Friday, June 19, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Jimmy's Scooter

The Lambretta Li 150 Series 3 offered here is the actual machine ridden by Phil Daniels’ character, James 'Jimmy'' Cooper in the 1979 film, 'Quadrophenia', inspired by The Who’s double album of the same name. After filming finished, the 'Jimmy Bike' was sold to scooter dealers Rafferty Newman and put on display in the window of their shop in Portsmouth. It was subsequently purchased by Eddie Harris who then sold it on to Paul Marsh, both these owners being Portsmouth residents. So rad.

the Rumble

Asked for a tune that kids could dance "The Stroll" to, Link Wray came up with this powerfully menacing guitar instrumental on the spot, and the crowd went wild, demanding encores. When he couldn’t recreate the distorted sound of his live version in a studio, Wray poked holes in his amp speakers, cranked up the tremolo, and was then able to capture what he wanted in three takes -- for a cost of $57. Originally titled "Oddball," it was renamed after the gang fights in "West Side Story" by a record producer’s daughter. Wray’s primal guitar influenced a generation of rockers including Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimmy Page and Neil Young. Bob Dylan called "Rumble" the "greatest instrumental ever." Pete Townshend said, "... if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble,’ I would have never picked up a guitar."

been out on vacation

but now I'm back. Phew. Here's some neat abandoned theaters.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009


my brother Phil brought some Stranahans over the other day and we drank some so, so, so good