Category ODDS & SODS

EUROPE ENDLESS

It’s just another elderly musician gone. Happens so regularly that writing rock obituaries would be a full-time job. So why does the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider fill me with sadness? Actually, not sadness… loss. A electronic hole in the musicverse leaving one man standing. Hütter and Schneider, Schneider and Hütter. Now just Ralf. […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ #9 — THE ANSWERS

Thanks to everyone who participated in the quiz, either here or via fb. I hope you enjoyed it. Here are the 20 albums. * Frank Zappa – Hot Rats Led Zeppelin – Presence This Mortal Coil – This Mortal Coil The Clash – The Clash White Stripes – Elephant Crowded House – Temple of Low […]

ALBUM COVER QUIZ #9

Here are excerpts—or, as art lovers know them, details—from twenty album covers.   How many of these albums/artists can you identify (by fair means or foul)?   Please don’t list the answers, just your score out of 20     Remember, please just report your score. Not the answers. (Answers in a separate post, here)

GOODBYE WILD THING

I don’t want to appear uncharitable, but how come it misses Donald, glances off Boris, and takes out Tim Brooke-Taylor? In what universe is that fair? Cambridge graduates Bill Oddie (born 7 July 1941), Graeme Garden (born 18 February 1943) and Tim Brooke-Taylor (born 17 July 1940) first performed to a large audience (larger than […]

10 TERRIFIC SONG TITLES

A collection of song titles I’ve enjoyed. Perhaps something to take your head elsewhere… #10 “Existential Revelation in the Circle Pit at Slayer“  The Night Terrors—Back To Zero [EXO Records, 2009] #9 “Sandra’s having her brain out“  The Soft Boys—A Can Of Bees [Two Crabs Universal, 1979] #8 “A Song Of Remembrance For A Time […]

COVID-20 — THE SEQUEL

Following the runaway success of COVID-19 — The Album, Viral Records presents a new collection to spin away your blues. Enjoy! * COVID-20 — THE SEQUEL   SIDE ONE Get closer     —    Linda Ronstadt  (1982) Hold me tight     —     Beatles  (1963) Source of infection     —     […]

COVID-19 — THE ALBUM

All proceeds from sales of this album go towards Public Health   SIDE ONE Iron Maiden ……………… Virus Richard Thompson …… Keep Your Distance The Police ………………… Don’t Stand So Close To Me The Tubes…………………. Don’t Touch Me There Nirvana ……………………. Stay Away Warren Zevon …………. Splendid Isolation   SIDE TWO Vienna Teng …………….. I Don’t Feel So Well Wishbone Ash …………. Doctor […]

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ALBUM COVER QUIZ – THE SEVENTIES

A long time ago (about a year) we ran a series of Album Cover quizzes on various decades. We covered three epochs (60s, 80s, 00s) but skipped over Vinyl Connection’s favourite decade, the Seventies. Welcome, then, to the post-sixties comedown. * THE RULES Below are fourteen album covers (CD sized) resting on a 12″ LP. […]

I’M NOT TIRED — INTERVIEW WITH MIKE RUDD

Vinyl Connection approached Mike Rudd, founder of Australian rock legends Spectrum, Ariel and various other musical entities, for a cyberchat. Mike kindly consented. VC: Anniversaries are often a mixed blessing. How did you approach this particular milestone: fifty years? (By the way, what actually happened in 1969?) MR: Well, to start off with, the 50thtag […]