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Memories are made of this…

The wonderful tribute to BP Fallon on the Miriam O’Callaghan programme on RTE Radio 1 with special guest Robert Plant talking about his friend.

BP recalls his childhood and bumpy schooldays, hiding on the Dublin to Liverpool boat to go see The Beatles at The Cavern, this schoolboy appearing every Saturday on the Telefis Eireann pop television show ‘Pickin’ The Pops’. He flashes back to when he appeared – twice – on ‘Top Of The Pops’ with John Lennon. He talks very very fondly of Marc Bolan, remembers Henry McCullough, discusses making his first record with Jack White, talks about his friend David Holmes – plus much much more.

LISTEN HERE

 

Talking about Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant says “In the middle of all the pressure it was pretty tough and the great thing about Bernard, Beep, coming on board with us is that he helped dilute a lot of the intensities that were thrust upon us… in the middle of it all Beep was a settling factor. We had years of fun in the smallest and shortest time…

“Beep was there with great ideas, good suggestions, pointing this way and that way… there was a point of conjecture and discussion that wouldn’t have been there otherwise… He was an extension of the adventure and the lifestyle of the band itself…

“Beep is a good friend, I’m very pleased to be paying for this call myself!”.

And Mirian O’Callaghan asks Robert twice about Led Zeppelin getting back together again – to a hilarious response.

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The Lobsters – BP Fallon & Robert Plant – plus bassist Andy Sylvester sing backing vocals with Melvin’s Marauders in The Queen’s Head pub in Stourbridge near Kidderminster, May 17th 1979

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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon, London 1971. Photography by Barrie Wentzel

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BP Fallon & Miriam O’Callaghan

With thanks to Miriam and to Conor Kavanagh, producer of The Miriam O’Callaghan Show.

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You Got The Silver – ‘Henry McCullough’ plays & reflects. Photo by Denis Woods

The London-based record label Late Night Tales have craftily/cleverly/kindly held back a stash of the USA version of the Record Store Day ‘Henry McCullough’ 12″ with the amazing Andrew Weatherall remixes.

The American RSD release comes in a silver mirrored cover – it is gold in the UK and elsewhere. A limited edition of 1,000, each record is individually numbered. Late Night Tales have revealed that they put aside nearly 300 of these treasures.

Thus, those of you who have been gnashing your teeth can now rest your molars – as long as you’re quick on your feet – these splattered colour vinyl collectors’ items are moving quicker than Elvis’ left leg, so grab yours now
BUY USA SILVER EDITION – BP Fallon & David Holmes ‘Henry McCullough’ – The Andrew Weatherall Remixes

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Record Store Day in Dublin: BP Fallon spots the last ‘Henry McCullough’ in Tower Records. Snap by Barney

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Record Store Day in Dublin, Part 2: Size Matters – man with 12″ of splattered colour ‘Henry McCullough’ vinyl outside Freebird Records. Pic by Barney

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Record Store Day in Austin: Sloane Lenz Queen Of The Hop reflects on the very last silver-mirrored ‘Henry McCullough’ in Waterloo Records. Pic by selfie

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We are chuffed to confirm that the Andrew Weatherall Remixes of ‘Henry McCullough’ by BP Fallon & David Holmes will be released on Record Store Day, Saturday April 22nd – less than three weeks away.
– 12” 33⅓ rpm splattered colour vinyl
– gold reflective mirror sleeve (UK & Ireland)
– silver reflective mirror sleeve (USA & rest of world)

The record contains three tracks – Andrew Weathearall’s astounding remix of ‘Henry McCullough’ plus Andrew’s dub version plus the original David Holmes mix from David’s ‘Late Night Tales’ album.

Record Store Day – participating stores
USA
UK & N IRELAND
IRELAND

Says BP Fallon “Yonks ago, captivated by the extraordinary album that is ‘Screamadelica’ by Primal Scream, I never dreamed that Andrew Weatherall would one day bless my work. I’m really vibed to have made this record with David and Andrew. And, y’know, I can feel Henry, way beyond, digging it”.

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David Holmes & BP Fallon by Paul Bell

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY ABOUT ‘HENRY McCULLOUGH’

The standout track is a tribute to a fallen hero from Northern Ireland, Henry McCullough. Recorded in the small hours on the night of Henry’s funeral, the writer and artist BP Fallon freestyles a stream of consciousness poem about one of our most gifted of sons.

Flowing, dramatic prose charting McCullough’s life and impact as an artist and a friend, lamenting his loss and expressing the hope that he’ll see him “when the time comes”.

Devastating, heartbreaking, wonderful.
– Joe Lindsay, Belfast Live

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But it’s Holmes’ cut with inimitable 70-year-old Dubliner BP Fallon that seals the deal. An impassioned spoken word tribute to the late, great Henry McCullough, it’s a simple yet profoundly personal piece in which the borderline mystical tone that defines Holmes’ release gleams into sharp focus over five minutes.
– Brian Coney, The Quietus

‘Henry McCullough’ is a moving tribute to the recently departed rock guitarist of the same name with a heartbreaking spoken word lament from his friend and legendary Irish radio jock BP Fallon. If this doesn’t get you to the verge of tears, you truly have a heart of stone.
– Ben Wilmott, Electronic Sound Magazine

Holmes’ collaboration with Irish broadcaster/writer BP Fallon, a touching eulogy to the late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, is worth the price of admission alone.
– Simon McEwen, Q Magazine

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The four screengrabs above are from the forthcoming amazing ‘Henry McCullough’ video by Single Cell & Speed Of Life Films – stay tuned! 🙂

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Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984.
Photography by Nutan Photographic

Today is Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday.
To mark this milestone occasion we present:
THE CURIOUS TALE OF BOB DYLAN & JOHNNY THUNDERS & SID VICIOUS & VAN MORRISON
by BP Fallon
Slane Castle, County Meath, Ireland 1984… and beyond
Written NYC July 15/16th 2003

1984 and the Orwellian seer Bob Dylan. Chinwagging with The Big Zee in his trailer before the gig, him asking you ’bout that guitar-toting buzzard Johnny Thunders who you’d introduced him to at a Link Wray show in London some six or seven years before. Dylan had been kinda startled as Johnny reached out for Bob’s wet fish handshake. Said he’d never heard of The New York Dolls, was more interested in where he could get a new coat.

Sid Vicious’ Nancy wobbled up, tits hanging out and eyes closing down. This apparition heaves itself onto Dylan’s skinny bosom, she a sloppy floppy messy deadweight bodybag of mascaraed custard landing heavily onto the poet’s ribcage unprotected by Dylan’s tatty old leather coat that he’s had for ages. Dylan winces.

“Sex!” this clinging eyeshadowed amoeba blurts out to The Voice Of A Generation who twitches like he’s stuck outside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again and as he tries to free himself of this snaily woman he shakes his shoulders, Bob Dylan the frazzle-haired and frazzled creaky old rumba dancer at the YMCA with a junkie on his back.

You explain to Bob that Sex is the clothes shop run by Vivienne Westwood and her partner, the wideboy rock’n’roll manager Malcolm McClaren. “They sell coats and stuff, bondage gear”. Bob perks up perceptively. “Rubber stuff?” he queries. “Malcolm managed the Sex Pistols” you soothe. On cue, The Voice Of Degeneration shrills out like a petulant lost baby seal. “Nance-yyy!” It’s Sid, calling out for his monkey minder and her mind-numbing medicine.

Later that night Sid asks you to be his manager. “Malcolm’s your manager” you point out. Sid had an expedient way to get out of his contract. “I’ll cut his fuckin’ throat”, chortle chortle snivel snot, wipe nose on leather jacket sleeve. At least Sid was polite enough to wipe his dribbling nose on his own leather jacket. You, you’re already managing Johnny Thunders – full-on too much JT junkie bizness, a true-blood Noo Yoik rock’n’roller as magic as Gene Vincent Meets Keef Richards, turning himself to shit with smack.

Johnny and Sid have already played live at The Speakeasy as The Living Dead. Well, Sid climbed up onto Johnny’s stage and stumbled off again. Now they want to call their group The Junkies. Things like that could do your head in. I don’t think Bob Dylan ever got his new coat. The NME had a photo of me’n’Bawb at the Link Wray gig. What can you do?

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Bawb’n’BP at the Link Wray/Robert Gordon gig at The Music Machine – image from NME June 24th 1978. Photo of Dylan/Fallon by Sarah Wyld.

So now we’re back at Slane watching Paul Brady honoured to show this gnarled lizard how to play The Lakes Of Ponchatrain in this crappy trailer by the banks of the Boyne. Bob does just fine, fumbles and mumbles and shy ‘Aw shucks’ cowpoke grin as his long fingernails scratch at an acoustic guitar.

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And now you’re standing on the side of the stage with Patsy watching Bob Dylan and his band rockin’ out like electric methedrine with lumps in it and there’s Bono and Ali taking it all in too.

Van Morrison shuffles up to where we’re standing, picks up an acoustic guitar, puts it down, looks grumpy. You look at Bono and he looks at you and the vibe is ‘Aw, fuck, doesn’t look like Van will sing with Dylan now’. But of course Van does, the ornery bastard, goes on and has Dylan singing with him on Van’s own Tupelo Honey, the two voices clashing and meshing and dancing around each other like refreshed lovers probing. The Goat On The Barbed Wire Fence and The Mighty Lion’s Roar are now singing Bob’s It’s All Over Now Baby Blue together and untogether and it’s poetry emotion.

“Take what you have gathered from coincidence…” You know a couple of guys in Dylan’s combo. That’s why you and your girl are here at Slane in such an exulted viewpoint. You trip over a wire causing the PA to stab out a sharp metallic crackle and Dylan jumps back from his mic all shook up and you put on your best ‘What, me?’ face and hide behind Patsy.

There’s Mick Taylor from The Stones twanging majestically, his guitar like liquid mercury. And over there, the keyboards swirl from the fingers of another dear chum from the rock’n’roll daze, this lovely grinning diamond Ian MacLagan, he from The Small Faces/Faces/Stones and more. He wrote about this special day and this night-until-dawn in his book All The Rage, Mac did, this very last night of this European tour.

Ah, yes. Maybe it’s odd but you feel proud of these guys as they play behind Bob Dylan. It’s very warming. Many rivers to cross and they’ve burnt a few bridges, come out from the storm to find the blessed chalice now sometimes free from harm. Instant calmer’s gonna get you. And His Master’s Voice, it’s wheezy and raspy and magic and sinewy like a snake from the Book Of Isiah, curling around Van’s magnificent full-chested roar of redemption. “She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey” indeed. Perfect.

-by & © BP Fallon 2003


Van Morrison & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984 by Sean Hennessy

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Bob Dylan & Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon at Slane Castle 1984
by Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman

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BP Fallon & Johnny Thunders at The New Inn, Dublin April 1990
by Paul Murphy

“Thunder on the mountain and there’s fires on the moon
A ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon
Today’s the day where I’m gonna grab my trombone and blow
Well, there’s hot stuff here and it’s everywhere I go…”
-Bob Dylan, Thunder On The Mountain

🙂 In loving memory of Johnny Thunders and of Kevin Dunne who loved Bob and of all who sail ahead of us x

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BP Fallon – Hot Tongue – the video

Created by the Lenz Twinz – the multi-faceted duo of Sloane & Felix Lenz – the video was filmed in Austin at venues such as Hotel Vegas, Swan Dive, Guero’s, San Jose Hotel, The Saxon and Red Horse Ranch during SXSW, at which BP Fallon & the exemplary musicians played eleven rousing shows.

Hot Tongue lead singers – BP Fallon & Carley Wolf & Annie Marie Lewis with guitar aces Danny B Harvey & Joe King Carrasco & Aaron Lee Tasjan plus Jonas Wilson on bass guitar & Jonny Wolf on good vibes 🙂

Buy the Hot Tongue limited edition of 100 180gm LP hand-numbered & signed by BP plus four pages of inserts $55 + p&p on Bandcamp & CD Baby. Also available there for download $5.50

Here are a bunch of screengrabs from the video:

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BP Fallon & Annie Marie Lewis & Joe King Carrasco & Jonas Wilson’s bass guitar

Twangin'!
BP Fallon & Danny B Harvey

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Danny B Harvey’s guitar & Annie Marie Lewis & Jonny Wolf & BP Fallon & Carley Wolf & Joe King Carrasco & Jonas Wilson

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Annie Marie Lewis & Joe King Carrasco & Jonas Wilson & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Danny B Harvey

“Someone told me something
I’d like to tell you now
But I can’t remember what it is
Not right now anyhow…”
– Hot Tongue lyrics by BP Fallon – music by BP Fallon/Danny B Harvey

🙂

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