Kevin Coyne was born on this day, 27th January, in 1944, and died in his adopted home of Nuremberg sixty years later.
A singer-songwriter, author, poet, artist he is in my view greatly under-rated and one of the best English songwriters of the 20th Century. John Lydon rated his Marjory Razorblade (1973) album one of his all-time favourites, and Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) has said he was heavily influenced by Coyne’s Babble (1979) to the extent of joining a Kevin Coyne tribute band, called the Babblers.
This track is from his first solo album Case History, which drew on his experience as a psychiatric nurse. It was released on John Peel’s Dandelion record label in 1972.
Take any city, take any town
You'll always find my sort around
On any door step, any tree
Snoozin' bleary, a man like me
Why should you care?
Why should you share?
Why should you want?
Why should you want a man
A man around who's lookin' like me? ...
Tradition has it that St. Birinus founded a small chapel on the site of St. Mary’s. in the 7th Century AD. The round Saxon doorway at the entrance to St. Edward’s Chapel is all that survives of the nunnery founded on this spot in 979 AD. The church proper dates from the 14th Century and it was then fully rebuilt between 1551 and 1555.
from my favourite psych LP of the last week, by the brilliant late 1960s Kansas band Morning Dew.
Mal Robinson wrote the songs, sang and played freak-out guitar, drums were by Don Sligar and bass, vocals by Blair Honeyman and then there was Don Anderson on keyboards. They were big in their region and could have made it but didn’t. A shame, because their one album is excellent.