The Abominable Showman

 

2017 was a blizzard of natural and man-made disasters. Not the least of which being the white collar looting and out-and-out lies of our newly (unpopular) elected president of the United States. We will be digging out from his self serving crimes, hate and bad decisions for generations to come. For that reason, I’m closing out the year with this, today’s Runner. If you listen all the way to the end, Nick Lowe will pose the musical question, What’s so Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding? Happy New Year all…let’s hope it’s not our last.

 

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The Quality Street Holiday Review

 

A seasonal selection of favorites for all the family courtesy of this regular english-speaking gentleman on holiday. Nick Lowe delivers cozy Christmas cheer with twelve newly minted (released is 2013) county/pop holiday classics that swing. Children go where I send thee, throw another log on the fire, heat up some coco and enjoy…Quality Street.

 

The Quality Holiday Revue Live

A Dollar Short of Happy
Raging Eyes
Christmas At The Airport
Not Too Long Ago
Linus and Lucy
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Sensitive Man
Somebody Cares For Me
The North Pole Express
Half A Boy And Half A Man
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Children Go Where I send Thee
I was Born In Bethlehem

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I’m The Man

 

Joe Jackson’s second helping served up in the fall of 1979 was more of the same. Released 6 months after his debut Look Sharp, Jackson firmly establishes himself as one of the angry young punks that occupied a segment of the fledgling New Wave movement. Smart, sophisticated 3-4 minute songs packaged tightly within catchy pop melodies “on your radio”…enjoy!

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Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

 

If Sgt. Pepper kicked off the Summer of Love, the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, released in November of the same year marked its end. It was 50 years ago today, the Beatles taught a generation to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the act we’ve known for all these years…

 

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The La’s

 

One and done. In 1990 British pop group The La’s released their wonderful self titled post-punk debut. Jangly acoustic guitar and Lee Mavers’ melodies with hook driven harmonies maked it a classic 60’s style psychedelic album revamped for a new generation. Their sound would be emulated throughout the rest of the decade by other weighty bands like Oasis and Blur, but sadly, The La’s turned out to be this group’s only release. Nevertheless the record’s broad vision and earnest appeal making it unique, a stand-alone that is truly one of a kind! There she goes…Enjoy.

 

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The The – Soul Mining

 

I’m just a symptom of the moral decay
That’s gnawing at the heart of the country

The The’s 1983 debut fuses soul searching introspective lyrics with industrialized synth soundscapes to create a masterpiece in self-induced psychosocial warfare and urban decay. Well crafted, beautifully written, Soul Mining is a critical, possibly risky, 47 minute speculation in the exercise of the mind, body and soul. Let’s dance!

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky
This is the day your life will surely change
This is the day when things fall into place

 

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