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What Am I Creating? Artwork for Falling Mirror’s “Singles & Rarities” virtual collection

Falling Mirror – Singles & Rarities | Brian Currin, November 2022
Falling Mirror – Singles & Rarities | Brian Currin, November 2022

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.

TRACKS

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

See www.FallingMirror.com for more information.

Allan Faull and Nielen Mirror
Allan Faull and Nielen Mirror
Posted in Music Videos, My Favourite South African Songs, South African Music, Updates, What Am I Listening To?, What Am I Watching?

What Am I Watching? Johnny Calls The Chemist by Falling Mirror

Very rare original video, created by Tully McCully, can now been seen on YouTube by kind permission of Tully McCully and Benjy Mudie.

Falling Mirror – Johnny Calls The Chemist

Read more (a lot more!) on the obsessively detailed (even if I say so myself!) Falling Mirror website which is part of the South African Rock Encyclopedia.

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TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

What Am I Listening To? South African Rock!

Sugar Music

TIME FOR SOME ROCK FROM SOUTH AFRICA feat Freedoms Children, Otis Waygood, McCully Workshop, Hawk

A mix of South African rock tunes from between 1966 and 1979.

A few cover versions and lots of original tunes.

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Sugar Music Recommends…

Sugar Music

Image by Michael Currin

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.

Sugar Music Recommends…

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What Am I Listening To? Crossroads by Jack Hammer!

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – 13 Towns Vol 2
Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – 13 Towns Vol 2

On 22 December 2020 a live album was released by Piet Botha & Jack Hammer titled “13 Towns Vol 2“. This album had been recorded live on the road between 2017 and 2019 and followed the July 2020 release of Vol 1.

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.

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer – All Along The Watchtower (live)

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!

Jack Hammer – Crossroads (live)

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.

Posted in Playlists, South African Music, Vagabond's World, What Am I Listening To?

What Am I Listening To? A Vagabond Cafe Mix!

A melancholy mix that I created for an imaginary bar, “The Vagabond Cafe” in Nowheresville!

“Where lost souls meet.”

THE VAGABOND CAFE IN NOWHERESVILLE feat Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, U2, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley

Playlist

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

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What Am I Listening To? The Game by Trip featuring Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin

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.

Trip – Is

Musicians:

  • Piet Botha: Vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Johnathan Martin: acoustic guitar, cello
  • Henry Erasmus: electric guitars
  • Francois Scheepers: Programming

The Game (original 1998 recording)

The Game (original 1998 recording)

Trip - Is (CD booklet)
Trip – Is (CD booklet)

This version of “The Game” was released on the “Bootleg” CD in February 2001, credited to Piet Botha and Jack Hammer.

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: Bootleg
Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: Bootleg

It was also included on the Jack Hammer retrospective “Road Works 1984-2009” released in July 2009.

Jack Hammer: Road Works 1984-2009
Jack Hammer: Road Works 1984-2009

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)

The Game by The Lyzyrd Kyngs
The Lyzyrd Kyngs - A Few Grains Of Sand
The Lyzyrd Kyngs – A Few Grains Of Sand

Musicians:

  • Piet Botha: Vocals, guitars
  • Arthur Dennis: guitars, vocals
  • Rudi Dennis: drums, guitars, vocals
  • AJ Graham: bass

Lyrics:

Chorus:

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

Chorus

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

Chorus

Where is the wine that
Was promised to us
Where we were young

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What Am I Listening To? Piet Botha and Jack Hammer!

Piet Botha | Jack Hammer Double LP

In 2019, a little while after Piet’s passing in June that year, a limited edition retrospective double album was released on vinyl only. I have re-created this marvellous album as a Spotify playlist.

Piet Botha | Jack Hammer Double LP

Tracks:

  1. Donker Maan [4:28]
  2. Richmondstraat [4:24]
  3. Suitcase Vol Winter [4:22]
  4. Vandat Jy Weg Is [3:59]
  5. Blues Vir Louise [4:42]
  6. Stad Sonder Naam [3:58]
  7. Die Mamba [4:56]
  8. Goeienag Generaal [4:09]
  9. Man Met Kitaar [5:15]
  10. Staan Saam Burgers [3:40]
  11. Highway 13 [3:13]
  12. January’s Son [3:48]
  13. The Pilgrim [6:32]
  14. Welcome To Azania [4:27]
  15. Mr Midnight [3:41]
  16. Mozambique [4:12]
  17. Liberty [3:43]
  18. Fort Lauderdale [3:41]
  19. Sarajevo [4:47]
  20. The Fisherman [5:02]

More information at PietBotha.com

I met Piet for the first time at the Whammy Bar in Table View, Cape Town on the 11th November 1999.

Poster for the Whammy Bar gig, 11th November 1999
Poster for the Whammy Bar gig, 11th November 1999

I last saw Piet on my 60th birthday at Bertie’s Mooring, Gordon’s Bay on the 7th February 2019.

“He was a good friend of mine…”

Piet Botha and Brian Currin, 7th February 2019 | photo: Rodney Currin
Piet Botha and Brian Currin, 7th February 2019 | photo: Rodney Currin
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Steve Louw’s “Wind In Your Hair” hits 300,000 Streams today as new song is released.

Spotify Screenshot, 28 October 2022, 09:04
Spotify Screenshot, 28 October 2022, 09:04

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