Wednesday, March 29, 2006
I will also have to check out some of the forgotten psychedelicists like East of Eden, who played in New Cross at the South East London College of Further Education in 1969, and Focal Point, a band signed to The Beatles Apple Records who lived for a while in East Dulwich.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Its on Thursday 30th March, 7.30 pm at The Pullens Centre, 184 Crampton Street, SE17, five minutes from Elephant & Castle. Entry is free. More details from: email@example.com
Down in Albion
They're black and blue
But we don't talk about that
Are you from 'round here?
How do you do?
I'd like to talk about that
Gin in teacups
And leaves on the lawn
Violence in bus stops
And the pale thin girl with eyes forlorn
Gin in teacups
And leaves on the lawn
Violence in dole queues
And the pale thin girl behind the checkout
If you're looking for a cheap sort
Set in false anticipation
Ill be waiting in the photo booth
At the underground station
Now come away, won't you come away
We can go to
Deptford, Digbeth, Tuebrook
Anywhere in Albion
"On and on the carpet swept, still keeping much nearer to the chimney-pots than the children found at all comfortable. And then, just over New Cross, a terrible thing happened... both Robert and Jane suddenly, and at once, made a bound to try and get on to the safer part of the carpet, and the darn gave way and their boots went up, and the heavy heads and bodies of them went down through the hole, and they landed in a position something between sitting and sprawling on the flat leads on the top of a high, grey, gloomy, respectable house whose address was 705, Amersham Road, New Cross.
The carpet seemed to awaken to new energy as soon as it had got rid of their weight, and it rose high in the air. The others lay down flat and peeped over the edge of the rising carpet... 'Stop!' cried the Phoenix; 'the carpet is dropping to earth.' And indeed it was. It sank swiftly, yet steadily, and landed on the pavement of the Deptford Road. It tipped a little as it landed, so that Cyril and Anthea naturally walked off it, and in an instant it had rolled itself up and hidden behind a gate-post. It did this so quickly that not a single person in the Deptford Road noticed it'.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Here's the music I played last night. If you want to know more about the connections between them and SE London, you'll just have to come along to my next event, likely to be in May during the Made in Deptford festival.
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – The Only Living Boy in New Cross
Roy Harris – Ratcliffe Highway
Robert Wyatt – The Red Flag
Marie Lloyd – A Little of what you fancy does you good
Fats Waller – The joint is jumpin’
Spike Milligan – The Q5 Piano Tune
Bonzo Dog Band – Monster Mash
Velvet Underground – Black Angel’s Death Song
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Come up and see me make me smile
Dire Straits –Sultans of Swing
Squeeze - Cool for Cats
Alternative TV - Action Time and Vision
This Heat – SPQR
Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
The Flying Pickets – Only You
The Fabulous Poodles – Mirror Star
… and the Native Hispters – There goes Concorde again
The Chords – Maybe Tomorrow
The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
Japan – The Art of Parties
Homosexuals – My night out
Johnny Osbourne – 13 Dead
Linton Kwesi Johnson – New Craas Massahkah
Test Department – New World Order
Band of Holy Joy – Mad Dot
Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!
The June Brides – Every Conversation
Blur – Girls and Boys
Placebo – Nancy Boy
Blak Twang – Trixsta
The Violets – Laxteen
The Swear – Ch ch eh!
Shortwave Set – Is it any wonder?
Mark Sampson – New Cross Symphony
Zen – Deptford Broadway.
Greenwich Degree Zero
It's on until 2 April 2006 on Wednesdays to Sundays 12-6pm.
“Greenwich Degree Zero is the first collaboration between artist Rod Dickinson [of various crop-circles and the "air loom" fame] and artist/novelist Tom McCarthy. The artists' starting point is a strange late nineteenth-century event: on the afternoon of February 15th, 1894, a French anarchist named Martial Bourdin was killed when the bomb he was carrying detonated. The explosion took place on the slope beneath the Royal Observatory in London's Greenwich Park, and it was generally assumed that his intention had been to blow up this building — the place from which all time throughout the British Empire and the world was measured and regulated.”
"In Greenwich Degree Zero, Rod Dickinson and Tom McCarthy re-imagine Bourdin’s act as a successful attack on the Observatory. The resulting installation reports an event that did not quite happen, blurring the distinction between fact and fiction and relocating the genuine public outrage and hysteria about the threat of anarchist terror that prevailed in the 1890s in this ambiguous space of non-event."
For more information, contact Rachel Fleming-Mulford,T: 020 7582 6465 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beaconsfield is at 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY.
"Hello all, We, 23frames, are playing the good 'ol Montague Arms this Friday night - 24th March.
It's an 'I Love New Cross' night and there'll be three or four other bands playing too. I think most people know the Montague by now, but here's some info if you don't.
We're on second I think, so probably about, ermmmmmm, 9:30? ish "
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
+ Wolf Gang DJs playing out twisted rock n roll, retro grooves and bleak disco…
Date: Friday 7th April
Doors: 8pm – 12.15am
Venue: The Montague Arms, 289 Queens Road, New Cross, SE15 2PA
Tel: 0207 6394923
Nearest Tube: New Cross Gate
Nearest BR: Queens Rd, Peckham.
Friday, March 17, 2006
There's a new map that covers the same territory, available now in local libraries and cafes.
Friday, March 10, 2006
"Neil Gordon-Orr explores the rich musical history of New Cross and surrounding area, from music hall to punk, reggae and beyond. Which glam star went to Edmund Waller school? Where did Louis Armstrong play? What connects the Velvet Underground and the Bonzo Dog Band to SE14? A talk with music and visuals by the author
of 'Deptford Fun City'".
It takes place at the Narthex community centre at St. Catherine's Church, Drakefell Road, New Cross SE14 (the church at the roundabout by the top of Jerningham Road), price is £3 (£2 concessions). Start time is 8:30 pm.
13th March: Jack Gale - The Track way of Carnal Desire: Holda & the Sacred Landscape.
Local history expert and respected magical writer Jack Gale presents his researches that followed a vision in Greenwich Park. This is a tale starting with the sacred landscape of Germany and takes us to the histories, mysteries and scandalous past of King William Walk in Greenwich.
10th April: Malcolm Godfrey - Ghosts of Deptford & Greenwich.
Malcolm C Godfrey is well known for his deep interest in the Greenwich. Always enthralled by the past and particularly the supernatural, Malcolm has now embarked on recounting tales of Greenwich's departed inhabitants from the very famous to the
virtually unknown. Malcolm's talk will be followed by an open forum for anyone to
discuss or recount tales of local ghosts.
SELFS meets every second Monday of the month upstairs at The Spanish Galleon, 48 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL. Talks start at 8.00pm and costs £2.50 / £1.50 concessions.
Monday, March 06, 2006
- Georgie - Martin Carthy's version of this poaching ballad mentions Shooters Hill;
- Wapping Old Stairs - mentions stepping out with 'Susan from Deptford';
- Buxom Joan of Deptford - a song in Willliam Congreve's play Love for Love (1695);
- Wings of a Gull - whalers' song where the singer longs to be 'snug in a Deptford pub';
- Ratcliff Highway - not SE London I know, but at the end the hapless sailor returns to his ship at Deptford;
- Sweet Thames Flow Softly - Ewan McColl's song starts 'I met my girl at Woolwich Pier'. McColl and his partner Peggy Seeger lived at 35 Stanley Avenue, Beckenham from the early 60s until his death in 1989;
- Lady from Lee - I think McColl and Seeger did a version of this.
- Fair Betsy of Deptford - a song from the 1830s about a sailor called William returning from sea to marry the aforementioned Betsy;
- Stormy Weather - a Thames barge song (no relation to the Billie Holiday song) that mentions Surrey Dock, Greenwich Beach and other places along the River. It was recorded by Bob Roberts.
Some of these I only have titles for, others just lyrics. Any guidance on tunes, or any other suggestions, let me know.
For a listing of South East London gigs in April, check out Rocklands.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Date : 14 March
Time : 8pm
Line Up : THE FAIRIES BAND + WHITE MAN KAMIKAZE with DIRTY SOUNDS DJs and friends.
Venue: P.O.L.E., New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, Rocklands, London SE14 (right near New Cross Station)
Entry : £3
Beer £1.50 a pint, DJs bar until 1am.
THE FAIRIES BAND
"...Shouty, funny, poppy, punky fairy rock n roll..." - Claire Sturgess, XFM
"It's the first time a group has induced pop rapture in too, too long" - Drowned In Sound
WHITE MAN KAMIKAZE
"This is pure whisky soaked trailer trash ripping up the rule book." (Smash Music)
"White Man Kamikaze are like a gang of ASBOs doing the The Clash on karaoke" ( [a rather lazily written review from] South London Pulse)