Where we live we tend to miss all the extremes of weather. However, today we are in the centre of it all. I love thunderstorms and this one is a good one. We had about an hour of strobe lightning making us feel we were in a film like Close Encounters or War of the Worlds. This short video was just before the rain started, which became torrential.
Then the rain hit for about half an hour flooding everywhere.
Since then we have returned to strobe lightning and are about an hour in. According to the Met office, we will be having these storms until late Friday. I’m not complaining as I love this weather.
From the summer of 1983, which was so long ago, todays suggested listening is The Lotus Eaters with The First Picture of You. Although this is not really the type of music I follow, I do remember this song very well, if not a little cheesy.
Here we go, or should I say There She Goes, a hit for the La’s back in 1990. If you are not from Liverpool or the surrounding areas you may not know that people, lads mainly call each other La (pronounced lar), and definitely a Scouse thing.
Today’s offering is from the biggest selling single from a British female singer, Cilla Black. Cilla had 2 number 1 hits in the UK, first with this song, “Anyone Who Had A Heart”, and her next single “You’re My World”
During her life, she never lost her Liverpool accent. She died at her home in Estepona after a fall on 1st August 2015 at the age of 72. My friend Eileen and I watched her funeral (Eileen is also from Scotland Road where Cilla came from) which was both sad and funny too. She is buried in Allerton Cemetry in Liverpool on 20th August, where my paternal grandparents and uncle, along with other members of my family are buried. The next day her album “The Very Best of Cilla Black” went to number one in the UK Charts.
This song is one of M’s favourites, so today I dedicate Liverpool music to him. Echo and the Bunnymen began in 1978 when M was only 5 years old. Ian McCulloch is originally from Norris Green part of Liverpool and was the lead vocalist in 1977 for a group called Crucial Three, with fellow scouser Pete Wylie and Julian Cope who was from Wales. 1978 he formed Echo and the Bunnymen. If you wondered who Echo was, that was the drum machine.
Without further a do, I give you Echo and the Bunnymen with The Killing Moon (1984)
I have tinnitus and have had to for that many years, I don’t remember not having it. I put it down to too many heavy metal gigs and being far too close to the sound system they used. It could be that I had a walkman when I was young and played music too loud, but I think it was the rock concerts in all honesty.
I had seen on Instagram adverts for Flare Audio and their solution to help dampen the sound of tinnitus and also get rid of background noise. My sister bought them and her work colleague uses them and said they work. My sister does not have tinnitus, but works for a telephony service that answers phones for many companies, takes messages, orders and more, so they use headphones and these things are supposed to make the sound clearer. She gave me a discount code so I got them.
So far, I am not too sure about them. I can hear my tinnitus really loudly, but that may be because I am concentrating on it, also I do have days where it can be deafening. They do feel rather odd but are comfortable. I have had to adjust them a few times to get it right as the sound becomes muffled, but I can hear everything and it has got rid of a lot of background noise. I think it will be something that I have to get used to using and will give it a good go. They are comfortable and are not irritating me so far. I find that if I use earbuds after about 20/30 minutes I need to remove them as my earholes get sore and sweaty. Fingers crossed they show some improvements for me.
Let’s have a bit of dance music on todays Liverpool music pick.
Melanie C, otherwise known as Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls is Liverpool born and bred. I was never a fan of the Spice Girls, but I did Like Mel. Many years ago M and I were with my sister and her hubby in Liverpool at the docks having a few drinks and who happened to be on the next table but Mel. In a lot of places people would have been going up to her and ruining her drinking time, but in Liverpool, people tend to leave people to get on with it and tend not to disturb others, even thought Liverpudlians are very social.
Today’s pick is from the River City People. I first saw them back in 1989 at the Royal Court in Liverpool. I was working in the city at the time as a photographic lab technician, and one of the ladies that was working with us happens to be the lead singers Aunt. I had mentioned that I saw the group at an all-day gig and she told me that Siobhan was her niece and she would get my CD signed.
Siobhan Maher Kennedy now has a solo career, but has not released anything for quite some time. So her she is with River City People – Walking on Ice.
Today’s pick is Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). I love Pete Burns always made me laugh with his eccentric way of life and indeed he was larger than life. He worked at Probe Records in Liverpool and back in the 80’s it was a great place to hang out and see all the odd people, which I fitted in with, and quite a lot of famous faces came and went.
Pete died in 2016 of a cardiac arrest, which was not surprising due to his wild lifestyle.