i only ever mention another blog if it is really, really good so it brings me a lot of pleasure to tell you that after a long hiatus that spiked candy has returned to entertain us with her (mostly) french sixties obsession. it's got great articles, top playlists and some great new videos of chantal k, chantal g and stella. check it out :)
the much anticipated album from lia is just about to drop. so far, her appreciation and understanding of all the music we love (claudine, france, nancy, twinkle, jeanette) has shone through so brilliantly on the songs she's released or made available on youtube. so her album has a lot to live up to...!
the first song released 'walking away' was understated and heartfelt, the second song 'sycamore tree' sees lia channelling her inner claudine longet - it's cute, genuine and most of all not a pastiche. i can't wait for the album (pleased to see 'party in the night' will be on it too)
GOOD - i've been waiting for this to surface for a few years..and finally, here it is!!! the feature length documentary on vashti bunyan. just discovered it just now so not watched it yet :)
BAD - i've also just read that her last album "heartleap" will definitely be her last - OH NO :(
UPDATE - after having watched it i was blown away by some of the clips of vashti when she was travelling in her gypsy caravan - this is such a good film. i highly recommend it
it has to be said, the orchids are the best girl group ever.
i have 3 of their 7" singles but never managed to find oo-chang-a-lang (alhtough it's available on cd) and i know there's a few other songs they recorded that so far have not seen the light of day. surely some record company needs to remaster and reissue all of them?
i'm getting rid of some doubles and no longer needed vinyl. is anyone interested in buying some or all of these at a great price. as a whole it's worth about £60 (partly due to rita pavone being worth £20, sandie £7, nicolettea £7, martine £5) - but i won't charge you £60!!! i'm open to any decent (or even a cheeky!) offer - i'd just be happy to get rid of them in one lot to someone who'd enjoy them as much as i have. email address to the left. x
this gorgeous hardback features wonderful photos of francoise from the 60s to the present day. all taken the best and most creative photographer of that era: jean-marie perier. he couldn't take a bad photo of her- whether posed or candid - he manages to capture something that is just magical.
this must be the most intimate book available about jane and serge. lots of black and white family photos, serge pulling faces, having fun, the children at play - charlotte a cute little tomboy, jane laughing, behind the scenes snapshots - it feels like a personal insight in to their lives. also included is a short piece by jane to andrew and andrews memories of jane as a child and her life with serge - which i thought was just beautiful - and it's in english too!!! (which makes a nice change from having to slowly decipher a french text!). also included is an embroidered patch, stickers, a fold out poster full of candid photos and some contact sheets. wonderful