I freaking love Angel From Montgomery.
2nd Can you possibly clarify something for me? For years I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of the song Permafrost. But I always thought it was done by Celtic Frost. So when I would check out Celtic Frost stuff I would think "man this doesn’t sound right (genrewise) at all". So is my problem that it was done by Magazine all along? Or is theirs a cover?
There was a whole lot of drinking happening at that time in my life so I’m apparently quite confused.
PS you, me, Oliver and Nigel Patel should have a radio show.
I have to say that back in the day I didn’t think much of Bonnie Raitt. There was that kind of Little Feat/ Dead loping shuffle beat to a lot of her stuff that I just don’t get. I remember my friends all bouncing around the room to Home Plate while I sat on the sofa saying I Can’t Dance to this Crap! I dug her undeniably fine guitar stylings but that was about it.
However, I got this old yearbook and found out that one of my Major Muses who graduated a year after me (and who is dead now, but that’s another story) had used a line from Angel From Montgomery as her quote. (Actually a misquote as she had Believe me this livin’ is just a hard way to go rather than To believe in this livin’ is just a hard way to go.) So I I-tuned it and was knocked out. My wife is a big John Prine fan while I’ve never been able to get past his annoying voice, but I have to admit this is one superbly written song. As you can see I’ve got three different versions on my UBUTUNES shuffle and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. It says something about her character that this eighteen year old girl would use such a world weary song from the point of view of an old woman as her quote, but that’s another story too, one that I’ve been writing for a while.
Being a punkster I was more into stuff like the Buzzcock’s Spiral Scratch and the myth of Howard Devoto. I remember the first Magazine LP quite well, but I guess I lost touch after I graduated. I first heard Permafrost off this weird goth/punk/alternative compilation called Echoes of Darkness that I got at the library sale about five years ago. I really dug it at the time, despite its unsettling nature, and lately it’s been going through my head as I walk to work (considering the weather there’s no mystery there), and I put it back in heavy shuffle rotation. As far as I know Devoto wrote it and a quick google shows doesn’t reveal any tune by that name on a Celtic Frost, (who I thought were Fairport Convention type group!) LP. Here’s a fine YouTube live clip of it:
It’s funny you should mention radio shows because I was on the radio in college and it is probably the thing I miss most. I even had a dream about it last night where I was back at the station to do a show and was trying to figure out how to use CD’s on the air. I worked very closely with an English guy named Johnny Vomit (though the later to be famous Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson tried to claim he had a fake accent!) to bring Punk Rock to central Ohio every Thursday night, as well as doing a quite wasted Saturday night Rock’n’Roll show. I even did a morning wake up, but between the hangovers and the housewives calling up complaining that they couldn’t vacuum to Iggy I soon gave that up. It would be fun to do one with you guys, especially as your music knowledge, Stella, is so much broader and informed than mine – I got The Same Rope by Etta James off one of your earworms!