Gnarly nuggets. Another late night favourite. Dave Davies from the Kinks is on the cover. I am trying to track down the doco on him by Julian Temple. (update, you can watch part one below, or the whole shebang here)
The Ravonettes cover The Stone Roses. I remember this song as the sound of summer 1990 in London when I was knocking around in Clapham. There is apparently a new doco out about the ‘Roses, although the reviews are underwhelming…
Now that everyone has a video camera in their ‘phone there is less need to carry your own.
Here, for instance, is a clip with Daniel Johnston playing taken at the Belmont in Austin just before Born to Spill took the stage at SXSW 2012. I was towards the front at the right. I didn’t record any video but another fan has captured the moment. There are other clips from different angles. Mr Johnston was treated reverentially by the crowd and this song is pretty cool. It was odd seeing him as an older guy. I think of him as the young, awkward boy who first recorded these songs using a crappy mono recorder and accompanying himself on the piano.
In 1990, Johnston played at a music festival in Austin, Texas. On the way back to West Virginia on a small, private two-seater plane piloted by his father Bill, Johnston had a manic episode believing he was Casper the Friendly Ghost and removed the key from the plane’s ignition and threw it out of the plane. His father, a former Air Force pilot, managed to successfully crash-land the plane, even though “there was nothing down there but trees”. Although the plane was destroyed, Johnston and his father emerged with only minor injuries. As a result of this episode, Johnston was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.