- Tuesday 8th October 2019, 6:20pm [Edited]
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Quote: john tregorran @ 3rd October 2019, 6:27 AM
Have you ever encountered The Mountain Goats in your travels up North?
They are my obsession at the moment.It's really just John Darnielle and whoever he can persuade to play along.
They have a recent album but this is from 2005.
I picked this track to keep the football theme going.Not that it's about the famous Midlands team of course.
Yes, I am aware of the Mountain Goats but they are linked to my 2008-2012 ish period when I delved massively into Spotify as a new subscriber to see what I might have missed in all eras. There was a feeling by then that I had filled in a lot of my late 20th Century gaps in knowledge of my own accord, especially via CDs in the 1990s, and that was while maintaining an active interest in what then was current. What I expected was that I would mainly find things which were from after 2000 when indie/alternative was really pushed out by radio in favour of pop/tripe and I did so although I was also surprised and delighted to find that there was still great stuff from the 60s-90s of which I had been unaware. And I guess the Mountain Goats sort of straddled all of that work by being 1990s going into and through the 2000s. I like them.
As for what are called mountain goats in the UK, I have only formed a close relationship with them in the South West and East Anglia. There are some splendid ones on the road out of Lynton, Devon towards the Valley of the Rocks who if they are not clinging to a hillside stand with a look as if to say "if you want to walk past me you will have to box". And dear old Cromer in Norfolk of course, where they munch happily "nex''" the sea just before the pier, where boozy theatre goers seem to the casual observer to be parading in Victorian costume when actually it is what they wear when they go into Lidl.
As for Wolves, what a great result for them on the weekend. My day trip early this year to learn about the West Midlands has been previously documented here. While I was on my way to see the Villa, I managed to get up to Brom and then Wolverhampton so I have now seen the Wolves stadium from the outside. Mighty fine it looks too. Very, very smart. They are my No 2 team in the West Mids. And frankly who on this planet wouldn't have wanted to have been Christened Nuno Espirito Santo? A Father Christmas God figure in the middle of a Stonehenge bathed in the sunshine of Southern Europe.