Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Recommended: The ELO Experience @ 15/07/10

#99: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This is just a quick 'heads up' to tell you that Yours Truly KJS shall in all probability be at The Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Thursday 15th July to [once again!] see The ELO Experience thus:

A few friends and work colleagues will be going too so I thought to myself: "Why not? It's an opportunity for another great themed night out!"

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Apr-2010

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Recommended: The ELO Experience @ 30/04/10

#98: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Please don't forget that upcoming at the end of next week is another recommended gig by The ELO Experience at The Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton on Friday 30th April thus:

Next to the real deal ~ The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II], ELO Part II et al] ~ this is probably the closest you will get to hearing the fantastic orchestral rock sounds of ELO performed live and lively in your neighbourhood in Yours Truly 2010! For those of you who live in the [West] Midlands of England and/or have either been in contact with me directly recently here at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and/or have taken the time to visit ELOBF, Yours Truly KJS hopes to see you there. Please introduce yourself!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The ELO Experience to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Apr-2010

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Calling All Honest Men [2]

#97: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Once again, this morning on the way to work, Yours Truly KJS had another listen to Eric Troyer's excellent song "Honest Men" -  replete with its thought provoking lyrics - and recorded, of course, by Electric Light Orchestra Part Two [Telstar #ELO100] back in 1991 reaching #60 in the Official UK Singles Chart thus:

"Where did all the heroes go? We've had our fill of this gallery of scoundrels, The leaders of the world, Those power hungry liars, Rise up and sound the sirens, Send out the searching parties, All we need is a few good men ... Throw out the tyrants, Those aged fat cats, Outlived their usefulness, They have led us to this mess, Make them answer, Hold them to their promises, And throw them in the street, If they won't tell the truth ..."

What struck me was the various topics covered in the song - especially these lyrics that I've cited above. The reason I say this is that with the General Election upcoming and the huge debt our nation is carrying as a result of the [so-called] "credit crunch", these words are maybe even more relevant today than they were nineteen [19] years ago. Was it really that long ago? Our Parliament is a gallery of scoundrels, our leaders are power hungry liars [especially when seeking re-election]. Remember a certain 2005 election 'promise' to hold a referendum on the EU constitution a.k.a. Lisbon Treaty? They have indeed led us to this [financial] mess and ordinary folks/voters [whomever they feel led to vote for] should indeed hold them to their promises if they will not tell the truth. I do believe that it is a noble and good thing to be able to vote and a tragedy if folks don't. The days are coming when the word 'vote' may mean something entirely different in the forthcoming 'Beast' empire with debates and voting in the EU parliament already just a ninety second light flashing 'aye' or 'nay' session. Calling all "Honest Men" and women: Being able to vote freely is a hard won privilege so please make sure that you do vote, always holding your leaders, MP's and MEP's to account for their promises.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Apr-2010

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Hello Hello

#96: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has been driving around the last few weeks re-listening to ELO Part II's self-titled debut album from 1991. And what a great album cover it had too! Apart from the much underrated Eric Troyer song "Honest Men", I just love the 1:15 long ditty at the beginning of the album entitled "Hello Hello" - co-written by Bev BevanNeil LockwoodPete Haycock and Eric Troyer. The lyrics are jolly and uplifting:

Hello, Hello, it's great to see you once again,
It's been so long,
We were such friends,
A long, long time ago.

Hello, Hello, your smiling face,
Your warm embrace,
We've been apart for far too long,
It felt so wrong,
Nice to know, you're coming over
Nice to know, the wait is over.

Hello, Hello, is that a smile on your face
Here's a kiss, Just in case,
This one's for you.

Hello, Hello, it's great to see you once again
It's been so long,
We were such friends,
A long, long time ago.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 11-Apr-2010

Friday, 2 April 2010

Recommended: Codsall PC Services

#95: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Christian Evans, a good friend of ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] and a fellow ELOnorak, has just launched a new venture:

Therefore, if you live in the West Midlands of England and you have computer hardware or software issues/requirements, please take this as a personal referral for Codsall PC Services.

ELO Beatles Forvever [ELOBF] recommends Codsall PC Services to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 02-Apr-2010

Thursday, 1 April 2010

That Was The Month That Was

#94: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may have been wondering: "Where on earth has Yours Truly KJS been here on ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] this last month or so?" The answer: Yours Truly KJS been amazingly busy on many fronts!

Since my last blog back on 23rd February, Sharleen Spiteri's "Xanadu" single has spent 2 weeks on the UK charts - peaking at #71 before "Slipping Away" [pardon the pun] back to #90. Her album "The Movie Songbook" [featuring "Xanadu"] charted at #13 and is now at #67 after four weeks.

Also since my last article, I've attended two great ELO related gigs here in the Midlands during March. On Thursday 4th March at The Robin 2 in Bilston it was The Animals on a double bill with Bev Bevan's incarnation of The Move alongside Trevor Burton. And on Thursday 18th March it was The Beatles, Blues and Blue Violin Project [BBBV] with Phil Bates, Mik Kaminski & Tina McBain at The Garrick in Lichfield.

The Animals are simply a fantastic act live and worthy stage mates with Bev Bevan's Move. The vocals, guitar work and inter-play with keyboards was a lesson in top class musicianship with frontman and bassist Pete Barton impressing in particular. The thing that really surprised me about The Move was not that we heard live material not heard since the days of The Marquee or a medley of Move hits, it was the multi-talented Neil Lockwood. For sure, Bev Bevan is still one of the world's top percussionists but Neil's vocals and keyboard attributes were exceptional [you may recall that Neil Lockwood was a co-founding member of ELO Part II with Bev BevanEric Troyer and Pete Haycock]. And by the way, Trevor Burton still rocks!

It was also great to chat with Mik Kaminski in the bar prior to the BBBV gig at The Garrick and to sit not three foot from the virtuoso ELO, Violinski, OrKestra, ELO Part II and The Orchestra [former members of ELO & ELO Part II] violinist. Now that was a real treat!

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] really is an apt blog name for me - not only because we all want that rare track for the "Secret Messages" sessions: "Beatles Forever" finally and officially released - but because the music of The Beatles and ELO are such a good fit, not forgetting that "I Am The Walrus" was a major inspiration for The Electric Light Orchestra in the first place.

I have a significant amount of accumulated material to publish after my March break so please be patient with me as we head towards another gig by The ELO Experience at The Robin 2, Bilston on Friday 30th April. See you there?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 01-Apr-2010