Friday, June 08, 2007

Mo Meek

Playlist for a tribute LP

Ad_Man Shouting
Beating Me Home
Beat The Boat
Bicycle Corn cob Tuesday
Bullets in the Backgroud
Burning Babel
Cash & Carry Love
Cat in the Mask
Christ Stopped In Salford
Dont Sell Me
Down in a Norhern Town
Empty Vessels
Getting Desperate
Goodnight History
Kid Who Saved Your Life
Little Prince
Making Love is Easy
Memory Man
Muse in my Shoes
New York & France
Proppinig up the Bar
Remembering You
Roadside Blues
Schoolboy Dreams
Season Fishing
Singer in the Subway
6 String Suicide
Sycamore Tree
Time for Change
Too Many FoxesWaiting in the Wings
When Harmony Comes.
Hey when you read the list as the lyrics to a sad but beautiful song can almost remember the boy.
Shalom Baruch Dovid "Bryan" Glancy

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Sunday, May 20, 2007


I only met Bryan on a few occasions between 1988 and 1991. I first time was at the Green Room on Whitworth St in 1988, it was the first CC/Funbox Manchester Busker night, both myself and a friend (we were both 15 at the time) had read about Bryan in the evening news, he had just been crowned Piccadilly Radio's busker of the year (whatever that meant!), we had a schoolboy band of our own at the time and were intrigued. What we heard (Bryan, Johnny Dangerously, Darren Poyser, Henry Normal, Clare Mooney) that night changed our lives forever. I remember meeting Bryan after the gig, he was selling his tapes at a table in the bar area of the venue, we approached him just to tell him we loved his set, it was near the end of the night and by this time neither myself or my friend had any money left, so we felt a little embarrassed when Bryan asked me if I liked his stuff enough to buy a tape of him, when I drunkenly explained I had no money he just smiled and handed me a tape anyway. That tape was called "The kid who saved your life" it contained five other songs as well as the title track, another track on it was "Bicycle Corncob Tuesday". I remember playing the tape almost constantly that summer and beyond. Unfortunately a fascist tape machine decided to chew up the tape a couple of years later and has been lost to me ever since (if anyone out there has this tape, I would be eternally grateful for a copy)

When I heard the news of Bryans death the first thing that came to mind was this story and the chorus of the kid who saved your life has been going round in my head ever since. Truly one of the most beautiful songs ever written and for me the song that best encapsulates the mood of Manchester during the late eighties and guaranteed a place on the soundtrack of my life.
"...and in this smokey town, where the washed out pavements are
mirroring the lord mayors frown,"

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Guy Lovelady

It is a year ago that I heard the news that Bryan had died. In the passing 365 days I haven't stopped thinking about him and my life has been guided by some of the most valuable things he shared with me, in ways that I would never have dreamt. I will take time today to listen to his music and offer up a prayer to tell him how much I love him and miss him and hope that he is okay wherever he is.

God Bless you Bryan, 1 year on and it still hurts like mad.


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