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The Soundtrack To Your Halloween

Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language

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With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).

Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.

Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave

The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.

Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams

Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.

Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew

Horror punk from the UK.

Misfits – Scream

Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.

White Zombie – More Human Than Human

Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

Lordi – Devil Is A Loser

The one-time Eurovision winners.

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.

Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison

Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.

Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto

Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.

Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust

Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.

Type O Negative – Black No.1

A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

Talanas – The Apostle

Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.

Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails

Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.

Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness

One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.

Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek

Love that intro riff.

Fear Factory – Martyr

The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.

Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!

Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.

Bile – In League

Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Author & Punisher – Terrorbird

Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.

Related:
Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/
https://www.facebook.com/Denigrata
https://www.facebook.com/talanasband
https://www.facebook.com/cerberusunchained
https://www.facebook.com/Skullfucked-414048352059522/
https://musikalsin.bandcamp.com/album/musikal-sin-mixtape-vol-3-extremities


Movies For Metalheads

This literally goes up to 11

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An essential part of being a ‘metalhead’ is having a sense of humour, and just as important is the ability to make fun of one’s self – to both recognise and embrace the absurdities and cliches that exist within the rock and metal world and its lifestyles. It’s this ability that has lead to many of the films listed here being completely embraced by the alternative communities, and becoming firm favourites with rockers, goths and headbangers everywhere.

This Is Spinal Tap

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Essential viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rocker or metalhead. Inventors of ‘going up to eleven’.
Basic synopsis – The misadventures of an 80s heavy metal band.
Cameos – Many recognisable faces from television/Hollywood make brief appearances, including Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey and Anjelica Huston.
Soundtrack – The band themselves.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/

Not featured in the film, but worth sharing….

 

Wayne’s World 1 & 2

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Basic synopsis – In the first film, Wayne and Garth’s local cable TV show gets bought by a national company. In the second, the duo decide to organise a huge rock festival.
Cameos – Rock legends Alice Cooper and Aerosmith, Chris Farley.
Soundtracks – Queen, Tia Carrere (performing tracks from the films) and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105793/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108525/

Still Crazy

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Basic synopsis – A British 70s rock band reunites 20 years later, despite unresolved issues amongst its members.
Cameos – Phil Daniels, Zoe Ball.
Soundtrack – Features music from its stars Jimmy Nail and Billy Connolly, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149151/

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey

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“Be excellent to each other, and…. party on dudes!!” – Abraham Lincoln.
Basic synopsis – In ‘Excellent Adventure’, the ‘Wyld Stallions’ duo travel through time collecting historical figures for a history report. Then, in ‘Bogus Journey’, our heroes travel through the afterlife and battle evil robot versions of themselves.
Cameos – Jim Martin, formerly of Faith No More, and Primus.
Soundtracks – Van Halen, Kiss, Extreme, Big Pig and Slaughter, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096928/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101452/

 

Airheads

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A pre-Mummy Brendan Fraser film, and the first time we see Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi appearing together.
Basic synopsis – A struggling unsigned rock band highjacks a radio station, in an attempt to get their demo played.
Cameos – Late rock legend Lemmy of Motorhead, White Zombie, Chris Farley. Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean also stars as a radio DJ.
Soundtrack – Motorhead and White Zombie, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109068/

Little Nicky

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Some might see this as an unlikely choice; whilst not everyone is a fan of his films, this has always been a favourite of mine. Elements of rock music appear in many of Adam Sandler’s films, this being a prime example.
Basic synopsis – The Devil’s youngest son must visit the world above to prevent his brothers from taking over Hell.
Cameos – The man himself, Ozzy Osbourne as himself.
Soundtrack – POD, Linkin Park, Incubus and Filter, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185431/

 

Queen Of The Damned

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Again, another that didn’t win critics over, but found a fanbase attracted by the music.
Basic synopsis – A centuries’ old vampire awakens in 21st century America, joins a rock bands as their frontman.
Cameos – Korn frontman Jonathan Davis appears briefly as a ticket tout.
Soundtrack – Five tracks written specifically for the film by Davis and Richard Gibbs, sang by frontmen from other bands (Disturbed, Static-X, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Orgy), alongside various other tracks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238546/

School Of Rock

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Basic synopsis – A substitute teacher introduces his young class to rock music, and turns them into a rock band.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Tracks performed by Jack Black and the cast, alongside Cream, Led Zeppelin and others, with various classic rock bands featured throughout the film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332379/

The Crow

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A cult favourite in alternative circles, its star Brandon Lee tragically lost his life during its creation. Three sequels followed, none of which repeated the same success as the original.
Basic synopsis – A murdered rocker is resurrected to seek vengeance on the Los Angeles underworld.
Cameos – None.
Soundtrack – Nine Inch Nails, Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots, among others.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109506/

If documentaries are your thing, track these ones down:

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Other soundtracks worth checking out:
Singles (A who’s who of 90s grunge, including Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone and others)
The Crow 2: City Of Angels (White Zombie, Korn, Hole, Bush and many others)
Spawn (a album of techo-rock crossover collaborations)
Judgment Night (the legendary rap-rock crossover album)
Strangelands (Dee Snider’s horror, includes Anthrax, Pantera, SOAD, Sevendust and many others)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Offspring, Korn, Type O Negative, L7 and others)
Alone In the Dark (a massive 2CD collection of acts right across the metal spectrum)
Last Action Hero (Alice In Chains, Def Leppard, Queensryche, Aerosmith and others)

 


The Irrelevant Opinion

Reasons why it’s ok to not care.

This is something of a new area for me to be writing about, but it relates to matters I’ve been pondering for some time now, so I thought I’d encapsulate these ideas into something that allows me talk about something that I do believe exists: ‘The Irrelevant Opinion’. Now, I’m sure many of you would (rightly) say that everyone is entitled to an opinion, and indeed this is true – however, there are also times when others deserve FREEDOM FROM unwanted opinions, times when an opinion (yours or someone else’s) really isn’t necessary. This may sound pretentious without context, so here I’ve tried to explain this belief, using examples that are inspired by things that my friends have gone through, in addition to things I’ve witnessed myself. I’ll try not to ramble.

“You should be ashamed of your tattoos”.

I’m sure many of you have seen the jpegs flying around the internet, with captions such as his:

Q: What will you look like when your old and wrinkly?
A: Awesome’

Indeed, you should be all proud of your tattoos, or whatever you do to express yourself. Sadly, such things are created because such questions are actually asked IRL. Whilst scrolling through my FB newsfeed, I have actually encountered posts by friends with tattoos, expressing that they’ve experienced ‘tutting’ and funny looks/comments from older passers-by, complete strangers. Sadly, wisdom doesn’t always come with age. Be proud of who you are, and remember that their opinion doesn’t count – the first example of ‘The Irrelevant Opinion’. It’s not their body, therefore, not their rules. Tattoos are doing no harm to anyone.

Fact vs Opinion

Some of you will recall someone I shall refer to only as ‘Ms Hatey’ (I shall not type her real name, as she’s had enough attention as it is), a Reality TV graduate who feels the need to express an opinion on everything. Again, everyone is entitled to an opinion yes, BUT, this particular attention-seeker likes to use the phrase ‘Telling it like it is’ – ah, no, let’s just clear that up. What she and people like her are doing, is actually just expressing an OPINION – not something that should be suddenly heralded as a universal truth. Just because one person has a point of view, you are never obligated to believe the same. What ‘Telling it like it is’ actually is, is ‘Telling you my opinion’. Step off that pedestal.

“Full-time mummy is not a job”

I’m sure many of you would have seen this on Facebook too – some women decide to post that ‘Full-time mummy’ in their job description/position box, as obviously, their chosen life direction means a lot to them, and they wish to express it. Or, in a similar vein, some choose to put something more light-hearted, clearly not meant to be serious – I myself once put ‘Cocktail-meister’ in mine, as it sounded much more interesting than my real job at the time. Some people, for whatever reason, choose to take issue with ‘Full-time mummy’ – why? What business is it of anyone elses? It may seem like a strange/almost minor thing to discuss, but it’s become something that crops up far too often, so I’m tired of holding my tongue. I see passive-aggressive statuses/posts from people in groups I’m in/comments from others (none of which are specifically aimed at a specific individual, conveniently for the poster), saying ‘mummy is not a fulltime job’ accompanied by a mini-rant, like they’re the self-appointed Facebook police. Now, I ask you, do you think any of them had the balls to message those they’re actually aiming those comments at? Do you think they’d even be brave enough to say those exact same things face-to-face?. My guess would be NO, and here’s few reasons why:

– They’re hypocritical cowards.
– They’re (perhaps) aware, at some level, at just how mean-spirited that actually is.
– They know full well they’d get their a**es handed back to them by a bigger person for daring to poke their nose in.

How convenient it is to hide behind the comfort of the computer screen.

To be honest, I don’t really know this particular point bugs me so much; I mean it doesn’t affect me personally (a close female friend once said I was like male feminist, maybe it’s that again? I don’t know….). BUT, as I’ve expressed, it really bugs me when people pass judgement on others so easily (life isn’t black and white, people) and generally speaking, I guess part of me has always felt like speaking up for the smaller person/victim. Putting aside the point that you’re not obligated to list your ‘job’ on FB (I can think of more interesting things to ask people/talk about) – I know many who’ve taken a great amount pride, and rightly so, in being a full-time mum. Leave well alone, it’s not your business.

Wow, I spent a lot of time on that one.

‘Random Drunk Guy’

Ah, we all know Random Drunk Guy. Sometimes, it’s Random Drunk People. Nobody (usually) knows who they are or where they’ve come from, but there they are, magically appearing from nowhere, ready to express some stupid unwelcome comment, often whilst moving in the opposite direction as yourself or from a safe distance. They’ll occasionally know exactly where to hit too, as if their inebriation has somehow made them perceptive to sore points. An unwelcome nuisance, but it’s important to remember, no one should care what they think – never allow such people to plant seeds of doubt. Clearly, they have nothing better to do with their time, and have an overwhelming desire for attention and the need to belittle – same principle applies to internet trolls. Neither of these creatures is worth your time. Which brings me to….

‘The Judgmental Keyboard Warrior’

Keyboard Warriors come in all shapes – some are perfectly harmless. Others however, are just made of spite and ignorance. JKW likes to look down his nose at single mothers, because he has apparently never heard of divorce, bereavement or relationships that sadly don’t work. It’s hard to tell whether it’s due to them being devoid of sentiment, or just being stuck in their own supposedly perfect little bubble. JKW makes rash generalisations, and also frowns upon JSA/DLA claimants – seems he’s also never heard of redundancies, recessions or cost-cutting, or debilitating illnesses. JKW often tends to recycle their opinions from others, without taking anytime to research for accuracy, to the detriment of their reliability.
In other areas, JKW is also the person who, regardless of how many times he hits that ‘Dislike’ button on Youtube or makes all the nasty comments he can muster, just cannot seem to grasp the fact that that band he doesn’t like will still just continue to make music for as long as they wish to – why, he asks? Well, it’s simple – his opinion is again, irrelevant. He’ll simple just need to look for attention elsewhere. Or, try doing something more productive, perhaps even positive.

This recently-published article is one good example of what I’m talking about:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/this-tumblr-user-shows-her-horrific-anonymous-messages-in-a

I hope this has all made some kind of sense to some of you, maybe you’ve even be able to take something from it – when I first started mentally preparing this piece, I wasn’t sure if/when it would just turn into a very long rant! Never pass judgment without knowing the facts – remember that everyone is facing their own struggles, no matter how big or small.

Instead – well, I will end on something I’ve always believed – always remember to laugh at yourself occasionally; you’re the only one with any right to.


Alcoholic Jelly and Custard shots

For those who might like to check out another blog I contribute to!

Random Kitchen Experiments

Dessert shots, anyone?

Did a little test run of something I’m taking to a gathering next week (hence the skull glasses), that I hadn’t tried before – alcoholic jelly and custard shots. Like a downscaled version of the trifle I often make for friends, which I will blog one day, this features a dash of alcohol in both layers. As it features jelly, you’ll need to start preparing them the night before they’re needed.

You can always play around with the ingredients for this, but I used:

1 Blackcurrant jelly
Peach and tropical fruit flavoured vodka
Custard
Mickey Finn – the Chocolate, Fruit & Nut variety

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Start off by preparing the jelly as you normally would, melting down into a liquid. Then, pour just a little vodka into each shot glass, then fill each one to halfway with the jelly, allowing space for the custard layer. Leave in fridge overnight…

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Prog rock project My Pet Junkie to play again in 2013!!

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Yes that’s right folks. For anybody who has been following my musical activities as far back as 1998. This is a real rare chance to catch prog rock mother project in action.

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My Pet Junkie (L to R) – Leon, Julia, Stuart.

Musikal Sin Presents:

My Pet Junkie – Long-time favourites of Herts’ gig goers, proggy alt-rockers MPJ grace Club 85 for a rare live performance. With frontman Stuart O’Connor touring the world solo, and drummer Leon Camfield involved in many other projects (including comedy duo Spandex Ballet), appearances have become a rarity – catch them while you can!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Pet-Junkie/6828345908

My Pet Junkie /Billy Skins 5th /Alone With Wolves /Sunsets The Day , Fri 25th Oct, Club 85

74 Whinbush Rd  Hitchin SG5 1PZ
01462 434801

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:

https://www.facebook.com/events/512733772148902/

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Press release: Hell’s Belles Roller Derby

Hertfordshire’s female Roller Derby team on recruitment drive

Hell’s Belles Roller Girls, Hertfordshire’s first flat track roller derby team, are on the lookout for new members, with a new training course starting on May 27th. If you’re over 18, have skating ability or an interest in learning, then they would like to hear from you.

For those not familiar with the sport – it’s a full-contact team sport played by two teams of five on traditional four-wheel roller skates, a sport originally made popular over in America that has also grown increasingly popular over here since 2006. The UK now has its own Interleague Championships, with 40+ teams from Oxford, Milton Keynes and Beds, amongst many others.

Hells Bells will be looking to recruit both new male and female members – any men over 18 interested in becoming a referee or non-skating official can also apply, but you must be female in order to train with and be part of the team. There is no upper age limit. Protective gear including helmets, pads and gum shields is always worn. Training takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays (please get in touch for more information on times etc.), at Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield.

If this sounds like the sport for you, or if you’d like further information, please get in touch.

Contact: Hell’s Belles Roller Girls, Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, AL10 0AN Hatfield, United Kingdom. info@hellsbellesrollergirls.com www.facebook.com/hellsbellesrollergirls www.hellsbellesrollergirls.com


Smile and a handshake?

Ok, I’m new to this and I don’t really know what the customary way of saying hello is.  Hmmm…..maybe open with a joke?

Ok, erm…Guy walks into a pub….erm…barman says “You’re barely funny on Facebook, think you’ll have better luck here eh? Idiot.”

Well that’s that knackered.

I’m more of a doer than a talker.  Also, a better listener than a talker. I could fall over my words for England. So, a good start so far…..

Still with me so far? I’ll be using this to share random thoughts and ideas, occasionally jump on my soapbox,  and also, plug the various musical acts I’m lucky enough to know, encounter online or see at gigs.

Feel free to get in touch,  share opinions  and links etc.

D.