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RIP Dik Mik [Hawkwind]
at 20:50 20 Nov 2017

Just learnt today of the passing of founder member and synth player Dik Mik [ Micheal Davies] of space and psychedelic rockers Hawkwind on 16th Dec at the age of 73. I know from past music threads there are some fans on here of this chaotic, but interesting band. There's a great story about him bringing in Lemmy to the band in 1972 because he needed an 'acid buddy'. Well he got one there! Dik Mik quit the band in '73. Enjoy the eternal space ride man. RIP
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Fats Domino RIP
at 20:08 25 Oct 2017

Ain't that a shame. Hope you find that thrill on that hill. RIP big man.
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Lord Lucan is back.
at 08:51 27 Sep 2017

Lady Lucan found dead in her Belgravia flat. Was this the dastardly work of the rogue Lord or his spirit maybe?
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Somewhere in Somerset
at 21:42 21 Jun 2017

Somewhere in the pleasant county of Somerset hordes of folk are heading to a farm near the town of Glastonbury. Anyone on here going? Anyone been before? What about this years line up? Looks pretty lame to me, but horses for courses I suppose and the odd surprise does happen now and then [ thinking of Lionel Richie's performance 2 years ago]. I've not been since 1979. Seemed a biggish festival then, but now it seems to have grown out of all proportion. Anyway, enjoy if you're going.
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Forest Green Rovers
at 17:46 14 May 2017

Well done to them getting promoted to the Football League via the promotion playoffs. Is this the smallest town or place to have a team playing at this level? What kind of crowds do they get now. I remember when they got promoted to the Conference in 1999 they were dead certs for relegation. They have been there until today.
Forest Green. Sounds like an idyllic English country village with cricket green, duck pond, pub and thatched Tudor cottages. It's probably anything but of course. Just my imagination.
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Worst managerial start?
at 17:05 27 Dec 2016

I've supported QPR since 1968 and I'm wracking my brains as to who has the accolade of worst start to when taking charge of the club since then. I Know this is Holloway's second stint in charge at the R's ( he didn't have a good start the first time, but circumstances at the club were different then) but six defeats out of seven doesn't look too clever capped with the club forgetting where the opponent's goal is. Troubling times me thinks. Either the players are not responding to Holloway's tactics or intentions or he is simply not fit for management anymore as was evident at Palace and Millwall. I for one distrust second helpings from former bosses. I was hoping things might improve a bit and was willing to give him a chance, but my original thoughts look like they could be answered. I hope I'm wrong.
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Vinyl
at 14:22 20 Dec 2016

Vinyl is back. Now outselling the product that virtually killed it, the CD. But why? As a music collector I couldn't wait to see the back of vinyl, though I did miss being able to read the sleeve notes and inserts without the need of a microscope as with the CD. But that was the only advantage of the vinyl LP imo. They scratched, they warped and you had to get up to turn the disc over to hear a second installment of the album. Plus you needed a healthy stylus and a good turn table drive belt if you wanted to get any half decent sound and the disc to turn at the correct revolutions. John Peel once quoted that background noise is essential. Well yes, to a point, but when listening to music I don't want to listen to snap, crackle and pop Rice Crispy noises often associated with vinyl ruining my listening experience.
So why the resurgence in this outdated form of listening material I ask myself? Is it just a fad? Is it a niche market for hipsters who I hear hang their LP's on the walls in their retro decor abodes rather than play them. Are they back to fuel nostalgic 40 to 50 somethings of what life was like before the word digital conquered the tech world. I don't buy this old romantic tosh I've heard it said by some music fans, they like the smell of vinyl, especially after it has come off the turn table a bit warmer than when it went on. Or the experience of delicately pulling the LP out of its paper sleeve and relishing the site of the glossy disc poised carefully in the tips of your fingers. Tripe! Just play the bloody thing! Plus vinyl these days is expensive often horribly so.
I still have lots of vinyl LPs though I've sold a few and a good turntable of 30 years vintage, but I rarely play them. They are just a collection of my listening past. And that's where vinyl belongs, in the past or cluttering up corners of charity shops or antique and collectors stores. Any fans or detractors of vinyl out there like to comment?
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Keef Richards
at 14:13 23 Sep 2016

I see the crusty old rocker is running BBC 4 this weekend Fri - Sun [ Keith Richards Lost weekend]. There is an assortment of programmes and films no doubt of his choice and with him as subject matter in some of them. For fans or admirers of the 'indestructible Stone' of which I am one, all this, or some of it, could make for interesting viewing. I'm off to find my secret hash stash and chill and observe, Man!
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Porridge
at 09:15 29 Aug 2016

Did anyone on here see the one off updated remake of the the classic comedy series Porridge last night on BBC1? If so what did you think? Now Porridge with Ronnie Barker was one of my all time favourite comedy series, so I was a bit sceptical of this remake before I watched it , but I thought it pretty good as remakes go with the jokes and characters brought up to date, but keeping within the traditions of the original series. I suppose it helped having the original writers on board. The prospects of a new series perhaps?

I also watched the remake of Are You Being Served beforehand. I never liked that series when it first aired and my opinion has never changed after watching last nights sad effort. Better left in the 70's that one.
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Loftus Road Gigs
at 19:34 23 Jul 2016

Having watched Danny Baker's the Peoples History of Pop 1966-76 on BBC4 last night, some bloke on the programme pulled out a ticket for a Yes concert held at LR back in '77 I think it was. This got me thinking. What bands have played at LR and has anyone on here been to a LR gig? I know there have been some concerts there in the past.
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40 years old.
at 12:30 30 Jun 2016

Punk is 40 years old this year.

BBC 4 are re showing Punk Britannia tomorrow night at 9pm.

I know some musos on here like punk/new wave stuff. Any stories of growing up with the music then and about or preferences of bands, whether mainstream or local.

I like a wide range of music genres and punk has stayed with me, well some of it. I got into listening to it via John Peel or through being into pre punk instigators, Dr Feelgood and Eddie and the Hot Rods. I liked The Stranglers, The Damned, Ian Dury and punk poet John Cooper Clarke. Locally I tapped into the vibrant Brighton punk scene in the late 70's. Great bands to be had there including, The Piranhas, The Parrots, The Golinski Brothers and my favourites, Nicky and the Dots.

I wouldn't have considered myself a punk per se, I just liked the music and its quirky scene. I didn't care too much for politically motivated bands especially the ultra right or left ones, or the Pistols for that matter. Always thought Lydon a bit of a fake character and still do.

Anyone else?
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Vikings v Magyars
at 16:25 18 Jun 2016

May the might of Odin be with you. Come on Iceland!
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Support acts better than the main acts.
at 13:37 7 Jun 2016

Another music post, so what it's summer and many LFW posters seem to love their music

Was there ever a concert or gig you went to where you thought the support act seemed to upstage the main act you paid good money to see? Mine was about 3 years ago at the O2 in Dublin when Clapton came to town. Andy Fairweather Low was his support act. He put life and soul into his sadly short 45 minute slot and I forgot what a good musician he was. His backing band were excellent. Then on plodded Eric, stood stutue like for an hour and a half plugging his old standards from Cream to recent stuff without any real feeling on his beloved strat, Blackie. Don't get me wrong, but I like Clapton at least most of his earlier offerings pre Lay Down Sally, but on the night I felt all he wanted to do was turn up then bugger off. There was no connection with his fans, just a cold performance. It was dull. Not good from one of the so called best guitarists alive.

Anyone else have an upstaging story?
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Most unusual purchase.
at 12:38 22 Dec 2015

What is the most unusual, random, off the cuff, irrelevant thing you ever purchased. Was it of any use?

Mine:-
When I lived in Kingston I bought a WW2 Wellington bomber tail wheel in an antique shop. I thought, ' I must have that'. So without hesitation, I purchased it there and then. I looked a sight cycling home with said piece of aviation history strapped to my back! I didn't tell the wife for ages until upon moving home, she spotted it in the shed and inquired about it. I just said a mate at work gave it to me as he had no space for it any longer.
I still have it. It occasionally gets wheeled out of the hangar/garage to do a spot of door stopping!
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Your very first gig
at 08:34 18 Dec 2015

Keeping in tune with the recent spate of great music threads here, what was was your very first gig you went to. This does not include watching your fellow spotty teenage mates' band playing ' Wild Thing' and the like in a local Sally Ann hall or such venue.

Mine:- Slade at Brighton's old Goldstone ground in the summer of 1975. I was 14 at the time. They were so loud they nearly shook that place off its foundations. No wonder it began to fall down gradually afterwards.
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Non QPR. For Wilko fans on here...
at 09:19 24 Nov 2015

Fans or admirers on here of Wilko Johnson may want to watch Imagine on BBC1 tonight at 10.35 [ check for regional time variations]. It's titled The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, the new documentary on the bard of Canvey Island by Julien Temple [ who made the brilliant documentary about Dr Feelgood, Oil City Confidential in 2009 ]. Seen snippets of it. Looking forward to it.
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Cork
at 14:03 7 Sep 2015

Heading to Cork city for a long weekend coming. This is a city in Ireland I have not visited, [such a sin, since I have lived in Ireland for 13 years]. I gather there are one or two Corkegians who post regularly on this site or folk who have been there a few times. Any recommendations for things to see, places for good nosh or good music venues?
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Ginger Baker
at 08:35 8 Jul 2015

Did anyone on here watch the BBC1 documentary on Mr Baker last night? A brilliant and arguably the best living drummer around, [ most jazz drummers are better than rock drummers ], but as a human being?? Not very pleasant.
Some interesting footage shown of the old red haired cantankerous one.
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