"Once upon a time, I played in bands in Brighton (see picture above). There is little to equal the warm buzz of an overcharged Marshall amp as you begin the random scatter of feedback drenched notes to create a guitar solo. You find out more about yourself in those precious seconds - how brave or creative you are - than you do in so many other, supposedly more meaningful, life events."
From 'Bathroom Mirror Monologues' Tim Robson August 2014
Tim Robson writes under the pen name of Tim Robson. His personal website www.timrobson.eu features (it says here) Tim’s unique and humorous take on life. Yeah.
Tim's early life was fictionalised in the novel 'Neil Diamond's Beard'. On account of it being sexist, solipsistic crap, it remains unpublished. "Shades of Kafka," says Tim darkly.
Tim's second novel 'Hit and Run Lover' - a savage dissection of the financial services industry told from the viewpoint of a 40 something middle manager - has been blackballed by the publishing industry. "They can't publish it, it will destroy the banking system," says Tim sat at his computer in the basement in his Y fronts.
Unusually, Tim gets funnier and better looking the more he has had to drink. "I kind of invented observational comedy," he says. "Me, Ben Elton, Bruce Forsyth; there weren't many of us doing it in those days."
Tim's always been interested in politics. His political insights are often to be found IN CAPITAL LETTERS awaiting moderation on the Guardian's Comment is Free website.
Music's pretty important to me. Below you'll find extended song critiques of some of my favourites songs indispersed with plenty of extraneous waffle about my life and why they are on the list. It's a random, self indulgent ride but what would you expect on a page called 'About' on a website entitled timrobson.eu?
SONGS - click on each song title to bring up a discussion on why it is on the list!
Below is a link to the Stones promo video for Jumping Jack Flash. Notice that this is an entirely different mix to the actual single version. It has a different vocal, prominent harmonies and, most noticeably, a much heavier guitar sound that replaces the organ in the single version.
Here's a clip from 1971 of a rather hairy Neil singing Solitary Man!
An ethereal track from Annie and Dave, the non-single, title track of their album of the same name.
The rare live version of the track posted below is from the album launch party. Skip to 1.30 to hear Savage which is more guitar heavy than the keyboard dominated album cut. Different but good. Enjoy.
No list of songs is complete without The Byrds and their legendary, but lost, frontman, Gene Clark. I've added two songs under this banner - sorry - but both are worthy of inclusion. The seminal and ground breaking 'Eight Miles High' was a landmark record, breaking and redefining rules about what a rock record could do. 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better' is a classic, jingle-jangle, Gene Clark song.
Included here is a (semi) live version from a 1965 US TV show, Shindig. Although the vocals are live, it appears the instruments are pre-recorded. The arrangement however is much faster and shorter than the original, but the energy and verve of this Byrds performance, and Gene Clark's effortless cool, sum up the excitement of the times. Looking at McGuinn's eyes behind his granny shades and you can see he's already thinking about Eight Miles High!
The song I like most to sing along to either in the car with the windows down or when cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Big tune, big voice, big finale. Yohanna's not as well known as all the others on this page. She's young, from Iceland and has a voice that is ridiculously pure and yet powerful.
The video is the only live version of this song I can find. Whilst Yohanna does a good job ( of course), it suffers a little from not having backing singers who ratchet up the tension in the studio recording. Still - it will have you looking for - and downloading - the original!