John Edwards‘ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures: U is for The Undertones

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U is for The Undertones. I love compilation tapes and still have many from the dim and distant past but one stands out for me. It was given to me by my old mucker Dave Bloomfield back in the mid 80s and featured this cracking song. I moved to London around the same time and that cassette was like a piece of my hometown moving with me.

When this song ends I can hear in my head the next song on the tape (My baby does) Good Sculptures by The Rezillos. That tape got me into so many bands and every now and then I still play that compilation tape. The Undertones were cool f**kers!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pYeb7OV8EA&feature=share

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John Edwards‘ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures: T is for Thin Lizzy

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T is for Thin Lizzy. Live and Dangerous was one of the first live recordings I ever heard. As a metal head it’s up there with Made in Japan and Strangers in the Night. I could have picked any track off the album but this song always brings a tear to my eye. Phil Lynott‘s vocals are pretty moving and Brian Robertson‘s solo (the first one) is one of the best solos ever recorded.

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John Edwards‘ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures: S is for Slade

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S is for Slade. It could have been S for The Sweet but Noddy Holder got the nod. One of many songs that used to piss off my Mum and Dad cos I’d play along on my brother’s drums in his bedroom.

No idea why Slade couldn’t spell their song titles properly. I remember Don Powell being involved in a car accident which led to him having memory loss and it affected his drumming in later years. He used to have stripey drum sticks. I never liked those. I think this was filmed at the German Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFAd-zpqWiU

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John Edwards‘ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures:R is for Rainbow

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R is for Rainbow. They were the first famous band I ever went to see. It was at the Rainbow on 8 March 1980 and it was this line up. As a teenager I couldn’t believe I was actually watching Ritchie Blackmore on stage.

Graham Bonnet sounded like his bollocks were in a clamp most of the night but I quite liked the fact he looked different to the rest of the band with his short haircut and Miami Vice short-sleeved shirt. Then of course there was the late Cozy Powell. I had his haircut for a few years. Obviously this line up was not as good as the one with Ronnie James Dio but they were still exciting to see in the flesh.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfWPqRtozh0#t=18

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John Edwards‘ A-Z of earliest guilty musical pleasures: Q is for Queen

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Q is for Queen. They were my favourite band from 1973 to 1979 until they started using synths, Freddie discovered Munich nightclubs and they all discovered Sun City. Queen II was the first album I ever owned in 1974 courtesy of my brother Graham one Christmas. Sheer Heart Attack is my favourite Queen album.

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