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    Ah, Ozrics. Mostly in 7, I believe, with some 4...

    Ah, Ozrics.
    Mostly in 7, I believe, with some 4 against it to confuse things.
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    All Tim, all the time! I think Hide Me is...

    All Tim, all the time!

    I think Hide Me is better than Stress, but I find the latter to be one of his weaker books (which is to say, I think it's pretty good). But then, I like pretty much...
  3. Different strokes... I find most studio Yes...

    Different strokes... I find most studio Yes terminally dull, but love the Yessongs version of "Roundabout" ... well, of just about everything on it. (The big exception to the "studio rule" is...
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    Yeah, and he often threw in local national...

    Yeah, and he often threw in local national anthems on the flute.

    (Other clear examples in the rock world include Steve Hackett's quoting Bobby Darin's "More" on "Firth of Fifth" and Walter...
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    Ah, the blessed McGonagall. Truly Scotland's...

    Ah, the blessed McGonagall. Truly Scotland's finest poet, even better than Ewan McTeagle.
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    Declare is from 2001. You might also be...

    Declare is from 2001.

    You might also be interested to know that, in 2012 Tim released a sequel to Stress, called Hide Me Among the Graves.
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    About to reread Tim Powers's masterpiece Declare....

    About to reread Tim Powers's masterpiece Declare. But first I have to do some research on Kim Philby and particularly his time in Istanbul and Beirut. (The novel proposes some supernatural...
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    ^^^As a person born in the late '50s, I concur...

    ^^^As a person born in the late '50s, I concur with this opinion.

    However, "American Pie" is much more lucid/easy to understand than an awful lot of Dylan's lyrics....
  9. As usual, nothing West of the Mississippi. In...

    As usual, nothing West of the Mississippi. In fact, barely anything West of the Appalachians.
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    I've always loved "American Pie," and indeed the...

    I've always loved "American Pie," and indeed the album to which it gives its title. The other single there is the song "Vincent," a kind of bittersweet song about van Gogh, but the whole album is...
  11. Boy, given a choice between seeing Gentle Giant...

    Boy, given a choice between seeing Gentle Giant live and seeing Looney Tunes cartoons on big monitors in a crowded arena ...

    ... yeah, I'll go with Gentle Giant.

    One of the greatest regrets of...
  12. She has a great voice, and a great feel for the...

    She has a great voice, and a great feel for the melody; but something in her voicing feels (to me, obviously!) wrong for the words she's singing, as if she doesn't know what they actually mean.
    ...
  13. I don't know what measure of success it is, but...

    I don't know what measure of success it is, but Yes played the same hall (the Cow Palace) on the 90125 tour that they had on the Relayer tour.

    In fairness, the Relayer show had a backup band...
  14. But of course, none of that can top the great...

    But of course, none of that can top the great honor of being covered by Joey Ramone...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IoO5nkxT_4
  15. It was a #1 in (ARIA) Australia and Belgium (VRT...

    It was a #1 in (ARIA) Australia and Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) in 1988. Also #2 on Dutch Top 40, #6 Canadian Adult Contemporary, and #7 US Adult Contemporary.

    So saith the Wikipedia; let us...
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    Not that long ago I was diagnosed with ADHD. What...

    Not that long ago I was diagnosed with ADHD. What you're describing ... sounds familiar.
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    Still reading the Delany essay collection, but I...

    Still reading the Delany essay collection, but I had to mention this...

    I'm quoted in it, in an "essay" that's actually a Facebook discussion I participated in 8 years ago.

    Also, I took a side...
  18. My recipe against insomnia? Sheer exhaustion....

    My recipe against insomnia?

    Sheer exhaustion.

    As Calvin once said, the days are just packed.
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    Here's a 2019 Utopia Strong concert.... ...

    Here's a 2019 Utopia Strong concert....


    https://www.progressiveears.org/forum/showthread.php/9692-Magma-news?p=1128701#post1128701
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    Seen this weekend: House of Dracula (1945) ...

    Seen this weekend: House of Dracula (1945)

    Onslow Stevens portrays Dr. Franz Edelmann, a renowned therapist. Count Dracula (John Carradine) presents himself to Edelmann, saying that he is sick of...
  21. I'm goiong to guess that a lot of the difference...

    I'm goiong to guess that a lot of the difference was because the stage itself was smaller, but that's purely speculation.
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    Bummer. His work on Grendel brought new life to a...

    Bummer. His work on Grendel brought new life to a franchise that was beginning to drag a bit...
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    Another case where the music loses its way...

    Another case where the music loses its way without the lyrics would be Midnight Oil.
  24. I don't know the Oils by albums but by individual...

    I don't know the Oils by albums but by individual songs. My favorites would include "Read About It", "Dead Heart", "Forgotten Years", and "Blue Sky Mine". They are probably the best oldschool punk...
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    Munchausen comes across a lot better when you see...

    Munchausen comes across a lot better when you see it as part of a trilogy with Time Bandits and Brazil. Youth, adulthood, age.
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    Oh you young'uns. I'll be 64 next week (and I've...

    Oh you young'uns. I'll be 64 next week (and I've heard all the Beatles jokes about it I need, thank you).

    I noticed some years ago that, while the years, months, and even weeks are growing...
  27. Interesting. I actually like nine of those ten...

    Interesting. I actually like nine of those ten songs... I woonder what they'll do with/to them.
  28. I'm sure Da Boss is grateful for that too...

    I'm sure Da Boss is grateful for that too...
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    Dear God, that's dire.

    Dear God, that's dire.
  30. TBH, my opinion on that was largely formed before...

    TBH, my opinion on that was largely formed before I even played the clip -- based on the still image it displays to invite playing. It's probably partly the lighting, but he looks half-past haggard.
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    Wow, some great discussion here. My...

    Wow, some great discussion here.

    My tuppence'orth:

    The importance of lyrics depends on the nature of the music. For a short song with little musical development, they are pretty much vital....
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    If you had named The Selfish Gene, I would agree...

    If you had named The Selfish Gene, I would agree with you. But I don't want atheism taught in public schools any more (or less) than I want Christianity, or Buddhism, FSM-worship, or Erisianism...
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    Who knows where the time goes? I guess it just...

    Who knows where the time goes?

    I guess it just keeps on tickin, tickin', tickin'... into the future.

    Oh, wait -- late bulletin from Bowie:

    He's waiting in the wings, he talks of senseless...
  34. They sound great, but, boy Peter Garrett looks...

    They sound great, but, boy Peter Garrett looks like he's days -- no, minutes! -- away from death. I can see why they're not going to tour anymore.

    Of course, many bands have said this and then...
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    Oh, yeah. I saw Secrets of Dumbledore too, but on...

    Oh, yeah. I saw Secrets of Dumbledore too, but on A'. I think Mads Mikkelson is a better Grindelwald than Depp could ever have been, and I'm a Depp fan.
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    20: but music has always been my second love. If...

    20: but music has always been my second love. If I spent as much on music as I do on books I would probably have about 50 of them.
  37. [QUOTE=Gizmotron;1127160]Absolutely! But TMB...

    [QUOTE=Gizmotron;1127160]Absolutely! But TMB always does things exactly the way Pete and the Boys did things./QUOTE]

    I believe their "Tony" actually uses more modern keyboards. But other than...
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    Last night we watched The Bank Dick, reputed to...

    Last night we watched The Bank Dick, reputed to be one of W.C. Fields's best. It is a little slow, but that's because it's Of Its Time; given that, it's quite funny.

    "Beer flowing through the...
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    ^^^Jon's smile looks incredibly forced.

    ^^^Jon's smile looks incredibly forced.
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    There is no doubt in my mind that Taylor Swift is...

    There is no doubt in my mind that Taylor Swift is the real deal. I don't like all of her songs, but, Hell, I don't even like all of Pete Townshend's songs.
  41. Do you perchance mean "Black Sunday"...? Or is...

    Do you perchance mean "Black Sunday"...? Or is there a later song called "Black Friday?"
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    To me the second Alien movie is a pretty darn...

    To me the second Alien movie is a pretty darn good action film, but for "NEVER LETS UP", I think Cameron pulled out all the stops five years later with T2 Judgement Day
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    And then a sidetrip uncovered this: ...

    And then a sidetrip uncovered this:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0iOz9xf0zY
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    Okay, so I went down a rathole looking for Pink...

    Okay, so I went down a rathole looking for Pink Floyd covers, and came up with these two beauts:


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



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZgdUeN14i0
  45. I would say that part of the Gabriel years were...

    I would say that part of the Gabriel years were part of Genesis' "glory days." For me, the "Glory Days" would be Nursery Cryme through Wind and Wuthering, though I might exempt the Lamb from that --...
  46. The entire album Brain Salad Surgery. For a...

    The entire album Brain Salad Surgery.

    For a long time, Chicago's "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon", but I got over it.
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    Seen recently: Santo in the Wax Museum (Santo en...

    Seen recently: Santo in the Wax Museum (Santo en el museo del cera).

    Definitely a popcorn film, it's my first luchador film. I mostly enjoyed it, I'll probably watch more.
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    Stephen King said it best in Danse Macabre:...

    Stephen King said it best in Danse Macabre: Horror movies are only reaally effective until you finally see the monster. Then it's, "Oh, it's a six-foot cockroach. I can deal with that, I was afraid...
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    If that's "Typical" little, what's "best" Little?

    If that's "Typical" little, what's "best" Little?
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    After I posted that, I went and looked at both of...

    After I posted that, I went and looked at both of your things. I quite enjoyed both: Renate's mostly because I do like minimalism (Nixon in China is my favorite modern opera), and EBES's mostly for...
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    I have a laptop. With a wireless trackball. I...

    I have a laptop. With a wireless trackball. I don't think a picture is necessary :)
  52. Oy. So three of the six discs are essentially the...

    Oy. So three of the six discs are essentially the same material. Not an autobuy for me...which is disappointing, because I love Sound On Sound, so I was hoping for more unreleased material.

    Ah,...
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    ^^ How does The Resort rank among Little's...

    ^^ How does The Resort rank among Little's oeuvre? I enjoyed it but not enough to have picked up any more of his stuff (yet).
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    I'm not saying all compositions should be short!...

    I'm not saying all compositions should be short! By no means! No fan of Magma -- or King Crimson -- or Yes -- or early Genesis (not to mention classical music) could possibly say such a silly thing....
  55. Nice, funky beat. I like it.

    Nice, funky beat. I like it.
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    Oscar Wilde, Intentions -- essays on his...

    Oscar Wilde, Intentions -- essays on his aesthetic (literary, critical, etc.) theories.

    Makes the interesting point that the oft-quoted line about art holding up a mirror to life was said by...
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    2 minutes 9 seconds. Congratulations on defeating...

    2 minutes 9 seconds. Congratulations on defeating one of the worst enemies of good songwriting -- stretching the song out beyond what the idea supports. This song is, I think, its own ideal length.
    ...
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    For what it's worth, during the First and Second...

    For what it's worth, during the First and Second Ages, Galadriel was very much a warrior. That picture fits my mental image of her in that period just fine.
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    The only KC box I have, and probably the only one...

    The only KC box I have, and probably the only one I will get now that my main CD-listening time (driving to work) has vanished (as I work 100% from home now). I do think it's good. The improvs range...
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    What, have dicks and toilets gone out of style? I...

    What, have dicks and toilets gone out of style? I hadn't heard... "Don't delay, dock the dick!"
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