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5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs

02 Feb 12 - 04:53 AM (#3300678)
Subject: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Now there's a challenge. Off the Toppo Ma Heid...

I Had a Little Boat
Meadows Go
Rubber Toy
Pearly Gleam
Oho My Eyes


02 Feb 12 - 05:13 AM (#3300683)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: glueman

Egg-meat
The Man with the Trembly Nose
Muscular Tree
Stick Out Your Chest
Gruts for Tea


02 Feb 12 - 05:16 AM (#3300685)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Brian Peters

Only had 'Jammy Smears' but could nominate 'Bicarbonate of Chicken' from that. And a big yes to 'Rubber Toy'.


02 Feb 12 - 05:32 AM (#3300688)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Rubber Toy is the only Ivor Cutler song I've covered myself. Hear it HERE...


02 Feb 12 - 06:13 AM (#3300713)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Brian Peters

Enjoyed that. Seemed somehow to be channelling 'The Iron Stone'?


02 Feb 12 - 06:19 AM (#3300719)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Funny you should say that as I was singing the Iron Stone around then too in much the same way, albeit fairly faithful to the ISB original rather than Williamson's delicious deconstruction on the 2006 ECM album of the same name...


02 Feb 12 - 06:21 AM (#3300722)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Smedley

I'm Going in a Field
Shoplifters
Beautiful Cosmos
.............and some others!


02 Feb 12 - 06:50 AM (#3300736)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Richard


02 Feb 12 - 06:53 AM (#3300739)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Richard

All of the above, plus Bounce, bounce, bounce.
and Wooden Tree
I've recently discovered Bounce, bounce ,bounce on U tube; hadn't heard it for forty-something years!
Richard


03 Feb 12 - 03:02 AM (#3301325)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: melodeonboy

Wot, no Traffic Jam? (It's the jam for a man, you know!)


03 Feb 12 - 03:19 AM (#3301328)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Phil Edwards

The only time I've ever sung anything that made someone in the audience laugh till they cried, it was

Go and sit upon the grass

which is consequently my top 1.


03 Feb 12 - 06:48 PM (#3301744)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Ross Campbell

52 favourites - Ivor Cutler YouTube mix


04 Feb 12 - 06:52 AM (#3301938)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

One of the things that always ruined Ivor Cutler gigs was the audience laughter; there's a live album of Life in A Scotch Sitting Room which I can't bear to listen to. I think John Peel said the same thing - it's just not that sort of 'humour'. Time was, at the old Morden Tower gigs where it was very intimate on perfect summer nights or dark windy winter evenings, one drew close in a idyllic sort-of storytelling-cum-seance. Do I remember him asking two especially loud audience members to curb their enthusiasms? I've got Andy Kershaw sessions which are ruined by Kershaw's laughing too... On (studio) record, Radio Three & John Peel you were never troubled by such things. It was rare Ivor Cutler played for laughs (although he does crack here & there on the LIASSR album); he's a quiet & dignified surrealist, which is one of the things I've always loved about him.

Within a few years of first seeing him, he'd gone from playing to audiences of 15 or so at Mordern Tower to doing huge theatre gigs. I tried one once but it just didn't feel right somehow - you lost the cranky pedagogic aspect, but I've no doubt it was better for his bank account!

Another favourite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlzy9PvSb9w

(Comes in after 3 minutes).


04 Feb 12 - 06:54 AM (#3301939)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Oops! Wrong link...

Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6K9F_-RhQQ


04 Feb 12 - 07:08 AM (#3301947)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Artful Codger

Who's the 14-year-old girl starting all these "5 favorite" threads, and what slumber party from hell did she just come from??


04 Feb 12 - 07:30 AM (#3301955)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

I think she's the big sister of the 10-year-old brat who's constantly whinging about them.


04 Feb 12 - 09:29 AM (#3302000)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Phil Edwards

There's nothing funny about LRRHHTR, or for that matter the rest of that very strange but very wonderful album. If you were trying to explain the difference between 'whimsical' and 'funny' Rock Bottom would be exhibit A.

The only time I saw IC - a reading with Phyllis April King - I remember finding the audience reaction distracting and eventually downright annoying; a lot of it was a rather easy laughter, of the "look at the funny man saying silly things" type, that IC clearly hadn't sought out or wanted. An evening of IC songs punctuated by gales of laughter, or even with big laughs between the songs, would be deeply wrong. Nevertheless, some of the songs do have the structure - and the compression - of a really good joke. I think raising a laugh from a folk club audience with ...Grass - and raising helpless laughter in particular - is a reasonable kind of homage to the song.


04 Feb 12 - 02:06 PM (#3302168)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray

Rock Bottom has a quiet & timeless intensity about it that speaks volumes for its provenance - i.e. Wyatt holed up bored shitless in Venice with his Riviera organ whilst Alfred Benge worked on Don't Look Now. The Riviera dominates the album, but packed in shortly afterwards, though he got it fixed for Dondestan - which was quite a good album before they 'revisited' it, especially the more abstract Rock Bottomly stuff - Costa, Sight of the Wind, Catholic Architecture, Worship - I usually switch off when Wyatt gets political! Rock Bottom was conceived as the third Matching Mole album, but the project got scuppered by his accident, and so a legend was born really - and a very dark one at that. I often wonder how it would have turned out otherwise, but on the 1974 Drury Lane album they cover the album in its entirety and it comes out very nice, & very differently. I keep linking to the live version of Sea Song which to my mind is the definitive reading.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66obirsT8hI

It's hard to believe in this day & age that people once made such music really; it still pins me to the wall.

My own favourite Rock Botton song is Alifib; my preferred version being from the solo Peel Session.

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5 Favourite Robert Wyatt Songs anyone?


04 Feb 12 - 02:42 PM (#3302187)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,Ralphie

Memories of Ivor Cutler.
Him arriving at Broadcasting House....The receptionist phones...
"Mr Cutler has arrived" ...."Put him on I say"...."Hello Ivor"...."Mister Cutler to you....I have a harmonium with me, It will explode in 5 minutes....Better get down here!" Priceless!
As for the sainted Mr Wyatt. Agree that the Rock Bottom recording (and the subsequent Peel Sessions record) are sublime.
My memory though is of the memorial for John Walters (in Broadcasting House).
I was doing the house sound in the room. And the only place that Robert could get to, was next to me at the back of the room. His contribution was a pre recorded version of "Round Midnight" Just wonderful.
Went to the pub afterwards. What a lucky chap I am...


05 Feb 12 - 04:45 AM (#3302403)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Jack Blandiver

A lucky chap indeed! Here's that Peel Session version of Alifib from September 1974:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BPp1r7m99I

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Otherwise my favourite Wyatt is the home solo multitrack recordings Voiceprint released as A Short Break which features things like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqLrKfsROg8

which resonates perfectly with his 'experimental' Italian radio session from 1981:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRxOcjArEfc

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Not to mention his singing of Michael Mantler's Edward Gorey settings on The Hapless Child:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUIGLMJNoHA


06 Feb 12 - 03:57 AM (#3302928)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: GUEST,raymond greenoaken

Rubber Toy
I'm Walking To A Field
Beautiful Cosmos
Pearly Gleam
Barabadabada

All courtesy of a cassette supplied by Suibhne, bless 'im, thirty years back...


06 Feb 12 - 07:57 AM (#3303012)
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
From: Brian Peters

Barabadabada

How could I have forgotten that one?

A lot of wisdom in: "Give me back my woollen eyes, I liked the way I saw"