Monthly Archives: April 2014

Reflections from a fellow Cure-loving Dad at School drop off

Don’t you love it when you find a similarly minded person? Someone you share common interests with?

This morning at school drop-off, I enjoyed a good laugh and reflection with a fellow dad at the school.

He shares my interest in music. We are both “young at heart”. Our wives would probably call it “immature”!

In his younger years, my  fellow father friend was heavily “into” different music scenes – including the music of The Cure.

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My fellow Cure-loving school dad friend (I’ll not reveal his identity) told me how he really related to a recent post I wrote about how I still loved listening to the music of The Cure.

We spoke about Robert Smith and the evolution of the image of The Cure.

My friend  shared how when he was at school, he had the “more conservative” haircut of “early Robert Smith”.

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As soon as he was out of school he went for the more extreme Robert Smith look – with the long messy hair and a dark trench coat.

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I explained that when I worked as a lawyer, I found the suited Tony Hadley look from Spandau Ballet fitted in with my professional career image! So impressionable!

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Our wives laugh when my friend and I  as dads remember our younger, “wilder”  and oh-so-fashionable years!

Anyway, my friend shared how the first he rocked up to university with his carefully-crafted more extreme Robert Smith look.He claims he has no photos of the look! 🙂 I’ll have to ask his wife!

 

My friend was studying engineering at university  – and the lecturer took one look at his Cure look  and told him:

 

“The Art department is over in there!”

This blog is NOT ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

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If you are interested – here’s a link to my original post about enjoying listening to the music of The Cure!

 

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Mad Men season 7 – how we are introduced to the latest “Don” – he’s gone electric!

Are you a fan of Mad Men? Have you enjoyed how the characters have changed over the years?

 

My wife and I are massive fans of the show. We’ve been away on a family beach vacation so when we got home we had to catch up with the latest Mad Men season.

Do you also love the first episode of  a new season?

How characters are re-introduced and how our first encounters with the characters:

1. quickly remind us of where we left the characters

2. set the scene for the world they are living in now. What’s the same? What’s changed?

 

As  a real  “cinema nerd”, I’ll often just enjoy a scene on first viewing – then go back and analyse the scene – the symbolism, angles, blocking of a shot etc.

 

I loved how we were introduced to Don in the latest series. Did you notice these things too?

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1. Don is freshening up (looks like it’s in a plane bathroom – confined and cramped)

2. In previous eps, Don enjoys a more leisurely old-school soap and lather shave. In series 7 he is moving with the times and using an electric razor.

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3. Don usually moves at his own pace – in the direction he wants to go. We see him on a “travellator”  passively getting taken along by circumstances.

4. Sunny LA. I love the sun-soaked shot for when we see Don stepping out into California.  I imagine the shooting was timed to make the most of the (low angled) sun reflecting in the shiny cars etc. It’s dazzling!

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That’s Megan getting out of the shiny sportscar. Usually Don is in the driver seat. Once again, he seems a “passenger” in this scene. As the scene ends you hear the sound of the car driving off and a plane engine (reminds me of the start to Back in The USSR by The Beatles) Movement, motion, power, “modernity”!

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As a retro fan, I love the effort that goes into recreating the look for Mad Men – especially the retro props.

I’m a huge fan of retro luggage and love collecting and using “vintage” jet-setting luggage!

New vintage luggage

 

As Don would say: You’re not selling luggage – you’re selling mobility!

The world is moving so fast around him – I wonder if he’ll be able to keep up!

 

Any other things you notice or take out of the latest series? Please share in the comments section below.

Oh, I better go get a coffee. I also love the changing logos at the ad firm  – especially the funky colours and fonts on the “current” SCP coffee mugs!

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I was first introduced to Mad Men by young advertising creative teams I was helping in Melbourne. Their US colleagues showed them episodes BEFORE the show aired in Australia.

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Why you should enjoy the indulgence of listening to early Cure albums – in bed!

 

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On a recent beach holiday, my wife and I would tag team with our two young kids. I’d take the kids to the beach in the morning. She would take the kids in the afternoon while I would:

1. try to get some writing work done

2. clean up around the unit we were all staying in.

I had the rare gift of time – and I loved it.

 

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I decided one day to enjoy a real indulgence. Instead of having my favourite music on in the background while I did chores – I decided to listen to two of my favourite albums by The Cure – uninterrupted  – and in bed!

Please let me explain.

 

When I was a teenager I fell ill with glandular fever and I had to stay in bed. I’d read and often listen to my favourite albums at the time including The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds and Faith. 

I know The Cure had a reputation for depressing music – but I was more interested in the “art” of those albums – the sounds that were  so “new” for that time (the drums and the phased guitars and bass) – and how short instrumentals would blend into fast driving songs.

 

I also loved the “unusual” sounds like what I describe as “angry breathing” on Play for Today on Seventeen seconds.

 

Anyway, one afternoon on this beach holiday I decided to listen to both these albums – in bed – and to really listen.

 

What a treat – what  happy memories of a time of  musical discovery!

What a luxury of listening to entire albums and the way one song blends into another and actively listening to the production and the sounds.

Maybe I’m just a big music nerd! If you enjoy your music too – I encourage you to take the time to listen to your favourite albums from start to finish with total focus.

Yes, I know we are often too busy – but I am so glad I took the time to really re-discover these albums in bed – the way I “discovered” them the first time round!

 

After listening the these albums – I started exploring videos on Youtube.

 

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The clips reminded me of bands I played in  at university. We were in Brisbane, Australia – but we loved that UK vibe and image.

 

Anyway, I better go do some more house chores – like fixing that tap that just goes drip, drip drip…

I live an ordered, contented life these day – but listening to The Cure makes reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm of those uni days!

 

In a previous post, I wrote about how I loved to listen to Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust when I was driving dusty roads. It was a real joy to listen to these early Cure albums in bed.

Do you have any type of music you like to listen to in any particular locations?

Please share in the comments section below.

 

Also, please share what the music of The Cure means to you. Any favourite songs?

 

Here’s a link to a clip of Play for Today and some of those unusual sounds like the “angry breathing”. I always loved the cymbal sounds too.

 

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Were you a Sony Walkman fan? Listening to surf music down by the waves!

Are there certain pieces of technology that make you swoon or bring back great memories for you?

 

For me the old 80s Sony Walkman brings back so many warm and wonderful memories!

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This post was inspired by a recent visit to see a fantastic collection of album covers.

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While I appreciated looking at the album art – I realised that I was more into the mobility of cassettes and the exciting new technology of the Sony Walkman! So compact!!!

At the time, I was really into listening to surf music AT THE BEACH.

I was never a good surfer – but I was much better playing surf guitar! 🙂

 

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I remember the joy of listening to cassettes of surf music and watching the breaking waves – the bright sparking, splashy cymbal sounds “sounding like” the early-morning sun reflecting on the waves

 

AND that famous surf music sound (the fast ,energetic descending note played on one string perfectly matching a peeling wave! Peeling: breaking nicely down the line – not breaking all at once)

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The portable Sony  Walkman was shiny too – and sleek.

I played it so much and so often – it wore out. Still, the memories live on!!

 

Here is a link to that surf sound and that peeling wave sound. Listen out for the sparking cymbals and the “peeling wave” sound! Enjoy!

 

 

If you know a technical name for that surf music “glistening glissando” please add it to the comments section below.

 

Also please share if YOU have any favourite memories of listening to music in a special location – it doesn’t have to be with a walkman!

 

Stay casual!

 

Tony

 

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Come on! What’s your favourite song performed by The Saints (Aussie Band)?

What’s your favourite song performed by The Saints?      (I’m) Stranded?     Know Your Product?      One of their energetic covers?

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If first “fell in love” with the sound of The Saints when I was a student. “Cooler” friends introduced me to sound of The Saints – fast paced, fuzzed-up guitar with a low-fi, “not-too-slick and over-produced” vibe.

I practised and practised my cheap guitar until I could play in that  fast chord style – but I had always trouble working out what the lyrics were. It was only years later – I understood what Chris Bailey was actually singing!

 

I always loved his snarled “Come On!”

I loved “(I’m) Stranded” – but what really got me hooked was their unusual combination (for the time) of “punk” guitar and fat horns and edgy lyrics of “Know Your Product”.

That’s my all-time favourite Saints song!

What’s yours? Come on – please share in the comments section below.

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I remember thinking I was so cool blasting out The Saints – until one day I was amazed that my mother knew the lyrics to “my” band.

She educated me that Lipstick on Your Collar  was a cover from her generation. I imagined a young Chris Bailey enjoying the original version – probably listening to an old 45 from his family or a cool aunt or uncle.

 

I also loved their fuzzed-up version of the old Elvis song “Kissing Cousins” from the movie of the same name.

I imagined that Chris Bailey had probably been an Elvis movie fan too as a kid.  One of his later projects was Kid Galahad (another Elvis movie). I always thought his shaky leg movement was just a hint of Elvis too. I could be wrong – that was just my take.

Lots of “later” Australian bands also loved The Saints. Hunters & Collectors covered “Know Your Product”. Midnight Oil also performed that song live.

 

Bruce Springsteen on a recent Australian tour covered “Just Like Fire Would”.  Sometimes visiting artists try to throw in a song by a local act. IMHO this cover was a suitable and intelligent choice and the lyrics and musical style really suited Springsteen’s natural style. It didn’t seem forced or token.

 

A few days ago, fans had a real blast from the past when Hunters & Collectors performed “Know Your Product”. The band  got up their old mate on stage – Peter Garret from Midnight Oil!

 

As a friend of mine and fellow music fan wrote: iconic band with an iconic guest performing an iconic song.

 

If you haven’t seen it – below are links to:

1. The Saints original

2. the recent Hunters & Collectors and Peter Garret version.

 

These days I work as a “mature and responsible” corporate consultant helping organisations improve their productivity and communication.

 

A blast from that song – inspired this Know your Product(ivity) post! Yes, I love a good pun and can’t help myself!

 

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UK duo #PublicServiceBroadcasting – a powerful combo of old and new!

As a kid were you “brought up” watching those old war movies like The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky?

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Usually they were on a Sunday afternoon. They were the sort of movies dads would often watch with their sons. For me, there was often the smell of a “Sunday roast” cooking in the background 🙂 Funny, the memories that come back!

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Even though I lived in Australia, boys in the 1960s and 70s were raised on these British movies – heroic tales from WWII.

Boys were often also into making model planes – especially Spitfires. Even as a grown up, I still love Spitfires – and those old movies.

airfix-spitfire

You can imagine how delighted I was when a twitter follower and fellow Spitfire fan let me know about a UK duo called Public Service Broadcasting and especially their song Spitfire.

The songs is an instrumental with sampled lines from the classic movie The First of the Few (also known as Spitfire)

 

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So if you grew up watching those classic WWII movies and making model planes – I’m sure you will love this clip.

In previous posts I shared how these old movies and model planes made me a big fan of the RAF roundel (that later became a Mod sign).

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I was also delighted to see Public Service Broadcasting has a T-shirt with their variation of the roundel!

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and here’s a link to the clip.

 

 

Spitfire

and here are links to other posts about Spitfires and Roundels!

 

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Spitfires and Roundels

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If you were “brought up” on model planes and those old war movies like The Dam Busters – you’ll probably love this

As a kid were you “brought up” watching those old war movies like The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky?

dam-busters-poster

Usually they were on a Sunday afternoon. They were the sort of movies dads would often watch with their sons. For me, there was often the smell of a “Sunday roast” cooking in the background 🙂 Funny, the memories that come back!

Reach_For_The_Sky

Even though I lived in Australia, boys in the 1960s and 70s were raised on these British movies – heroic tales from WWII.

Boys were often also into making model planes – especially Spitfires. Even as a grown up, I still love Spitfires – and those old movies.

airfix-spitfire

You can imagine how delighted I was when a twitter follower and fellow Spitfire fan let me know about a UK duo called Public Service Broadcasting and especially their song Spitfire.

The songs is an instrumental with sampled lines from the classic movie The First of the Few (also known as Spitfire)

first_of_the_few

firstofthefew

 

 

So if you grew up watching those classic WWII movies and making model planes – I’m sure you will love this clip.

In previous posts I shared how these old movies and model planes made me a big fan of the RAF roundel (that later became a Mod sign).

C and T and Mod logo

I was also delighted to see Public Service Broadcasting has a T-shirt with their variation of the roundel!

artworks-PSB

and here’s a link to the clip.

 

Spitfire

and here are links to other posts about Spitfires and Roundels!

 

for-those-who-love-spitfires-the-ecstasy-of-high-flight-soaring-words/

 

Spitfires and Roundels

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