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...

Laurie McGinness

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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.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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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

Laurie McGinness

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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 :(

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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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.

Laurie McGinness

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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.

Laurie McGinness

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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

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019 at 8:50pm

World loses one smooth operator!
{R.I.P} Scott Walker (Noel 'Scott' Engel) 9/Jan 1943-22/March/2019

'The Sun ain't gonna shine anymore'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eAxCVTMJ-I

'No Regrets' +L.P Title was penned by Tom Rush (No regrets there I bet...A Classic)
I find it hard to believe this wasn't their song...No band could nail that any better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aszIgThW8JA

Same song but listen out for Scott's pioneering Goth Vocal tone in starker version.
(re: Pete Steele-Type.O.Negative)...comes to mind.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIPIkzIRAFA

Scott may have moved upstairs but his haunting soulful voice will forever echo on.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 10:55am

Peak cult. Walker sings Dylan under the direction of Cave.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 12:27am

Good call factotum it paints Cave as devotee of Dylan/Cohen/Walker goth camp.
Goths of '82 shuffled a few Cohen LP's. Now i see Walker as similar alt Goth also.

Music Machine's Sean Bonniwell 2011 {R.I.P} both created & owned Goth title.
Song: 'Dark White' enslaves 'Cavesound' inside & Out, decades before his time.

A '60's fav' ultra cool dark prog track over shadows the darkest of 1980's Goths.
Sean's foreboding vocals & Scott's haunting baritone amongst the best of our time.

Dark White 'vinyl' has a tribal Drum & heavier Bass/Vocal tone...(Following Tip!)
For YouTube: Reduce Treble & beef up your Bass to score original vinyl motherlode.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RGd9om1OA

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blindboy commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 8:53am

Cool selection from an incredible career. I remember hearing them as a kid in the UK in 1966. It was just past peak Beatlemania and blue-eyed soul, Atlantic soul and Motown were all over the radio. Walker Brothers, Righteous Brothers, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, Four Tops, The Supremes, James Brown. Classic era!

Laurie McGinness

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factotum commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 3:39pm

Vale Ranking Roger. A big part of my early musical education.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/ranking-roger-the-english-beat-general-publ...

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philosurphizing... commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 5:42pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea55DJUAOtY

First heard this song on one of the dub session podcasts

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factotum commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 2:56am

Said are you ready?

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philosurphizing... commented Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019 at 5:49pm

He also sings on the opening track of the Dubxanne album -The Police in dub
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX5jzXVkvic&list=RDxX5jzXVkvic&start_rad...

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 2:26am

Tough gig it is crew...{R.I.P} Ranking Roger
tbb had British Beat on high rotation in hovels back in the day.
No problem here..Wickedly cool LP was hard to Beat.

Bummer ! Lost another Smooth Operator, just how good was this guy's sound.
tbb will gladly put in to keep Rankin Roger's Gig alive..Too many to choose!

Ranking Skanking Mix...You can't Stop! Can't Stop The Beat!

Click Click
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mOGY6dzVss

Twist and Crawl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWcN6mFGIXI

Noise in the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7wFqRraAGg

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philosurphizing... commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 5:23am

His family plan to get Jonathan Ross to read the eulogy at his funeral.

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crg commented Thursday, 28 Mar 2019 at 4:32pm

RIP Baddy
An iconic figure in Aus surfing folklore

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 6 Apr 2019 at 11:18pm

2 days away from the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.

"Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back."

I can remember the night the radio had the news come through, the night surfing comp was on at City Beach. My mates laughed and said "sucked in": but it felt like a big hit in the stomach here. The grieving was aired widely and over the years what's surprised me has been the grieving of much younger generations, their expression of loss. What a songwriter he was, and the voice! The riff of 'Heart Shaped Box gets a fair workout around our place to this day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6P0SitRwy8

25 years...

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factotum commented Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 at 1:13am

Lotta interesting stuff about 'grunge' going round at the minute. Exhibit A:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/mudhoney-mark-arm-grun...

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factotum commented Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 at 10:57am
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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 at 4:32pm

thx facty, I'd agree with a few of those albums for sure.

I've found the 1992 Australian tour release EP 'Hoarmoaning' on yt, will post that over in the tunes thread, goodness me that one was cranked out when new. Was lucky to have a casette copy for a while.

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sypkan commented Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 at 5:27pm

Possibly the best pre grunge grunge ever....possibly...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=idzZblANSyY