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St. Paul & The Broken Bones lead us to God and utopia

St Paul & the Broken Bones
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The Staves surprise Richard in the show today, and Tobin is disappointed with today’s cover shot. To cheer himself up, he bookends the show with St Paul & The Broken Bones. Why not subscribe to our show today? You can easily do this here.


Track Listing

  1. I’m Torn Up St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  2. Facing West The Staves
  3. Sweet Home Alabama Rocking Free
  4. Yes McAlmont & Butler
  5. Resurrection Terence Trent D’Arby
  6. Rhythm & Blues Alibi Gomez
  7. Is It Me St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Music from 4 decades peppers this show, including a brilliant cover of Sweet Home Alabama which seems to have passed Tobin by. Poor lad just doesn’t like the song at all, although he could definitely admire the virtuosity of the guitar playing. At one point there are 4 guitars all going at the tune. Personally, I think this is as good as the original song.

I was surprised by a track that wasn’t planned in the pre-production notes of the show. It certainly is very different to the St Paul & The Broken Bones track that preceded it. Facing West by The Staves. However, it is quite delightful. Sweet vocal harmonies skip lightly over a subtle and tuneful acoustic backdrop. This is all brought together in their home of Nebraska … sorry, I meant Watford! It certainly belies its birth town and takes the listener on a musical adventure far from home. Because of their talent we’ll showcase some more from The Staves in future episodes.

The Transfiguration of Terence Trent D’Arby

Terence Trent D’Arby enjoyed success as a boxer before finding fame as a musician, in fact winning the Florida Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in 1980. He later turned down a place at a US Boxing School and joined the US Army. He was later ultimately formerly court-martialed and dishonourably discharged after going AWOL whilst serving in Germany. TTD then released his first studio album in 1987, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby. He held a very high opinion of this recording, indeed citing it as the most important album since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper.

Terence Trent D’Arby changed his name in 1995 to Sananda Maitreya, which relates to a series of dreams he had in 1995. The name means ‘rebirth’ in Sanskrit, though he asserts it does not have any religious affiliations. Six years later he completed his full transfiguration by legally changing his name. After this Sananda Maitreya explained “Terence Trent D’Arby was dead … he watched his suffering as he died a noble death. After intense pain, I meditated for a new spirit, a new will, a new identity.”

the most important album since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper

A conceptual masterpiece, superbly arranged and thrillingly executed

McAlmont & Butler provided the track Yes for this episode and as Tobin eluded to, both David McAlmont and Bernard Butler have indeed tasted success in their own right. David McAlmont was one-half of the duo Thieves with Saul Freeman and Butler as the guitarist with indie rockers Suede.

The British Hit Singles and Albums described Yes as “a conceptual masterpiece, superbly arranged and thrillingly executed”. I also eloquently summarised Yes as “alright”. In 2014 Butler organised a show at London’s infamous Unity Chapel which sold out in minutes prompting him to quickly organise a second show just down the road at Islington’s Assembly Hall which sold out equally as fast. What a shame I didn’t manage to get tickets! In a future episode, we have an awesome cover by Butler.

St Paul & The Broken Bones

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