Sunday, July 29, 2012
I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN
Well, we are back at the ranch, and although it seems very strange without Mother, it is nice to be back in one's own bed. It is back to normal now, and we shall get on with the bloggybits. Life is rather compl;icated at the moment but then when wasn't it?
Veteran psychedelic and proggy keyboard player Tim Blake has undergone emergency surgery. For those not in the know, Tim has played with both Gong and Hawkwind, as well as being responsible for some rather spiffing (or considering the type of music, should that not be 'spliffing') solo records. Get well soon dude.
As you may or may not know, I have a day job as Director of the world's largest mystery animal research organisation. Therefore, any story which includes the mighty trio of words LOCH, NESS and MONSTER in it is bound to be of interest. There is a very much sought after Nessie-related record which is available through Gonzo. It was made by Alex Harvey 35 years ago, and - courtesy of those jolly nice people at Goodle News Alerts - here is a rather peculiar AH related rhyme..
Whilst on the subject of rhymes, my great inception of the Gonzo Daily conceptual folk club didn't really work yesterday because I didn't make the tune as well recogniseable as I should. So here it is...
Acid Mothers Temple are one of the more interesting neo-psychedelic bands currently in operation. They did a strange but very good collaboration with Gong mainfolk Daevid and Gilli some years ago and it was released by Gonzo. So there is every excuse to link to an interesting article about them.
Erik Norlander is a massively talented musician and composer and his new cd/dvd packages are well worth a listen. From what I can gather from the calibre of reviews we are getting in from around the world, there are a lot of people who agree with me.
And finally.I knew that the story about Hawkwind being banned from a gig at the National Forest because their fans were unsuitable people was too good to be true. Not only does it turn out that the story was never true in the first place, but the folk at the National Forest seem to have a remarkable sense of humour.
And that's it for today. We will get more and more on track throughout the week.
Posted by Jon Downes at 7:10 PM