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  • The Open (within limits) Thread Cocktail Party


    by Clairwil
    1st December, 2006 at 11:28 am    

    Hello,
    I realise that for some of you me filling in for Katy must be a bit like turning up to see Snow White only to find that she’s been replaced by The Wicked Queen.

    Nevertheless Katy is taking a well earned rest so you’re all stuck with me until normal service is resumed. If we all follow a few simple rules I feel certain we shall all get along famously.

    Before I move on to happier things let me explain why I have placed limits on this thread. My first reason is that I fully intend to place a curse on anyone who mentions The Middle East, particularly the bits mentioned in The Bible. All politics, death, war, injustice, drudgery and ‘issues’ are banned. This thread is for acting the giddy goat, levity , mad plans, schemes, delusions of grandeur and heartwarming tales about orphans rescued by heroic animals. Willies may only be waved in joy, arses displayed in fun and angry vaginas regain your tempers. This is a silly thread for cheerful people, we will not tolerate the mounting of soap boxes here.

    Now allow me to slip out my schoolmarm’s outfit and into something more comfortable. Well gosh this is a bit like that moment when you’ve met someone new and run out of things to talk about and already I’ve disrobed. No wonder I feel shy. So much so that I am giving the monitor bashful Diana eyes. Shake yourselves a cocktail and come and mingle on the patio.

    Can anyone make my day by telling me an amusing tale? What hilarious scrapes have you all been getting into this week? Any plans for the weekend?

    My plans for the weekend include lunch, wine, reading, tormenting Mr Clairwil, shouting at assorted broadsheets, a spot of writing and a rummage in the charity shops.

    I’m off now, by the time I return I will be weighed down with old curtains, broken lamps and pensioners handbags. Theres a good chance I might be slightly pissed. May it comfort you all to know that I’m happy.


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    1. Chairwoman — on 1st December, 2006 at 12:24 pm  

      I’ll start with a Margharita and move on to a Bloody Maria, as a retired rock chick, I love my Tequila, but only in moderation. Thank you.

      It’s been a good day for me so far. My ‘magic chair’ has arrived. This will leave me considerably much less dependent on Katy and Little Brother, so we can all stop screaming at each other.

      Tomorrow we’re off to Calais for a little festive shopping. for us, it’s not for the booze, we won’t buy a lot, but for mayonnaise, olive oil, cornichons, cheese, pate etc., not to mention wonderful cuts of meat and delicious poultry. We stock the freezer.

      Things weren’t so good for Little Brother last night. Hed works one evening a week at a club, and there was a shooting. As he would say, Not good.

      If I can think of anything funny, I’ll be back later.

    2. Jai — on 1st December, 2006 at 12:35 pm  

      Specially for Jagdeep, Funkg, and other Prince fans (and I was a major one during my university days)…..

      Archive of over 120 videos (both music vids and live performances) here: http://www.dailymotion.com/pacouli/1

      (Apparently The Purple One went after Youtube with his lawyers earlier this year and made them remove that website’s own archive of his work).

      A classic live performance for real Prince connoiseurs: http://www.dailymotion.com/pacouli/video/xhlvq_prince-joy-in-repetition-live

      (Watch out for the superb guitar solo at the end).

      …..And since this is Clairwil’s cocktail party, here’s an appropriate party-orientated vid from The Man himself: http://www.dailymotion.com/pacouli/video/xgyea_prince-partyman

    3. Jai — on 1st December, 2006 at 12:43 pm  

      And yes I know “connoisseur” has two S’s, dammit ;) Damn typos…..Check out that vid for an example of his more obscure high-end work anyway. I once saw a superb version of that song taken from his ’90 Nude tour but I can’t find a clip anywhere on Google…..There used to be a vid of ‘The Question of U’ from the same tour but Youtube had had to remove it.

      He’s an outstanding live performer anyway, as anyone who’s been to one of his concerts (or seen televised footage) will confirm. And of course, “unplugged” stuff by many musicians is frequently brilliant, even more so than the original album versions.

    4. Sunny — on 1st December, 2006 at 1:20 pm  

      The weekend starts early!

    5. Leon — on 1st December, 2006 at 1:33 pm  

      My plans are relaxation, gaming, films and the entire season two of Lost (which I picked up for the excellent price of £8).:)

    6. Sid — on 1st December, 2006 at 1:48 pm  

      I’ll be splicing 3 minute videos of the kids using the new SquarePusher and Outkast albums. I’m quite good at digital editing with Adobe Premiere now.
      Saturday night will see me blissed out watching my old faves like “Battle of Algiers” again. (Happiness is a warm bong.)
      Sunday, I’m buying floor tiles for the kitchen Mrs Sid and I are rehauling. Welsh slate or Italian marble?

      Might be going to the Prof Sen lecture at the British Museum tonight.

    7. Sunny — on 1st December, 2006 at 1:53 pm  

      I’m gonna be sooooooooo busy this weekend. Have stuff to go to tonight and tomorrow but I’ve got so much work to catch up on :(

    8. Raju — on 1st December, 2006 at 2:04 pm  

      Sid, that’s a bloody good idea — I am going to learn all that moviemaker technology and do some good films of the kids — I have it all on the computer but have never got round to learning it! Shall mess around at some point this weekend.

      Thanks for the Prince links Jai!

    9. ZinZin — on 1st December, 2006 at 4:31 pm  

      Leon were did purchase the said item? Also i have been give the a DVD with the first three episodes of the new series. Up yours murdoch. I don’t have sky thats why i am so happy.

    10. sonia — on 1st December, 2006 at 4:32 pm  

      hey clairwil i like the sound of the cocktail party! am trying to wrap up work so i can dash home then have a dip in the jacuzzi and then go crash some house parties :-)

    11. Leon — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:03 pm  

      Leon were did purchase the said item?

      I er get season 1&2 for £16 from shall we say an alternative dvd retailer.;) Perfect copies though even included the bonus disc for each season!:D

    12. sonia — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:18 pm  

      hey sid if you go to the lecture tonight do let us know how you got on! id love to go but am too busy.

      http://sonia.pickledpolitics.com/2006/12/01/amartya-sen-on-bengal-and-multiple-identities/

    13. El Cid — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:39 pm  

      Sid,
      When it comes to tiles, there’s only one country you should be heading to and that is Spain. Even the Italians import their material from “us” before re-exporting. These people have a decent selection:
      http://www.spanish-tilecompany.co.uk/
      I going off to sulk now.

    14. El Cid — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:44 pm  

      And Chairwoman,
      I can’t believe you’re going to Calais for chicken!!
      Ain’t you got a good butcher?

    15. Sid — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:49 pm  

      Thanks El Cid. I know that shop and I’ll be going there.

    16. El Cid — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:56 pm  

      I’ve stopped sulking now.
      This is from The Quaterly magazine, which came with today’s The Week: Classic cocktails from James Bond movies. I think it is in keeping with the thread.

      The Vesper (Casino Royale)
      3 measure of Gordons
      1 measure of vodka
      1/2 measure of Lillet vermouth
      large lemon peel

      The Americano (View to a kill “One cannot drink seriously in a French cafe”)
      1 measure Campari
      1 measure Cinzano (assume it’s rosso)
      Perrier soda water
      1 large lemon peel, ICE

      Vodka martini (Dr No, et al)
      Vodka
      splash of dry vermouth
      twist of lemon peel

      Negroni (For your eyes only)
      1 measure of gin
      1 measure of campari
      1 measure of Cinzano
      ice, lemon

      Old fashioned (Thunderball)
      1 tsp castor sugar
      3 dashes of angoistura bitters
      squeezde of orange juice
      1 measure fo bourbon
      1 slice of orange
      1 maraschino cherry

    17. Clairwil — on 1st December, 2006 at 5:57 pm  

      ‘And Chairwoman,
      I can’t believe you’re going to Calais for chicken!!
      Ain’t you got a good butcher?’

      I don’t know what things are like where the Chairwoman lives but if it’s anything like my neck of the woods she probably had lots of good butchers until Tesco opened.

    18. El Cid — on 1st December, 2006 at 6:02 pm  

      Know what you mean Clairwil
      I’m lucky we have a couple of good old fashioned ones near me (ain’t they making a comeback?)

    19. Clairwil — on 1st December, 2006 at 6:05 pm  

      Some jolly links

      http://www.holymoly.co.uk/mailout.html
      http://www.thefridayproject.co.uk/tft/

    20. Chairwoman — on 1st December, 2006 at 6:18 pm  

      We have an excellent kosher butcher, they’re Sephardi, and do lots of North African and Middles Eastern meat things. They’re the only place I know in the UK where you can get decent Merguez. And the chicken’s good too. But Clairwil’s right, no ‘ordinary’ butcher for miles. We have Waitrose just round the corner, but you need to take out insurance just to look at their website!

      No, it’s the beef and duck in France that’s not only good quality, but better cuts than we have here and almost half the price.

    21. El Cid — on 1st December, 2006 at 6:20 pm  

      Please tell me what you got when you get back so that I can compare prices

    22. Chairwoman — on 1st December, 2006 at 6:45 pm  

      Will do :-)

    23. William — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:03 pm  

      I must be boring!! even more boring coz not doing anything interesting and can’t thnk of anything interesting to say.

      The highlight of my weekend so far is buying a t shirt today. Primark have just opened a local store. They have some good cheap long sleeved t shirts for just four pounds. There were two colours I liked, beige and red. Coudn’t decide between beige or red so just stood there for ages trying to decide. Walked away for a while then walked back and stood trying to decide between beige or red. Still undecided I thought of asking and assistant to decide for me. So I stood for a while thinking shall I ask an assistant.
      Couldn’t decide so walked away for a while. Went back and tried to decide beige or red. Getting a tad frustrated by this time I just grabbed red and walked off quick before I changed my mind. Phew!!

    24. Rakhee — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:04 pm  

      *MOMENT OF EXCITEMENT*

      I’m still in LA and saw Morgan Freeman in a black Mercedes at the Four Seasons yesterday! I don’t normally get excited seeing celebrities, but that man, I mean, what a DON.

    25. Rakhee — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:06 pm  

      William - what is wrong with you?! Why didn’t you just buy both? *scrathes head in complete bemusement*

    26. Rakhee — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

      Sorry, I do know how to spell scratch.

    27. William — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:21 pm  

      Rakhee

      Shortage of funds at the moment and had also to buy some track suite bottoms.

    28. William — on 1st December, 2006 at 7:23 pm  

      Jai

      Prince is great. Some great videos there.
      But of course he does copy Jimi Hendrix with some of his body movements while playing guitar eh!!!!

    29. Rakhee — on 1st December, 2006 at 8:14 pm  

      Well then you made the right decision. Red is far more striking, provided the tracksuit bottoms were not bright pink.

    30. William — on 1st December, 2006 at 8:16 pm  

      Rahkee

      Hey I can’t spell either suite should be suit

      this means we can relate!!!!!

    31. Larry Teabag — on 1st December, 2006 at 8:20 pm  

      “Willies may only be waved in joy, arses displayed in fun”

      Coincidentally, that precisely describes my plans for the week-end.

    32. Rakhee — on 1st December, 2006 at 8:26 pm  

      Hurrah, have found a fellow spelling error junkie.

    33. Chairwoman — on 1st December, 2006 at 9:29 pm  

      El Cid - we’ve postponed till Tuesday, but will post shopping information on return.

    34. Nyrone — on 1st December, 2006 at 11:58 pm  

      Prince = Art

      I have pretty much everything he’s ever released.

      What are some of your fav songs Jai?
      Mine are: Avalanche, Had U, My name is Prince, Tangerine, she’s always in my hair, Joy in Repetition, God created woman, Starfish and Coffee, 3 Chains o Gold and Rasberry Beret.

      I love the piano album he released…that was like 2003, the same time I saw him Live in London Hammersmith (where he tore up the stage like a demon)
      I also loved under the cherry moon stuff and his ‘news’ album…..

    35. Anas — on 2nd December, 2006 at 4:13 pm  

      Talking of art, it turns out Leonardo Da Vinci might have been half Arab:

      http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1962373,00.html

    36. El Cid — on 2nd December, 2006 at 5:24 pm  

      Purple Rain, Money don’t Matter, 1999,

    37. Jai — on 2nd December, 2006 at 5:33 pm  

      William,

      =>”But of course he does copy Jimi Hendrix with some of his body movements while playing guitar eh!!!!”

      Yes, he does. Prince doesn’t hide the fact that he’s influenced by Hendrix and also James Brown; in the case of the latter it’s very obvious with regards to some of the “microphone acrobatics” he does, along with doing the splits etc just like James Brown.

      Nyrone,

      =>”What are some of your fav songs Jai?”

      Difficult to say — the guy’s so prolific and I haven’t bought one of his albums since “The B-Sides” (which shows you how out of touch I am). Out of the songs you’ve listed, I like “Joy in Repetition” the most.

      I used to be nuts about The Black Album although that may have been partly due to the fact that it hadn’t been officially released at the time; depending on how old you are, you may remember the subversive thrill of having a copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy-of-a-bootleg version ;) Generally I like the albums Sign O’ The Times and Diamonds & Pearls the most, although most of his stuff has been very good (more or less), and the “rawer” aspects of The Black Album still made it excellent too.

      I was at his Symbol concert in Wembley Stadium in ’93 and had a great time, although I’m told that the Diamonds & Pearls tour was better. I’ve seen the Sign O’ The Times concert video which Jagdeep linked an extract from recently, but personally I enjoyed the video of the Lovesexy Live tour much more; I have the latter on VHS somewhere — parts 1 & 2 — the one with the distinctly auntie-unfriendly dodgy cover, and found his live perfomances of 1999, Let’s Go Crazy and The Cross in particular to be superb.

      As mentioned before, I’ve seen some footage of his ’90 Nude tour as well and thought it was brilliant, particularly the low-key, heavily-blues-inspired live versions of Joy in Repetition and The Question of U. I am also going to go out on a limb and say that I actually really liked the Graffiti Bridge album, although I haven’t seen the movie.

    38. William — on 2nd December, 2006 at 6:01 pm  

      Turn the guitars to up to 11

      It seems that now there is a thriving death metal scene in Mumbai. Bands even have names like Demonic Resurrection. Even the typeface on the
      Album cover is like European gothic.

      The irony is the first band I ever saw was Black Sabbath when I was 14. Think it cost me 80 pence. Over the years I have got to like all kinds of
      Music through exposure etc. These days one of my favourite all time Singers is Lata Mangeshkar. Have built a collection of about 70 songs some which must be among the best songs ever written. Would this make me an old fuddy duddy with some of the youth of Mumbai.

      I await the Bollywood version of Spinal Tap

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonic_Resurrection
      http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=20038

    39. The Ill Man — on 2nd December, 2006 at 6:21 pm  

      Mines a Rum and Tizer!

      No real hangover from last night to speak of, though I did nearly puke in the cab home. Went to the football and almost lost the will to live. Might head into town take some photos in George Square.

    40. Anas — on 2nd December, 2006 at 6:24 pm  

      Woah, yet another Glaswegian?

    41. El Cid — on 2nd December, 2006 at 6:29 pm  

      Funny enough, my hungover improved noticeably after the footy :)

    42. The Ill Man — on 2nd December, 2006 at 9:51 pm  

      You obviously don’t watch Partick Thistle for yr sins mate ;)

    43. William — on 2nd December, 2006 at 10:00 pm  

      I was born in Durmbarton. That’s close enough to Glasgow.

    44. The Ill Man — on 3rd December, 2006 at 12:19 am  

      Too close some would say…………..;D

      I jest.

    45. Desi Italiana — on 3rd December, 2006 at 2:41 am  

      El Cid #16-

      How about some recipes for sweet alcoholic drinks….?

    46. Desi Italiana — on 3rd December, 2006 at 2:51 am  

      Oh, what am I doing this weekend….

      I need a time out. Last weekend for Thanksgiving, I went to hang out with my Punjabi family, and I need recovery time. All I did was drink and eat. Boy, Punjabi cuisine is heavy compared to Gujju food. Also, the uncles and I drank everyday, and I went to bed every night with a wee too much alcohol in my system and woke up with a hangover for 6 days consecutive.

      Being drunk and listening to old Kishore Kumar songs is something that no one should be subjected to.

      Also, I had the pleasure of being the priests who listens to drunken confessions.

      So tonight my friends are taking me out for drinks to celebrate something good that just happened to me.

    47. Desi Italiana — on 3rd December, 2006 at 3:23 am  

      I would like to share something with all of you.

      When I was backpacking in Italy in 2000, I met a group of 4 Scottish girls. They were very kind and nice, except for one thing: I couldn’t understand a word they said. Here we were, all native English speakers, speaking the same language, but it felt as if we were talking in two different languages. Initially I kept saying, “Excuse me, what did you say?”

      In the end, I just stopped asking and nodded my head in agreement with a big smile plastered on my face.

    48. William — on 3rd December, 2006 at 8:50 am  

      Desi Italiana

      I woulda lika toa shara somathing with you!

      I am told by my mom that I had a Scottish accent as a kid. However the last time I went to visit relatives in Scotland I could not understand a word. After two weeks I started to understand better, then I had to come home.

    49. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 10:56 am  

      To be honest Desi, I tried a Negroni on Friday night. Not really my cup of tea, I have to say. (yuk)
      You can’t really beat a refreshing Gin n Tonic as the sun slinks away on a long summer’s day or a Bloody Mary at any time.
      I’ll do a little research later…

    50. Barbara Meinhoff — on 3rd December, 2006 at 1:07 pm  

      I would have thought that Friday being World AIDS Day was at least worth a mention?

    51. Katy — on 3rd December, 2006 at 5:02 pm  

      I realise that for some of you me filling in for Katy must be a bit like turning up to see Snow White only to find that she’s been replaced by The Wicked Queen.

      Or possibly more a case of “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” :D

    52. Leon — on 3rd December, 2006 at 5:34 pm  

      There’s this excellent tune by the Chemical Brothers called Surface to Air. Highly recommended.:)

    53. Sahil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:35 pm  

      Chairwoman are you here??? You have to tell us the stories, so are you still in contact with Jimmy Page????

    54. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:38 pm  

      No I haven’t seen him for years, and I must be honest since the Chairman shuffled off this mortal coil, which was 8 years ago, I’ve lost complete track of the music business.

      What would you like me to tell you?

    55. Sahil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:42 pm  

      Anything, like what he was like, or how the other band mates were, I heard that Robert Plant was hired from the Yardbirds. I mean like was he nice (yes I know vauge), but was were the guys as big characters as the legend portrays???? I’m not really picky anything interesting which you saw in them. Thanks!!!!!!

    56. Sahil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:44 pm  

      He He , I’m listening to communication breakdown right now :)

    57. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:46 pm  

      I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you a few of the bands that I’ve seen, and will prepare a proper post about things musical generally over on my blog tomorrow.

      I have seen: Jimi Hendrix (who I also met), The Who, The Stones, Beatles, King Crimson, Ray Charles, Deep Purple (I also knew Mr Blackmore), Cream, Blind Faith, Four Tops, Temptations, The Eagles, Everly Brothers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Simon and Garfunkle, The Beach Boys, Roxy Music, to name but a few.

      As a child, Katy was a well-known little figure backstage at sound checks.

    58. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:48 pm  

      Jimmy was a really nice guy. Quiet, clever, middle class, with some unusual interests. Robert Plant is different but I only know that by reputation.

    59. Sahil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:52 pm  

      Will you post tomorrow?? I’ll definately be there. KATY damn you, you are sooo lucky!!!!!!! The great thing about what you said about Jimmy was that he had unusual interest!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!! I think I have to go study, or I’ll probably fail. Thanks for cheering me UP :)

    60. Desi Italiana — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:55 pm  

      William:

      “I am told by my mom that I had a Scottish accent as a kid. However the last time I went to visit relatives in Scotland I could not understand a word.”

      Phew… then I am not the only one :)

      El Cid:

      “I tried a Negroni on Friday night. Not really my cup of tea, I have to say. (yuk)”

      Yuk?! I LIKE Negroni (if I’m not mistaken what it actually is).

      I have a sweet tooth, and I like sweet things, including drinks. The problem is that I’ll down a sweet drink really fast, and then I’ll get plastered quick (I’m tiny and don’t handle lots of alcohol). Like I’ll finish two Mojitos in no time (10 minutes) and then spend the rest of the evening floating around in a daze.

      Doesn’t stop me from drinking Mojitos and the like the next time around.

    61. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:57 pm  

      Mojitos. Now you’re talking.
      Caipirinhas too.

    62. Clairwil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 6:59 pm  

      Chairwman,
      You’ve reminded me of a tale my mother casually dropped into conversation a few years back. I’d been in my room listening to some Jimi Hendrix when my mother announced she’d seen him browsing the racks in Frasers in Glasgow during the late sixties. I was well impressed ‘what did you say to him mum?’ I asked. You can imagine my disappointment at the reply ‘Oh nothing, I just thought there’s that idiot Hendrix and went back to my shopping.’

    63. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 7:04 pm  

      Fucking hell, Chairwoman, you met Hendrix!??!

    64. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 7:07 pm  

      Here are a few I have seen:
      Santana, Brother Johnson, Chaka Khan & Rufus, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder, Dennis Brown, Roy Ayres, Earth Wind & Fire, Paul Weller, Black Uhuru, Tribe Called Quest, The Temptations, Massive Attack, Maze, Prince … plus several more.
      However, I have never met any of these legends.

    65. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

      Clairwil - When we were young, it was quite normal for very famouse people just to go about their daily business just like everybody else. I find it very sad that these days ‘stars’ only leave their homes accompanied by a group of large men with shaved in sunglasses.

    66. Douglas Clark — on 3rd December, 2006 at 7:18 pm  

      This is becoming a strangely Scottish blog. It used to be Asian, once upon a time. As a Glaswergian, I once met a lassie from Fife, who was Asian. After a while, I realised she’d a Fife accent. Took me about as long to tune in as it would have to a white Fife accent. Bloody foreigners. All of them.

      Personally, I think the Glaswegian accent is superior to that of any other. It should be adopted by the BBC as the only accent worth having. Jeremy Paxton should be replaced by Chirsty Wark, despite her Kelvinside vowels. Chirsty Young should get a bit more EK speak into her dialogue. Once we have achieved media domination, we can move the true debate forward.

      Why are the Metropolitan elite able to express their strangualated impotence as some sort of ecstacy?

    67. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 7:25 pm  

      Anas - I saw his first real London gig at the Bag of Nails, I think it was 1967. I’ve also sat at his table more than once. Off-stage he was quietly spoken and totally unassuming.

    68. Katy — on 3rd December, 2006 at 8:29 pm  

      Mum’s best friend GOT OFF with Hendrix!!!!!!

    69. Katy — on 3rd December, 2006 at 8:30 pm  

      oh poo, I am going to post that again:

      Mum’s best friend GOT OFF with Hendrix!!!!!

    70. Katy — on 3rd December, 2006 at 8:31 pm  

      ARGH

      I had amusing mock HTML code in there about lurking and delurking, but you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was funny.

      *lurks*

    71. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 8:31 pm  

      Oh, so that is who John Paul Jones is!
      While not an avid follower of Led Zep, I am aware of their music through my big sis. And yes, I do recall a better than average bassline. What was that tune? Yes, The Bridge. I liked that one from the off.
      But surely when it comes to the best bass players in the world, you got to be looking over at the jazz and funk section of the music spectrum.
      Jaco Pastorious, Louis “thunder thumbs” Johnson, Stanley Clarke….
      Still, wikipedia says JPJ did more than play bass.

    72. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:00 pm  

      Is it true what they say about his…y’know?

    73. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:04 pm  

      nah, it was like throwing a woodbine down oxford street

    74. William — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:09 pm  

      El Cid seen Santana!!! Chairwoman seen Hendrix.
      I am envious. You are both swines. But Chairwoman if you have met Hendrix then you are a bigger swine than yourself and El Cid put together!!!!

      Chairwoman also new Blackmore.

      Wonder if people can guess I am an aging guitar player fan.

    75. William — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:13 pm  

      Chairwoman

      “Clairwil - When we were young, it was quite normal for very famouse people just to go about their daily business just like everybody else. I find it very sad that these days ’stars’ only leave their homes accompanied by a group of large men with shaved in sunglasses. ”

      I agree. Robert Plant was local to Wolverhampton. In the 70′s he used to just drink in the pubs and go to the nighclubs there. The last time I spotted him he was asking directions to Macdonalds. He was with a small boy so I assume he was taking one of his kids there. Looks dead old now though.

    76. Chairwoman — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:17 pm  

      El cid - I am delighted to see that the language of romance is not dead.

    77. William — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:30 pm  

      Douglas

      I agree that the Scottish accent has a nice sound. Dead sexy on women. I once thought all this about accents was entirely subjective. But it seems the Wolverhampton accent is irredeemable. A while ago I made freinds with a recently arrived Korean woman who thought it was horrible. Also my freinds wife is Jewish, from Miami and lives in Wolverhampton with their small son. If I mention that he might pick up a Wolves accent she says ‘oh no way please’!!!

      Fortunately with many of us inhabitants it is not necessarily strong. So ol jus leev yo lot a fura bit n tek me t eert the uven

    78. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:36 pm  

      I’d like to quote the lyrics of my fave Hendrix songs (“One Rainy Wish”) just cause they’re so lovely:

      Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
      Not too long ago
      A misty blue and the lillac too
      A never to grow old.

      A there you were under the tree of song
      Sleeping so peacefully
      In your hand a flower played
      A waiting there for me.

      I have never
      Laid eyes on you
      Not like a before
      This timeless day
      A but you walked and ya ha
      Once smiled my name
      And you stole
      My heart away
      A stole my heart away little girl, yeah
      All right !

      Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
      Not too long ago
      Misty blue and lillac too
      A never to grow old.

      Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
      Misty blue and lillac too
      Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
      Misty blue and lillac too
      Gold and rose, gold are rose, gold and rose.

      It’s only a dream
      I’d love to tell somebody about this dream
      The sky was filled with a thousand stars
      While the sun kissed the mountains blue
      And eleven moons played across rainbows
      Above me and you.
      Gold and rose the color of the velvet walls surround us.

    79. El Cid — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:36 pm  

      I try to please

    80. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:36 pm  

      oops, one of my fave Hendrix songs

    81. Clairwil — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:37 pm  

      I love accents. It’s certain tones that make me see red. I cannot abide ‘whiny’.

    82. William — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:42 pm  

      Anas

      (”One Rainy Wish”)

      One of my favourites as well. Amazingly beautiful watery guitar work. Many people remember for his loud stuff but this was just as good. Yeah he could write poetically as well!!!

    83. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 9:50 pm  

      Yeah, William it’s just such a beautiful, wistful song. Axis:Bold as Love has a few such gems.

    84. Leon — on 3rd December, 2006 at 10:55 pm  

      Never really been a big Hendrix fan really, had some very heated arguements about his “talent” with mates, suffice to say they think I’m nuts…

    85. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 11:18 pm  

      suffice to say they’re right

    86. Anas — on 3rd December, 2006 at 11:34 pm  

      This is funny as fuck if you remember the original video from back in the day:

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=o9OvdaDuanQ

    87. sonia — on 4th December, 2006 at 11:16 am  

      57 - Chairwoman - :-) you’ve got some funky stories to tell i bet…!

    88. Jagdeep — on 4th December, 2006 at 3:30 pm  

      Chairwoman

      Years ago, in the mists of time, when I was a young student in London in the early 1990′s, I was walking to my then girlfriends flat in North London, and saw Robert Plant standing outside a recording studio. My brother had inflicted Led Zep on me from an early age so I recognised him, we nodded at each other, and I offered him an opal fruit, which I had an addiction to in those days. He made me pull out three because he wanted a strawberry flavoured one, and we chatted about music (I asked him if the Zep would ever be reforming and he chatted about the old days and said that you can’t recreate the past), football (he is a Black Country boy like William and Unity and supports Wolverhampton Wanderers) and India, as he is a big fan of Indian music. We spoke for about 15 minutes as he took a break from rehearsals on a nice sunny summers days. Absolutely top man, so down to earth and friendly, what a dude, rock and roll legend, but a great, great generous and cool man too.

    89. Jagdeep — on 4th December, 2006 at 3:41 pm  

      That also mean that according to Six Degrees Of Separation I am only 3 handshakes away from Aunty Chairwoman :-)

    90. Chairwoman — on 4th December, 2006 at 4:37 pm  

      As I said earlier, people of my age, and that incudes rock stars, are still accustomed to living ‘normal’ lives. It’s the Americans who have inflated opinions of themselves.

      For example, if you’re working on a Barry Manilow tour and you inadvertently pass him on his way to the stage, you must turn your back until he’s passed. Diana Ross has to be addressed as ‘Miss Ross’, and like The Queen, must not be spoken to unless she has spoken first.

      I know that one isn’t allowed in the same lift as Shirley Bassey, but she’s a different kind of artiste, and is charming otherwise.

    91. Leon — on 4th December, 2006 at 5:30 pm  

      suffice to say they’re right

      Well, as they say, there’s no accounting for taste (or extreme lack of it in their case).:P

    92. Sahil — on 4th December, 2006 at 6:26 pm  

      Hi chairwoman, read your blog but could not post a comment, I don’t have a blogger ID. Waiting for a great post!

    93. Sahil — on 4th December, 2006 at 6:26 pm  

      Jagdeep I just saw you post. As I said to Katy, DAMN YOU!!!! :)

    94. Desi Italiana — on 4th December, 2006 at 7:48 pm  

      Ah, Hendrix Smendrix.

      This is real music:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOFyUYQOQZM

      ;)

    95. The Ill Man — on 4th December, 2006 at 9:44 pm  

      “This is becoming a strangely Scottish blog. It used to be Asian, once upon a time.”

      Was it only when I dropped in that everyone went ‘sweaty sock’ mad?

      Much as a Glaswegian accent can be rather nice, when they’re bad, they’re like nails down a blackboard.

    96. Jagdeep — on 5th December, 2006 at 12:02 pm  

      Sahil, he was really humble, down-to-earth and friendly, which was very impressive. The thing I remember is that it was him that said hello to me when I was walking past and I smiled at him, and he initiated the conversation. And he is the singer of one of the biggest rock and roll bands in history. I always remember that when I read about some of these prima donna dickheads in the newspaper who dont have one tenth of the talent or history as Led Zeppelin.

    97. Chairwoman — on 5th December, 2006 at 1:07 pm  

      Jagdeep - your experience is what makes blogging about famous people difficult. People want to hear something scandalous, but as you’ve discovered, they’re just like everybody else.

      It’s not exciting to hear that Bryan Ferry comments on the joy of getting a carriage to himself on the train up to London, and likes a bacon sandwich, or that Paul Simon finds rehearsal studios in the UK cold. But these are the things that people talk about.

      I’m struggling to find something exciting to say over at my website that is actually repeatable or interesting. You have to remember that most of these people are still alive and litigious.

    98. Jagdeep — on 5th December, 2006 at 1:14 pm  

      Chairwoman, you should write a memoir or something. I think these little anecdotes are what are most revealing and interesting.

    99. Chairwoman — on 5th December, 2006 at 1:40 pm  

      I found out years ago that I don’t have the patience to write a book. Nor the talent. The muse slopes off early.

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