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  1. markeebee

    Orange Juice/Edwyn Collins-- Gretsch content

    1980. The first few singles. I was a serious fan boy. One thing I know now that I didn't appreciate then: outfits that look dashing on a skinny 6' 3" bloke like Edwyn just look like comedy when you're a dumpy shortarse.
  2. markeebee

    Terry Hall of the Specials has left the building

    I recall starting a thread about "The Greatest Living Englishmen" a few years back. Terry Hall and Wilko Johnson were top of my list, now both gone within a month. Terry epitomised everything that's good about the British people. I'm beyond sad this morning.
  3. markeebee

    Anyone have one of those oddball guitars....

    Back on topic, I got one of these..... I don't like it half as much as I thought I did.
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    Anyone have one of those oddball guitars....

    Sorry to go off on a do you find that Lead 20? And are the other Marshall's in the 'live' pic also mosfet? I've got a bit of a thing going on for one of those.
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    Albums of the year 2022

    On a football forum I frequent, we're invited every year to submit a list of our top ten albums released that year (no compilations, no reissues). Every year it gets more difficult. Anyway, here's mine this year....... 1. Cola - Deep In View 2. Holodrum - Holodrum 3. Soul Glo - Diaspora...
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    Early vs Late Career Music

    All the music I like most comes direct from the heart. All the music I dislike most comes from the head. It seems to me that all artists will necessarily move from "heart" music to "head" music the longer they do it. Unless they're really bad. Which makes them good.
  7. markeebee

    What's the most satisfying sound?

    "Plop" and "Glug"
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    What's the most satisfying sound?

    I mean outside of the music world. What noise or sound gives you the most joy?
  9. markeebee

    Another NGD!!!

    That's really cute. Somehow reminds me of.....
  10. markeebee

    NGD....Rick 610

    Ooh, that's nice. Looks like Santa's guitar. Or Beelzebub's. The 610 is like a less posh 620. Dot inlays on the neck instead of sharkfins, and no body binding. I had a 620 a while ago but I found that after an evening of frenzied but inept downstrokes my inner forearm got really sore where...
  11. markeebee

    NGD....Rick 610

    Oh, here's its buddy, with LaFawnduh the Enormous Sinister Kitty on guard.
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    NGD....Rick 610

    I normally have a story to go along with a NGD. This time the only story is: I wanted it. I've wanted one for yonks. And the ever fragrant Mrs Bee said "if you want it, buy it". That's a story, isn't it? It's a lot of fun, it's kind of like a cross between a Rick and a Tele and a spaniel...
  13. markeebee

    Anybody Know Anything About Amp

    A guy's gotta earn some money. All he had at the time was a reputation and an address book.
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    Anybody Know Anything About Amp

    Actually, it kind of is. Kind of. I think. In the "that much is true" corner: FGEnterprises of Addison, Illinois was also known as Fred Gretsch Enterprises. Definitely, fact. In the "I think I read somewhere that...." corner: FGE was set up by Fred after the sale of Gretsch to Baldwin, in...
  15. markeebee

    What do you drink before looking over the Mic?

    If you had ever heard me sing, you'd understand why my answer to the question is "lots".
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    RIP Wilko Johnson

    Sadly, the maestro has moved on. I don't know if Wilko was known that much over in the US, but here in the UK its impossible to overstate the extent of his influence on guitar music in the 70s and 80s, and onwards. A true individual in every way - as evidenced by his unconvential playing...
  17. markeebee

    OMG! Throw back photos of yourself, got any?

    1981, on the left
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    OMG! Throw back photos of yourself, got any?

    Wait.... I know you
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    Were You A Wild One?

    I once ate dessert before my main course.
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    What age did your body start to fall apart

    I could take any of you in a fist fight
  21. markeebee

    Going to Denmark

    I have a friend who lives in Copenhagen and who I'm sure would be very happy to give you a few tips. Also, he is Technical Manager or something at the Tivoli and showed me around 'backstage' which was pretty interesting. Drop me a line if you'd like me to put you in touch.
  22. markeebee

    RIP Queen Elizabeth II

    Her Majesty was emblematic of the things that made post-war Britain a great place to be. Tolerance, unity, fairness, innovation, hard work, a particular sense of humour. Now that she has left us, it feels like we are disconnected from that past and those values. It really feels like some kind...
  23. markeebee

    Favorite Live TV music performances

    This is the best thing that ever happened anywhere. Starts off awesome and just gets better and better.
  24. markeebee

    What was the first forum or Internet “list” you ever joined and why?

    The first forum I joined was in 2009, it was a site for DIY stompboxes called, um, DIYstompboxes. Really interesting to see how far the member's builds have come. The first ones were very rudimentary fuzz boxes built into Altoids tins and the like. Now, the guys are making digital doofahs...