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.

BPFallonBobDylan Now Bob is out in the sunlight by the Boyne’s dancing waters, fondly recalling Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem and Liam’s brothers and the friendship they’d bestowed on him when he first arrived in New York, the huge influence they’d had on him, eulogising The Clancy Brothers as film cameras capture the bashful bard paying tribute to his back pages. The filming, it’s for a Clancy Brothers documentary.

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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BPF & The Hot Tongue Gang: Carley Wolf lead vocals & Joe King Carrasco electric guitar & BP Fallon lead vocals & Annie Marie Lewis lead vocals & Danny B Harvey electric guitar & Clem Burke drums. Photographed in Austin by Theresa DiMenno

We are thrilled to announce the surprise release of the new BP Fallon album ‘Hot Tongue’ – a Limited Edition of 100 180gm 12″ LPs, each hand-numbered & signed by BP.

Presented by Vibrosonic Records as Test Pressings, this quirky collectors item plays at 45rpm on the ‘A’ side & at 331/3rd on the ‘B’ side.

The six-track album is available as a vinyl LP & also as a download on BP Fallon’s Bandcamp & his CD Baby

Hot Togue by BP Fallon

Hear the title track ‘Hot Tongue’

Lyrics by BP Fallon
Music by BP Fallon/Danny B Harvey

BP Fallon – lead vocals
Carley Wolf – lead vocals
Annie Marie Lewis – lead vocals
Danny B Harvey – electric guitar
Joe King Carrasco – electric guitar
Jonas Wilson – Hammond organ
Nigel Harrison – bass guitar
Clem Burke – drums
Hector Muñoz – percussion
John Sheahan – fiddle
On ‘Aural Sects Mix’ add Nigel Harrison – Wurlitzer

Produced by BP Fallon

Mixed by Gavin Glass/BP Fallon at Orphan Studio, Dublin
‘Aural Sects Mix’ by Barry Murphy/BP Fallon at NuMu, Dublin

Recorded at Red Horse Ranch Studio, Austin, Texas
Additional recording at Orphan Studio, Dublin, Ireland
Engineers: Mark Younger-Smith/Jonas Wilson/Gavin Glass/Peter Ashmore

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The ‘Hot Tongue’ voices: Annie Marie Lewis & BP Fallon & Carley Wolf. Photographed at Red Horse Ranch Studio ATX by Radek

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Reflections On David Bowie

Posted by admin on Saturday Jan 16, 2016 Under Art, David Bowie, Life's A Gas, Magic, Marc Bolan, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Verbal


BP Fallon being interviewed about David Bowie on UTV News by Paul Colgan

Last Monday seems like a year ago now, a dream. It still feels like a dream. David Bowie is dead.

On Monday, a shocked and saddened BP Fallon spoke to Neil Delamere on Today FM, to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio 1’s ‘Liveline’ and was interviewed on UTV television news. BP then joined Paul McLoone in the Today FM studio for Paul’s David Bowie tribute show.

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BP Fallon speaking to Paul McLoone about David Bowie


Audio above: The Paul McLoone David Bowie Tribute Show with BP Fallon and the voice of David Bowie plus on the phone Joe Elliott and Pete Holidai (edited). Produced by Kate Brennan Harding

And a few photographs from the archives of elevation:

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Ziggy & Iggy in his T.Rex t-shirt & Lou. Dorchester Hotel, London. Photography by Mick Rock

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David Bowie as Tilda Swinton & Tilda Swinton as DB

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Mick Ronson & Ziggy

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David & Marc on Marc’s tv show 1977

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Magical Roots – London 1968

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“The stars look very different today…”

To David, with love. As BP Fallon said on Facebook and Twitter, “We are so lucky to have choogled thru life w/ David Bowie as one of our guides & inspirations ♫ ♪” x

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Superb audio documentary on the life and rhymes of BP Fallon, with BP’s free-spirited attitude to life peppered with mentions of Henrdix, Bolan and Beatles to Dylan, Van Morrison and The Strypes plus his own music and beyond (30 mins).

‘BP Fallon – A Sonic Life Adventure’
Produced by Sian O’Gorman RTÉ Radio 1

New Years Eve! Television The Drug Of The Nation!
RTÉ One 7.30pm
BP performs on tv Dec 31st (Thurs) on ‘The Best Of The Imelda May Show’

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Imelda May & BP Fallon have a chinwag in Texas. Photography by Nathan Edge

Additional photography by Christopher Durst (top) & Brian Birzer (middle) :)

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