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Exile On Main Street – Pussy Galore

Pussy Galore - Exile On Main StreetI first really got into Exile on Main Street about two or three years ago. It was the sort of time in a Barcelona summer when you go to xiringuitos, get drunk then head into town and get high. My Monday morning commute would be rendered about 300% better if I could listen to the trashy stoned noise of Shake Your Hips and the bombastic rock of Loving Cup at top volume. Late night sessions got much messier with Keith and the boys as the soundtrack.

But that was just the Stones' version… I mean they were already millionaires and they didn't even record it in New York City. They did it in tax-exile at Keith's château in the south of France.

So at the same time, my permanent addiction to Royal Trux was just continuing steadily. I had begun to get my head around ideas like never believe a word Neil or Jen says in an interview and yes, it is possible for a man and a woman to be the joint incarnation of the Rolling Stones' guitarist, even if he's still alive. I'd read that there was some mysterious tape in existence which featured Pussy Galore performing a cover of Exile on Main Street, in its entirety.

Anyway, I always thought that this would be the most amazing recording ever… but it was always impossible to get hold of. I mean, this was a limited tape release from about 1986 or something.

Well I managed to get hold of a copy (in digital format) a couple of months ago and it doesn't disappoint. Of course, you've got to like the messy, scabby, Pussy Galore sound if you're going to dig it. You've probably got to know Exile pretty well and not mind hearing it on the stereo in the background as Pussy Galore play, karaoke style.

Just one track from this recording is better than the total output of bands like The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and that lot. It's a completely different thing, naturally, but that's what makes it better.

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Reposted from my Last.fm blog. Listen to Pussy Galore – Exile On Main Street.

Stones' Barcelona gig delayed

The Rolling Stones 'A Bigger Bang' European tour, due to kick off in Barcelona on the 27th of May has been postponed until June to allow for the recovery of Keith Richards, who underwent further surgery today after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji.

Seems that he had some sort of brain hemorrhage. Get well soon, Keith

The tour's new schedule will be revealed soon.

Historia de la Musica Rock

Pussy Galore were a ridiculously unpleasant and awesome band in the mid eighties which counted among its members Jon Spencer (of the JSBX) and the majestic Neil Hagerty (of Royal trux, the Howling Hex and er, Neil Hagerty). I have a couple of their albums but more than anything else from the world of music, i want to lay my hands on a copy of either the cover they did of the entire 'Exile On Main Street' album (allegedly Hagerty's 'idea'), or their album 'Historia de la Musica Rock' which has been described thus:

On the other hand, cover art triumphs over content in Historia de la Musica Rock, an album done up to look precisely like one of those ultra-cheap Spanish "classic rock" compilations. (The cover photo is atrocious; the liner notes are all in Spanish; the list of other artists in "the series" includes the Rolling Stones, Blodwyn Pig, Murphy's Law and the Cro-Mags.) The record itself — more under-rehearsed ersatz grunge played by a trio of Spencer, Hagerty and Bert — is only intermittently entertaining.

Doesn't that just sound amazing? No? Then give this a go:

With the chaotic "(Do) The Snake", it's occasionally possible to pick out the riff from "The Boy From New York City". "(Do) The Snake" is the second most appalling song ever committed to vinyl.

I need this record.