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So, before I say anything else I need to apologize for a typo in my piece from last week about pioneering country singer Linda Martell. Somehow my brain had me type her album title as Color My Soul when, of course, the correct title is Color Me Country. Oops. Too many titles about people coloring things. Lol. Our website has been corrected but if you read the link via email and noticed that, I apologize. As a follow up to the story on Linda Martell, it seems that a documentary is being made on her by family members and should be ready this year.
Okay, on to this week. Plenty going on in the world, obviously. Things to bemoan and things to celebrate. The bad shit is just going to keep happening, so let’s concentrate on the good things. For me the good things this week that have made me happy have been my team Liverpool winning the EFL cup this past Sunday. We beat Chelsea in a dramatic game that went to a full penalty shoot-out. That’s the first of four possible trophies we are still in the running for this season. On Tuesday, it was Mardi Gras and to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans and carnival my DJ buddy Matt and I had a fun time with our Worldy radio show over on The Face Radio. I didn’t get to eat any pancakes though, unfortunately. Back when my sister and I were kids our mum used to make us dozens each. Delicious. Good times. The number one thing for me to celebrate this week however is the pleasure and pride I have from working here at Sorry State. I can’t tell you enough about how great it is. Daniel is without doubt the best boss ever. Seriously. And my co-workers are equally brilliant. I learn something new from them every week. Thank you guys.
The other week in the newsletter, Daniel talked about the BBC App that allows you access to the wealth of great radio shows etc. that they broadcast. How fantastic is that? Being British, I was particularly pleased. Daniel mentioned he has been listening to Marc Riley’s show and as a fellow Fall fan and ex listener to the show Riley had with Mark Radcliffe in the 90s, I will be checking out his latest broadcasts. I loved that late night show he had with Radcliffe. Always great music, always hilariously funny and somewhat in the vein of John Peel. I remember being sad when they finished their show. I even taped the last week of broadcasts and still have those cassettes as they had some guest bands performing. Tindersticks being one of them, a bad I liked a lot and have had the pleasure of seeing a few times. When living in New York, I even met them one day whilst I was hanging out at Beggars Banquet.
Anyway, back to Marc Riley. Daniel mentioning him made me pull out one of my favorite 45s this week. It’s a single Riley made in 1983 called Jumper Clown. Released on In Tape, which was his own label. He released another single the same year called Favourite Sister, which I have also. The label would release other stuff from his band The Creepers in addition to names such as The June Brides, Gaye Bikers On Acid and the great Frank Sidebottom.
Jumper Clown is a brilliant rubbish record. Cheesy organ sound, drum machine beats and Marc’s deadpan vocal. To most ears it probably sounds crap, but there is something about it that just makes me smile. Most Fall fans will dig it if they haven’t already heard it.
I was gifted my copy by a very good friend of mine, DJ Kevin Wyzzard. He scoured every store in New York City to find me a copy. Kevin is a great friend and a fantastic seventies glam DJ. He turned on some famous people to glam music with his English Disco party. He and I also hosted a night called Freak Out! That party was more focused on sixties psychedelic, though. Kevin, like Daniel, is a huge Fall fan and I am sure the two of them would get on like a house on fire if they met. Thank you Kevo for finding me that record.
I have no idea what a Jumper Clown is, but the single is fun and has a picture sleeve showing some cartoon guy reading a newspaper sticking his tongue out saying blah, blah, blah. The b side is a tune called Violins, and that’s cool too. It’s not expensive but will make a good addition to any Fall fan’s record collection or even a non-Fall fan too.
That’s all I have for you this week. Thank you for reading. Have fun with records. Support your local record stores and we’ll see you next time. Cheers.