This piece is intentionally not a million miles
from 'On Broadway'
- but unlike George Benson, Billy does not wear a
Rolex (or any wrist watch
come to that).
Expensive Equipment Veneer covered chipboard displayed around
Painted vivid colours to make you want it
Along comes Ramsden to huff an' puff an' blow,
To keep the People's Flag flying - over
"Nice One Herbie (Hancock)!
I think those who contributed to this track - Mark Ramsden
Davo Cooke (who takes the heavy metal guitar solo), Robin
Stuart Hall (violin), Winston Blissett (bass guitar) and Martin
(quite a big drumkit) are ALL priceless." The VOGC. A musical
"Not REALLY. Metaphorically. The four styles portrayed on the
'Beyond E Major' (The Blues, Heavy Metal, Country & Western,
Roll) were aural sketches of the movement the four styles invoke
Aural art impressions capturing momentum. Banging one's head in
a slow two and four back beat chastisement.
Sourced from a floppy disc 'aural advert' for an ARP
with Proportional Pitch Control which fell out of a musical
BJ found at Wing Music (as immortalised on 'Still Sounds Like
What a crappy concept. Using a known poor quality (but cheap)
to sell a supposed quality sounding instrument (or so the cacky
salesman on the disc would have us believe). Nonetheless, behind
there was a quite acceptable 12/8 groove going on and that was
Placing the piece in C#minor put a special emphasis on the
nuances of that
key and its relationship with the guitar fretboard, especially
of the C# on the fourth fret, fifth string. It is the ideal key
to work oneself into the nature of blues guitar playing and
for 'BEYOND E MAJOR.'
The original horn arrangements were inspired by Oliver
It was this piece that on 27th May 1995 began the
still) running 'debate' twixt BJ and Dave Ramm. Don't even
('Beyond E Major' was a monthly guitar tuition column BJ was
for a magazine called 'One Two Testing', which was published for
years in the '80s).
Johnny Johnny - Ooooo - Johnny Johnny.
This man is Sexy.
This man is a Man.
I really do hope I've captured how Mr Cash is perceived. An
wasn't afraid to confront a microphone with just his voice,
sixty two years of living as he did on 'American Recordings' - a
actually made a couple of years after this aural portrait was
Yup - I feel I got it right. But my portrait is nothing.
compared to the
music he has produced. Thank you, Mr Alluring Darkness".
Discoboats At Two o'Clock
Written whilst resident Thameside at Wood Wharf
"Every night they'd come, wafting in through the skylight on
breeze. Drifting out of sleep into 'Love Ter Love Ya Bay-beee,'
and bouncing off the far shore, then off our side, then back
Boom Doom. The slow approaching crescendo, whirling louder,
louder till one feared the children might disco in their dreams
wished that the party shouters might just lean that bit further
side and plunge blissful quietly to a silent death.
One day we found a bass guitar washed up on the
foreshore. I pondered
for a moment where it's owner was and prayed that next time
it'll be a
disc jockey's turntable..."
Amazingly, in 1993 choreographer Nikky Smedley used this music
a piece for the Blueprint Dance Company and turned it into one
of the funniest
dance pieces BJ has ever witnessed. Fully understanding every
of the music, it left BJ in tears - of joy. "And when
me and I want to become a park keeper, it is that paradox which
me on. I cannot bestow enough plaudits on the head of Nikky
you, thank you, thank you" - says BJ.
It took BJ two years to fully appreciate the noise from this
cassette is well worth investigating, if not for the 2,000
shouting 'Bastard!'. Nuts.
The Burger King.
No reply to the Official Elvis Presley U.K. Fan Club,
who wrote to BJ asking to have a copy of his 'tribute.'
But it is sincere.
Just how good could he have continued to be
had not monetary excess guided him from the path of
And that's not in a religious sense, just common sense.
Here was was a White Blues Man poisoned by consumerism and
A pure simple soul stretched aound the electrified world.
Strung so thin he had to snap.
Became so fat he had to Pop.
And who is the voice of 'Elvis,' ripped off from the Dansette
before things get really good?
Why, what a surprise. It's producer Tony Messenger once more
his talent for forgery!