Shot By Both Sides


The fifth episode of Season 35 of Later…with Jools Holland promises to be a little more interesting than the two previous shows. This season, a couple of post-punk bands from the north of England have already appeared in the form of Leed’s Gang of Four and Liverpool’s Echo & the Bunnymen. This week it’s the turn of Magazine (pictured) from Manchester, formed in 1977 by Howard Devoto after he quit fellow Mancunian band, the Buzzcocks. They have re-united and have been touring this year. A Song From Under the Floorboards is the closing track of their third album, The Correct Use of Soap (1980). The song has an amazing lyric and was influenced by Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Jimmy Ruffin was also coming across all existential on What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, a 1966 hit on Motown records for the soul singer. Ruffin was born a couple of years before Steven Gene Wold, better known as blues singer, Seasick Steve. He’s led quite an interesting life and he uses many of these experiences in his songs. Steve has a kindred spirit in Devendra Banhart who, like Steve, has led a nomadic existence that has taken him around the US and Europe. I really like his radical take on Don’t Look Back in Anger, a version that nearly creates a new song out of the Gallagher brothers original. The Australian band Wolfmother has a new album due soon as well as a new lineup, following the departure of a couple of the original members. Vagabond is the closing track of their self-titled debut album from 2005 and is yet another bluesy number. The final guest on this week’s show is a British singer named Paloma Faith. She is a trained dancer, a former magician’s assistant and has a Masters in theatre direction, so presumably her performance will be more visual than the others. Her vocal style and musical influences would not appear to be a million miles away from those of Amy Winehouse

A Song From Under The Floorboards – Magazine

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin

Dog House Boogie – Seasick Steve

Don’t Look Back In Anger (Oasis cover) – Devendra Banhart

Vagabond – Wolfmother

Stone Cold Sober – Paloma Faith