We are excited to announce that BP Fallon will be backed by The Strypes at the Lou Reed tribute concert at SXSW in Austin, Texas. How amazing is that? The timeless High Priest Of Happiness backed by the hottest new group in the world.
Both parties are mutual fans. “I believe in BP Fallon” Strypes guitarist Josh McLorey has said on stage (see video below), another time descibing BP as “The biggest legend to ever walk”.
Fallon’s admiration of The Strypes is well known. Speaking about them to waxoholics.com, he says ” I love these guys, love their energy, love their attitude, love their work ethic. If they want it and if the angels allow, they can become the biggest group in the world. And then the floodgates for teen rock’n'roll will burst open again, fresh and refreshed and ready to shake it. Good morning! Long may we choogle..”
Curated by Richard Barone & Alejandro Escovedo, among those also appearing at the concert for Lou are Lucinda Williams, Sean Lennon, The Baseball Project with Peter Buck and Mike Mills, Black Lips, Lisa Marie Presley, Louise Goffin, The Fleshtones, Jesse Malin, Cheeta Chrome, Suzanne Vega, Wayne Kramer from The MC5 – even Spandau Ballet plus Andy Warhol superstar and Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Finger’ cover model Joe Dallesandro.
The house band is as good as it gets and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at live gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival and Tony Shanahan on bass from The Patti Smith Group with Ivan Julian on guitar and the string section of Matt Fish on cello and Susan Voelz on violin.
Featuring the music of Lou Reed solo and as a member of The Velvet Underground, this concert will be very special and the musical link-up between BP Fallon and The Strypes will one day be one for the rock’n'roll history books.
The Concert For Lou Reed
Paramount Theater, Austin. Fri March 15 at 7.30pm
Modern Times – “see you deep on the heart of Texas”
The Strypes by Eriko Kaneko
BP Fallon/The Strypes – I Believe/Mystery Man
Five live Lou Reed fans by Barbara McCarthy
“One fine mornin’, she puts on a New York station
And she couldn’t believe what she heard at all
She started dancin’ to that fine-fine-fine-fine music
Ooohhh, her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll
Hey baby, rock ‘n’ roll…” - ‘Rock’n'Roll’ by The Velvet Underground written & sung by Lou Reed
Poster photography by Brian Birzer. Artwork by lib-lab
We are delighted to announce BP Fallon’s shows at SXSW in Austin, on which he’ll be backed by his long-term Texas collaboraters The Ghost Wolves – the mythical Carley Ghost on guitar and Jonny Ghost on drums.
Says Jonny of BP, “He’s a rock’n'roll sage. This is special for us, a musical treat”.
BP Fallon & The Ghost Wolves – Increasingly Often (roller coaster)
Filmed and mixed live at KUTX, Austin, Texas
Commercial break ‘Increasingly Often’
Original recording on the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’
Written & produced by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke LP-CD-digital download End of commercial
Additionally, BP will perform at the SXSW Lou Reed Tribute Concert at the Paramount Theater in Austin alongside Sean Lennon, Alejandro Escovedo & strings, Black Lips, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Marie Presley, Suzanne Vega, Wayne Kramer from The MC5, Richard Barone – even Andy Warhol star and Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Finger’ cover model Joe Dallesandro.
The house band is incredible and its core members will be familiar to fans of BP Fallon & The Bandits – none other than Blondie/Bandits drummer Clem Burke, guitarist Lenny Kaye from The Patti Smith Group who’s been a Bandit at live gigs in New York, Austin and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival and Tony Shanahan on bass from Patti Smith Group with Ivan Julian on guitar, Matt Fish on cello, Susan Voelz on violin.
Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984.
Photography by Nutan Photographic
THE TALE OF BOB DYLAN & JOHNNY THUNDERS & SID & VAN
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?
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.
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.
Van Morrison & Bob Dylan at Slane Castle 1984 by Sean Hennessy
Bob Dylan & Patsy Dennehy & BP Fallon at Slane Castle 1984
by Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman
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
‘Looking For Johnny’ – The Legend Of Johnny Thunders
Marky Ramone – Ramones
Sylvain Sylvain – New York Dolls
Lenny Kaye – The Patti Smith Group
Alan Vega – Suicide
Walter Lure – The Heartbreakers
Peter Perret – The Only Ones
John Perry – The Only Ones
Rick Rivits – member of band that became The New York Dolls
Frank Infante – Blondie
Marty Thau – New York Dolls manager
BP Fallon – manager of solo ‘So Alone’ Johnny Thunders
Leee Black Childers – manager of Johnny in The Heartbreakers
Bob Gruen – photographer/creator of Dolls movie ‘All Dolled Up’
Nina Antonia – Johnny’s biographer with ‘In Cold Blood’
Sammy Yaffa – Hanoi Rocks/played with Johnny & Jerry Nolan/was member of reformed Dolls
Terry Chimes – The Clash/Johnny’s band
Produced by Phyllis Stein/Patrick Grandperret/Jiff Wilson/Johnny Black/Tomoko Keats/Stephanie Rachel
Written & directed by Danny Garcia
Johnny Thunders – Alone In A Crowd
Music video of ‘Alone In A Crowd’
Taken from the forthcoming Johnny Thunders documentary ‘Looking For Johnny’ (2014)
BP Fallon & Johnny Thunders in Dublin 1990 by Paul Murphy
God bless Johnny Thunders
July 15th 1952 – April 23th 1991
Rest in peace, Johnny. Love you x
This NBC Nightly News report of July 31st 1973 suggests that there is a link between organised crime and the US record business, mentioning drug dealing, payola, mob connections and high living – and then reports on Led Zeppelin with rare film of the band and friends on their private plane Starship.
“The Shah Of Iran? No. J Paul Getty? No. The occupants of these limousines don’t rule countries, don’t make oil deals, they don’t even make million-dollar movies – but they live as if they did all of those things. In their 20s, they are rich, powerful, temperamental and pampered. They are The (sic) Led Zeppelin.
“To get around, Zeppelin uses a chartered 707 – the kind of plane President Nixon uses. The President’s plane doesn’t have an organ nor a fifteen-foot mirrored bar nor in the private quarters does it have two bedrooms and a fireplace. Nor does The President travel with an entourage that looks like this…”
Screengrab ~ The Media Guru on Led Zeppelin’s plane Starship 1973
Phil Everly (January 19th 1939 – January 3rd 2014) RIP
My Auntie Betty, bless her, owned The Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells in County Meath in Ireland. Then – this is 1959 – it was a sort of hunting/shooting/landed gentry crowd who took of the hotel’s hospitality. And this kid home on holidays in Ireland from boarding school in England, this eleven year old boy flush with his first flash of this rock’n'roll thing that was to fuel him all of his life, he discovered in the hotel in his aunt’s private and sedate drawing room a radiogram.
This big mahogany lump of furniture housed a valve radio and a gramophone for playing gramophone records, the sound warm and wooden and embracing from the built-in speakers. Already it was an old-fashioned item and something of an anachronistic treasure. Beautiful.
Auntie Betty had a few 78s. Big heavy chunks of 10″ black shellac. I can’t remember any of them except one. The Everly Brothers’ ’Bird Dog’ backed by ’Devoted To You’. It was all I needed in life, to play this record over and over again, mesmerised at the emotion of the voices on ‘Devoted To You’ and their naughty-to-the-teacher cheekiness on ‘Bird Dog’ which was teen hoodlum rock with a smile.
The Everly Brothers in England backed by The Crickets and introduced by Alma Cogan – Bird Dog/Until I Kissed You
Years and years later – after all their infamous sibling rancour – when they reunited in 1983 and played The Royal Albert Hall in London they played this song ‘Devoted To You’ and there’s a moment where they’re both singing “I’ll never be untrue” into the mics with that two-voices-as-one magic and Don looks straight into Phil’s eyes and all you see is love.
The Everly Brothers – Devoted to you – Royal Albert Hall 1983
I saw The Everly Brothers when they first played in Ireland in 1966. It was in the Dublin seaside town of Bray, in The Arcadia Ballroom. The dancers stopped twirling to cluster at the lip of the stage to see tonight’s star attraction. Don and Phil were no longer glistening in the charts but tonight they belonged to timelessness, the majesty of their harmonies magnetic to the max, they way they slung their gorgeous trademark Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop acoustic guitars around themselves so casually and with such finesse… they way they leaned into the mic together, these two brothers singing with one voice, this magic blending, Don on lead and Phil on harmonies and songs of yearning and lust, rockin’ hard one minute and gentle as a floating feather the next…
These Americans, they were stylish on stage, Don’s hair still quiffed up and Phil’s acknowledging the times with a moptoppish fringe. Their backing band – three guys – had hair like black patent leather and suits with creases so sharp you could shave with them. The drummer was amazing, sharp as an accelerating heartbeat one moment, holding it down like he was pulling the reigns tight the next as Don and Phil’s acoustic guitars swirled forward. I was told that the incredible kid on drums, that his name was Jim Gordon (Google him – it’s frightening. And beyond sadness into the darkest of madnesses. I knew him a bit when he played with Traffic. Good God).
The Everly Brother in Ireland in 1966 with the Hand twins Michael and Jim – Don centre, Phil on right. Scan by John Foyle
Don and Phil, they had four feet in wild rock’n'roll – dig ‘The Price Of Love’ with its tremelo guitar and wailing harmonica or their thrilling trilling through ‘Be Bop A Lula’ – while scooping up fans from the whitebread teen scene without being shallow and playing some of the best country music ever. White soul. American music.
I saw The Everly Brothers again in Ireland in 1984 at the echoey barn of The RDS in Dublin. Again, they were magnetically mesmerising, these two men singing songs of teen and dreams with dignity and elegance and grace, Don and Phil older now and younger than yesterday and forever young.
And now the greatest vocal duo in rock’n'roll is no more. God bless you, Phil Everly. You and your brother stirred my heart and you still stir my heart and I thank you. Rest in peace.
- BP Fallon, Dublin Jan 5th 2014
The Everly Brothers – Phil (18) & Don (20) with their first hit – Bye Bye Love (1957)
The Everly Brothers – Songs Of Innocence And Experience (BBC Arena 1984)(1hr 44mins)
Superb elegiac documentary that tells the tale of Don and Phil as they trace their lineage, starting in their coal mining hometown of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky.
And for your visual delectation, some cool photos and LP covers…
Buddy Holly with Don & Phil
I met Don Everly in 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon when he sang at Paul McCartney’s concert in tribute to Buddy Holly. Don, he sang with Paul and Linda and Denny Laine and members of The Crickets. Dave Edmunds and I snuck in backstage because rock’n'roll fan Mrs McCartney said she was too in awe of Don Everly and The Everly Brothers to bring us back and introduce us. Dave was almost-shaking nervous to meet his hero Don for the very first time but he must’ve said something right because when the Everlys reformed four years later, Dave was called upon to produce the first two albums. I never got to meet Phil Everly. Or Buddy Holly. No hurry now…
“They’re off and rolling”
Walk Right Back…
7″ EP No. 4
A Date With The Everly Brothers
Ist UK tour (1963). Little Richard was added to the tour when ticket sales were poor. This was The Rolling Stones’ first-ever nationwide tour; their debut single ‘Come On’ had just been released. These eager young chaps from the Surrey delta learned at the feet of the American masters.
Phil Everly & Julie Grant & Bo Diddley & Don Everly on the 1963 UK tour
Twenty-eight years ago today Phil Lynott died, bless him.
He was 36.
BP Fallon & Phil Lynott, Malahide Castle Dublin March 1st 1983. Photography by Eve Holmes
Here’s a flashback to three years ago – BP Fallon & Dave Fanning talking to Katherine Thomas live on RTE Radio1 Jan 3rd 2011, discussing the life and times of their friend Phil BP Fallon & Dave Fanning on Phil Lynott
Phil Lynott August 20th 1949 – January 4th 1986. God bless you, Phil.
Cup of tea? BP Fallon & Phil Lynott in Malahide Castle Dublin March 1st 1983. Photography by Eve Holmes
BP Fallon – I Believe In Elvis Presley – Strypes intro for their homecoming at Cavan Town Hall
Jenny McGovern reports in The Anglo Celt: ‘I believe’
“Rock‘n’Roll legend BP Fallon flew from his home in New York to introduce the Strypes, telling the crowd: ‘I believe in County Cavan/ I believe in Town Hall nights/ I believe in Josh and Ross and Pete and Evan/ I believe in The Strypes’”. Read more
BP Fallon introducing The Strypes on New Year’s Eve in College Green, Dublin. Photography by Laura Whitmore
BP Fallon & Ross Farrelly of The Strypes have a warble on ‘Van And Gloria’ at Blessings Pub in Cavan. Photography by Risa
Photograph in The Anglo Celt by Paul Reynolds
Man in blue. Photography by Risa
The Strypes rocking it in Cavan. Photography by BP Fallon
Two people with Irish backgrounds – John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972
BP Fallon appears in ‘Guth’ on TG4 tonight at 9.25pm discussing The Beatles. Three of the four Fabs are of Irish descent. BP worked at The Beatles’ Apple Records, appeared as a member of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band on TV in England and on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York, worked with Ringo Starr on the Marc Bolan & T.Rex movie ‘Born To Boogie’ and went on the road with Paul McCartney & Wings to write about it in their magazine ‘Club Sandwich’.
Among those also speaking in ‘Guth’ are Rod Davis of John Lennon’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, Brendan Bowyer of The Royal Showband who were supported by these up-and-coming Beatles, Peter Jay of Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers who toured with The Beatles and John McGrath of St John’s Ambulance who was on duty the night The Beatles played two shows in Dublin on Nov 7th 1963 when Ireland fell full-on under the spell of live Beatlemania. The following night, they played two shows in Belfast and everyone went bonkers again.
Three people with Irish backgrounds. “What does ‘Guth’ mean, John?” “Well, Dusty, it’s Irish for ‘voice’”.
‘Guth’ is the documentary series that tells how the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants have changed the face of popular music. What impact, if any, did their Irish blood have on singers like Bing Crosby, John Lennon, Dusty Springfield, John Lydon, Morrissey and Marr or the Gallagher Brothers?
Would the world have heard this music if Bing Crosby’s great-grandfather had not left Cork for Canada, if John Lennon’s grandfather hadn’t taken a ship to Liverpool or John Lydon’s father had stayed in Tuam, County Galway? And how did their relationship with Ireland inform their songs?
Tonight’s ‘Guth’ on The Beatles is the final programme in this highly-lauded series.
BP Fallon & The Strypes with the ‘Still Legal’ LP by BP Fallon & The Bandits
Last night was such a gas that we’re going to do it again! Yes, BP Fallon will again be DJing the Strypes party after their third and final homecoming gig at the Town Hall in Cavan, Co Cavan, Ireland. The afterparty – like last night’s brilliant off-the-hook stomper – will again be held in Blessing’s Bar.
In the meantime… more groovy pix of groovy people with groovy vinyl: