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April 18, 2013

I dare ya not to be amused by this:

She’s probably not listening the ‘Dancing Queen’ but it kinda fits.

Thanks to ‘S’ on FB for the link and I think even Beyond the Pews lurkers (hey John!) will break into a smile (if they’re sure no one is looking).

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September 7, 2012

Aside from acknowelging this came from today’s Crikey, nothing more needs to be said:

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July 14, 2011

Okay, so this is sponsored by a big car company and … well … it’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but it brought a smile to my face and I love it when people look at something very ordinary and say, ‘What if?’

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July 7, 2011

An email arrived the other day insisting that the following is an extraordinary YouTube short of none other than Little Richard playing — as child prodigies do — in a movie. Talk about suck you in!

A little research shows that it’s not Little Richard at all but ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson playing a cameo in the 1946 movie ‘No Leave No Love’.

So much on the internet seems to be just plain wrong, but there’s also the in between stuff that’s half true. In the path that this email followed around cyber space, I wonder why someone along the line decided to add the reference to Little Richard? Sugar Chile’s story is interesting enough, see the Wiki entry for starters, so why change it?

Anyhow, I’m sure Sugar Chile will bring a smile:

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September 2, 2010

These videos are almost companions to ‘Strum that thang‘ but they gave me a chuckle so Wryday is the place for them!

You need to put up with the MC at the beginning of this video, but once he gets off, check out the drummer:

A singing baby with a mooostache takes some getting used to, but it is amusing:

Strum that thang

August 27, 2010

Speaking of music. I saw this on today’s Crikey and apparently the muso is from Botswana. You gotta love this guitar playing especially with the disinterested dude in the background. Sooo laid back:

A brave man?

August 25, 2010

Dennis Atkins is a journo I’ve only seen occasionally on The Insiders and, besides seeming to be very laid back when confronted by the louder egos of an Andrew Bolt or a Piers Akerman or a David Marr or even an Annabel Crabb he hasn’t made a huge impression. But he must be a brave man.

In The Punch this week he’s attempted to come up with the 25 all time great side one vinyl record releases. He got one great big tick from me for having Dylan as his number one and as I read through the list I could see where he was come from and really liked his selection. As I thought about it some more, I wondered if room could have been made for a Beatles song or even something from Elvis, but he got so many right that I’m happy to repeat it here just for the record:

Quality vinyl: the top 25 side one track ones of all time

It’s possible no-one under 25 will get this article. But the joy of side one, track one is one of my life’s great pleasures. It’s a hangover from the days of 12-inch vinyl when there were five or six songs on each side of a long playing record.

There’s plenty of these musical gems but here are my Top 25 starting with the indisputable heavyweight track one side one of the world: Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone, recorded and released (on the LP Highway 61 Revisited) in 1965.

As US music genius Greil Marcus said in the best (and probably only) book written about a single song: “When drummer Bobby Gregg brought his stick down for the opening noise of the six-minute single, the sound – a kind of announcement, then a void of silence, then a rising fanfare, then the song – fixed a moment when all those caught up in modern music found themselves engaged in a running battle for a prize no one bothered to name: the greatest record ever made, perhaps the greatest record that ever would be made.”

Marcus kind of liked the song. But it covered all the bases for a great track one side one (now just T1S1): it grabs your attention, it puts you in a place and time, it opens the door on a revelation and it tells you about the space the rest of the record will occupy. Listen to it and try to disagree.

I really couldn’t find a decent YouTube version so here is the original sound file:

Here’s the rest (the rules include that each artist can only have one song – although if someone is a solo artist and in a band, they can have more), in no set in stone order:

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