Posts by Backdrifter

    The title as a whole doesn't have a coherent meaning at all. Maybe each part by itself does, but put them both together and it's a complete gibberish.

    It isn't gibberish. The thread is inexplicable album titles, not "album titles with no coherent meaning at all" or "album titles that are complete gibberish". It's explicable, ie can be explained, in the way I explained it. Also, putting two apparently opposing things together in a title is fine. Album titles don't have to make perfect sense or only ever contain things that "go together" or are linked. And this one has an or between them. If an album was called Love Or Hate, or Fire Or Water, you wouldn't dismiss those as gibberish.

    Gary Numan, Leeds O2 Academy last week. On this tour he's doing all of his classic albums Replicas (when he was still Tubeway Army, which I always thought was a terrific name) and The Pleasure Principle, his first under his own name, plus the various b-sides and offcuts associated with those albums.


    I don't usually like album showcase gigs but I'd never seen him and always admired and respected him and fondly remember those 1979 albums. I enjoyed the show very much and liked how he didn't just do the albums in order but did a setlist with all the tracks mixed up into a good running order. He and the songs sound better than ever 45 years on.


    I wasn't impressed with Leeds O2 Academy, terrible venue. The cloudy perspex barrier at the front of the balcony that covers the view of the stage for the first 7 rows didn't help.

    I recently saw The Fall Guy, the latest Hollywood take on an old TV show - in this case the show of the same name featuring a crime-busting stunt man. It was precisely what I expected: daft, but enjoyable.


    Next I saw Casino Royale, Daniel Craig's debut as James Bond. I've seen it many times but not on the big screen since its release. It reminded me how good it was at the time to see the series rebooted in a much more stripped-back form, which was just what it needed.

    Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Apart from the awfulness it doesn't make sense at all: 'Long Live Life' or Death and All His Friends.

    Viva La Vida and Death & All His Friends are both tracks on that album, so it's named after them. Despite its negative-sounding title the song Death & All His Friends has a positive tone to it, with the refrain "I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge, I don't want to follow death and all of his friends" (and has a quite Hacketty-sounding guitar line).

    It's derided by many fans, certainly on here but while it's not in my top 20 I've never had a problem with it. It's not the perfect pop song, particularly lacking a well-constructed middle but it's a decent pop nugget and I agree the keyboards sound nice. It's well-placed in the album track sequence, following the richness and drama of the preceding songs and giving a light interlude that works effectively.


    The live versions were a mixed bag. It showed DS's flair for painting in some colour with his ascending phrases in the "never thought..." segments. But the extended vocal nonsense at the end was pretty dire.


    As I've mentioned before, I'll never forget the smart bit of setlist business in 82 when they ran this straight after the full Supper's Ready. You could almost sense the ripple of culture shock running through the crowd.

    And now sadly we must add Dr Michael Mosley. He did a lot of good work promoting healthy diets without being faddish, advocating sensible adjustments to food intake while maintaining a spread of good nourishment. He was a regular TV personality, and published a range of books. Four years ago I had a major health scare and had to make significant lifestyle changes, mainly in terms of diet. His recipe books formed the basis of this, and made it very easy to do. I still abide by the principles set out in those books, and while I will live with a potentially life-threatening condition for the remainder of my days I barely notice having to make any effort, and it's thanks to the sound advice and very nice recipes in his books which make me feel I'm not especially 'deprived' of anything, while allowing me the occasional indulgence (as evidenced in the food & drink thread here!). I have a lot to be grateful to him for, as I'm sure many others do.


    He was on holiday in Greece, and went for a solo walk that turned into a hike into remote mountainous terrain that proved too demanding. He appears to have collapsed, and despite searches being carried out it was impossible to reach him in time.

    Some losses this last month:


    Peter Oosterhuis, golfer, aged 75.


    Bernard Hill, actor, aged 79. Most recently known for the Lord Of The Rings films, before that as the captain in Titanic. But many of my generation have him etched in our memories as Yosser Hughes in the intense 1982 drama series Boys From The Blackstuff (and its slightly lighter in tone origin TV play The Black Stuff), both by Alan Bleasdale. The series conveyed the desperation and anger of being long-term unemployed, with his Yosser character embodying that theme in the depiction of his increasingly becoming unhinged as he tries to look after his three kids alone with no money. The episode focusing on his plight is still embedded in my mind as one of the darkest and most upsetting TV dramas I've seen. He's reduced to earnestly repeating "gissa job" like a mantra to anyone he encounters, including his fellow unemployed - his doing that are the last words spoken in the series.


    Because we don't often mention anyone other than public figures - condolences to you Mr.Farmer on the loss of your father - I wanted to remember Kris Hallenga, a breast cancer awareness campaigner who died last month aged 38. She was diagnosed at the age of 23 after a whole year of being fobbed off by her doctor, and told she didn't have long to live. She responded by founding the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel, which did a lot to spread the message particularly to young people to check their breasts. Those who knew her said she was a lively energetic person who lived a full life in the face of knowing she was approaching an early death, though not as soon as her prognosis suggested. In the time she had left she undoubtedly helped people, and deserves to be remembered.

    I think Perwtee did a great job in Doctor Who, I think he was brought in to provide a bit of comedy, which was his existing persona, but turned out to be one of the most serious and heroic doctors. I get the feeling the actors in those days had quite a lot of influence in the development of the character, whereas now they seem to have less room for manoeuvre, with the writers and 'showrunners' determining the course of direction.

    I retain a great fondness for JP's flamboyant action man portrayal. Those years also engendered an affection for the Brigadier character, and I love that the rebooted show occasionally nods back to him and has his daughter as head of UNIT. I have some reservations about how it's run now, but overall it's a great success and shows innate understanding of the phenomenon of Who.


    It's interesting about how the classic era actors brought their own interpretation. They still do now, but yes it's more tightly controlled within the structure. It's intriguing to read about some of the actors who were considered but not hired. To replace Pertwee they actually spoke with Richard Hearn but he'd only do it in his famous character of Mr Pastry. Before McCoy was recruited, actor/director/professional eccentric Ken Campbell screen-tested but his interpretation was considered too dark, bordering on disturbing! Sounds fascinating...


    There's occasionally been talk of a Hollywood film version, perhaps more of a possibility now with the involvement of Disney. Casting the lead is an amusing diversion. I'd love to see Sam Rockwell in the role, I could imagine bringing a nice touch of unhingedness.

    It's not the worst thing I've ever heard.

    Unfortunately, this is as positive as I can get about it too. Which for me characterises pretty much anything of his these days, as does everything sounding so melodramatically overbaked as this does. The verses are okay, the sax is one of my least favourite instruments possibly as it's so often used poorly but in this it's not bad as it has something of the wildness of sax in eg VDGG or Crimson. The closing solo sounds too much like every other solo he does now, while the actual ending with those gentle textures worked well. It underlines how he seems to have largely forgotten there's such a thing as subtlety.

    A few things on the stats, because that's the kind of guy I am, and one further observation although Micklemus might not see this having exited!


    At the 2019 GE the registered electorate was 47m, and the 67% turnout = 31.5m. The Electoral Commission estimates around 8m eligible voters are not registered. I don't know how many disqualified adult voters there are, but as there are around 13m children and the eligible voting population is 55m it seems it must be around 2 million. That means 15m people effectively have to have decisions taken for them by 55m, but in 2019 it was 31.5m, or 57% of the eligible voting population.


    Re who we vote for and whether to spoil or abstain, there's another consideration which doesn't often get discussed but was touched on earlier here. We vote for our constituency MPs, and for some people the key thing is how good the sitting MP is. There are even supporters of an opposing party who nevertheless vote for their incumbent MP despite their being from a different party, because they recognise they are a good and effective local representative. There are genuinely good MPs you never hear about because they are committed to their constituency, aren't ministers and just get on with their job with no desire to seek higher office. Some will scoff at this idea, believing all MPs are conniving self-serving shysters but there are effective ones who simply do the job.

    I remember hiding behind the settee at shop dummies coming life. I would have been 8. I've re watched it and although I didn't end up hiding this time it still seems pretty creepy even by today's standards.

    I'm disappointed you didnt hide again this time. It's a pleasing image.


    The other thing that spooked me was the opening titles with that vortex of swirly patterns. The original murky arrangement of the theme tune remains a classic piece of opening music, atmospheric and slightly menacing. The different arrangements since the 80s and currently are too shiny and glitzy.


    Did you or any child really hide behind settees? (Excellent use of a very 70s word there by the way). Ours was pushed almost to the wall so even allowing for the smallness of a young child it would have been a squeeze. Did everyone else apart from us have their settees in the middle of the room?!

    It's to do with how each letter of the word corresponds to 6 in a number pattern thus FOX = 666 . I can't remember how it is supposed to work now but that it certainly the theory.

    🤣 Well I don't know about the theory, but it's certainly *A* theory.


    It sounds like the start of one of the convoluted "clues" in 3-2-1.

    Steve Howe, Jon Davison ( Vocals), Billy Sherwood ( Bass) , Jay Schellen (Drums) and Geoff Downes.


    Apparently Alan White and Chris Squire wanted the band to continue without them. I quite like the idea that a band can continue as an idea as opposed to it's members. It still seems as though it's a proper band with everyone contributing and not just a Steve Howe vehicle.

    I've seen at least one gig with Davison singing and he did an admirable job. I keenly felt the absence of Anderson, but the spirit of Yes was very much there with (on that occasion) Howe, Squire and White present. Yes are not quite yet the Philosopher's Axe that (eg) the Sugababes became - always the next band you think of in a Yes discussion of course - but I agree it's a nice idea that a band can continue with no previous members remaining. When Daevid Allen was the last surviving member of Gong he stipulated that the band must continue after he'd died, and indeed it has and is well worth hearing and seeing.


    Looking at the Yes setlist I have mixed feelings. I always love Trooper and Southside is probably my favourite Yes track. But the whole of Topographic would be too daunting a prospect, much as I love Ritual and kind of quite like Revealing. Was it literally all 4 parts in full or truncated versions run together?


    Shame there was nothing from Close, though I suppose they usually draw from it, just not this time.

    Yes at Birmingham Symphony hall. Realty enjoyed it. Starship Trooper the highlight, shivers down spine stuff. The singer was very good. Hit all the Jon Anderson notes although sounded a little harsh at times. I don't think anyone can match those silky sooth tones. Still, as I say, a good show.

    What is the current lineup?

    ^ Speaking of gig firsts. Gary Numan on Monday in Leeds at the O2 Academy. He's doing all of Replicas and The Pleasure Principle (45th anniversary of both). I don't normally go for album showcase gigs but I fancied this, and I've never seen him before but have occasionally thought I'd like to. I like what I've heard of his recent stuff so will also try to get along to a 'normal' tour next time, if he does another one of those.


    Another first is that I've never been to Leeds before. Well, not that I can remember anyway.