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Album 1,000

And the Bandcamp Album 1,000 is..

In a strange twist if fate, immediately after I purchased 13 Albums to bring my Bandcamp Album count up to 999, they released another album.

So even though it’s winter here, Album 1,000 is entitled Summer.

To make this milestone, I have gone through my collection and weeded out all the old stuff.

New Resolution: Everything new will get recorded on Bandcamp.


5th Galaxy

It’s ‘All India Radio’ for the Northern Hemisphere

The 5th Galaxy Orchestra is a blend of electronic grooves , lounge pop melodies , sci-fi noises , retrospace sounds , 80s synthpop tones , and dreamy soundscapes.

The band comes from Athens, Greece and has 12 Albums (and one single) on Bandcamp.


Mann Songs

Covid-19 (Day 13) is starting to induce parody videos from stay at home artists. One of the best I found is Chris Mann.

There are three of his best…



ELO 1974

Electric Light Orchestra
Eldorado (1974)

Everything comes together for this album. An early favorite and the album that established the band.

ELO 1973

Electric Light Orchestra
On the Third Day (1973)

Roy Wood has gone and Lynne is in charge.

1. “Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe” 4:07
2. “Bluebird is Dead” 4:24
3. “Oh No Not Susan” 3:07
4. “New World Rising / Ocean Breakup (reprise)” 4:05
5. “Showdown”
6. “Daybreaker” 3:51
7. “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle” 3:56
8. “Dreaming of 4000” 5:04
9. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (Edvard Grieg)

Things are starting to come together. And we have a video…

ELO 1972

Simply called ELO 2, recorded in 1972 and released in 1973.

UK Cover
USA Cover

1. “In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)
2. “Momma”
3. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry cover)
4. “From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)
5. “Kuiama”

A mix of covers, strings, cellos and rock and roll. The songs work individually, but it does not make a cohesive album.


ELO 1971

This series of reviewing every Electric Light Orchestra studio album comes after finding ‘Face the Music’: An Electric Light Orchestra Song-By-Song Podcast.

Electric Light Orchestra
(s/t in UK 1971)
(‘No Answer’ in USA 1972)

Everyone seems to agree that this was a bit of a muddled mess. Roy Wood established the band with Jeff Lynne. They share song writing credit, but the original idea (following on from the Beatles)  was only mildly successful. It made 32 in the UK album charts.

Brown M&M

I can never remember…

Was it Aerosmith, Bon Jovi or Van Halen ?

And was it jelly beans ? Minties or M&M’s ?


It was Brown M&M’s and they were a part of Van Halen’s contract for venues.

The band specified “Munchies”, including M & M’s WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES

The M&Ms provision was included in Van Halen’s contracts as it served a practical purpose: to provide a simple way of determining whether the technical specifications of the contract had been thoroughly read and complied with.

As Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth explained in his autobiography:

Van Halen was the first band to take huge productions into tertiary, third-level markets. We’d pull up with nine eighteen-wheeler trucks, full of gear, where the standard was three trucks, max. And there were many, many technical errors — whether it was the girders couldn’t support the weight, or the flooring would sink in, or the doors weren’t big enough to move the gear through.

The contract rider read like a version of the Chinese Yellow Pages because there was so much equipment, and so many human beings to make it function. So just as a little test, in the technical aspect of the rider, it would say “Article 148: There will be fifteen amperage voltage sockets at twenty-foot spaces, evenly, providing nineteen amperes …” This kind of thing. And article number 126, in the middle of nowhere, was: “There will be no brown M&M’s in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation.”

So, when I would walk backstage, if I saw a brown M&M in that bowl … well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error. They didn’t read the contract. Guaranteed you’d run into a problem. Sometimes it would threaten to just destroy the whole show. Something like, literally, life-threatening.



No Good People

People ain’t no good
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Great song, originally heard on the Clockwork Cabaret. The original version is a masterclass in anticipation. The band frequently holds back on the beat, making you wait for it. Plus it has an amazing vibe, with the vocalist changing key throughout the song.

The Original…