly there he is, duelling with sax genius Clarence Clemons, fighting off beautiful stage invaders and fizzing with energy as he plays one of the gigs of his life. Check out his expression when he finally disentangles himself from the tenacious blonde who’s managed to get a full-on snog off him at the end of the song! Bemusement! Joy! Rock’n'Roll!
The second clip is Jonathan Richman from what must have been one of the first series of Later with Jools Holland around 1992-3. While I think of it, Later provides me with one of my Bad Jokes That I Won’t Stop Using Despite The Fact That No One Ever Finds Them Funny. In this case if someone asks me a question to which the answer is ‘later’ I will reply, “Later, with Jools Holland!” I can almost hear people thinking ‘you’re a prick’ but I can’t stop saying it. “I’ll be back later. With Jools Holland!” Ha ha ha ha! Anyway, Jonathan Richman…
Here he is playing a song called Now Is better Than Before which I believe is only available on the currently deleted album Rockin’ & Romance although you can order a privately burned CD here. There’s a version on his lovely Spanish album Jonathan, Te Vas A Emocionar but, well it’s in Spanish. Everything about this performance is appealing from the song, his voice and guitar playing to the daft commentary he provides with his range of facial expressions and hand gestures. His guitar solo is beautiful but he does this madly exaggerated acoustic whammy bar thing with his arm, which looks insane, something he acknowledges with a little smile at one point. Then when he slightly cocks it all up he gives a look of slightly hurt confusion that more or less sums up my entire life! If you’ve had a horrible bad tempered day this should fix you right back. Guitar!