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Ivor Cutler by KT Tunstall

Discussion in 'music' started by Tony L, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Just started on Sky Arts now. Bound to be essential viewing.
     
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  2. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Cheers for that Tony; I'll get my wife to record that!
     
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It was really good, KT clearly a huge fan and she did a great job presenting and interviewing people close to him.
     
  4. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Excellent programme. I shall watch it again in the morning!
     
  5. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I met him once at a book signing and saw him live too; I'm a life-long fan! Hopefully, I'll get to see the programme tomorrow.
     
  6. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    My father was a huge fan, my mother less so. I have a few of his albums and was lucky enough to see him once, when he supported The Roches!

    Mick
     
  7. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Did they manage to shoehorn in this famous photo:

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  8. billo

    billo pfm Member

    It was really good and touching that all those close to him had tears in their eyes while talking about him.
    Must dig out Velvet Donkey
     
  9. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    She was interviewed about it on R2 yesterday and they played a couple of his songs.
    Not bad, original, a character etc but "Whats your favourite kind of jam, Whats your favourite kind of jam, mines a traffic jam" etc.... not exactly side splittingly funny...
    Like a duck in a tutu.... So odd you just have to watch. I guess that's "his thing".
    Apparently The Beatles wanted to cover one of his tracks and he refused them permission! They were fans of his and he was in "Magical Mystery Tour".
     
  10. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

    Missed it. Hopefully it will be on again.
     
  11. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

  12. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    If you have sky or Virgin media, then it's available on catch-up for 30 days; I still haven't watched it yet, one of those days when I was about to settle when the phone went.
     
  13. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    The only utterings I have of him are his contributions to Robert Wyatt's 'Rock Bottom - on the basis of which I think he was offered a deal with Virgin. He used to get played a lot on Resonance FM when I used to listen to that. I will stay up and pop this on NowTV after the other half has retired to bed.
     
  14. poco a poco

    poco a poco I'm Jim

    I had it on record an have finally managed to watch. I met him briefly a few times as he lived in a flat of one of my friends, in her house in Hampstead. Some of the program seemed filmed in the flat. I haven't managed to ask her as she's quite old and frail now and I haven't been able to visit her since Covid. Ivor was not the only poet and or eccentric that stayed there over the years. She seemed to specialise in this sort of tenant.
     
  15. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Wow. This was amazing.

    Things I learned:

    1) Alfie Benge and Robert Wyatt are probably the loveliest couple in Britain
    2) I'd love to hear a whole album of KT Tunstall singing Ivor Cutler's songs and playing the harmonium
    3) It had never occurred to me that Jim O'Rourke's transcendental 'Women of the World' was an Ivor Cutler cover.
    4) ivor Cutler was the loveliest kind of British eccentric, sharing the same rarefied air as, probably only Ken Campbell and Vivian Stanshall.

    Now scouring discogs to get some nice copies of his albums.
     
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  16. Nero

    Nero Wiped Clean

    Fremsley. That’s a nice name. For a sparrow.
     
  17. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    A lovely write up.
     
  18. Nigel

    Nigel pfm Member

  19. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I got around to watching it at last and what a lovely programme it was too! Very moving and I was very impressed with KT's enthusiasm and sincerity. Great to see Robert and Alfie and only right, that John Peel got a mention too and those 21 sessions! A unique character and eccentric and my eldest two Daughter's both remember hearing Ivor when they were young.

    For anybody interested, you might want to hear Return to Y'Hup: The World of Ivor Cutler.
     

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