Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dancing in the dark

Just a few days left until the next Kiss & Make Up at the Vauxhall Griffin. Come along. It would be lovely to see you there.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Advertisements are here for rapid persuasion

Here's an advert we did which should be appearing in the new issue of excellent free music tabloid Loud And Quiet, which is out tomorrow. You can pick up your copy here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The day the music died?

The next Kiss & Make Up is on Friday 3rd July.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The beach is boring. Our loveboat is more alluring.

Last night's Kiss & Make Up was ACE. Helen had a birthday and Vikki returned. People dressed as sailors, pirates and penguins. Hannah made a beautiful cake, decorated with an anchor, and some nautical-shaped biscuits. Helen made some cheese anchors that went a bit wrong but were still delicious. And there were LOADS of packets of Scampi Fries that we forgot to open. Thanks very much to everyone who came – especially all those who dressed up – and to John for playing a very fine set for the first hour or so.
Plenty more photos here.
See you next month.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

They do go limp in the water

Not much to see here, but nice to listen to. "Spray dashin' me eek, the salt cakin' me eyelashes..."
Julian & Sandy
, off of your actual Round The Horne.
"But did you manage to drag yourself up on deck?"
"Ooh, no, we dressed quite casual..."

Anchors away!

Coming to your Kiss & Make Up buffet…

I don't know why there are holes in the icing. Also these…

I forgot to put the vanilla flavouring in them, and then burnt some. Mmmm, delicious, bland, slightly burnt biscuits.

I'm not the type they usually cite in a breach of promise case

It's kind of not worth posting this video, visually. But while lacking in spectacular visuals, it is a nice song. Introducing, "The Sailor With The Navy-Blue Eyes" by Anne Shelton.

"The Sailor With The Navy-Blue Eyes" was covered by John Inman on his album Are You Being Served Sir?. Youtube doesn't have a video of that, and I haven't worked out how to upload MP3s to the blog, so here, instead, is another song off the same album, "We All Love Captain Ginger". I don't think Ginger was a sea captain, but if you use your imagination, it's not too far a stretch to picture this as a sort of nautical song. Amazing lyrics.

Anne Shelton should not, of course, be confused with Ann Shenton, who was in Add N To (X).Here's a sort of nautical Ann Shenton song (well, aquatic at least)...

And finally, here's a proper BIG BUDGET seafaring video. Look out for the fist of pure emotion at 2:48.
Cher- ( If I Could )Turn Back Time

P.S. Words are like weapons (they wound sometimes).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Come along to Kiss & Make Up this Friday...

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Collect the set.

A fuss about nothing

Worrapolava is a fantastic blog about music and a bit more by friend of Kiss & Make Up and all-round music aficionado Phil.
It's really worth book-marking Worrapolava and checking back every few days because there will be things there you like, I guarantee.

Lately, Phil has been making a fuss over:
Buzzy new synth-pop duo Hurts...

The new Yoko Ono/Basement Jaxx collaboration
and the previously divine David Hoyle...

Nice. You can subscribe to Worrapolava by clicking here...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Drowned in sound

James Dean Bradfield and John Cale from the S4C film Beautiful Mistake, performing the Manic Street Preachers song "Ready For Drowning". John Cale does a rap... in Welsh. Can anyone think of any other popular songs that mention Venetian blinds?
Beautiful Mistake, or Camgymeriad Gwych, is "a wonderful portrait of Cardiff as it stands today," or rather as it stood in the year 2000, when the film was made.
Here's another example of Wales on film...

Hello again sailor

A glass of champ-aye-un for Phil, who sent us the link to this song.