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Monday 18 October 2010

One Flu Over The Hoodoo Nest

Unfortunately the lurgy? lurgie? (How the hell do you spell that? I think its a made up word so I can spell it any durn way I like it (Durn is also a made up word and is included in this weeks Blogword Bingo, even if it does smack of Calamity Jane and the Deadwood Stage...you know..."Whip Crack Away" and all that. Possibly a song about drug misuse by a lonely Dominatrix... or, then again, possibly not,)) I must apologise for getting over parenthetical here, but Im in the age bracket for it...bracket?...see what I did? I dont know whay I bother...half the time I end up boring myself.
Anyway, being a of the male, 'arrow up', persuasion, I have decided that I'm going to spell it 'flu'.

This virulent strain of Hoodoo Flu has, as they say in football circles, "devastated the squad". Having finally decided to record some stuff, we all turned up on Sunday Afternoon ready to go... ready to go home for a bit of a lie down. Apart from Freak, who was bouncing around like an annoyingly un-ill person, the rest of us shuffled around like depressed musical monks with bad chests. We did manage to get something down apart from beer, so thats a start. New songs are a-coming! Now where's my lemsip....

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Aha! (but not in an Abba way)

Oh lookout! The daft buggers have given me the keys to the blog...

Now, I know that these things are not to be abused and should instead reflect the more pensive, thoughtful aspects of ones personality and impart some useful information, whilst all the time giving the reader something to think about - Aye right, shining bright! How about a wee bit of whats happening and then some ramblings...as the name of the blog would suggest?

Whats happening then?...short version...lots of stuff. We have been working on some new songs, all of which are awesome.
Yup... I mean it.
Seriously ...if you like them half as much as we do then you'll be twice as likely to be wholly impressed...or something like that. The plan is to get these recorded at some point soon and then ...world domination. We may even go for a galactic festival or two next year...I mean, have you seen some of the wishy, washy, whiny stuff that some bands are getting away with these days - you know the kind of stuff - mobile phone advert music. Anyway, therell be none of that from us. Unless they bring out a phone for which 'Some People' would seem to be a suitable TV advert tune; cant see it myself. I keep losing my phone anyway, so I am naturally predisposed against plinky plonky musical nursery rhymes that tell me how the world is a brighter, fluffier and more sparkly, fun place when the whole world has the ability to poke your tweets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months of the bleeding year. Gie's peace man! Sorry - narrowly avoided a rant there - I just managed to wrench the wheel round at the last moment and turn it into more of a verbal swerve than a motorway pile-up. In any event, Freak, the G-man and Ken's finely tuned musical ears won't let such stuff through the HZfilters, so we are probably safe enough!

Gigs may be coming soon, but we are focussing on getting stuff recorded. Ok, admittedly the word 'focussing' may be a bit too strong a description, but the songs are there and it has definitely gone beyond 'considering' and is probably at the stage of 'planning to' or 'being just about to'...

Here's a thing...have you noticed how folk on TV always ask "How do you feel?" nowadays?
Watch out for it and observe how they try to turn every news story into an emotional, rather than a factual event. "So Mr McGlumpher, your dog ran in front of your wife's car and she swerved into your only son and now your entire family and your pet is dead. How does that make you feel Mr McGlumpher?" (Bear with me, this does lead to something...)

Anyway, leaving aside the annual onset of seasonal affective disorder, here's how I feel, (I told you there was a point to the last bit...)...Recent practices have proved to be an inspiration for me; having spent the last 6 months learning a large part of the back catalogue of songs, we are now doing some new stuff...and its great to feel a part, admittedly a small part, of the creative 'thang'. The sad reality is that no-one listens to the bass player anyway..."just drink your beer and play the root notes 'til its time to stop..." Of course, none of this is true; we are a democratic musical collective within which the inspirations and ideas of every member are all given equal value. Thats what they told me to write. I hope I got it right; maybe theyll let me have two cans of beer at the next practice.