In honour of the recently departed Author of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance I invite you to share all motor related songs.
We are a self-deprecating bunch I think – but when did that behaviour get us anywhere, eh? It’s time to part the fronds of the canopy and let in the rays of sunlight onto the forest floor. Rise up – bathe in the light and share your talent.
Me? Thanks for asking! Scrabble. Yesterday I got the much envied and long-hoped for combination of letters that allowed me to put down CAZIQUE – delivering a tumescent 170 points. Apart from when I play Mrs BC (who is better than me), I think I am very hard to beat.
There’s more where that came from. I can do an uncanny impression of a NZ broadcaster called John Campbell. I say his name “John Campbell” in his voice and this always gets a double-take and a laugh. It’s that good. In the same vein, I can also do “David Baddiel”. When he is mentioned I like to say “What? Dayy-vid Baddiel?” in his exact, sarcasm-flecked tone of voice.
So let’s see what you’ve got. My act does have its limitations I admit so it may need padding out with other people’s material.
‘ve mentioned PINS here before several times and they’ve just produced a rather splendid EP….the new backing singer has possibilities.
Our fearless leader @drakeygirl has obviously been too busy running marathons, swimming the channel etc to keep this going in 2017. Thought I would post something as we are a 1/3 of the way through the year and I was wondering how people were doing (and I wanted to brag).
I think last status was here:
I posted this asking about 5:2 diets here:
(more in comments)
This is unashamedly a combination of the recent personal musical opinions that people may find perverse & AW snob thread.
So, what do you like/dislike (anything) that may be regarded as out of step with widely accepted taste. Not restricted to music, it can be anything you like.
4 Non Blondes – whats up
Simple Minds – Belfast child
Buggles – Video killed the radio star
David Attenborough documentaries – undoubtedly brilliant, but not for me I am afraid.
Royal Family – anything in the press/media in general just passes me by.
Star wars (including all prequels/sequels/spin offs)
Mock the week
Reality TV/ Any TV programme that requires me to vote
Carrots – OK in soup/cake but seeing the nasty orange fuckers naked on a plate is a step too far.
The premier league (mainly the fawning, uncritical, toothless coverage on TV)
That’s about it for now, as ever I am expecting to remember more the moment I press post.
Over to you chums…
Not sure if this interview was included in the UK edition of the Grauniad.
Who’d have thought it? Neil Young’s ludicrous attempt to make us all buy our music again at double the cost for no audible difference when played through an electronic Toblerone has failed. But fear not, he’s going to come up with something else.
The AW must have been a prime audience for buying the Pono, being both audiophiles and Neil Young disciples – did anyone actually get one?
That actually bummed me out.
ZATAOMM and Lila are both immense works, and challenge me every time I read them.
It was only when I read Lila, I think, that I realized that Chris was real, his son, and he had died in 1979 in a stabbing incident.
I am sure we must have been here before, but regardless.
My boss at work has no taste for the finer things we tend to take for granted. On Friday, our conversation somehow came aroud to me mentioning a scene from Some Like it Hot. He looked at me, had never heard of the film. He’s not young, about 10 – 15 years younger but like Barry Wom, I was shocked and stunned. Previously, we had been talking about books and he was talking about Angels and Demons which I foolishly admitted I had never heard of. It was only when he mentioned The Da Vinci Code that something clicked and I didn’t have the heart to tell him that this was rubbish and I was thinking about someting a little more elevated.
What do we all do when we find ourselves us in this position ? I am more accepting these days, but still never having heard of Some Like it Hot or seen that scene of Marilyn playing the uke. That’s just plain weird.
I’m mostly a veggie so this is a conundrum for me.
On the one hand I get filled with something that I want to dump immediately and feel the relief to shed. Completely unreasonable.
On the other hand I understand the constraints of peristalsis and dehydration. Even with syrup of figs there’s a limit to how fast I can pass things.
I’m a libra so this is a conundrum for me.
On the one hand I get filled with something that I want every one to know immediately and respond in kind to. Completely unreasonable.
On the other hand I understand the constraints of living on a globe. Even with instant communication half of the world will always be asleep.
Post your own non more sexist tunes here.
I need a whole new audio makeover. What’s the consensus on Sonos or is there something else? Better?
I have been without a turntable for some time and work and childcare duties have severely dented my time to shop around for one.
So I am putting the question out here. Can anyone recommend a good, not too dear, turntable which won’t fuck up my old vinyl? It needs to be quite small. Our living room is somewhat cluttered.
I’d like to be able to link it to our old stereo but if I could hook it up to some internet enabled speakers in the future that would be good to.
Thanks folks. All advice and recommendations appreciated.
My Sunday started in such a strange way that I wonder if I’m still asleep and dreaming all this.
Over on the Afterworders on Facebook page, someone had posted a piece about a small army of Scottish saxophonists playing the saxophone riff from Baker Street as part of the town of Paisley’s bid to become a European City of Culture. (see comments). How can they fail?
The performance had the blessing of Gerry Rafferty’s daughter (he was born in Paisley) and it looks as though they were all having a grand old, saxatastic time.
And if you think that sounds far-fetched, I then chanced upon a clip of sound sculptor and inventor of musical instruments, Henry Dagg, playing Somewhere over the Rainbow on his “catastrophony”: a keyboard consisting of squeaky toy cats.
The idea sounds so far-fetched. However that Gallic polymath, @Pizon_Bros pointed out to me that the idea of an instrument where the sound is created by the squeals of tormented cats is a very old one. The myth of the cat piano (Katezenklavier in German, piano a chats in French) has existed for hundreds of years.
It inspired this rather darkly, entertaining cartoon narrated by none other » Continue Reading.
One of the more depressing aspects of political debate and the recent race to populism has been the attack on the foreign aid budget. You know the sort of thing I mean, not the usual and understandable debate about the effects timeless of individual projects, but the morality of spending any money abroad when we should be ‘ looking after our own’.
In certain sections of the media it seems to be the nexterm target followingredients Brexit and certainly has a lot of traction on social media amongst conservative current and former Labour voters where I live. I sense that the more it dawns on them that Brexit won’t actually materially improve the lives anytime soon, if at all, the more the focus shifts to the billions that might be freed from the aid budget and how that might solve everything at a stroke.
I have you say I find this all terribly depressing. Not least because if anything it makes me less inclined to want to contribute more towards helping ‘ our own ‘ people. It also frustrates me that whilst I am berated for supporting the foreign aid budget, I equally harangued if I question the point » Continue Reading.
Dee Boyle, the drummer with the Longpigs has died. Loved their first album.
This is the first year since RSDs inception that I have lived somewhere with a record shop. It only opened last year and is run by a couple of lovely people, so despite my misgivings about the event, I turned up this morning to show my support. There were half a dozen things I would have willingly bought, including the Bowie, Springsteen and DBT live sets, the Turtles box and the Randy Newman box, Kate Tempest and so on. The whole lot would potentially have cost me hundreds of poundstores, , which I would have paid willingly, and then wondered how I was going to afford them. In the event, they didn’t have any of them, or they were bought by the handful of people ahead of me.
So, I went away empty handed and whether I end up spending all or any of money that stayed in my pocket on records remains to be seen. Now, I am fully aware that RSD is a lifesaver for many shops and there are loads of people that enjoy the experience. But for someone like myself who wants to but some music to listen to rather than collect it is frustrating to » Continue Reading.
Are Star Trek and The Beatles.
Inspired by an exchange about Bragg on one of @markg ‘s threads recently and the even more recent “bad entry points” thread, what about some great songs that are magnificently atypical?
While the Billster’s vocal is unmistakable, the overall style and production of this track is unique in his canon as far as I can tell.
Someone, anyone, PLEASE make a Little Feat biopic, and make sure you cast Matt Berry as Lowell.
Any more suggestions for music inspired films that are crying out to be made?
Colin won’t blow his own (titanium) trumpet, so I’ll do it for him.
The marvellous Titanium Flag album, in re-issued, expanded and altogether splendiferated form, is available today from Market Square, it says here in the reminder I set on my email app some while ago. Thanks to modern technology, I have just invested in my own copy of the enhanced package without leaving the comfort of my whale-skin bivouac.
Can I suggest that you will not spend a better tenner this side of Brexablivion if you invest.
I’m sure it must have been mentioned on here before but visited John and Paul’s childhood homes recently and found the experience quite moving. It helped (no pun intended) that I was on a group of genuinely interested and engaged Beatles fans – one of the guides remarked that the previous group had seemed bored.
I found it to be very tastefully done, and with a nice bit of social / historical context added by the husband (John’s home) and wife (Paul’s home) guides.
Fantastic Mike McCartney photos of ‘our kid’ on display at 20 Forthlin Road.
Only thing I would maybe change is in incorporating a brief (non-disembarking) tour of prominent landmarks on the way. For example, we went along Penny Lane but I only realised this when overhearing the driver. But I guess there are countless other tours which cater for this.
I’d done the Beatles Story museum on the Dock before and we went again. It was fine, but was stuff I was overly familiar with. The house visits though were superb and will stay with me.