Thursday, 27 May 2010

Kevin Coyne with Jon Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - One Day In Chicago

First spied in 1974 on the Whistle Test with his guitar on his lap moaning and yelling, fretting the chords with his thumb Kevin caused a stir at my school on a par with Alvin Stardust’s dramatic TOTP debut. Apart from a slew of great Reggae albums, Kevin’s Millionaires And Teddy Bears and Babble were the only thing worth nicking out of the Virgin Records press office when we were briefly label-mates back in 1979. John Lydon once confessed to pilfering from his arsenal of crazed squawks and wails and my pal John Hyatt unashamedly channeled Kevin for The Three Johns. In 1990 The Mekons covered his song Having A Party, a unsubtle stab at Virgin’s owner (reportedly a huge Coyne fan to this day) that mirrored our sorry situation on A&M at the time. One night at the Duchess Of York in Leeds I handed him a copy and he looked a bit baffled.
For a man who turned down the job as Jim Morrison’s replacement in The Doors, was billed as the English Beefheart and refused to write lyrics for Tubular Bells, Kevin Coyne spent a remarkably long, yet fruitful, time in the rock wilderness. Brutally neglected in Britain and never even on the radar in the USA he made his home in Southern Germany where he found love and respect and created wonderful artwork, books and albums that are out there just waiting to be discovered.

Advance ticket sales were so bad for his last Chicago show I had to beg, bribe and threaten people to turn up. Kevin was charming, rude and hilarious, vogue-ing for the crowd like some mad medieval friar while ad-libbing whole songs with masterful ease and precision. The crowd was amazed (Kevin was amazing) and I got phone calls & e-mails for days from grateful friends I’d bullied into coming. Paul Morley predicted a Kevin Coyne revival earlier this year but maybe in death he’s still too willful, wild and cantankerous for your average conservative rock fan. (Jon Langford)

Kevin Coyne with Jon Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - One Day In Chicago

1. Monkeyheart
2. Britischer Cowboy
3. Over Land And Sea
4. Money Like Water
5. Way Of The World
6. Happy Island Girl
7. Scene Of The Crime
8. She's Not There
9. You You You
10. Angel
11. Saviour
12. Blame It On The Night
13. Fat Girl
14. Money Like Water
15. Karate King
I Want My Crown:

1 comment:

YoungMossTongue said...

pretty damn faultless post you got here sir!... Mxxx