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They Shot Down God!

I’d been musing on the 80s (as you can tell) and I then found this… I was back with my Speccy playing Manic Miner… The first Speccy game that managed by clever use of interupts to have music whilst things were happening. Anyway, Infidel753 reminded me a while back of this song…

That’s a rockin’ tune and like so much of the ’80s so optimistic, so positive. Or how about this:

Where did it go wrong? When did the new miserableness set-in? And where’s my fucking jet-pack?

It’s what I don’t get about so much contemporary political dialogue. Infidel753′s (he’s blog-rolled) tag-line is “If it’s not fun, what’s the point?”. Can’t we all just lighten-up for a minute? So a load of Greenies think the sky is falling and a load of bearded lunatics want to make 767s fall out of it on the way down. We have coped with worse. I mean the Nazis at least ran some things with competence.

The future is meant to be better and it can be if we just let it be.

PS The title is a ref to Philip K Dick.


  1. Current says:

    Read “The Dusk in Autumn”. Agnostic often discusses this…

  2. John B says:

    Fortunately, Nick, God is one Being they will never be able to shoot down, much though they would like to. Doesn’t mean they won’t have a go at everything else, though.
    Politically, yes, there was an overwhelming surge of awareness in the late 70s that everything was falling apart and various people got some common sense and chucked the whole nonsense that was causing it, as far away as possible.
    Those dedicated to the lie, the nonsense, carried on beavering away though, behind the scenes. Mainly in the Labour Party. Their allies in the conservatives ranks slowly eroded the logical grounds for common sense by misrepresenting it, getting those involved in the drive for freedom seduced away by their own venality, working on the media, whatever. They did it. Dedicated deception.
    Meanwhile back in Labour those dedicated to the lie rose to the top. Look at the Marxist activists in the 70s and see if you can spot any, anywhere today.
    They have achieved the goal.
    That is all.
    To undo their work and restore freedom will take more than ranting and raving at them. Common sense backed by a dedicated adherence to the truth is what it would take. And who has that?
    We’ve been seduced into immediacy, compromise and dishonesty.

  3. SaltedSlug says:

    Here’s your fucking jet pack:
    Martin Jet Pack

    Now I’m just looking for my robot manservant and I’m set.

  4. Locke says:


    Well from the evidence presented in this post, perhaps it’s a good thing that musicians got miserable.

  5. Locke says:

    Nick – this`ll be right up your street :

  6. Locke says:

    Also apropos of nothing, this;

  7. Sam Duncan says:

    Locke, that is awesome. What is it about Japanese that makes any old nonsense ten times cooler? It’s not just that I don’t understand what they’re singing: if it was in German it would be frighteningly creepy; in French, just embarrassing (although they’d probably get a 14-year-old girl to do it in her pants and out-creep the Krauts). No, there’s something about Japanese.

  8. NickM says:

    Matt from Busted once gain wide notoriety and even wider ridicule for defenestrating a Corby trouser press from the Birmingham Hilton. It doesn’t get any more Rock ‘n’ Roll than that.

  9. RAB says:

    It doesn’t get more rock n roll than that.

    Oh yes it bloody does!

    John Bonham and Keith Moon would consider that just warming up!
    Still nice to know the youngsters are at least trying. Bit of a way to go before they are driving Rollers into swimming pools though.

    Yes Locke loved the jap video, echoes of Busby Berkeley and all. Ants love strawberries eh?
    Pity about the music though, retro 60s Beat, with shades of Dancing in the Street and even a bit of Bruce Springsteen.

  10. Bod says:

    I think I really am getting old. I remember going to gigs where there was a distinct possibility that you’d get seriously injured. Rob Halford losing control of his bike on stage and driving it into the mosh pit, Fee Waybill dropping a still running chainsaw on stage, Blue Oyster Cult bursting balloons with wrist-mounted lasers, Yngwie Malmsteen strapping VERY large roman candles to his axe and firing them over the crowd. And so on – and that was in the controlled environment of concert venues.

    Does that kind of thing still go on at gigs? I mean, aside from bands burning down venues in Rhode Island. It seemed to me that after about 1994, the whole of the live music scene went all elfan safety on us. Most dangerous thing I think I saw was Annie Wilson trying to dance in one of her ‘heavier’ phases.

  11. NickM says:

    C’mon RAB I was being sarky about Matt from busted.

    I guess you knew Keith Moon and Ollie Reed were pals. That must have been a sight to behold (from a distance).

    And W.A.S.P. with Blackie Lawless attaching fireworks to his cod-piece. That’s what I call entertainment! Now you can’t imagine Coldplay doing that can you?

  12. Bod says:

    Quite right, Nick, but I’m starting to sense another ’4 Yorkshiremen’ coming on, so I’ll stop right there.

    The days of Keith Emerson assaulting his Hammond Organ (ooo-er missus, titter ye not) are well and truly over. I fear we shall never see the likes of bands like these again.

  13. RAB says:

    Yes I know, but I was just trying to move the thread along with my mock outrage, by reminding the youngsters what real rock stars were like.

    Bod, couldn’t find a clip of the chainsaw bit, so this will have to do.
    This is what we had to put up with for entertainment back in the boring seventies, before Simon Cowell re envigorated pop music to the point of somnambulance.

    Ollie and Moonie were close friends yeah, but they were actually wonderfully polite and charming people most of the time. The mayhem only started if you pissed them off.

  14. Now you can’t imagine Coldplay doing that can you?

    I wish they bloody well would! At least then we wouldn’t get any more children called ‘Apple’! I expect the most rock n’ roll thing Chris Martin has ever done is pour tea over the teasmaid when his chamomile was too strong.

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