From the monthly archives:

August 2013

#749: 1966, John Lee Hooker, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

August 30, 2013

In 1966, John Lee Hooker took Amos Milburn’s One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer blues song and recorded the song as One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. The song tells the story of a man who is in a bar at closing time trying to get enough booze down his throat to forget that his […]

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Something for the Weekend: #3: The Old Fashioned

August 30, 2013

Something for the weekend? A stiff drink please. It has been a tough old week for David Cameron. He probably needs a drink. It has also been a tough old week for the All That’s Left team – we have bickered all week long about the potential military intervention in Syria from America and until […]

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#748: 1984, Billy Bragg, Island of No Return

August 29, 2013

I am still a little in shock about the outcome of the Government’s motion on Syria tonight.  It has to be remembered this was the weaker of two planned votes – Ed Miliband’s brave stance yesterday forcing the postponement of the actual war vote until next week, after the UN weapons inspectors’ report on Sunday. […]

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Syria: When Two Tribes Disagree Over Going To War….

August 29, 2013

As I write this news has come through that the government has lost its motion on Iraq, 285-272.  This is the first motion, of course – not the promised second one that would actually authorise intervention.  Given how David Cameron has behaved over the last few days – the arrogance, the tantrums (briefing that Ed […]

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The Secret MP #5: The Winds of War

August 29, 2013

You can call me Keith. I am a Lib-Dem MP. And I’m hiding in a toilet. Yes, that’s right, I write this from the toilets nearest my office in Norman Shaw North, Westminster. I suppose I’m doing that thing which many parents of young children do – I know I did when Lloyd and George […]

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#747: 1963, Bob Dylan, Only a Pawn in the Game

August 28, 2013

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Bob Dylan played this as part of his set before the speeches started at the Lincoln Memorial in one of its first broadcast airings, although he had performed it live earlier that summer to audiences in the Deep South as part of the civil rights […]

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Sportsnight #18: Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks

August 28, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from Wembley Arena and features 60 stones worth of sporting flab. We feature Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks. Welcome to wrestling in the early 1980′s. I have been picking a fight for 48 hours. I apologise to those who have been caught up in the crossfire […]

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Australia’s Knife Edge Election

August 28, 2013

In ten days time, Australia votes to decide who will run the country for the next three years. Until Julia Gillard was toppled, it looked likely that the Right, in the form of the Liberal/National Coalition (LNC), would win. But Kevin Rudd’s palace coup has made the race squeaky-tight between the LNC and the Australian […]

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#746: 1982, Prince, 1999

August 27, 2013

At George’s not stag do, I was very gently reminded by one of the revellers that we had yet to feature a song by Prince. Prince he told me, was the most difficult of all artists to pigeon hole, he was funk, he was rock, he was pop he was soul, he said, and his […]

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Some Tips On Coalition

August 27, 2013

One of the stories of the summer has been the apparent planning that has been carried out by all parties to cater for the possibility of another hung Parliament after the next general election. We are now told, that in the run up to the next general election, no one will say a bad word […]

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An alternative solution to the Syrian crisis

August 27, 2013

Here we go again. The Amercian and British Middle East Policeman is about to be recommissioned. The US and UK administrations prepare to unleash their own weapons of mass destruction as a response to the recent chemical attacks in Syria. Fingers remain firmly pointed at Assad, as the culprit of blame. But, before we perhaps […]

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Syria: Doing nothing is no longer an option

August 26, 2013

One thing about Tony Blair, his justification for the invasion of Iraq has always been consistent – in Blair’s world, Saddam Hussain was the ‘bad guy’ he and George Bush were the ‘good guys’ and the bad guy had to be removed. Which, of course, he was. And, in executing their act of ‘moral righteousness,’ […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #20: 1957, 3.10 To Yuma (Delmar Daves)

August 26, 2013

‘I’m so reasonable, I’m gonna let you walk right out of here.  Only thing is it’ll be just before 3.10 and I’ll be right behind you with a shotgun’  (Dan Evans) Last week saw the death of the great American pulp thriller writer, Elmore Leonard.  He was a writer famed for his focus on low […]

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UKIP target #7: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton

August 26, 2013

In our series on constituencies where UKIP won most votes in May’s county council elections, we have moved from Kent on to West Sussex to find our seventh seat. So far in our series, all the constituencies are Conservative-held seaside seats with a history of strong Labour performances. Labour won four of them (Castle Point, […]

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Week 34: Prat – Ken Cuccinelli

August 25, 2013

This Week’s Prat of the Week is Republican Candidate for Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and that great state’s current Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli We had some fun on this blog a couple of years back at the expense of the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware in 2010, Christine O’Donnell who wanted to […]

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#745: 1980, AC/DC, Back in Black

August 25, 2013

I’m back. My two week All That’s Left sabbatical has come to a close, after a rip roaring rummage around the Scottish Highlands, the Kingdom of Fife and Edinburgh. As a fully paid up member of the Scottish diaspora, I always love my forays back in my homeland. It gives me a chance to show […]

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Week 34: Hero – Caroline Lucas

August 25, 2013

This week’s hero award goes to Green MP Caroline Lucas for her anti fracking protest and subsequent arrest at a site in West Sussex where energy firm Cuadrilla is drilling, and also for her campaign for the renationalisation of railways. Her private member’s bill on this issue is due to have its second reading in […]

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Week 34: Villain – President Assad of Syria

August 25, 2013

It doesn’t take much writing this. President Assad of Syria is a fascist. A dictator. A man who cares only about power and the retention of power. Since the Syrians rose up and demanded democratic rights – he has ruthlessly waged war on the people who he is supposed to rule. People who should, by […]

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Top of The Pops 1990s Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Chart

August 25, 2013

With my posting, a couple of weeks back, of the debut track of the debut album of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bring Da Ruckus (from the peerless Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)), the 1990s finally reached the 100 song marker in our Songs To Learn and Sing Feature (taking 726 songs to do so).   It has […]

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#744: 1986, The Pastels, Truck Train Tractor

August 23, 2013

I know that Scottish week is in theory over, but I only got one pick from all of the riches that have been produced north of the border and so I thought I’d extend it by one day.   In my last post on Orange Juice’s debut, Falling and Laughing I made a passing reference to […]

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Some words of advice and sympathy for Ed Miliband

August 23, 2013

If I were in Ed Miliband’s shoes, I’d now be thinking, what is the point, I’d then, probably invite a couple of the lads out for a beer down my local put a few tunes on the jukebox and get thoroughly pissed. Sadly for Ed, if he did that, it would probably be in the […]

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#743: 1980, Altered Images, Dead Pop Stars

August 21, 2013

For the final song of our Scottish Songs to Learn and Sing week, I am returning to a Scottish band that have featured once before. For me, Glasgow’s Altered Images are one of the bands that sum up the early Eighties: in a musical Venn diagramme, they habit the intersection of pop, post-punk/New Wave and […]

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Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Northern Ireland

August 21, 2013

As I’m nearing the end of my fortnight in Northern Ireland, I thought I would share my top ten observations about the province. In no particular order of importance: 1. In Northern Ireland politics, identity trumps all I have already covered this one, but it is striking how different the terms for political discourse are. […]

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#742: 1992, BMX Bandits, Serious Drugs

August 20, 2013

I can’t for the life of me remember how this came about, but, in another time, me and Jackie lived for about year with a gang of four Irish girls. They’d come over from Dublin to London in pursuit of fun and perhaps a job and brought with them a voracious appetite for partying. We […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #19: 1982, This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner)

August 18, 2013

David St Hubbins (to Ian Faith): ‘you’re not paid to be as confused as Nigel’ Friday was the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.   Graceland had a live video feed to his graveside (which Jackie and I visited in 2007), according to a tweet by the NME.   It brought to mind the greatest […]

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Week 33: Villain – General Sisi of Egypt

August 18, 2013

The head of the Egyptian security forces, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, receives our award for greatest villain of the last week This week, the bloodshed accelerated in Egypt. As supporters of deposed President Morsi held a ‘day of rage’ on Friday to protest (peacefully, in the main) the military coup led by Sisi in early […]

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Week 33: Prat – Yelena Isinbayeva

August 18, 2013

This Week’s Prat of the Week is a Russian Pole Vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva. Strange thing, the pole vault – I mean, you can see how people naturally want to run faster or jump higher, or throw stuff further, but propelling yourself up in the air on a stick, well, I wonder who thought of that […]

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Week 33: Hero – Mo Farah

August 18, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week is double Olympic and double World champion and all round good bloke, Mo Farah There’s been some debate in the press this weekend about whether Mo Farah is now the greatest British athlete of all time.  He is now the reigning world and Olympic champion in both 5,000m and […]

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#741: 1971, Rod Stewart, Maggie May

August 18, 2013

By Charlie East-West As we continue our rather contentious theme week of great Scottish music, and an ongoing debate about what constitutes ‘being Scottish’ – in terms of musicianship, I would like to point out the following – Anyone who is a) born, b) raised, c) parental nationality – has the criteria of a particular […]

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UKIP targets #5 & #6: The Thanets

August 18, 2013

We have reached the halfway point in our examination of constituencies that UKIP notionally won in the May 2013 county council results UKIP were seen as doing well in May’s county council elections along the east coast. As we have seen, they notionally won three constituencies in Lincolnshire and the East of England. But they […]

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