Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Update and Rafter video

As you might have noticed there’s been a bit of a hiatus here at Scratchy towers resulting in a lack of postings over the summer months. The plan is to revamp the site with a regular schedule of postings and even have some mp3s to give you, the loyal reader, a chance to listen to some of these choice music finds and also give a more complete experience of the records listed.

Well, the relaunch has overshot its original deadline, but do not fear Scratchy readers, things are happening behind the scenes. The stockpile of vinyl blasts from the past is growing. They’re being scanned, processed and researched and the conversions to mp3s have begun in earnest. We’ve also been keeping an ear to the ground for contemporary sounds and sifting through the wastelands of Myspace, seeking out some new acts worthy of a mention.

In the meantime, here’s my current favourite video by American indie popster Rafter Roberts, whose song title sums up the inertia that we need to shake off if we’re to get this thing up and running again...

RafterNo Fucking Around – taken from the 2010 album Animal Feelings: buy the album here





Monday, 21 June 2010

Frank Sidebottom - a Tribute

The very sad news reached us this week that Timperley's finest bulbous headed singer, songwriter, comedian and all round genius Frank Sidebottom aka Chris Sievey had died.
more information here

I had every intention of restarting this blog with an England World Cup theme week, with particular reference to the pick of the finest music/football crossover records that I've come across in my crate digging travels. One of the first names on my list was Frank Sidebottom with his legendary rendition of "Guess who's been on Match of the Day...?" "You have Frank, in your big shorts". Classic stuff and guaranteed to lift the spirits of any music loving football supporter.

For those of you not familiar with Frank/Chris's unique output, read about his legendary contribution to the entertainment business here... a tribute via The Guardian

As Mr Capello has banned an official World Cup Song for the England squad (shame), all sorts of chancers have taken up the challenge and been recording unofficial anthems in the hope of making a few bob. Never one to miss an opportunity like this, Frank had also recorded his own song for the World Cup 2010, an inspired take on the ubiquitous Three Lions on The Shirt with his very own twist. Possibly the only credible tune in this novelty football themed record to come out this year and wouldn’t it be a fitting tribute if it got into the charts. Frank Sidebottom at number one, his spirit performing on the pitch at the World Cup Final, urging our boys onto a glorious victory... well we can dream...

Frank SidebottomMatch of the Day

Frank Sidebottom - Three Shirts On The Line