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Bands you haven’t got around to listening to yet but here great things
at 13:25 25 May 2024

For Can, I'd suggest you start with the album "Tago mago".

Not all the tracks are great in my humble opinion, but some of them are amazing.

Can, and especially that album, were said to have inspired bands of the baggy genre. You can certainly hear the influence of Can's rhythm section in some baggy tunes e.g by The Happy Mondays.
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Bands you haven’t got around to listening to yet but here great things
at 21:27 24 May 2024

King Crimson. I love prog, so I should warm to them.

I might have the same experience as I did with Gentle Giant. I ignored them up until a couple of years ago, mainly because I thought the band's name was so naff, but once I took the plunge, I discovered that I absolutely love their first two albums.
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Vincent Kompany to Bayern Munich
at 08:52 23 May 2024

Apparently, Rangenick and Alonso turned them down.

Given that Atalanta just crushed Alonso's Leverkusen 3-0* in the Europa League final, I wonder if Bayern, and a few other big clubs, will be on the 'phone to Bergamo this morning.

*All three goals scored by a man born in....Wandsworth 👏
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I Remember You
at 15:06 21 May 2024

Sadly, this yodelling classic only reached number 20
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Tony Mowbray
at 15:00 21 May 2024

A shame for both parties, I think. Mowbray always seems like a decent bloke and a very good coach. I hope he recovers quickly.
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Camping
at 14:06 20 May 2024

Unless you are really desperate to do it, I wouldn't bother taking kit to enable you to cook.

I went on two long cycle camping holidays many years ago and on the first, we took all the cooking gear, though not jars of pasta sauce, a chopping board and a meat tenderising mallet, unlike some Dutch cyclists we encountered. You end up needing lots of stuff - tea towels, sponges, plates etc - and often, the meals you put together aren't great. This is just my view but we really felt all the extra kit, the additional time and additional processes simply weren't worth it.

The second time, without all that clobber, we got on just fine. We ate out a few times and even when we ate in, we were able to put together reasonable meals without resorting to cooking.

Three other tips (which you have probably already borne in mind) for if you are taking your own tent
- Don't forget the instructions for erecting the tent. I'm probably going over the top here but a mate and I had real problems putting up a second hand frame tent we had borrowed from a mutual friend. When we eventually finished the task, the bloke at the neighbouring pitch, who had been reclining with a beer while he watched our travails, gave us a sarcastic round of applause

- Don't forget something to knock the pegs in with. On the cycling trips, we were so focused on saving weight that we hammered the pegs in using rocks or stones we found lying around, but that's clearly not ideal!

- Don't forget a torch. Petzl make a container for their amazing head torches, so you can use them like a lantern and hang them wherever you need light.

Enjoy your trip!
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Musical Top Ten
at 15:51 18 May 2024

If you wish, but the guitarist has to be Jack Wight, surely?
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Musical Top Ten
at 15:00 18 May 2024

Don van Crete* on vocals...

* AKA Don Van Vliet AKA Captain Beefheart
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Musical Top Ten
at 14:26 18 May 2024

If Half Man Half Biscuit and Carcass made an album together...
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Musical Top Ten
at 10:59 18 May 2024

The secret lemonade drinker is in da house and no, I'm not talking about Bowie.

Nice one!
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Musical Top Ten
at 21:48 17 May 2024

Good thread but tricky to limit oneself to just 10! I'll have a go, but these are in random order:

- Djam Karet
- Black Sabbath
- The Black Dog
- Ozric Tentacles
- Primus
- It Bites
- Kaki King
- Fates Warning
- King Buffalo
- Eat Static
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End of Term Report 23/24 – Goalkeepers
at 14:23 17 May 2024

Great piece, many thanks, but...wot no Lyndon?
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Country
at 13:58 17 May 2024

I'm not much of a country fan but may have to reconsider based on what I am learning on this interesting thread.

I love, love, love Wichita Lineman, though, it's a haunting track with a great guitar solo. I've taught myself to play the basic tune on the guitar.

Without wishing to take us way off topic, which Ozrics album were you listening to just now? I am a huge Ozrics fans but feel that the albums since "Paper Monkeys" are really just rehashes of what they have already produced. My theory, not just for the Ozrics but for any band, is that the quality of their music is always better when more than one band member is responsible for the creative process.
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Petty Insanities
at 22:30 16 May 2024

When I was young, my gran had a shelf of books in her back bedroom and one of them was, if I recall correctly, "The coral island" by R M Ballantyne.

The start of each chapter featured a few lines about what was covered in the section. One chapter was preceded by the comment: "In which we have intercourse with the natives".

Simpler times....
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Petty Insanities
at 17:16 16 May 2024

Always parking in the same place in a work, or other, car park, for no good reason.
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Come on you green and whites
at 10:43 16 May 2024

Fascinating, thanks for posting.

Interesting, but odd, that Watford have swapped one insect for another. Which nickname comes next? The Hoverflies?
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Transfer rumours 2024
at 11:33 13 May 2024

LOL.

Here's s thought: Harry Redknapp as Forest manager.

It would be apocalyptic, but utterly hilarious. The squad list would be like a telephone directory
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Cricket 2024 County/International Thread
at 11:07 13 May 2024

A cricketing rarity has cropped up: Someone, Jadeja for CSK against RR in the IPL, has been given out for obstructing the field.

CSK were at the end of a very tight run chase when CSK had to abort a second run. Jadeja was a long way out of his ground and haring back to his crease as a CSK fielder lined up a shy at the stumps. Jadeja seemed to spot this as he glanced behind him and changed direction slightly, to cover his stumps. The shy at the stumps then hit him.

It was reviewed and given out, which looked fair.
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Rude songs thread
at 22:09 12 May 2024

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one track of your favourite artist...
at 14:08 11 May 2024

I love Grand Funk but my favourite track is "Sin's a good man's brother"

It's so hard to pick a favourite band, let alone one track by them, at least, for me it is.

I will go for "Burning the hard city" by Californian instrumental rock band Djam Karet, from the album of the same name. The band's two guitarists cram riff after riff into the disc, but the band create many and varied moods and atmospheres using synths and other electronics. The bass playing is monstrous, sinuous and rumbling yet clever and inventive and very much to the fore.

The guitarists crank out solo after solo but the solos complement the tracks and aren't gratuitous. The use of bends and vibrato is astonishing, and it isn't all fast playing, there is a lot of space between the notes at times, with great use of sustain.

The whole album is a beast and stirs up the emotions. Magnificent, in my humble opinion.


My runners up are:

It Bites - Once around the world
Fates Warning - And yet it moves
Ozric Tentacles - Saucers
Black Sabbath - Into the void
Kaki King - Final state
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