This has depressed me.
New Zealand’s X-Factor has just fired two of it’s judges for this and it has sparked a wave of support for the artist concerned
They are rude and disrespectful – and the basic complaint, that the guy is copying one of the judges (the ‘world famous’ Willy Moon), seems bizarre on a show that thrives on ripping people off – but is it better than just being polite and cuddly?
It is the accepted wisdom on this site (and the previous one) that this is the greatest guitar solo ever committed to vinyl (it just is, we’ve had the debate, get over it.) However, Pierre van der Linden had a pretty shit- hot day on the drums, too.
Magic moment in the Ants charity shop on Götgatan this afternoon.
I’d dashed into town with my son, Kai, to buy the final part of his Joker outfit. (They are having a film festival at school tomorrow and the kids have been encouraged to dress up as movie characters.) Just as I was paying, a guy came up to me and said “You must be J**** F*****!” I’m P**** from the Afterword.”
(I’d use our real names but I’d get a spanking from Hannah)
Thanks to our time on Facebook, he knew what I looked like. Sadly I had to dash to pick up my daughter from school but we did manage to exchange a few words about Ebbot who he’s going to see in concert soon.
What a pleasure that all was! The second AWer that I’ve ever met face to face!
The chance of meeting one of you lot is as remote as running into a Giant Panda or encountering a moose.
Our very first Stockholm mini mingle!
Kai was visibly impressed. “Wow, Daddy! You really do know a lot of celebrities!”
Talk of NWA on a n other thread reminds me again of how often in the last few years someone has recommended some hip hop album to me and I’ve put it on only to find myself groaning within minutes at lyrics which are not only infantile and/or offensive, but are pretty much the same infantile or offensive lyrics I groaned through last year and the year before that. I don’t mind any amount of swearing and I’m cool with songs that I disagree with (several of my favourite reggae songs take time to remind me that I will burn in hell) and tbh if the music is strong enough I can stomach a great deal. Still, I thought it would be nice to start a collaborative Spotify playlist of 21st Century hip hop tunes with lyrics that don’t appall, and in some cases are actually pretty good. And one from Dizzee Rascal, who gets points for trying when those who should are shirking.. Please add more. Most of mine are from the usual suspects and I can’t wait to hear some “new” (*just so you know, there will be swearing and I haven’t tried to censor the “N” word).
That was my first random pick outta my album collection that has been rescued from attic and garage, It’s actually not a bad elpee, next up an evergreen for me and Uncle Wheaty – Strangers in the Night (still a pish sleeve)
The gay fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana gave an interview to an Italian magazine in which they are quoted as saying that gay adoption was unnatural and that those born through IVF were “synthetic children”. The only reason I have highlighted the fact that they are gay is because of their apparent negativity towards gay adoption which surprises me. Elton John – who has two sons from IVF treatment with his partner David Furnish – has hit out on social media (Instagram, not Twitter apparently) against the comments, saying ““Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.” He then posted a hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana. There has been some additional to-ing and fro-ing on the issue with Dolce calling Elton a “fascist” but it’s safe to say that the “boycott” idea seems to have hit fertile ground with other celebs wading in with their support for Elton’s position.
Normally this kind of thing I’d ignore as celebs being morally indignant is kind of part of the territory they occupy these days but my interest with this latest social media spat was triggered because of an interesting piece » Continue Reading.
Am I the only member of this here parish of ours who is going doo lally with excitement about the upcoming Thunderbirds remake?
Every time the advert appears on TV, I am 9 years old again.
I honestly cant wait.
if I were you…
Delightful! Delicious! Delectable! Ta-da-DDDaa! DDDDDDDDDDDDDdddddddddddddddddddddDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDdddddddddddddd!
Cheap Trick – Surrender – Live at the Budokan 1978.
What happened ? Jeez.. Where’s the SPARK ? We’re all line dancing! (or not)
This chap is going to listen to the first 14 Now! albums back-to-back from Thurs in a 28-hour marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support, blogging + tweeting his way through: https://noaxnow.wordpress.com/ https://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Spokes https://twitter.com/NoaxNOW He set out to raise £433, i.e. £1 for each song, but it’s up to £850-ish now. He’s got my support, as well as sympathy.
Do you think this would help to wash down fish fingers & oven chips or should I stick to turps?
Macallan – Anniversary Single Malt Scotch – 1928 50 year old https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DQDJBGM/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_89Vbvb0TJYKC6
An Iranian and 4 Jordanians cover the Floyd
While we were away my wife’s documentary about Sammy Davis Jr was shown on BBC 4. I just thought I’d share it with you if you hadn’t already seen it.
Play Nikolay Baskov & Sofi’s current Mockba chart hit “Ty Moe Schast’ye” backwards at half-speed underwater and you can clearly hear the chanting; “Vladimir is dead, Vladimir is dead.” And now we’re expected to believe that this is really him, back in circulation, when we know the KGB always had at least 2 clones ready and waiting to step in for any operative who fell in the course of duty. I ask you, do they take us for fools?
What’s your favourite conspiracy theory this month?
After all the recent talk about the merits or otherwise of HJH’s final vinyl (personally I think the new snare sound they gave Ringo ruins a large part of the album but that’s going a bit techie) I found this video of Martins George and Giles listening to a lovely unused guitar part on Side 2’s opener. Apologies – and be gentle – if it’s been posted before.
We often discuss the “best year for music”, be it Heppo’s endless quest to convince us that 1971 was the annus mirabilis of the album, or my own belief that everything peaked some time in the early 90s.
What I don’t believe we’ve ever discussed is the opposite: what was the single worst year for music in living memory? I suggest we limit entries to 1963 and after, so as to avoid “1922 – that really was a shit year”-style conversational cul-de-sacs.
I’ll get the ball rolling for you. 1998. My second year at uni. The year I would have hoped would be a veritable explosion of revolutionary sounds, wild, generation gap creating youth movements and iconic cultural moments. Instead (with some exceptions – all years have them) it proved to be a smouldering shite heap.
A quick look at the year’s best selling singles shows that pop music was the dominant form of the time, and terrible pop music at that. Barbie Girl. Angels. The Lighthouse Family. Will freaking Smith was huge and even Will Mellor (Jambo from Hollyoaks to you and I) made the charts. I recall going to endless uni events and wondering in horror how a » Continue Reading.
Reduced by everyone’s favourite site to £28 for 17 albums
Shitty Audio. Shitty Recording. Shitty playing. Wrong Singer.
This is my problem. I know already. You’ve told me. The Sun will Implode or, explode, one way or the other. The problem though Is that you’ve told me and I believe you. Now what am I supposed to do? Pretend? That doesn’t work.
Hey Man! that’s billions of years away! Chill out dude!
Sing: Help me if you can I’m feeling dow- ow- n…. Yup! (Sings: ) ‘There she was just a -walking down the streets singing… Do- wha-diddy -diddy dum -didy- do!
This is my problem. I know already.
Question? Is this just twaddle that should be ignored or the ramblings of a man that has no idea what a non-sequitur is? Seroiusly. I have no-idea what the fuck that is. Where was I? Oh,yes the problem.
The Problem. What to do about that? Shit! I remember when I used to just live. Anybody else? Oh Ignorance. You Bastard.
Brian Christopher Cameron (The name my Mother & Father chose for me at birth)
While there seems to be some definite AW love for Steve Wilson in his various guises of musician, band leader and production maestro I always find myself going back to his earlier work as Porcupine Tree. As Progressive Rock, or Prog as we are now allowed to call it, blossomed again in the late ’90s PT were at the forefront of the revival and the world became a better place for us old freaks.
Rejoice and share the love. Signify from 1996 was a song I saw performed live and it needs to be played VERY LOUD to be appreciated.
Mike Porcaro, bass player with Toto, has died. He suffered from ALS (Motor Neurone disease). He was 59. Live, he had been replaced by the likes of Lee Sklar and Nathan East, which shows just how good Mikey was. I have seen him play plenty of times and he is easily my favourite bassist. He was my wife’s favourite musician so, tonight, we have opened a bottle of bubbly and toasted to the fantastic nights, great music and a wonderful smile that we will miss.
What did they ever add to rock music?
Over hyped noise IMHO.