February 22nd, 2009

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King Swamp - Blown Away

A bunch of us in sixth form really got into a fairly unknown band called 'King Swamp'. The Common Room stereo was continually hi-jacked by us anyway and King Swamp got probably more than it's fair share for a while. They were fantastic live but sadly didn't make it past their second album.

I found the first, self-titled, King Swamp album on vinyl in the late 90's (I only ever had it on cassette and lost it many years ago) and found a copy on CD yesterday which should be winging its way to me in the next week or two.

Listening to the blow track, Blown Away, reminds me slightly of INXS - who were also pretty popular in our sixth form and drinking circles at the time.

Anyway, I just found a King Swamp video on Youtube for the first time. It's not a great quality recording having been taken from the TV back in 1989 I believe. But it gives you an idea of what they were like. Now all I have to do is find some Ugle As Sin and InAura videos...

King Swamp - Blown Away


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Ugle As Sin - Terminal Love

....and what do you know. I found an old video of Ugly As Sin (see previous post)!

I was one of the very, very few who seems to have known this band. I saw them live a few times and had an old 4 track demo cassette they gave away at a gig. Which I think was the only thing of theirs - beyond maybe a 7" or 12" single - I had.

Anyway, here is a not particularly great sound qaulity video of 'Terminal Love by Ugly as Sin.

Ugly As Sin by Terminal Love


I remember going to a gig of theirs at The Marquee with Mike Roache (who the Monday Night drinks team will know as he was at the last Catcher meet-up) and seeing tickets on sale for a brand new band who were having their UK debut gig the following week. We recognised the name from Kerrang and other rock mags who were hyping them but had never heard of them but thought 'What the hey!' and brought tickets.

The following week we got to the venue and the que was the biggest we'd ever seen for a Marquee gig and people were offering us ridiculous amounts of money for our tickets. Needless to say we both headed straight in to see the band reckoning they must be fantastic. Sadly, although many people did seem to enjoy them, I thought they sucked. I saw them again in 1995 at Wembley Stadium supporting The Rolling Stones and still thought they sucked. They were a band called The Black Crowes (which it suddenly strikes me many of you might not have heard of if you're under 30!).

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Twitter Question...

I know a number of you use Twitter.

I've had an account for a while but have never posted on it. Or hadn't until yesterday when I made my first exploratory post and became a 'follower' to those who were 'following' me or who I found using an address book search.

I was wondering what you are using it for? What service does it provide to you? Why do you like it?

Now it's obviously incredibly early days for me but one of the reasons why I hadn't started actively using the service before now was because I couldn't really see a massive point to it when there are so many blogs and sites which convey the news to you in more detail if you'd like. Twitter sort of strikes me as alternative Facebook "What are you doing at the moment?" method of communication... and I have facebook for that?

Also, how many people have their phones texted the Twitters? I've not signed up for that (although I can see that being useful - although potentially very annoying with texts going off every few seconds! :p) but do you actually pay for the texts being sent to your phone? I'm guessing you probably do which sounds like it could become very expensive very quickly?

I've downlaoded an app for my iPhone which will allow me to access Twitter on the move (although obviously paying more for the privilege if I'm abroad as I won't get free internet access).

I was just wondering why people found Twitter useful, interesting and what you use it for?

Edit: Oh yeah, I'm Angus_A on Twitter should you want me.
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Last week of London Life...

Just realised that I'm about to enter the last full week of London life.

I may not have been born in London but it's the city that I grew up in and have spent all my adult life living in. Indeed, if you ignore the first couple of years of my existence living in the most easterly town in Britain (which I can only remember bits of from the time as I was obviously only a very little Angus) I've only actually lived outside of London once. That was when I was 12 for under half a year when I lived with my aunt and cousins and went to school in Washington State over in the USA.

Indeed, I've actually never lived outside of a very small part of North London. The family home is in Barnet and the rest of my life has been spent flittering between Finchley Central, Barnet, East Finchley and Frien Barnet - which are all within a few miles of each other.

To be spreading my wings and leaving my little stomping ground into pastures completely new is exciting on the whole. There will be a whole lot of things, and people, I will miss but there the glory of the internet age to help stay in touch - plus I will be back in London probably atleast once a month to see family, friends, gigs and attend Gameforce. But there's a lot of adventures, exploration and meeting new people to be done. Plus my new job will be keeping me very busy - and travelling around every so often.

Even though I'm moving out of London in little over a week I will still be working here for a few more weeks. I'll also probably be crashing in London during the week so will be available for drinks and stuff. I'm also going to organise a farewell party at somepoint to celebrate the fact that the London crowd will be getting rid of me at long last! :p

Dave and myself have found an incredibly nice (and HUGE) two bedroom luxury apartment in the town centre of where we're moving to. We were looking at 3 bedroom houses but the ones we saw where slightly too small for my needs (I have lots of stuff) - even with two reception rooms. We could have found larger houses if we'd gone to some of the outlying villages but as neither of us currently drives (I intend to finally get my license this year as my number 1 non-work priority; Dave intends to never drive) we needed somewhere central-ish or atleast with regular (and late running) public transport.

The flat is really massive. I'll try and post some pictures once we've moved in. The lounge is equally as large with a very nice, and modern, open plan kitchen at one end. There is an en suite bathroom off the main bedroom and a second bathroom off the hallway. We actually had a look at the penthouse (which is the floor above us) as that was also available but whilst it is really, really big and very nice it wouldn't be suitable for two single people. A couple of a single person, yes. Two singles, no. The raeson being is that it had two floors with a spiral staircase leading up to the second floor which contained two bedrooms and a bathroom. All the rooms where big, new and lovely but both bedrooms overlooked the lounge and were wall-less on that side. So, apart from a slightly higher than waist high barrier there was nothing there in either room. So any noise would just float around the flat. Like I say, fine if you're a couple or one person - but with two single people their would be no privacy. So that was scrapped (not that we were thinking of taking it really anyway - although non-London rents are so affordable and seem really cheap in comparison.

Anyway, I pity our poor removal company as the new place is on the sixth floor. That's a lot of carrying and waiting for lifts.