Sunday, 18 December 2011

Dodgy Iceland Christmas, new single and UK recessions

And so nearly Christmas....
It's funny; we've just been asked to write some notes on our song 'What Became Of You', with the exciting news that a slightly edited version is going to be the first single from the new Dodgy album 'Stand Upright In A Cool Place' next year. It got us thinking, how similar circumstances are now to when we were first trying to break through as a a band. It's been a little contemplative round here because last week Dodgy  completed all live dates for 2011 and after being humbled by the positive reaction to the tour where we played the whole of the new album, it was nice to bring things to a close with a club date at the This Feeling Xmas Party at The Queen Of Hoxton. It was a suitably boisterous jolly-up and I think Dodgy guitarist Andy summed it up quite succinctly "the gig was fun .. with an attractive young crowd.. who had the span of their attention pushed to the extremes of our 45 minute set and appeared relieved there wasn't an exam at the end ;-)".
The Dodgy set list included 'What Became Of You, 'Staying Out For the Summer' went down a storm and we finished with a cover of The Who's 'The Kids Are Alright' .. sweet. A big shout out as well to the other bands that played: the Kasabianesque rocking of The Bibelots, the truly dynamic Elsie and great to catch up with DJ Maggot from Goldie Lookin Chain, who told us all the secrets of Celebrity Big Brother.

So live dates over for another year and the legendary Sir Keith of Richards best sums up how it can be very disorientating when a tour comes to an end, he compares it to withdrawal symptoms from hard drugs, something that he may well know something about but we couldn't possibly comment. It's particularly hard, when with all our time and resources spent this year getting the new album together, our main source of income is Dodgy playing gigs. So having returned to the hearth to discover last year's tinsel brushing our heads as we came through the door, there's the realisation that no more gigs before Christmas means that littl'uns in Dodgy households will be somewhat Tiny Tim'd this year, we find ourselves paying more attention to the Iceland TV ads than the Waitrose ones and our Christmas trees, though standing upright in a cool place, droop well short of the ceiling. For some reason other Blog subjects present themselves, like; will we allow the new album to be streamed on the likes of Spotify, with growing evidence that the financial implications might be damaging? Should we line-up with the likes of The Black Keys and say 'No'? Current feeling is that may well be the case but we'll discuss it later.
 >moving off topic alert!
OK, it does however bring me back to my point, that at a time when we are all feeling the pinch of recession, the last time this happened in the UK was in the early 1990's, the time when Dodgy were first trying to break through as a band. As far as I can remember music-wise, at that time there seemed to be too much bad grunge about and UK bands seemed a bit aimless. Personally I remained a big Dexy's Midnight Runners fan and The Stone Roses held a lot of the weight of hope for British music, the band we liked going to see was Primal Scream, then cue Dodgy and 'Staying Out For The Summer' which we never envisaged as a poignant anthem but to a certain degree was, though you wouldn't know it if your only knowledge of the song was via the video... perhaps the less said about that the better.

So now guess what? 2012 coming round the corner, another recession and new recordings expected from The Stone Roses (recently signed two new recording contracts), Dexy's new album in the bag expected soon and Dodgy likewise - Oh come ye merry gentlemen, saviours we'll see.
We'd like to think that there's a case for 'What Became Of You' being a song of and for these times and lyrically at least is our take on the old adage of 'don't let the truth stand in the way of a good story', which is quite sweet when recalling a harmless tale about your auntie but when it comes to vitally important issues that affect peoples' lives then you’d think the truth is essential, yet major institutions still rely on spin, mistruths and blatant lies to convince us that their ideals hold weight and probably at least partly to blame for the mess we are in now. All that and a catchy tune - what more could you ask for?

There were plans to include in this post some hard cutting edge pontificating on the subject of Twitter but that can be left until a later date but yes, if you are Twitter inclined you can start to follow us @DodgyUK and if you haven't already signed up to our emailing list then do so at if only to catch the benefits of access to remaining days gifts on the Dodgy Advent Calender 2011 where we've still got some goodies to give away. Also if you do whatever it takes to 'like' us on Facebook there's some exclusive stuff there as well.

Finally we are awaiting a schedule of album launch dates in February but we can announce the London date at The Bush Hall on Wednesday 22nd February - click HERE for details

Friday, 16 December 2011

Nigel Clark (Dodgy) Top 10 Tracks from 2011 (Dodgy Advent Calender)

What tunes from now and then that have been rocking Nigel from Dodgy's world in 2011
01. OBSERVATORY CREST - Captain Beefheart

Putting this list together, it's the anniversary (17th Dec) of the Captain leaving us but he and the magic band left us with some of the most amazing music.

Fleet foxes, with the new album this year this was the first single.
Such a talented band of musicians with voices of angels.

Had these on my I pod since I brought it. I rarely skip these tracks.
Probably the funkiest band ever And you get 2 for 1 on the video

04. GUIDING LIGHT - Television (album Marquee Moon)
Another great band, hard to pick a track off the album because they are all great. I chose this one because it's not the most obvious but a great track all the same

05. I WILL TAKE YOU THERE - Harry Nilsson
Just a beautiful song, Simple but true.
The Beatles loved Harry, this explains why.
06. WALKABOUT - Atlas Sound (ft. Panda Bear)
Bradford cox the singer from deerhunter. A real feel good track from the Logos album released a couple of years ago featuring Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) from Animal Collective .

07. RED LIGHTS -  Holy Fuck
Saw holy fuck live this year. Four guys making this sound live, Awesomeness

An album I bought and paid for this year. Such an emotional rollercoaster, but utterly engaging. Just pick the right time to listen

09. COLOR ON THE WALLS (DON'T STOP) - Foster The People‏
Heard these first on Dermot O'Leary's radio show; they did a cover of heart of gold and I had heard pumped up kids on the TV ad
Goes without saying that they are going to be a big band. Just hope they can keep making good pop music

10.CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS live (Stop Making Sense) - Talking Heads
This will forever be my fave talking heads track. Get the studio album version, it's amazing

AND A BONUS TRACK - came to me just after the 10
MARIE - Willie Nelson/Townes Van Zandt 
Just listen to this. So much honesty, emotion and experience. Just beautiful

That's all for now... looking forward to 2012

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Andy Miller's Top 10 Tracks from 2011 (Dodgy Advent Calender)

Here's a list from Dodgy guitarist Andy Miller on what tunes have rocked his boat in 2011, somethings old, somethings new, somethings borrowed and somethings sounding pretty damn fine - over to you Andy...

01. THE WEIGHT – The Band
The Band were and are in many ways 'the band' and have rediscovered this song on the road with Dodgy this year, it's a lovely song and is always one of the inspirations for me to pick up a guitar and play along.

02. HONEY ALL OVER - Gruff Rhys
The first time I heard Honey All Over by Gruff Rhys earlier this year, I thought 'What a great tune, why don't I put this on a playlist if anyone asks' and here it is. Top marks for this video as well...

You cant' beat a good instrumental and John Barry certainly knew how to put together an instrumental, he sadly passed away at the beginning of the year but won't be forgotten while his tunes like this are around.

Band Of Skulls proving that the south coast of England (Southampton) can produce rock and roll that's dark and dirty, just how I like it. This is  a great tune and the first single apparently from their new album due next year, recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Dodgy have been known to lay down a few tunes in the past, most notably when The Stone Roses were in the studio next door...

Recently discovered and got hooked on Dogs (the band ;-) - great band shoulda been bigger! A crime of this music industry! Me doth protest.

This year, last year, next year, Champagne and Reefer is always welcome. Grooving, no need for a middle eight - why bother? Found this video though - were there no bouncers to stop the skinny chap stage invasion?

07. FREEDOM – Jimi Hendrix (Live at the Isle of Wight)
This Jimi Hendrix record was one of the first I had in my collection at 15 years old. Could not stop playing it then and still keeps blowing me away today - there's been a lot of talk about the Isle Of Wight Festival recently and of course *ahem* if asked, Dodgy would love to play in 2012 alongside Bruce, Noel, Petty Tom and ... The Christians.

This particular track reminds me of living in Nantes in France with my ex-band Hey Gravity (M.A.S.S.). Great time lovely friends there. PJ won the Mercury prize this year for Let England Shake - by all accounts it's a mighty piece of work and a deserved winner, it's on my Christmas list but haven't heard it yet, perhaps when I have one of the tunes will make my list next year.

09. REVENGE – Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse feat. Wayne Coyne
Another great tune discovered this year - apparently, my friends in the know tell me, to get a single in the upper reaches of the UK single charts these days you have to 'feature' someone who's not in the band but rarely do collaborations come off as good as this - had to be included.
Dangermouse has also produced the new Black Keys album 'El Camino' that has come out in the past few weeks and interested in hearing that too #andyschristmaslist

10. DOWN ON THE CORNER - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Oh, last tune already? Well it's a peach. There's rumours that CCR might be reuniting for a tour next year but in the meantime John Fogerty has very much returned after years of bitterness and record company rangles. Best just get out there and play the music eh? Mind you, this vid is from 1969 and it looks as if the record company weren't exactly providing a budget for equipment and stage clothes even then...

Enjoy my playlist as much as I've enjoyed putting it together and ... a happy Christmas and new year to all you adventers from me

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mathew Priest's Top 10 Tracks from 2011 (Dodgy Advent Calender)

This is Mathew from Dodgy and I'm pleased to be delivering this list of my Top 10 tunes discovered this year as a contribution to the Dodgy Advent Calender 2011 (you can still get more offerings as part of the Dodgy Advent Calendar by signing up to the mailing list @ and they are... in no particular order...

What would we do without BBC 6Music? ... I'm pretty sure that's where I first heard this track and full marks to Denmark, firstly for giving us some great TV with The Killing and then this; a prime cut of Scandinavian indie 60's pop - what's not to love?
On the new Dodgy album 'Stand Upright In A Cool Place' we've got a track called 'What Became Of You' and Treefight For Sunlight appear to have a track called 'What Became Of you... and I', so we're obviously thinking on similar lines somewhere.
Treefight For Sunlight website:

Dodgy have adopted this tune to get us vibed up before we go onstage. Amazing song - even better video. Met the guy who is Wallpaper in San francisco when I was on tour playing with Electric Soft Parade and he was playing in this crazy but brilliant prog rock band Facing New York. This guy is in a different league and very much one to watch and listen out for...
Wallpaper website:

03. SYREETA - Harmour Love 
A tune I 'discovered' this year heard as the play out song on the film Junebug that I saw for the first time. For some reason it took me ages to find out the name of the song. Syreeta's best known UK hit was probably 'Your Kiss Is Sweet' and sadly she died of breast cancer aged only 57 in 2004, she looks so beautiful in this video.....

04. THE LOVELY EGGS - Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
God knows where I first came across this, probably Facebook. Just ace pop-punk with a belting cameo from John Shuttleworth, presumeably a nod towards his previous musical alter ego creation Jilted John, in the video. Just noticed their new single is out on Monday (Dec 5th) so might be also be worth a listen.
The Lovely Eggs website:

05. LAURA MARLING – Sophia
I’m very rarely onto an artist early; when I am, I feel like the coolest fella in the world. Then somebody invariably comes along and says “Oh yeah, she’s ace, have you heard her first album” ..shit.
Laura Marling website:

06. H.HAWKLINE – You Say Love Me

If you haven't heard Cerys Mathews' show on 6Music you should, wonderfully eclectic and some great discoveries. That's where I first heard this and it leapt out at me from the car radio. He's got a lovely Welsh twang and sounds likey a mixture of Gruff and Syd Barrett. Worth seeking out the full band version as well.
A H Hawkline website:

07. CHASE AND STATUS – Chase & Status - Blind Faith ft. Liam Bailey
There's an article somewhere about the high percentage of collaborations and 'featurings'(ft) in the singles chart this year, don't know whether you should be expecting Dodgy featuring......??????.. Chipmunk? anytime soon as we attempt to crack the upper regions of the charts - perhaps not.
Anyways got to have a banging tune in this list and this is it. Great UP tune. Amazing video, I never thought I could get flashbacks from watching a video until now.
 Chase & Status website:

08. BLAKE SHELTON – Austin
We were lucky enough to get to go over to Texas in July to mix the new Dodgy album and admitedly I was a little tiddly on the plane when I became obsessed with this song... I played it over and over, much to the chagrin of Dodgy guitarist Andy Miller who had drawn the short straw and was seated next to me. It set us up for our adventure over there. OK it is cheesy beyond Gorganzola and might be percieved by some as being a bit crap as well but it soundtracked an important part of 2011 for us and for that time me and and Blake were like brothers..
For some reason, Blake (or his people) don't want us to embed the official video, in all it's shiny red car glory here but you can get it by following the link below
Blake Shelton website:

09. WHITE DENIM – It’s Him
First track on the utterly bonkers album ‘D’.  First heard about these Texas, psychedelic indie-prog-rockers on the brilliant website and then with their single “Is And Is And Is” on BBC 6Music which to these ears sounds a bit like Coldplay mixed with Deep Purple - should be wrong but it's right...
 White Denim website:

10. MVPs – Turning My Heartbeat Up
That’s the great thing about Northern Soul, you keep discovering absolute BELTERS and this rocked my sox this year not just because it opens with the line "listen to the sound of a drummer...". I’m pushing for Dodgy to do a cover of this as we’ve got a scooter rally to play next year- I'll keep you posted.

What tunes have rocked your world this year?