It took me a while to get into The Clash.
I’ve always have musical links to Ska, Punk, Reggae and Britpop, but I was put off by the song ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ as it was just too cheesetastic for me. I distinctly remember being in some shit indie student club in London, being coerced into dancing to that tune, as it was supposedly ‘indie’ or ‘punk’. Snakebite in hand of course.
That song is not what I would define as neither Indie or Punk. I like the tune ‘Rock The Casbah’ but always regarded it as very much a party tune, that I would play out when DJing, but not really take seriously because Will Smith sampled it.
I recently read the biography of the bassist from The Specials, which I thoroughly recommend – it’s called ‘Ska’d For Life’ – a very honest account of the life that they led, being courted by major labels, touring Japan and America etc.
Anyway, Horace Panter (the bassist) documents his days being affected by (but not actually touring with) The Clash. I thought I would check them out again. I glad I did. If there was any band I would like to compare ourselves with (my band http://www.myspace.com/popesofchillitown) then at this moment in time, 26th Jan 2009, then they would it.
But yet all the vinyl I’ve been looking at online has been really expensive, like £200 plus, so i guess the Defectors Weld in Shepherds Bush, London UK, where I play songs at, will have to do with shitty mp3 burns of Guns Of Brixton. Sorry West London!
Anyway, its now 2am and I should really get some sleep, big week ahead with bands in town this week.
So i’ve just got a phone that lets me blog on it . Let’s see if works!
London people come to this. have a listen at
As a tall man who attends a lot of gigs I feel I should present my case. If its a gig i’m not massively bothered about then I always stand at the back , or at least not in front of loads of people.
But if its a band i’ve been waiting for ages to go see, then why can’t I go and stand nearer in? If I do this, I always get there early so as not to obstuct people’s views. If I’m there well before the gig starts, then people have plenty of time to stand somewhere else and still enjoy the show.
Recent example – I travelled from London to Paris to go see one of my favourite bands (Tryo http://www.myspace.com/tryolegroupe). I got there well before the gig started and stood still towards the back, but about 2/3rds in. I wasn’t obstructing anyone’s view when I got there. Then some French girl rocks up behind me and starts huffing and puffing about how she can’t see. I was there way before her and she could have simply gone and stood somewhere else. I asked nicely if she wanted to go in front of me, and she said no, as she had loads of bags with her. Not my problem! I tried to accomodate her, and she didn’t accept because she was silly enough to bring two bags to a gig.
If I’ve travelled from another country to see a gig, and spent loads of my hard earned cash, then do I still never get a chance to get up close to the action? Doesn’t seem very fair to me! As a regular gig goer, i’m obviously aware of my height, but to be honest, if its my favourite band and I’ve been waiting to see them for ages, I’ll stand where I bloody want. I’ll make an effort – ask if someone behind me wants to go in front, stand near other tall people, not standd in front really short people etc. but it works both ways.
If you’re standing behind a tall person at a gig, don’t just assume they’re selfish because they are tall and at a gig.
Either move or simply ask if you can go in front of them.
The Rock-afire Explosion was an animatronic robot band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place restaurants from 1980 to 1991. The show was created and manufactured exclusively for Showbiz by Creative Engineering, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. In later years, the show was sold to other restaurants and entertainment centers. The characters in The Rock-afire Explosion were various animals ranging from a dog to a gorilla. They would perform medleys of classic rock, pop, and country music, as well as original compositions.
In 2007, several videos from various fans who have programmed the animatronics to current popular music began appearing on YouTube and were popularized through social networking sites such as Digg. The band also made a brief appearance in the MGMT music video for “Electric Feel”.
The results are pretty disturbing…!
Electric Feel- MGMT- The Rockafire Explosion
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)- Arcade Fire – The Rockafire Explosion
For some reason, the brother (occasionally sister) of the hero’s father has a tendency to be evil. No one is exactly sure why, given that the two were raised in the same environment and it can’t be In The Blood. Maybe simply because of envy, and because the uncle will stand pretty high in the succession row.
This has a tendency to escalate to Cain And Abel. In fact, it almost always does. If he is from a royal family (which he frequently is), he is The Evil Prince. In those cases, he is usually the younger brother, with no children at all, while his older brother usually has at least one. He will usually end up killing his brother, thus triggering the hero’s quest for vengeance. He may try to kill the hero by giving him The Quest for an Impossible Task; this is usually unwise.
A female equivalent is likely to be Wicked Stepmother; the she is unable to inherit herself, but her children can.