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Van Morrison Knows Things

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When someone as venerable and as irascible as Van Morrison says something that you agree with, of course you have to produce a short, opportunistic blog post about it that no one will read:

"The media makes things up," the star told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I've been talking about fake news from day one," he continued. "But back then, when you said, 'this is made up,' they'd just dump on you more. So I had to put it in songs eventually."

The Northern Irish singer, who is responsible for some of the most extraordinary music of the last century, said he had grown wary of the press in his early days, as part of R&B group Them.

"We had to do a lot of interviews when we started. You do that when you're a kid, but later on you realise it's pointless," he said.

"It's funny, the whole star-celebrity media... It's like the song, 'You build me up to knock me down' [by] Hank Williams.

I agree with almost his every word, but, on principle, I can't abide a Van Morrison post that doesn't include pointing out that this man actually likes to smile and play music people want to hear, so to hell with any criticisms, sir. And if you call him dyspeptic, I'll have to ban you for five minutes.

All I Want

I have done my part for king and country by pre-ordering the new Ride album, and they are really making a serious push with this one:

[...] the band have now unveiled ‘All I Want’.

Ride’s Andy Bell has said of the new song: “The day we recorded ‘All I Want,’ Theresa May had announced that her government would be making firms list their foreign workers. As it turned out that never happened because of the outcry about it, but that was the origin of the line comparing the UK to 1930’s Germany. It’s not like Ride are ‘going political’ it’s more that the current state of the UK is so terrible that we could not avoid writing about it when we were writing lyrics for the album.”

Drummer Laurence “Loz” Colbert added: “For the drums on ‘All I Want,’ Erol [Alkan, producer] and I sat down and went through every beat of a seven-minute improvised drum take, which we edited to create the finished arrangement. It was a very liberating experience! And one I would love to repeat, as there is something special about those first musical reactions to things.”

They won't let me embed the track, but you can find it here.