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Title: Reading through the archives
Post by Anne H on Today at 23:46
As a new member I'm finding the archive very interesting (I'm up to late 2001 but must confess to quite a bit of speed-reading).  Can anyone tell me why the *ODs are so called?  If the reason is obvious and has just eluded me, please forgive my stupidity. The Hebden Bridge one sounded good, in a lovely part of the country too.

I was interested to see how many Stackridge fans are in this forum - count me in also!  They were a particular favourite group of mine in the early 70's and I have their first three albums.  I also love The Nits, and was pleased to see someone give them a mention.

I'm still revelling in my copy of "The Lakeside Sessions" as well as my vinyl finds from eBay.  I can honestly say there is not a Pete Atkin song that I don't like (although I don't like the attitude of the girl in "The Man who Walked towards the Music", find her ignoring the man's question a tad rude, LOL!)  Current favourites include "All the Dead Were Strangers" and "Eye of the Universe".


Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Kevin Cryan on 10.07.08 at 07:12

on 07/09/08 at 23:46:30, Anne H wrote :
...........  Can anyone tell me why the *ODs are so called?  If the reason is obvious and has just eluded me, please forgive my stupidity...............


Steve and Carole Birkill's untiring efforts to promote Pete and his music throughout the early and mid-nineties resulted in a first "revival" concert, which was staged before an invited audience in a marquee at Monyash, Derbyshire, UK, on 17 July 1999.

Because there were some striking resemblances between what Steve and his good lady had done for Pete and what the Ray Kinsella character (Kevin Costiner) does for the baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in the film Field of Dreams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_Dreams), an adaptation of W.P.Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe, the concert became known as the Field of Dreams concert.

The rest, you can probably can guess at.


Kevin Cryan


Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Anne H on 10.07.08 at 07:26
Thank you Kevin for explaining that for me!

Anne

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Ian Ashleigh on 10.07.08 at 20:38
Welcome to the fold Anne.  

I too am a Stackridge fan and have Extravaganza on vinyl  :).  I still love No-one's More Important Than The Earthworm despite it being a bit of a dirge.

The Man Who Walked Toward The Music is a favourite of mine on vinyl and CD, I like Clive's rhyming and the word picture of the girl dancing - why do I see this guy approaching a free outside concert.  If you can get hold of Winter Spring and check out I Have To Learn its up there with the best of the early songs.

I was hoping to arrange an *oD in Sussex this Summer, pressure of work, I am hoping to now organise it for the spring.  Watch this space.

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Anne H on 11.07.08 at 21:19
Thanks Ian, hope you manage to organise an *oD - will watch this space as they say!

I'm planning to buy "Winter Spring" next so looking forward very much to that.

I do like "The Man Who Walked Towards the Music", just felt a bit sorry that the man's request fell on deaf ears, but I suppose to be fair to her, the girl was too wrapped up in the music to even be aware of anything else......love Clive's rhymes too in this song.  "He didn't know a Stratocaster from a nuclear disaster" - brilliant.  of course as in many of the songs, one feels this is Clive writing about himself, as he mentions in his memoirs that he was not a musician.   I was very touched to hear him singing "Laughing Boy" on the "Live in Australia" CD, had to wipe away a tear - sentimental me!

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Richard Bleksley on 14.07.08 at 23:21

on 07/11/08 at 21:19:10, Anne H wrote :
 of course as in many of the songs, one feels this is Clive writing about himself, as he mentions in his memoirs that he was not a musician.  


Funnily enough, I remember from somewhere (don't ask me where) Clive saying that The Man Who Walked Towards the Music was the only song he would admit to being autobiographical. But then, Clive always likes to be a bit enigmatic and inscrutable about these things, so, as for the other songs, who knows?...

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Anne H on 18.07.08 at 23:35
That's interesting Richard.

I noticed you said that "The Man Who Walked Toward the Music" is the only song Clive would admit to being autobiographical - I'm sure they are many others.

Not much to post this Friday evening except I was listening to TROS, AKAN and half of Live Libel, before the cat yelled at me to come downstairs.....nothing new to comment on really, just that the Pete and Clive partnership was (and still is) a musical union truly made in heaven.


Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Lindsay on 19.07.08 at 12:48
Jumping back a couple of postings, I too went to many Stackridge concerts and was a member of the Rhubarb Thrashers Society. Do you tihnk we are by nature, similar in our musical likes/dislikes. I wonder (prepare to be shot down), that if you were a heavy metal freak or into say fushion jazz then you would appreciate something different to the 'wordy' light progressive strain in which I would put Stackridge and then by association - Pete Atkin. Open to discussion at least.

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Ian Ashleigh on 19.07.08 at 15:09
Far from wanting to shoot you down in flames Lindsay.  I have very Catholic tastes in music and listen to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple etc alongside Pete Atkin, Stackridge, 10cc Fairport Convention, Harvey Andrews, Jon-Luc Ponty Pink Floyd ... need I go on  :huh:?

The lyric is an important as the tune, but sometimes you just want to turn up the volume and boogie!!! ;D

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Lindsay on 19.07.08 at 20:26
Ian,
I don't think you can get much more heavy metal than 'let there be lids' - a couple of guys banging dustbin lids together is pretty heavy! However, I know what you mean and I must admit I have lots of heavy music in my collection - 'very heavy, very humble'. The point I'm making is that you still have a long list of bands that fall within that light vain and you obviously have an appreciation of that category. I'm more likely to see you at a Stackridge/PA or Fairport concert than say Metallica/(Fushion Jazz band?). There is something in our musical tastes that leans us that way, but there is always that want to blast the eardrums now and then.

Title: Re: Reading through the archives
Post by Anne H on 20.07.08 at 00:02
Ian - snap!  I too like Deep Purple (have loads of their albums) and Blue Öyster Cult are another big favourite of mine.  If a band or singer has quality, it shines through, no matter what the genre.

In the realms of "art" rock Dutch group (The) Nits are hard to beat.  I would recommend anyone who has not heard of this excellent band - described somewhere as one of rock's best-kept secrets - to give them a listen.  I believe the "Barenaked Ladies" are fans of them too.

Lindsay - ah, you bring back such good Stackridge memories with mention of  "Let There Be Lids" and rhubarb thrashing :o)  Recently I had the unhappy task of sorting out my late mother's effects, but while going through the stuff found a letter to me and my sister from "Crunny" which I have proudly kept.

As the band were all from the Bristol area, I wondered, Pete if you were acquainted with them - (my apologies if there is anything about this in the archives - I feel a bit of a fraud with the title of this thread as I have not read any for a few days.  Been up to my eyes in wallpaper stripping and painting).

My 45 rpm copy of "Slark"/"Purple Spaceships over Yatton" was played so much in the summer of '72 it is a wonder it has any grooves left.

But lest this turn into a thread about anything OTHER than the music of Pete and Clive, would like to say that IMO they are the crème de la crème.



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