Later…With Jools Holland

Later...with Jools Holland

Jools Holland‘s 34th season of Later kicked off on the BBC last week. I’ve been tuning into this show for years now and I’ve often seen lots of my favourites on it, as well as acts that would become favourites. The show features a half dozen different performers who play between one and three songs depending on the level of fame they have achieved. There is always a diverse range of musical styles on offer and, while I’m not into everyone that appears on the show, I always enjoy the live songs and occasional chats between the show’s genial host and guest. The regular Friday night show is preceded by a shorter taster episode that goes out on Tuesday nights. The first instalment set a nice standard for the series to follow and featured these six acts

The Specials
are back together again and will surely be busy on the festival circuit this summer. The original line-up formed in Coventry in 1977 and lasted until 1981, after which they were known as The Special AKA. Gangsters was the first of seven seven consecutive top ten hits they had in the UK between 1979 and 1981

Gangsters – The Specials

Franz Ferdinand were formed in Glasgow in 2002. They won the Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album in 2004, although their subsequent two albums have not shown any significant improvement. Recently, they performed their version of a Britney Spears tune on BBC radio

Womanizer (Britney Spears cover) – Franz Ferdinand

Karima Francis was one of two acts on the show that I hadn’t heard of before. She looks like Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan in I’m No There only with bigger hair. Vocally she has been compared to Joan Armatrading. Her first album, entitled The Author, has just been released. This is her version of a Kings of Leon tune

Use Somebody (Kings of Leon cover) – Karima Francis

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a New York trio fronted by Karen O. Their third album, It’s Blitz, has just been released. Their version of a track by their fellow New Yorkers is from the charity album, War Child Heroes

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Ramones cover) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Also from New York, Carole King had been part of a successful songwriting partnership with Gerry Goffin before achieving success as a solo artist. Tapestry (1971) is one of the best-selling albums of all time and has just been reissued. So Far Away was one of the songs that she performed on the show

So Far Away – Carole King

The Mummers were also new to me and I really liked their sound and look. They are the latest band to emerge from Brighton, even though their sound is quite different as it combines elements from marching bands and string quartets. March of the Dawn is taken from their first album, Tale to Tell, which has just been released

March of the Dawn – The Mummers


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