Vinyl Artwork

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Here’s the cover I’ve been working on for the Kickstarter Vinyl release. Should look great as a glossy 12″. Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, especially those who have pledged a lot more than they needed to and also those who pledged without even wanting a record!

Vinyl Album Pledge…

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There’s been a fantastic response to the Kickstarter campaign.Unbelievable result so far. Thank you sooooo much everyone. Since last night we’ve already raised 78% of the funds needed to make the vinyl.

BRILLIANT!! Just another 20 pledges or so and it will reach it’s goal, which means it will definitly happen.

I’ve started a Kickstarter project…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1198043864/six-by-seven/widget/video.html

I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the manufacturing costs of a limited edition vinyl album. The album has already been partly recorded in our studio above the Maze in Nottingham. It’s gonna rock. I only need 80 or so backers to make this work.

Head over HERE to read all about it.

I’m also subsidising postage so that those of you living abroad don’t have to pay loads for shipping.

I’m also offering 5 guided tours of Nottingham with a free Thai meal in my favourite restauraunt for a laugh!

Vive La France.XXX

ebay conversation

I recently had this encounter with someone trying to buy something off me outside of the eBay rules so they could either rip me off or save themselves £20 and save me £10. I don’t mind doing deals outside of eBay but only if the person comes round my house to buy the item and pay me in cash. I won’t do a deal outsifde of eBay and then post it. I am clearly an unhinged person. I always knew that anyway.

You have to Scroll down to the bottom and read the conversation upwards…

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New message from: superchorus (445Turquoise Star)

whay are yous till talking to me i have no busness with you
im buyint anotehr synth already :)you are clearly an unhinged person
so move a long now hop hop there is a good boy :)do not contact me again

Reply

YOU:

Fuck off twat. How about that! Stop trying to do deals ouside of eBay to save £20 then!! Get me banned…I couldn’t give a fuck you illiterate CUNT.

superchorus:

oh you are using abusive language:)
annoying and uselessi sugges strongly you refrain form this language
its take insanely serious by ebay the use of such insulting attacks
i may have to have you removed otherwisenow go and annoy someone else
your going on my blacklist
im banning you form my account

YOU:

That’s what you’re supposed to do dickhead!

superchorus:

ive necver had so much time wasted on here
i could have just made and offer then to buy it on here instead of all these messages
you could have said so form the beginning and i would own it nowwhat boredumthanks
superchorus

YOU:

I’ve already got an offer of £180. I’ve decided I don’t want to do any deal outside of ebay. Sorry.

superchorus:

again discussing it here is popably not a good idea
ok then
i would have made an offer of 175 on here which you would undoutabky accept as its 185 with offers
it would be 157.50 in your pocket after 10 perc final fee from ebay
so i was going to offer 165 not in here so you still get almost 10 more07958246522thanks
superchorus

YOU:

So how much do you want to pay me with PayPal?

superchorus:

thats no so
ive paid lots of things with paypal either way
ups will have a tracking number with my signature proving that its been delivered
if sold on here ebay they will offer you no further protection
its exactly the same
they would only assist in a dispute but all money issues would be dealt with by paypal onlyits paypal that will protect me in case the item is broken
same as you are protected in case my payments bouncedalso if you look at my feedback its huge i would have no need to
scam you over such a small amount of money:)

if you want you can arrange the psotage with ups and i give you the information
you can then track it yourself and see proove of deliver

so let me know if we can go ahead please but obvioulsy
not in here i presume you have my mobile number by now:)
07958246522
ok tnks
superchours

YOU:

Sorry, I can’t do a deal like this. You could simply tell PayPal you didn’t get it and I’d have no proof and you would get your money back.

superchorus:

so can i buy the synth then:)
please give me an update
it needs to be collected in person rather then being picked up by ups?
if so please explain:)
im paying wiht paypal so we are both protected
please get back im ready to buy it 07958246522ok thanks
superchorus

YOU:

You would have to collect in person sorry.

superchorus:

hi there yeah in that case i can organise to collect it from you to here same thing
how much would you accept then if we do normal deal:)
but you would need to contact me to do this we cant do it in here of course 07958246522ok thanks
superchorus

YOU:

Have just lowered postage price. I can do a deal outside of eBay if you can collect.

superchorus:

hi there im interested in the synth
what offer would you accept ? ive tried twice also is it possible to simply buty it the normal way not on here but with paypal ?one other thing can i organise my own collection as i have good deal with ups and can get the postage much cheaper please contact me 07958246522 very genuinethanks
superchorus

 

 

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MuZiK KluB Somme Special Release

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This months MuZiK Klub release is a Battle Of The Somme centenary special edition. I was ging to say that a pound or two from each release would go to the British Legion but I didn’t cause apparently that would be illegal. Anyway, it’s a great looking release with some even better music and a poppy red vinyl disc.

I was going to write a blog about the Battle Of The Somme on July 1st but then there was so much of it on the news that I thought it would be overkill. So I’m just going to say this.

Look at this picture:

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War Graves Commision Body Density Map – Somme Area

 

Each square with a blue number is about the size of a football pitch and each number represents a dead soldiers body in that square. This map was created by the War Graves Commision after the area was being cleared up so bodies that were hastily buried in the field could be exhumed and reinterred in a War Graves Cemetery. These numbers represent just the bodies that are still intact after all the battles and fights in this area. The numbers would be a lot higher but for the constant shelling and fighting over the ground as so many bodies disappeared due to this being an artillery war.

If you look at the area South East of High Wood (Box 4 S) the numbers are very high. If you look at the 4 squares of High Wood you will notice no numbers at all. This is because in those squares the fighting was so intense that it had it’s own body density map. The number in those four squares alone should be over 8000. In fact, the carnage was so bad in High Wood that they just fenced it off and left it. You still can’t go in there to this day because you would literally be stepping on a dead body with each step you took and there is also so much unexploded ordnance.

I think, for me, this image sums up what happened on the Somme more than any other picture I’ve seen of dead soldiers and mud (because these pictures are all censored, not by what they are showing but by what they are not showing; amounts and faces). Where are the real pictures of what happened?

All of this clear up and devastation would have been photographed in great detail at the time by the Army. Look at the detail of the map. Today, the powers that be deem these pictures unsuitable for us to see. I think there was a book released between the wars but it was pulled and is long out of print. Does anyone know about this book? I only know about it because my professor at college told me that it once existed.

If you have a good enough reason, you can apply to the Imperial War Museum (it’s where they are kept) to see these images but I don’t think you are ever allowed to tell anyone what you’ve seen.

There is always a strange discrepency between the horrors we are told about and the photographic imagery we actually get to to see. There isn’t much of it. Think about it, it was a four year war that killed millions of people. The sheer scale of the horror is always talked up and we see the memorials but the photographic evidence is not there to support it, only piecemeal bits mainly photgraphed by the men themselves and nearly always with faces obscured. We are told about how grim it was but was it in fact so grim that we shouldn’t be trusted to see it? Probably.

It’s horrible what a bullet or a piece of shrapnel does to a person. Maybe it’s out of respect for those lying there but I suspect it has more to do with keeping us believeing in honour and patriotism and dying for your country when the need arises. That was what I felt when I watched the drama unfold at the Thiepval Memorial.

I’d prefer to think that I can be trusted to be shown the pictures rather than have a gun fired in honour over my dead body.

Six By Seven at Maida Vale

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Six By Seven recording their 3rd Peel Session in Studio 4 Maida Vale.

When we toured, lots of stage hands and sound men gave us different stories about why Sam’s Marshall 4 x 12 Cabinet was red and not black. My wife is releated to Jim Marshall and he once invited us down to his factory in Bletchley and gave us a tour and later took us out for dinner. I thought, here is my chance to finally find out why that cabinet is red.

“Oh that’s simple!” he said.

“Our German distributor in the late 70’s favourite colour was red so I made a load of cabinets for him in red as a laugh!”

And that was it!  So Sam’s cabinet had been built in Bletchley Milton Keynes, shipped to Germany and then found it’s way back to the UK and into a secondhand music shop.

This shot was used on the EP cover of My Life Is An Accident / Ten Places To Die both of which are going to feature in the new series of Trigger Happy TV.

Photo: Phil Nicholls