Songs that need to be spun around again

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo: 

Songs that deserve to be listened to more often.

Set them free.

I started thinking about old songs this week; songs from my childhood and adolescence: my becoming far too distant younger days. It was all because I read a Facebook post regarding songs that no-one would know if they were under 40.

I began to think how it sold music and avid devotees a little short. It didn't take into account the eclectic tastes of those that enjoy not only a specific taste of contemporary music but others the enjoy the FULL smorgasbord of refined delicacies of the unusual and not-so-general kind; the rare old, older and oldest. No Eagles, Abba, or U2 to be found here.

Now the following may not be so unknown to some of you. Some may recognise them instantly, some may not. Either way, they aren't played a lot these days. They are eclectic, and they range from downright silly to the thoughtful to exceedingly reflective on society and of a time when music could be popular even if it spoke about one side's social agenda. Now the majority of music is driven by music executives who are as stiff as accountants and pump out manufactured assembly-line populist drivel, worked out from focus group data.

No uniqueness or real talent rewarded. Except maybe....

I'm constantly amazed how everyone fawns over Ed Sheeran, yes the guy is seriously good and unbelievably talented. But he's doing what James Taylor and his peers did a while ago; before the music industry lost its way and its heart.  You've got to reward Ed's success in a time like this. And yes he's a guy who looks normal, quirky, and a 'ranga' to top it off. What he isn't is some plastic, cut-out copy or an airbrushed all-American version of beautiful or handsome (a very unrealistic ideal btw). Welcome to the sanitised and auto-tuned music world of today.

So Ed's different by today's standards. He's playing original music with a guitar and dares tour as a said solo act. Stop the press!! Guess what.... those of us who are a little older know he's not so original, although his music is. Many have gone before him. Whatever happened to Shawn Mullins???? Remember such gems like Shimmer and Lullaby. 

That was FUN So.. Let's reminisce some more lets go WAY WAY BACK: 

Too good to be one hit wonders:

Without Google, can you name the acts who sang these?

My Sharona

Echo Beach

The Stroke

Baby it’s You: The band is a trio

NOT TO be confused with John Waite's, The Baby's. Now here's a blast from the past but, isn't it time.

Now that's a shirt, suit and a great shade of eye-shadow! Hint: In this film clip from the shoulders up John looks a lot like the female singer of Baby It's You... And the answer is Promises... have a listen. The boobs give her away. Watch after a very short time you can't take your eyes off them. But what a set of lungs great vocals and all before auto-tune. 

Too good to be forgotten:

Give me one reason: Tracy Chapman 

Fade into you: Mazzy Star

Funky Cold Medina: Tone Loc. I love the drum beat sampling of Can't get no Satisfaction... you picked it right.

You gotta be: Des'ree

Sex and Candy: Marcy's Playground

Golden Oldies:

Melt with You: Modern English. Recently it had a resurrection as a cover in the movie Table 19. It first came to prominence in the teenage cult movie of 1983, Valley Girl, which broke a young Nicholas Cage and also spawned the Psychedelic Furs Love My Way. See the original movie before the new 2018 version.

Twist in my Sobriety: Tanita Tikaram, no she's not a Kiwi. But she taught Australia a new word (and yes it wasn’t twist)

Devil went down to Georgia: The Charlie Daniels Band. Did Johnny really win?

Out of Mind Out of Sight: Models. Alas James Freud gone too soon.

                                                                                   Sweet Jane: Lou Reed/Velvet Underground

Mouldy Oldies:

Driver’s Seat: Sniff 'n' the Tears, go figure it's a great driving song.

Yesterday's Hero: John Paul Young, he's in the Aria Hall of Fame, that's even with the fact he released an album on K-tel (now if you're really good you'll know all about what K-tel represents).

Mamma Told Me (not to come): Who'd a thought it was written by Randy Newman for Eric Burdon but covered by Three-day Night and then among others the Howling Diablo's. Their version was featured in the sound track to a fantastic coming of 'old-age' movie; Bonneville: with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen

Horror Movie: From Skyhooks' brilliant album Living in the 70's. A ground-breaking album indeed. Forget the failed attempt to reclaim said former-glory when they desperately released, Living in the 80's... It's a Horror: not even in the same stratosphere as a B-grade Horror Movie. Please let's remember the guys for songs like Ego's Not a Dirty Word and Women in Uniform not Jukebox in Siberia.... WHAT and importantly WHY????  

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet: Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Which band member's son wrote the song that won World Idol for Norway's singing Hobbit, Kurt Nilsen?

Your Mama Won’t Like Me: Suzi Quatro was ahead of her time, even if in a later incarnation she appeared on an episode of Midsomer Murders. You guessed it as an ageing rocker. She was killed off pretty early in the episode. This song resonates with me... you guessed it my Mamma (-in-law) don't like me... Go figure probably not a surprise to you.

Fox on the Run: The Sweet. One of the band members was rumoured to be related to Mark McManus who starred as the main character,in Scottish BBC detective show - Taggart... You remember.. there's been a murrrderrr. 

Rock on: Before David Essex went too commercial: David Essex's still looking good by the way.

Hollywood Seven: Jon English, a very talented man, try not too judge him too harshly for All Together Now: Rebecca Gibney and Steve Jacobs are there as well. Oh wait! Steve Jacobs may not be a good example right now.

Every night: Phoebe Snow: Which Beatles member wrote and recorded this before Ms Snow made it more popular?

Gold: John Stewart. Can you name back-up vocalist?

Hot Child in the City: Nick Gilder and the Time Machine

From the Crypt, seriously they are that old:

Can you name the original singers of the first two... Try not to despair at recent artists and their cover-versions.

Rockin’ Good Way:

King of the Road: Unfortunately these guys sang a cover-version. But the orginal is worth very much a listen...

A Boy Named Sue: Johnny Cash

Sky High: British Jigsaw

Sentimental Silliness:

Blame it on the Bosonova: Eydie Gorme

Downtown: Petula Clark

The Streak: Ray Stevens

Disco Duck: Rick Dees. This guy performed the film clip with a puppet.

Magic: Pilot. Still can't work out if these guys were serious or not. Then there was January. How could we forget it? The song was so long at number one on the Countdown top 10 we got sick of it. They must have been serious with a lead guitarist with a double guitar ala Jimmy Page.... Still the song has you reminiscing. Love it.

Go on... Go back and find your music with a heart... the songs that remind you of younger you.  Dare you to.. 

The current generation and waste

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

Kids Striking for climate change and dont get me started on Greta

To all the school kids going on "strike" for Climate Change. This from a generation who have been the first to require air-conditioning in every classroom. The first generation whose excessess have been soundly tolerated and even celebrated (the Kardashians are the prime example). Ego and self-exposure are no longer dirty words. Not only a TV in every room for this generation but a mobile phone and laptop or personal computer are mandatory personal accessories.    

Electronic devices rule this generations world and how energy hungry are there manufacture and use? 

Yes… Greta Thunberg 

answer that one...

You smug little brat. You can talk of the current politicians' failure to move on world climate change and you are correct. But I think you need to look far closer to home before you start throwing stones. 

Greta's generation are the most energy consuming, materialistic and obese generation ever. They first generation to not readily walk or ride bikes to school. Instead arriving in monstrous, oil guzzling SUVs and private cars that spew pollutants and choke suburban roads and worsen rush hour traffic and pollution. Plus and this is why this generation are the most energy wasteful; these huge cars rarely carry more than two occupants, for all the energy they burn and greenhouse gases they create.

Greta's generation are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy. 

Then there's all this waste and plastic proliferation because of this generation of which only one example is plastic bottles. If this generation is so concerned about waste and plastic proliferation how have these things become the hottest collectibles on the planet... One example: Coles little shop minis.

What possible practical purpose do they serve other than to appease marketing moguls who invented them to increase big supermarket profit share. Yes Greta your generation, along with being one of the most wasteful and energy inefficient we have ever seen, are also one of the most gullible and susceptible to marketing and consumerism ever to grace this wonderful planet you care so dearly about. 


How about this... Switch off the air-con, walk or ride to school. Switch off your devices and read a book. Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.

No. None of this will happen because this generation is self-important, badly informed, and empowered by the adults around them who crave a feeling of having a "noble cause" while they indulge themselves and their offspring in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life. 

Wake up, grow up and then shut up until you are sure of the facts before your default position becomes protesting. How about really trying to decrease your own carbon footprint by not shitting in your own nest (that's our nest: the planet) instead of throwing shit on others. 

So let’s try not to apportion blame. It’s hard as I haven’t managed it in this blog but how about a pledge to work out how to better our track record together so for the future we are all assured of clean air, water and a fruitful life.

Dare you to…


The Fifty Shades of Fallacy

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo: 

Fifty Shades of Fallacy

More than a few people have a (not so) dirty little secret.

Come on people lighten up and admit it... you've been reading and ...watching.... IT


Most people, especially women say they haven't read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Not only that they haven't read it but the denial seems to also need to be laced (no pun intended) with more than a hint of disdain and a hell of a lot of a put down or is that throwing shade (pun intended). And don't get me started on the movies and how many people bemoan how they wouldn't sink so low, or be seen dead watching.

And Yet... 

The books have been worldwide best sellers and while everyone complains about how the writing is poor, the books must have captured something. 50 shades references have entered everyday language. One great example is at the end of the movie Bad Moms 1 when one of the characters says 'my husband totally 50 Shaded me this morning'. Not forgetting the recent movie, Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Jane Fonda, about women of a certain age reading 50SoG. Let me say again they're worldwide best sellers; so more than a few people must have read the books.



Then came the movies, which the books spawned. Even far more accomplished erotic romance writers like Meredith Wild, Sylvia Day, and Australia's very own Nikki Gemmell (The Bride Stripped Bare) haven't been able to capture similar lucrative movie deals for their books. That's even if the 'so-called in the know' intelligentsia say they are better writers.

Soooooooo someone out there must be reading these books and seeing the movies..... I'm beginning to think the whole Fifty Shades Phenomenon is like Dr Who's Tardis...

Small on the outside but big on the inside...really BIG

Well, I admit it...

I have read and seen the trilogy... and there must be many, many others who have. Let's face it, so what! There are no 50 shades of grey areas here... you either have or you haven't. If some of you have slipped over to the darker side, now you can be freed from your burden.


Let it out... Rip off the Band-Aid and admit it, you've read/seen them too.

Sometimes the dialogue is cringe worthy and frustrating and laughable and sickly sweet YET there is something at the core of the love story that resonates. Maybe it's the sanitization and the raising of the acceptability of some aspects of BDSM as a possible bedroom ally. Forget the fun police and the pretentious, wannabe erudite readers and admit it. After all it's really not so bad, it's fun and may even give you something to laugh about. It's mental bubble-gum - you take it in, chew it, mull over it, enjoy the silliness of remembering how to blow a bubble and then as it loses it's flavour you spit it out!

Yes I've read all of the them and SEEN all of them. There it's done and I haven't been smote down... life goes on. You too can release your inner Tardis, no wait, make that your inner sexual beast.

Release your inner sexual beastDare you too..