Well, actually, thirty years and two days ago, the first commercial CD was releasedvia.

Which got me thinking. I bought my first CD player, and my first 2 CDs, on holiday in France (I'd been saving up for ages to buy one but the holiday cottage Dad'd rented was so horribly remote we were dying of boredom in the evenings). They were:
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Art of Noise The Best of The Art of Noise

I was approximately 16, so this was roughly 1990. I've still got both.

What was the first CD you bought, if any, why, and how old were you?

(yes, the title is inspired by the opening song on the first CD, for those that would otherwise insist on asking the obvious)

(And yes, it's been over a year since I last posted, no particular reason, but, y'know, this seemed like a good idea for a post so I'm posting it)
OK, so you're in the main train station, waiting for a train. Then a bloke starts beating a drum. And a flute joins in. And there's a bloke waving a stick, and more people just start turning up. Isn't this cool:

The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra decided to flashmob the local station.
For some reason, it never occured to me to look this up before. But both the Madness and Lemmy "slow the pace" ads for Kronenbourg are available on Spotify and the Madness version was released as a full single.

Ace of Spades (Slow version) by Motörhead on Spotify

Le Grand Pantalon (Baggy Trousers) by Madness on Spotify

Le Grand Pantalon (Baggy Trousers): Madness: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads

For those of you outside the civilised world and thus unable to use Spotify links, well, I'm sure you can find other ways...

(I looked to see if Lemmy was available, but I hate the Amazon search engine and there're a billion cover versions)

How cool is that? OK, it's not really, it's bloody obvious, but, y'know...
I am having difficulty figuring out words for describing how cool this is:



My quote of the day is from the description:
Keep in mind the scanner and floppy drive are not musical instruments. These are mechancial devices whose frequencies tend to drift and can cause some notes to be out of tune.
Seriously, how cool is that? (via)

Also, I'm testing the DW crossposter, apparently there are issues with post edits and embedded videos that we need to iron out. So comments off on LJ and on on DW, I don't plan on making a habit of this until it's way out of closed beta, but you all know me and plans...
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Shiny

Apr. 10th, 2009 07:14 pm
When you're younger you can eat what you like, drink what you like and still climb into your 26 inch waist trousers and zip them closed. Then you reach that age, 24 / 25, your muscles give up they wave a little white flag and then without any warning at all, you're suddenly a fat bastard[1]
Strange how an out of context sample on the opening track to a great album stays with you for years.

Sheriff Fatman was at, IIRC, #2 in the top 40 the week I got my GCSE results. When I was doing my A-levels (well, turning up to lessons, anyway), my friends were divided over music--Grunge was popular, naturally, Teen Spirit was released at the time, there were a lot of fans of mainstream pop, many simply didn't care. But, with a few exceptions, everyone like Carter USM.

But then, most of us liked Red Dwarf as well. Never saw them live, but you can just about make out Rimmer in this grainy vid of their last show--and yes, the head roadie did tend to do a warmup act wearing nowt but a sock. And yes, he really always was a Fat Bastard.

I lost all my CDs over the years, fortunately [livejournal.com profile] theyorkshergob has the best of, but not 30 Something, and the tape is both a little dead and, well, devoid of anything that will still play it.

But I think it counts as one of the best albums of the 90s[2]. Partially, of course, because Damnations came out in '89. What's your nomination?

[1]When you see this, post a quote from Red Dwarf, I found this one here, although Total Red Dwarf seems to have a better collection, even if the site is infuriatingly badly configured, not only using iframes, but also disallowing internal links entirely, stupid bad SEO unaccessible practice.

[2] [livejournal.com profile] ninebelow started it, he listed several (in a locked post), I just thought I'd start with one. Look, I managed to combine two memes in one post, just, well, because. Because what?

New Red Dwarf on Dave tonight at 9pm

Woo Hoo!
This is a pretty good description of my friends list and feed reader this morning:

How about you? Taking Jennie to work for an eight hour shift in abit, then back here—got a bit of a grotty cold so don't want to sit in the pub given we're doing that tomorrow for her birthday anyway. So, come on people, post stuff, amuse me!

OK, how about a meme. Um, Most expensive Xmas present? Most annoying? Most useful? Why?

For me, all three are one. We got a Wii. Well, when I say we, what I mean is Jennie got one and I grudgingly said OK. Obviously most expensive, and obviously, it's a Wii, it's annoying. But most useful?

Can we say babysitting service? Shrub's got the idea I'm completely useless at it already, so accepts that I don't want to play it lots. So as long as I make sure she takes regular breaks and go down to talk to her a bit, I can keep my sanity when she's off school. Yay!

Also? Worms: Space Oddity is cool, even if I can't aim for toffee, and it makes Jennie smile. Making Jennie smile is always fun.
This is very very cool:

(via)

The lyrics and a dowload of the song are at the original performers site, Moosebutter. Those of you that aren't Star Wars fans should still watch this for the John Williams coolness. If you're not a John Williams fan?

You're weird. Sorry, but it's true.
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I think the The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy answered this best back in 1992:

Although it's not exactly new. And possibly it's being replaced by t'internet. Which, y'know, given the events of this week, is probably a good thing. On that subject...

URL of the week:


http://change.gov/ (via)

I have a brief comment on the Obama election. It's a story about a man who captured the hopes of the nation, made an appeal for change, won an election by mobilising a massive coalition of disparate influence groups, uniting them for a common purpose who went on to win seats all over the country, including in places that were previously thought unwinnable for his party. A lawyer, he and his young family were a refreshing alternative to the tired right wing Govt that they voted out.

Mr President Elect Obama sir? If you turn into another fucking Tony Blair, the entire world will be very disappointed in you. I voted for that git, I supported that git. He broke his promises and let me down. Don't be a git sir, we're depending on you.

Domestic bliss?


This morning, [livejournal.com profile] miss_s_b did take young [livejournal.com profile] shrublette to school, then went into town and did some shopping in Tesco. She bought a loaf of bread, more classic Doctor Who poseable action figure (we're very close to getting the whole Robot now, yay!) and a big bag of five custard doughnuts. I then took her to work. At lunch today, I did eat one of the doughnuts and felt a bit guilty about it. This evening, I picked her up from work, we went to former Cllr Yates's house to get his name at the top of our petition, then I dropped her home so I could go back to her work to pick up her Dad and give him a lift home.

When I got home, I offered to make tea. Quoth she:
I'm not hungry actually. I've eaten all the doughnuts
She has as well, the greedy pig.

Next time she complains about putting on weight? Suggest she might like to stop eating all the doughnuts...

Love you darlin'
Silly meme: Choose a singer/band/group — answer using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group.

1) Are you male or female? Perversonality
2) Describe yourself. Unbeliever
3) What do people feel when they're around you? Nausea
4) How would you describe your previous relationship? Nowhere
5) Describe your current relationship? Bowels Of Love
6) Where would you want to be now? Disgracelands
7) How do you feel about love? Don't Expect Roses
8) What's your life like? Deep Sleep
9) What would you ask for if you only had one wish? Die Laughing
10) Say something wise. Potato Junkie

Certain people will find this easier than others...
Right, Richard posted a poll (go vote) about the CDs on his desk, and said we should do the same. Well, this isn't exactly the CDs on my desk, it's the stack I just moved from the base of the stairs as I'm vacuuming[1]. It's basically the stuff Jennie's taken to work over the last few weeks and not put back into the CD shelves yet. So, which of them would you choose to listen to?
[Poll #1195103]
Bonus special points—6 of them are my CDs, want to guess which?
[1]You can tell I'm vacuuming, right? Definitely cleaning the house, not at all distracted and sat back at the computer again. Why she thinks I love the thing is beyond me, we got it to clear up after her filthy dogs...
Hmm, a little behind on this one[2]. How about this for a publicity stunt? The Get Out Clause[1] are a Manchester based band who, apparently, are a bit skint, so rather than hire a video producer, they wandered around Manchester with some kit and performed in front of CCTV, then used some FoI to get hold of the footage, and edit it together to get this (you might want to turn the volume down, not my sort of thing anyway):
Not a bad little video on zero budget, right? Um, well, according to a comment on the YouTube page:
They have admitted it was all a hoax a PA stunt to get them attention. Good on them it worked, It made me look.
Which makes sense, as if they haven't got the cash for a crew, they probably can't afford the £10 per request for the 80 different cameras they performed in front of, right? Still, it got them some good media coverage right?

Hmm, think the kudos for that go to their PR firm[3], who used to handle such failures as, well Oasis. Hmm, publicity stunt? I think so. Well done? I also think so.

Initially via [info]theweaselking

[1] Really shitty website. Really bad. Sorry. But their MySpace is non-ugly.

[2] Tom Watson, MP and Govt Minister wrote about them a few days back and if a Govt minister has heard of a new band before me I'm really out of touch.

[3] Whose site, will a bit bare as a site, is a damn fine example of Writing for the Web, using some interesting tricks to keep the attention of the reader.
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I'm currently in the process of sorting through, unpacking mine and combining into her shelves our CD collections. There are, naturally, many many duplicates.

I've just found a duplicate copy of White Zombie's Astro-Creep: 2000. I bought my copy in a record store in Leeds while visiting [livejournal.com profile] susanah_banana while she was studying up here.

I accept that we have similar tastes and thus have many doubled CDs. But that her copy was bought in the exact same shop?

I only came up here three times FFS, it's the other side of the country...
John Peel Gravestone
John Peel Gravestone
Steve points us at The Guardian's gravestone meme inspired by the news that John Peel's grave has a line from an Undertones song on it. The mind boggles as to why the Telegraph had a picture of the actual stone but none of the other media sources did, I assume stupidity? Anyway, the questions:
1) Which lyric would you have on your tombstone?
2) Which song has been the soundtrack to your life?
3) Do you have any suggestions for the pop-music epitaphs of world figures?
I answered on his post but, y'know, I was going to link the picture anyway because, well: Dude! John Peel!

And it is a most excellent gravestone. So I guess you want my answers, right?
Tribute to John Peel meme )

Ah well, any more takers?
Jennie made me turn this off when I played it a few minutes ago. But I think it's a little amusing.
Bad Gods | Nine Inch Noëls (and I hope this embed works):

Given that it's lyrics from Trent Reznor, including Closer, is the language warning really necessary?
Seriously. Open this link in a new window, DO NOT open it in a tab.

There now follows a poll.
[Poll #1070622]
See, I'm nice. I followed the link with no warning at all.
I have had a hectic weekend. I'll try to writ it up in parts but, well, exhausted but happy. Appears that [livejournal.com profile] davidnm and friends crossed over with myself and [livejournal.com profile] fracindy in visiting the Tate Modern Saturday evening by a matter of minutes, weird. Anyway...

[livejournal.com profile] linkfrenzy has a Doctor Who special,and the link [livejournal.com profile] drjon justifiably hasn't hyperlinked is well worth a visit.

This has been a few places already, but this is a bloody good Rammstein translation. On the subject of weirdness, Leeds University has guidelines on how to cite YouTube in an academic paper. Last up? Prettyness. I don't know much about the whole SteamPunk movement, but if the girls looks like this I might want to know more.

Edit: Extra bonus link—Victorian sex cry generator!
Beyond that, very very cool. They've got a lot more as well. (via)

My CD copy of the 1812 got lent to a complete scumbag who still owes me many things unfortunately, probably ought to get hold of a new copy at some point. I've got it on the V for Vendetta DVD so can always watch it in combination with Commons pyrotechnics so I'm not completely deprived.
EMI dumps DRM on iTunes. Is the glacier moving?

Only on iTunes, but DRM free is good regardless.

ETA: Not just on iTunes. EMI Press Release:
From today, EMI's retailers will be offered downloads of tracks and albums in the DRM-free audio format of their choice in a variety of bit rates up to CD quality. EMI is releasing the premium downloads in response to consumer demand for high fidelity digital music for use on home music systems, mobile phones and digital music players. EMI's new DRM-free products will enable full interoperability of digital music across all devices and platforms.
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

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