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Guest Article: Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

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We’ve remarked many times on the connection between the pained musician and the Cyclist. Layne Staley and Marco Pantani being a prominent example of a reflection in a pond of mental strife. Perhaps something about finding strength – or at least some kind of peace – through suffering is a personality trait that Cycling shares with being an Artist. But sometimes it is much more simple than that. Sometimes, you just want to get psyched to get out and ride. Or to stay in and ride, as the case may be. @blackpooltower lets us in on his own dirty little secret.

Yours in Cycling, Frank

Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and the other assorted Ramones like Linda (yes, really, I checked) might not look like God’s gift to the performance-minded cyclist, despite Johnny’s quite aero hair, but in fact they’re practically a secret weapon.

I’d love to say that my training is all Man-With-Hammer-seeking epics and Moser hill repeats but frankly I live in central London, an hour from anything resembling countryside so, whisper it, I do also spend some time on the turbo. Filthy habit, I know. Sorry.

Although, you know what? Graeme Obree did a fair bit of indoor training and if it’s good enough for the JK Rowling of cycling (which is to say: made it with no one’s help, on welfare/benefits, therefore a total hero) then it’s good enough for me.

Of course indoor training is a bleak prospect without music. And it can’t just be any music. It has to be the right music.

So, if there wasn’t a band whose entire output was recorded at between 90 and 100 bpm, with irrepressible energy levels and just the right blend of anti establishment individualism (totally fake in Johnny’s case), catchiness and outright dumbness to keep an underperforming wanabe racer spinning those stupid fan blades round for one more effort … you’d have to invent them, no?

But no need. The Ramones, AKA punk rock pot belge, exist. Or at least their music does, and that’s the bit you need.

// La Vie Velominatus // Reverent

  1. Loudness




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  2. Also, I listen to Megadeth pretty much exclusively while on the turbo.




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  3. @dyalander

    Saw the Ramones in 92 for the mediocre “Mondo Bizarro” album. Social D opened. Still the best concert I’ve ever been to hands down. Still have the concert tshirt. Gabba Gabba Hey.




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  4. Saw the Ramones just the once – a gig called The Longest Day at the disgusting Milton Keynes Bowl in 1986. Line up was Faith Brothers, Billy Bragg, Spear of Destiny, Ramones, REM and U2. All for (in today’s dollars) well under $100. Typical Brit festival: bottles of piss being thrown around and it rained for most of U2’s set. Almost missed my bus home too. Good times.

    Saw Still Little Fingers once in 1983 – the last show they played at the notorious Glasgow Apollo. Wildly popular in Glasgow they were.

    Bob Mould (solo) and Husker Du are good for the turbo. Public Service Broadcasting too.




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  5. @markb

    I find listening to Blue Monday for 7:30 minutes at 132 bpm pretty well fucks me up. Even worse on a turbo-trainer.

    The Orb’s Blue Room at 40 minutes is a bit like that on the turbo. You either completely zone out and time flies or it stops time completely and take the battery out of your torch when you’re at the very back of the pain cave.




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  6. @wiscot

    Oddly enough the MK Bowl is now a popular race circuit.




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  7. @wiscot

    @nobby

    Stiff Little Fingers. And I ain’t talking about my own podgy digits after 90 mins looking at The Sufferefest.

    SLF! Just got a box set of their first five albums. They don’t make music like that these days kids.

    Some of my buds just saw them locally. Fuckers didn’t drop me a line about it and I’m still bitter.




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  8. I left my rollers at my parent’s house when I moved 1000 kms south four years ago. Haven’t done any riding indoors since. While I miss winter sports, I don’t miss rollers.

    As for music…I just realized “Holiday Road” from Vacation is not Kenny Loggins but Buckingham! How have I been going around thinking that for this many years?




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  9. @Matt

    @wiscot

    @nobby

    Stiff Little Fingers. And I ain’t talking about my own podgy digits after 90 mins looking at The Sufferefest.

    SLF! Just got a box set of their first five albums. They don’t make music like that these days kids.

    Some of my buds just saw them locally. Fuckers didn’t drop me a line about it and I’m still bitter.

    Not suprised you’re bitter. There should be a law against that sort of shit.




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  10. For me, it’s a lot of Between the Buried and Me. Their more recent concept albums tend to clock in around the 70 minute mark, which is just about my tolerance for the rollers. And the albums themselves are incredibly varied, mostly thrash/death metal, with some jazz-flecked interludes for a little break here and there. And the fact that they’re recorded to sound like a single, transitionless track helps me get lost in it.




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  11. @wiscot

    Saw the Ramones just the once – a gig called The Longest Day at the disgusting Milton Keynes Bowl in 1986. Line up was Faith Brothers, Billy Bragg, Spear of Destiny, Ramones, REM and U2. All for (in today’s dollars) well under $100. Typical Brit festival: bottles of piss being thrown around and it rained for most of U2’s set. Almost missed my bus home too. Good times.

    Saw Still Little Fingers once in 1983 – the last show they played at the notorious Glasgow Apollo. Wildly popular in Glasgow they were.

    Bob Mould (solo) and Husker Du are good for the turbo. Public Service Broadcasting too.

    I was at that gig too;actually every one I went to at MK bowl it pissed it down.

    The worst events for bottles of piss being thrown was the Monsters of Rock festivals;I ‘may’ have received a direct hit at one of them,,,




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  12. Thirty some-odd years have gone by with these albums and each get me amped like I was 13 years old. Although the engine is 130 pounds heavier and well worn, the effect is still the same when I need the boost. Nearly as well a few Sudafed and a doppio macchiato….or so I’m told….. ( walking away whistling)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuqg83BsAX4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ9cyFnkb38

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAITxlCsj4Y




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  13. I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.




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  14. @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?




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  15. @chris

    @markb

    I find listening to Blue Monday for 7:30 minutes at 132 bpm pretty well fucks me up. Even worse on a turbo-trainer.

    The Orb’s Blue Room at 40 minutes is a bit like that on the turbo. You either completely zone out and time flies or it stops time completely and take the battery out of your torch when you’re at the very back of the pain cave.

    Apropos of nothing, did you catch the Radio 1 Ibiza Prom – live orchestra playing many favourites from the 90s? Faithless’ Insomnia is particularity hypnotic on a turbo.

    Insomnia



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  16. @Daccordi Rider

    @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?

    I could probably name 4 or 5 good U2 songs. All of the rest of their recorded output basically sounds like a bad covers band doing those songs.

    I may cause ructions saying this, but I feel the same way about the Rolling Stones…




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  17. Pearl’s Girl by Underworld from the album “Second toughest in the infants”…great title for an album. If you haven’t heard this track it’s turbo gold




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  18. I use an old PRS (’83?) solidbody with a Mesa Boogie tube amp. I’m too old to remember all the settings on my pedals so if I just plug in and turn it up.

    Playing the Who gets my bpm up, channelling Mr. Townshend.




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  19. @Daccordi Rider

    @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?

    Listen to Rattle and Hum and tell me that isn’t the biznitch.




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  20. @frank

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?

    Listen to Rattle and Hum and tell me that isn’t the biznitch.

    Gotta agree, while Bono disappeared up his own ass a long time ago, the band hit their peak with Rattle and Hum (which was really the Joshua Tree album tour made into a doco/live album). They had, dare I say it, a raw energy that was hard to ignore at the time.




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  21. @brett

    @frank

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?

    Listen to Rattle and Hum and tell me that isn’t the biznitch.

    Gotta agree, while Bono disappeared up his own ass a long time ago, the band hit their peak with Rattle and Hum (which was really the Joshua Tree album tour made into a doco/live album). They had, dare I say it, a raw energy that was hard to ignore at the time.

    I’ll pitch in here. U2 are one of those bands I’ve loved/liked for a long time. First saw then in 82 at Tiffany’s in Glasgow. (Pre War tour gig). I remember walking into Listen Records in Renfield Street in Glasgow and hearing Gloria. I had no idea who it was by but just went up and said “i’ll have what was just played.” That was 1981, the year I started a short-lived banking “career.” I loved them then and I’ve seen them a bunch of times over the years in increasingly larger venues. But as we’ve all gotten older the love has waned. I buy their stuff more out of loyalty to an old flame now than genuine excitement (the kind of excitement that gripped me when War and An Unforgettable Fire came out. I got them the very day they were released and listened to them as soon as I got home.)

    Sure, Bono’s gotten more pretentious over the years and the last few albums have been labored, but I’ll give them until Zooropa and Achtung Baby to be still great. After that, spotty at best.

    Rattle and Hum is still very watchable today. Most of their recent concert films are unwatchable because of the editing – so friggin choppy it makes your brain hurt.




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  22. We can argue about how utterly shit U2 are these days, but they did inadvertently lead to this

    https://youtu.be/CGrR-7_OBpA




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  23. U2 might have been good up to The Unforgeable Fire or there abouts but Bono disapeared so far up his own arse that his presence on the early albums made them unlistenable and therefore as shite as everything they’ve done since.




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  24. Rattle and Hum was the sound of them disappearing up their own egos, pre that some stuff was good, never great in my opinion, which is the only one that counts when I play music!




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  25. Live at Red Rocks anyone, surely a keeper along with Unforgettable fire and The Joshua Tree.

    Above were soundtracks to my youth.

    After that – no so much




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  26. earbuds may be out for us ….but I need this rig following me on some hills.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DcqnkzGEFQ

    concur on all points made on Bono, him and his off colored glasses either need to go back to making some angry assed music or just stop trying to play the professional victim/answer for everything and go the fuck away.




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  27. @ped

    We can argue about how utterly shit U2 are these days, but they did inadvertently lead to this

    https://youtu.be/CGrR-7_OBpA

    YES! And try like hell I’ve never been able to play that like Mr Cash did. And for YEARS I’d tried dammit. I still try! Folks, I don’t care what anyone says but their latest, the freebee that showed up on my iPhone one day, is a DAMN GOOD album. No one plays music every day for decades and some of it doesn’t suck. yea yea yea, so some U2 music sucks. But I gotta say, some of it all is gems beyond gems. My humble opinion but wtf do I know? Cheers all




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  28. @ped

    We can argue about how utterly shit U2 are these days, but they did inadvertently lead to this

    https://youtu.be/CGrR-7_OBpA

    Not to mention some of Negativland’s finest work.

    https://youtu.be/AVroc7RvNeU




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  29. @Frank – I just luuurve JCM800s. I had a master vol 2 x 12, 50W combo back in the day, run into 4 x 12 plexi cab. I was living in (very) Central London at the time with no neighbours (apart from a knocking shop downstairs.) Used to run a long lead from the living room to the kitchen and let the partition wall act as an organic powerbrake. You could hear it from an 4 blocks away – totally freaked out the crowd boozing outside the local downstairs.

    I’ve always been more nihilistic grunge on the turbo. Numbing, grinding pain tunes. Fortunately not crept into that particular pain cave since the move….




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  30. @fenlander

    Find this gets the HR going nicely;

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    THAT’S what i’m talking about!




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  31. @RobSandy

    Loudness




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    that JVM is the very tits. i toured the southern US with a couple JCM2000 DSL50s i modified myself, about 15 years ago. i am not a big fan of most JMPs, 800s, or 900s. the dsl2000s and jvm series, OTOH.. SUPER.




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  32. @frank

    @Daccordi Rider

    @Ron

    I think U2 has now sucked for more years than they were good for. Man, they’ve been putting out shitty music for too damn long.

    U2 did good stuff?

    Listen to Rattle and Hum and tell me that isn’t the biznitch.




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    unlike (seemingly) most U2 fans, i LOVE that record, and the movie, too.




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  33. my interval training music tends toward Electric Wizard, Windhand, Sleep, etc. the deeper and slower i can get my mind working, the deeper i can suffer. this is a great thread, and one i missed when it was new.




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  34. @frank

    @wilburrox

    more than one way to skin a cat.




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    are you quite sure you have enough dirtboxes? where’s the Rat, Frank?




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  35. @Cary

    @RobSandy

    Loudness

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    that JVM is the very tits. i toured the southern US with a couple JCM2000 DSL50s i modified myself, about 15 years ago. i am not a big fan of most JMPs, 800s, or 900s. the dsl2000s and jvm series, OTOH.. SUPER.

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    Wow, I posted that picture ages ago. Super ages, like, when Frank still talked to us.

    My only regret with the JVM is that I don’t use it enough. I had a few failed attempts to get a band together some years ago, and I put it all away when I found cycling. I really don’t have time for both. And trying to find like-minded musicians in my area was draining my will to live.

    But when you get that amp cranked up and the tubes start glowing…the sound is incredible.

    Funny enough, I was messing with my pedalboard this weekend. The Bontragor Slow-Motion (the green pedal on the top row) was causing loads of problems, causing the signal to drop out for the whole board. So I took it out and now have space on the pedalboard for an extra pedal. Any suggestions? I don’t really go in for modulating my sound much, like flange or chorus.

    TBH I could probably do with the Big Muff and a Delay and nothing else.




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  36. @RobSandy

    @Cary

    @RobSandy

    Loudness

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    that JVM is the very tits. i toured the southern US with a couple JCM2000 DSL50s i modified myself, about 15 years ago. i am not a big fan of most JMPs, 800s, or 900s. the dsl2000s and jvm series, OTOH.. SUPER.

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    Wow, I posted that picture ages ago. Super ages, like, when Frank still talked to us.

    My only regret with the JVM is that I don’t use it enough. I had a few failed attempts to get a band together some years ago, and I put it all away when I found cycling. I really don’t have time for both. And trying to find like-minded musicians in my area was draining my will to live.

    But when you get that amp cranked up and the tubes start glowing…the sound is incredible.

    Funny enough, I was messing with my pedalboard this weekend. The Bontragor Slow-Motion (the green pedal on the top row) was causing loads of problems, causing the signal to drop out for the whole board. So I took it out and now have space on the pedalboard for an extra pedal. Any suggestions? I don’t really go in for modulating my sound much, like flange or chorus.

    TBH I could probably do with the Big Muff and a Delay and nothing else.

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    it’s not easy to maintain a balance between music and health. music is decidedly unhealthy, in 2017, too. as far as your board, i just got into using a sub-octave pedal, which i’ve never used. i have a good bit of experience with an Octavia, but as far as an octave down, none. either type of pedal is fun, and has loads of uses.




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  37. @Cary

    It’s true, musicians rarely look well.

    I’ve always reckoned that music is something I can get back into when I’m older, but the best time to be cycling is now.

    And yeah, I spent a whole summer trying to get a band together and couldn’t manage it. That killed off a lot of my enthusiasm. Bear in mind I’m a songwriter/singer and guitarist and wanted to be in a 3-piece, so was only looking for a drummer and bassist.

    I do miss performing, but there are always open mic nights.




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  38. @Cary @RobSandy

    Try a looper pedal. BOSS makes a cool one and they’re a riot to mess around with. I run a stereo out signal from a slick guitar loaded w/both hum buckers and transducer. You can loop an acoustic rhythm and then switch over to the hum buckers and it’s nothing to also loop in a little percussive beat as well. Cheers




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  39. @Randy C

    @Cary @RobSandy

    Try a looper pedal. BOSS makes a cool one and they’re a riot to mess around with. I run a stereo out signal from a slick guitar loaded w/both hum buckers and transducer. You can loop an acoustic rhythm and then switch over to the hum buckers and it’s nothing to also loop in a little percussive beat as well. Cheers

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    I’ve got one, the Hardwire delay has a loop facility.

    Something else I haven’t really had the patience to learn to use properly…




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  40. @RobSandy

    @Cary

    It’s true, musicians rarely look well.

    I’ve always reckoned that music is something I can get back into when I’m older, but the best time to be cycling is now.

    And yeah, I spent a whole summer trying to get a band together and couldn’t manage it. That killed off a lot of my enthusiasm. Bear in mind I’m a songwriter/singer and guitarist and wanted to be in a 3-piece, so was only looking for a drummer and bassist.

    I do miss performing, but there are always open mic nights.

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    i made my living with my guitar for 15 years. it’s why i quit riding years ago. you really can’t take a Merckx Corsa on the bus with you.. lol it was a lot of fun, and i was very privileged to be able to put my daughter through school with music, but when it’s not fun anymore, it’s REALLY not fun. i would surmise the life of a pro cyclist is similar in that reality spares NO disillusion..




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  41. @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Cary

    It’s true, musicians rarely look well.

    I’ve always reckoned that music is something I can get back into when I’m older, but the best time to be cycling is now.

    And yeah, I spent a whole summer trying to get a band together and couldn’t manage it. That killed off a lot of my enthusiasm. Bear in mind I’m a songwriter/singer and guitarist and wanted to be in a 3-piece, so was only looking for a drummer and bassist.

    I do miss performing, but there are always open mic nights.

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    i made my living with my guitar for 15 years. it’s why i quit riding years ago. you really can’t take a Merckx Corsa on the bus with you.. lol it was a lot of fun, and i was very privileged to be able to put my daughter through school with music, but when it’s not fun anymore, it’s REALLY not fun. i would surmise the life of a pro cyclist is similar in that reality spares NO disillusion..

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    I can imagine. Childhood dream was to be a pro musician but I’m not sad it didn’t happen – seems like a grind at best case. I have a friend who is a multi-million album selling rock musician (not going to name him) but he’s had what you’d class as an extremely successful music career but he still doesn’t have a lot of security – has trouble getting a mortgage because his income could dry up any day.

    So you did the full gigging, living out of a bus, travelling a lot? Do much recording?

    Like cycling, very happy to keep it as a hobby. I haven’t ridden hard for nearly 2 weeks now due to being as ill as I’ve been in many years. Some sort of flu bug knocked me off my feet last week and I’m slowly, slowly, recovering. I might become an indoor cyclist for the next few weeks to keep my lungs away from the cold air as I fully recover.




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  42. @Cary

    Need to go back to WAR, BOY, Under a Blood Red Sky and the Unforgettable Fire….that’s where it was at.




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  43. @Deakus

    @Cary

    Need to go back to WAR, BOY, Under a Blood Red Sky and the Unforgettable Fire….that’s where it was at.

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    Achtung Baby was a great album. U2’s new one is ok. Better than the one before though. I have a sweet spot for The Unforgettable Fire too – after War, they could have done quite nicely just recycling that sound, but they ditched Lillywhite and brought in Eno. That was kinda ballsy I thought.

    What’s scary is that I first saw them 35 years ago. Yikes.




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  44. @wiscot

    @Deakus

    @Cary

    Need to go back to WAR, BOY, Under a Blood Red Sky and the Unforgettable Fire….that’s where it was at.

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    Achtung Baby was a great album. U2’s new one is ok. Better than the one before though. I have a sweet spot for The Unforgettable Fire too – after War, they could have done quite nicely just recycling that sound, but they ditched Lillywhite and brought in Eno. That was kinda ballsy I thought.

    What’s scary is that I first saw them 35 years ago. Yikes.

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    Achtung is my favorite. after i heard “The Fly” i used a gated delay on just about everything i played for about a year. lol what an outrageous album!




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  45. @wiscot

    @Deakus

    @Cary

    Need to go back to WAR, BOY, Under a Blood Red Sky and the Unforgettable Fire….that’s where it was at.

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    Achtung Baby was a great album. U2’s new one is ok. Better than the one before though. I have a sweet spot for The Unforgettable Fire too – after War, they could have done quite nicely just recycling that sound, but they ditched Lillywhite and brought in Eno. That was kinda ballsy I thought.

    What’s scary is that I first saw them 35 years ago. Yikes.

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    Here’s a scary ‘I’m an old fuck’ story.

    We had a cycling club Christmas dinner, and I was sat with one of our junior racers – a super strong 16 year old road and ‘cross racer who got to Cat 2 easily in his first year of senior racing.

    Anyway, he was wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt, except when I looked closely it was an Australian Pink Floyd t-shirt, a tribute band which I’d seen play. He’d seen them that autumn and I worked out that when I went to the Aussie Pink Floyd gig he hadn’t even been born.




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  46. @RobSandy

    I remember the days when they were all original and tribute bands had not even been thought of……….




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  47. @RobSandy

    @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Cary

    It’s true, musicians rarely look well.

    I’ve always reckoned that music is something I can get back into when I’m older, but the best time to be cycling is now.

    And yeah, I spent a whole summer trying to get a band together and couldn’t manage it. That killed off a lot of my enthusiasm. Bear in mind I’m a songwriter/singer and guitarist and wanted to be in a 3-piece, so was only looking for a drummer and bassist.

    I do miss performing, but there are always open mic nights.

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    i made my living with my guitar for 15 years. it’s why i quit riding years ago. you really can’t take a Merckx Corsa on the bus with you.. lol it was a lot of fun, and i was very privileged to be able to put my daughter through school with music, but when it’s not fun anymore, it’s REALLY not fun. i would surmise the life of a pro cyclist is similar in that reality spares NO disillusion..

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    I can imagine. Childhood dream was to be a pro musician but I’m not sad it didn’t happen – seems like a grind at best case. I have a friend who is a multi-million album selling rock musician (not going to name him) but he’s had what you’d class as an extremely successful music career but he still doesn’t have a lot of security – has trouble getting a mortgage because his income could dry up any day.

    So you did the full gigging, living out of a bus, travelling a lot? Do much recording?

    Like cycling, very happy to keep it as a hobby. I haven’t ridden hard for nearly 2 weeks now due to being as ill as I’ve been in many years. Some sort of flu bug knocked me off my feet last week and I’m slowly, slowly, recovering. I might become an indoor cyclist for the next few weeks to keep my lungs away from the cold air as I fully recover.

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    i’ve toured nationally with the Metal Sludge tour, as well as with my own band, but most of my money i made playing live music on Bourbon St here in New Orleans. i’ve played electric blues (Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, etc), classic rock (Clapton, SRV, Santana, Bob Marley, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, etc), funk (ohio players, james brown, sly stone, etc), classic r&b (irma thomas, etta james, rufus and chaka, etc) classic metal (sabbath, dio, rainbow, ozzy, priest, maiden, etc), punk, and maybe some other shit i’ve forgotten. these gigs run 4 and five nights a week, four to six hours a night, too. i quit all that in 2007, though. i manage nightclubs now. this year, i’m going to put out a doom metal album with some friends of mine from Austin TX. if that goes well, we may play some festivals, but i ain’t getting on a bus, city to city anymore. i’m too old for that shit.




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  48. @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Cary

    @RobSandy

    @Cary

    It’s true, musicians rarely look well.

    I’ve always reckoned that music is something I can get back into when I’m older, but the best time to be cycling is now.

    And yeah, I spent a whole summer trying to get a band together and couldn’t manage it. That killed off a lot of my enthusiasm. Bear in mind I’m a songwriter/singer and guitarist and wanted to be in a 3-piece, so was only looking for a drummer and bassist.

    I do miss performing, but there are always open mic nights.

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    i made my living with my guitar for 15 years. it’s why i quit riding years ago. you really can’t take a Merckx Corsa on the bus with you.. lol it was a lot of fun, and i was very privileged to be able to put my daughter through school with music, but when it’s not fun anymore, it’s REALLY not fun. i would surmise the life of a pro cyclist is similar in that reality spares NO disillusion..

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    I can imagine. Childhood dream was to be a pro musician but I’m not sad it didn’t happen – seems like a grind at best case. I have a friend who is a multi-million album selling rock musician (not going to name him) but he’s had what you’d class as an extremely successful music career but he still doesn’t have a lot of security – has trouble getting a mortgage because his income could dry up any day.

    So you did the full gigging, living out of a bus, travelling a lot? Do much recording?

    Like cycling, very happy to keep it as a hobby. I haven’t ridden hard for nearly 2 weeks now due to being as ill as I’ve been in many years. Some sort of flu bug knocked me off my feet last week and I’m slowly, slowly, recovering. I might become an indoor cyclist for the next few weeks to keep my lungs away from the cold air as I fully recover.

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    i’ve toured nationally with the Metal Sludge tour, as well as with my own band, but most of my money i made playing live music on Bourbon St here in New Orleans. i’ve played electric blues (Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, etc), classic rock (Clapton, SRV, Santana, Bob Marley, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, etc), funk (ohio players, james brown, sly stone, etc), classic r&b (irma thomas, etta james, rufus and chaka, etc) classic metal (sabbath, dio, rainbow, ozzy, priest, maiden, etc), punk, and maybe some other shit i’ve forgotten. these gigs run 4 and five nights a week, four to six hours a night, too. i quit all that in 2007, though. i manage nightclubs now. this year, i’m going to put out a doom metal album with some friends of mine from Austin TX. if that goes well, we may play some festivals, but i ain’t getting on a bus, city to city anymore. i’m too old for that shit.

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    So the Spinal Tap bit about having the gig’s location written on the back of the guitar isn’t too far fetched? I’d imagine that after a few dozen gigs on a tour one must be quite disorientated.




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  49. unless you’re Iron Maiden or something, most road-trip style tours aren’t that long for working guys, you may go on 5-10 gig trips, with 10 being a rare maximum how grueling these are is mostly up to the performer and how they approach tgeir job.




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  50. sorry. i hate autocorrect and my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be.




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