Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's Rude To Stare

I am sure that minty sharp as you all are you'll already be familiar with this track, but I have to tell you that it popped up on shuffle at me one sunny morning just recently and I said to myself 'DavyH, By George And By Jingo But There Is A Mighty Fine Little Pop Song If Ever You Heard One, Oh Yes' and since this place is only ever about me posting things I've been enjoying or thinking about, here it is now for you.

Do you think if I wear a jacket and trousers like that into town tomorrow the G20 anarchists will leave me alone?

Spiral Starecase - 'More Today Than Yesterday' (1968)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Frank Post

Frank Sinatra - 'Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week' (1958)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Reggae # 10 - SKA!

Oh, yes!

Available separately....

Prince Buster - 'Madness' (1963)
Dandy Livingstone - 'Rudy, A Message To You' (1967)
The Maytals - 'Monkey Man' (1970)

....or as a handy party Threepack.

"Two-Tone, black & white - that's the whole thing" - Jerry Dammers.

[Me and Mrs H are off to a PTA quiz at the girls' school tonight - I bet they don't ask proper questions like "Who played on both the original version of 'Rudy, A Message To You' and The Specials cover?"...Damn and blast them.]

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"We've Got A Whisky Named After You"

All of this talk about what we had for our tea and did for our holidays back in 1970s Britland has set me off on what we watched when there was no school at about 10 o'clock in the morning whilst our mums hoovered upstairs and it was a bit boring outside.

I tell you, for years I thought there were countries where people spoke perfect, clipped Home Counties English but were somehow strangely unable to move their lips in synch with it.

Jacky (AKA Jackie Lee) - 'White Horses' (1968)

PS: I am aware that there is a version of this by Kitchens Of Distinction and bog knows how many other fey indie bands but really, come on, everyone knows this is the best record ever made by anyone ever.

PPS: Why is the TV version better than the record? Has it got more 'phasing' or 'reverb' or 'dampening' in it or something? Or what?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Reggae # 9

This week, cool down your temper and jump the train to Zion because he who thinks only of silver and gold shall surely, surely lose his soul.

Sweet vocals and dub-heavy riddims from the punky reggae party - inspiration, Don Letts.

Davy H's Train To Zion Threepack (2009)

Linval Thompson - 'Cool Down Your Temper' (12") (1976)
U-Brown with Linval Thompson - 'Train To Zion (discomix)' (1976)
Junior Byles - 'Fade Away' (1976)

Conscious. Where are you listening and what's your poison?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I get this great big unstoppable longing for the sea on days like these. When I was a teenager I'd have whizzed off on my bike to St Mary's Bay or Mansands or Scabbacombe Head to get a blast of sharp cold salty air and blow the blues away; there'd be no-one up there on a weekday. Then on the way home I'd have stopped by the little electrical shop in Brixham that sold records upstairs and flicked through the singles. Therapy.

It's been a while since I went down. The Aged Ps grow more Aged and the journey on clogged motorways with all of the family paraphernalia less and less easy-breezy.

I should do the solo train trip with the iPo and a toothbrush again along the railroad by the sea.

Forgive me, I'm just thinking out loud.

The Jam - 'English Rose' (1978)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Can I Save You Any Time?

Come on, give it to me - I'll keep it with mine.

Fairport Convention - 'I'll Keep It With Mine' (1969)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Reggae # 8

This week, the mighty Don Carlos - roots man with the sweetest voice.

Available separately...

Don Carlos - 'Crucial Situation (Version)' (1981)
Don Carlos - 'Prophesy (Version)' (1981)
Don Carlos - 'Roots Man Party' (1982)

...or without gaps as a Davy H Threepack.

Righteous music. Turn up the bass and tell me where you're listening.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday Week(end)

Side one, track one, nice one.

Alison Statton, I will always love you.

Weekend - 'The End Of The Affair' (1982)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Friday Reggae # 7

I been busy in Babylon with the scissors and paste, so open the windows and give it some bass.

'Davy H's Ruff Roots Reggae mix' (2009)

Jackie Edwards - 'Invasion' (197?)
Jackie Edwards - 'Invasion (Version)' (197?)
Culture - 'Natty Dread Takin' Over' (12") (1977)
Eek A Mouse - 'Heroes Dead And Gone' (12") (1982)

20 minutes of crucial dub-heavy riddims - enjoy x (and let me know where you're playing it!)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Softly Telling Me

Mrs H went out with the girls last night and said this was playing in the bar (they asked what it was). She says she walked home in rain that fell so straight and gentle it made her feel happy, but that may just have been the wine.

Jon Lucien - 'Rashida' (1973)

Monday, March 02, 2009

South West

John Surman - 'Tintagel' (1990)