Category Archives: MP3 Downloads

The Charlatans – Chicago 1991

Tracklisting as follows:

  1. Imperial 109
  2. The Only One I Know
  3. You’re Not Very Well
  4. Believe You Me
  5. Then
  6. Happen To Die
  7. Flower
  8. White Shirt
  9. Indian Rope
  10. Opportunity
  11. Sproston Green
  12. Between The 10th & 11th

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Dave Gahan – AVO Sessions, Basel 2003 (Part 2 of 2)

Final part of this excellent Dave Gahan set, tracklisting as follows:

  1. Personal Jesus
  2. Goodbye
  3. Hold On
  4. I Feel You
  5. Never Let Me Down Again
  6. Dream On
  7. Enjoy The Silence / Just Can’t Get Enough

Artwork included.

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Dave Gahan – AVO Sessions, Basel 2003 (Part 1 of 2)

Tracklisting as follows:

  1. Dirty Sticky Floors
  2. Hidden Houses
  3. Black And Blue Again
  4. A Question Of Time
  5. Bitter Apple
  6. A Little Piece
  7. Useless
  8. I Need You
  9. Walking In My Shoes
  10. Bottle Living
  11. Policy Of Truth

Part Two tomorrow, grab this one here.

Oasis – The Old Trout, Windsor 1994

An early gig from the Gallaghers, tracklisting as follows:

  1. Shakermaker
  2. Fade Away
  3. Digsy’s Dinner
  4. Live Forever
  5. Bring It On Down
  6. Up In The Sky
  7. Cigarettes And Alcohol
  8. Supersonic
  9. I Am The Walrus

Artwork included.

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Billy Bragg – KEXP 2006

A recent(ish) session from The Bard Of Barking, on US Radio. Enjoy.

  1. A Lover Sings
  2. Shirley
  3. Way Over Yonder In A Minor Key
  4. NPWA
  5. I Keep Faith
  6. A New England

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Arsenal v Everton Preview

Today’s visitors to The Emirates are an improved Everton side, normally one that gifts us three points but more likely to prove stubborn as Villa and Middlesbrough were earlier in the season. That said, the current form of the team is such that I cannot see anything other than an Arsenal win and possibly a comfortable one at that.

In all likelihood, Everton will start with a defensive 4-5-1 line up, Andy Johnson playing as a lone striker. He and Joleon Lescott were two good summer signings by David Moyes, both playing pivotal roles in the team’s relatively good start to the season. Their away form has not been too good however. One victory on the road, at Tottenham, with draws at Newcastle and Blackburn accompanying a defeat at Middlesbrough. If they held realistic ambitions of a European spot this season, one of the two draws needed to be a victory.

Team news from Arsenal is well documented. None of the injured list of Ljungberg, Eboue, Baptista and Lauren is expected back before the Internationals in November with Ralph’s knee-knack well and truly scuppering any return before January. They have been joined on “Get Well Soon” bench but Emmanuel Adebayour, which gives Robin van Persie a chance to have a long run in the team in probably a supporting striker role. Jeremie Aliadiere ought to find the bench a snug fit during this time getting the chance for a runout or two. Phillipe Senderos and Gael Clichy are both in the squad although my feeling is that Wenger will take time to bring these two back to match fitness now that he has the luxury of a fit back four which means that I would guess at a line up of:

Lehmann; Hoyte, Toure, Djourou, Gallas; Hleb, Fabregas, Gilberto, Rosicky; van Persie; Henry

Much of yesterday’s blogsphere was talking of whether it will 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1. My observation would be, does it matter? At some point in the game, all permutations bar 5-3-2 will be used as and when the match dictates. Kolo Toure has been adventurous as a Centre Half in recent games, charging forward in an attempt to support the strikers whilst Gallas has never been shy of joining in the party. Given it is a home game, the team will have more possession but more fundamentally, until they score it is not in their nature to sit back and defend so attack is going to be still the best form of defence.

The club have announced that the gates will be open at about midday so that we can enjoy Sheffield United v Chelsea on the big screens, which strikes me as the footballing equivalent of watching paint dry so I think I’ll give that a miss and follow the usual pre-match routine.

My prediction for this afternoon is a comfortable 2 – 0 to The Arsenal.

Today’s Tunes

Short but sweet, a Johnny Marr session on KEXP Radio in 2003.

  1. Down On The Corner
  2. Something To Shout About
  3. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

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By Royal Appointment

Yesterday marked the inauguration of The Emirates stadium, Prince Phillip doing the honours as HRH had pulled out at the last minute due to a back injury suffered in the summer. In footballing parlance, it would be like turning up to see Thierry Henry and getting Emmanuel Adebayour; still good but somehow you feel slightly short-changed. In all seriousness, it is another indication of the importance that football has in this country and of the esteem that the club is held in within the game, Arsene Wenger genuinely looked like the “cat that got the cream” yesterday in news interviews.

The contrast to the management of this project to the shambles surrounding Wembley could not be starker. Costing half as much as the new National Stadium is it half as good? Somehow I doubt it. For once, I have to go along with the righteous indignation being shown in the media over the fiasco. £800m has been lost to English football through this. That is nearly £1 billion when you add in the losses incurred by Multiplex, the constructors. And for what? A stadium that will be used, at most, twenty times for football. Sure, it will look nice but was it necessary?

If you look around Europe, very few national stadiums exist purely for Internationals and Cup Finals. In fact, other than England and Wales there is possibly only the French who have such a set-up. The Italians, Germans, Spaniards and Portuguese think nothing of shifting internationals around the country, the opposition and the importance of the match dictating where it will be played. What on earth possessed the FA to rebuild the antiquated original? Had they not done so, more money could have been invested in Grass Roots and Youth Soccer. The Burton debacle would not have happened, meaning that the future of football in England would have been given the investment it deserved not the neglect it is getting.

The necessity for a national stadium even then was questionable, now it seems outright lunacy. Say what you want about Cardiff but I have no problem with the finals being held there. Sure there were transport problems after the game but are there guarantees that Wembley will be any better. With the success of England internationals around the country, now settling at Old Trafford with its 75,000 capacity, the need or requirement for games to be played in the outer rim of London has gone. With new stadia such as The Emirates completed or being built for the London Olympics in 2012, there is little point to Wembley. Had the wrangles in the early days not been so petty, the Olympic Bid could have incorporated Wembley as its centrepiece, getting larger funding for the project from outside sources would have lessened the Opportunity Cost (I knew ‘A’ level Economics would come in handy some day) to English football.

Today, the FA Council meets to vote on the Burns Report. Media coverage suggests that the Amateur and Professional Games are at loggerheads over whether or not to implement the report whole or piecemeal, the latter seeming to be the compromise solution put forward. And for what reason? Rapacious egos and self-interest. Nothing to do with the general welfare of football, more protecting the personal fiefdoms that have grown over the years in an archaic committee structure that makes the Civil Service look sleek and streamlined.

Not only are the recommendations of the Burns Report under fire from within, not one individual or sector has publicly come out with an alternative to this, a peg upon which the future of the governing English football could be placed with the supporters and other “stakeholders” safe in the knowledge that the status quo is not being preserved simply because of internecine factional warfare. Not once have the various sides come together to draw up a solution that would prevent the politicians from interfering in the Game, keeping quiet a Minister for Sport whose sole weapons are Government Regulation (against FIFA statutes, Dickie) or withdrawal of funding. The latter may actually not be such a bad idea in principle for the FA have shown little inclination to using money wisely in recent years although it could be argued when have they ever done so?

The outcome of today’s meeting ought to be to put English football into the 21st Century with its Corporate Governance. The timing is as per usual destined to embarrass the FA. The European Football Review has recently criticised the emergence of Billionaire investment in clubs (“it’s bad for football” being their insightful opinion), the Regulations for Fit And Proper Directors brought in over the past couple of years at club level seemingly not applying to the FA. The likelihood is that nothing meaningful will be resolved today, leaving the two Games at odds. The money generated by the Professional Game seemingly giving it the upper hand but should nothing happen, what dies the future hold. At some point, one side or the other is going to pick a fight over an inconsequential issue that leads to a schism. Things never come to head in football over important matters; it is always the little things that cause the grief, blossoming into bigger rows as time goes by.

And a schism is the last thing English football needs for the Professional Game will not lose out; it will be Grass Roots and Amateurs who suffer simply because of the financial muscle that their Professional counterparts possess. Make no mistake; all that the Chairmen care about is their clubs welfare. Anything that threatens that will be dealt with and cast asunder.

For the sake of English Football, the FA Councillors are beholden to implement the Burns Report and ensure the relatively peaceful Governance of the Game. Failure to do so will ensure that the FA is continually portrayed as the bungling incompetents that they are. Time Gentlemen, please, for some sanity to prevail and to recognise that the collective importance of the Organisation far outweighs your individual egos.

Today’s Tunes

In a way that is by no means unusual for this blog nor is this co-incidental, here is The Damned (which is exactly what the FA Councillors will be if they do not decide to act constructively today) from The Top Rank in Sheffield 1979.

  1. Jet Boy Jet Girl
  2. Teenage Dream
  3. Stretcher Case
  4. Ballroom Blitz
  5. Machine Gun Etiquette
  6. Burglar
  7. Born To Kill
  8. Looking At You
  9. Melody Lee
  10. New Rose
  11. Help!
  12. Noise Noise Noise
  13. So Messed Up
  14. Love Song
  15. Neat Neat Neat
  16. Pretty Vacant
  17. I Feel Alright
  18. Black Night
  19. Overkill
  20. All The Young Dudes
  21. I’m So Bored
  22. I Feel Alright

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