Vale...and thanks! “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk” ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

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Shatner'sBassoon started the topic in Friday, 1 Apr 2016 at 12:18pm

And it's goodnight from him...

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thermalben commented Monday, 28 May 2018 at 3:59pm

RIP Andy McQueen (Exploding White Mice). Didn't know him personally, but saw him play many times over the years, really enjoyed what he did. Hands down the most rock 'n roll guy I ever saw in Adelaide too.

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amb commented Monday, 28 May 2018 at 5:39pm

Sad day, yes the Mice were a great live act Thermal.

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blindboy commented Monday, 28 May 2018 at 7:15pm

I saw them a few times and they always ripped it up. Very sad.

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stunet commented Monday, 28 May 2018 at 7:06pm

A small thing but I always loved the photo on the back of Nest Of Vipers where they're standing on a limestone headland sporting long hair, leather jackets and stove pipe jeans, like an Antipodean Ramones, except with surfers in the background. Coulda taken the shot at a pub anywhere, or a suburban park, side of a highway perhaps, yet it was taken on the coast, the Mid Coast I presume, and it linked the only two things I cared about in 1987.

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warddy commented Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 7:47am

Yes The Mice played loud and hard in the 80's saw them at the old Tivoli a few times , big nights, that album shot was taken at Gulls Rock, some of them must of liked surfing as they seem a bit overdressed for that day LoL

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blindboy commented Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 at 8:33am

Spencer Jones. A true legend of the local music scene from The Johnnies to The Beasts of Bourbon and on to many other projects.
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/spencer-p-jones-guitarist-and...

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 at 9:00am

Vale SPJ. 

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factotum commented Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 at 7:22pm
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CryptoKnight commented Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 at 7:20pm

This group of three.

'Wow, unexpected, he was running for Mayor too.'

'He was the least disabled candidate too. Sad.'

'There is no lie here.'

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factotum commented Thursday, 15 Nov 2018 at 7:57pm
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factotum commented Friday, 7 Dec 2018 at 4:28pm

Vale!

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crg commented Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018 at 6:46am

RIP Scotty Dillon
Godfather of Australian surfing
A pioneer in so many ways
Vale.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 at 10:15pm

Vale Chris Wilson. Look him up, kooks.

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blindboy commented Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 at 10:39pm

Chris Wilson? No need factotum. Harmonica and horn player. Saw him many times when he was touring with Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls back in the day. Sad to hear

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brainiac commented Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 at 11:06pm

Australian Blues Legend. Chris leaves a massive hole in the Melbourne music scene
RIP legend.

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crg commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 12:23pm

RIP Chris Brown, got to know him in my years living in Nor Cal, humble and always smiling, charged big Mavs. Another champion bloke gone :(

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stunet commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 12:48pm

Short article coming, well, shortly...

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factotum commented Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 at 4:43am

On this day, 30th Jan 1965, former British PM Winston Churchill's funeral took place.

https://libcom.org/blog/the-peccadillos-winston-churchill-12082008?fbcli...

(Note to Aussies: no mention of Gallipoli in WWI or the fall of Singapore in WWII...worth a further google)

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factotum commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 10:07pm

Well, it was coming but it's still a shock. Big loss. Vale.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/02/andrew-mcgahan-queensland-...

Personally I admired the lesser known novel 1988, and his play Bait. Definitely worth a read. The White Earth is up there in the Aussie pantheon.

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zenagain commented Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 at 10:40pm

RIP.

Last Drinks was a cracking read.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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factotum commented Monday, 11 Feb 2019 at 12:38pm

Vale Albert Finney. Don't let the bastards grind you down!

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factotum commented Sunday, 10 Feb 2019 at 7:06pm

Another one of my cultural heroes leaves us. Vale.

https://france-amerique.com/en/tomi-ungerer-author-of-the-three-robbers-...

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blindboy commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 12:21pm

Bill Delaney, cinematographer for Free Ride which was a game changer in surf movies. It set a technical standard that was rarely matched for a couple of decades. I met him a few times but he was a quiet sort of guy and he was usually with Dan Merkel who is pretty much the opposite so I got to know Dan fairly well but Bill hardly at all. Sad news.

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factotum commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 12:46pm

Free Ride on the big screen was a revelation. Even back in the 80s when it got a touring re-release. Looking at the poster from back then on my wall right now.

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blindboy commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:59pm

Shaun dropping in on Rabbit, MR dropping in on Shaun ........ just another day on Kodak Reef.

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 9 Mar 2019 at 11:15pm

70's Big Screen Surf Icons
[r.i.p} Matt. (Big Wed)

70's Marathons-5 Summer Stories(series)+Supersession+ Playgrounds in Paradise
1976 Tubular Swells set a new standard
1977 Freeride was voted the best of the day...beginning of the end of Surfing.
1970's Drive-ins seldom played Surf Flix (Probably as Soundtracks loomed large)
1970's Grom's rode XXXLarge Cinema Screens...Hardly get wet with ipad screens.
1982 Stormriders (I heard someone Hoot!) That was the end of the surfing era.

de-evolution hit Surfing...JR:"Your future dream is a shopping Scheme!"
(Legropes-drop-ins/fluro-wetties/perfumed waxed combs/more fin's/pads/stickerz..)
[STICKER SALE] [ECO BREW SALE] [TOWIE SALE] [SOLD OUT SALE]

70's groms also regularly watched Old Surf Movies + IPS Surfing comps on TV'9.
Those TV9 (ABC)Wide World of Sports IPS/ASP 70/80's archives are lost where?
2000's homes buzz 100/24hr channels-(Surf flix/comps now gone from TV forever)
Video erased half / internet deletes the other half...Hero of the hour blooper repeats.

Hit play for welcoming fanfare just don't ask any questions. [Please don't disturb!]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X81AoBcVnaA

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factotum commented Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 at 6:33pm

Vale Hal Blaine. One of the relatively unsung greats.

https://variety.com/2019/music/news/hal-blaine-studio-drummer-dies-at-90...

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factotum commented Friday, 15 Mar 2019 at 11:16pm

RIP

https://skatenewswire.com/jake-phelps-dead/

"Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

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stunet commented Monday, 18 Mar 2019 at 10:58am

Over and out from Richard Anthony Monsour, the Boston guitarist of Lebanese/Polish descent better known as Dick Dale. Fella who, through his Leb roots, was exposed to Arabic music played with the oud or the mandolin, and gave it a Western translation: Surf Rock.

Ed Sullivan show appearance. Thirty seconds of “Swingin’ and A-Surfin’" two minutes of "Miserlou"

Hollywood cheese with Dick, Miki, and Johnny Fain on the studio payroll.

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factotum commented Monday, 18 Mar 2019 at 4:18pm

Vale indeed.

Interesting interview.

http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9449F909C2F849C89824FB4EBD2DE5C6

"You know music, music is an attitude, and, and it's an attitude in a way that to be able to do anything in life, is an attitude. And that's how you approach it, and what you think about it. In the same way with my music when I play, and how I develop the sounds that I developed. As I say it started with the Gene Krupa feeling that drivel jungle, tribal sound. Then it went into as I, I raised lions and tigers for, for thirty years, all my life. Ah they had, they had such a, a, ah relationship with understanding their power that you cannot control their power. Ah when I watch a lion go through stainless steel pans with his fangs, his canines, ah they have 2200 pounds per square inch when they bite. Ah the human is no match for that. When you get into a wave, and you, you're paddling out to a ten foot wave, or eight foot wave, fifteen foot wave, ah it is so incredible what it, what nature does to you, and as it is taking you down that wave and you get to the bottom of that wave, if you would have missed that wave, nobody knows what it's like until they've been put through a board physically, and the board breaks in half. I've got 18 stitches through, over the course of my skull from that. I've dragged under the coral, under the ground, into the coral. I've opened my eyes and seen it coming to me, in huge mounds. Ah, you are such a, a weakling, such a nothing, and that's what you really are. Now you learn to do with one the force. And the force would be, go with the force. And the same way when I would play on my guitar, I would get the sound like my African lions, when they would turn around and roar, at five thirty in the evening. And their roar matched the roar of the wave, like [guitar]. That's a roar. That's a real roar. And then when the wave was coming over the top of my head, and I'm coming through a tube and I stick my finger into the wall of the wave, and my ear is right up against the water, and you can just hear a, and the lace that was coming over my head would go [guitar]. You can just, it's coming over the top of you. Now, I get chills just playing it, as I'm talking about it. Because you get into it. Whenever you do something, don't do it a hundred percent, do it a hundred and fifty percent. And that's the basis of my sound. It matches the animals, it matches the ocean and it also matches thirty years of martial arts. Being able to go through an object, and think through it."

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factotum commented Monday, 18 Mar 2019 at 6:45pm

Peel & Dick! But of course...

https://peel.fandom.com/wiki/Dick_Dale

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 22 Mar 2019 at 1:35pm

tbb shares with swellnet crew in the sorrowful loss of iconic sensurround SurfGOD.
Swellnetonians have dedicated a shrine to The King of the Surf Guitar {R.I.P}
https://www.swellnet.com/comment/605577#comment-605577

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eat-your-vegies commented Friday, 22 Mar 2019 at 3:00pm

R.i.p Richie west