Viv Albertine, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes Music, Music, Music Boys, Boys, Boys


By Viv Albertine, 421 pages. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

Viviane Katrina Louise “Viv” Albertine is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the all-female English punk group, The Slits. She dated Mick Jones while he was putting together his new band, The Clash. He later wrote “Train in Vain,” considered to be the band’s biggest hit, about her. Its refrain was a poison dart: “Did you stand by me? No not at all.”

After laying eyes on the cover photo of Patti Smith’s 1975 album “Horses,” taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, Viv writes: “I have never seen a girl who looks like this. She is my soul made visible, all the things I hide deep inside myself that can’t come out.” (Courtesy of the NY Times Book Review section, see related article below).

Hey Policeman My Boot Goes In Your Face

I love this send up with Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish. What a great English working class accent he possesses to embellish his punk rock character. Ian Rubbish began as an SNL character and is one of my personal favorites.


The Clash: The Last Gang in Town
A Short Documentary about The Clash by Ian Rubbish (Fred Armisen)

You’ll laugh when you see Mick Jones and Paul Simonon laughing as Rubbish mentions their song “White Riot,” only to explain, “We had a song called ‘White Riot As Well.'”

Compare and contrast this Funny or Die video with The Clash Audio Ammunition Series on YouTube by Google Play.


Spooky Tooth

I was recently asked, Which classic rock band doesn’t get nearly as much respect as they deserve?

My answer is a rock group that was formulative in shaping and defining hard rock music, Spooky Tooth.

I owned several of their early albums released in the USA  on A&M Records. Spooky Tooth’s music was dream like which added just the right spice to late night FM radio programming. My favorite album by them was Spooky Two.

Spooky Tooth failed to garner the respect they deserved because their music suffered in the shadows of the greater selling achievements in 1969 from such artists as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson and The Who.

Cover of
Cover of Dream Weaver

The most well known musician in Spooky Tooth was Gary Wright who went on to record the 1976 FM staples, “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive”.   Spooky Tooth also gave us between 1967-1974 such musicians as Ariel Bender or as he was known then, Luther Grosvenor (Mott The Hoople), Chris Stainton (Grease Band), Henry McCullough and Mick Jones (Foreigner).

Give them a listen on Spotify or iTunes, I think you might be more enchanted with their sound than you realize. 😉