Saturday, 30 June 2007
Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
It's all kicking off. (not that it's ever really stopped) Increased Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, Hamas taking control of The Gaza Strip, daily bombings in Iraq by insurgents, Salman Rushdies knighthood and Allan Johnsons 100th day of captivity; that's without mentioning Iran. Funny, I remember someone saying when Saddam was gone the world was gonna be a safer place.
"Our only defence is together like an army, I'll hold you like a gun....Western values mean nothing to her" - The Pop Group
Perhaps if the West had butted out of the whole Middle East region over the years instead of protecting their interests things may have been different. Who are we to try and import and impose our values on other nations? just because democracy 'works' for the West it doesn't naturally mean that it is good for other nations , especially ones so heavily divided on ethnic and religious grounds. Their value and belief systems and ideas of governance may be abhorrent to the West, but who are we to dictate a New World Order upon the Middle East how would we feel if Sharia Law was trying to be imposed on us. The only Westerner to have any idea about the whole situation was T.E Lawrence, who tried to unite the area, unlike for example the Trade Unions who at their 1936 conference declared that they hoped the British government of the time would take all necessary measures to bring the present disorders to an end. 71 years later the blood shed still continues.
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Wish I'd gone to Glastonbury this year. I've been watching it on the telly, and maaan there's been some good shit on, and I mean shit! I should have made more of an effort to register and get my photo ID and pay a couple of hundred pounds for a ticket to spend 3 days in a cow field with the rain and the mud, living along side hundreds of middle class indie hippies who feel that it is the only time they feel truly free and able to be themselves, while giving the powers that be another excuse to bring in some sort of ID scheme, you suckers. WHAT PRICE FREEDOM?
Friday, 22 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Sunday, 17 June 2007
Saturday, 16 June 2007
The Clash always refused to appear on Top Of The Pops, the price they paid was the bizarre sight of Pans People dancing to Bankrobber dressed in skimpy black and white hooped skirts and tops. We won't dwell on that, it's probably on youtube if you really wanna see it. Moving swiftly on...This audio download is a compilation of TV shows they did appear on: SO IT GOES(granada 1977), SOMETHING ELSE(bbb 1978), ALRIGHT NOW(tyne tees 1979), FRIDAYS(abc tv 1980), MIXER TV(italian tv 1980) SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE(nbc 1982) 22 tracks of high octane rock'n'roll and reactionary chat. From Capital Radio to Should I Stay or Should I Go. A career spanning set of monochrome moments. Enjoy. It's just a click way: http://www.sendspace.com/file/55ixho
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
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Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Monday, 11 June 2007
Sunday, 10 June 2007
In reference to the comment left on the post it note. It's all about context. When Crass referred to us all being "niggers to the rulers of this land" and The Mob had a song called White Niggers, and because Johnny Thunders was white and didn't want to be treated like a nigger, they were all referring to the oppression of blacks and using it to relate to their own oppression and continuing with the theme of white alienation that Norman Mailer started with his essay 'The Last White Negro' Crass gigs may have been quite violent and intimidating but I don't remember Penny Rimbaud, Steve Ignorant or Mark Mob getting lynched from a tree in the Bayou, and Dial House was no slave plantation. So I don't think there's much of a comparison. White people have a choice about their oppression, it's not based on colour of skin, and like The Clash said "Black man gotta lotta problems, but he don't mind throwing a brick. White people go to school where they teach you how to be thick." (not that Crass, The Mob or Thunders were thick, but that blond from Big Brother is a different case.) Another oppressed group in society who have no control over their oppression is the 'gay community', who have tried to reclaim the word gay and use it as a positive, as Tom Robinson said, "Sing if you're glad to be gay" the normalisation of such terms can have a negative effect were now in the English language the word gay has become a derogatory term among young people for something that isn't very good, so my eleven year old daughter told me when she kept referring to things being gay. Language is a funny old thing. Just as we look back at the 70's and see the attitude towards blacks and gays in TV sitcoms of the time, what attitudes will future generations be looking back on during the 00's. Times change and ignorance can be overcome by education and political struggle. What becomes acceptable is a reflection of society at the time. What sort of society will we have become if the word nigger is allowed to be come common place in the English language just like gay has for people to drop into conversation. It could be argued that the normalisation of such offensive terms takes power away from right wing extremists, but I'm not so sure. Like I said at the beginning its all about the context. This article has been written from a white perspective, so I'm gonna end it from a different perspective, I was recently speaking to a couple of people from the Indian community. One had worked along side someone who was "Proud to be a Paki" and they kept referring to themselves in that context all the time, the person I was speaking to told me they felt this was not right and found it offensive. Words are a powerfull weapon and there's enough weaponary being discharged across the world at the moment without adding to it.
Friday, 8 June 2007
Thursday, 7 June 2007
Had been after these MANIC STREET PREACHERS tracks for ages, was it worth the wait? I dunno, not really if compared to Send Away The Tigers, but yes if you love the Manics. Here's some background on it's release:
The EP was created as a gift to fans who went to the final concert of their "Past/Present/Future Tour" at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on April 19th 2005.
There were problems with the promotion, however, as staff at the Hammersmith Apollo left boxes full of the EPs by the entrance doors, with none actually handed out. Many fans were confused as to whether the 3000 copies of available EPs would be given before or after the gig, whereas some simply stole armfuls. To make up for the Apollo staff's mistake, the band posted the EP on their website as a free download for those who were not able to receive a copy.
Copies of the CD were also available for free on a first come, first serve basis to fans on the band's mailing list who sent in a SAE to an address supplied in an email newsletter.
1)A Secret Society 2)Firefight 3)Picturesque. Get em here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/eb88yp
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
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