Being played on the radio

It’s always exciting to get a song played on the radio, especially if you weren’t expecting it.

My old band Far Black Furlong (sort of chamber-classical / weird folk / drone / electronica) just got played on BBC 6Music by Stuart Maconie on his Freak Zone show. This is a national radio station, and a programme I listen to every Sunday, and I nearly fell of my chair when he announced the track he was about to play.


we are on this CD

It is a weird coincidence, as the band split up 3 years ago, but only¬† last week the pianist got in touch to discuss releasing some of the old stuff…


A large Curry

This afternoon, I shall be preparing a huge mouth-meltingly hot curry. And even though I will make enough for a meal tomorrow too, I will probably eat it all tonight. Portion control be damned!

I’m starting with a jar of Madras – which I don’t normally do, I usually use curry paste, but the sauce was on special offer – and then I’m just going to add loads of tomato, chillies, spinach, onions and chick peas. And probably some green beans and anything else I can find in the freezer. It won’t much resemble a proper Madras curry when I have finished, buti don’t care.

With brown rice or even mixed brown and white basmati. Yes, that is what I shall do. And I will probably be listening to Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone show on the radio while I’m doing it.

Jean-Claude Vannier

We all like a bit of prog-rock, right? Concept albums? And we all love 70’s psychedelic orchestral funk? With choirs? In French?


Jean-Claude Vannier

Of course, the answer to all the above questions is yes. I bet your music collection is bursting with stuff like that. Well you’re going to have to make room for one more. I’ve been listening to Jean-Claude Vannier’s ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’* (which of course translates as ‘The child assassin of the flies’), and it is mental, and I think you’re going to have to buy it.**

It apparently tells the tale of a boy who finds his way into the kingdom of the flies, kills the King Fly (hope I’m not spoiling it for you) and then at the end… I’m not sure what happens at the end, my French is a bit crap. The plot doesn’t really matter, it’s almost all instrumental, with mad sound effects.

If you want an idea of roughly what it sounds like, listen to ‘Melody Nelson‘ by Serge Gainsbourg – Vannier did the bonkers arrangements for that album (and for other Gainsbourg stuff, so I hear). What do you mean you haven’t got ‘Melody Nelson‘? Ok. It sounds like early 70’s orchestral psychedelic funk, with big choirs going ‘ooo’ and frazzled fuzz-tone guitar and the weird French bass sound that goes ‘thunk’. And maybe a bit of jazz in there too. Rather good stuff.

* Probably
** This is yet another wonderful album i have discovered by listening to Stuart Maconie’s ‘Freak Zone’ on BBC 6Music, a radio show I cannot recommend enough)