With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“And we can build this dream together, standing strong forever” March 5, 2017


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I have always been somewhat against the use of classic rock in advertising, especially if the artist has been known for their rebelliousness or anti-establishment tendencies. However I believe that Grace Slick off of Jefferson Airplane/ Starship fame has hit on a brilliant idea to overcome that and I am amazed that no one has hit on this before, unless they have and I just never heard about it. The US fast food chain Chick-Fil-A approached Grace to ask for permission to use Starship’s 1987 smash hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in an advertising campaign. Now Chick-Fil-A’s Georgia based owners have a Christian philanthropic foundation known as Winshape that is a big opponent of same-sex marriage. On top of that the company’s Chief Executive, the rather interestingly named, Dan T Cathy has been very critical of supporters of gay rights.

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So the very clever Grace Slick has chosen to take the money she receives for use of the song in the Chick-Fil-A campaign and give it to the organisation Lambda Legal. Lambda is a civil rights organisation that helps LGBTQ people and people living with HIV and Aids. They also plan to help any transgender kids impacted by the reversal of the federal policy on toilet usage that this vile so called administration has repealed. Slick is making a wonderful public example of such a bigoted corporate organisation. I would urge any artists who might naturally feel the urge to reject corporate offers like this to follow Grace Slick’s lead and fight back in this way. Sadly this has also brought out the crazy end of the Christian right-wing as a number of on-line trolls have issued death threats to Slick. I would love to hear what you think of all this. Have any of you protested by not eating at Chick-Fil-A?

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“Don’t look back, ’cause you know what you might see” November 4, 2016


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So if recent reports are true we could have an Oasis reunion tour of some type next year. Click here to read the report on the NME website. I am sure that there will be many people who are very excited by this news, but I am not one of them. In my opinion the first two Oasis albums; ‘Definitely Maybe‘ and ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ remain stone cold classic albums. The third album ‘Be Here Now‘ was frankly a shambolic, over-egged pile of shite. After that they never reached their early heady heights again, although there was the occasional excellent single in that time.

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I saw Oasis twice, first in a tiny dive of a pub in Windsor in 1994 with about 100 people and secondly at Knebworth in 1996. Two excellent shows in two very different venues and circumstances, but both bloody good. Personally and with hindsight I think that they should have quit after Knebworth, it was mostly downhill from there. Noel‘s subsequent solo career proves to me that he was the real talent behind Oasis. Liam‘s post Oasis activity has so far been Beady Eye and to be fair they were nothing but the remainder of Oasis but without Noel to write the songs. I saw Beady Eye at the Reading Festival a few years ago and they came across like a below average Oasis tribute band who largely wanted to perform their own sub standard songs.

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But if you are a big fan or if Oasis were always ‘your band’ then just go ahead and enjoy yourself. But for me Oasis are not a band that should reform, I think that it could kill off the tarnished legacy that they have left. But no doubt the whole circus will provide copious copy on those darlings of the intellectual press the tabloids! As usual I would love to hear your thoughts on the boys from Burnage getting back together via the comments on here.

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“Let my mouth go where it wants to” October 23, 2016

Filed under: News,Observation — justwilliam1959 @ 11:23 pm
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Is Madge getting a little desperate? I mean I’m pleased that she is not supporting Trump in the US elections, but offering a blow job to Hilary voters? Seriously? Also is that not a little ironic given what Bill got up to with Monica Lewinsky?

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Madonna made the offer while she was introducing a show by American comedian Amy Schumer. She apparently said; “If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job, okay?. I swear to God – and I’m good. I’m good. I’m not a douche and I’m not a tool, I take my time, I have a lot of eye contact, and I do swallow.” Read the article on the Pink News site by clicking here.

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I am sure that there might be many takers, but perhaps not among her large gay fan base. Incidentally I reckon she should have set a limit though or maybe first come first served? (OK that last comment sucks the big pun!)

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“Jetzt wollen wir tanzen mechanik” September 25, 2016

Filed under: News,Observation — justwilliam1959 @ 12:18 am
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Have you ever dressed as your favourite pop or rock star? Maybe in the privacy of your own home or at a fancy dress party? Have you ever thought about taking it even a stage further than that and maybe dressing like your favourite musician all the time? Perhaps even changing your name legally to reflect your dedication? Well if you have then you have something in common with a man formerly known as David Sanborn (not the saxophone player who played on David Bowie’sYoung Americans‘ album). The former Mr Sanborn from Florida is now known as Kraftwerk. He has been posting pictures on his life as Kraftwerk on his Flickr account.

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Incidentally whilst I have dressed up on many occasions for fancy dress I have never dressed as a pop or rock star, well mot yet at least). I want to hear your pop and rock star dressing up stories or anything else that you have done to show your dedication to your favourite artist.

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Kraftwerk’s Driving Licence

 

“I’ve been breaking up Dirty dishes and throwing them away” July 4, 2015

Filed under: News — justwilliam1959 @ 9:08 am
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Former mop top and wings man Sir Paul McCartney was given a special gift when he played in Amsterdam recently. A Tulip that has been developed and grown in his honour. It took twenty years to create the red and white bloom. It’s botanical name is Tulipa Paul McCartney. I wonder if they tried to grow one in ebony and ivory colours?

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“I just don’t know where my home is anymore” May 6, 2015


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Hot Chocolate‘s lead singer Errol Brown has died from liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas, aged just 71. That is really sad news, Errol was an iconic figure from my youth. For me Hot Chocolate were a superb singles band, particularly back in the days when singles were all I could afford. I would always do what I could to buy any Hot Chocolate single as it came out. I once even bought a single that they released on the Beatles Apple label. I can even tell you were I bought that one, in the Harrods sale in 1976.

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Their hits are pretty much all classics and the majority really haven’t dated at all. Even the non-hits are pretty darned good. In the mid 70s I bought a Hot Chocolate single called “Blue Night”, it wasn’t a hit. But the B-Side (ask your grandparents if you don’t know what a b-side is) is a song you might know; it was “You Sexy Thing”. It looks like the record company may have got it wrong when making that a B-side initially.

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Errol Brown and Hot Chocolate were a great band that were loved by many people. My thoughts go out to Errol’s family, friends and fans. Errol Brown RIP.

 

 

“Cool kids never have the time” April 13, 2015

Filed under: News,Observation — justwilliam1959 @ 10:50 pm
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I am a fan of the Smashing Pumpkins but I do feel that Billy Corgan can be a bit of an arse sometimes. My name is William, but as a boy I was knowns a little Billy, as a teenager just Billy and today people know me as Bill. So I believe that this enables me to comment on some recent views expressed by Mr Corgan. Apparently during a gig in Lima, Peru Billy Corgan told the crowd that he wants to be known more formally these days. He said “My name is not Billy. My name is William”. Listen to me Willy Corgan, you may have great musical talent, just sometimes you’re a bit of a pretentious twat ok? Having said that at least it’s not Will.i.am is it?

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