A re-creation of the artwork for the limited edition digital-only release “Singles & Rarities” which was available on Rhythm Music Store from 2008 to 2012. I compiled this virtual collection in 2008 and it was authorized by Tully McCully for downloading.
1. I Am The Actor (single a-side 1979) [3:29] 2. Makin’ Out With Grannie (b-side of “I Am The Actor” single 1979) [3:40] 3. Wish You Could Leave (single a-side 1979) [4:04] 4. Highway Blues (edit) [3:48] 5. Neutron Bop (single a-side 1980, b-side of “If I Was James Dean” single 1981) [3:01] 6. If I Was James Dean (single a-side 1981) [3:16] 7. As Sly As The Fox (single a-side France 1987) [4:45] 8. Encounter In A Takeaway Shop (b-side of “Johnny Calls The Chemist” single 1985, b-side of “As Sly As A Fox” single France 1987) [3:38] 9. Revolver Wolf (1985 version) b-side of “Makin’ Out With Granny” 12″ single 1985 [3:48] 10. Louise The Astronaut (Cosmic Night) b-side of “Let’s Paint The House Pink” single 1986 [5:19] 11. Let’s Paint The House Pink (single a-side 1986) [3:36] 12. Johnny Calls The Chemist (single a-side 1985) [4:40] 13. Camera Eyes [4:22] 1996 demo 14. Video Games [4:00] 1996 demo 15. Roses & Balloons [3:40] 1996 demo
Part of a weekly (hopefully) series of recommended listening from the guys who bring you the South African Rock Music Digest and SugarMan.org. Some old, some new, some borrowed, some blues, and mostly South African.
There are 10 tracks on this album, ending with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” inspired by the Jimi Hendrix version and including a drum solo by Paul van der Waal, given the nickname “Duke” because he always dressed so smart.
However, there is an unlisted bonus track which caught me by surprise the first time. After a brief silence, Piet leaves the stage with the words; “I’ll catch you boys later”, then the rest of the guys led by Jacques (Jake Gunn) Groenewald jam on Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” obviously inspired by Cream’s 1968 version. Blistering guitar solo from Johnathan Martin. And there’s a short drum and bass duet from the powerhouse engine room of Paul and Tertius du Plessis (aka Bean), before it all winds down. “Se bietjie ou blues” shouts Jacques. Indeed!
Piet Botha passed away on the 2nd June 2019, and the guys have continued the legacy and hard-gigging schedule. Now calling themselves The Jack Hammer Band they are releasing a brand new CD “Second Chapter” on 11th November 2022.
A melancholy mix that I created for an imaginary bar, “The Vagabond Cafe” in Nowheresville!
“Where lost souls meet.”
1. 16 Rietfonteins – Des & Dawn Lindberg 2. Man In Black – Johnny Cash 3. Light A Candle – Neil Young 4. Black Coffee – Lacy J Dalton 5. Evening Over Rooftops – The Edgar Broughton Band 6. Die Heks Is Dood – Strab Colab feat Piet Botha 7. White Trash Beautiful – Everlast 8. It Turns Me Inside Out – Willie Nelson 9. A Little Cocaine – Lee Clayton 10. Everett Ruess – Dave Alvin 11. Society – Eddie Vedder 12. Almal Maak Haar Mal (acoustic) – Valiant Swart 13. Blues Vir Louise – Piet Botha 14. Something Blue – Neil Diamond 15. Motherland – Natalie Merchant 16. Gravedigger – Dave Matthews 17. Too Sick To Pray – Willie Nelson 18. Bittermaan – Spoegwolf 19. If It Be Your Will (live 2008) – Leonard Cohen with Neil Larsen and The Webb Sisters 20. Who Told You That (live 2018) – Mavis Staples 21. Loch Lomond (live 1987) – Runrig 22. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly 23. Rose Tattoo – Dropkick Murphys 24. Saint Isabelle – Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman 25. Better Than This – Strab Colab 26. Hell Yeah – Neil Diamond 27. Terrified – Isaac Gracie 28. Beyond My Wildest Dreams – Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris 29. Breyten se Brief – Jan Blohm 30. Redemption Song – Bob Marley 31. San Quentin (live 1969) – Johnny Cash 32. Blue Hotel – Chris Isaak 33. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Bob Dylan 34. Jack Of All Trades – Bruce Springsteen feat Tom Morello 35. The Maker – Daniel Lanois 36. ‘n Brief Vir Simone – Anton Goosen 37. Listening Wind – Geoffrey Oryema 38. I’m Not Gonna Beg – Natalie Merchant 39. Alrighty Aphrodite – Peach Pit 40. One – U2 & Mary J Blige
This biting commentary song written by Piet Botha has a bit of a convoluted recording history.
“The Game” was originally recorded at Red Room Studios, Pretoria in October 1998 by Trip (Francois Scheepers & Niel van der Spuy) and featured Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin prominently. It was released on the Trip album “Is” in 1999.
Piet Botha gave this song a second lease on life a decade and a half later as his comments on corporate and political greed were still very valid. “The Game” was recorded at The Chateau Lezard in Somerset West during August and September 2014. Released on “A Few Grains Of Sand” by The Lyzyrd Kyngs in 2014.
The Game (2014 recording)
Piet Botha: Vocals, guitars
Arthur Dennis: guitars, vocals
Rudi Dennis: drums, guitars, vocals
AJ Graham: bass
Where is the festival Where is the song Gone like mist from the sun Where is the wine that Was promised to us Where we were young
The scandal sheets daily Shout out the news Of murder, misfortune and, mayhem The idols that they build for you Soon they’ll cut down But that’s all part of the Game All part of the Game
From cathedrals in Rome To the kingdoms of sand The holy war just carries on But power and greed Has turned it to shame The high priest they only players In the Game
The oceans are plundered The forests are dying And it’s all just for profit, for gain Third world keeps burning But the dollar keeps turning Dead children they only numbers In the Game
Where is the wine that Was promised to us Where we were young
Steve Louw’s brand new single “Mother, Don’t Go” (featuring Joe Bonamassa, and produced by the legendary Kevin Shirley) was released this morning, and his previous hit “Wind In Your Hair” (also featuring Joe’s guitar talents) has achieved 300,000 streams. A milestone indeed for this unassuming musician who released his first album with the band All Night Radio way back in 1984.
It is my privilege to be involved with Steve’s online marketing activities, all centred around his website at SteveLouw.com