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 Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 7:19pm

The Wannadies ‘Yeah’ album is fantastic.. was on high rotation in my car for a few years. And the production is unashamedly Ric Ocasek too.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 8:03pm

Suicide, Bad Brains, Jonathon Richman. I had no idea, gotta pay more attention to liner notes.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 9:31pm

To all of Ric's fans...a tribute from the swellnet band of brothers.(Enjoy!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXKZxaqxgQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi5Dx9S8pLA

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stunet commented Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 at 2:34pm

Guy Rundle steps outside the Canberra bubble and into some Gen-X reverie for The Cars.

Vale Ric Ocasek and the pure gen X joy of The Cars

Man, this will be a new personal best so far as tenuous obituaries go. Can we make it to the end? Let’s try. Ric Ocasek of The Cars — who was most of The Cars — is dead at 75.

How can a new wave rocker be 75? Boomers, Ys, millennials and Zs: there will be little explanation otherwise we’ll be here all night. This is an X thing, and X is born ’62-’76, and there’s an end to it.

Boomers who listen to The Cars will wonder what the hell, and yearn for Dylan singing about Shiloh and Bathsheba on the Mason-Dixon line or a 30-minute blues jam by Foghat. Gen Ys will wonder where the thudding guitars and Prozac references are. But for Xs, ahhhh, “Just What I Needed”, and that tight, sharp metronomic guitar intro…

The start of the evening, the start of the party, the soundtrack to the dawn coming up on the beach, the smell of Old Spice and hairspray and coconut oil and sea salt, the taste of Stone’s Green Ginger Wine and dry, and Malibu and Coke, and candy-flavoured lip gloss. The feel of chambre and warm skin, carpet tiles under bare feet and bad disco lights from McEwans, LP covers leaning against brown brick walls. The driving fallback of the chorus, and the jump forward of “Tonight She Comes”, the synth cool of “Good Times Roll”, and the UDL portentousness of “Drive”; the sense that some teen party love triangle was filled with a significance that will make itself known.

This is just my reverie of them. There are others. God knows what The Cars sound like to someone who wasn’t 17 when they first hit and, really, I don’t care. For if there was any band that announced that rock music had shifted in the second half of the ’70s, it was The Cars, with their tight and simple tunes, their surprisingly complex arrangements, and the steady build to expressions of pure joy.

Power pop was reclaiming the right of pop/rock to be sweet and simple and fun in the US. In the UK, pub rock was putting back the insistent drive, the dead seriousness of Saturday night. The Cars combined both, and retained enough of the arty accoutrements rock had accumulated after Sgt. Pepper’s, to inaugurate “new wave”, that mysterious, interstitial, half-imaginary genre.

Rock music was barely 20 years old, but already seemed 100. New wave/punk/powerpop rock put the music back in its rightful place — in the evening, after work, in a pub, for people who had jobs. But new wave with its mix of influences could make art as well. The Cars sound a little like Dr Feelgood, a little like Kraftwerk, like Buddy Holly, and Europop, Roxy Music and the Yardbirds. Yeah, and Talking Heads.

That mix was finessed by producer Roy Thomas Moore, but it was Ocasek — the gangly, cartoonish singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter — who had laid the base. He was impossibly old for ’80s rock, 35 by the time of the band’s second album, Candy-O.

Born in 1944, and in bands since the late ’50s, Ocasek’s pre-Cars progression is a Spinal Tap outtake. He met The Cars co-anchor, bassist Benjamin Orr at a Cleveland pop show called The Big 5 Show; in 1965, they became Milkwood, a folk-rock band, then Cap’n Swing, a coffee shop jazz inflected group, before doing a 180 into pop. Their demo got Boston airplay; they signed to Elektra; and Moore, producer of Queen, produced their first and subsequent albums. He went in the other direction from Queen, drawing on his first major production, Free’s third album Fire and Water, with the classic “All Right Now” — a harbinger of new wave, the beginning of a shift after Hendrix and the Doors.

Rock history may be a history of producers. Pop history absolutely is.

The result of all this, The Cars, is utterly unimportant to anyone born more than seven years either side of it. To those in the zone, the songs were a glorious announcement that the world was new and crisp, stylish and smart, quirky and ironic. These were teenage hymns to that most ancient and obscure of perversions: uncomplicated heterosexuality. Pumped out at ‘burban parties, shopping centre discos, full summer days, Cars’ songs promised everything was possible. They lied, but that was their job.

The Cars ran out of gas by ’88 with “Tonight She Comes”, their last real hurrah. Ocasek fell out with Orr and married a supermodel — the one in the band’s videos, not the crazy shiny redhead on the first album cover. He produced albums for dozens of acts, and dabbled in baddish painting, as a rockstar must.

Ocasek appears to have met a sad end, but so did our new wave teenage dreams. Life is nothing like the dozen unimprovable three-minute utopias The Cars delivered. It turns out lip gloss, kissed off, tastes like ass. Requiescat in pace Ric Ocasek, X marks the spot. For the time and place, you were just what we needed.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 at 6:59pm

...and on cue...

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 19 Sep 2019 at 1:16am

They're queuing up 'round the corner...tbb don't even know these punx...just spin it!
Ann beretta -'Just what I needed' (Play Louder!)
(Not a cover but a full blown tribute...keeps punk'n out in late '70's spirit...tbb likes!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyQMT07hZOA&list=PLqYXv_L7NiEzR7XeBnI8l7...
Cars are gonna get a Punk Tribute LP...for sure...how good if they scrub up like this!
Thanx crew! Some real good stuff going down here...ripper send off!

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factotum commented Thursday, 28 Nov 2019 at 11:21am

Vale Clive. When you were good, you were very, very good...

https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/11/27/clive-james-quotes/?fbclid=IwAR3XDW...

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zenagain commented Thursday, 28 Nov 2019 at 12:03pm

Oh wow, what a loss. Thanks for putting that up.

I remember reading Unreliable Memoirs when I was a young fella, laughing out loud on the train, in bed, in polite company, wherever.

RIP funny bugger.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 29 Nov 2019 at 12:15am

Thanx for all the fun Clive! {RIP}

1959 [2:25] Clive goes punk on the beatz...'on the road is overrated.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-7-JacN_GQ

1980's were Top 40 Video Clips + Blooper Reels + Live Aid Xcerts.
Clive James on Television 'Human Search Engine' broke new ground.
The fact that jokey Clive was an overt perv, only helped win over more fans...

Who could forget mental arsed Japanese Game Shows or Nude Game Shows.
Ludicrous Adverts that were just so messed up...Clive put out to feed the World.
None loved him or hated him just glad he was doing what they wanted him to do.

Clive had the world's fingers hitting record buttons...you can count on Clive!
zenagain said it...Clive really was a funny bugger...only ever real deal TV presenter

2019 ABC Gruen Panel would Salute Clive but ban his raw 1980's Ads.
Clive's old school TV is a tad more realistic than beige 2019 TV Guide.

[YouTube have no viewing restriction on these vidz]
Note to swellnet parents...These vids are not suitable for groms!

[WARNING] Apply Qld 1984 (M) rating classification.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2H5sZlSkbI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeOHtLoE4P0

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factotum commented Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 at 11:20am

Requiescat In Pace, Greedy.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 at 1:35pm

[ Tragic News for Mentals ]
Oz most loved Rock Star dies.
Whole Nation is in shock! {RIP} 'Greedy'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK_eQImKnPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5YsppCHKhQ

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 at 7:43pm

https://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/brazilian-surfing-champion-die...

No mention SN of Leo Neves dying mid heat of a heart attack.

Taken too young.

RIP.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Rabbits68 commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 12:21am

Better late then never. Thanks Clive!

https://youtu.be/TkxC2bGNlzI

Crystal Clear

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 14 Dec 2019 at 2:50am

Swedish band Roxette
Vale- brilliant singer & Keyboardist Marie Fredriksson born 30 May 1958
Marie met her husband on 1991 Oz Tour & have a son & daughter.
2002 Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
They operated successfully to remove the tumour.
9 Dec 2019 Marie died due to a recurrence.

1st song is a solo instrumental with Marie playing Keyboard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE88wg-yYB0

'It must have been love'... is a powerfully sung heartfelt ballad
Song also showcases Marie's deft touch on Keyboard...Brilliant!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2C5TjS2sh4

'Listen to your heart' examples the band's success and Marie's appeal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCC_b5WHLX0

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 20 Jan 2020 at 6:04am

Vale Steve Martin Caro Singer of '60's band The Left Banke
https://ultimateclassicrock.com/steve-martin-caro-dead/

Most Kiwis & Australian's here, will instantly hear a classic Split Enz ballad...
Only this perfect Psych Pop gem "Pretty Ballerina" was recorded decades earlier.
The song structure was 20 years ahead of it's time, still sounds impossibly perfect!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDMYFVNjkvE
Those sweet strings with Steve Caro's vocal chords were something special.

Crew may recall this Left Banke hit "Walk Away Renee"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_QVUfZv92U

Dark is the Bark has great layering like a modern folkie..+ (Steve Tyler Aerosmith!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VuE2bZ_QPM

tbb means no disrespect by including the following Ad. (Nostalgic that's all.)
Should fans feel Left Banke Advert is disrespectful then tbb will remove it... Ok!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMbqFCJAcg8

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sledgedog commented Friday, 24 Jan 2020 at 7:08am

Very sad news, very funny, intelligent & modest man.Was it one petite wafer that caused his demise?

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philosurphizing... commented Friday, 24 Jan 2020 at 9:06am

And thanks for Ripping Yarns.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O1pH-NEa6I
Golden Gordon, hilarious and on another level having a massive dig at how stupid humanity really is, timeless relevance.

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Pupkin commented Tuesday, 4 Feb 2020 at 2:20pm

RIP Andy Gill.

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 21 Mar 2020 at 7:48pm

^ # Vale: Andy Gill...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vPonjXOfYo

Vale: Kenny Rogers
"Just dropped in (To see what condition my condition was in)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ8k6fVe25k

"Cherish"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2aQHwg33Uw

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Pupkin commented Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 3:21pm

You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em...

Vale Kenny.

Big Lebowski...one of my faves, TBB.

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Pupkin commented Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 at 12:19pm

Kenny. The king of kings.

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chook commented Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 1:36pm

Manu Dibango, the Cameroonian musician, has died in Paris from covid.
His song "Soul Makossa" was a seminal disco track. It's been a disco, house and hip hop staple ever since. He lit up the lives of so many people.

live

studio version

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 3:11pm

Wow, that's shit-hot Chook, thanks for that.

And as an added bonus, in the live version you've got Gaddafi on the congas at 2.26.

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 4:01pm

Yeah, that was way cool. Nice one Chook.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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chook commented Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 11:16am

Glad to hear you enjoyed Manu’s music.
Seeing that enormous crowd dancing together seems like a postcard from a lost world at the moment.

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Pupkin commented Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 4:28pm

RIP

2020 sucks.

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Purplepills commented Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 10:37am

Grosso RIP - ‘love letters to skateboarding’ worth a watch if locked down or just bored AF.

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Pupkin commented Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 11:04am

I second that, Purps.

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views from the ... commented Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 1:26pm

Wow that took me back- Tony Alva was RAD!
RIP Grosso

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thermalben commented Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 1:36pm

Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne has succumbed to the effects of Covid-19.. RIP. Only ever listened to their first album but they certainly knew how to punch some catchy harmonies.

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Pupkin commented Tuesday, 14 Apr 2020 at 5:52pm
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truebluebasher commented Monday, 13 Apr 2020 at 6:50pm

That's real sad Pupkin...only just heard ...{RIP} Tim...thanks for the hilarious Gig.

Tim's a scream in this classic Goodies episode.."Kitten Kong".
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tn4j5

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Pupkin commented Monday, 13 Apr 2020 at 9:19pm

A couple of favourites. Their Clockwork Orange take, and their punk episode.
Oh, and Eckythump of course.

"Big, bold, and brassy, that's the way to rock and roll..."

https://youtu.be/Ko0U7UjP_6g

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Dale -Cooper commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 10:41am

RIP Dave Greenfield. Another lost to COVID-19. His keyboard work made The Stranglers the unique sounding unit they were.

A song he wrote that we all know.

https://youtu.be/z-GUjA67mdc

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 3:13pm

Great track- got that in my rotation too.

I love how the guitar kicks in later in uhe song.

You ever watch those Rick Beato 'What makes this song great?' on Youtube? I reckon he could definitely include that one.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Pops commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 3:29pm

Been binge-watching them lately Zen - great series!

He who hesitates is lost

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AndyM commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 3:32pm

Stranglers were unreal.

Love this one - Dionne Warwick by way of the Doors.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 5:37pm

Great work crew, fellow fans are stoked with the swellnet tributes
Very sad to hear...{R.I.P} Dave Greenfield

1979 Queens Hotel Bne - Stranglers Bass player whacked local V2 over the head.
https://www.news.com.au/news/punks-artful-dodgers/news-story/86ac43d39e8...

28th Feb 1979 The Stranglers gig @ The Patch. Coolangatta!

tbb saw them @ 11th May 1985 Gig at Bne Festival Hall.
Band were big on progression...not so keen on back catalogue
Fans yelled for Punk classics, but by 1985 the band were more Artzy than Punk
Strictly no more than half a dozen punk anthems were strangled outta them.
tbb was still a huge fan of all '80's stuff so enjoyed whatever their gig!

Goldie Punkz Favs : Tribute Playlist...big thanx #1 swellnet

The Stranglers : Straighten Out (Solid Stranglers punk slab to kick off)
http://www.mtvbase.com/music/videos/hqg2xa/Straighten-Out

The Stranglers - Nuclear Device ( dig at Qldurrz Joh )
http://www.mtvbase.com/music/videos/mru5ex/Nuclear-Device

Gonna flip dale's Golden Brown for some well trippy prog keyboard / synth.
The Stranglers : Love 30.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uG-g2MYV3Y

The Stranglers : Get a Grip on yourself ( Iconic Mad professor Killer Keyboard )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIX_6EVf7pI

The Stranglers : Hanging Around (Punk Classic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4piHt4jvG4

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Dale -Cooper commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 3:02am

Vale Little Richard. One radical, radical dude. Punk!

A fave.

https://youtu.be/Gsk5btL3t64

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 8:50am

{R.I.P} Little Richard...agree Dale, the dude had a dose of punk cred.

1957 'Oh Why'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDwRMdk_0X0
1959 'She knows how to Rock'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5LaH1vZFKw
Proto Punk Lyrics : "Sometime that Bitch is gonna Rock me to Death".
Reckon them be fight'n'words, goaded by lewd laughter! OMFG
(That Boy be begging for a Lynchin'!)

(Vale) : Millie Small
1965: Myer Music Bowl Melbourne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbVTvGI9aY
Catch Millie's twisted Downunder Surfer's Stomp Tribute (That's Pretty Punk!)
https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/522277/the-stomp-a-1960s-dance...

Millie Small / Bad Manners (Unofficial) Ska Tribute montage is beyond Punk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGLuWCXeISs

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Dale -Cooper commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 11:32am

Good stuff as always TBB.

Buster and Millie in duet!

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4:26pm

"Vale Jack Mundey.

The union movement is devastated to hear of the passing of Jack Mundey and we offer our condolences to Judy, his family and his comrades.

Jack changed the face and direction of unionism in our country and was part of transforming the status and jobs of “builders labourers” into jobs with rights and respect.

Jack lead the NSW BLF from 1968 to 1975 and under his leadership pioneered the “green bans” movement forming alliances with local residents to save the environment, our heritage and to stand up to injustice.

Because of Jack’s leadership bushland around Sydney was saved, from local pockets to the botanical gardens. Low income housing was saved, as was important heritage areas such as The Rocks. If it were not for Jack’s union these parts of Sydney would have been demolished by developers.

The members of Jack’s union won significant increases in pay, workplace safety and working conditions, despite the opposition of powerful developers and Governments. Jack was an extremely principled leader who adhered to highly democratic practices and a belief in maximum terms for elected leaders. What was achieved during the relatively short time of his leadership by the union was remarkable.

Whilst Jack’s achievements have been celebrated by the establishment today with even a street named after him in The Rocks, he and his union came under sustained attack at the time from those in power.

Jack believed in the broader collective achievement of the working class and aspired to a better world for all.

Vale to a man who reshaped Australian union history, whose legacy is there for all to see in the beauty of Sydney and whose principles shone through until the end."

- Sally McManus

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Dale -Cooper commented Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 11:38am

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”