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Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (17th August).

A whirlwind week began with the Wilderness Festival (thanks Ronan) and ended with my liver feeling like it needs to be squeezed out and dried on the radiator.

We have returned from Devon today in the pouring rain from five days with 38 big and small people in an Agatha Christie style house, where the sun shone and at times the rain poured down. There was a mass lake jump, a talent show and a custard pie fight. One night we played Blankety Blank in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey… although thankfully none of us had read it. Yet.

We ate like kings, drank like bastards, and laughed like drains. We all made the effort. I’ve known some of these people nearly 25 years and I hope that I at least know them for at least the same again.

My find of the Wilderness Festival was the Keston Cobblers’ Club and it seems so perfectly right to leave you with my song of the week (even though we posted it not so long ago) because it’s just lovely and it brings a tear to my fishy eye.

See I’m proud, to call you my friend and I know it’s not perfect, but at least there’s no end.

Apparently, they’re no good with words. But sometimes when you’re no good with words, a song will do just fine.

Mrs Mackerel x

Something old… and something new: for Devon, and forever ago.

Download Death By Crimpers – Obsessive mp3 (from Obsessive 7″)

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)


Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (18th November). After a short adjournment from the Mrs Mackerel mantle, it’s back to business this week with a blast from the musical past.

Anyone Can Play Guitar had a one-off showing at my beloved Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford this week. It’s always a pleasure to go the Phoenix and I have to admit, I didn’t really know what I was going to see other than a film about the Oxford music scene featuring Radiohead.

I didn’t realise that one of my oldest and bestest friends played a large featuring role, or that it would quite be such a poignant musical youth trip for me. Right from my very first trip to Oxford when I was but sweet sixteen, from first gigs seeing Arcane Dawn and Satan Knew My Father, to watching Radiohead play as On a Friday at Oxford Poly. What a lot of memories. And what a lot I didn’t know: such as the curse that stuck to the Candyskins like velcro and the rise and (rather sudden) fall of Dustball. (That’s what happens when you start having babies, listen to the Wheels on the Bus one too many times, and don’t leave the house for what feels like seven years.)

Remembering the Jericho Tavern and the hours (maybe even days…) spent in the New Inn. Ho hum. Giving MM some context to the over-worn Mrs M phrase, “Satan didn’t know her father, he was her father”. Great to see Ronan get some recognition at long last, shame he never made a bean from all his endeavours. Nevertheless, it was a very special film for me, so thank you Jon Spira.

Here comes the weekend…!

Mrs Mackerel

All songs this week are dedicated to Craig Allnut, who very sadly passed away last week. The man with the very best laugh I ever did hear. Sleep tight, Craig. (See his Facebook page here).

Visit Ronan’s guide to music in Oxford via Nightshift here. Buy Anyone Can Play Guitar on DVD here.

Download The Candyskins – Car Crash mp3

Download Swervedriver – Girl On A Motorbike mp3

Download Talulah Gosh – Bringing Up Baby mp3

Download The Anyways – Wish Away mp3

Download The Mystics – See You mp3

Download Dustball – Yeah? mp3

Download Death By Crimpers – Obsessive mp3

Download Beaker – Sally Said mp3

Download On A Friday – Keep Strong mp3

Happy Birthday Mrs Mackerel!

I had to post this.

Download Death By Crimpers – Obsessive mp3 (from Obsessive 7″)