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Brigante

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  1. 'Just wanna fuck - don't want no romance!' The single greatest line in any lyric, ever. Even if Iggy did apparently say that he 'never could stand' Led Zeppelin!
  2. Thinking about it, this piece only says that Jimmy's active discussions 'may be' about Led Zeppelin. Which means that, equally, they 'may not be'...
  3. Robbie Blunt said that Robert sent him a guitar synth and basically told him to get on with it. Blunt apparently struggled with it and didn't get very far - but when he complained to Robert, he was told 'Well, Jimmy gets on fine with his'! benji LeFevre apparently phoned Jimmy's guitar tech for advice and was told that Jimmy had already given up on guitar synths and had 'thrown his out the f*cking window'! To cap it off, Robert then made Blunt pay for the guitar synth himself - Jimmy's clearly not the only Led Wallet... As for Grohl, he came up with a great drum part for Killing Joke's 'The Death And Resurrection Show' but according to Jaz Coleman, he recorded each element of the kit separately and composited it together! Each to their own, I guess...
  4. This - absolutely.
  5. For me, Jimmy's greatest contribution as a producer was the realisation that, as he put it, 'drums are an acoustic instrument' and should be miked accordingly. That sounds self-evident now, but when you compare the sound of Bonzo's drums to the close-miked drum sounds on thousands of other 1970s albums it's clear that Jimmy was the only guy that'd figured it out. I remember people boggling over 'Led Zeppelin's drum sound' and no one knowing how Jimmy had got it - and he wasn't telling! Obviously, you had to have John Bonham first - but it was Jimmy's understanding of microphone placement that enabled him to actually capture that sound properly. Jimmy's production was a crucial part of the magic.
  6. 'Where's John Paul Jones?' - 'He's parking the car!' Disrespectful? Sure, but all pisstakes are disrespectful. How do you make a wise ass quip at someone else's expense in a 'respectful' way? Unforgiveable? Nah, it was just a smart-arse one-liner, not a deathly serious, fully-considered value judgement on JPJ's worth or contribution to Led Zeppelin. Look, when Paul Cook and Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols were interviewed on American radio in 1978, the interviewer asked 'Where's Sid?' and Jones replied 'He's wanking off!' Spot the parallel? See it for the simple off-the-cuff, smart-arse quip it was? 'He's parking the car' was no different to that. Ripping the piss out of your mates - it's a national pastime!
  7. Exactly. Jimmy himself said it was a 'transitional' album and that he and Bonzo had already talked about the next album being 'hard-hitting and riff-based.'
  8. Trib - it's a four-letter word...
  9. Yeh, good one - not at all how I'd've expected the Cult to sound in 2016. Those lead lines are instantly recognisable as Duffy's - very similar to the stuff he played pre-Electric, even if the sound and context is different. Cheers for this!
  10. Saw the Cult at Sheffield Leadmill in May 1984 when they were still playing stuff like Christians in among the Dreamtime songs. They started with 83rd Dream and the most dry ice I've ever seen! Then again at the Leadmill in September that same year, when Resurrection Joe came out. Nigel Preston played fantastic tribal drums at both gigs, shame they had to ditch him. Saw them next at the Octagon in November '85 on the Love tour - the barrier collapsed at the front of the stage and Duffy told a few yarns while it was fixed! That was a really good gig - even if it did finish so late, I had to walk the 8 miles home! In hindsight, the mix of rock, post-punk and 60's psych elements they'd got at that time was almost a proto-grunge thing - same elements, different outcome. Last saw them on the Electric tour in March '87 - by which point they were almost a straight rock band. Duffy used some of his old guitar sound, so the new songs weren't quite as stark as they sounded on the album, but there were a group of punkers off to the right of me boggling at the guitar solos and wondering what the hell had happened! Astbury kept announcing songs in a fake American accent, which wound em up even more! Brilliant. Anyhow, them's my Cult yarns.
  11. Y'know, being a working class Yorkshire bloke, I actually laughed at the 'parking the car' quip! It sounds like precisely the sort of 'banter between mates' rough humour you hear every day 'oop North'. I know JPJ didn't see it as banter and was genuinely hurt by it, but I honestly don't think Robert meant it seriously or nastily or as a value judgement on Jonesy and his role in Zeppelin. It just sounded like a bloke taking the piss out of a mate, to me. Mind you, I thought Robert making a big dramatic flourish and dropping to his knees in front of JPJ to apologise was pretty funny too! Northern humour, I guess...
  12. The Peter Grant film was one of Malcolm McClaren's many spurious projects. Ok, I love the Pistols and McClaren could be a funny bloke, especially when he set off pontificating in those stupid voices - but he was a complete shyster, so if this film had ever been made it would've been a total travesty! McClaren did actually meet Peter to discuss the idea but, well, I'm glad no one would stump up the money...
  13. Didn't Jimmy say something like 'Johns should have been hung, drawn and quartered for the fiascos he pulled' over the Sunset Sound debacle? When you think that Johns lost the masters when he left them on a plane, then caused all the hassles and delays and extra expense with the mixing and remixing, and then it finally came out that part of John's motivation for wanting to go to Los Angeles in the first place was actually because he was 'seeing' two women out there...well, you can see Jimmy's point!
  14. Blackmore once said 'I try not to say anything about David - he says it all about himself whenever he speaks'!