Just finished reading Stuart Maconie’s brilliant ‘The People’s Songs’ book. It’s the story of modern Britain in 50 songs. Strangely though, this book, also a radio series, is not the ultimate book that Stuart wants to write on this subject. So the first question to ask is : what IS the ultimate book that Stuart intends to write, and when will it be published?
There are also a couple of queries that I’d pose.
The first is my old hobby horse, the lack of recognition (also by Mark Radcliffe in his book, Reelin’ in the Years) of The Moody Blues’ contribution to rock music. ‘Days of Future Passed’ coming out shortly after Sergeant Pepper, a concept album with possibly the first psychedelic album cover.
I also found it amusing and slightly hypocritical (!) that Terry Hall lamented on the demise of his home city, Coventry, but chose to support…Manchester united!
Stuart’s on at The Met in Bury next Thursday, so a chance maybe to ask these questions.
Next, I did ‘I Don’t Wanaa Miss a Thing’ – Aerosmith, on the mic last night (but without Tyler’s screeching bit) . I watched a bit of the X factor recently and one of the contestants made a great job of it. He was slated by the panel for his choice of song, and that Mel B woman even said it had been “Done to Death”.
Unbelievable. These people are supposed to be experts, and they obviously know f*ck all. It’s a bloody difficult song to sing and in 25 years of karaoke (also slated by the X factor panel) I’ve heard it done by 3 others apart from meself, once brilliantly, twice not so good.
Back to the footy, and on Sunday it’s a handy trip to Southampton, a one thirty kick off ffs. Here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK219 :
13) SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30TH : SAINTS (AWAY) KO 1.30PM
Third season back in the top flight. Last trophy was the FA Cup in 1976 when, as a second division club, they beat red hot favourites, the rags by 1-0. Recent connection is Matt Mills.73rd league meeting.
Some celeb fans : Craig David, David Gower, David Frost, Fiona Phillips, Holly Valance
This season so far : They’re in 2nd place with 26 points from 12 games with 5 wins 1 draw and 0 losses at home.
In the Capital One Cup they won 2-0 at Millwall in the 2nd rd, Arsenal 2-1 in the 3rd rd, and Stoke 3-2 in the 4th rd. They travel to Sheff United in the Q/F.
Last season at St Mary’s in December it was a 1-1 draw. Aguero opened (10) but Osvaldo equalised (42) and that’s the way it stayed. Crowd was 31,229 with 2,541 Blues.
At The Etihad in April it was a 4-1 City win. Goals came from Toure (3P), Nasri (45 +1), Dzeko (45+4), and Jovetic (81) with Lambert (37P) notching for them.
Crowd was 47,009 with 1294 Saints.
Form at Saints : Last season’s draw made it for City: DLDWLWDDWW. So we’ve only lost two out of the last ten down there.
Comment : Bloody hell, traumatic summer for the Saints. Ins include Long (£12m), Mane (£11M), Tavic (£10M), Forster (£10M),and Pelle( £8M) who’ve more than compensated for the losses of Shaw (£31.5M), Lallana (£23M), Lovren (£20M), Chambers (£12M), Lambert (£4M) and Osvaldo went to Inter. Koeman has replaced Pochettino and is doing even better than his predecessor, so we really know what we’re up against, and any slackness will be punished.
Groundwise : St. Mary’s capacity : 32,690 (3,000 for City) LHS stand behind the goal for Blues
WWTWTWshite : Averaged 11,612 in 1955/56
and this season it’s 29,843.
Parking : Local to ground if you can but hard to get away.
SAT NAV : SO14 5FX