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Major Major

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  1. Well, only one - left ring finger. Just picked up my gtr for 1st time in a year or more...and now I already have a blister on my bending fingertip. Any tips for how to heal it quickly? Should I burst it? Anything I can do to dry it out without bursting it - dip it in cement, or some chemical? And then, when it's gone, how can I harden the skin quickly so I don't get more blisters?? Someone told me about using a hairdryer on them until they hurt...?
  2. A true entertainer in the old-school English style, who outsold Zep here in the 70s with his 'Singalongamax' series of chart-topping albums. A little dated in style for most here, perhaps - although I expect some of the Old Guard were just about on the cusp...?
  3. "Give me a 'D'!" "Give me an 'Arkness'!" Yes folks, Lowestoft's finest are back! Following their acrimonious, coke-fuelled split several years ago, the unfeasibly camp Justin Hawkins has reformed the classic line-up, and the band have just unleashed their third masterpiece, in the latest move in their one-man Mission To Save Rock. 'Hot Cakes' is closer to their classic debut 'Permission To Land' than its ambitious & diverse follow-up, 'One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back', and admirers will be relieved to hear that former jingle-writer Hawkins has come through yet again with more bangin' tunes full of outrageous falsetto & recycled AC/DC riffs, all delivered with a knowing wink and an arched eyebrow. When they broke through back in 2003, seasoned rock fans weren't quite sure what to make of them and their irreverent take on the mutually masturbatory rock ritual - rock fans are generally a fairly humourless bunch, who take the whole freakshow far too seriously - but those of us who don't feel threatened by parody & pastiche welcomed these gay (in the original sense of the word) young whippersnappers as a breath of fresh air, at a time when rock had become way too po-faced and introspective. Here then are a couple of delights from the new album: first up, a typical slab of Darkness self-mythology, complete with a heartfelt lyrical nod to LZ-fandom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAQhHSw6KFk And they've finally done a studio version of their awesome reading of Radiohead's 'Street Spirit' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97IcMvkyw-Y More soon...
  4. Hard as it must be for non-Brits to imagine, our football crowds can be extremely cruel to opposing fans, players & managers. Over the years, I've witnessed chants or songs which have ranged from the amusing to the offensive to the downright stomach-churning. What favourites do we all have? And can we please focus on the amusing, rather than the offensive? One of my favs was from the home leg of Cambridge's Blue Square play-off against Stevenage a couple of years ago. To those who don't know, Stevenage is a bit of a dump really - a London over-spill 'New Town', created in the 60s I believe - whereas Cambridge, apart from being an esteemed seat of learning, is also one of the more pleasant places on God's earth. So naturally, many of our chants tend to focus on our intellectual & societal superiority. Anyway, back to the chant. I've no idea how original it was, but it was the 1st time I'd heard it. It was set to the tune of 'La Donna E Mobile' from Verdi's Rigoletto - a common tune for footy chants, notably a little ditty Man Utd have about Arsene Wenger. But our tune went like this: 'Your mum's on heroin Your mum's on heroin Your mum's on heroin Your mum's on heroin'
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    Pussy Riot

    Three female members of a Russian punk band 'Pussy Riot' have just been found guilty of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', after performing an anti-Putin piece in a Moscow cathedral back in February. Their sentences have not yet been announced, but it's believed they will get three years. It appears that their target was not so much the Russian Orthodox church per se, but more the church's unwavering political backing of the hated Putin. Pussy Riot have received support from musicians from all around the world, all to no avail. I'm wondering how people feel about this, and what kind of reaction there would be in the US if musicians (or other activists) were to hold protests in whatever your most sacred holy places might be. Over here for example, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell performed some kind of stunt a few years back in Canterbury Cathedral, I believe. Yet all he received was a slapped wrist. And I would love to have seen our anarcho-punk sweeties Crass invade Westminster Abbey to take a shot at the wretched Labour government & unions who brought the UK to its knees during the 70s. So, are we Westerners too tolerant of protests? Should churches be considered no-go areas when it comes to political activism? Or would Jesus himself in fact have approved, bearing in mind his overturning of the tables at the temple?
  6. Be advised: Geordie translation required for much of this:
  7. Being the sad, sad bastard that I am, it occurred to me a while ago to wonder: what's the longest totally vocal-free passage in a non-instrumental LZ studio track? Been meaning to check for ages, and finally remembered today. I thought it would be a close call between two particular songs, but I thought I knew which one it would be...and I was right, on both counts! (The difference between the two is actually only about 5 seconds.) So, without checking, what would your guess be? And if you're as sad as me & already know the answer, please don't post. ONE GUESS PER PERSON. Once again, for the dullards at the back: Moby Dick doesn't count.
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