I am delighted to announce that Danny Fontana – Live at Butlin’s Mosney was recently added to a Worst Album Covers Ever list. I have a special fondness for this particular cover, as I am probably one of the lucky three people on earth who have an original copy on vinyl of this amazing masterpiece of Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley cover versions. I found it in my parents’ attic a few years ago. Neither of them would claim ownership. Since then, it has been blu-tacked up on my wall for all to see Danny in his too-tight Elvis jumpsuit with fringe and gold platform shoes glory. Sitting on a Skoda or whatever flash car it is.
My buddy who told me the great news could not unfortunately remember the site he saw my own Danny Fontana on. I went in search for it, and, hard as I tried, due to the volume of hilariously awful album covers – I didn’t find Danny. So I took a pic of it and put it up here so that it can always be found, and enjoyed not only by me and people who visit my room, but all who visit this blog. Someday I might even digitalize one of the tracks on this album and post it here on the blog. You haven’t lived til you’ve heard Danny Fontana singing Sweet Caroline live at Butlin’s Mosney. Swoon!
On Thursday 28th of June, we were joined on the indie hour by Lauren Guillery and The Claws. Well, one of her Claws – Barry the bass player was with us, while Olivier the drummer was otherwise engaged.
I’ve heard a lot about Lauren over the last two years – either through other musicians or people who had seen her play. It was great to finally get her down to the studios to have a chat. I think in this interview, Lauren comes across the same way that she does in her music – as a very genuine, passionate musician, and it is those qualities that I very much admire in her.
Lauren talked about her musical career to date, and what the future holds. We also listened to three tracks from her debut EP Listen!, and Barry and Lauren also treated us to a live track.
We also spoke to Ciara O’Sullivan from the Knockanstock Festival, happening in Ballyknockan, Wicklow on the 27th – 29th July. Lauren Guillery and The Claws included, there are 36 bands playing over the two days on three stages – Kill City Defectors, Mike Got Spiked, Grand Pocket Orchestra, The Hot Sprockets, James Guilmartin and loads more – and it will only cost you ONE of these:
Twenty euro and you’re on your way to a lovely little festival bursting with bands and good vibes. And you can even catch the 65 Bus to Blessington, and perhaps hitch a lift from there to Ballyknockan on the Blessington Lakes. If you have your bus fare, a box full of ham and cheese sambos, and a few quid for beer – sorted! Tickets are available from the WAV Box Office on Camden Row.
Also on this show we heard Indestructible Sam from Buck 65 from his EP Dirty Work, which is available as a free download on his website. We heard I Am Brazil from The Redneck Manifesto’s 2004 album of the same name. Nialler9 recommended the Optimo Espachio Remix of Pharaohe Monch’s Body Baby from his forthcoming album Desire. The original version of Body Baby was featured on the June Nialler9 podcast – which has lots of other great tracks hand picked by The King of the Bloggers himself. We also heard Agency of Bastards from Party Weirdo, who had their 7 inch single release party on the night of this show in The Lower Deck. Very much looking forward to having the Party Weirdo ladies on the show later on in the summer.
Hmph. Summer. I’ve forgotten what that is.
So here it is. Off you go.