We made it, we are here at the end of the line, do we still have all aboard for the final Magical Mystery Tour of music from Liverpool/Merseyside. An abundance of Scousers from what is known as Liverpool: “The Pool of Talent”
I thought you may all like to see part of the Wall of Fame which is in Mathew Street with bricks inscribed with bands who have played the famous Cavern.
Today’s final musical offering is from something that is dear to my heart and I have been to see them more times than I can remember. I have wandered their building and listened to not just them, but other bands from all around the world. Who are they? The RLPO, which is The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The RLPO has been gong for 180 years, and the only orchestra in the UK that has its own hall, and the oldest orchestra in the U. The original hall was opened on 27 August 1849 but burned down on 5 July 1933. The hall was rebuilt in Art Deco style and opened its doors on 20 June 1939. Incorporated in the hall is an organ built by Rushworth and Dreaper, which most of my uncles worked for and began their life long work with pipe organs. The pipework is hidden behind decorative grilles either side of the orchestra platform. The organ console rises from beneath and was originally built on a turntable, allowing the organist to face the audience and conductor, or the choir. The console is now fitted with wheels and can be played anywhere on the platform. A Walturdaw rising cinema screen is also housed under the platform, the last such screen in the world still in working order and is used quite a lot through the year showing films where the orchestra plays accompanying music. M and I have spent many many nights in the hall and have been privileged to see all the “staff only” side of the hall. Every year there is an international music festival and many musicians play there, my favourite was a Hindustani band who played the sitar and tabla, and before playing they explained that they have no written music and there is a pattern to what and how they play, all musicians joining in playing along making it up as they go, but to a prescribed pattern. It was amazing to listen to, and I spent a few hours just sitting on the floor listening. It is a place of happiness.
I had always intended to finish with the RLPO when I started my month of music, and what better than Sibelius’s Finlandia.
I hope you have all enjoyed this trip as much as I have enjoyed posting it for you all.
Today’s penultimate pick is from The Boo Radleys. Wake up Boo! was a hit all over the world, and when I first heard it all those years ago, I thought the lead singer was a woman, quite wrong as it was Simon Rowbottom (Sice). The band split in 1999 and Simon decided to write a book set in Victorian Liverpool call “Thimblerigger”. The name Boo Radley was taken from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird which is a favourite of mine, hence calling my dog Harper-Lee.
This is one of my favourite songs from A Flock of Seagulls, “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)”. I love the ’80s especially new wave/synth pop. Nothing more to say about this track apart from ENJOY!
Today’s artist used to live in one of the roads I happened to live (20 years ago now), just 5 miles up the road from where we are now. Marc Almond OBE is mostly known to those outside the UK as the lead singer of Soft Cell. One of the most notable songs was Tainted Love, originally performed by Gloria Jones, and in all honesty, you cannot beat her performance. Marc had a good career with Soft Cell, but his solo career gave him more hits, this track, a cover of “The Days of Pearly Spencer” got to No 4 in the UK charts. The original was done in 1967 by David McWilliams who came from Belfast
Wow, day 27 and I still have so many more local talent to share.
My father and his family are all from Liverpool, mainly from a suburb called Huyton, which is where today’s singer Carol Decker is also from. Some may know her name, some may not, but I am sure that everyone knows her band, T’Pau. They had many hits with their ballads/power ballads. Not my cup of tea, but as most know I am a heavy metal and goth boy. I give you Heart And Soul by T’Pau.
One band from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s was The Beautiful South. Jacqui Abbot the and Paul Heaton are the main vocalist of the group. Both come from Merseyside, which was a surprise to me many years ago as I knew that The Housemartins Paul’s previous band was from Hull, as was the basis of The Beautiful South.
The song I picked today has two versions, the official version that could be played on the radio, and an explicit version, so I thought I would put both versions on for you all, first one clean, the second naughty. Take ya pick!
Lets up the tempo and hit the synth-pop/electronic genre. This band is a little on the unusual side of the Merseybeat/Liverpool music artists. I like the video as it is a scene of winter that I would like to see again. Last time we had really bad winter weather and meters of snow was 10 years ago.
Check out some more of their other songs as most of the videos are really odd and quite hypnotic.
So far we have had a lot of pop and new wave music, but I feel it is time for the beats to go heavy, so today’s pick is Liverpool’s Loathe with Gored. Loathe is heavily influenced by two of my favourite bands, Slipknot and Korn.
To quote Mary Hopkins “Those were the days my friend…”, I am giving you a bit of nostalgia from my gig-going past. Back in 1989, I went to see Engine (another band from the banks of the Mersey) at the Tivoli in North Wales, never realising that it was being filmed as it was a last-minute gig that D asked me to go to. I had at the time never heard of them as my music focus was on the dark side, i.e. Goth. Somewhere in the crowd is me. At most gigs, we have managed to get close to the front, but I cannot remember if we managed it on that gig. So today’s offering is I’m A Bad Dog by Engine.
Just as a bit of fun, Mary Hopkins sang “Those were the days”, which was produced by Paul McCartney (Beatles) 52 years ago.
Another band that was quite big in the ’80s was China Crisis. This track got to number 9 in the UK charts and was their highest-charting hit. Although they are still together and still touring they have not produced anything for quite a few years. This track ‘Wishful Thinking’ was recorded at the Paul McCartney Academy in Liverpool, now known as LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts)