Posts by Mr.Farmer

    I'm a happy chappy tonight. Just realised I had some dates mixed up. Thought I wouldn't be to see John Otway and Wild Willy Barret at a local venue in September but it turns out I can go afterall. However it still looks like Wishbone Ash is unavailable . I wonder if I ask them nicely if they'll change the date they're playing.

    I have seen the Selling show several times and most of those shows were years ago when YouTube wasn’t really an issue. I also can’t see why YouTube would keep you from going. Live is the real thing and YouTube comes never any close…

    Yes I've decided to go. Live is of course totally different, it's just that because of the availability now I've watched and listened to those songs many times as well as Steve Hackett shows. I'm bothered about overexposure of songs that I've heard hundreds of times. I will make a point of not listening to any of it until I see it live in March .

    Tempted to go and see an accurate recreation of early Genesis , the first actual Genesis I saw was 1981. The trouble is with the wealth of live recordings available and U TUBE shows I've heard an awful lot of these songs lots of times. I feel the need to avoid them for quite a while for fear of over exposure to them , I really don't want to get tired of hearing them too often. Iqt go but will have avoid hearing any of that stuff between now and then.

    I often don't think of posting what I'm actually listening to at the time. My last listen was Rainbow, On Stage, yesterday which I haven't heard probably for about 40 years; my best friend had it. I bought it about 6 months ago and just played it. Thought it worth mentioning here. It's fantastic, much more prog than I remembered. A double album 8 songs two sides of 2 which contain one song each. This is what we want.

    IO EARTH in Birmingham. Another fantastic band. Brilliant musicians. I didn't know much about them before the gig. Didn't look like a cheap light show and visuals. 5 members of the band including the Haley Griffiths ( iwas taken aback when I saw her) from Kartanaka on temporary vocals due thier current singer being on maternity leave, and six backing musicians

    on strings and brass. Quite a show all for £26.00 to about 200 people which seemed such a shame. There's a lot of moaning and concern about the death of live music right now , (which I'm not sure about myself) but if as there is a case maybe it's simply that not enough people are interested in seeing great shows great musicians , great music for a decent price.

    I'm amused that the stadium in Perth is called the Perth Rectangular Stadium. It's pleasingly factual in terms of location and shape. They should've gone further with the Perth Big Rectangular Stadium.

    Australians don't mess around with their place names. They call a thing what it is. Someone looked at a great big sandy thing a couple of hundred years and said "let's call it the Great Sandy Desert"

    The first I heard of Sinead O Conner was by chance on the TV. She was doing some concert or something before she broke really big with NCTY. She was plugging her first album which I promptly went out and bought. I thought she was stunning in looks voice and style . She seemed like a complete one off and totally original. It was Mandinka that stuck iny mind. I thought her early albums were great. I never really picked up on what she did after Universal Mother and now she died regret that I don't know she she did musically for nearly 30 years ! She always struck me as a genuinely nice but troubled person and certainly needlessly and maliciously much maligned .

    Meridian a small town quite close to Coventry (my home) claims the honour of being the centre of England. They have stone there to mark the spot. I don't think it is though!!

    She actually said it?


    As you may recall, she was perceived as being as per her name, permanently beaming nicey nicey 'Smiley Smiley Carol Smiley' as she was portrayed on a comedy sketch show, which did fit with her usual screen persona. I used to work at BBC TV Centre and would occasionally encounter celebs in the corridor. The one time I ever saw her we briefly made eye contact and she was the total opposite, glaring at me angrily as though extremely pissed off. She was Scowly Scowly Carol Scowly.


    To be fair, I'm often perceived as cross by people who meet me as my resting face is a scowl. I'm a fairly positive person but am sometimes asked "What's the matter" or "What's upset you" because of my default scowl. So maybe she has that default expression too when off-camera, or saw what she perceived as a scowl and responded in kind.

    Yes , definitely according to my sister and I also remember smiley smiley carol smiley. My sister also said that Frank.Carson was Frank Carson , exactly he was on TV and made everyone laugh. Jonny Vegas did an impromptu set for free keeping the passengers entertained as they waited for for their delayed flight .

    In what other way is it a rock pub apart from the pics?


    I wonder if there are drill pubs, electropop pubs or ambient drone pubs.

    As you asked. It's rock pub on basis that it provides a refuge for old rockers and a fair few young ones as well. It's the Queen's Hall in Nuneaton. I don't go there very much but I really ought to. The place is festooned with pics and memorabilia. They have bands playing every weekend, and a rock disco until 2.00am Fridays and Saturday after the band. Seems like all the bar staff have piercings and tattoos, it may be compulsory. The upstairs part of the Queen's Hall is separate and is known as the Crew, it's a small venue ( at a wild.guess about 300 capacity) where bands are put on 2 or 3 times a week, ticketed gigs only. We went to see Phil Campbell and the Bastards Sons there on Friday. I think it was a warm up gig. Not listed on their tour dates promo. We had a great night, fantastic band followed by rock discotheque to the early hours. Haven't done that for ages. I think I'm still fit enough to manage that a couple of times a year now. You've made me think now , the thought of an ambient pub. People sitting around in silence staring vacantly and forgetting to drink!! I've been to one or two of those as well. Actually am quite miffed that John Otway and Wild Willy Barret are playing there in October on a date we can't make. Would love to go to that one.

    As is my wont, I got the new Protomartyr album on vinyl after streaming it a bunch and finding it to be absolutely brilliant.


    I also got the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Atum, in a bumper vinyl box set. It came with 5 7" discs that had ten extra songs, not available elsewhere. Those songs are brilliant, very lo-fi and psychedelic compared to the main album. Incidentally I think Corgan genuinely prefers releases this way and trying to stimulate people towards vinyl. I saw the band in Napa a few months ago, and while I was there I went to a record store. The owner said Billy had been in the day before and bought a few hundred bucks worth of records - all different stuff. The guy got a photo with him and said he was the nicest individual, really down to earth. I thought it was cool that he would give a big chunk of custom to a small local business like that, and figure he probably does it often.


    It's all made me want to upgrade my turntable, but in truth I have no time to listen to them that way, and if I did I can't blare it on speakers anyway 😞.

    I vary between vinyl and CD. 27 of my 33 Hawkwind albums are on vinyl. That Hawkwind album I posted was an impulse buy , they didn't have the vinyl , now regretting after less than 24 hours. I guess I'm going to have to fork out even more.

    Reminds me of a story my sister told me, she used work at an airport and came across several celebs over the years. Don't know if anyone remembers or knows of Carol Smiley. ( A "c" lister was famous in the UK for a few years presenting a few shows and turning letters on the Wheel of Fortune.) During the time she had fame she arrived at the Airport and was directed to join a queue. Not wishing to queue she said "don't you know who I am?"

    Likewise, he's someone I recall from variety and entertainment shows in the 70s. I was neutral on him, neither liked nor disliked him beyond his being one of those figures who was comfortingly there. With a slight sense of shame, not having thought about him for many years I would've assumed he'd already departed this realm. I didn't know he was from Coventry.

    Should've said from my now home city Coventry, of 42 years. Although I didn't live here at time he was on TV.

    Someone from city of Coventry. Vince Hill. Cant say was a fan but I remember his TVshows in the 70s, I quite liked them , part of my growing up.

    Farewell to Tony Bennett, who had an incredible career which he continued right up until recently, as far as his 2016 alzheimers diagnosis allowed.


    He had darker times when his career hit a low point but he got past that and became popular again in the 80s and 90s with new albums, collaborations and winning awards.


    The official statement about his death said even just the other day he was sat at his piano, singing. It's a nice thought.

    Yes sad. My Dad loved Tony Bennett. I didn't appreciate him until I got much much older.