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

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Saturday, June 23, 2012


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...

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