Do we take other people’s opinions on music to seriously ,is there a point in making lists of the greatest albums ever for it is all just opinions? the new greatest 500 albums list in Rolling Stone is just an example ,people getting uppity because Sgt Pepper is not number one or that there are not enough Doors albums in the list or that Hairy Stys is in there at all . People all have different taste i much prefer the Wombles to Joy Division for instance, but that like i said is personal taste , Kraftwerk leave me cold to me is has the aural appeal of standing at traffic lights on a wet day or sunny day even, they just bore me rigid , i am not saying they are not a great band as i am sure they are but not just for me , i know people who honestly do not like the Beatles and they are my favourite ever band ,but i can understand why they do not like them ,maybe for the same reason as i don’t like Oasis and post Syd Barrett Pink Floyd because i think they are shit. It is all down to personal taste .The Clash another good band but are they really that great to me they are just like Showaddywaddy but without the colourful jackets and brothel creeper shoes ,which again is no insult as i like Showaddywaddy they are a fun time pop band and The Clash are just the same just painted by banksy and not Rolf Harris they are both influenced by 50.s rock n roll after all.That is what is so magical about music it moves people in different ways songs that can move me tears can make my wife want to move to another room , my latest album in the space of 10 minutes one person told me it was a raw and beautiful another told me it should have been called The King Of Crap as it is seriously terrible and do you know what both people were completely right as that is there opinions ,do we really need people telling us what is good as what is not , have we not got ears and minds of our own to decide what we like and what we do not like. do we need people to tell us that one was not as good as such and such? and who on earth has the right to say that if you like something you are wrong to like it ,does it matter that i think New Order are at times laughably bad and that at times Shakin Stevens is laughably genius like ,it does not matter at all ..just use your ears hearts and minds and like what you like there should not be a phrase guilty secrets as you should never feel guilty about liking what you like.
I always look forward to a new album by Babybird and let’s be honest i do not have to wait for long as they appear on what seems like a weekly basis ,i enjoy prolific artists ,but i never feel they quite get the acclaim they deserve maybe the too much of a good thing syndrome ,Babybird certainly does not get the acclaim he deserves album after album of beautifully written songs , songs full of darkness humour and despair and i am pleased to say the latest release is no different songs that cover every aspect of everyday life like a kitchen sink drama in a musical form from the strange darkness of being in love and the passing of time expressed quite stunningly in “Feel” “when i look into the sun knowing that it is too bright and i’m blinded for a second but it feels like my whole life that is how you make me feel” a quite wonderfully written song and just one amongst many ,he is such a great lyricist you can lose yourself in his words. But all is not dark there are signs of light appearing the “The Greatest Thing” and “Vacuous” being upbeat radio friendly melodious guitar pop songs and the beautiful “Three Little words” is almost 10cc like . There are just so many lyrical gems hidden away in wrap around melodies that this lp is a pop scholar’s dream “someone drilled my eyes tattooed a pretty sky” from the ballad “love Life ” is just one of many , “North Of England is almost Ray Davies like in its lyrical Brilliance a quite wonderful album ,but was we expecting it is Babybird after all , there will be another next week .
This lp was recorded on one track of a 4 track tape recorder ,both vocals and acoustic guitar or acaustic guitar as i call it going into the one mic , it was my Applause Ovation guitar if anyone is interested ,yes it is as close to both Applause or an ovation i ever get . . these tracks was recorded in June or July ,i cannot quite remember but we where all still in full lockdown and i was feeling quite relaxed and nostalgic and pretty happy ,which i know may shock some that i am ever happy ,so i think the lp actually catches that feel ,as none of the songs were written beforehand and i just recorded whatever came out of my mouth and my fingers ,so there was no going back and rewriting certain lines or verses or such as normally happens when i write songs, So these try and capture the soul or the moment of the songs invention .So as i said i was in a nostalgic happy frame of mind so i feel the songs may have got that quite relaxed feel ,i am currently recording another lp in the same way , but i am feeling a little unhinged and not quite there with my cough drops at the moment ,so this new one called “The Cardboard Box Beatle” is completely different and maybe unlistenable ,so may not yet get to see the light of day . but this is about The King of No-Fi . so lets crack on. .
1 Sing Along – this was actually the 1st song recorded ,and was influenced by the wonderful American Songwriter Occult character ,who writes and records wonderful albums singles ,all the time ,he is forever releasing material of all genre’s ,folk.hip hop .punk. synth pop . its all wonderfully written ,so this song one of the few angry songs on the lp was influenced by him you should check him out . here is his bandcamp . https://occultcharacter.bandcamp.com/track/race-2-the-grave he has also had a number of releases on Metal Postcard records and one on Small Bear Records.
2.Rock N Roll Is Dead – ah another slightly angry song ,maybe i was not as laid back as i thought i was ,one of my favourite subjects the death of true rock n roll ,debauchery is no longer pc you see , can you imagine the Cramps of this musical generation ,my god ,there would be no “Can Your Pussy Do The Dog” it would be may your vagina accept access from that chaps penis please . i am so glad i was young when i was ,i do not feel my music was made for these times . when a thrust of the lyrical sworded tongue is frowned opon blogs find me easy to deal with by ignoring me as they do not like difficult.and intelligent. . this song has also since been recorded by the Bordellos for their next album with more rock n roll raunch and more lyrics and bite.
3/ Scarlet Blue – a song that probably sums up the feeling of the lp the first line is “fill one side of a d 90 tape with songs that remind me of you” which i suppose i was doing making this album.. a snapshot of a memory of a old lover just one snapshot that can be revived by the magic of music ,like a overheard whisper screaming from your stereo.
4/ Nostalgia Is In The air – my favourite track on the album and probably one of the few that might get played on the radio ,Andy from the wonderful band Salam trials said the guitar on this was almost professional sounding, i must be slipping. i suppose this song is a love song to nostalgia a thing i love and hate in equal measure , this song is actually about being nostalgic for things you never got around to achieving and how the time does fly by .
5/In My Dreams – a slightly dark song i think ,about what i am not to sure , i think maybe about growing old and missing people that are no longer with you ,for whatever reason “i Wish she was still around so i could say goodbye”…i do like that the guitar on this in the fade out or the chorus as it reminds me of the Elvis Presley hit “Maries The Name Of His Latest Flame” ,did i do this on purpose knowing it was going to be called The king of No-fi and be released on the anniversary of Elvis’s death.. i do not know.
6/Motherfucker- i expect i was not in the brightest of moods when i did this one or maybe i was .but whatever mood i was in it will not be a radio hit .
7/ lone Piper – just who is the lone piper , maybe my second favourite song on the lp a simple song about a simple man who plays music very few people will hear or care about but it will always be there to keep him company ,this one has a lovely melody and a chord sequence i cannot remember ,must be one of those strange hands falling onto the guitar neck chords we do by accident and cannot repeat , a song that captures the moment i think..
8/So sad – this song is actually called So So Sad ,but i missed off a so when sending the tracks to Metal postcard records , as i did not want it to be titled the same as one of my fave Everly Brothers songs “So Sad”. but whatever will be will be as the angel Doris once said , in fact i can hear a Everly Brothers influence on the track one of my greatest influences on my music and songwriting , a song about missing one of the few people who actually got you and loved you for the strange person you were/are ,and there are not many of those in one’s life.
9/ The Velvet Underground- a song about the Rolling Stones ..only joking , a tribute to the wonderful Lou Reed and his merry band of game changers that was the Velvet Underground ,the band that made it cool to not sell any records .. just how cool must the Bordellos be.
10/ Banana Splits – another song about looking back to your childhood days when all that mattered was ,what was on tv and what you where having for tea and was it going to rain and who was number one that week on the charts . the pre-teen years of no responsibilities ,,this is my Disney Girls obviously not as good as the Beach Boys classic ,but who knows in the right hands could be , i actually wrote this with the lovely talented Bloom De wilde in mind and i was her as i recorded it ,as i often do imagine i am someone else when recording or writing a song . quite often it is Julian Cope or John Lennon or even PJ Harvey ,but no it was the talented little songstress Bloom . who’s great new album can be purchased from here https://bloomdewilde.bandcamp.com/album/the-heart-shall-be-rewarded-by-the-universe .
11/True For you – another oh how i have cocked this relationship song up , in a throway matter a quite throwaway song , one i can imagine being performed in the 80s in a indie pop jangle kind of way . a Sarah records meet Subway records release perhaps . any jangle bands out there please feel free to take a stab at it.
12/ Paint Yourself – my tribute to Rolf harris .. only joking . a song about loving your own eccentric ways ,a song about going your own way with life and not just following what everybody else is doing . be it art, music, film , fashion sense, sexual persuasion ,just be your self as you only live once.
13/God Bless You Jesus- not a religious song or is it ,i cannot decide , a song i can imagine being redone with a Salvation Army band backing a song of hope maybe. .”i don’t believe in god but i need to believe in someone”
14. Changing Minds Through song- a song written and recorded on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of all the black lives matter riots demonstrations going on around the world ,so was obviously on my mind when recording it , a musical argument with myself was whether there is any point trying to change things through my songs as nobody listened to my music ,so was there any point , djs do not play it .blog writers very rarely write about it .so i am only singing really to myself ,and also djs shy away from playing songs with points of view unless they were recorded in the 60s so did not really count . and is that why bands /artists shy away from sharing their political views ,in case of annoying their fan base ..
the lp is available to download from https://metalpostcard.bandcamp.com/album/brian-bordello-king-of-no-fi alongside many other download sites .. or can be streamed from
.so please do , and tell your friends . as this is a word of mouth album i think ..
My name is Magnum P.U. (real name: Phillip Ulysses Magnum) and I have been the drummer for naivé rock outfit The Legless Crabs since we formed in early 2020. I’m 22 year old and grew up listening to my dad’s classic rock CDs — you know, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, In Living Colour, Liz Phair, etc. Frankly I wasn’t aware rock n roll existed before 1992, until I met the Crabs’ lead singer/guitarist El Borko at a Sweet Frog we both happened to be vandalizing at the same time back in late 2018
. El Borko, who is 4 years older than me and once lived in Austin for 3 months so you know he has cred, is legit like a suppository of outsider music history. He taught me about his rock heroes, The Shaggs, Wesley Willis, Hasil Adkins, Larry Fisher…but not Daniel Johnston, who El Borko claims is the reason he had to leave Austin.
When we met the Haircut (Haircut Augustus, our bassist) doing community service after we got caught vandalizing the Sweet Frog (The Haircut was still a minor so the reasons for his community service are sealed), he turned both of us onto the Jesus and Mary Chain, “the only band that matters,” as he puts it, and we quickly decided to form The Legless Crabs.
None of us owned any instruments or even knew how to play, but we decided that shouldn’t stop us from becoming, as the Haircut calls us, “the only other band that matters.”So after finishing our community service time, and once we finally earned enough from working at the Sweet Frog to buy our own instruments, we all quit the same day and started cranking out hits. We are learning to play as we go, because frankly, if we learned to play first, civilization may collapse before we were actually able to release anything. Now we have 36 songs released on Bandcamp over the last six months, each one better than the last. Or at least as good.
So here’s ten tracks from ten LPs I adore that we played for each other and said, “yeh, let’s try to ape that.”
Essentially, every Crabs song starts with us trying to do a Shaggs or Wesley Willis cover of a Jesus and Mary Chain or Pussy Galore song. So the Shaggs’ “Philosophy of the World,” Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Darklands,” Pussy Galore’s cover of “Exile on Main Street,” and Wesley’s Willis’ “Greatest Hits Volume 2” were all in heavy rotation during the early weeks of recording the first Crabs releases.
The Shaggs: “You’re Something Special To Me”
Wesley Willis: “They Threw Me Out of Church”
Pussy Galore: “Just Wanna See His Face”
For the instrumental tracks we’ve done, we thought, “what would Mogwai sound like if they were unfamiliar with their instruments?” And then we pressed record. Each of us are Mogwai fans and each has their own favorite album, but mine is “Young Team.” “Like Herod” makes me jump every time it kicks in.
Mogwai: “Like Herod”
Unlike Mogwai, The Legless Crabs try to keep our songs brief, and in that regard we were very much inspired by Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices. Pollard’s most recent output with the current line-up has been pretty formidable, and is as good or better than anything he’s released in the past, including the classic line-up years. Of the most recent stuff, my favorite is “Warp and Woof.”
GBV: “Cohesive Scoops”
Bill Rieflin passed away back in late March and his drumming for bands like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and REM has been a real influence on me in that I’d really like to play like him one day. But drumming is hard! Have you ever tried to keep a beat? It’s not as easy as it sounds. Rieflin played electronic drums alongside drummer Martin Atkins on the excellent Ministry live album, “In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up,” which is one of the best live albums ever.
Speaking of REM, The Haircut ripped the bass line we used in “Turd Immunity” from their song “Circus Envy.” “Monster” is such a killer-diller album. Hits from front to back.
REM: Circus Envy
Metal Postcard Records’ Sean Hocking, who put out our first full length One People One Mind One Death, compared us to the Butthole Surfers. Both bands are from Texas and noisy, so that’s fair. I suspect the Surfers had some idea of what they were doing when they recorded their craziest stuff; tbh The Crabs have no idea what we’re doing, so any imitation is unintentional in this regard. But I’m pleased about the comparison nonetheless. El Borko claims Gibby Haynes stole his wallet and that was why he had to leave Austin. I love “Electriclarryland.”
Butthole Surfers: The Lord Is a Monkey
The Crabs would love to do a garage revival album, a la The Mummies, the Oblivians, or the Gories, but neither El Borko or The Haircut have been able to ape that sound yet. We’ll keep practicing and recording until we do. Or until we give up in frustration. Playing music is hard! The Mummies’ classic live show on a San Francisco public access in 1991 is tough to beat. Our first live show we wrapped ourselves in toilet paper as an homage to this, but by the end of the second song it had all dissolved due to our sweat and we played the next song mostly naked with little bits of wet tp clinging desperately to our bodies. Then they threw us out of the Sweet Frog.
Thank you very much Magnum P’U
The wonderful debut lp by the legless crabs can be downloaded and streamed from all major sites including Metal Postcard Bandcamp site https://metalpostcard.bandcamp.com/album/the-legless-crabs-one-people-one-mind-one-death
here is the spotify link .
Sometime Billy Fury will save the day , 10 tracks of sublime genius ,some written by him some not ,some hits other not but all worthy to lose yourself in . .it’s a Sunday after all . the most nostalgic of days. i could write about them and tell you what they mean to me .but they deserve much better than i could write , so i will not . just lose yourself in the pop magic instead .
1- In My Room
2 – I Call For My Rose
3 -Turn My Back On You
4 -Baby How I Cried
5 Fascinating Candle Flame
6 I Belong To The wind
7 Don’t Knock Opon My Door
8 Suzanne In The Mirror
10 -Fury’s Tune