Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal

On saturday night I realised a lifelong ambition. I saw a concert by Dr Strangely Strange and afterwards I met the band.

I have been an avid fan since 1974 when, for a dare, I went shoplifting in Woolworths in Bideford High Street. It was a silly thing to do, and was all about schoolboy bravado rather than about any attempts at becoming a juvenile Abbie Hoffman. However the record I pinched was an Island Records Sampler called Nice Enough To Eat. Just in case you are about to dob me in to the Director of Public Prosecutions, or blame me for the spectacular insolvency of the Woolworths empire late last year, the LP was priced up at 75p and was in the bargain box.

It contained some magnificent music, and introduced me to bands like Traffic and Blodwyn Pig, but most importantly to Dr Strangely Strange. With the possible exceptions of Hawkwind and my own Amphibians from Outer Space they are one of the most fortean bands ever, with songs about giant wasps, minotaurs and other strange things, and all-in-all a vibe of sweet otherworldliness.

I have been using a few bars of their signature song Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal as an ident for my webTV show Cryptozoology Online: On The Track for about eighteen months, and on saturday when they played The Gaff (a tiny club in London's Holloway Road), I had hoped to be able to video a few brief excerpts from the show.

Instead, with the consent of the band, I recorded the whole show, and it will be presented in its entirety on CFZtv and on the band's own website. Further collaborations including an appearance by the band at the Weird Weekend look increasingly likely. So here, as a taster, is the band (with Ivan Pawle singing) performing their best known tune:


Nick Redfern said...

I'm sure it was wonderfully enjoyable...

stormwalkernz said...

all I can say is "WOW"