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Protest Against the Fruit Flingers


"Returning from church hall last Friday (17th) we witnessed the aftermath of a destructive TV commercial film crew. The damage (smashed windows, bent car aerials and broken garden ornaments) was caused when several tonnes of fruit was dumped. JUST TO SEE HOW FUNNY IT WOULD LOOK BOUNCING DOWN THE STREETS OF SWANSEA NORTH!

"The 'Tango' drinks brand did nothing to clear up the slippery mush they left behind (which contravened several health and safety laws). And would only respond to Association Secretary Steve with a statement: 'Sometimes you have to make a mess to dramatise fruit refreshment to the consumer'. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!"

Jason 'Voodoo' Rea And Those Crazy Swiss

"Had a great time. My visit to Zurich happily coincided with their annual Beer and Sausage festival. Indulged in some Olympic level drinking and ate an awful lot of sausage and cheese. During a particularly heavy cheese session on Saturday night/Sunday morning, I seem to remember commenting that I was bound to have some rather interesting dreams after consuming such a large and varied quantity of strong cheese. This remark was greeted with blank looks from my Swiss hosts. Thinking that my English had somehow failed me, I attempted to explain myself in simpler terms and using gestures to portray the intense dreams I was expecting to be induced by their fine cheese. Again, nothing but blank looks.
Spurred on and gaining inspiration from the strong Swiss beer I had been drinking, I was convinced that my point was a valid one. I seem to have become a little obsessed with explaining this now very important dream issue and I remember becoming ever more animated in my portrayal of the wild dreams I was expecting. I think I was at the stage of impersonating Kate Bush dancing to Wuthering Heights combined with a bit of Hunter S Thompson thrown in for good measure - the looks of the Swiss people now turning from blank to blind horror - when it occurred to me that maybe the Swiss don't associate strange dreams with eating cheese just before bedtime.
Maybe, having consumed large quantities of cheese all their life, they had built up some kind of strange cheese tolerance. Stranger even still, they had become used to their cheese induced dreams and took it for granted that every night they would be visited by the Incubi and Succubi of the cheese world.
Those crazy Swiss. They are certainly a very tolerant bunch and for an independent nation have a real love of guns - all men are forced to do National Service and are actually given some form of weapon to keep at home. I am pictured with the Swiss Army Assault rifle - on a balcony in a very posh area of Zurich. There was not enough light in the apartment I was visiting to accommodate my phone camera so obviously I was ushered out onto the balcony. I asked if it was normal for a smiling shaven headed man to be seen posing with an assault rifle on a balcony in Zurich on a Sunday morning? My hosts laughed and said it would be tolerated. Those crazy Swiss."

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Golf Harris Under The influence

Golf Harris - Under The influence
12 tracks, in no particular order that have influenced Golf Harris to sound the way they do.
1. Golden Slumbers – The Beatles
The track that John most wishes that he wrote and a standard starting point for attempts to write anything.
2. Isn’t it a pity – Galaxie 500
A George Harrison cover, although neither of us ever managed to hear the original. This is the saddest song ever and the bench mark for sad songs. Was also the song that was mentioned when we spoke of starting Golf Harris.
3. Cheese and Onions – The Rutles
The greatest Beatles song ever! With the greatest middle 8 of all-time. Worth it alone for the final note.
4. Northern Skies - Nick Drake
The song that inspired Northern Lights as a homage, a staple Golf Harris favorite – including with founder member Ricc.
5.The fall
Not one particular song, just the whole Mark E Smith ethos, i.e. group members come and go, never being tied down to a particular style or anything –just wish we where as prolific.
6. The flaming lips - The Soft Bulletin
Pick a song, any song…. The Soft Bulletin is one of those albums we wished we could have made, and unlike , say OK Computer, is one that we could have made (if we’d have had the money, the time, the talent etc.etc.) Melodic Originality – the GH Holy Grail
7. Bottleneck in Caple Curig – Half Man Half Biscuit
It could have been any of the ‘biscuits tracks pretty much as there all brilliant, however this one was picked for several facts. It is a brilliant pop song, it makes you feel incredibly summery! And it has the line ‘Neil Morrissey’s a Knob head’’ And he is.
8. Ennio Morricone
We’ve always been huge fans of soundtrack music , and Morricone is the daddy of them all (and Lalo Schiffrin’s its brother and Bernard Herman’s its uncle), mostly for his use of drama and intensity, a big influence on our ‘arrangements’ – check out ‘Sun Has Crossed The Sky’ or ‘Shrouded In The Snow’.
9. till the morning comes - Neil Young
The whole of ‘After the Gold Rush’ is a great album, but this was picked for the fantastic use of the trumpet at the end, something we have tried a lot in the past.
10. The Super Furry Animals –Radiator
Taught us the way to use Pop tricks without sounding ‘twee’.
11. Here comes your man – The Pixies
The song that inspired Paul to actually pick up a guitar and learn. Could have been any Pixies track, but this one wins, just from Velouria for the riff.
12. Car Wash Hair – Mercury Rev
One of the first songs John learned to play on guitar- Aminor, G, D - never lets you down.

Two Gallants "Steady Rollin'"

Steady Rollin' is a great peice of drunken sing-a-long new county that Johnny Cash would have appreciated whilst he punched Ostriches and necked whizz- great tune great lyrics great Beards.

Lark: Under The Influence

Stephen Jones - '0-1-800-Jesus' From 1985-2001
Erik Satie - 'Gymnopedies No. 1' From Piano Works
Smog - 'All Your Woman Things' From The Doctor Came At Dawn
Sparklehorse - 'Spiritditch' From Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - 'I See A Darkness' From I See A Darkness
The Dirty Three - 'Lullabye For Christie' From Whatever You Love,
You Are
Spain - 'Ten Nights' From The Blue Moods Of Spain
Babybird - 'Copper Feel' From The Happiest Man Alive
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - 'Lucy' From The Good Son
Tom Waits - 'Big In Japan' From Mule Variations
The Cramps - 'Human Fly' From Off The Bone
The Fall - 'Dr. Bucks' Letters' From The Unutterable

Karl from Lark sez: "You could add anything by Cohen or Dylan for their influence
although musically not that direct

As for why, if you've heard us and heard these songs you'd know why.
from nonsensical rhyming dadist nonsense to heartfelt love songs
and now even including a couple of good time numbers, well for us

Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

Great title, but there always great titles aren't they? Problem is I think one of his previous titles would have been more apt, 'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before', or 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' as this album sounds like I have heard it before, it sounds like more of his old music, again. Artists sound the way they sound and this is why we like them. However whilst I wasn't expecting this to sound like new wave jazz or heavy metal, my problem lies in just that - expectations.

With Morrissey we always expect so much. While our expectations were being dulled by his solo outputs, his last album 'you are the quarry' raised them again, back to those we had of his former group. And this may be the crux of the problem.

Our expectations are such of him that we need to be challenged by what we hear and not to simply have the same formula repackaged again. Whilst we have believed his hype we desperately need him not too. Maybe to achieve this he needs someone with as much investment and input in the songs as he has. As such Morrissey sounds like he needs a stronger song writing partner, someone to bully him and to shape him and not to just write songs that sound like Morrissey songs.If rifts or riffs can not be patched up with Johnny Marr, then maybe its time for someone new, someone to push things further once more, to bring the best out of him. Something that Tony Visconti seems to have not quite managed.

As such I can only suggest our own Riccardo Terranova, with Morrissey's new adopted homeland of Italy, this would help with the kudos as well as the song writing.

For now Morrissey is treading water, when he should be walking on it. Pity.


The Toy Guns: Under The Influence

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - The Ramones. Because every time I wanna
write a song I wanna write a song like this. Its just a perfect
simple punk pop song, with any amounts of great hooks.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles. I really like how this tune
is really 3 tunes stuck together - much like paranoid android. And
it works. It's something I aimed at with our song no bullets no guns.

Too Much Too Young - The Specials. Could have chosen most of their
stuff really. This song though was the one that made me wanna write
ska tunes. The rhythms are really infectious and made me wanna

Bodies - The Sex Pistols. I chose this for its venom. The lyrics are
canny shocking I reckon, but great. I really love the scream of the
chorus and I'm always looking to do sommit similar but I cannae slip
it in at the mo like.

Sabotage - The Beastie Boys. Great cross over song, hip hop n punk.
It shows you that you can meld styles to great effect.

I Get Around - The Beach Boys. Pure surf pop, great singing and
catchy as hell. All you need in a tune.

Can't Stand Losing You - The Police. Really like the lyrics and feel
of this song. I took it and re-worked a bit of the lyric theme for
our song transmission.

Dreaming Of You - The Coral. Its the bass line that gets me - like
the way they nicked it from you're the one that i want from grease.
So we nicked it for one of our tunes, going mobile.

London Calling - The Clash. Really good war cry of a tune. I can
relate to this a lot. Influenced some of me own lyrics. Also like
the spiky guitars

A Forest - The Cure. Just reckon it's great the way the bass drives
the tune.

Song For My (Sugar Spun Sister) - The Stone Roses. The Stone Roses were the first band I eva got into when I were a tot. So they're the reason I wanted to be in a band. This tune was me favourite back

Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones. All their tunes are so underrated.
People only know teenage kicks and while that's a great tune they
have so many more. Kinda similar to sheena is a punk rocker in the
way that its a perfect punk pop tune. Cham

Ian Thorp Reports From Sunny Malaysia

I love Malaysia; it’s a great place.

For one it reminds me of home - England, not Australia, despite the fact that it’s in the tropics and the temperature hardly ever drops below 30 degrees - Why? It’s the subtle little things;

The power point are the same as in the UK -there’s something reassuring about the big plug with a fuse in it; they have double yellow lines here and Marks and Spencer, this seems odd bearing in mind that:

I have no plugs that actually fit into those sockets
Double yellow lines usually equal bad thing
M&S in KL doesn’t sell prawn and mayo sarnies and seems to be the most expensive shop in the city - Armani’s cheaper than M&S!

For another its clean, modern, people are really friendly and stuff just works.

K.L.’s a really strange mix of old colonial buildings, and super modern high tech stuff like the Petronas Tower that was one of the worlds tallest building until the Taiwanese chucked up this little number: which is 509M.

The Petronas certainly one of the worlds best looking buildings which was omni-present when ever I looked out of my hotel window as they nicely upgraded me to have a champion view from the 25th floor, however if I felt like I was in Lost in Translation in Singapore the feeling was doubly so in KL as I was there all alone.

Public transport makes London transport look positively third world, well I guess that’s because it is, there’s a mono-rail system, light rail and high speed train that get you the 80KM from the airport at the speed of light, it was 2004 when I got on the train the train it was 2516 and the world was run by apes, so I took the train back to the airport, got a taxi and all was back to normal when I got back to the city.

I didn’t get much time to have a look around as I was working, I got taken on a bit a off sight-seeing by one of the guys I work with, who took me too the Islamic museum, which was pretty interesting, especially all the big swords and stuff, I didn’t see one tourist in there which was pretty cool and visited the new political district - Putra Jaya - which looked like Milton Keynes only with a huge mosque in the middle of a roundabout and the most ornate lampposts you have ever seen - which I failed to take any photos of, so you will just have to take my word for it.

I was, believe it or not stuck in a massive hail storm the first day I was there, gale force winds and hail stones the size of golf balls (which I thought was a little excessive for hail until I discovered that storms that rip up trees and telegraph poles are rare occurrences and my colleague had never even seen - ever), the eyes of the locals turned to me- seemingly I give new meaning to the term weatherman! - Was it a coincidence that every day after that, evening prayer time just happened to be just before someone gave me a lift to the station?

Got a taxi to an Irish bar to meet a colleague who lives there and obviously done an excellent job of assimilating into the community - not! Finally get to the bar and it cost me a (relative) fortune in the taxi - and I can’t believe that he hadn’t picked a closer bar, “why its only 10 minutes drive away!”
-We’ll yes maybe however my driver was obviously proud of his town and wanted to show me around - he did this by completing a full lap of the ring road surrounding the city!! Taxi drivers - all the same!!

Unfortunately no real tales of pubs this trip, however will be going back so hopefully more info for the boozy traveller then!

One last thing, I was given a copy of the Quoran, and if you want to create a stir on international flight and at immigration I suggest carrying it in your hand luggage and reading it on the plane.

Ian Thorp reports from sunny Singapore

I'm at a conference in Singapore paid for by a vendor. Five days in swanky hotel with a continuous stream of presentations on how to sell more of this vendor's equipment.

I'm not a salesman never have been. Despite that fact that the company I work is exclusively interested in making wads of cash I like to at least delude myself that my job is working for the 'greater good'- not sure for instance how helping a company rip up great tracts of land to get to the minerals below is for the greater good, but as I said - I like to delude myself.

However when the first presenter said in the first couple of minutes said '…and that will help you to make more money and after all that is what we are all here for' made me feel rather sick.

There are 500 Unix and sales people here so it's a really great fun crowd I feel like I'm Edward Norton in Fight Club when he starts going nuts in meetings, I keep getting the urge to stand up and abuse these people.

Staying at the Shangri-La apparently one of the best spots in town, its not bad, apparently it has 16 acres of gardens and a top swimming pool, not that I've had chance to enjoy them as I've been stuck inside listening to presentations on stuff I really couldn't give a monkeys about. I wake up in the morning and I'm in Lost in Translation as I open my electric curtains and stare out over a foreign city. Just to add to that feeling of disconnection from the real world the carpet in the lift has the day woven into it. I wonder who's idea it was to weave 'Tuesday' into the carpet - just in case I haven't switched the TV or read the complimentary.

One good thing is the free beer, its amazing what we will do for free beer, I was willing go to the opening of packet of crisps (not cheese and onion) if there is free beer and its not like I can't afford to buy the stuff myself - although when you're in Singapore and its US$20 a litre I'm not so sure.

Escaped the geeks and salesmen and ventured out for beer - I don't remember Singapore being quite as dodgy last time around. Also got the impression the local men are not very skilled in the kitchen -talking to one chap who'd lost a finger and when I asked him how he said it'd been with a carving knife -they really need to be more careful as I saw several guys in there with same injury maybe P&P need to expand into cooking schools for men.

Sedlec Ossuary Near Kutná Hora In The Czech Republic

Grizzly But Gripping - Yes Sir!Thems Human Bones Alright.

At some point at around 3am after losing count of Absinthe chasers I met The Devil. It was in a bar, I don't remember which, somewhere in Prague in the summer of 1999.

I was in Prague on my way through Eastern Europe in a manner, that in terms of drinking and behaviour that would be best described as 'Blitzkrieg', and apart from the lack of brown and a slight leaning to the left, in a manner that Eastern Europe hadn't experienced in 50 years. It was at this point that he, The Devil, asked me if I wanted to see a church that was made of bones.
The bones of 40,000 people.

This being an offer that you don't get everyday and with the Absinthe really kicking in at this point I accepted. With some slight trepidation.

I awoke the following morning with a bad head and a bad memory. It was one of those cases where you sit straight up in bed, recoiling in horror as your brain allows a little of the previous night to come back to you. It was here that I had remembered that I had spent a part of the evening speaking to a man that was to me, quite clearly, the Prince of Darkness about accompanying him to see a church of human bones.
Surely this must have been some horrible dream. As I stirred from my top bunk and looked down I was met by the sight of Lucifer Himself looking up at me from the bunk below and asking if I was still up for the trip to church.
Realising that this wasn't some horrible alcohol fuelled dream, or if it was, it was like an 'American Werewolf in London' and I was dreaming I was awake, I smiled politely and agreed.

So we set off, 5 of us, (including The Devil) to reach the church. Now I'm sure that you are asking yourself how I was so sure that the person in question was indeed the Dark Lord. Well, he looked like The Devil for one. Tall, skinny, long pony tail, long nails, Australian and had been a tour guide, (all I believe, pre-requisites), and on the train he said some of the sickest things that I have ever heard. Things that I cannot bring myself to repeat here. Things that truly upset me, and I am fairly hard to upset. So I guess that you'll just have to trust me on this one, unless you've ever been to this place and then you may understand.

The Ossury is in a place which sounded like, 'Cunt-Na Whore -Ah': not a good start. It's about an hour outside of Prague on a train. When you get out at the station it's time to ask some local that doesn't live in the capital and therefore doesn't speak much English, where the exact location of the church is. Try to mime 'church full of bones' to someone, it's worth double points. On arrival at the church there's a small fee to go in and you get given an information sheet, not that this in any way explains WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO MAKE A CHURCH OUT OF HUMAN BONES. The church is kinda like a normal gothic style church, however in each of the 4 corners are bells measuring the size of, say a room with a toilet in it, but not a bath or sink. Get the idea? And the rest of the place is set out like a normal church, pews, font etc. but with chandeliers that all made out of BONES. Nice. We managed about 10 minutes in the place before the overall feeling of dread became far too much and we were compelled to leave, obviously not The Devil though- he was loving it. - Patrick Kagoul

The Pitch & Putt Pitch

"Hey! You! Mr. Producer- here' some remakes for ya (seeing as your too busy tooting dust to make something original ya bastard!)."

Kill Roy - A daytime chat show descends into bloody violence. (Contains Chop Sockky).

Yo! Seventh Seal - a modern remake spoken entirely in 'Jive'.

Sleeping With The Bellamy - a steamy sex thriller set in the world of environmentalism.

Lorraine Kelly's Heroes - GMTV presenters and Nazis.

W.H.Smith Goes To Washington - life-affirming political intrigue in the stationery business.

Ice Cold In Alex - life-affirming screwball nercophiliac rom-com.

Dr. Dre-vargo - hip-hop version of the Russian epic.

The Dead Pool - with Michael Barrymore.

Yeast is Yeast - microbrewery capers.

Laurence of Arabica -Technicolor homoerotica set in the coffee business.

Jumble Fever - the W.I. get down in the 'hood'.

Three Colours: Brown - very dull remake.

Heavens, Gates! - being the comedy mishaps of the Microsoft CEO.

The T'ing - West Indian remake of the horror classic.

Shit Cargo! - glossy depression-era set musical in which dazzling cinematography is burdened with the task of carrying the films three woefully untalented co-stars.

The Patient English - a cine-verite treatment of queuing

The Pitch & Putt Guide To The Saddest Songs In The World

1. Hello, It's Me - Lou Reed & John Cale
2. These Days - Nico
3. Sorry - Galaxie 500
4. $1,000 Wedding - Gram Parsons
5. Willing To Wait - Sebadoh
6. Katy Song - Red House Painters
7. Everyday Is Like Sunday - Morrissey
8. Dear Darling - Mary Margaret O'Hara
9. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - The Cowboy Junkies
10. If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
~Sam B.

1 - isn't it a pity - galaxie 500
2 - true love waits - radiohead
3 - i know it's over (live) - the smiths
4 - yesterday - the beatles
5 - once i was - tim buckley
6 - hello it's me - lou reed and john cale
7 - superstar - the carpenters
8 - dream operator - talking heads
9 - it's a motherfucker - the eels
10 - velouria - the pixies
11 - god only knows - the beach boys
12 - one - johnny cash
13 - say yes- elliott smith
14 - call me on the way back home - ryan adams
15 - these days - nico
~Paul B

1.Fake Plastic Trees-Radiohead,
2.Waterloo Sunset-The Kinks,
3. May This Be Love-Jimi,
4. God Only Knows-Beach Boys,
5. One-U2,
6. Flamenco Sketches-Miles Davis,
7. Friggin' in the Riggin,-The Pistols(o.k.maybe not so sad but you'ld need cheering up after all that maudling bollocks!),
8. The First Time Ever I saw Your Face-Roberta Flack,
9. A Man Needs a Maid-Niel Young,
10. Corvaire-Jim White.
11. High and Dry-Liberty X(fucking tragic!!!).
~J Sparkle

1. Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
2. Hallellujah - Jeff Buckley
3. hey, that's no way to say goodbye - Leonard Cohen
4. I break horses - Smog
5. Down by the River - Neil Young
6. Well I wonder - The Smiths
7. Asleep - The Smiths
8. Lioness - Songs: Ohia
9. Night & Day - Cole Porter (sung by Peter Skellern)
~ the Harbinger

1. parachute- nina nastasia
2. help me make it through the night - gladys night or willie nelson
3. wild horses - gram parsons
4. bright eyes - art garfunkle
5. low - because you stood still
6. tunng- a tale from black
7. Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World - granddaddy

~ John Crewdson

Artist: Sinister Footwear. Track: All Creatures...

Artist: Sinister Footwear
Track: All Creatures Great And Small

In a perfect world you'd probably be sick of this tune by now as it would have been at number one for 92 weeks. Unbelievably catchy, this instant toe tapper should be prescribed to manic-depressives. Throw away your Prozac and download it here.