Week 21 – TBT 2017 – I Love Rock And Roll

Who doesnt love this track?  Very simple, very understated, yet with a catchy guitar riff and powering drums.  I know that Joan Jett didn’t do the original of this, but it’s still pretty cool. I have the picture disc album from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, though I havent listened to it in many years.  

My current band play this, and it’s a lot of fun. Best of all? I don’t have to sing it!  

Did you know that Joan Jett was in a band called The Runaways, with Michael Steele (bassist in The Bangles) and Lisa Ford? Thats something I love about music, the way that bands are interconnected. Maybe one day I’ll write about that…

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – I Love Rock And Roll

Week 20 – TBT 2017 – Waking Up

If you were to hear the intro to this song for the first time, I’m guessing that you’d think it was The Stranglers playing No More Heroes. There are more than just a few similarities, there was a legal case based on plagiarism between The Stranglers and this band, Elastica, and the four members of The Stranglers now appear on the credits for this song. 

Back in the 90s at the height of Britpop, there was urgency in guitar based bands, and Elastica was one of them. I liked their sound, and I liked their vocals. I think this is the only one of their tracks that sounds like The Stranglers (or any other band for that matter), and it retains a certain freshness. Enjoy! 

Elastica – Waking Up

Thoughts on a monster

May 6 1966. The day Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors Murderers, were jailed for life. It also happens to be the day I was born. Hindley died in 2002, and today we learn that Brady has died. 

It’s hard to comprehend that today is the first day of my life that he is not in prison.

He was force fed through a series of hunger strikes, starting in the 1990s. He wanted to die, but the courts ruled that he was mentally ill and was therefore not able to make that kind of decision rationally. 

Neither Brady or Hindley ever disclosed the location of the body of one of their victims, Keith Bennett. Keith’s mother died in 2012, having been unable to bury her son, still not knowing where he rests. It’s probably a vain hope, but I do hope that Brady has left directions to that little boy’s unmarked grave, written down somewhere. 

To me, this is the important piece. Brady may be gone, but the families of their victims will continue to suffer, as they have done for longer than I have been on the Earth. I can’t even begin to think how that must feel. I hope they can find peace now, even Keith Bennett’s family. My thoughts are with them. 

Week 19 – TBT 2017 – 7 Seconds

After last week’s Neneh Cherry special, I remembered that I loved this song too. It’s years since I’ve heard it, but it hasn’t diminished in that time. I don’t understand the lyrics other than those in English, but there’s some great alliteration in the French part I think. 

The sentiments in the song are very strong and pertinent today, particularly the anti racist ones. We should bear these in mind always. 

Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry – 7 Seconds

Just launched – security podcasts

As some of you may know, I work in Information / Cyber Security, and I run a separate website for cyber related posts. It’s called EasyCyber, and my goal is to explain cyber and related security in simple terms. Cyber affects every single one of us – you couldn’t read this message without it – so is something we all need to be aware of.

To try to make the topic even easier to understand, I’ve launched a series of podcasts so please head over and check them out.  I know that for many it’s not the most exciting of topics, but hopefully I can help change your perception of that.

Here’s the first one, subscribe to the site for free and follow me there for more simple, practical and free help.

EasyCyber – Episode 1

Week 18 – TBT 2017 – Buffalo Stance

Guilty pleasure time! I’ve included this just because I like it. I can’t remember where I was or when it was that I first heard this, and it’s not the sort of thing I typically listened to back in the day (and probably still don’t), but for some reason I enjoy the song. I like the sound of the lyrics, the flow of them, and I guess that’s what matters. I also like the spoken lyrics in the middle, for some reason. Saying that, I’ve no idea what half of them mean…

You can tell it’s an 80s track by the little bells that are going throughout, and maybe they’re one of the things that make the song: I don’t know. What do you think? 

Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance

The guy that speaks his mind

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