Video for ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ taken from the album ‘Peggy Sue Plays The Songs Of Scorpio Rising’.
In Spring 2011 we were invited to perform a live soundtrack to a film at a temporary cinema in Hackney, East London. The film we chose was Kenneth Anger’s 1963 cult classic Scorpio Rising mostly because of its ground breaking Rock & Roll/Doo Wop soundtrack. With no dialogue or captions Anger was one of the first to use pop music to harness and alter the meaning of his images. Scorpio Rising is like a glorious 30 minute music video long before it’s time.
On July 1st, after many long hours perfecting the art of playing along to the film without getting distracted by the leather and the mustard, we played 12 new arrangements of the massive pop hits that appear on Anger’s original soundtrack.
It was without a doubt one of the most fun and nerve racking 30 minutes we have ever spent so we stole away to the studio for a few days here and there over the next 6 months and recorded our versions of the songs. This here is that. One thousand limited edition, hand printed, hand folded and hand signed compact discs are available to buy directly from us from our website and bandcamp page. The 12 songs will also be available to buy from all good download shops from July 23rd.
On Sunday July 22rd we will celebrate the release of our unofficial soundtrack with two very special performances in a previously unused musical space in East London. Seating the ridiculously small number of just 50 people at a time, we will play the album in full in the most appropriate of all venues - a surviving WW2 bunker in Dalston. Tickets will allow admittance for one hour to give audience members a chance to explore this weird and wonderful space before and after the 30 minute show. With the help of some incredible visuals and our unstoppable nerves these promise to be the most high brow Peggy Sue shows of all time! We hope you will enjoy watching and listening to it as much as we have enjoyed making it.
Tickets are on sale from 10am this morning from here www.wegottickets.com.
It is with great sadness that I have awoken to the news of Levon Helm’s death. Levon Helm was one of the greatest and most influential drummers of all time. I have been a fan since childhood and it is childish naivety that one never expects their heroes to die. Levon is a totem of Rock and Roll history.
Levon’s legacy will survive through his art, as a musician, actor and author. Recordings with The Band, Bob Dylan and Levon’s solo work are marked examples of not only some of the greatest beats ever put to tape, but also highlight Levon as a multi-instrumentalist and as having one of the greatest voices in Rock history.
Levon states in his book ‘This Wheel’s on Fire,’ that “career” was never more important than “music.” Testament of an attitude that today is in short supply.
I humbly suggest everyone should listen to,
The Band, The Band
Bob Dylan and the Band, Basement Tapes
Levon Helm, Dirt Farmer
Peggy Sue wishes Levon’s family the deepest respect and regards at this time.