– Allan Jones in Uncut Magazine July 2016 – thank you Allan
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– Allan Jones in Uncut Magazine July 2016 – thank you Allan
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God bless Henry McCullough July 21st 1943 – June 14th 2016
We present this special edition of Wang Dang Doodle that was first broadcast on Nov 9th 2012, days after Henry suffered a massive heart attack. Since then he has been nursed by his incredible wife Josie. And today, while she held his hand and they listened to a song he’d written about their love, the song Foolish Heart, Henry slipped away.
Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll Wang Dang Doodle
00:00 BP Fallon salutes Henry McCullough
00:20 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – Ronnie Drew
00:30 Failed Christian – Henry McCullough
09:37 Drunk Side Of The Moon – Henry McCullough
09:59 Last Of The Bluemen – Henry McCullough
14:00 BP verbal
15:32 Shining Star – Henry McCullough
20:39 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams – Henry McCullough
24:29 House Of The Rising Son – Henry McCullough
34:27 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – The Blind Boys Of Alabama
34:33 The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack – David Holmes
38:57 When It Comes To Tears – Pete Cummings
42:50 Slow – Tricky
46:11 Unlock Your Mind – Soul Rebels Brass Band
50:14 “Yeah, baby!” – Jaime Coon
50:15 Big Old River– Henry McCullough
52:44 Peacock’s Waltz– Henry McCullough
54:52 BP love to Henry
56:31 Ould Piece Of Wood– Henry McCullough
60:26 Music is the massage
60:33 BP back for a moment
61:03 I Couldn’t Sleep For Thinking Of Hank Williams (Tulsa) – Henry McCullough
65:00 Poor Man’s Moon (Reprise) – Henry McCullough
66:35 And the jingles jangling go auld triangling
BP Fallon & Henry McCullough, Dublin 2012 by Hedge
Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine)
& Henry McCullough (Eire Apparent) on tour together USA 1968
The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd – Syd on right behind Waters – & The Move & Amen Corner & Eire Apparent & Outer Limits, touring Britain together in 1967. Note Eire Apparent’s ace guitarist Henry McCullough grinning away second-last row on left
Sweeney’s Men – Terry Woods & Johnny Moynihan & Henry McCullough
Joe Cocker w/ Henry McCullough & Alan Spenner of The Grease Band
The Grease Band on stage at Woodstock in 1969 – Henry on right
of photograph in white shirt – before Joe Cocker joined them
With A Little Help From My Friends – Henry McCullough & Joe Cocker
triumph at Woodstock
Eric Clapton & Henry McCullough by & © Dave Robinson
Henry McCullough & Pete Townsend
Wings in Morroco 1973 – Denny Seiwell & Paul & Linda McCartney
& Denny Laine & Henry McCullough courtesy henrymccullough.com
Henry McCullough Hero Of Rock’n’Roll by & © BP Fallon
Henry by & © BP Fallon
BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle recorded & produced by & © BP Fallon
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?
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.
-by & © BP Fallon 2003
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
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
Here are a bunch of screengrabs from the video:
BP Fallon & Annie Marie Lewis & Joe King Carrasco & Jonas Wilson’s bass guitar
BP Fallon & Danny B Harvey
Danny B Harvey’s guitar & Annie Marie Lewis & Jonny Wolf & BP Fallon & Carley Wolf & Joe King Carrasco & Jonas Wilson
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
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.
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
The ‘Hot Tongue’ voices: Annie Marie Lewis & BP Fallon & Carley Wolf. Photographed at Red Horse Ranch Studio ATX by Radek