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The Album: Part 4

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This is it the final part….

16 - The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry

Well we don’t do we? Or we’re not supposed to anyway.

17. Hazel O’Connor - Will You?

From one of my favourite films, Breaking Glass. This is a lovely moment in a traumatic film and I’m a softie for a good saxophone solo and there is a cracker in this song.

18. Roy Orbison - I Drove All Night

This belongs to the 7” single days again. The lyrics are quite funny, I drove all night to make love to you, is that all right? No, I’m tired, now bugger off!

19. The Pretenders - I Go To Sleep

I used to go out with a girl who looked exactly like Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders were one of my favourite bands (still are) at the time! Chrissie was and still is gorgeous.

20. Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack

The song I want played at my funeral! I will see you on the other side, maybe a bit maudlin but it will be my funeral, so tough!

Posted: Thursday, Mar 29, 2007 at 11:51 AM by jochta


The Album: Part 3

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Here comes tracks 11 through 15….

11. Scaffold - Buttons Of Your Mind

The Scaffold were famous for several 2 minute ditties, silly songs. Many people will know many of them, Lily The Pink, Thank You Very Much, Ging Gang Goolie, Liver Birds etc. but might not know the name of the band who wrote them. This track was on the B-side to Lily The Pink which was coincidentally #1 in the singles chart on the day I was born. Another two minute piece of fluff it has my all time favourite lyric.

And I wonder if I ever knew the more elusive inner you,
For the buttons of your mind were difficult to find and my fingers far too clumsy

I sometimes give off the wrong impression of myself to people, which is somewhat deliberate it has to be said. Stand offish, non-approachable, scary, grumpy, taciturn are all words that colleagues have used to describe me! Ah, if only they knew the more elusive inner me smile

This is one of two tracks on the The Album that I had to buy as I only had a vinyl version of the song.

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Posted: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007 at 11:37 AM by jochta


The Album: Part 2

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Tracks 6 through 10…

6. Ginger - The Man Who Cheated Death

I wanted something bang up to date on The Album and this fitted the bill nicely. Ginger was the singer, guitar player & song writer in The Wildhearts. I particularly like the lyrics in this song.

When the Devil had tried to tempt me,
When there was not a single angel around,
When the Demons they sent me were guaranteed to put me down,
What in Heaven or Hell is ever going to kill me now?

7. John Otway - Josephine

The album wouldn’t be complete without some Otway! Famous for having a hit back in the 70s (Really Free) and then totally flopping this guy has toured the pubs and clubs ever since. An Otway show is an absolute must and if you see one near by make sure you go to see him. I could have put several songs on here, in fact I originally had Poetry & Jazz from one of his newer albums, but I chose this one. I was introduced to Otway by my late sister and her husband and this is a beautiful track from his early days and …

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Posted: Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 at 11:29 AM by jochta


The Album

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A friend of mine compiled a CD of music and challenged me to do the same without including any heavy metal or rock (no Maiden? Gasp!). So I accepted the challenge and started selecting songs I wanted to include. As I was doing this it was clear I was choosing songs that meant something to me, so the final product contains all the songs that have meant something to me at some point or other in my life. It also includes a few modern tracks and a couple that I just like. Over the next few entries I will detail what is on there.

The rules were a) No heavy metal or rock, b) Had to fit on one CD, c) A maximum of one track per artist.

Here are tracks 1 through 5….

1. Led Zeppelin - Bron-Yr-Aur

From the Physical Graffiti album, it’s a shame I couldn’t include the next track Down By The Seaside as well as these two belong together. This album always reminds me of being a teenager listening to this with my best mate and just chilling. Thought it works well as an album opener.

2. Cake - It’s Coming Down

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Posted: Monday, Mar 26, 2007 at 10:32 AM by jochta


Winner: Animated Feature

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Just watched Happy Feet on HD-DVD winner of this year’s animated feature Oscar. Hmm, don’t get me wrong this looks absolutely amazing, especially in HiDef, totally gorgeous. Did they forget to put a story in here though? It’s a bit like Finding Nemo without the charm. A bit like Cars without the emotion. I couldn’t empathise with the main character called Mumble (eh?) especially as he refused to lose his baby plumage for the entire film, yet he till gets the girl and mates (eh?). And let’s crowbar an environmental message in there in the last ten minutes of the film (eh?). I’m just surprised they didn’t utter the dreaded GW words, gah.

Oscar? What? Eh?

Posted: Saturday, Mar 24, 2007 at 10:47 PM by jochta


The Buttons of My Mind

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I think I have a name for the site. I’ve wanted to call it something other than for a while and wasn’t sure what to use. In the end the answer was staring me in the face. I’ve always quoted the lyrics from The Scaffold’s song Buttons Of Your Mind as my all time favourite (this song was on the B-Side to the single Lily the Pink which was #1 in the charts on the day I was born).

        The buttons of your mind were difficult to find and my fingers far too clumsy.

And this site is about my buttons.

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007 at 05:31 PM by jochta


Fame at Last

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I had a stunning view of the lunar eclipse on Saturday night and I reeled off around 150 pictures most of which I’ve yet to look at properly. I’ve posted a few here and a few videos I took. But my most pleasing achievement was to get some of my pictures published at I’ve sent pictures to them and the BBC before but this is the first time any of them have got onto the site. You can find my contribution at the bottom of - note the deliberate mistake? It should read afocal projection as the photographic method and not prime focus!

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 06, 2007 at 01:00 PM by jochta



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I’ve spent some time altering the layout of the site to get some more consistency. I’ve also added the Flash slideshow at the top of the main page and a Flash lightbox in the photo section.

Posted: Friday, Mar 02, 2007 at 03:30 PM by jochta

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