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>Yeah it is that time of year again when all of the UK will watch some singing then, in all possibility shout at the screen when the votes come in. Or will we see Blue give us all reason to smile.

One person who of course always managed to give us something to smile about even when things were tough was our Terry, well actually Ireland’s Terry, which is our for me, but you know what I mean. So here is Terry doing what he did best, passing comment on the acts.

From the 2006, final’s run down, especially love how off the mark he is with Lordi who managed a 12 point score from the UK.

There was always rumours that Terry had a wee bottle of alcohol up in his commentary booth. Although I think this Swedish guy might have been trying to drink Terry under the table during the contest and failing.

Terry was certainly the bringer of joility, which is what the intermission piece was called the last time Terry was able to show off his multi-lingual skills on the Eurovision stage when the UK hosted in 1998.

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Well it was 50 years ago today,
In Matthew Street they first time to play,
In leather jackets and their Cuban heels,
Four local lads who’d induce squeals,
So may I intorduce to you,
The act you’ve known for all these years,
John, Paul, George and Pete* – The Beatles!

* Yes on 9th February 1961 Pete Best was still the man hitting the skins when the Beatles took to the stage for the first of their 292 appearances at the Cavern Club up until 3 August 1963. Richard Starkey better known as Ringo Starr wasn’t to join the band until the following year.

Hat tip to the Guardian.

>I have a confession to make.

Well not so much a confession as any of you who knew me in the 80s will know I walked around school, blazer sleeves rolled up, the hair as big and up (as an athlete could have it without causing blindness by sweaty hair gel), and a dash of colour in the paper clips on the label. Any one who has seen me since will know my aversion to still wearing anything covering the end of my arms as a result.

Yes I was a New Romantic. I modelled myself a bit on my two favourite bass players John Taylor and Mick Karn. While I got to see Duran Duran play I never did with Japan as they last performed live in 1982 when I was just 12/13. However, I have all of Japan’s album on vinyl as well as duplicated on CD.

Therefore late last year when one of the founders, key writers and bass player of Japan Mick Karn was diagnosed with late stage cancer I was waiting for the news which came yesterday, that he had succumbed. It came within hours of the news that another songwriter, the singer Gerry Rafferty has also passed on.

For a fellow bass player Karn was one of the wonders of the fretless bass, a guy who could play by feel with precision. Listening again now that I know that art as well as guitar I pick up the intricate nature of some of the stuff that he was able to play, especially when the band moved towards a fusion of Euro Pop with Asian influences as befitted their name in their later albums. One of the greatest examples of his craft on the bass has to be Gentlemen Take Polaroids.

So as a tribute to Mick Karn here is that.

One final legacy of Mick death is that he was diagnosed with late stage cancer. I don’t know if he had earlier symptoms but did nothing about it, but seeing as most men tend to put these things off, may I add an additional legacy. If in Doubt, Check it Out if any of your bodily functions changes, and stays changed always best to check, it may be an early sign, possibly of an invisible cancer and may be worth getting checked. 

Rafferty was from Paisley but in his early days he came across a certain Billy Connolly and together they formed the Humblebums. They released two albums did John Peel sessions but got nowhere with their folksy stuff. Gerry encouraged his friend to go it alone as a comic.

He carried on with his music writing stuff like Stuck in the Middle with You in 1972 before in the mid 70s preceding Prince or George Michael he had disputes with his contracts lasting for 3 years. Through this period he worked away on a demo for his next album in his wife Carla’s parent’s old house on a 4-track, laying down every instrument himself, including lentil jar percussion. United Artists signed him and the comeback single was Baker Street the song was an instant smash sold 5 million copies. It and it’s iconic saxophone solo carried on making Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties. He carried on working away writing, recording and performing until 2000. But he was always battling alcoholism, in the end it spiralled out of control.

However, remembering the man at his peak here is Baker Street.

In memory

Mick Karn (born Adonis Michaelidis) 1958-2011

and 

Gerald ‘Gerry’ Rafferty 1947-2011

>It is Children in Need tonight on BBC1 and BBC2. There was one year I recall not actually watching the programme, the reason was a valid one I was at the old BBC Scotland headquarters on Queen Margaret Road, Glasgow and my partner at the time had volunteered to help out behind the scenes.

However, to get us in the mode for this years what better way that last year’s official single, which in the best tradition of charity singles brought together a whole gumult of stars, in this case plasticine, or celluloid or computer animations. Well done to Peter Kay for coming up with the concept.

>It’s that time of the month again to sum up my month in one song. Whose clever idea was that? Oh yes it was mine. As I say every month the song can be anything something that struck a chord with me during the month, one that has been constantly in my mind, one that either means something personal or that sums up the events of the month.

So here is this months. Again no explanation just enjoy.

Update: Oops. As Caron pointed out below, somehow after copying the embed code I somehow forgot to check it was included.

It’s that time of the month again to sum up my month in one song. Whose clever idea was that? Oh yes it was mine. As I say every month the song can be anything something that struck a chord with me during the month, one that has been constantly in my mind, one that either means something personal or that sums up the events of the month.

So here is this months. Again no explanation just enjoy.

Update: Oops. As Caron pointed out below, somehow after copying the embed code I somehow forgot to check it was included.

>Well another month has drawn to a close and it is time to pick the song that has best summed up the month past, or has been constantly on replay in my head or on whatever device I’m using.

The original version of this doesn’t allow embedding. Boo! Hiss!!

However, it was played near the end of For the Bible Tells Me So and I got to listening to the lyrics again. The end result I think it sums up my September pretty well.

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