Monday, 24 November 2008

Gigs I have made it to...

.. and some famous people I have met.

March 9th 2007 - The Cribs at Middlesbrough Cornerhouse. Got onto the guest list after meeting guitarist Ryan Jarman.

June 3rd 2007 - Middlesbrough Music Live.

November 3rd 2007 - The Departure's lead singer David Jones to whom I sang one of his own songs. Also, Keith Murray, lead singer and guitarist of We Are Scientists as well as the stand in drummer, Adam Aaronson. Outside The Empire in Middlesbrough.

April 15th 2008 - The entire line-up of The Hives in this order: Nicholaus Arson, Dr Matt Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem, Dr Matt Destruction, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and Chris Dangerous. The show was at Newcastle Carling Academy.

June 1st 2008 - Middlesbrough Music Live.

June 7th 2008 - The Cribs at Middlesbrough Empire.

September 1st 2008 - Serj Tankian at the ABC in Glasgow. Met the bassist of The Flying Cunts Of Chaos - Mario Pagarulio.

September 20th 2008 - Scars On Broadway also at Glasgow ABC.

October 14th 2008 - Back at Newcastle Academy for The Subways.

Next show-up... Gateshead Sage on December 19th for The Futureheads.
Back to Glasgow on December 28th for We Are The Physics.


Friday, 21 November 2008

I am a robot!!

In the not too distant future, I'm thinking 2009, it will become compulsory for all school children to learn the guitar, bass guitar or drums in order to restore world order and destroy the Chav culture which has given Great Britain an image of all the population being tracksuit wearing, chain smoking arseholes. And I don't want to be dragged under by this rave-listening, junkie culture. Children as young as 12 are becoming mothers, thus ruining their own growing up. I believe these are the people that complain about being poor and in debt. I myself am not surprised, look at what they've chosen to do with their lives, NOTHING! Well, besides having had 23 kids of their own by the time they are 18...

Another point I'd like to raise is that of individualism. Anyone who is not a Chav is singled out for being different and targeted for all forms of abuse be it verbal or physical. This must end. It's going beyond mentally scarring a person to permanently hurting friends and loved ones through cause of death: either by suicide or murder. The current knife culture promotes violence to the extent in which people are being killed to save others which is valiant although causing pain to others. And do these teen killers feel affected by the murder? Do they full burdened or haunted by their actions? Do other would-be killers know what harm they could cause in their own mentality? If not then they really need some form of help but I suppose it's just got to the point where that doesn't seem to work because it would make them feel like the people who they consider as 'unpopular' and label as 'freaks'.

So, now to the point where children learning to play guitar, bass and drums comes in. There is a clear connection between being a Chav and listening to the nonsense that has been given the name of 'Rave' as well as Hip-hop and Rap which promote violence through the use of the lyrics. Those that listen to rock, metal, punk, nu-wave etc are the ones generally targeted. The music and lyrics here deal not with violence but with love, loss and normal everyday things such as going to work. Some artists in this genre have based some of their work on books, Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush being a good example of this. This music promotes not violence but the things people enjoy in life which is why guitars should be used to destroy the Chav culture that I find is demoralising and unhinging many individuals. I propose to have the Chav culture destroyed and start by proposing the banning of Hip-hop and Rave. I have not chosen that because I hate the music but because of the connection between this genre and being a Chav.

Children will be taught at a young age of this hateful group of people as young children tend to believe everything they are told. An example appears in the book 1984. It will be compulsory for all classrooms to display posters of The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols as well as having to hand a copy of A History Of Rock for reference. Every school will be to hold an annual Battle Of The Bands competition which will lead to a National competition.

It will become illegal for ANYONE to leave the house with a knife, there will be many ways of checking.
Drivers will be sentanced for even daring to playing Hip-hop on the motorways and all roads - Hip-hop and rave is all usually from download sources so will be blocked from download, all illegal download sites and programs will also be blocked and shops will no longer stock Clubland, any copies already bought will be re-possessed under new laws.
Ibiza Rocks (Rock bands playing at Ibiza) will be strongly promoted as being the real reason people go there.

Also, some other little things I'd like to change;
Corporal Punishment is to be used for shop lifters and the crime of being a Chav.
Capital Punishment is to be used for murder, rape and treason.
Kate Bush should win that big award they give out at the end of the BRITs.
Kate Bush should be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Christmas lights shall not be switched on until the month of December and Christmas parties etc shouldn't be advertised until December. It annoys me when I hear a 'Book your Christmas party now!' advert mid-July.

And, I think that's it for now.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Wow, that must have taken what, two hours?

Today is the 17th day of November 2008. Last Friday was the 14th day of the month. There are 38 days to go until Christmas, however, I can just spend those 38 days relaxing, with the peace of mind that I have completed my Christmas shopping. This is my most expensive Christmas yet, in accordance with the large pile of receipts I have. (Well, it is Christmas after all!) I might go pick up some little extras on top of this.

So, how did I manage it? I spent only two hours in the Metro Centre, managing to buy myself some things too.

Anyways, enough of the "I've finished and you haven't started"... my Christmas drinks have been ordered but I don't want a Christmas Day hangover like last year, caused by what must have been an entire bottle of whiskey.

Wait until my Christmas 'Speech', I have a lot to say, looking back at the year. But it could end up as a YouTube video, such as that by We Are Scientists. It may not be as funny, unless I do it in the style of Jeremy Clarkson and pause, in the middle, of my sentences.

Anywhooo, I might post more later, but for now, I shall leave you with this...

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Mention me! Please!

Adam Flannigan wondered why he hadn't been mentioned on my page. I have now. Job done. Happy now, Adam?

Excitement is a bit of an understatement.

And about time as well, as I have been invited along to go and see one of the best bands this country has given us in years. I first got into these guys after hearing their cover of Hounds Of Love on VH2's Track Of The Year thing back in the beginning of 2005. Well, they kept the position until Coldplay came along with Speed of Sound from their acclaimed X & Y album.Still waiting for the final announcements for the support band(s) so I can listen to them before the gig, I know it will be a night to remember. Their last Christmas Special, at Newcastle Carling Academy last year, played host to Field Music and This Aint Vegas amongst other bands in the locality.Yes, I do feel slighty more excited than I have ever done in my life but to be told I am getting to go and see The Futureheads, excitement is a bit of an understatement.