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Thursday, 18 November 2021

classic genius: Kevin Ayers "Why Are We Sleeping?" - Soft Machine - + live 1970 taverne + "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes" live 01 June 1974 etc. + classic Steve Hillage Rockpalast concert 1977

At the 4:17 mark, listen to Ayers say "take those bells off your neck, they're too small" My favourite moment in this song

soft machine - why are we sleeping (with intro)

It begins with a blessing, it ends with a curse

Making life easy by making it worse

"My mask is my master", the trumpeter weeps

But his voice is so weak, as he speaks from his sleep

Saying: "Why, why, why... Why are we sleeping?"

People are watching, people who stare

Waiting for something that's already there

"Tomorrow I'll find it", the trumpeter screams

And remembers he's hungry, and drowns in his dreams

Saying: "Why, why, why... Why are we sleeping?"

My head is a nightclub with glasses and wine

The customers dancing or just making time

While Daevid is cursing, the customers scream

Now everyone's shouting, "Get out of my dream!"

Saying: "Why, why, why... Why are we sleeping?"

LIVE VERSION, 1970, taverne:

Kevin Ayers why are we sleeping 1970 taverne


Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes (Live At The Rainbow Theatre / 1974)

June 1, 1974 ℗ 1974 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations 
Limited Released on: 1974-01-01 
 Producer: Richard Williams 
Composer Lyricist: Kevin Ayers
Kevin AyersJohn CaleBrian Eno and Nico, although other well-known musicians, including Mike OldfieldRobert Wyatt and Ollie Halsall, also contributed to the concert.

STUDIO VERSION [early mix]:

I walked into this bar
And the man refused;
He said, "We don't serve strangers
In blue suede shoes;
We don't give credit, and
We don't give way
We have to think about what the people might say..
Uh, you know what I mean
I said, "Sure, man"

Oh, he gave me a smile that was sickly and wet,
And I offered him one of my cigarettes.
He took it, afraid that he might appear rude,
Then proceeded to sell me some second class food.
Nice guy meet 'em everywhere

He said, "My oh my, I have suffered too long,
And this cigarette seems to be very strong;
I don't make the rules
I just get what I take
And I guess every rule was made to break.
You can take what you like, it won't hurt me
Cause I'm just working for the company."

From the green cigarette, He took a long drag,
And said, "I think I'll pick my traveling bag.
I'm tired of cheating, and wasting my head
And filling the boss's bags with bread.
I want to get out in the sun and rain,
And feel the wind on on skin again;
The world is large, and I've got time yet.
And, by the way, thanks for that cigarette.
Thank you very much."
"You know, I feel like a new man
Yes I do, I don't know why;
I'd just like to say
Thank you very much(indeed)
It's a beautiful day
I think I'll be on my way (right away)
I'd just like to say
Thank you very much.
Yes, I'm getting the hell out of here
Yes, I am - bye, bye.

That's the end of the message
Thank you very much!
Bye bye!

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Kevin Cawley Ayers
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Kevin Ayers with Steve Hillage on guitar plus Soft Machine - French tv, 1970s?



June 1, 1974

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1 June 1974
Live album by
Released28 June 1974
Recorded1 June 1974
VenueRainbow Theatre, London, England
GenreArt rock[1]
ProducerRichard Williams
Kevin Ayers chronology
The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories
1 June 1974
Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy
John Cale chronology
Paris 1919
June 1, 1974
Brian Eno chronology
Here Come the Warm Jets
June 1, 1974
Taking Tiger Mountain
Nico chronology
June 1, 1974
The End...
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[1]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[3]

June 1, 1974 is a live album of songs performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London on the titular date. The album is officially attributed to Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico, although other well-known musicians, including Mike Oldfield, Robert Wyatt and Ollie Halsall, also contributed to the concert.


The cover photograph was taken by Mick Rock in the foyer of the Rainbow Theatre shortly before the concert began. The bemused stare between John Cale (right) and Kevin Ayers is said to be explained by the fact that Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife the night before the show.[4] The couple would divorce the next year.

Other songs that were performed but did not make the LP include Ayers' "I've Got a Hard-On for You Baby" (with Cale on backing vocals), Cale's "Buffalo Ballet" and "Gun",[5] and Nico's "Janitor of Lunacy" and her rendition of "Das Lied der Deutschen".[6]

Nico’s performance of "Das Lied der Deutschen" was released as a bonus track on the 2012 reissue of her 1974 album The End....[7]

Critical reception

Robert Christgau wrote of the record in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981):

"The highlights of a concert organized by genial eccentric Kevin Ayers (ex-Soft Machine, but he got out when the getting was good), this offers one side of Ayers's genially eccentric songs and one of Eno singing Eno songs at full volume (note demonic cackle) and John Cale singing an Elvis Presley song at full volume (note lupine howl). And also, oh well, Nico singing 'The End.' But if there's gotta be art-rock, Lord, let it be like this."[1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Kevin Ayers, except as noted.

Side A
1."Driving Me Backwards"Brian Eno6:07
2."Baby's on Fire"Eno3:52
3."Heartbreak Hotel"Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley5:19
4."The End"John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison9:14
Side B
1."May I?"5:30
2."Shouting in a Bucket Blues"5:07
3."Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes"3:27
4."Everybody's Sometime and Some People's All the Time Blues"4:35
5."Two Goes into Four"2:28


  • John Wood – engineer
  • Phil Ault – assistant engineer
  • Ray Doyle – assistant engineer
  • Ian Tilbury – concert presenter
  • Richard Williams – producer


  • Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 27 February 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  • June 1, 1974 at AllMusic
  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 129. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  • Cale, John (2003). What's Welsh for Zen. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-4622-3.
  • Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend
  • Robinson, Lisa. "Eno: organizer of musical events".
  • https://www.allmusic.com/album/release/the-end-mr0003744132

    classic Steve Hillage - Live - German Television (1977)

    Steve Hillage performing at the Otto Hahn Schule Bensberg for Rockpalast, Germany 20th March 1977 
     Salmon Song 0:00 
     Hurdy Gurdy Glissando 7:50 
    Hurdy Gurdy Man 19:45 
    Solar Musick Suite 28:00 
    Lunar Musick Suite 41:30 
    It's All Too Much 59:00 
    Aftaglid Pt.1 1:06:10 
    Electrick Gypsies 1:11:55 
    Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) 1:20:42 

    Steve Hillage - guitar, vocals 
    Miquette Giraudy - synth, vocals 
    Clive Bunker - drums 
    Phil Hodge - keyboards 
    Basil Brook - synth, flute 
    Christian Boule - guitar 
    Colin Bass - bass, vocals