March 2, 2013 – 4:49 am

Oddfellows, 1988.

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Hamburg 2012 and Potsdam 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Angies Nightclub, Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany; September 20, 2012. Live at Radio Fritz Studios, Potsdam, Germany; January 24, 2013. Excellent FM broadcasts.

There’s a new star in ascendant in London. Jake Bugg, from Nottingham, UK, was chosen by the BBC to appear on their “Introducing” stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival aged 17, and because of this was given a contract by Mercury Records. At the London 2012 Olympic games, Bugg’s song, Lightning Bolt, was played during the build up to the 100m men’s final. On October 15, 2012, Bugg released his self-titled debut album; a week later, the song, Two Fingers, charted at 33 in the UK while the album reached No. 1 in the UK charts.

This is what Barry Nicolson of the NME wrote:
There’s a great story about Jake Bugg that illustrates just how different he is from your average British teenager. Shortly after playing his first gig (not in some fauxhemian east London snakepit, but at his high school in Nottingham), Bugg’s friends, suitably impressed, implored him to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.. but Bugg was having none of it. “I never would have done that,” he told one interviewer, “because it doesn’t seem genuine, it doesn’t feel natural.”

Bugg, now 18, has been endorsed by none other than Noel Gallagher of Oasis. “Little Jake Bugg, he’s great. I’m a YouTube fan of his,” said the Oasis songwriter last September. Bugg has been invited to tour America with Gallagher.

The young Bugg carries his youth into his debut album. Note the lyrics of his single, Two Fingers, with an excellent chorus: “So I kiss goodbye to every little ounce of pain/Light a cigarette and wish the world away/I got out, I got out, I’m alive and I’m here to stay,” he sings. In a recent interview, he said: “I want my music to have some impact on people’s lives, like the first dance at their wedding or the song a couple met to.”

His fortune was to be born in England. Music fans in $ingapore should note that Jake Bugg sounds like Patrick Chng. They share a familiar nasal twang. Patrick was the founder member of indie band, The Oddfellows. Formed in 1988, they have two albums to their name. The band never recorded a third album. What could possibly go wrong in $ingapore? Even with all the talent of “Jake Bugg”, you can’t beat “the system”. You can’t “get out”. That’s why $ingapore needs foreign talent. ‘Nuff said.

Thanks to Tomyoungster who recorded and shared the Hamburg show at Dime; and to Eddie Argos for sharing the Potsdam show at The Traders’ Den. Cover pic: FRITZ.de, posted at flickr.com.
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Hamburg; September 20, 2012
Track 01. Kentucky (3.9MB)
Track 02. Love Me The Way You Do (4.3MB)
Track 03. Someone Told Me (5.2MB)
Track 04. Two Fingers (5.7MB)
Track 05. Ballad Of Mr. Jones (5.0MB)
Track 06. See It All (5.1MB)
Track 07. Country Song (3.9MB)
Track 08. Trouble Town (5.2MB)
Track 09. Taste It (4.7MB)
Track 10. Lightning Bolt (4.2MB)
FM (NDR 2; Radiokonzert - broadcast on February 4, 2013; analog cable) > Audacity > xACT

Potsdam, January 24, 2013
Track 11. interview (6.8MB)
Track 12. intro (1.5MB)
Track 13. Lightning Bolt (4.2MB)
Track 14. Taste It (4.5MB)
Track 15. Someone Told Me (5.6MB)
Track 16. Country Song (4.3MB)
Track 17. Two Fingers (5.8MB)
Track 18. outro (535k)
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  2. Thanks, I know theres been a lot of these guys critics claim to be the next Dylan Etc. Regardless of if he is or isn’t doesn’t matter to me (Theres only one Bob) This kid has something special!

    By Revolutionarybum on Mar 2, 2013

  3. It’s about time Jake Bugg made an appearance on this site! Great Post! Anything from him will be much appreciated :D

    By Luke on Mar 3, 2013

  4. Great talent. David Grey meets Buddy Holly !

    By Jack on Mar 3, 2013

  5. he’s a very cute little guy with, possibly, a huge future.
    i hope we hear far more of him and about him over the next 40 years

    thanks for getting him into the BigO pantheon :)

    By Tony on Mar 10, 2013

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