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  1. I did actually go to a gig with Danny Thompson on stage and Harry Shearer on my right.
  2. Another positive for Hipshot. Emailed to ask about getting some replacement intonation screws and received a full set free of charge within a couple of days.
  3. And if California slides into the ocean Like the mystics and statistics say it will I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill
  4. One from Tom Lehrer Sleep, baby, sleep, in peace may you slumber, No danger lurks, your sleep to encumber. We've got the missiles, peace to determine, And one of the fingers on the button will be German. Why shouldn't they have nuclear warheads? England says no, but they all are soreheads. I say a bygone should be a bygone, Let's make peace the way we did in Stanleyville and Saigon. Once all the Germans were warlike and mean, But that couldn't happen again. We taught them a lesson in 1918 And they've hardly bothered us since then.
  5. Wonderful song , but on a point of order, that verse is by Billy Bragg (on the original Life's a Riot with Spy vs Spy) The extra verse(s) on Kirsty's cover were "My dreams were full of strange ideas My mind was set despite my fears. But other things got in my way I never asked that boy to stay. Once upon a time at home I sat beside the telephone Waiting for someone to pull me through When at last it didn't ring I knew it wasn't you" These were also written by Billy, but adapted by Kirsty. On a related note, I'd propose "There's a guy works down the chip shop, swears he's Elvis Just like you swore to me that you'd be true There's a guy works down the chip shop, swears he's Elvis But he's a liar and I'm not sure about you."
  6. Hard Day On the Planet - Loudon Wainwright III "The dollar went down and the President's sick Who's in charge now, I don't know, take your pick. A new disease each day and the old ones are coming back..."
  7. Keep Your Distance - Richard Thompson
  8. Waiting For Columbus is a prime example of post production fixes. Still a great album though. The Rockpalast recordings from the same tour are well worth checking out.
  9. Excellent. I was only listening to the soundtrack last week.
  10. On the basis of that, I'm going to have to put off watching the video until I'm off the work computer. 😁
  11. The Mikros are excellent value for money. We got my (then) 9 year old daughter one when she was starting out. Tuners are not the highest quality but functional. Otherwise I was really impressed. She's now 12 and still playing it.
  12. The background to the recording of Werewolves http://www.waddywachtelinfo.com/Nina1.html Waddy: We were doing a lot of the record with Russ Kunkel and Bob Glaub, but when we got to “Werewolves,” we tried it with them, and it just didn't sound right. We got a decent track, but there was something lacking in it. It didn't sound stupid enough; it sounded cute. Jackson was saying, “It's really good!” and Warren and I were saying, “No, man, it's too cute. It's got to be...heavy.” So we proceeded to try five or six bands after that - Russ and Lee Sklar, Jeff Porcaro and Bob Glaub, Jeff Porcaro and Lee Sklar, Michael Botts on drums, Gary Mallaber on drums, both with different bass players - and it just wasn't working. It was getting depressing. Then, and I can't remember whose idea it was, someone mentioned Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, and I flashed, “That's it! That's who can play this flipin’ song!” So I called them, because I'd been working with Stevie and Lindsey. They came down, we set 'em up, and we did a take, and then we did a second take. After the second take, I looked at Jackson and said, “That was pretty good, wasn't it?” “Yeah, that was pretty good, but Mick doesn't quite have it yet.” Mick says, “Yeah, we don't have it yet; let's keep going.” Well, we kept going until 6 in the morning! I remember at about 5 in the morning saying to Mick, “I think we're done!” and Mick looks at me with that crazy look he gets in his eyes and sort of whispers, “We're never done, Waddy!” I thought, “stinky poo, we've got a wild one here!” So we put in another hour, and at about 7 in the morning, we were up to about take 59, and I looked at Jackson and said, “Hey Jackson, take two was pretty good, wasn't it?” He said, “Yeah, let's hear take two.” We listened to take two, and I said, “Gentlemen, thank you very much!” I sent everyone away, 'cause I really wanted to work up a great [guitar] solo. I got my sound set up, got a nice bottle of vodka. I said to Dennis Kirk [who helped engineer], “Okay, run the tape!” The solo came up; I played it. I looked at Dennis, I played it back and said, “That's it!” I didn't even get to open the vodka! Then I put a harmony on it, and it was finished. The solo took as long as it takes to hear it. Don't you just love the swear filter? 🙂
  13. AER Amp One, Two or Three Not necessarily the lightest, but this is offset by the effect on your wallet's contents.
  14. I'll put in another shout for Janis Ian Also, Anne Briggs
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