Back in the Night

The second episode of the current season of Later with Jools Holland would appear to be a slight improvement on last week’s opener. I’m mostly looking forward to seeing Wilko Johnson, the founding member of Dr. Feelgood and amateur astronomer. Johnson can be seen at his best in Julien Temple’s Feelgood documentary, Oil City Confidential, which you should check out if you haven’t already. His bluesy take on One After 909 is from a tribute to Let It Be put out by Mojo magazine last year. I’m not terribly familiar with the English singer, James Morrison, though his version of the Kings of Leon track isn’t too bad. I fast-forwarded through Snow Patrol’s performance last week and this week I’ll be skipping past Kasabian. You may choose to do the same with their rather ineffective attempt at a ska favourite. Emeli Sandé was a guest last week and she joins one of this week’s performers below on a track named The Underdog Law. He goes by the moniker of Wretch 32, the pseudonym of a London rapper named Jermaine Scott. The African country of Mali has produced such renowned musicians as Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita and Tinariwen and today’s show features another. Fatoumata Diawara was born in the Ivory Coast to parents from Mali and has just released her debut album on World Circuit Records. The title track of her previously released EP is available as a free download from Bandcamp. Neil Finn from New Zealand has found success as a member of Split Enz, Crowded House and as a solo artist. His latest project is called Pajama Club and includes his wife Sharon amongst its members. Two of the songs from their eponymous debut can be downloaded for free from their site. Later with Jools Holland goes out every Tuesday and Friday on BBC Two

One After 909 (Beatles cover) – Wilko Johnson

Sex On Fire (Kings of Leon cover) – James Morrison

Too Much Too Young (Specials cover) – Kasabian

The Underdog Law – Wretch 32 & Emeli Sandé

Kanou – Fatoumata Diawara

From a Friend to a Friend – Pajama Club

Clockwise from top left: Wilko Johnson; Kasabian; Fatoumata Diawara; James Morrison; Pajama Club; Wretch 32

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4 thoughts on “Back in the Night

  1. Dear Lord, Kasabian doing a Specials cover, I can only cringe as I imagine it’s awfulness. Had the ‘experience’ of seeing them, for free I must add, in the O2 in Dublin. Very weird gig, over half the crowd looked like the sort who’d never go to a rock gig. The crowd loved them, they were going crazy, I quite frankly was bored. A couple of their songs at the end weren’t as bad. Some young wan started snogging me. I was a little alarmed at this an inquired as to her age. It turns out she was younger than the t-shirt I was wearing at the time

    • Sounds like a quiet night for you, Dan. Do you still have the t-shirt? You’re some man for going to see Kasabian, even for free. I wouldn’t go if you paid me

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