Monday, 27 May 2013

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Twenty Third Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 123 of #lexieschain. Last week the winner was Tucker wiv Lynyrd Skynyrd an Simple Man. Let's see wot we got dis week!

And pals, please to to note that we has no broadband coz BT is rubbidge and won't climb a telegraph pole to do the cable til the 10th June! So you gonna get disrupted service from da Lexie for a bit! We gots a 3g mobile dongle (that is not rude) now so we can use it at ome lata.

Right so, ere we goes:

Mr Kelso chose a song by Lynrd Skynrd last week. I read that in 1970 the group actually chose the name "Leonard Skinner", a mocking tribute to a physical-education teacher called Leonard Skinner who was notorious for strictly enforcing their school's policy against boys having long hair. The name became changed over time to Lynrd Skynrd. That got me thinking about other bands who are named after real people. There are bands lIke Franz Ferdinand, named after the Duke, and Pink Floyd who were named when, Syd Barrett mixed the names of two blues musicians he loved, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. However, the one we really like is Rilo Kiley, which it turns out, is a name randomly picked out of a Scottish Sports Almanac. And so we have selected their song "Portions for Foxes".

Our linky fer dis week comes not fwom last week's song as such but fwom da life n times of Lynrd Skynrd. Various members suffered fwom da sadly common vices of da music industry n tragically several members of da band died in an air crash. Many musicians have died in plane crashes n abused drugs n alcohol but Dad only knows of one who died on a plane n dat was Paul Kossoff who suffered a fatal heart attack aged 25 on a flight fwom LA to NY, his death was due largely to his history of drug abuse. We's not goin fer da obvious choice fer Kossoff of "All Right Now", which its estimated is played on a radio station somewhere evwy 45 seconds but fer an instrumental track fwom his largely forgotten solo LP "Back Street Crawler". It was recorded in 1973 when fwends, including da uvva members of Free rallied round to help him wecover fwom his sewious drug pwoblems, he had by this time aged just 22 alweady been resuscitated once.

Da piece we av selected is "Time Away" which features some of Kossoff's most moving guitar playing including his trademark vibrato sound dat many av twied n failed to imitate, Clapton asked Koss to teach him how to pwoduce da sound. Should you want to hear pain n suffering expressed in music den Koss's mournful guitar on "Time Away" pwobly articulates it better dan most but it stands as a beautiful piece of music regardless of da personal experiences dat inspired it. After Paul's death his father da actor David Kossoff spent much of his time touring schools presenting a talk warning of the dangers of drugs while also celebrating da talents of his son, search YouTube for Late Great Paul Kossoff and you can find da talk split into 5 parts. It is beautifully delivered by a fine actor. 


Congrats to Tucker for another great win. Woo Hoo Southern Rock ! Lynyrd Skynyrd was originally named The Noble Five in 1965. In '70 they renamed to Leonard Skinner as a play on a high school gym teacher's name. The spelling was changed after their first album was released. Said teacher was known to hassle boys with long hair. One of the founders of the group, Gary Rossington, quit school to avoid the continuing problems with his hair. My link this week: CSNY " Almost Cut My Hair " 


Eben tho me did win wif Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd so me does be judging and not hafta do a linky... me hab one anyway! Me do not know if da Yardbirds is simple but at least we knows dey can spell man... M-A-N. LOL so dat is me linky

Last weeks winner was Tucker with Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynrd so what to follow on from that. As ever I go for the words and the names to get my link as that's what works for me. So this week I have used the word Simple to get me from Simple Man to Simple Minds who before they went all stadium I liked back in the day. So which one to choose well as we have finally had some sun this long weekend in the UK I have gone for Someone Somewhere in Summertime so that's my link Simple Minds with Someone Somewhere in Summertime. Thanks all and Thanks Lexie

Lynyrd Skynyrd you cod argue has no vowels in their name! (if you dus believe that Y is not a vowel that is). So that got me finkin bowt uvva bands wifout vowels in their name! One of our faves dus be a great band most poplar in late 70's and the 80's for their punky new wave sound wot comes from Swindon. A very strange and wonderous place wiv noffink to show for its name apart from XTC and well erm ….. Oh dear not much else! Anway, dat be our linky, annuva band wifout vowels SXT and their fantastic song Making Plans For Nigel, who you cuould say, was a simple man!

So dat Tucker is on supa form wif dat choicy wif last week's Lexieschainy win! It was a logical songy wot led him to simple songy which leads us to think dat most songs is like a 'key to life'. So dese paws started tappin to dat album by Stevie Wonder 'Songs in the key of life'. We couldn't find da whole album so we thort we would go wif da songy 'Knocks me off my feet'. ok maybe not so simple but we dus love dis songy anyway. Hee hee...

Mamma Mia by Abba. Why?. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd sang about their mother.

Ere what Tucker said: Wow! So many great links and great songs! Me did especially like Portions for Foxes and Time Away with da awesome guitar playing ob Kossoff which was so expressive. But wif Mom being an old hippie chick and da clever link, me does pick Linky 3  CSNY "Almost Cut My Hair". Dat dis week's winner! 

Now is time to get your finkin caps on an send me (find out how on da guidelines page fing) the next link in the chain. Da winner dis week dus be pickin da winner next week and dat means you Skye.

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 2 June 2013 (gots to get it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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