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October 29, 2013
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Waves of Fear

Can’t say I was a huge Velvet Underground or Lou Reed fan, but heard Waves of Fear while driving one time and it stopped me dead. The song may be considered overrated, but that anti-guitar solo from the late great Robert Quine is incredible. It conveys more of the songs subject than, perhaps, Lou Reed can with the lyrics.



Meanwhile, apparently (as I haven’t lowered myself to check the Daily Mail)…


July 27, 2013
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Call Me The Breeze


Swapped a Blind Boy Fuller album many years ago for a “Best of…” Clapton, and the stand out track was After Midnight. Everything I wanted from a song when getting ready to party. Wasn’t till some years later I heard J.J. Cale, and realized here was the guy behind the Clapton songs I loved.


Much more laid back in style (and life), I may still prefer Clapton’s version of After Midnight, but damn if J.J. Cale’s Call Me The Breeze isn’t just perfect, and if I had heard this as a teen it would have been played back to back with After Midnight as we got ready to go out.


Sorry to read J.J. Cale has passed away, happy to have been enjoying his songs for so long.


May 3, 2013
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Jeff Hanneman – RIP

“The things that I would have said about Jeff Hanneman can be summed up very simply. He was a brilliant and innovative guitarist who died too young. He helped found one of the greatest, most forward-looking metal groups of all time. He wrote two of the most exciting songs ever, ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘Angel Of Death’. He was a key player on three or four of the best albums ever recorded.”
Gone But Still Reigning: Jeff Hanneman And Slayer Live



A big Heavy Metal fan in my early teens, I was almost exclusively listening to Punk in the early 80’s before I wound my way through Hip Hop, Rap and Jazz and back into Rock. So I somehow listened to everything but Slayer until 2006. Anthrax, Pantera, Megadeth, and all their early influences such as GBH, Discharge and one of my all time favourites the Dead Kennedys.


Hearing “Behind the Crooked Cross” for the first time was a revelation, and while Jeff Hanneman may have hated the song it’s one of my favourites, especially that amazing opening riff.


April 24, 2013
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March 21, 2013
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James Herbert

The Rats

The Rats

Too young to get into 18 certificate films, and jealous of my cousins who could, my alternative was to read horror novels, and I soon discovered James Herbert. The Rats, The Spear, The Fog, Fluke, so many great stories that had everything I wanted as a kid from a book.


I remember an interview in which James Herbert described being in a meeting and wondering “What if someone got up and jumped out of the window – what might make them do that?” – or something along those lines. All his books were great What ifs?


Along with Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Frederick Forsyth and William Goldman, James Herbert was what I read as soon as I had a say in it (although my parents were always great in letting me pick their books from the shelves to read, thus the Goldman, Forsyth and adult Dahl stories), and fostered my love of horror.


December 24, 2012
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Mike Scaccia


“I never wanted to be a competitive player because, to me, the more players the better, who wants to be the best? There’s no such thing, everybody should play, it’s just a beautiful great thing to play guitar.” – Mike Scaccia


August 26, 2012
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“Buzz also apparently lobbied pretty hard to be the first man on the moon and was mightily pissed when they gave the honour to Armstrong instead. Indeed, up until Apollo 11, the Commander (in this case Armstrong) generally stayed in the space craft while other people went outside. Buzz was apparently so annoyed that he refused to take any photos of Armstrong on the moon. There are only a few photos of the Apollo Commander on the surface, and one of those is as a reflection in Buzz’s Visor.” – Buzz Aldrin, Cracked



“Neil shoots pictures the same way my wife does: He cuts off people’s heads.”

“Here’s one thing I do not want to see on page one tomorrow: Arguably the most famous picture taken in the history of mankind.
“One reason I don’t want to see it: That’s not Neil. That’s Buzz Aldrin.
“The second reason I don’t want to see it: Because NASA manipulated that photo before it was released to the public, back in 1969.
“Evidently, Neil shoots pictures the same way my wife does: He cuts off people’s heads.” – Keep in mind as you put together your Neil Armstrong packages tonight, Apple.copydesk.org