August 12th, 2005


Music Store in Scotland

We did go to one music store in Scotland. joncwriter wanted to go to the Virgin Megastore in Glasgow, so after the convention ended on Monday, we stopped in there on our way to dinner. I picked up what appears to be an extended version of Beck's Guerro with an additional disc containing videos for every song! I haven't checked it yet, but shall this weekend. I also got a Lonnie Donnagan box set containing his singles from 1955-1967. I first discovered Lonnie Donnagan when I was a kid through Stan Freeberg's parody of his version of The Rock Island Line, an old Leadbelly classic. Lonnie Donnagan was the originator of Skiffle music, which rivalled Rock & Roll in England for awhile in the 1950s. It consisted of up-tempo renditions of American folk songs and some original compositions. Heavy on the humor and more raucous than most music of the time it was quite unusual, but it wasn't able to withstand the onslaught of The Beatles. The most amusing track on the CDs for me is likely Lonnie Donnagan's rendition of The Battle of New Orleans. He sounds uncomfortable at times with some of the lyrics and as he's a Brit, I can understand why.

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