Lost In Time – Day Seven: The Redskins, Farley Jackmaster Funk & John Martyn

Lost In Time

 

18 months after this blog started, WordPress tells me this is the 100th post. I also note that we seem to have advertising now, although rest assured that none of the resulting dosh goes my way.

Talking of capitalism (dubious segue),  today I’m abandoning any pretence at chronological order and hopping back to 1985 to bring you ‘Bring It Down (This Insane Thing)’ by The Redskins. The Redskins only recorded one (classic) album, the catchily titled ‘Neither Washington Nor Moscow But International Socialism’. At a time when political pop centred around Red Wedge led by Weller and Billy Bragg, they remained on the outskirts, suspicious of being seen to hang out with Neil Kinnock and opting instead for ideological purity. They did however tour  with Billy Bragg and performed a stunning version of Levi Stubbs Tears at their final gig in 1986.

Posterity tends to focus on The Redskins’ politics and not enough –  in my opinion – on the glorious music,which updated Northern Soul far more successfully than the Style Council. A revolution you can dance to.

The video, featuring  Alexei Sayle, reflects an age in which football oligarchs meant Robert Maxwell. Their biggest hit, this reached the giddy heights of Number 33…

Afterwards, scroll down for Andy & Roy’s choices, or catch all the ‘Lost In Time’ lists so far here

 

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8 thoughts on “Lost In Time – Day Seven: The Redskins, Farley Jackmaster Funk & John Martyn

  1. One of the best British bands ever in my humble opinion; you could easily have chosen any one of the singles, classics all. Ideologically hamstrung maybe, but you can’t deny or ignore the passion, commitment and fervour – walk like The Supremes, talk like The Clash.

  2. Moving on from skinny white boys and girls with guitars to something completely different…. ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ by Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk.
    The song itself as actually a re-imagining of a Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley version of an Isaac Hayes track and was the first Chicago House record to make a big impact on the UK mainstream, charting at #10 in 1986. However it subsequently became ‘lost in time’ consumed by the ‘Acid House/Madchester’ phenomenon it helped release

    1. A great choice, always loved the bass line. Strangely this reminds me of the Dusty video in that it again looks more like a random member of the public having fun lip syncing (more successfully) to the song, but this guy is having way more fun. Hugely influential, not least on Peter Kay – at 0:33 into the video Mr Pandy invents the ‘I Would Walk 10,000 miles’ comic relief dance and grin – a seminal moment in the history of dance. I am still pondering the deeper significance of the “Danger, Deep Water, No Swimming” sign that he is so keen to point out at the start. Very deep.

  3. I’d have put good money on the Redskins being chosen by at least one of you, and i’d have been right to! But enough of this trumpet blowing, and onto something a considerably more stripped back.

    The critics have pointed out, quite correctly, that there has been a suspicious lack of British folk-rock in recent days, so let’s silence those voices once and for all, shall we?! At his best, John Martyn was one of the finest exponents of this genre, and although it’s over 40 years old it still sounds as charming to my 21st century ears as it did when I first heard it, and I can certainly hear Elbow’s Guy Garvey doing a good impression on their latest album, “The Take Off and Landing of Everything”.

    The only thing that slightly grates on me is that when you say the title it sounds like something Yoda would say, with the pronoun not being at the start. Either that, or possibly some Gloucestershire bumpkin, who still speak like they’re in the Dark Ages. Anyway, it matters not. Please take his advice and “never talk dirty behind my back, and I know that there’s those that do”. John Martyn (looking uncannily like Rory McGrath) with “May You Never”…

  4. Like Elbow, I suspect this will need a few listens, and the tune emerged more on a second play. Would you consider Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes or Laura Marling to be folk rock? If we had any readers in Gloucestershire we have probably lost them now.

    Certainly the most musically diverse day thus far…

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