Saturday, May 31, 2008

Motorblog New Album Titled 'Motorizer': That's what the band's My Space site tells us, but the main site does not confirm this in the News section - yet!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Motorblog Geoff Barton Reviews 'Sheep In Wolves Clothing' in 'Classic Rock' on Page 78 but completely misses the whole point!
Thick-skinned and used to anything relating to Motorhead getting a bad review by now, this is being treated, in time-honoured fashion, with the contempt it so richly deserves.
Why Barton reviewed it is a mystery, when it was sent to Jerry Ewing?
A pity Carol Clerk didn't review it...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Motorblog Lemmy The Movie: Thanks to MHB 1916 Artyom Golew over there in Russia, who sent through the news, and here's a taster it'll be released in 2009.
Motorblog Shindig! Magazine has now broadened out with a UK-wide distribution deal and is available in most WH Smith stores at £4-25; or by subscription (at a reduce rate deal) and features 84 pages of psych, garage, beat, powerpop, soul, folk etc which, if you're over 50, you'll dig.
The May-June Issue, amongst many other great features, has (MHB 2675) Rich Deakin's review of The Pink Fairies knockout live CD, 'Finland Freakout 1971,' and whilst Carl Tweed reviews the recent 'Bomp! Saving The World One Record At A Time' book, he also talks to editor's Suzy Shaw and Mick Farren, where Mick mentions his then recent part in recording 'Lost Johnny' for our Motorheadbangers CD.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Motorblog Michelle Meldrum Has Died: Michelle Meldrum, guitarist and leader of her band, Meldrum, died of a cerebral / brain hemorrhage in a Los Angeles hospital on May 21st; age 39.
Meldrum were Motorhead's special guests on the Scandinavian leg of their 2004 Inferno Tour. Lemmy co-wrote and provided vocals for the 'Miss Me When I'm Gone' track, which was featured on Meldrum's 'Blowin' Up The Machine' album, released just a year ago, and on a couple of occasions joined them onstage to sing and play it.
Ex-Motorhead Brian 'Robbo' Robertson was guest guitarist on the 'Attakapa' track on Meldrum's first album, 'Loaded Mental Cannon.'
Meldrum were completing a new album in LA when Michelle was rushed to hospital after falling into a coma on May 19th. The album will be released as a tribute at a later date.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Motorblog Motorhead - The Early Years CD: (Previously mentioned in the March 25th Blog). Despite the Amazon site claim of 'Biography - Songs - Photo Gallery,' mine just has the songs; which are, in fact, some of the early out-takes previously released by Receiver Records. Hoping (and dribbling in anticipation) for the other 2 facets I stuck the CD into the PC, but it just verified it was a CD with no apparent extra functions for some wordy biography or ultra-rare photo gallery tucked away in a seperate DVD archive. Instead, it's the songs, a 4 page insert with 2 photos and a bit of blurb an 8 year old could have written, and that's about it. Fortunately, I found this copy for around £6 in the New & Used, I would have felt horribly ripped-off had I paid the full (they must be taking the piss!) price of £13.49.
Motorblog New Album Nearing Completion: Motorhead are putting the finishing touches, mainly Lemmy's vocals, to their latest and as yet untitled album. Equally, there are no song titles available as yet - watch this space.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bloatermog: We Must Not Be Saddened By Their Passing, But Grateful That Our Lives Were Enriched By Knowing Them.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bloatermog Funerals For A Friend and A Relation: Despite the obvious asset of meeting family and friends and catching up on long-promised connections, funerals are never a favourite; and attending two on the same day a rare exception.
With my Uncle Len's taking place at 11 am and local band DNA frontman, Andy's taking place at Noon, it was impossible to go to both. So with understanding from the DNA friends and relations camp, we attended Uncle Len's service and interment in full, and Andy's wake, which took place on the both famous and infamous Poole Quay.
For Uncle Len, it was that chance to meet member's of the family both we and they promised would happen sooner rather than later the last time we met, but with the speed of life as it is these days, none seem to keep those dates - until the next wedding, christening, or more likely as the older we get, the next funeral. But connections are made again and let's hope we are able to keep some of those promises this time.
In the afternoon, friends of Andy's told us of the 100's of people attending his Woodland Burial, with most also attending the Wake at The Lord Nelson pub on Poole Quay; which was packed both inside and out. Musician friends of Andy's had brought instruments and set up the stage and, along with DNA band members Gavin, Dave and Bob, various collaborations took the stage to play, sing and jam just as he would have wanted.
We would have preferred things were different with our attendance at these events being in some figment of our imagination or a parallel world somewhere else, but our lives, and the ending of them is inevitable and none can escape; so let's not forget, and keep in touch with those who are still here, whilst they ARE still here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Motorblog Transvestite Sheep Still Available: My thanks to Ace Trump for including mention of the Fan Club CD on the imotorhead site in the News section; yes, there still some transvestite sheep needing a home, so order your copy today from there or here...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Bloatermog DNA Guitarist / Singer Andy: Died of a heart attack it has been found. The remainder of the band, Bob on guitar, Gavin on drums and Dave on bass, will be playing The Lord Nelson pub on Poole Quay on June 21st as a tribute to their close friend. The event will be ticketed and proceeds donated to the British Heart Foundation in Andy's name.
You can count me in for starters!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Motorblog Tales Of The Action Man - The Return of The Head Cat: MHB 199 Roger Neville-Neil's latest gig review / story has now been posted, see either his My Space in the Links on this site, or click Great story and pix from The Head Cat gig.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Bloatermog Birthday Wishes: Thank you to those happy to remind me another year has passed and sent a greeting, very much appreciated. Spent the day gardening, which is boring to many, I know, but with the first of our Summer sunshine blazing down for most of it at around 20 degrees, well...
And it's not as if it could have been spent sitting outside the Pub, as our local, The Greenridge at Upton Crossroads, has recently closed; yet another casualty of the smoking ban. There will not be many Pub's left at this rate, and other leisure industries, like the Bingo Halls, are also suffering to on-line playing where a fag can be enjoyed at the same time; (TV ad's for on-line gaming are more than freqent these recent weeks).
My last pint, (and 2 or 3 cups of tea), were imbibed at The Greenridge on April 7th, the day the 'Sheep In Wolves' Clothing' CD was released, as an informal 'Launch Party' where I was joined, at their resoundingly knockout suggestion, by Mad Dog's Tim, Andrew and Steve.
It is crazy how many UK pubs are closing as a knock-on effect of last July's smoking ban, causing the very structure of the UK to change. And the lager-lout / underage kids drinking problem could have easily been solved had the pubs been able to stay around, as when I was a kid, the only place you could get a drink, other than over the bar, was from the pub's off-sales. Now, it's available virtually everywhere, and much like they're on about "hiding the fags under the shop counter," they're going to have to do much the same with the booze. George Orwell's theory will be with us eventually, maybe not in my lifetime, but there again, the way things are going...perhaps...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bloatermog DNA Singer / Guitarist Dies Suddenly: Andy, lead singer and guitarist with one of my local bands, DNA, passed away on May 3rd aged only 45; the cause is as yet unknown.
Going to see the band via the friendship of lead guitarist, Bob Newiss, whom I met working at a local factory some years ago, DNA played a great, crowd pleasing blend of rock and punk which brought them a well-packed venue wherever they played.
Like so many of us, Andy lived for his music, and I spent an entertaining afternoon with him, and also met his wife and early teenage family, at the Poole Park August Bank Holiday live event put on by the local Mr. Kyps venue, in 2006.
Andy was the driving force behind the band, and it seems out of respect for him they are not carrying on. Their website has been on my Links page for some years now, and will remain so in his memory.

Coupled with this, my Uncle Len passed away peacefully on Friday May 2nd.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Motorblog 'Sheep' Gets An On-Line Review: click Latest Reviews.
Why does no one like The Sweet Zeros version of '1916'? The brief was "to provide a radically different version of any Motorhead song and/or a version with a female vocalist;" the Zero's did exactly as the spec asked of them, so why the negativity? This is not the first time the track has had the thumbs down and I can't see it? It's a punked-up version of the solemn original with a chick singing it and due reverence is paid with the last verse. Appreciate the review from MHB Stuart A Hamilton as on the whole it's very positive, but can he or anyone explain how '1916' could be covered any differently? I thought it was very cleverly done myself, and I think it may have even caused a wry smile on Lemmy's face, he whom enjoys all things F>A>S>T.

Contrary to Stuart's assumption, copies ARE still available via