Here are all of Cranky's jams.
by Led Zeppelin
Couldn't leave TIMJ without a clip from my first proper gig.
Jammed: 15th Sep 2015
A few days ago this track suddenly popped into my head and I couldn't stop humming it. I saw them perform this on the BBC TV music programme 'FSD' back in 1987 (the video is on YouTube but the quality is awful). 28 years later I've dug out the EP this song is from & it's glued to my record deck, every track a corker. I love reconnecting!
Jammed: 29th Aug 2015
by The Valentines
Northern Soul - 1) Hit dance-floor 2) Twirl left, twirl right, twice 3) Drop to floor, flip back, flip front. 4) Do splits 5) Retire to cloakroom, repair split in Oxford Bags, take more 'speed'. 6) Repeat until 5am.
Jammed: 19th Aug 2015
by Led Zeppelin (and Father Cranky)
Back in 1971 I took temporary work at an Abbey as a trainee Catholic Priest. One day Father O’Shaughnessy came to me. “Father Cranky”, he said, “I’ve been called to perform an exorcism at a world famous rock stars house and I’ll need your help. “F*ckin get in!” I said to myself. Walking around in hessian sackcloth chanting “Ipso, Facto, Oreo” whilst whipping myself with a leather belt 5 times a day was starting to wear me down, this would be a welcome break. Some time later our trusty Vauxhall Viva was barreling down the drive of a Surrey mega-mansion. We entered the kitchen and there sat at a table next to Lucifer was Professor of perfect power chord riffage...JIMMY PAGE!! Whilst Jimmy & Father O’Shaughnessy mixed tinctures & hurled profanities at Satan to try and persuade him to clear off, I clocked a Gibson EDs-1275 twin neck guitar leaning against the Aga. I picked it up and started playing a little ditty I’d been working on. Continued Below -}...............................
Jammed: 16th Aug 2015
by Dean Martin
At an after-hours drinking session in a back room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas,Deano once said to me, "Cranky, never split a winning deck of cards". I kind of feel that way about things here at #TIMJ. Anyways I sort of slid down my chair mumbling something like, "Yor me besht mate you are" and promptly fell at the feet of Ava Gardner. Well who should walk in right at that moment but big Frank Sinatra with a couple of 'pals' and seeing me in such close proximity to Ava's stilettos thought I was trying to look up her skirt. I won't go into the gory details but it took an awful lot of Tiger Balm to get those bruises down. I still can't have children to this day. Hope you love Deano as much as me.
Jammed: 13th Aug 2015
by David Essex
Every now & then I'll hear a track & think..."How the f*ck did they write that?" This one & 'Firestarter' by The Prodigy are two that immediately come to mind. Self penned by 70's teen idol & all round cheeky chappie David Essex, I've loved this homage to 50's Rock 'n Roll and recommend that you listen to it on headphones for the full effect.
Jammed: 7th Jun 2015
by Uriah Heep
I've always had a soft spot for 'Heep'. I lapped up their tales of Wizards, magic potions & sword wielding midgets backed up with a prog soundtrack & great harmony's. The fact that the press slagged them unmercifully only made me like them more! Off to see them this week, can't wait.
Jammed: 26th Apr 2015
Best appreciated at volume with plenty of bottom end, (a bit like Serena Williams.......ooh, er, Mrs). If you're in the mood for a right old racket you've come to the right place.
Jammed: 18th Apr 2015
'Mansun' along with 'The Chameleons' were just two of dozens of great British bands that didn't get the appreciation they deserved. Instead, you got Coldplay. "The public gets want the public wants" as Mr Weller said.
Jammed: 10th Apr 2015
Spent last night in their company @ Leeds Arena. Second number in...this, job done.
Jammed: 30th Nov 2014
by The Shadows
"Bloody hell Jeeves, all this talk of Scottish independence, devolution & the breakup of the UK is doing my head in.What's happening to our wonderful land?"..........................."I'm dropping the needle on it now Sir."
Jammed: 11th Sep 2014
by Guns N' Roses
"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach... So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it! Well, he gets it! A song for the moment.
Jammed: 5th Sep 2014
by Billy Idol
To celebrate getting a ticket for his forthcoming UK shows, here's an 80's classic from Sir Billy Idol, supported by the honorary Sir Steve Stevens. Altogether now, "Les yeux sans visage"!
Jammed: 29th Aug 2014
by Aba Shanti-I
Something a bit tasty for Notting Hill Carnival weekend.Play it LOUD... Happy holidays folks!
Jammed: 21st Aug 2014
by Gary Moore
"Something for the weekend sir?" "Yes, I'd like to hear a '59 Gibson Les Paul full on but played with the finesse & feel very few can achieve." "I'm dropping the needle on it now sir"
Jammed: 15th Aug 2014
by Bourgie Bourgie
Whatever happened to these guys? I played this to death when it came out, thought they'd be massive. Ho hum, still one of the best singles from the 80's though. Tasty solo and all.
Jammed: 1st Aug 2014
As the Commonwealth Games are in full swing, I'm sticking with 'Jock Rock' this week. Well, almost. Magazine came out of Manchester in the late 70's their guitarist was 100% Jockanese. The very special John McGeoch R.I.P. He went on to work with the likes of Siouxsie & the Banshees & PIL but its the stuff he did with a Yamaha SG1000 and Magazine that does it for me. Hope you likee.
Jammed: 26th Jul 2014
by The Skids
I may be a sassanach, but I know good 'Jock Rock' when I hear it. Two of my favourite guitarists are from Scotland, here's the first, the mighty Stuart Adamson. No longer with us unfortunately so crank this up to 11 in his memory. Blistering!!
Jammed: 19th Jul 2014
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