Saturday, June 30, 2012
It's sunday, so again its time
to do the Gonzo blog in rhyme,
and Scoop-it is playing up you see,
I'm inputting stuff manually,
the links won't be as cool and swish
as I (the editor) would wish,
but there are still stories here for you,
and this work-around will have to do
My computer is playing up to,
and I'm not quite sure what to do,
or what the error message means
God, I bloody hate machines!
I promised Michael De Barres,
that if he travels reasonably far,
and faced a journey that was frantic,
deciding to fly cross The Atlantic,
to visit us, he can have cake
so here's a pic for goodness sake
of my missus and Ma-in-law
offering Lord Des Barres some more
The cake is delicious, satisfying and sweet
quite a bit like the CD of Carnaby Street
Paul Kantner's intrepid crew,
(that's Jefferson Starship to me and you)
have got a set of four CDs
about some distant galaxies
recorded in New Mexico
at the Roswell Festival don't you know,
expect stuff about Flying Saucers,
and lyrics just as good as Chaucer's
Peter McAdam is a funny guy,
but I have to admit that I don't know why
his book is really worth your money,
'cos its so insanely funny
9 Henrys inhabit a universe,
where the drawings are crude and the puns are worse,
but its clever and literate intelligent stuff
and bloody hell it makes me laugh
Nik Turner plays a damn fine sax,
and in an interview packed full of facts,
he looks back at the time he grinned,
co-founding a band called Hawkwind.
And Graham found this awesome vid
of an obscure German band who did
some busking (what intrepid boys)
with a song that sounds a bit like Neu's
and I think despite having reached the page,
of my life when I'm a certain page
the fact that stuff like this still moves me
means that I'm probably still slightly groovy
And I don't regret the time I spend on
finding things to rhyme with 'Lenten',
cos of all the people in this biz
one of my favourites is our Liz,
her 'Indian Summer' album's great
I've played it quite a lot of late
and I've sat down with my cat and dog
perusing her back catalogue.
and its always fun to see what new
links that I can come up for you
Sometimes it is an interview,
but this week its a great review
And finally Yowsa Yowsa Yowsa,
I got a note from Merrell Fankhauser,
(yes, I know that rhyme was slightly forced,
but its just about par for the course)
His surf guitar playing is best,
and he's playing the Monterey Fest,
and making a documentary which,
has people from Hendrix's Rainbow Bridge.
And my inspiration's getting weak,
so that's about it from this blogging freak,
so, unless we get a chance to speak,
I'll be back again with rhymes next week.
On this day in 1976 Anneliese Michel died from starvation and dehydration reputed to have been brought on by an attempt to exorcise her of demons she believed were possessing her. The exorcism of Emily Rose and two other films have been made loosely based on the case, for more info see the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anneliese_Michel
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The trailer for The Exorcism of Emily Rose:
I have noticed many negative comments about this article, some are saying that the article is disrespectful to the families and the missing and killed woman.In the article I wanted to bring to light to the public the horrific incidents that have been occurring in Highway 16 and other nearby highways in the BC area of Canada. In no way was my intent to make any one upset specially the families of these women. The connection to Bigfoot been the killer kidnapper of these woman to me is also absurd...
Friday, June 29, 2012
From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
- Spaghetti and a Space Girl — An anthology of articles on Bigfoot and much more...
- From Snake To Snakes — Another weird creature report from Stan Gordon...
- Gigging on Boggy Creek — A lecture from Lyle Blackburn...
- Stan Gordon: Sunday Night — On Beyond the Edge radio...
- Help record the UK’s bumblebee population – Upload...
- Wandering Cape Cod bear captured in Boston suburb
- British oil company to drill for oil in Virunga Na...
- Pet piranha bites off toddler's fingertip
- Ants call for emergency backup with chemical trail...
- Six-legged cane toad found
- Appeal to save Oxon wildlife site launched
- Brown-banded carder bee amongst rare bees spotted ...
- Early human ancestor chewed bark
- Sharp decline in upland birds in Wales
It is still a little chilly and windy but at least the sun is shining. We have a distinguished visitor - a famous Australian cryptozoologist - so as soon as I have finished blogifying we are packing him and mother into the car and taking him around the sights and scenes of North Devon.
In the meantime, check these out:
Michael Des Barres is a busy fellow these days. I am finding it hard to keep up with all his many and splendiferous media appearances like this interview. In the meantime, may I say how much I like his echinoderm hat (ever the zoologist)
Basically this next story is me explaining how the Gonzo scoop-it widget works and how you can embed it on your own website, but if you are viewing this story on scoop-it you probably already know all this, and if you are not...well, you should be!
My old mate Dave McMann has some news about Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood. As he so rightly says, we are particularly into Yes/Wakeman here at Gonzzo Daily, so we pounce on every scrap of news like Prudence the Gonzo Daily bulldog pouncing on a biscuit...
There is something about the ethos of Jefferson Starship that I, for one, find refreshing in these increasingly cut-throat and capitalistic times. Old hippies like us should stand together man!http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/share-your-jefferson-starship-pix.html
Another great review for Rick Wakeman's new Live CD. I actually find it rather pleasant to find how many reviewers seem to share my opinions about things. Maybe my time has come and I am no longer a lone voice singing in the cultural wilderness..
Trevor Rabin gets a prestigious award, and a video tribute from Jon Anderson. No-one can say that he doesn't deserve it! Congratulations Trevor from all at the Gonzo Daily...
I am getting ever more impressed by the work of Helen McCookerybook. She is an intriguing artist, and one whose work really does deserve to reach a wider audience, which is why I shamelessly plug her on the Gonzo Daily at every chance I get.
That's about it for today. I shall be back tomorrow, and being sunday, it will be in rhyme...
JON: We would like to welcome Dale back, and although we are sad that his health problems continue, we are glad to hear that they are not as bad as we at one time thought they were. Welcome back, old friend.
I have a regular doctor's appointment on Monday and I am going to try to get back into a regular schedule of blog postings.
New at the Frontiers of Zoology: Pending for two weeks, finally ready to release:http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/06/we-have-met-bigfoot-and-he-is-us.html
Thursday, June 28, 2012
It is still grey and close here. I am not feeling at my best (as one of the stories here will explain) and it is probably not the best time for me to be expecting a visitor from Australia who is an old friend that I have not met in 14 years. But I am looking forward to his arrival immensely. I thought that we had bad weather yesterday but Anne Marie tells me "We had just got off the Tyne Bridge when the lightning struck and it took us 5 hours to go home 15 miles!!! Nightmare." So there is always someone worse off than you. Thus ends my philosophical message for today. On with the postings:
A few weeks ago we started a new series called SONG-BY-SONG and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Basically I go through an album song by song, and then pass my notes on to the artist who made the album in the first place, and see what they have to say. And we started off this exciting new series with the irrepressable Martin Stephenson and his smashing new album California Star. We did the first two thirds of the album, and then nothing. But here is the concluding part, and we shall be back with Michael Des Barres in a day or two.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/song-by-song-martin-stephenson-and.html
Mimi Page is an industrious young lady, and makes so many guest appearances on other people's records that it is sometimes quite hard to keep track of them all. This is a new remix that I don't think that I have heard before. It is, by the way, massively groovy (Golly, I am showing my age calling something 'groovy')http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/another-mimi-page-remix-i-dont-think-i.html
In which our hero has one of his turns and has to proffer his apologies to Tony Hawks. However, I can report that the book by Drumbo is excellent, and I look forward to chatting to him in a week or two. Forgive me for all this chaps and chapesses, but I am as mad as a bagful of cheese at the moment.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/drumbo-book-mask-replica-post-bag-and.html
As regular readers will probably have worked out by now, I am really quite fond of Michael Des Barres (whose new album is sooooooooo good, and which I am playing constantly). This photograph, which I think I nicked from his Facebook page, might go a little way towards explaining why.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/and-you-wonder-why-i-am-fond-of-michael.html
As regular readers will have gathered (and as anyone who has ever visited the Centre for Fortean Zoology over the past fifteen years will attest - if you haven't gathered, the CFZ is what we do when we are not gonzifying) - we are all rather fond of Hawkwind. Graham, in particular is very much a fan. In fact, calling Graham a 'fan' of Hawkwind, is as much of an understatement as saying that I could do with losing a little weight. He is a complete obsessive! So it was to his great delight that we linked to a particularly insightful interview with the band..http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/link-hawkwind-interview.html
I think that Peter McAdam's skewed take on life is one of the funniest things that I have ever come across. I am so enamoured of his book 'The 9 Henrys' that I shall be plugging it unmercifully until every person in the western world owns at least 1.3 copies of this remarkable work. So there!http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/invitation-to-social-event-of-season.html
Another of the vintage hippy bands of which I in particular am very fond is Jefferson Starship. I am very much looking forward to this 4CD set of them live at the Roswell UFO Festival back in 2009, and am desperately doing links to every article that I can find about it and them. Like this one...
So ends another day. I will be back on the morrow....
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However, they always insist on bringing that weird bloke with them....
For more Weird Weekend details and to buy tickets check out www.weirdweekend.org
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world.
Sooke News Mirror
Hounds are used to track and tree cougars when they threaten humans.
Police say they want to warn local residents that the large cat has been seen in the area. Conservation officers weren't called in because police say the cougar ...]
It is cold and grey but surprisingly muggy. Unfortunately the English summer seems to have come and gone, and I have a horrible suspicion that it may be like this until September. However, we do have some nice things for your amusement and edification today.
Bizarrely, just as I typed that, the sun came out. But my remark about the blog posts being particularly good today still stands:
Jefferson Starship are one of the iconic bands of the counter-culture. Yes, there still is a counter culture, just about, and we are very proud to be a tangental part of it. The forthcoming 4CD set live from the Roswell UFO Festival is provoking a lot of interest in the band, like this article explaining how the band are still true to their idealistic roots.
I have just finished reading Helen McCookerybook's academic tome on the role of women within Punk Rock, and I found it most edifying. There will be a most positive critique in a day or two, but in the meantime, it is obvious that she still stays true to the DIY ethic of Punk. Check these out...
This is totally peculiar. Back in the 1970s all sorts of things happened that would not be dreamed of today, like this gloriously UN-IRONIC (note the capital letters boys and girls) cover version of 'Silver Machine' by the M-O-R icons the James Last Orchestra. This is possibly the greatest thing that I have heard in my life.
For the past few months I have been working on a new book for Gonzo. I think that Peter McAdam's creations are hysterically funny. My wife thinks they are stupid. It is good to have differences of opinion in a relationship. Healthy like.
There is a new Live CD/DD package from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe out any day on Gonzo Multimedia. Coincidentally (and as we note regularly on these and our more fortean pages, there ain't no such thing as a free coincidence), ABWH stories are appearing across the net...
And here we have a particularly insightful interview with Jon Anderson, who seems to be undergoing somewhat of a re-birth at the moment. His last two solo outings were magnificent, and the new gaggle of recordings, which are just over the horizon, promise to be even better.
Someone else who is out and about at the moment is Michael Des Barres. His new album, which is due in a couple of weeks, is absolutely fantastic. Expect a song-by-song critique of it from me any day now. In the meantime, here is a touching little anecdote that goes some way to explaining why he is such a well-loved artist...
I have just noticed that I posted these notifications everywhere and forgot to put the links in, so I am going back to do it all over again. I am afraid I am not firing on all four cylinders, or as a friend of mine puts it several Rizlas short of a suspiciously long cigarette today...
Now here's a thing... On this day in 1491 King Henry VIII, who founded the Church of England was born and in 1703 John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was born so today is certainly a popular day to be born if you want to start your own religion Mel Brooks (of Spaceball's and Young Frankenstein fame) was born on this day in 1926 though and he has not, at the time of press, created a branch of protestantism yet so maybe you can't take that too seriously after all...
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A classic scene from Mel Brooks' Spaceballs:
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
It takes a long time to do and is a fairly tedious task so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD
This is Somerset
A central Somerset man has reported a sighting of a wild cat – the first since February this year. On Monday, artist Paul Branson had been painting near Rocks ...
Once again, there's a sighting of a mysterious, large cat in the UK. This one has been dubbed the “Patcham Panther.” As the Argus newspaper tells us: Greg and Sophie Horne contacted The Argus to tell how they spotted a big cat as they ...
“Most big cats live to 18 in captivity with private medical care. “I have never ... The Dangerous Wild Animals Acts 1976 outlawed people keeping big cats as pets.
On this day in 1898 Joshua Slocum of Nova Scotia completed the first solo circumnavigation of the world. If I were him I'd have just gone as far as somewhere nice and warm docked the boat, sipped cocktails by the beach for a few weeks with a good book and then headed home saying “Ooh what a trip I've just had, what about those Australians? Nice chaps, did you know they have corks hanging from their hats? How would I know that if I hadn't just been there?” and everyone would be in awe of me for being so terribly brave. (well they didn't have GPS in those days, how are they going to prove me wrong?).
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- The world's oldest clove tree
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Predictable vaguely related video number 23:
We have details of the contents of the Extended edition of Michael Des Barres forthcoming album 'Carnaby Street', and also a link to preorder. And whilst on the subject, yesterday I heard the album in its entirety for the first time. It is even better than I had expected, and you can expect a song-by-song breakdown in the next few days.
We have the legendary Chris Thompson (yes, him out of Manfred Mann's Earthband) being interviewed on Dutch radio. We even have a link from which you can download the MP3. Aren't we groovy? Answers on a postcard please...
You will have probably noticed that Rick Wakeman has a new Live CD out, (as well as the new - and rather swish - biography by Dan Wooding, designed by yours truly). The CD is garnering a fair degree of praise, like this review...
I am getting really rather fond of the music of neo-prog metallers (golly, I find these new genre distinctions confusing) Galahad. They are much more subtle, literate and well crafted than other such things that I have heard, and I am rapidly becoming quite a fan.
News of a major new release from pro-rockers GPS, featuring Asia guitarist John Payne. Gosh. This should be really good, and the two tracks I have heard so far definitely are.
More details of the forthcoming 4CD set from San Francisco psychedelic legends Jefferson Starship. I hope to be speaking to the band in the near future, and attempting to find out what makes them so damned groovy! I doubt whether I shall find out, however, because if it were possible to bottle a mojo like that, the world would be an entirely different place.
I really am a fan of Martin Stephenson. In this insightful article it is revealed how and why he sabotaged his own career at its creative peak. By the way, I have not forgotten about posting the second half of my song-by-song of California Star. I finally got around to writing it late last night, and I emailed it to Martin for his comments. I look forward to hearing what he has to say.
And that, boys and girls, is about it for today. See you on thursday...
Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world.
A SMYTHESDALE man has taken photos of what he believes is the footprint of a giant puma, after the reported mauling of a Shetland pony on his neighbour's ...
MYTH or menace? For decades it has been rumoured that giant cats could exist in the wild around Ballarat.
Big cats could roam Ballarat: expert. History and anthropology lecturer Dr David Waldron has been researching stories about the existence of so-called pumas or.
Cleveland News - Fox 8
SHALERSVILLE, Ohio -- Some wild visitors have people on edge in Portage County.The area is known for its serene farmland and, from time to time, a visitor of ...
Monday, June 25, 2012
From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
On this day in 1904 the actor Peter Lorre was born. Lorre found fame often playing creepy or dishonest characters in movies including Casablanca and Fritz Lang's M (perhaps the greatest film ever made).
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A trailer for Fritz Lang's M, as I said above perhaps the greatest movie ever made, in which Peter Lorre gives a career defining performance:
Another jolly day of fun and frolics lies ahead. Actually it is grey and muggy and I am waiting for a visit from a dude to talk about databases. But he is a very nice dude, and I think I shall be able to persuade Corinna to make some diabetic apple cake, so all is not lost. Over to today's featured posts.
Why are the mainstream music press being so churlish about the Beach Boys? The surviving members of the band including David Marks, who was booted out by Murray Wilson in the early 1960s and Murray’s son Brian, the tortured genius responsible for all their greatest songs, have got together and made a 50th Anniversary album. And I think it’s rather nice. The trouble is, that your more conventional music journalist types don’t agree with me.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/06/thats-why-god-made-radio.html
JON ANDERSON IS ON TOUR: “Everywhere I go, all over the world, people sing this song. I hear it in Brazil, Argentina, Japan. They don’t know what the words mean, but they sing it. I don’t know what the words mean, either.” One really cannot help but warm to the man.
The inside story of how our very own Dan Wooding got a photograph of him, Rick Wakeman and Elton John for his smashing biography of The Caped Crusader.http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/dan-wooding-secret-picture.html
Imagine the scene. Middle-aged bass player, cryptozoologist, and occasionally rock music journalist limps into his sitting room, shoos the orange cat off his favourite chair and sits down. His nephew and niece have come for the evening. “What are your plans for the evening Uncle Jon?” asks Jessica. “Rob Ayling has sent me a DVD about a mate of his who hitchhiked around Ireland with a fridge, as a drunken bet. I’m going to watch that this evening,” he says with a cheerful smile. For some reason this was a cue for niece and nephew to leave hurriedly, his lovely wife to suddenly decide that there are things to do in the other room, his equally lovely mother-in-law to immerse herself in a jigsaw puzzle and the also equally lovely boxer-cross-bulldog bitch to curl up in a corner, go to sleep and snore loudly. They were all completely unfair, because it is a lovely film...
Today we present the third and final part of our interview with Roy Webber, front man of Wally and the sublime Jackson Webber.
Oh dear, I hear you thinking. Not just another picture of Jon making a stupid face whilst clutching the contents of today's postbag.Well, no. Not quite. Yes, Jon is indeed making a stupid face whilst clutching the contents of today's postbag, but there is a difference today. The difference is Helen McCookerybook:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably have noticed that we at the Gonzo Daiy are all very excited about the imminent release of 'Carnaby Street' by Michael Des Barres. Here, the man himself talks about it.
And that's about it for today. We re-convene on the morrow.
He had become an unofficial ambassador for the Galapagos Islands and a symbol among environmentalists of disappearing species, but now he shall be known simply as the late Lonesome George.
The giant tortoise, believed to have been the last of the Pinta island subspecies, died on Sunday at an estimated 100 years of age.
The Jurassic-looking creature had become a symbol of the islands scattered off the coast of Ecuador and notorious for his inability to produce any offspring.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2164299/Lonesome-George-dead-The-giant-tortoise-symbol-Galapagos-Islands-died-aged-100.html#ixzz1ynrnh1Mr
1. The Manchester City News December 22nd 1883
Because I have always been fond of earwigs
The most delightfully quixotic thing I have read in years
Sunday, June 24, 2012
And so the weekend is over, and we have bought a new tumble dryer on eBay. Not that this piece of news has any relationship whatsoever with the rest of the contents of the Gonzo Daily, but I just felt like sharing it. Whilst on the subject of appliances, I recently wrote a song about washing machines. I was influenced by various rap songs about major criminals doing nasty things to each other. Like the one quoted in a 'Preacher' Comic:
"I knew a crack dealer, his name was Peter
I blew him away with my nine millimetre"
So I wrote a song about a mate of mine called Ian who once (30 years ago in his mis-spent youth) stole a vanload of second-hand washing machines when he was drunk, only to find out that none of them worked properly.
It had to be done.
But I digress (although it IS monday). Today's posts are many and varied.
A rather charming Polish review of the new live CD/DVD from Chris Thompson. I have left the text completely unedited to retain that aforementioned charm...
MEMO TO GONZO SUPREMO ROB AYLING:
Re. Bigfoot Guitar.
Is there any concievable excuse we can think of which would get me to buy one of these and charge it as expenses? I sooooo want one!
Gail Skelly is an unsigned folk singer. Rob met her the other day, and we decided to feature her on the Gonzo Daily. Why? Because we can.
What? Another part of the exclusive interview with Wally and Jackson Webber mainman Roy Webber? Mr Ambassador, you are spoiling us...
Journalists have got a bad press lately. They have been maligned as low life scum who will stoop to anything to get a story. But what sort of low-life scum would stoop to stealing pictures from a girl's Facebook page. Well, me actually. There are some very cool pics of Mimi Page on stage at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival. They were on her page, now they are here. Capisce?
As regular readers will probably know, for some reason not entirely understood by me (although it was me who started it) when I send out the blog notifications each sunday, I do them in rhyme.And Liz L, chanteuse of Auburn, quite often answers me in the same style...
A sneak preview of the title track of the new Michael Des Barres CD, which you may have read me wittering on about sometimes. It really is bloody excellent.
We will be back tomorrow,
On this day in 1981 William O'Neil, allegedly, received his first successful communication on his invention the 'spiricom'. This was supposedly an electronic device that would allow verbal real-time evp communication between the living and the dead. Despite his free distribution of plans enabling people to make their own spiricoms nobody has been able to replicate his results, which may or may not be due to the distributed plans not involving a person sitting inside the machine with a microphone and a voice modulater that makes them sound like Sparky's Magic Piano, or maybe I'm just being cynical.
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What the spiricom sounded like (the spirits are with us at around the three and a half minute mark) :
PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS A JOKE: How American fundamentalist schools are using Nessie to disprove evolution
These private schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum including the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme to teach controversial religious beliefs aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Well I am pleased to report that currently we have raised £24.24. I would like to say a big thank you to those people that have shown their support by installing the toolbar which raises 50p per install and also to those who search regularly through the toolbar which raises 0.05p every time you search and click through the link. I would also like to point out that your toolbars need to be set to ‘easysearch’ this is done by selecting the small blue box next to the word easyfundraising and selecting es. This then ensures we get the money.
For anyone wishing to sign up please follow the link http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cfz/ you have to go through a short registration process to enable them to track your earnings for us and that’s pretty much it and don’t forget to install the toolbar.
Many thanks for your continuing support
On this day in 1947 Kenneth Arnold had the first widely reported UFO sighting.
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Predictable video link number 17:
Once again it's the sabbath day,
you know what I mean OK?
just when you thought it can't get worse,
you're confronted with some Gonzo verse,
cos once a week I always try,
to pluck couplets from my mind's eye
and sometimes they can even make sense,
so forgive my weekly self-indulgence
I've just heard the title song
(from the new album which won't be long)
from the Marquis Michael Des Barres,
its one of the best from the year so far
now the release date's getting near,
you'll be reading lots about him here,
and I hope it won't put him in a rage
but I nicked this from his Facebook page
Jefferson Starship are one of those groups
who stimulate enthusiastic whoops
of joyous mirth and simple glee
from music journalists like me
veterans of the San Fransisco scene
I am sure you know just what I mean
and I have an exclusive extract
from the liner notes (and that's a fact)
of a four CD set that I know
is coming out soon through Gonzo,
of a gig they did (and played so well)
at a UFO gig in Roswell
Rick plays the keyboards with such ease,
producing gorgeous sounds that please,
I have a lot of his LPs
(damn, I think the cat has fleas
which is irrelevant ) but its my contention
cos its just come to my attention,
Rick's giving a speech at a trade convention,
on the 28th (that's his intention)
So if you happen to be near,
you'd better read about it here,
just click your mouse for heaven's sake man.
and read the news about Rick Wakeman
I used to know a girl called Polly,
who was into prog, she'd have loved Wally,
a band who split in '76
but now they're back with brand new tricks,
they're a damn grood band (literate and clever),
they seem to be around for ever
so here's an interview with Roy Webber (vox)
who likes to think outside the box
Roger Hodgson was in Supertramp
and now he's done a cool revamp
of one of his popular tracks
(I bet he is a great live act)
Now an uplifting video
with his song in it (What d'ya know?)
its a Coke advert, but I don't care
cos the message is righteous.. so there!
Its now become traditional,
in fact its uncondional
to have a sunday story about Liz,
one of my favourites in the music biz,
about Liz who? I hear you ask
soundly taking me to task,
I reply, "Her from Auburn" mate,
and by the way, her album's great...
Hawkwind's been around for years
producing spacerock for your ears
they recently released a new CD
and I must say it sounds good to me,
and I hope it will sound good to you,
which is why I'm posting this review,
and I wonder if you'll wonder how,
they've kept it up four decades now
So that's it for another week
of bad couplets from an ageing freak,
I hope you all will have a fun day,
the poems will be back next sunday.
Th-th-th-that's all folks...