Category: Music

mainly youtubes


This started with a song which came up on youtube by someone called Swing Out Sister.  When I checked, it seemed 80s and yet it could have been the bland noughties and teenies today.

Right, where do we start on this? It was bland, overproduced, the singing was so weak – it was bad. It was not auto-tuned, that thing they do with voices today, although as I was in the mixing biz in the 70s and worked a mini-studio, you could always alter voices to a point, even crudely.

Now don’t get me wrong in this scathing critique of the 80s onwards – if I hear some great new raw band who do great things – yeas, even in 2017, I’m going to embrace them.  Even promote them.

But seriously, people, there is nothing. No. Thing.A complication at this site now is that many readers have highly developed ears for good music – classics, jazz, other and the whole field we’re looking at below is popular, not noted for its heights as pieces of music, with some exceptions.… More here ...

Barrie Chase

Quite happy to accept that this is way too much Woman for one day but you see, this has been scheduled for a week and well – Jackie K just happened to be dropped into the lap and well …

So here’s Barry Chase. Wanted to do her today rather than tomorrow, as tomorrow will be classical.

fred and barrie tv guide

For a start, here’s a nice timeline on her.

Why should she be of any interest to us if she’s just another of Fred’s hoofers?

The answer, apart from the fact that she really can dance, is that she never achieved great heights and the reasons why are instructive, chiming in with things written of late about good looks and attitude.

Quick summary:

#  Girl tries to make good, carve a career, meets Fred Astaire. From the timeline above:

“1957: is discovered by Fred Astaire on the set of Les Girls. He’s 58; the press gives her age as 21 [actually 34 years difference].More here ...


This is not for purists solely for classical ballet, nor for jazz buffs, nor for those who prefer the Clash, Stranglers, Ian Dury, pub rock down by the river, nor for metal fiends.

It’s for lovers of screen dance from the mid 30s until mid 50s, with sporadic outbreaks after that, perhaps a person not ashamed to admit a love for G&S or Gershwin.

The quiz question before we begin [answered at the end] is who was the only one [of the six below] who was his ongoing real life lover?

We’re referring to Fred Astaire and to make this comparison of the six women fair, it’s only Fred and how he found them as dancers. My second question is the impossible: ‘Who is your favourite dancer [of the six]?’

Each has caveats following the clip. I’ve tried to minimize tap [which the public seemed to enjoy more at the time but for me meant less time cheek to cheek] and find clips where they actually danced with each other.… More here ...

The days of the small bands

This is not for classical or jazz buffs, it’s for those lads [maybe lasses] who enjoyed the Clash, Stranglers, Ian Dury at the time … pub rock down by the river.

There was a time before they all got drugged out when many bands were tight outfits who put out what I’d call ‘honest’ songs, no frills, and one that springs to mind was Nazareth. Another was the Angels whom I saw at Festival Hall in Melbourne – what I was ever doing in that barn – can’t remember:

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