Saturday, 4 January 2014

Zoned Out

A couple of photos of the Royal Green Jackets in Belfast, some time pre-1976, from the IWM site:

Fascinating mainly for the overwhelming depiction of entropy - there's nothing in these pictures that doesn't seem to be falling apart. Even the soldiers look shabby, the officer in the foreground in some kind of trance.

How strange, the 20th Century.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Yeah these yearly blogathons wouldn't be the same without at least one appearance from AC/DC. If you have a peerless, an epochal, a superlative riff, it's always best to give it a little, almost cheeky, oddly lugubrious  intro of its own as if to say,  every time you play it, well, here we all are again old friends, what more could we have asked for than this?

Friday, 27 December 2013

In response to Philzone. Im not saying Smoke on the Water is the best rock intro, instead I think it is in the category of "best intro that leads to a disappointing song" i.e. blues-rock-by-numbers growling. One of those tunes that seems to have invented just for the purpose of sampling. How many times has the opening been used on soundtracks, commercials, title sequences only for the vocals to be faded out?

[Pere Lebrun had a pithy description of the song on twitter, but I can't find it now.]