Today is 11/11/11 – Remembrance Day. Whoever you are, whatever you believe I urge you to stop for a moment and think about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice or who have served or are serving in the armed forces. I can guarantee that the vast majority are hoping never to have to fight. Our guest speaker today quoted von Clausewitz; "war is a continuation of politics by other means". Remember that your elected representatives aren't the ones in harm's way.
Bruce has been a bit of a theme for the past few weeks. Blame DJ H for that!
Pink Floyd released a double live LP when I was at the end of my last year in High School. The TV marketing and the title got into my subconscious and I ended up buying it. "The Delicate Sound of Thunder" opened my ears to Floyd who I'd previously had trouble getting into. The opening track, all 12 minutes, is my favourite and I was reminded of it this week. This is the version from that album and despite what some Floyd purists might say, I still think it is awesome. Spacey intro, soaring lead guitar and a gritty sax. Give it a go, it's only 12 minutes and it is oh so worth it!
One of the bands I saw last week had this next tune as their intro tune. It's my favourite song from the Blues Brothers soundtrack album. But here's Taj Mahal. It's his song after all. Righteous!
Taj Mahal made me laugh with his song "Big Legged Mommas Are Back In Style Again"!
REM are calling it a day. I've only really been a casual fan of theirs but this is a very, very cool track. Peter Buck's guitar has a great sound and the echo is used to great effect.
A picture of DJ Randwick asleep with his head on an angle whilst wearing headphones led me to remark that he was doing a Steve Wonder impression. But since he didn't get ther reference here's a tune. Young people these days!
And I'm not making fun of Stevie – he rocks.
I've been listening to a fair bit of Motown and soul music recently. And of course I stumbled on an unexpected cover version. This is groovy in all the right ways, even if the bass line is a bit overdone!
Billy plays this next song on a dodgy live recording I have. I'm guessing he was influenced by the Bowie version but maybe not. I'm happy to admit that I thought it was a Bowie tune until very, very recently.
MC AB and I headed out last Saturday night to see King Cannons play here in Canberra. We were pretty keen as they had ripped it up supporting The Living End not all that long ago. They didn't disappoint. If you like punk, ska, reggae and a good beat then these guys (and girl) are worth checking out. In a small venue they worked hard to get the smallish crowd excited. And their few bars from Fleetwood Mac went down a treat! There's no doubt that they give it all when they perform and I'm surprised that they could even stand afterwards. I guess for me one of the great things about this band is that with two guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion no one overpowers the mix. Here's their latest single which I can assure you, sounds so good on vinyl.