Saturday, 11 November 2017

Chuck Mosley


Very sad today to hear of the passing of former Faith No More vocalist Chuck Mosley. He was one of the most memorable front men I've ever seen, a ball of energy and passion. Faith No More at the Bristol Bierkeller back in the late '80s was one of my all-time top 10 gigs. And here's a link to one of my old Favourite Gig Fridays posts about that self-same night.
Strangely enough, in the last couple of days I've been playing FNM's fantastic second album Introduce Yourself on repeat in my car, thinking about what an idiosyncratic, compelling vocalist he was, not realising he had passed away. RIP Chuck...


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Trapped In A Cult

A few weeks back I finally decided enough was enough and dropped out of society to join a mysterious cult. Well, only for about two hours on a Sunday afternoon...
This was actually my debut as an extra in the video for the mighty Borrowed Time's new song Trapped In A Cult. Here are my fellow cult members above. ( I'm the one flicking "Peace" signs... I think... )
I turned up at Two Rivers Studios in Cheltenham for my indoctrination into the cult and instantly found myself on bubble-blowing duties. ( Please try not to think of that outrageous old Michael Jackson joke at this point. ) Yes, I had to stand in front of the band while they were filming a "psychedelic" middle-eight and blow bubbles from one of those cheap kids' bubble-blowers until I was blue in the face. All for about 1/2 a second of screen-time :-)
Here are four of the 5 BT boys in full hippie regalia, going for a Bohemian Rhapsody vibe:
The band had by this point finished their filming ( they'd been there all day ) and now it was time for the cult to assemble. Drummer Marcus assumed the role of cult leader and stood on the stage gesticulating ( he's that kind of bloke ) while us cultists marched forwards and reached out to our leader as if he were the messiah, and not just a very naughty boy. The director filmed various different takes of this from many different angles and then filmed us miming the letters "C -U -L -T" like some kind of Punk Rock Village People. It was all good cult-y fun. Finally Marcus put his hippie rags back on and surrounded himself with groupies. It's hard work being a revered leader...
And here are two fully paid-up cult members for life, the lovely Carol and superstar Chinese Burn bassist Ed...
It was great fun being a cult member for an afternoon and interesting to see behind the scenes of a video shoot. And below is the finished article which I think is pretty bloody good. ( If you squint really hard you can see me in the centre of the screen around the 1:36 mark, reaching up for absolution from my guru... )


Monday, 25 September 2017

Super... Boy?

This young man turns 18 today ( the one on the right )

Happy Birthday James! Love from Mum, Dad, Sophie, Hero and Jasper xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Vintage Glamour

Because the world could do with some more beauty at the moment...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Ruts DC at the Bristol Bierkeller

My second trip this summer down to Bristol's Bierkeller and again it was to see a band whose music I've loved for years ( okay, decades... ) but haven't caught live before. The Ruts, like The Skids who I saw there back in May, were one of the best bands to come out of the Punk explosion and should really be mentioned in the same breath as the Sex Pistols or The Clash. Their potent blend of Punk and Reggae, mixed with razor-sharp lyrics and huge tunes, should have propelled them into the major leagues but the tragic death of original singer Malcolm Owen sadly brought the first version of the band to a close. They carried on as Ruts DC for a few years, accentuating their Reggae and Dub influences, but eventually went their separate ways. Well, now they're back and, when I heard my friends Borrowed Time were supporting them, I knew I had to make the journey to Brizzle...
I hadn't seen those Borrowed Time boys for a while so it was good to catch up. It seems they make a quantum leap in quality every time I see them and this gig was no exception. Their hard-edged, Metal-inflected take on '80s Punk just gets more tuneful and their playing becomes tighter all the time. New songs Oceans, Trapped In A Cult and The Day We Broke The World were the stand-outs, showing off their increasing range and even stirring the early-evening Bierkeller crowd into action. A fine set from BT and their merch seemed to be selling pretty well too... even the creepy "cult" masks...
The next band on were Knock Off, a rabble-rousing three-piece that play Cockney Rejects style Oi! / Street Punk. Although more melodic than I first imagined, with some killer riffs, they churned out the tired old, thuggish Oi! subject matter  -  fighting, beer, football etc.  - and were ultimately disappointing. Someone should tell them we're living in the 21st century...
 The Ruts were, by contrast, absolutely amazing. From the outset they impressed with their cool suits and hats and their red hot music. They played an absolute blinder, mixing beloved classics like In A Rut ( of course ), Jah War and the awe-inspiring It Was Cold with tough, biting new songs like Psychic Attack and This Music Must Destroy. And this music really did destroy  -  every song played with 100 per cent commitment, technical brilliance and pure passion. And pure groove...
No lumpen, meat-and-potatoes rock here, the Ruts have a swing, a groove and a funk to their sound that lifts them above the common herd of old Punk bands and onto another level. This was at its most joyously evident when they segued from the charging, surging Punk of all-time classic Babylon's Burning into its B-side, the aching Reggae lament Love In Vain. Stunning stuff! And, after a fun cover of Suffragette City and an epic West One ( Shine On Me ) they were gone, leaving us hungry for more. My mate Glenn ( Borrowed Time star! ) had seen The Ruts at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool this year and said they were the best band of the festival for him, and I could well believe it. I was so glad to finally get the chance to see them and I'll definitely have to catch them again.

Soundtrack: Music Must Destroy, Psychic Attack by The Ruts DC
                    plus 
Sorry Somehow, Diane, Don't Want To Know if You Are Lonely, You Can Live At Home Now
by Husker Du ( RIP Grant Hart, the multi-talented singer - songwriter - drummer from the great Hardcore band Husker Du who has sadly passed away at the age of 56 )

Monday, 28 August 2017

Post number 900 ( Randomiser XIV )

I thought I'd revive the rollicking, rambunctious Randomiser for this 900th edition post ( basically just a whole load of unrelated images from TGW-S's digital dungeons ) and, of course, I'll start with some Jack Kirby because it would have been the King Of Comics' 100th birthday today. Let's get random!

( Images two and three are for Calvin Heighton, Canadian Caption King of the World )
Hero and Jasper in a rare moment of peace and quiet...
...and Nick Fury failing to achieve similar harmony.
A sunny day in Bournemouth

Bruce and Steve
Ballade by Moebius


Of course, there had to be some photos from Cornwall here...
Les Dandy Warhols...
RIP Brian Aldiss...
Cheers everyone! Thanks for tuning in to the randomness...

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