Light My Fire? @TheDoorsAlive

I’ve always been a big fan of The Doors,   I’m also a fan of tribute bands who often work harder than the real deal playing the songs you’d love to hear rather than punting the new album.

It’s true that nothing is better than the real thing and a tribute will always be a tribute.

But in the case of The Doors Alive,  who I try and see every time they play Glasgow,  I don’t think you can get a better tribute in terms of authenticity and accuracy with the music and style of the original band.

The song Light My Fire in particular,  its hypnotic,  trippy,  trance music,  with the keyboard playing both organ melody and bass beat over the rolling guitar solo.

It takes me somewhere else.   A couple of beers and I’m floating.

The time to hesitate is through ..   Can’t wait!


Previous and more detailed review

https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/the-doors-alive/

 

 

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Wolf – Remains?

The flimsy wood of the door frame shattered with ease,    these cheap council flats weren’t built to last and the builders had obviously been cutting costs to keep their profits high.

It was obvious that no-one was home. Who could stand that stench of rotting flesh or the multitude of insects that were already buzzing around my face.

I told Stevie to keep his hands in his pockets so that no evidence was disturbed.     Better than putting gloves on, touching things like door handles and taking away any valuable prints,  besides the SOCO guys moaned if anything was disturbed.   Although I didn’t think that would be a problem in this case.

At first glance,  the apartment was a shambles,   pizza boxes, dirty clothing and drug paraphernalia lying all over the place,  a typical junkie hovel,  nothing particularly memorable apart from the obvious.

The smell was so overwhelming that at first it wasn’t clear where the body was tucked away. No-one had seen the occupant in 6-8 weeks and like the best steaks,  he’d had time to tenderise and mature on the bone.

On second glance into the bedroom,  the full-height cupboard door was slightly ajar and the odd blue-bottle was taking its turn to escape for a breath of fresher air.

Should I open the cupboard or give Stevie the honours?

It was his first time at a death scene,  so the pleasure was all his.

I told him to put on his gloves and open the door with his pencil from the bottom so as to minimise interfering with any evidence.

Stevie slowly opened the door and there hanging from the rail of the wardrobe was the very late Kevin McLeod.

I’d seen him looking better. Continue reading “Wolf – Remains?”

Torn – Is Glasgow a Binary City?

 

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He’s not a happy man, John that I work with.

I wonder why?

On Friday he seemed to be buoyant, looking forward to the weekend. A quiet night on Friday as he had a flying lesson on Saturday and was saving himself for a big day out at the football and celebrating on Sunday.

John’s a Rangers fan, or a Sevco fan if you like to wind him up about the fact that his original team have went into liquidation and the team in blue that play out of Ibrox are not the same team that he has supported man and boy.

On Friday, he had a spring in his step, lunch time was full of phrases like “We’re back” and “This is the most I’ve looked forward to an Old Firm game in years”.

John’s attitude, probably like most who see the world through blue-tinted glasses is that Celtic haven’t been performing at their best ( true) and that Rangers have had better recent performances ( possibly) and that over the 8 games since Christmas Rangers were the form team and had beaten St Johnstone 3-0 where Celtic could only draw 0-0 against them.

He was in full-on mode .. upbeat, confident and on a roll.

Truth be told, I was more nervous about this game than I have been for any game against Rangers since they were reformed from the assets that Charles Green bought from the insolvency administrators.

Would they be able to beat us at their ground with 45,000 home supporters baying for “Fenian blood”?

My heart said no, but my head wasn’t as confident with a 60/40 likelihood that Celtic would win. Much less than previous games were I had no doubt that we would win, or at least not get beat.

Is that the same thing?

I can handle a draw. But getting beat by your biggest rivals stings.

Glasgow isn’t exactly a binary city,  it’s more 1’s, 0s and Nulls.

For many people,   you’re a Tim or a Hun or nothing and if you’re nothing then you’re viewed suspiciously by either side and assumptions are made from your upbringing and attitude to put you in one box or the other.

So you might as well be something.

But in reality its not as simple as that.  there are many people who really could not give a toss about football or religion and wish that the lot of them would pack up and go elsewhere.

Add to that,  the growing number of immigrants to the city who do not have the historic loyalties which cause this unholy rivalry to be the car-crash spectacle that it has become.

Some people are too involved,  too close to it,  that they lose all sense of perspective.  That they think that its all about “us” and “them”.   Completely unaware that there is so much more to life out there and lots of people who don’t give a fuck.

Did you see the game? Continue reading “Torn – Is Glasgow a Binary City?”

It’s tighter but the moneys still safe! #CelticFC

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Oh the weather outside is frightful …

Well it certainly is in the Central Scotland area,  where the “Beast From The East”  is laying siege to most of the country including my wee street,   which being half-way up the hill to East Kilbride is a certainty to be snowed in when the weather turns nasty.

The best thing about being snowed in is no travelling to work,   I’m self employed but I get to Work From Home .. a loose term for logging in and being available and doing enough to look as if you’re busy but in reality I’m sitting around playing piano,  watching  tv,  making curries and otherwise keeping my hands and mind occupied.

Idle hands .. Its the devils work!     🙂

Anyway,  since I’m not spending 3 hours a day on my commute to that Global Communications Company in Livingston that currently employs my services ,   I’ve been able to drop a few thoughts on the blog.

What about the Rangers eh?

Now second in the SPFL and a mere 6 points behind Celtic,  who have a game in hand and there are 10/9 games to play for Celtic/Rangers respectively.

It’s closer than I expected,   but not close enough.

Lets be fair,    they have been playing better football since the got shot of Pedro.   The caretaker manager Graham Murdy is a straight-talking honest professional and has made a few decent loan deals. Continue reading “It’s tighter but the moneys still safe! #CelticFC”