Label: EMI - MB 101,EMI - 0C∙054○05958 • Format: Vinyl LP Blue EMI Labels • Country: UK • Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Comedy, Folk
Great and timely reappraisal Growing up in South Wales in the 70s, Welsh rugby union really was an expression of national, class the Pontypridd front row were all manual workers and geographical valley mining community identity. This was particularly so when playing England where rugby was rooted in the public school system.
Those exhilarating poetic political games seem like a lost time now. I dug this out and played it for the first time since the 70s. Then I just heard the jokes.
Now, though I heard joy and celebration, listening with the knowledge of the systematic destruction of those very communities under Thatcher, it made me sad. Is this the clearest expression of working class identity and cultural resistance in a NO 1 so far? Did punk rock start here then? Well, the thoughts in that last paragraph certainly went through my mind when I listened to it for this piece.
Punk rock? I think that starts with the live number one album about a year down the road from this one more when I get there but "the clearest expression of working class identity and cultural resistance in a NO 1 so far"? I'd say that's about right. Maybe the rules were changed to Swansea Town - Max Boyce - We All Had Doctors Papers this sort of thing I did give this some thought; the BMRB method of evenly distributed shop samples throughout the UK made it impossible for a regional hit to make the national chart and whenever such a phenomenon was detected, the record was removed for this reason.
So all I can deduce is that this album did sell nationally, beyond its core South Wales constituency, and I think for the reasons that Mildboy states; a celebration of working class culture which cut across boundaries of language and locality, with which anyone could identify, and which even then — Thatcher having taken over the running of the Conservatives earlier on in the year — was probably on the verge of extinction.
Hey darling! Just thought I would drop you a line from across the pond. About Connolly - there actually a reason for his aggression and contempt. He was abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by Swansea Town - Max Boyce - We All Had Doctors Papers father.
No surprise that a he's currently married to a shrink and b he's an alcoholic in recovery. He did a tv doc series where he travels across Canada and strangely enough, of all the shows he has done, this is the only time when I see him calm and serene. Burn Out - J - Pyromania it is because he felt safe here amongst the Maritimers, the Inuit, the lumberjacks and the Haida Gwai.
He likes being funny and he sees humour in things but sometimes I think he would be happy not being on stage for a living. Quick correction- Сонце - Флайzzzа - ТЕПЛО ЗА ГОДИНУ isn't about another Swansea victory, it's about Llanelli's legendary victory against a touring All-Blacks team.
Post a Comment. Only a few days after his victory, while playing for Swansea in the Welsh Cup final against Pontypool, again at Cardiff, he collapsed on the pitch with a brain haemorrhage. Rugby league is supposed to produce a more visually exciting and stimulating game than rugby union, and also requires two fewer players thirteen rather than fifteen. This is, however, probably the first instance of sport selling itself out in order to appease fickle, floating audiences; the point of rugby union is that, under its cover of aggression, it is as artful and tricky a pursuit as cricket.
It is about long-term results rather than flashes in a glamorous pan. I thought initially to prepare for this record by undertaking a full-length survey of comedic trends inbut after a thousand or so words realised that this would be sorely inadequate, and most likely irrelevant. Formerly one half of the Humblebums, with Gerry Rafferty, Connolly gradually realised that his between-songs patter was getting a better reaction than his songs, and realigned his act accordingly.
But there was nothing else like it happening in Britain, and so the Big Yin prospered. Connolly bothers me, especially after listening to the man mistakenly labelled his Welsh equivalent. And, this being seventies West Central Scotland, there are far too many jibes at Protestants — a reminder that Scotland remains divided by its own institutionalised religious apartheid, and it makes uncomfortable listening nearly four decades later. I imagine most Scots under the age of forty would find Solo Concert as hip and hilarious as Beowulf.
This was never a problem with Boyce. Although, like Connolly, he is apt to crack himself up with his own wit, he has a bashful, self-deprecating air about him that removes such barriers.
And him. For this record reminds us that Boyce is utterly at one with his audience; each treats the other like their equal, and there is love rather than spitting content.
He had been working the Welsh club circuit for years, and in late tried out on Opportunity Knockswithout success. Still, his stage reputation grew big enough for EMI to take a chance on him; the resultant album, Live At Treorchywas an immense hit in Wales, and a word-of-mouth success elsewhere in Britain; although the album never placed higher Swansea Town - Max Boyce - We All Had Doctors Papers 21 in the national charts, it stayed there for fully eight months.
Subversive stuff forand the spirit carried over to its sequel. Boyce clearly needs to prove nothing to this audience. Since Nix Muss - Kamikazes - Kleiner Vogel bulk of this album — or side one of it, anyway — is stand-up comedy, I will not attempt in-depth analysis or spoil any punchlines.
But — and this is quite unexpected, even given his then-recent past as a folk artist and poet — Boyce is also able to do serious songs.
The boy is given an assignment by his art teacher at school and wants to paint what he sees around him. Side two concentrates on Swansea Town - Max Boyce - We All Had Doctors Papers songs.
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