Hi everyone, hope someone might be able to help with this puzzler. Overnight, or even faster, the disk drive on my desktop PC has stopped reading DVD-Rs. I’d been ripping my collection to my harddrive using Handbrake with no problems, and then it suddenly stopped recognising DVD-Rs, tending to see them as blank disks, but not seeing any data on them. I’ve had no error messages to suggest a problem. – “Pre-recorded” disks are still fine. – As far as I can tell there was no software update since the last DVD-R I ripped literally hours before – I’ve done a system restore to a week ago but no change – It’s an HP PC if that makes any difference All ideas appreciated, for what might have caused this, and (especially) how to fix it! Thanks as always, enjoy your sunny Sunday!
So our Director comes up to me this morning, says “can you pop downstairs for a chat?”, and 5 minutes later I’d been made redundant – bummer! Something about restructuring the department, blah, blah, difficult trading conditions, blah, blah, the usual… there’s going to be a 30-day consultation period (should have been 14, but they’re allowing longer for Christmas & New Year – how kind!) and my first 1-to-1 is in the morning, joy! In theory they’re going to look for ways to redeploy me, but if they’re looking to make cuts, I’m pretty much resigned to being out – I’m frankly very well-paid, and my contract says that if they offer me a lesser role, I get my current wage for 3 years, which now feels like a bit of a 2-edged sword, but hey-ho…
On a more positive note and with no false modesty, I think I’m popular within the company, renowned as a good team-member and hard-worker, and have always had glowing appraisals, so I’m taking them at their word about the “restructuring”, and that this isn’t a performance-related action (or at least that’s the rock I’m clinging to right now!)
It’s too early to think about » Continue Reading.
I hadn’t heard about this previously, so don’t know if it’s only just been announced, but the notoriously flight-averse Matthew Sweet is playing a rare UK gig next month, Tuesday 18th December at the Islington Assembly Hall… he’s promoting his recent-ish Tomorrow’s Daughter album, but recent gig reviews suggest a career-spanning setlist, so it’s an early Christmas present for us powerpoppers amongst us!
Quick version – after a bad bout of toothache following a big filling last week, I’m booked to have the whole tooth out tomorrow (Thursday), but in the time since booking the op, it’s, er, got better, could the filling have just taken a long while to “bed in”, or should I just go ahead and have it out?
Long version – one of my wisdom teeth has a huge filling in it (“more filling than tooth” my dentist says) and was refilled last week after a bit dropped out. It felt uncomfortable straight away, but got more & more painful as the week went on, peaking at the weekend, when I accidentally bit down hard on it and almost passed out when a bolt of pain went right through me… I went back to the dentist ASAP who said she was afraid this might happen with the size of filling, the only real solution is to have it out, and booked me in for tomorrow accordingly. Since then though, it’s gotten better & better every day, to the point where it genuinely almost feels back to normal. I have been on antibiotics for a few days, so maybe that’s » Continue Reading.
So this came up on shuffle on the commute this morning – The Shamen’s “Ebeneezer Goode”. I can’t remember the last time I heard it, and hadn’t even remembered it was on the compilation that smuggled it onto my iPod, but (eek) 25 years later it just sounds monumentally misjudged, a studio joke that went too far, a drug song for kids… and of course, despite its number 1 success, it effectively reduced the formerly supercool alternative dance act to the status of novelty-hitmakers, to be named & shamed alongside Benny Hill, Joe Dolce and Black Lace. Yes, they eked out a few more years of ever-less popular hit singles, but their career trajectory was instantly blown…
So, are there any other career-killing records (singles or albums) we can think of? Deservedly or otherwise? And should any be rehabilitated…?
You know Steve Lillywhite, we all know Steve Lillywhite, I’d even put a fair amount of cash down now and bet that every single person here has a record produced by Steve Lillywhite somewhere in their collection. I first came across his name when I started seriously buying records in the late ’70s, on records by Siouxsie, XTC, Ultravox, The Members, Psychedelic Furs, you name it. Later on he moved into the big leagues with Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Talking Heads, Morrissey, even the Stones, and though his workrate has declined over the years, he still managed to contribute to U2’s last album…
… but where do you think he is now, selling over 7 million albums a year? If it was April 1st I wouldn’t believe this story, but click the link and maybe you’ll be as impressed as I am.
Here’s a clue: Chicken.
A technical query here for you geniuses of The Massive. My PC has suddenly decided to stop burning audio CDs – I’ve tried both iTunes (my usual method) and Windows Media Player, and in both cases, the burn seems to go OK for 10-15 seconds before the programme completely hangs with no error messages, and I have to shut down the programme via task manager to use the PC again.
It doesn’t seem to be a problem with the drive, as I can listen to and rip audio CDs, and also burn data CDs (and I can watch, rip and burn DVDs, no problem), it’s just burning audio CDs which is the problem…
Any easy solutions or even troubleshooting tips would be appreciated – thank you all!
I’ve been dipping into the TV Cream website for many years now – they style themselves as a 70s & 80s pop culture repository and though they can veer into the “Spangles & Chopper bikes” nostalgia zone, I mostly find them pleasingly irreverent…
Years ago they published a top 100 singles list, and have recently updated it… they’re not clear on how it was arrived at, though the comments clearly indicate some kind of voting system, but it’s a pleasingly bonkers celebration of 70s/80s pop & rock, and probably more diverse than many “cooler” charts out there… I’d also wager there’ll be a few “blimey, I’d forgotten about that” moments to be had too, especially in the YT clips they provide…
It might just be a bit too-uncool-for-school for us Afterworders, but I’d like to think it might also be a bit of an antidote to the angst-y handwringing we can sometimes be guilty of in analysing our listening likes & dislikes…
Top 10 in the comments (the number 1 might raise a few eyebrows), and the whole list is at the link, enjoy and have at it (and remember, don’t have nightmares…)
Sorry if we’ve done this before, but how about collecting our favourite tracks by fictional (non-existant) artists? I’d imagine the richest seam will be songs from movies & TV series, but I think we can stretch things to include artists actively performing under assumed identities (e.g. Dukes Of Stratosphere, even Chris Gaines or Silicon Teens), though if there’s a “rule”, it would be that this doesn’t apply to simple pseudonyms (so no “Layla”).
I’ll kick things off with the track that put the idea in my head – “All Over The World” by Strange Fruit, from the movie Still Crazy, and featuring the collective songwriting talent of Mick Jones and Chris Difford (with Marti Fredriksen) – surely this would have been a hit in “real life”…?
What does it sound like?:
“His mother bought him a synthesiser, got The Human League in to advise her, now he’s making lots of noise, playing along with the art-school boys…” (The Undertones’ “My Perfect Cousin”)
That was the status of The Human League and electronic music in early 1980 – a punchline to another band’s joke. Of course, history records that about 18 months later, The Human League would be one of the biggest bands in the world, and “Futurist” or “New Romantic” music would be the sound of the moment…
… but this 4 CD box-set tells the story of that other electronic music – the parallel path of art-school boys (and make no mistake, it’s nearly always boys) making lots of noise, often sounding like a “spaceship taking off” (as one of the sleevenote contributors has it.) This is the hipper-than-thou underground world of tape-swap collectives, mail-order cassettes and one-off self-financed labels, with many of these tracks appearing on CD for the first time, and as a historic archive project, this is an excellent collection.
However, it’s far from a complete survey of the UK electronic scene – with no Cabaret Voltaire, Mute or Some » Continue Reading.
A sudden change in shift-patterns means my usual gig-partner can’t make it to see powerpop legends The Posies (plus support from the unknown-to-me The President Lincoln) at London’s equally legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street tomorrow night (Wednesday).
Please PM me or reply below if interested – £20 to cover ticket face value or close would be appreciated, and you’ll be under no obligation to associate with me inside 🙂 (PS in the event of a rush I’ll say “first come, first served”.) Cheers!