Sunday, 16 May 2010

From Blogger to Wordpress...

Please note I have now moved my blogs to Wordpress. Please amend your links to:

The old Jocknroll and World of Misery Guts blogs have been amalgamated into Jocknroll Ain't Noise Pollution, which will cover "music and musings". Please amend your links accordingly.

Many thanks

Paul aka The Cat aka Misery Guts

Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkcaldy VRN 1287 AM - Sunday 9 May 2010

A year older but none the wiser. Where The Action Is continues to weave its magic and pull more musical surprises from its top hat. In this afternoon's show...

The Open Mind - Cast A Spell (Philips 1969)
Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound (RCA 1961) (show theme)
Jackson Sisters - Miracles (Prophecy 1973)
Karen Verros - You Just Gotta Know My Mind (Dot 1965)
The Kinks - Australia (Pye 1969)
The Seekers - Georgy Girl (Columbia 1966)
Kim Weston - Looking For The Right Guy (Motown 1964)
Doris Troy - Tomorrow Is Another Day (Atlantic 1963)
The Soul Agents - The Seventh Son (Pye 1964) (Connect 3)
Nancy Sinatra - Last of the Secret Agents (Reprise 1966) (Connect 3)
Edwin Starr - Agent Double-O Soul (Ric-Tic 1965) (Connect 3)
The Living Daylights - Let's Live for Today (Philips 1967)
Lulu - Stop Fooling Around (Decca 1965)
The She Trinity - He Fought The Law (Columbia 1966) (Birthday: 9/5/67 Sonny Curtis)
Fontella Bass - Recovery (Chess 1965)
Tammi Terrell - Come On and See Me (Motown 1966)
Jacques Brel - Mathilde (Barclay 1964) (Foreign Language)
Twinkle - Ain't Nobody Home But Me (Decca 1965)
The John Barry Orchestra - Beat for Beatniks (Columbia 1960) (Half-Time Instrumental)
The Isley Brothers - Behind A Painted Smile (Tamla 1968)
Unit 4+2 - I Will (Fontana 1969)
The Message - Rum-Bum-A-Loo (Trojan 1970) (Trojan Mod Reggae)
Cher - See See Rider (Imperial 1965)
A Band of Angels - (Accept) My Invitation (Piccadilly 1966)
The Mindbenders - The Morning After (Fontana 1966)
Fountains of Wayne - Better Things (Rykodisc 2002) (Under The Influence)
The Starlets - You Don't Love Me (Tower 1965)
Buddy Britten and the Regents - Right Now (Piccadilly 1965)
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Motoring (Gordy 1965)
Shorty Long - Devil in the Blue Dress (Soul 1964) (Connect 3)
Rupert & The Red Devils - It's For You (Unreleased 1962) (Connect 3)
Goodnight Kisses - Devil in the Dark (Atco 1965) (Connect 3)
The Mirror - Faster Than Light (Philips 1968)
The Liverbirds - Talking About You (Star-Club)
Helen Shapiro - Kiss n Run (Columbia 1960) (Two of a Kind)
Helen Shapiro - Easy Come Easy Go (Columbia 1963) (Two of a Kind)
Eddie Holland - Leaving Here (Motown 1964)
Paul Revere & The Raidres - Kicks (Columbia 1966)
Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound (RCA 1961) (show theme)

If you're in the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, you can tune in on channel 3 on your hospital bedside or on 1287AM on the Medium Wave.

That's it for this week. Until next time, it's good day and good health.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Night Noise Team - You Won (Permwhale Recordings)

Night Noise Team's new single 'You Won' will be released on 17th May, 2010. It will be available on download only from iTunes, Napster, Amazon, and

'You Won' is the follow-up to NNT's positively- received debut single 'Menolick' which garnered global podcast and blogging kudos (including airplay support from BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq, various BBC Radio 1 shows and independent radio stations).

'You Won' is a captivating, expansive pop track tooled up for the summer. Inspired by a pub conversation about Chris Marker's 1962 French film classic 'La Jetee', the song was developed during last orders and the walk back to NNT's Edinburgh studio. Recording began the same night with a cameo from an irate neighbour who threatened to call the council Night Noise Team but ended up contributing an ethereal backing vocal.

The band has been together for 2 years and consists of Sean Ormsby from Belfast on vocals and guitar, Fabien Pinardon from Paris on bass, Marco Morelli from Milan on guitar and drummer Mike Walker from Dunfermline. Currently based in Edinburgh, Night Noise Team has been invited to play with Thomas Truax, Mercury-nominated The Invisible and Goldhawks at Glasgow's King Tut's as well as appearing on a compilation of Scottish bands with Meursault and Sparrow and the Workshop.

Night Noise Team's music has been compared to Galaxie 500, Arab Strap, Scissor Sisters, David Bowie and Belle and Sebastian by reviewers from NME, The Skinny, The List and Daily Record amongst others.

'You Won' is an infectious pop confection, a dancefloor anthem with a dark edge.

Friday, 7 May 2010

The French Wives - Me vs Me

Glasgow's French Wives release their excellent new single "Me vs Me" on Monday 17 May 2010.

This wonderfully bright and sparky single will be officially launched at the Glasgow School of Art on Friday 14 May 2010, with support from Endor and Blue Sky. A mere £5 for 3 great bands.

You can view their promo film HERE, which, they say, features "genuine old versions" of themselves.

You can also catch the band in the flesh at these places in the near future:

Mon 17 May - Avalanche Records, Glasgow (Acoustic in-store at 5pm)
Sun 23 May - Madhouse @ The Lock Tavern, London
Sat 12 Jun - Strongbow Stage @ Rockness, Inverness
Sat 19 Jun - Insider Festival, Aviemore
Tue 22 Jun - Brel - West End Festival, Glasgow
Fri 16 Jul - The Tunnels - Aberdeen

You can also purchase the single from their small but perfectly formed shop HERE. I love the t-shirt design so much I've bought one. You should too!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Fence Records announces first Away Game

After seven years of hosting the Home Game event in our home town of Anstruther, Fife, we at Fence Records are proud to announce details of our very first Away Game!

The Away Game will be taking place over the 24th – 26th of September 2010, on the beautifully remote isle of Eigg, located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

With a population of just 70 people (plus a lot of sheep, some cows, and a big bastard bull called Dougald), the isle of Eigg has a strong sense of community – and all the islanders have a real thirst for a good party – the ideal location, then, for a Fence Records event!

Hosted by King Creosote and The Pictish Trail, the weekend will feature a bevvy of great music from the Fence Collective and special guests, as well as a chance to explore the island, meet old friends, and make new pals too.

The Pictish Trail: “Our first Away Game is gonna be a proper adventure! We wanted to capture the spirit of Home Game, and take it somewhere a bit bonkers. Since our very first Home Game, people have asked us to put on an Away Game in their hometown … but we’ve been secretly wanting to do something on Eigg for years. The scenery over there is absolutely gobsmacking – and the atmosphere is perfect for a party. I was over on the island recently, and everyone I met there is really excited about meeting you Fencers! I can’t reveal the line-up just yet … but ticketholders are in for a real treat”.

What makes this event different from the Home Game is that ticket holders will have the opportunity to camp, instead of having to fork out for B’n’B’s or other accommodation. So, expect campfire sing-a-longs, and amazing views out to sea.

As this is our first official Fence event of this type, we’re making it extremely limited – selling just 150 camping tickets.

Tickets for The Fence Records’ Away Game will go on sale on Monday 24th May, at 12 noon – on the Fence Records website, .

Tickets are priced at £90.00 each, and are inclusive of camping and arranged ferries to and from the island.

We’re chartering a couple of ferries from the coastal town of Arisaig on Friday afternoon (24th September), and some ferries returning to the mainland on the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning (26th/27th September). There’s a thrice-daily train service between Arisaig and Glasgow Queen Street – and we’ve timed all the ferries so that they synchronise with these.

Music is going to take place on the Friday night, from around 8/9pm, until very late … and then will start again from mid-afternoon until late on the Saturday. The Sunday will be a day to recover/sleep – and there’ll be a ferry to take some folk back home in the afternoon, and another on the Monday morning.

As with most Fence events, we’re not going to reveal the line-up for a wee while yet … but, rest assured, there’ll be a good mix of all your usual Fence Collective favourites … and some very special guests. To give you an idea of the type of music, here’s whom we’ve had play at previous Fence events …


Keep your eyes peeled to the Fence Records site over the next few weeks for more info on the weekend – including travel information, line-up etc. There’s also a thread on our messageboard (the Beef Board), where you can ask questions – you can visit it by clicking HERE.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkclady VRN 1287AM - Sunday 2 May 2010

Here we are again, May is upon us and I'm almost a year old, if not wiser. As is my wont I shall be providing a show of blatant and unapologetic self-indulgence. It's my birthday tomorrow and I'll play what I want to. Having said that, I shall remain pretty much within the normal musical parameters of my show. You'll hear artists and songs featuring "Paul", "Cat", "Birthday" and "Party", even amongst the usual features. Happy Birthday To Me!

The Beatles - Birthday (Apple 1968)
Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound (RCA 1961) (show theme)
Barbara Ruskin - Cats Eyes (Unreleased, Year Unknown)
Paul Craig - Midnight Girl (CBS 1966)
Annette Funicello - Tall Paul (Disneyland 1958)
Paul and Barry Ryan - I Love How You Love Me (Decca 1966)
The Kinks - Phenomenal Cat (Pye 1968)
Darlene Paul - A Little Bit of Heaven (Capitol 1964)
Petula Clark - Life and Soul of the Party (Pye 1966) (Connect 3)
The Victorians - You're Invited To A Party (Liberty 1964) (Connect 3)
Warwick - Let's Get The Party Going (RAK 1973) (Connect 3)
Paul and Paula - Hey Paula (Phillips 1963)
Fanny - Cat Fever (Reprise 1971)
The Merseys - The Cat (Fontana 1967) (Birthday: 3 May 1967 Me!)
Paul Revere & The Raiders - Just Like Me (Columbia 1966)
Paul Jones - I've Been A Bad Bad Boy (HMV 1967)
Geraldine Gaulier - Les Chattes (The Cats) (Label Unknown 1968) (Foreign Language)
Glenda Collins - Been Invited To a Party (HMV 1965)
Tony Russell - Happy Larry (On The Buses Theme) (Label Unknown 1969) (Half-Time Instrumental)
John Paul Jones - Baja (Pye 1964)
Paul Conway - Don't Make Fun of Me (Piccadilly 1964)
The Cats - Swan Lake (BAF 1968) (Trojan Mod Reggae)
Paul & Ritchie & The Cryan Shames - Come On Back (Decca 1966)
Peter, Paul and Mary - I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Warners 1967)
The Ivy League - We're Having A Party (Piccadilly 1965)
Attic Lights - Wendy (Paul Remix) (Island 2008) (Under The Influence)
The Associates - Party Fears Two (WEA 1982)
Paul's Troubles - You've Got Something (Ember 1966)
Simon and Garfunkel - Keep The Customer Satisfied (Columbia 1969)
Bobby Fuller Four - Birthday Cake (Keep Your Hands Off It) (Unreleased, Year Unknown) (Connect 3)
The Cookies - I Want A Boy For My Birthday (Dimension 1963) (Connect 3)
Baby Jane & The Rockabyes - Happy Birthday (Wherever You Are) (Unreleased 1963) (Connect 3)
Paul Kane - My Fair Baby's Comin' for Me (Unreleased, Year Unknown)
John E Paul - I Wanna Know (Decca 1967)
Paul Anka - I Can't Help Loving You (RCA 1966) (Two of a Kind)
Paul Anka - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Verve Music 2005) (Two of a Kind)
The Orchids - She's My Girl (Pebble 2010)
The Pixies Three - Birthday Party (Mercury 1963)
Floyd Cramer - On The Rebound (RCA 1961) (show theme)

If you're in the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, you can tune in on channel 3 on your hospital bedside or on 1287AM on the Medium Wave.

That's it for this week. Until next time, it's good day and good health.

The Orchids - She's My Girl (Pebble) out 24 May

The Legendary Sarah Records band are back!! An exciting announcement coming from Glasgow, home to the enigmatic five piece band The Orchids!

The guys have been busy since their last live performance in New York in summer 2008 writing and recording their fifth studio album. You will hear the results for the first time on a brand new Brighton-based label Pebble Records. The album called “The Lost Star” will be out in July 2010 and is preceded by the release of a single. The bands seventh single, “She’s My Girl” is released on 24th May and this will not disappoint new or existing fans, being a raucous guitar pop song for you to pogo and shout along to. This is backed with two other new songs “The OK Song (Single mix)” and “The Lost Star”. The two additional songs that make up a three song EP have been entirely produced by the band themselves but on the main song, and others on the new album, the band has renewed their relationship with producer Ian Carmichael with spectacular results.

The album is a varied collection of songs more in line with their second album than with the 2007 release “Unholy Soul”“Good To Be A Stranger”. Watch out for the Orchids pop sound you know so well on “Les Spectacles de la Foire” and “Song For A Friend” and try to control your feet when you hear tracks such as “The Way That She Moves”. Meanwhile the cinematic epic guitar sound of “Doot Doot” and beautiful harmonies in the understated “Back To Your House” may surprise some who expect everything to remain the same in the world of The Orchids – which of course it never does! You can also savour one of the best tracks on the album, the breathtaking and atmospheric “Girl To The Soldier” featuring the Cairn String Quartet (who have also worked with fellow Glaswegians Camera Obscura and Twilight Sad).

The album has been recorded and produced by the band’s bass player Ronnie Borland in Busby, Eaglesham and Manchester with final mixing by the aforementioned Ian Carmichael. As with their previous three albums, this one also features the beautiful vocals of Pauline Hynds.

The band has announced some shows to promote the records, returning to play for the second time at the popular English festival “Indie Tracks” on Saturday 24th July and then at Berlin popfest on Saturday 31st July. Look out for live performances to be announced for London and Glasgow. Listen to what they are all about and keep up to date with what happens next in the wonderful world of The Orchids at

“The best Scottish pop band since Orange Juice” – Melody Maker

“A blissful mix of the best Scottish bands of the last few years” – NME

“Eclectic. Every single song is a gem” – Exclaim

“Luxuriant textures, immaculate pop fizz with enviable purpose” – MM

“Songs of emotional wit and sparkling indie pop” – All Music Guide

“Languid and alluring” – Tangents

“Sweetly strummed, swoonily harmonised" – Uncut

“They brought together all the best parts of the 80's Scottish music scene, while adding something that's hard to pin down, yet made them so very special" Exclaim!