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Nobody Told Me…

January 8th, 2009

…it was New Year. Where TF did that go?

Ah well, enough of the pleasantries, like Xmas, it’s the same shit every year. But that would be rude, so Happy New Year to whoever still reads my crap these days :)

Anyway…

People moan about Farnborough, and I agree it’s not the best place in the world, not since they shut down The Tumbledown Dick. There’s no reason for this town to be the centre of the universe anymore :(

And Aldershot’s certainly no better. OK, they do have the Westy to go see gigs at, but it’s hardly a reasonable walking distance from my Fox Lane (Farnborough) home when I’ve had a skinful.

But today I went for a quick wander around the town I used to hang about in as a kid. (Well, sometimes) And what has become of The Home of The British Army? Well, for one, Aldershot still has some of it’s Victorian buildings. Other classic buildings have been utterly destroyed for bland new constructions. Bummer. And the place was dead, so so deathly quiet and a cold cold Wednesday afternoon. I spoke with some locals and they blame it on the Ministry of Defence who started moving our soldiers to Colchester some years ago. Plus it’s been -10°c here the last few nights and we have a global credit crunch incase you didn’t notice ;)

Spinna Disc Records However, if there’s one glimmer of hope in Aldershot, it’s Spinna Disc Records. They moved from Grosvenor Road to the top of Union Street some years back. I walked past the location and they were gone. However, a stroll further down Union Street and there was the shop sign… “Spinna Disc Records”.

I couldn’t help myself, I was compelled to enter the shop. Second-hand record shops are just addictive and they are so rare these days, especially outside big cities and with the advent of eBay shops and the like where I admit I’ve misspent a lot of my life buying used CDs.

My opinion on modern tunes is why should we buy new music when there’s so much old stuff that we haven’t caught up with. Have you got a copy of Argus by Wishbone Ash? Or how about Kings of Oblivion by The Pink Fairies? No? Then don’t buy any new music until you’ve tracked these LPs down, purchased them, played them and then blogged about how much you love them. Don’t thank me, thank Wishbone Ash, The Pink Fairies and the power of the Internet for allowing us to get stuck in a beautiful musical timewarp.

So in true hypocritical fashion I bought Chinese Democracy by Guns N’ Roses. Oh, and Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son. So I’m half a hypocrite… 2008 and 1988 respectively.

I admit to not really ever being a GN’R fan. A review of the controversial-covered Appetite for Destruction when it first came out, in NME back in 1987, harped on about how good the LP was, and I admit I was tempted to buy it but somehow missed out. I ended up being far more enamoured by Hawkwind and their awesome Live Chronicles LP and went more that direction in rock/metal rather than the more “glammy” GN’R route.

And then everyone started dressing like Axel Rose, drinking Jack Daniels, flipping Zippo lighters, wearing mirrored shades and trying to look (in a I’m so macho ‘cos I look like a girl sense) cool… except Axel Rose danced like a twat. And his voice got on my tits. I saw them at Donnington ’88 and wasn’t that impressed, not when Helloween, Megadeth, Dave Lee Roth and Iron Maiden were on the same bill. (But you missed out Kiss, they were there too. No they weren’t. One word – Crazy Nights. OK, that’s two, but I had more fun draining my lizard than listening to that shite)

Where was I? Oh yeah, GN’R. That wasn’t my scene, all that whiny November Rain bollocks. Sorry, but that was the most dire song ever, and video, especially to followers of bands like Kreator, Nuclear Assault and Overkill. Anyone who liked November Pain was just… I dunno, an emotional rock retard. But the point is that I heard a few tracks played from Chinese Democracy and really quite enjoyed them. I blame Planet Rock. So when I was chatting to the geezer in Spinnadisc he pointed it out. I thought yeah, why not – it’s on my list so let’s have it.

What’s it like? Well OK, I’m listening to it right now, track 13… one more to go. Yeah, it’s good. I like it. It’s slightly overproduced I feel, it has a more digital, synthesised feel to it, and I feel that some of the tracks end abruptly, or am I just not concentrating?

Axl’s voice is still the same but I think my tinnitus takes the edge of it, and at times he drops into these weird octaves that remind me of some Frank Zappa stuff around the time of Joe’s Garage Act I (try finding that on CD for a reasonable price!) The drumming sounds like a machine at times and the guitar is Slash-like, although I don’t know this line-up. Looking at the CD insert, is that a bloke with a bucket on his head? Oh how Mick Jones would laugh!

Excuse the vagueness of my music critique, I’m a bit weary, but if you’re a GN’R fan then you’ve probably already brought Chinese Rocks (YES – I’ve been dying to write that) and you must already love it (But where’s Slash, why DOES that guy have a KFC bargain bucket on his bonce?)
On the other hand, if you don’t like GN’R you may still hate them. Or maybe not. I don’t care too much ‘cos I’m getting more tired as I write this and I have to switch to my Iron Maiden CD…

…OK, it’s in.

[And Seventh Son would sound great if I weren't stuck on this stupid interactive CD autoboot... Come on, Winamp, read the bastard. OK. Sorted. Ooh, memories of '87/'88]

So if you don’t live anywhere near Aldershot or even plan to visit within the next month, then go ahead and buy stuff off Amazon or, better still, go support your local 2nd-hand record shop. If you DO plan to be in North East Hampshire very soon, then I highly recommend a trip to Spinna Disc at 16 Union Street, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1EG. Not only are there loads of CDs, but he has TONS of LPs and is a really nice chap, so go and grab some old tunes from one of our locals.

Right, talking of Slash, I need the toilet…

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  1. BeckyBumbleFuck
    January 8th, 2009 at 03:57 | #1

    With a name like “Chinese Democracy” it makes me wonder what Axl Rose is wailing about these days…?

    And my other question is not meant to be written here. :)

    I’m still laughing about the phrase “emotional rock retard”….I think you’ve coined something good….

  2. Lever
    January 8th, 2009 at 16:51 | #2

    My BBFK: Well the eponymously-titled opening track mentions masturbation AND an iron fist, so it’s probably best not to wonder too much :o

    What was your other question, sweet?

    Emotional Rock Retard is probably just EMO… you know… “it’s my hormones and I’ll cry if I want to” *Stabby rip stab stab!* ;)

  3. BeckyBumbleFuck
    January 8th, 2009 at 23:39 | #3

    *covered giggle* Aw, gotta love the masturbation songs. It brings me back to my DJing days when I would do my darndest to assemble an entire wanking playlist. It inevitably involved Liz Phair, Cyndi Lauper, The Divinyls…and of course was all about ladies killing the kitten, ’cause my show featured female artists. :)

    My other question, was in a similar vein of thought…

    And I enjoyed that link :) (Who thought stab could be cute? It just proves that “ie”/”y” can transform any word….

  4. rebekah
    January 9th, 2009 at 20:17 | #4

    heh i liked appetite for destruction when i was a kid, but i think mostly only because it bugged my mom… i would NOT buy or listen to Chinese Democracy if someone paid me. Seriously.

    I think there’s a general lack of really good record shops in my area. I pretty much exclusively purchase LPs and the occasional single song off Itunes, but newer music isn’t doing that much for me right now. there’s a few decent things out there, but they’re few and far between.

    i still read your stuff btw. you just dont update so much. oh well. :) neither do i really…

  5. Lever
    January 10th, 2009 at 00:08 | #5

    My BBFK: I dunno if it’s masturbation per se, just 2x of the things I heard in there… selective hearing I guess ;)

    Shame The Buzzcocks weren’t girls aye? Then you could’ve played Orgasm Addict :D

    I love that vid.

    Rebekah: Hello mate :)I need to have a word with you about things, so expect a message from me…

    It’s OK, you can listen to my CD, I do quite like it.

    I know *exactly* what you mean about new music… it’s OK but there’s so much amazing old vinyl out there… I keep meaning to immerse myself in Bob Dylan and more Beatles. My mum was well into all that, so I should relive some of my childhood in those departments :)

    I know. I’ve been crap at writing until recently. I blame it being into too many things and by trying to stay organised… music blog here, design blog there, eco blog elsewhere… plus not being able to cruise the night like I used to and visit everybody else… it’s all about 2 way traffic not just writing and hoping people will visit :) life’s kinda silly. But there will be a time when I catch up, I hope… might win the lottery or something and become a man of leisure…

  6. rebekah
    January 11th, 2009 at 04:15 | #6

    ah, i’m not complaining. i’ve been crap at blogging anything interesting. at least you do stuff :D

    uh oh. a word… am i gonna get reprimanded for something … :X

  7. Lever
    January 11th, 2009 at 11:27 | #7

    Mate, I only do stuff ‘cos I’d go nuts if I did nothing. And shopping in Aldershot is hardly cool, but it beats sitting in and watching the same old shit on TV – 1000 channels and it’s repeats, the same shitty ads and sometimes *nothing* worth watching.

    I’ll catch you in a bit, just to keep the susp…

  8. January 14th, 2009 at 10:24 | #8

    I notice that your blue skies are now grey, Mr Lever…

  9. January 15th, 2009 at 12:18 | #9

    Mummy Crit, I was so desperately unhappy with Blogger and its idiosyncrasies that I just leapt straight into WordPress and grabbed a decent base template… when there’s an opportunity I’ll blue it up again. I promise ;)

  10. January 18th, 2009 at 21:57 | #10

    Hello mate, good to see you “up and running” again, with new bloggy toys to play with.

    Fully understand the reasons behind not blogging, have the same sort of “life” interruptions myself. I try and blog once a week at least, but sometimes it’s just not practical.

    Interestingly I heard Chinese Democracy on Planet Rock and took the plunge. I have never been an out and out fan of GnR so I took the chance. I was more than plesantly surprised. I agree with you on the over production, but I have been very impressed with the collection of sounds they have got on there. Then again it took a long time and a lot of dosh! I’ve had it in the car all last week, and have not grown bored of it, so that’s saying something I guess.

    Love to all, Yerself, BBFK, Noel and Rebekah ;-)

  11. January 20th, 2009 at 12:23 | #11

    Eh??.. I’m sure I left a long reply here over the weekend? Where did it go??

    Briefly I said that I love the new GnR CD. I was never a big fan of the “real” earlier stuff, but this one I do like for its musical variety.

  12. January 20th, 2009 at 12:24 | #12

    Bloody Hell… it just appeared whan I posted the one above!! WTF???… ah it’s awaiting moderation.. just read the small print ;-)

  13. January 21st, 2009 at 01:56 | #13

    Hey Brom,

    Sorry I locked you out… just getting used to the comment moderation myself and had a crazy week at work already!

    Ah, good that you’re listening to Chinese Bombs too (oh, wait… THAT was a track by Blur) and I should throw it in the car too, except I’m not road legal until I get another exhaust fitted and then the MOT; but that’s another story.

    Funnily enuff I haven’t listened to the GNR CD since… looks like slacking isn’t restricted to the blogosphere ;)

    Love to you and the Bromites too :D

  14. rebekah
    January 22nd, 2009 at 17:30 | #14

    hey tell brom i said ‘poke poke’ and ‘heeeeey’.

    i switched to wordpress, too. :: high five :: we’re awesome.

  15. January 27th, 2009 at 19:53 | #15

    Show me your WordPress blog, I need to read it and link to it =)

  16. rebekah
    January 29th, 2009 at 23:35 | #16

    antisocialtendencies.wordpress.com

    soooo original and new :P

    last i visited this site it told me you were having bandwidth problems! glad you got that straightened out, whatever it was!

  17. January 31st, 2009 at 11:00 | #17

    OK, gotcha. You’re on the blogroll now :) Oh, and get yourself a gravatar for the email address you use to post here and use your blog’s URL too ;)

  18. rebekah
    February 1st, 2009 at 04:46 | #18

    sweet! i’m commenting to test this gravatar thing … how’s it look?

  19. February 3rd, 2009 at 04:22 | #19

    Hmm… no sign as yet…

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