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No covers here…

27 August 2008 by Lisa

Having not been to the Mathew Street Festival for several years (due to the high proliforation of Swedish Rolling Stones cover bands and ‘highlights’ being performers called Robbing Williams) I was persuaded to go along on Monday to check it out once more. I was pleased that they at least now have a new bands stage, but I wonder if the bands were getting paid as much as the fake rockers? Anyway it was worth it as I got to see local band, ASBOS, who I’ve seen before and are always deliciously weird. Great songs and cool vocals that remind me of The Pixies. It was good to see them up on a big stage, singing their classics; ‘That’s Not Mum’ and ‘Weird Dream’ while getting screamed at, Take That-style, by a group of teenies wearing leopard print leggings and angel wings. Read more…

A face for radio

28 February 2008 by Lisa

Black and white portrait of Lita Roza

See, I like to make the effort when I appear on the radio!

(It’s not really me. This is actually Lita Roza from Liverpool, the first British female artist to ever have a UK number one hit in 1953 with ‘How Much is that Doggie in the Window?’)

Make sure you check out ‘The Pool’ show with Dave Monks on BBC Radio Merseyside, from 8pm this Sunday 2 March! I’m going to be on choosing my top three favourite Liverpool tracks of the moment and talking about ‘The Beat Goes On’.

So tune in to hear my choices…a bit of eighties, a bit of punk and some wooly-hat-wearing-Velvet-Underground- meets-psychedelic sounds. I once did a similar thing choosing some tracks on the fantastic Halton FM a few years ago (yes, the dizzy heights of stardom) but at the BBC you get free coffee and the microphones are bigger. Read more…

Calling all Merseyside bands!

20 February 2008 by Lisa

A scene of DJ-worshipping clubbers

Creamfields 06 UK (2006) © Cream

Just to let you know that Merseyside bands will get the chance to be part of the massive music exhibition, ‘The Beat Goes On’, if they join our new Myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/thebeatgoesonliverpool !

It doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into, just join us as a friend and you will be in with a chance to become part of the exhibition, alongside bands such as The Zutons, The Wombats, Echo and The Bunnymen and OMD.

‘The Beat Goes On’ exhibition will start this summer at the World Museum and will celebrate the city’s music venues, bands and creativity. 

On the Myspace page each month, we will choose ten tracks from bands on the friends list. These tracks will be featured on the Myspace page as a monthly top ten chart, where the public will be able to vote for their favourite online.

Top ten bands will have their band and track name displayed on a wall in the exhibition to show the top ten for each month. The number one track at the end of each month will be added to a ‘digital jukebox’ in the exhibition and will become part of ‘The Beat Goes On’, giving bands great exposure for their music and the chance to reach a larger audience.

Voting will begin at the start of June when the first top ten chart will be displayed on the exhibition’s Myspace page. Read more…

Rocking in Paris

11 October 2007 by Lisa

Feature wall in the 'Rock'n'Roll' 39-59' exhibition

View of the exhibition Rock’n’Roll 39-59 From June 22 to October 28, 2007 Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Photo : André Morin

I was in Paris last weekend and went to a cool exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, an amazing glass fronted building near Montparnasse cemetery (I had just been to visit the graves of Samuel Beckett, Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Baudelaire). The exhibition was ‘Rock’n’Roll 39-59′, which looked at the birth and evolution of rock’n’roll in the USA from its blues, jazz and gospel roots, right up to the late ’50’s.

I really liked the huge screen with comfy bean-bags you could lie on while watching footage of stars like Chuck Berry and of course Elvis, in a film that told the whole story of rock’n’roll. It made you realise just how crazy singers like Jerry Lee Lewis were and how shocking he probably was in his time. Of course Little Richard seems pretty odd now, so imagine his impact on audiences in the 1950’s! Though where were the female performers? I like Wanda Jackson and she wasn’t in the film, though she was in the music pods that we listened to later on. We also saw some priceless objects, such as the actual guitar that Elvis used during his first recordings at Sun Records!  Read more…

Pete Burns, Keith Chegwin and Cherie Blair rub shoulders

1 October 2007 by Lisa

No it’s not another tragic episode of Celebrity Big Brother – I found these well-known ‘personalities’ side by side during my latest visit to the Magical History Tour exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The lively ‘L Factor’ audio-visual display celebrates many of the sportspersons, actors, musicians and other famous faces who originate from the city of Liverpool, through film clips and a wall of fame. Pete Burns was almost unrecognisable from the footage of his eighties hey day while Cherie Blair (her Father, the actor Tony Booth was from Liverpool) stared calmly out from her photo on the surrounding wall. The wall also includes the likes of Kathy Tyson, Kim CattralI, Levi Tafari and even Cheggers! Read more…