Antmusic collaboration on T4

September 7, 2008

So live on T4 Transmission, September 5, 2008 The Charlatans and Dirty Pretty Things perform Antmusic.  But is it just me who would like to actually see this?  The camera work / direction in this bit of video is shocking!

If you’ve watched it already, did you spot that there was more than one drummer?  Adam Ant had various incarnation of ‘the ants’, from early punk through the new-romantic 80s to going solo, but the best known line up had two drummers Chris “Merrick” Hughes and Terry Lee Miall.   It looks to me that both are playing in this collaboration along with Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell.  But there are only a couple of shots that you can see there are THREE drummers!

Not only does whoever is calling the shots decide not to show much of the only two members of the original band being paid tribute to here, or a fairly unusual visual impact of having three drummers but for some reason at 1:28, they again at 2:28 we get the camera to sweep past a set of step ladders that has been left on the side of the stage!?  The second time this is done it lasts for the duration of a drum solo only for the camera to cut away when the camera finally arrives at the drummers – what’s going on, what is the director trying to show or is it simply that they have a programmed flying camera that can do that sweep, so might as well use it whether it fits or not.

OK, so visual rant over, the version of Antmusic is fun, the singers have dressed up for the part and it is a good track.  Shame you can see so little of it in this video.

Visually this version is fantastic, but it is more famous famous because they are so obviously miming and at around 2 min in the bassist guitar strap breaks and he starts messing around like an idiot, it isn’t hard to see how pissed of Adam is (skip to 5:45ish if you don’t want to watch it all).  Kevin Mooney was sacked shortly after this Royal Variety Performance in 1981.

and just for the hell of it, here’s Robbie Williams version of antmusic from 1998


Proud to be Scottish?

July 5, 2008

direct youtube link

It is good to be reminded what it means to be Scottish by a pair of socks.


The Ting Tings: Shut Up And Let Me Go

June 19, 2008

.. I’m still totally hooked on the The Ting Tings, since seeing them last month I seem to listen to the CD in some format every day.  Anyway, another single has been released from the album (although I’m not really sure what that means any more, showing my age, but I think it was good when a 7″ single came out and had a B-side that you hadn’t heard or a 12″ single was released with different re-mixes) …. anyway, it does mean there is a new video which is great, lots of fun and some really interesting effects:


Bad Day at the Office?

June 19, 2008


The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008

May 27, 2008

So, I finally got youtube to stop messing around and managed to get the video montage from The Ting Ting’s gig up. I uploaded it to VIMEO as well as YouTube just to try out this place, to be honest I’m not to happy with either site.  Vimeo is a much easier site to use and has some nice features but the playback always stutters during playback.  Youtube drastically degrades the quality of the video, however as many more people use and search youtube, this has to be the place to keep videos, also although the embeding code for both Vimeo and Youtube are below I’m fairly sure you will only be able to see one.

The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008 (46) from Grayza on Vimeo.

As for the gig itself – it was fantastic, lots of energy and really different and fun sound.  It was short, but as Poppadom commented  “I thought it was a good gig, it was fun though short… but they only have one album so I don’t know what else they could’ve done. Better a show that’s short and good than a longer one with dull fillers”

Also, to answer the question about the support group Modernaire – I only caught the last couple of songs and they didn’t really grab my attention much though, I thought it sounded a bit ‘Cassio Keyboard’ for my taste though I was intrigued by the sudden appearances of a chello – and the two girls vocals sounded good.


The Ting Tings

May 11, 2008

This has to be the most catchy infectious songs around, and the sound is so simple, well structured gradually building to an energetic ending – just great….

The Ting Tings with ‘What’s My Name’ on Jonathan Ross,

Also the same song on…

‘Later With Jools Holland’
the official video
even an ‘unplugged’ type session for MTV

This track ‘What’s My Name’ is just released for download and the album is out soon.  The first time I heard this I thought it was very early 80s / post punk sound, then I saw their influences listed on facebook (yes finally a good use of facebook) include the likes of Kate Bush, Talking Heads, The Police, Singing in the rain (which is a great thing to list as a musical influence) Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Blondy… all great stuff.

Then I discovered that they are playing the QM in Glasgow in a couple of weeks :-) but it is already sold out :-( so if anyone reads this and knows of any tickets going spare let me know.

Go search for The Ting Tings, there do have other songs, I’ve liked everything I’ve found so far.


movie: sound of music

September 24, 2007

I think I must have seen this but it is the sort of sickly sweet musical I don’t really like, and is so much pastiched now that I don’t know if I’ve seen it or just know all the bits. However, after a rendition of a song from this movie today I was sent this link to a re-cut trailer for The Sound of Music

Now I want to watch it.