Team 2, comprised of Konrad, Alex, Nankeen and Elise won the night on 90 points while Team 1 lagged on 55, which isn't a bad score either! Team 1 tonight were Samohung, Cherrybomb, Kalliee and Volupt. And I scored 55, tying with team 1.
This is the beautiful and soulful Helen Terry, Who was the backing vocalist for Culture Club. She left the group at he end of an Aussie tour to pursue Her solo career. She had some great songs, but alas, they didn't get a lot of air play, and Helen faded into the distance, a real shame.
I've told this odd story to friends before, but incase you don't know... I'm linked to Dave O'Neil, of Spicks and Specks, via... My Cat.
About 2004 I walked into our local vets to buy some flea stuff for my dog, no, not for me, for My dog, Benny... honest!
And saw a box of cute little kitties who'd been dumped and needed a home.
It was Dave O'Neil who had found them and bought them into the vets. Well, We'd recently lost a cat, so I thought I'd take one home.
We named Her Vicky.
There's a photo behind the bar at My pub in Eragon, of Mum holding Vicky.
A local paper printed a story on Dave and had a photo of Him in His Garden holding His cat... and His looks a lot like mine, so I gather He kept one too.
Dave lives very close to where I do, I often see him shopping on a Saturday.
A side note to this is that Vicky bites, in fact She leaps out and grabs My ankle and sinks the claws and fangs in, She'd do it to Mum too.
We'd be watching S&S and Mum would say "Is that, that bloody Dave O'Neil who found Vicky?" in a tone not too far removed from Aunty Jack, and I'd say "Yes Mum, That's Him" and She'd reply "Well when I see him, I'll kick his bum".
Of course we'd be joking together like this a fair bit.
One day while we were shopping, We crossed the street, and crossing from the other side was poor old Dave, and I whispered to Mum "That's Him Mum, go on, give him a good hard kick up the arse, you said you would, go on". She was visibly embarrassed and I think Dave heard us whispering and so he may have wondered what was up.
And yes, I still have Vicky, and the scars to prove it.
I think I've said this before... I posted this to the "Living in a Box" forum I'm on, I'll add a youtube video below.
t's funny how we don't enjoy what we've got when we've got it, then wish we had it once it's gone. I loved the 80s and I loved my 12" singles. Then when CDs were launched, I had to get a player. But I never really loved my CDs as much as my vinyl. The large colourful album covers, the lyrics, maybe something to read about the band. sometimes the vinyl was coloured... and this is some of my collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=o...re=channel_page Yes I'd dread dropping or scratching my vinyl and fear younger members of the family getting to it when I was away and doing terrible things to it. CDs on the other hand began to feel common, they'd come stuck to magazines with AOL rubbish on them and when CD-R came along, they seemed to be in anonymous piles in my room. What will kids do now... "Come over to my place and see the CD of all the mp3s I have" bit of a yawn compared to "Come and see my the stones album I found, it's got a real zipper on the front". Don't get me wrong, I use mp3s too now, they've allowed me to hear music which I haven't heard in years, even some rare re-mixed tracks and the occasional clever mashup. But I do miss the 80s and would like to do it all over again. [In the body I had back then too].
Rockit is a Live, Music Quiz Show played in the virtual world, Secondlife. Often on a Friday night at 8:30pm AEST or ADST [Melbourne time].
It was originally modelled on television gameshows like "Spicks and Specks", "Rockwiz" and "Temptation" (Sale of the Century), but has been shaken, stirred, alowed to sit and brew and has now developed it's own distinct flavour, some would say it smells like wet dog with sugar, and has a rich earthy taste.
Each mini-season consists of just five shows, and this is because it's a one-man-band sort of show, where I write the questions, maintain the set and host the show. After five weeks of writing music specific questions, My mind tends to turn to mush and I need a break. During this time, My house gets cleaner and Katie gets more walks.
It's not all my doing though, I have people chipping in extras like my great new scoreboard which CaptainCrunch Hax made for me and the chairs which Evangeline Wind made for the audience to sit on.
It usually takes about three days to write questions for the show, sure, I can come up with a lot of questions pretty fast, but I think people want ones that are interesting or funny. I find myself trolling through Wikipedia, Youtube and some of the music blogs you'll find listed on the right there. It takes up a considerable amount of time.
It's tricky to come up with questions about bands who I haven't already covered. Regulars know that David Bowie seems to come up way too much.
The Show has a mobile set, and is easy to move to other Islands, However I prefer to be based on ABC Island (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and Eragon. I consider both Islands to be my home although my pub is on Eragon.
To join us, You need broadband (at least 512k), a reasonably new computer (no older than three years) with a good quality videocard, and an Avatar on Secondlife, The software is completely free of charge.
Then it's just a matter of joining the Rockit group or contacting me directly, Just search for Wolfie Rankin.
You'd be very welcome to come.
If you have any questions, just drop me a line via the comments below.
Yeah I know, there's little data here right now, But I'll come back later and give you some backgound on these videos. And a big thankyou to those of you who came to Rockit last night, I really appreciated it.
This is one of my favourite songs, from the Time Bandits [no video]
Do-Re-Mi were a Sydney band headed by Deborah Conway, Their songs have the oddest items in them, Blue Tak in this one and Pubic Hair in 1985s "Man Overboard". "Man Overboard" was one of the strangest of pop music hits, having no chorus at all.
Here's Do-Re-Mi with their brilliant anthem for eternal youth.
I'm gearing up for Rockit tomorrow at 8:30pm Melbourne/Sydney time AEDT at ABC Island, Be there in time for blast off and be one of our crew members. OK that's kind of cheesy isn't it? I'll see you then.
As You know, I love 80s music, but often I wonder what the artists are doing now, I think there's a tendency to assume old singers just dry up and fade away or at worst, die of a drug overdose. but according to Living in a Box's Website: "Richard Darbyshire continues to work in the music industry as producer/songwriter extraordinaire to up and coming new talent. Marcus Vere (keyboards) runs an innovative t.v. production company making programmes for young children and Tich Critchlow (drums) has returned to what he was doing pre the ‘Box’ making beautiful, illuminating sculptures, chandeliers and furniture in metal and glass."
See, they're fine, there is life after stardom afterall!
The Seven Foot Tall,
ABC Friends Admin at ABC Island in Secondlife and Kookaburra Pub owner at Eragon Island.
Drop a message here or via @Wolfie_Rankin on twitter to reach me.