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The Outpost Cafe / I had my Dilbert moment today ...
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:06:43 PM »


Our law firm is getting new IT hardware, lawyers ("fee earners") will receive laptops as opposed to desktop computers. You get to choose between two types. I wanted neither - I never take laptops with me anywhere nor have I ever owned one, if I need to do something mobile, I use my BlackBerry. So I write an email to the good people of our IT department: "A laptop with me is really a waste, can't I have a desktop like anybody else in this firm has who is not a lawyer?"

And this is what the good people of our IT department write:

Thank you for your inquiry. According to our Global Strategy (----> Global Strategy link in our Intranet) laptops are mandatory for fee earners "to nurture a willingness to be innovative, agile, dynamic and disciplined".

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Ok, I then felt suitably empowered (as well as - I hasten to add - fully aligned with our Global Strategy in whatever current version it may exist) and just wrote back that the concept of "innovative, agile, dynamic & disciplined" was really only an update of the age-old principles of "sex & drugs & rock'n'roll" and could I please have my mandatory laptop then clad in leather with studs? (They replied they would give it a try, but that Judas Priest was a high benchmark to meet.)
 

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The Outpost Cafe / For Dave: Yet another C&W authenticity test ...
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:05:54 AM »
(nervously) Yes or no?







Backing vocals too Eagles-ish?  :-\

Bassist moves and has his bass slung like he's playing in a Prog band?  :-\

The way they dress!  :-\

In feverish anticipation of your just verdict!

Uwe

PS: Actually, I find myself reminded of Loggins & Messina with a good deal of Garth Brooks thrown in.

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The Outpost Cafe / Suzi, Andy & Donny ... Cum On Can The Blitz ...
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:08:41 PM »
A (very) belated Glam Supergroup of sorts ...








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The Outpost Cafe / Afternoon Delight
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:26:24 PM »
A good few of you probably already know this, shame on you for never sharing it here. P R I C E L E S S !!!


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The Bass Zone / Young Polish Talent (probably a relative of Jake)
« on: October 25, 2017, 02:21:12 AM »


I couldn't do that.

The cross-legged part I mean.

She plays HOs too ...








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The Outpost Cafe / In case your WS 1987 is worse for wear ...
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:25:38 PM »
... there's a 30th Anniv. Ed. coming out, 4 CDs + DVD/Bluray with the album remastered, separately remixed, non-album tracks, outtakes/backing tracks and live stuff from the era.



From the daze when doing your hair took more time than doing the soundcheck & playing the gig!  :mrgreen:

One scene in that promo vid of course beckons the question with considerable insistence: Did they have to wipe the Jag before of after Tawny rolled over it? Just wondrin'.  :-X

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The Outpost Cafe / St. Paradise
« on: October 09, 2017, 03:01:07 PM »
They have finally rereleased it on CD (there was a first CD release around 2011 but that didn't last long for probably legal entanglements)l!

https://www.amazon.com/St-Paradise-ST-PARADISE/dp/B074JC5N3T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507586286&sr=8-1&keywords=st+paradise+cd

And it sounds better than it ever did on vinyl (Grange's bass sounds awesome throughout). Holmes was such a great vocalist, Nugent, in his usual inaneness, murdered that line up.

I never knew there was live footage from them!



Rob Grange was the epitome of the cool tall towering bass player for me, curls, shades, tight white Travolta pants  :gay: and all. He was the first bass player I actually took notice of on stage when I saw Ted Nugent 76/77. I thought Nugent was a bit of a buffoon even back then (but with a great guitar tone), but found St. Holmes and Grange extremely cool.

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The Outpost Cafe / Gizmodrome
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:26:59 AM »
P R O G     W A R N I N G !!!


Sounds like a mix of Zappa, Lodger-era Bowie/late King Crimson and quirky Police, but I really dig it. Amazing to hear Mark King where he doesn't slap at all (from what I've heard so far on my office stereo, wait for it!!!! ... now he starts to slap alright ...  :mrgreen: ), even where other bass players perhaps would. He sounds really organic, actually the most organic sounding of all four instrumentalists.

Copeland's drumming of course - just like Ginger Baker's or Neil Peart's - never fails to entertain. And his non-singing is kinda pleasant.






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The Outpost Cafe / Heartwarming ...
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:47:07 AM »

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The Outpost Cafe / To Kill a Hummingbird ... (Let Us Prey!)
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:33:11 PM »
Ferocious lil' green fella, ain't it?  :mrgreen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/science/praying-mantis-eating-birds.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_sc_20170926&nl=science-times&nlid=79166635&ref=img&te=1&_r=0



We learn: Nature is more creative than man. It will turn a hummingbird feeder into one for praeying mantises.  :mrgreen:

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The Outpost Cafe / Iconographic ain't the word ...
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:41:13 AM »
Provided to me by Hörnisse and for your enjoyment ...


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Rickenbacker Basses / Not a fan entirely ...
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:16:03 PM »
I hope the humor of you Ricsters is still intact ... Coarse language and stream of consciousness warning. For the avoidance of doubt: I don't agree with him on a lot of things!






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Rising Busker!!!


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The Outpost Cafe / Just listening to ...
« on: May 26, 2017, 08:46:59 AM »
... the new Sgt. Pepper stereo remix by George Martin's son Giles. If you have in the past been torn between the original mono mixes for their organic force and the "novelty"-stereo mix with its (perhaps for your ears all too)

p                  a                 n                 o                 r                 a                  m                 i                    c

effect, you'll now have the best of both worlds. All of the sudden, the Beatles sound like a hard rock band in places, not like intricate studio ornamentors. And yeah, Macca's Ric (and Ringo's assorted Ludwig percussion) is now "in the middle" of the sound and all the more forceful and grooving for it, but keyboard and guitar(s) separation keeps everything uncluttered and from becoming too dense. In a way, it's a bit like George, John, Paul & Ringo performing Sgt. Pepper live for you in a studio. Organic panorama, yeah!

Hardly an original choice, I know, but everytime I listen to it, I still think it is the best pop/rock album in the world ever. Yes, even before Deep Purple's Machine Head and Burn, Judas Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny and Point of Entry, Status Quo's Quo and On the Level or Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits. (Did I just hear catcalls from the cheap seats of "Yeah, that is some real competition you got there, Uwe!"  :mrgreen: )


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The Outpost Cafe / Manchester ...
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:57:40 AM »
Planting a bomb at a teeny bopper concert with mostly young girls in the audience plunges new depths of vileness even if you apply terrorist standards. Could any of us have imagined the PLO or the IRA planting a bomb at a T. Rex, Osmonds or Bay City Rollers concert or, say, the Hezbollah attack a Take That or Britney Spears gig?

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