Monday, 27 June 2011

Wastrels Of The Week

An occasional series.
This week's wastrels are Happy Mondays.
In the days when I had a TV, any public appearance by this lot at the peak of their success was essential viewing, being fascinated to see just how caned Shaun Ryder and Bez looked this time, but loving the great music as well. I remember going to see them play on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1990 and being amused by all the baggy types determinedly wading through the mud in flares to get down the front.
The altered state clubbing experience summed up in one video...sorted mate.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

From the Top Drawer XVII - Inner City Unit

June 1985 wasn't a happy month for free festival goers in the UK. The start of the month (Saturday 1st) had seen the infamous 'Battle Of The Beanfield' take place in Wiltshire as a Peace Convoy of vehicles expecting to take the site for the Stonehenge Festival of 1985 was mercilessly attacked and devastated by Thatcher's eager constabulary, fresh from either cracking the skulls of striking miners themselves or gagging for some equivalent action to show their colleagues that they could go in hard as well.

ITN reporter Kim Sabido, recorded an emotional piece-to-camera:
What I have seen in the last thirty minutes here in this field has been some of the most brutal police treatment of people that I've witnessed in my entire career as a journalist. The number of people who have been hit by policemen, who have been clubbed whilst holding babies in their arms in coaches around this field, is yet to be counted. There must surely be an inquiry after what has happened today.
When broadcast that evening, the voice-over was removed, as was footage of the more contentious police acts. According to Sabido:
When I got back to ITN during the following week and I went to the library to look at all the rushes, most of what I'd thought we'd shot was no longer there. From what I've seen of what ITN has provided since, it just disappeared, particularly some of the nastier shots.
Some of the missing footage has since been rediscovered, and was incorporated into the Operation Solstice documentary shown on Channel Four in 1991.
Nick Davies reported for The Observer:
There was glass breaking, people screaming, black smoke towering out of burning caravans and everywhere there seemed to be people being bashed and flattened and pulled by the hair. Men, women and children were led away, shivering, swearing, crying, bleeding, leaving their homes in pieces.

Legal action against the police followed, but it took nearly six years to get any sort of compensation from the state.

Happily Nik Turner and Inner City Unit played some dates in June to keep spirits up and take collections to pass on to those brutalized and dispossessed from their criminally damaged and impounded mobile homes.

One such gig took place at the Underground Club in Croydon and the show was taped from the mixing desk for sale later on if you sent the band some £££ and stated which recording you wanted from the tour. I got back a Memorex chrome C90 (no track listing) with nearly 90 minutes of a rough'n'ready hallucinogenic mix of songs which come in all forms of garage psychedelia and mutant space-rock'n'roll, featuring a fair few cover versions (Hawkwind, Robert Calvert, obscure 60s garage punk etc). You'll know them if you're a fan. The quality's pretty listenable for its age, side two fares slightly better than side one.

Ripped @320kbps, get yours HERE
Dedicated to guitarist 'Judge' Trev Thoms, who sadly passed on 08.12.2010
(Trev didn't appear with ICU on this occasion, but was a founding member of the band and regular collaborator through the years.)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Pop-Up Fallacies 02 - The lies behind Obama and the Death of Osama bin Laden

If you can stand to watch and listen to nearly 10 minutes of this joker, you can witness him racking up a number of fallacious and misleading declarations. A useful exercise in learning how to spot BS in the mainstream and how to avoid presenting unsound arguments of your own.

If you're not sure of what the named fallacies are, please have a look at this page
and particularly listen to the video on this page, which will take you through them here

'Fallacies are broken down into two categories: formal and informal. Formal fallacies are based strictly on the logical formation of an argument (deductive). Informal fallacies, which are the most commonly recognized and easiest to learn, take into account the non-logical content of an argument (inductive); are false for epistemological, dialectical or pragmatic reasons; and typically fall under three categories: relevance, presumption, ambiguity.'