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Fresh tracks alert! Here we go again with all the new quality Drum & Bass releases. Enjoy the music :) [+weekly updated Spotify playlist] New Music Monday! (Week 47)

2020.11.23 13:25 TELMxWILSON Fresh tracks alert! Here we go again with all the new quality Drum & Bass releases. Enjoy the music :) [+weekly updated Spotify playlist] New Music Monday! (Week 47)

 
Weekly updated Spotify Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass
Retroactive Spotify Playlist (1-4week old tracks) H2L: Retroactive New DnB
Soundcloud Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass Soundcloud
Youtube Playlist H2L: New Drum & Bass Youtube
Last Week's list http://reddit.com/jv6dx0
 

Picks Of The Week (by u/lefuniname)

1. DC Breaks, Eva Lazarus - We Never Slow Down [RAM Records]

Recommended if you like: Loadstar, Friction, Kove
Artists more often than not undergo a transformation over time. Trying out new styles, sounds or genres even, just getting out of the comfort zone a bit. Some are able to apply their signature sounds to new styles, while some others are not as fortunate. DC Breaks is definitely a case of the former group.
The London-based duo Dan Havers and Chris Page has been active since around 2005, but their chapter is far from being Done or Closed. In fact, this year they started their 15-year anniversary project DCXV. A very Difficult-to-understand and Confusing name, since they are not even close to being 615 years in the game. Anyway. For this Delightful Celebration they gathered a whole bunch of new DC Breaks originals and remixes of Downright Classics from the likes of Technimatic and Skantia. Fun fact: One of these originals, Back For More, was used by Arsenal for their game recap!
Their newest entry in this series is a Dynamic Collaboration with rudegirl Eva Lazarus called We Never Slow Down, a most fitting title. Straight out the gate I have to mention just how fun the vocals are. The instrumental itself is already quite energetic, but Eva just gives the whole track so much more energy with her vocal performance. Will be a Direct Competitor with Enter The Warrior for most hype and fun vocals this year for me!
As some of you know, DC Breaks had started a collaborative project with Loadstar a few years ago called OPPOSITION. Apparently they had a whole album laid out, but had to scrap most of the Dear Cooperations, because the project was cancelled. All of it? Not quite! Turns out the instrumental for Never Slow Down is actually taken from OPPOSITION's track Higher. So there's still hope for the rest of the album, in one form or another!
Anyway, I'm very glad this instrumental got to see the light of day, because this is just such a good tune. Paired with the incredible Eva Lazarus it instantly became one of my favorites this year. Great stuff!
Okay I'm gonna take a break from all the DC puns now. A DC Break, if you will. Hehe. Some other dancefloor-y things that happened this week: - Fox Stevenson - All Eyes On Me - Rude Boy, Nami - Illusion (Mage Remix) - Annix, A Little Sound - Overload (I just count that as Dancefloor) - ReauBeau, Ekko & Sidetrack - Higher (Freaks & Geeks Remix) - Subsonic - Need Me - TREi - Space & Time / My Eyes - Droptek - Back 2 U - Idun Nicoline - Lost Without You (Boxplot Remix) - Ex Duty - Occulation - Exploid - Nobody Like You

2. Unknown Artist - Jungle Ride EP [Fokuz Recordings]

Recommended if you like: Macca & Loz Contreras, Lana Del Ray, Jorja Smith
Next up, we have my favorite new artist: Unknown Artist!
Yeah yeah, I know that's not actually their name. Every now and then dutch liquid powerhouse Fokuz Recordings contacts the producers of some of the best liquid bootlegs out there and releases the ones they get the permission for under the Unknown Artist moniker. For legal reasons, I guess. That's also how Edlan's bootleg of Need To Feel Loved, as heard in Pendulum's recent Spitbank Fort livestream, got to be released!
It's not always easy or even possible to find out who the "original" bootlegger was. For instance, the first track of this new Unknown Artist EP, Jungle, is definitely a bootleg of the original Wankelmut and Emma Louise track My Head Is A Jungle. But god knows who did the bootleg. In any case, whoever it is did a phenomenal job. It's such an incredibly melancholic vibe and my god do I love those. I've probably listened to it 50 times by now. Usually I would look the exact number of listens up on my last.fm account but apparently "Unknown Artist" tracks are not scrobbled. Sad times.
Speaking of melancholic: Next up we have a bootleg of Lana Del Ray - Ride, the queen of melancholy. As just a casual listener of Pop (i.e. only when I listen to radio and my phone is dead), I never expected her nostalgy-fueled gloomy vibes to work at a drum and bass tempo. The sad piano notes just makes the vibe complete. For this one I could actually find the artist, it's UK-based producer Macca!
Speaking of Macca, he and his partner in crime Loz Contreras are the creators another track on this EP: Blue Lights, a bootleg of Jorja Smith's track with the same name. I've said it after listening to High Contrast's Emmy-nominated remix of one of her tracks and I'll say it here too: We need more DnB tracks with Jorja Smith on the vocals. The dreamy vocals are complemented perfectly by Macca and Contreras' wonderful instrumental. Especially the breakdown in the middle of the track when Jorja's vocals are put front and centre is just perfect.
After all this melancholy Mr. Unknown Artist presents us with one last, more uplifting bootleg of NxWorries - Lyk Dis. I really don't know much about the artists involved in the original or the bootleg here, but one thing is for sure: It's fun as hell! A nice hiphop r&b vibe with some fun-sounding but in reality super sexual lyrics and some fast drums, what more do you even need?
All in all probably one of my favorite EPs of the year, which I honestly didn't expect before listening to it.
Some more liquid stuff that happened this week: - Brainwork - Had It All (just got on Spotify so I had to shout it out again) - Nu:Tone - Sweeter / Do It Right - Snse, Frankie Valli - Goodbyes (released last week, but only got around to it this week) - Bank - Breathless EP

3. The Clamps, Opsen - Illegal Instinct [Code Smell Music]

Recommended if you like: Burr Oak, Nais, Teddy Killerz
You know what this review thread needs? Some Neurofunk.
Good thing french neurofunk royalty The Clamps and Opsen have new music for us! What did you say? You don't know who they are? First of all, shame on you. Second of all, okay that was maybe a bit harsh, not everyone knows everyone. Let me introduce you.
The Clamps, also known as Julien Carbo (yes just one person), is not just very confusingly named, but more importantly also one of the most ridiculous neurofunk producers the scene has to offer. His first few releases as The Clamps were more Hardcore or Crossbreed oriented, but from 2015 on his productions went more into a drum and bass direction with releases on the french label Kosenprod and Prolix's Trendkill Records. He went on to release on labels like Mainframe, Titan Records and Eatbrain, to name a few. As a Toulousian himself, the Toulouse-based Kosenprod was still his home though. He went on to form a few side-projects you might have heard about, namely The Third Colony (for more atmospheric electronic stuff) and Burr Oak, a collaboration project with Opsen. Hey that's the other guy!
You might also know Opsen, a frenchman himself, from his work in the french neurofunk trio Signs. After four years of being signed with Signs, he resigned from the group, with all signs pointing to a solo career. Just like his fellow frenchman The Clamps he mostly released on Trendkill and Kosenprod in the following years. Additionally, he worked on a few collaborative efforts with ex-Signs member Le Lutin, as Cecil Hotel, and, you guessed it, with The Clamps as Burr Oak.
But this is no Burr Oak release, this is a double single with one track from them each. This is also not a release on Kosenprod or Trendkill, no no. This release is on the newly established label Code Smell Music. Even though it was founded just a few months ago by danish producer Bytecode, also known as one part of Instinkt, the young label has seen some promising releases so far. From Disphonia to Transforma to The Prophecy to, well, The Clamps and Opsen, they have proven to have quite great taste in what they shine a spotlight on.
Speaking of, let's talk about the actual release for a bit here. Opsen's track Global Instinct takes no prisoners at all, the brrr-per-minute meter is off the chart. As is becoming customary in new neurofunk releases, the breakdown switches over to a 4x4 beat that instantly makes me feel like I'm in a bunker in Berlin. The Clamps goes a similar route on Illegal. In typical Clamps fashion the song features variation upon variation in its drop that all try to top eachother with their ridiculousness. I love it. Halfway through the track the song also switches to a 4x4 beat, while a sample of an interview with 69db, also known as part of the Spiral Tribe crew, about electronic music of the 90s can be heard in the background. A nice nod to Julien's roots. After that it's back to straight tunage. Highly illegal indeed.
All in all, sick as hell.
Other happenings in the neurofunk world this week: - Tobax - Steinhagel VIP (was on Beatport earlier, but didn't get around to it yet) - Billain - Codename EP
And also deep/techy stuff: - IMANU - Fuji - Droptek - Devoid (Levela Remix) - DLR, Break - Hit The Target / NADS - Emperor - Rangefinder - GEST, Quadrant, Iris - Sequential - CELO - Learn To Fly / Break It - QUIX, Juelz - Chicane (Kumarion Remix)

4. Various Artists - Yo Bro LP [Drum Army]

Recommended if you like: Bredren, Was A Be, Rizzle or any of the 20+ featured artists
Breaking news: We have chosen a new Hidden Gems Of The Week™!
This week's pick is the Yo Bro compilation on the up-and-coming label Drum Army. This album is the third entry in the Yo Bro saga, also known as the best-named release series ever, after the Yo Bro EP and the Collab Bro collab EP in 2019. For those who don't know, Drum Army is a relatively new swiss label showcasing some of the best that the local, but also global, deep drum and bass scene has to offer. As is often the case with labels, Drum Army first started out as an event series way back in 2014 and only became a full-fledged label in 2017. Just one year later, they were already nominated as best newcomer label in the Drum & Bass Arena Awards. And that nomination didn't come out of nowhere. With releases from artists like Monrroe, OaT, Nemy or Invadhertz, they have certainly earned that high praise.
For this project they have reached out to artists from 8 different countries on three different continents, from insider tips like Smuskind or missledz to more established artists like Zombie Cats or Invadhertz. With that much diversity, you will certainly find something you like in there! Provided you like deep dnb at all, I guess. But even a good friend of mine who doesn't like that style of dnb at all found something in there they like, so who knows.
We (well, I) don't have all day for this so I'll quickly go through my four favorites:
First off, Smuskind. The german dnb duo have always been sort of my favorites on the label and to my delight they have contributed not just one but two tracks on this massive project. The first one is Bräd, a track full of weird whistle samples presented in a rhythm that is so catchy I honestly can't enough of it. The bounciness of it all makes it seem like they have listened to a lot Bass House tracks recently and I'm here for it. It's so bouncy in fact that even the protagonist of the music video is a big bouncy ball! The second track from Smuskind is a collaboration with Invadhertz called Ghosts and takes us into the deepest depths of the deep sea. I'm fairly certain this tune would cause an earthquake when played on a system.
Next up we have Felix Raymon, another german newcomer from the Ruhr area, presenting us his 2020 with Bomsh on vocal duty. The track is full of psytrance influences, from the occasional "bwoarm" in the background to the 4x4 rhythms during the verses of Bomsh, who's flow and voice gives me huge MC Mota vibes. Definitely one of the more unique tracks on the LP! Sidenote, check out Felix Raymon in general, he's one of my favorite underrated artists right now.
Last but not least there's Zombie Cats! Okay who am I kidding, they are not unknown at all. I'm just a huge fan okay? Their contribution Creatures is yet another sick roller with high production value everywhere. Honestly, they've pumped out a crazy amount of tracks this year (and it's not even over yet!) and they still manage to deliver consistently high quality. Best year ever for a Zombie Cats fan. This one even features a nice half-time drop in the second half, for all of you halftime lovers!
All in all, I give this LP Yo out of Bro stars. In other words, I love it.
Hidden Gems - Hydrae - CONSTANT EP - Archaea - System Malfunction / Can You Feel It - Ex Duty - Occulation - Embers Of Light - Everything Changes LP - Streetz Of Rage - Orbital Decay EP  

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2020.11.13 15:48 SuperHotUKDeals Watch Dogs: Legion (PS4 / Xbox One with free next gen upgrade) £35.99 using code Delivered @ Boss Deals via eBay

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Xbox One
In the near future, London is facing its downfall. After devastating terror attacks rock the city, an all-seeing authoritarian state has oppressed the people, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with you, and your ability to recruit a resistance and fight back.
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2020.11.13 11:32 SuperHotUKDeals Watch Dogs: Legion (PS4 / Xbox One with free next gen upgrade) £35.99 Delivered @ Boss Deals via eBay

The description of this deal was not provided by this subreddit and it's contributors.
£35.99 - eBay
Xbox One
In the near future, London is facing its downfall. After devastating terror attacks rock the city, an all-seeing authoritarian state has oppressed the people, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable. The fate of London lies with you, and your ability to recruit a resistance and fight back.
WATCH DOGS: LEGION delivers a never-before-seen gameplay innovation that allows you to recruit and play as anyone you see in the iconic city of London. Every single character in the open world is playable, and everyone has a backstory, personality, and skillset that will help you personalise your own unique team. Recruit your friends and join the fight in online multiplayer to take back London in four-player co-op missions, end-game challenges, special game modes and events. Welcome to the Resistance!
PLAY AS ANYONE
Recruit anyone from the entire population of London into your resistance: from an MI6 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to a getaway driver, from a football hooligan to an inconspicuous old lady, everyone has a unique backstory, personality, and skillset that should be used in unique situations. Anyone you see can join your team.
Play the game the way you want. Build a team with a huge range of characters to choose from, all bringing their own unique abilities. Takedown and arrest enemies as a police officer, chase down enemies in a fully loaded superspy car with armed rockets and cloaking device, and command robotic bees with your beekeeper. Customise your Legion with enhanced gadgets, unique outfits and iconic masks.
AN IMMERSIVE STORY
After a mysterious assailant initiates devastating terror attacks on London, DedSec, a secret underground resistance who is being blamed for the attacks and is on the brink of annihilation, needs your help.
Your mission is to rebuild DedSec to fight back against those who wish to keep London oppressed. Some enemies are more obvious than others, such as the likes of Big Brother Nigel Cass, head of the corrupt private military corporation, Albion. A genius sociopath, Nigel has his own interesting way of keeping London safe, which may or may not include decimating Londoners. There’s also Mary Kelley, head of a criminal clan who has united all gangs in the city. She needs you out of the way so she can continue her lucrative businesses like human trafficking.
You will continue to meet colourful characters along the way – both villains and allies – in your fight for London.
HACKING IS YOUR WEAPON
Weaponise London’s tech infrastructure, and unleash DedSec’s mastery of technology: hijack armed combat drones, reconstruct past events using augmented reality to discover who is behind the terror attacks, and hack your way through the most advanced security systems. Upgrade and deploy tech gadgets such as the Stealth Cloak, the Spiderbot, a Micro-Missile Launcher, and the powerful Electro Fist in a brand new melee system.
LIBERATE AN OPEN WORLD LONDON
Explore a massive urban open world and fight to liberate London’s many famous landmarks—including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, or the London Eye—and engage in side activities like bareknuckle boxing, darts, freestyle football, illegal courier contracts or street art.
TEAM UP WITH FRIENDS
Join forces with up to three friends in online multiplayer as you freely explore London together or take on special co-op missions, and unique game modes. Enjoy free regular updates adding new online content, rewards and themed events.
This deal can be found at hotukdeals via this link: https://ift.tt/36xOcND
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2020.11.13 03:06 bootyaquariusjr ☆ LORDE ~ MEGATHREAD ☆

Just a Mega Thread of all content featuring Lorde I can think of. Give my twitter a follow "@loveclub1996"!
Music
Albums
Pure Heroine
Spotify
Deezer
Apple Music
Youtube Music
SoundCloud

Melodrama
Spotify
Deezer
Apple Music
Youtube Music
SoundCloud
Demos Exclusive Singles
No Better
Yellow Flicker Beat
Precious Metals
Sway
Good Fights
Lost Boys
Unamed(I just want your love)

Music Videos Live Performances
Music Videos
Royals
Tennis Court
Team
Yellow Flicker Beat
Green Light
Perfect Places
Live Performances
Swinging Party(Vevo Halloween)
Buzzcut Season(Vevo Halloween)
Liability(SNL)
Green Light(SNL)
Supercut(Vevo)
Hard Feelings/ Loveless(Vevo)
The Louvre(Vevo)
Sober(Vevo)
Writer in the Dark
Homemade Dynamite(Vevo)
A World Alone Lollapalooza
Bravado Live at the orange lounge
Buzzcut Season Live at the Edge
White Teeth Teens Live at the Edge
Royals Live at the Edge
Podcast featuring Lorde
Lorde Behind the Melodrama
Spotify
Apple Podcast
Archive(Free)
Song Exploder Lorde - Sober
Google Podcast
Spotify
Apple Podcast
Tours Concerts
https://youtu.be/QphYKntjSps
https://youtu.be/toklNeEB9To
https://youtu.be/GV8CL_Iflvo
https://youtu.be/LVHy6Ft4wRM
Healthy Mix of Covers by Lorde
Lorde Interviews
Lorde Hints at New Music & she's doing what in Quarantine? FULL INTERVIEW
Lorde Talks 'Melodrama', Her Crazy Life & Song Writing I Ash London Live
Lorde interview: Does she want kids? What would she do if it wasn't music? Newshub
Lorde Interviewed for "Anthems: New Zealand's Iconic Hits"
Lorde Writing 'Melodrama' with Jack Antonoff Exclusive Interview
The story of Lorde
i-D Meets: Lorde
Watch Lorde Talk 'Life as a 'New Baby Adult' With Rolling Stone
Lorde Chats About Her New Album, "Melodrama" Elvis Duran Show
Exclusive: Lorde’s transformation from a shy school girl to pop princess 60 Minutes Australia
Lorde Interview: Extended Version
Lorde - Melodrama Reimagined at Electric Lady (Vevo x Lorde)
Lorde Shorts
Lorde - Lorde in Colour (Vevo Originals)
Lorde - Vevo Offscreen - Lorde
Lorde - Influences (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - ASK:REPLY 6 (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - ASK:REPLY 5 (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Lyrical Influences (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Friends And Fame (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - ASK:REPLY 4 (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Under The Influence Part 2 (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - ASK:REPLY 3 (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Debut Album (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Under the Influence (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - Photo Shoot (Behind The Scenes) (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - From Soundcheck To The Stage (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Learning To Perform (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - In My Words (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - ASK:REPLY 1 (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Take The Stage (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - Get To Know LORDE (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - Becoming Lorde (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - World According to Lorde (VEVO LIFT UK)
Lorde - Beginnings (VEVO LIFT)
Lorde - LIFT Intro: Lorde (VEVO LIFT)
Please leave any other things I should add for V2 in the comments and give my page a follow "@loveclub1996" on twitter
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2020.11.08 23:32 SuperHotUKDeals Watch Dogs : Legion [PS4 with free PS5 Upgrade / Xbox One + Series X] £42.49 delivered using code @ Boss Deals eBay

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2020.11.01 02:46 Hitch42 Audio-Drama.com links from October 25 to October 31, 2020 - 31 Days of Horror edition (64 new links!)

Audio-Drama.com is an online directory of audio drama and spoken word websites, with at least one new link added to it each day. As of this post, there are 5,000 published articles.
For the month of October, Audio-Drama.com presents 31 Days of Horror, normally featuring one new horror audio drama or spoken word link every day. However, this year the total has increased to one hundred 144 links throughout the month, with a whooping 64 new entries added this week alone.
You can see the previous years' listings in this post featuring almost 400 links. Visit Audio-Drama.com's horror category page for over 1,100 horror audio drama links.
Here are the newest articles from the previous week:
Feel free to discuss any of these shows or comment about Audio-Drama.com. Note that the website is currently in the process of being redesigned, so some functionality is limited and pages may look different from one another. I always welcome any questions or feedback.
Previous weekly Audio-Drama.com links
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2020.10.30 12:08 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 26: THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE

We are all a product of our choices.
You could choose to eat that donut, or you could choose to do 20 push-ups. Either choice has consequences. Perhaps not now. Maybe not for a while. But each choice can start you down a road that could have dramatic ramifications for you later on.
Sure, sometimes bad shit happens to you that you have no control over. But you still have a choice on how you react to those things. That’s why some people who have experienced horror or tragedy or the unthinkable are able to overcome those circumstances - and some are forever paralyzed by them.
Fuck, that’s pretty heavy. Let me dial it back a bit.
When I think of this week’s artist, I think of this famous commercial about choices. We don’t always know what impact our choices are going to have on us, but every one of us knows that the choices we make in life are important.
So here is the deal, kids. A bunch of you young’uns may never have heard of the man variously know as “Buster”, “The Bat”, “Cupcake”, “Snagglepuss”, “The Creeper”, “Egg Foo Yung”, “Maurice James”, “Jimmy James”, and (somewhat inexplicably) “Marbles”. Or perhaps you know his name and have heard his music on car rides with your parents, but no more than that.
Make no mistake: This week’s artist is one of the most influential guitar players of all time. He did things with his axe that no one else dreamed of (including playing it upside down and backwards - on a regular basis.) What is even more remarkable is that he was unable to read or write a single note of music. His impact continues to resonate today.
He is a true legend, and his band was THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE.
About Them
From October 13, 1966 to September 18, 1970 - under four years - Jimi Hendrix went from complete unknown to the world’s highest paid musician. In those 1,400 days the world of Rock was shaken to its foundations, crumbled, and completely rebuilt.
Johnny Allen Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942. He was the oldest of 5 children. His father was part Cherokee and lived in Canada. Shortly after his birth Johnny was renamed James Marshall Hendrix, and grew up being called Jimmy. He grew up interested in rock music but never learned to read or write it. While that’s true of many of us, what set young Johnny Jimmy apart was his commitment to learn to play in spite of this. He developed a keen ear and the ability to mimic what he heard.
Growing up, he obsessively carried a broom with him and pretended to play guitar on it. This behaviour was so entrenched that his daily faux-guitar work would result in straw all over the floor of his bedroom, much to the disdain of his parents.
When his father refused to buy him a guitar, Johnny Jimmy found an old, dilapidated ukulele with one string to play with. He learned to imitate the tunes he heard on that primitive instrument.
By the age of 15, he had worn down his father enough that the ukulele had been replaced with a second hand guitar (no Pepsi was involved, despite the commercial). He quickly joined his first teenage band. Like lots of kids in high school, he played in a few such bands with no real future but lots of time to noodle around and learn how to perform. But hanging out with ruffians and ne’er-do-wells in the Seattle Music Scene got him into all kinds of trouble. Johnny Jimmy was caught riding in stolen cars by the police. Twice.
He was given a clear choice: go to jail, or join the Army.
The Army sucked, but at least it wasn’t prison. When he enlisted in 1961, he met future band mate and bassist Billy Cox. Johnny Jimmy was trained as a paratrooper and was only discharged from the military after an ankle injury he sustained while parachuting. Cox and Hendrix had (of course) formed a band together while they were stationed in Kentucky, and played the saloon gigs for change.
Fresh after his discharge, Johnny Jimmy needed to earn a living. He knew he could play, and had earned money doing so already. It was not a great leap to try to do it professionally. He became a session guitarist and was credited under the name Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James. He was able to play and tour with Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Isley Brothers.
Capitalizing on this momentum, he struck out on his own, forming the band Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. This band played venues throughout New York City, where he was discovered by bassist Chas Chandler of The Animals. Chandler was so dazzled by the performance of Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James and the Blue Flames that he decided to sign our hero to a contract, move him to England (where Chandler and The Animals were from), start a new band, and get into the studio.
Oh, and all that came with a name change. Now he would be known as Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James Jimi, and his band would be the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Their first performance was on October 13, 1966 and their first single - Hey Joe - was an instant classic. It was followed by the absolutely unbelievable debut album Are You Experienced?. This complete monster of a record has the tracks The Wind Cries Mary, Foxey Lady, Are You Experienced?, Fire, and the genre-defining Purple Haze. If you do nothing else as a result of this write up, go put on a good set of headphones and listen to this record. Now.
Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James Jimi and his band came back to the USA in 1967 and, on the strength of Are You Experienced?, rocketed to fame. What quickly became apparent was that Hendrix was not only great in the studio - he was a virtuoso as a live performer. Being entirely self-taught, he played a right-handed guitar left-handed...and did everything by ear. He gyrated. He grooved. He thrust his pelvis in time with the music. He smashed instruments. He lit his guitar on fire. He played it behind his back. He played it with his teeth. And on top of all of that, he was also the lead singer.
In short, he was unlike anyone before him. He and his band almost instantly became one of the most popular touring acts in the world. The world stood up and took notice. Fame didn’t just come knocking; it broke down the door, crashed into the living room, and slept on the couch for the next four years.
Are You Experienced? was followed by Axis: Bold As Love in 1967. While it would have been impossible to follow up the debut album with anything as big, this sophomore effort does one hell of a job. It brought some notable style changes to their sound, and further laid the framework of modern psychedelia. Notably, the track Little Wing soared to the top of the charts in the US, and brought even more fame for the band.
A record with such a strong single would have been satisfying to many artists...but not to Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James Jimi. Part of what had made the debut album so iconic was the freedom that our hero had on it. So for his band’s third LP, he decided to take more direct control. He built his own recording space in New York City, which he dubbed Electric Lady Studios. The double album follow up to Axis: Bold As Love was named Electric Ladyland in its honour.
And boy was this one hell of a record. Tracks like Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland), Crosstown Traffic, 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be), and Voodoo Chile are all recognizable today as quintessential entries in the Hendrix catalogue. Added to this is the cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower, which is one of those rare remakes that surpasses the original. This album would be the last one recorded by the band, who broke up in 1968.
1969 was the Summer of Love. Most notably, in Rock and Roll lore, it was also the summer of Woodstock. This groundbreaking concert and festival was the blueprint for all rock festivals today that we used to have prior to the apocalypse. Hendrix assembled a band called Gypsy Sun & Rainbows which included ex-army mate Billy Cox on bass. Hendrix’s performance of The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock put another notch on his legendary bedpost.
In early 1970, Johnny Jimmy Jimmy James Jimi was back in his studio to follow up Electric Ladyland, albeit with new bandmates. This recording was to be called First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. Hendrix worked on the album in gaps in his hectic touring schedule.
The album was never finished.
On September 17, 1970, Hendrix had dinner in London England with his girlfriend, a German Figure Skater named Monica Danneman. He and Danneman shared a bottle of wine that evening. Danneman awoke in the early hours of September 18 and tried to wake up her boyfriend. He was unresponsive. She called an ambulance. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 27. The cause of death was ruled to be asphyxiation on his own aspirated vomit. Blood tests indicated that he had barbiturates and alcohol in his system.
Though Hendrix was an amazing musician, those close to him knew that he had fallen into drug use and alcohol abuse. The pressures of touring and life on the road drove him to these vices. Alcohol was “the scourge of his existence” and his drug use after achieving fame was legendary. Hendrix regularly used cannabis, hashish, LSD, and amphetamines while on tour.
After his sad and untimely death, parts of the unfinished album were released. Several live compilations and tributes and remasterings of his works have also surfaced over the years. All these are just the echoes of the greatness that streaked across the sky for less than four short years and are cold comfort to his legions of fans. After a meteoric career, and an impact that will never be forgotten, Hendrix was another artist taken too soon by alcohol and drugs.
We are all a product of our choices.
Links to QOTSA
Every rock guitarist owes a debt to Jimi Hendrix. His work blazed new trails that others continue to follow today.
ZZ Top Guitarist, Front Man and frequent Queens collaborator Billy Gibbons cut his teeth as a young performer when he toured with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Now, the question you’ve all been waiting for: Did Jimi Hendrix actually play the accordion?
Nope. That was a myth perpetuated by the commercial at the top of this article.
But fun fact: Joshua Homme absolutely did play the accordion. It is weird when you hear tacit_tacet do so because of how clear it is that some of Homme’s music translates well to that format. If you don’t believe me, I want you to close your eyes and imagine listening to the opening riff of The Evil Has Landed on accordion.
You know you can hear it.
We should all be glad that Josh chose the push-ups and not the donut. I know I am.
Their Music
Hey Joe
The Wind Cries Mary
Foxey Lady
Are You Experienced?
Fire
Purple Haze
Little Wing
Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland
1983 A Merman I Should Turn To Be
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Live in Maui, 1970
All Along The Watchtower
The Star Spangled Banner
Johnny Jimi B Goode - Cover, Live at Berkeley community theatre in 1970
Show Them Some Love
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2020.10.29 00:38 MadUncleSheogorath The Britons #9: Mutant Rights

Marvel's Non-Canon Universe Presents..!

The Britons!

Issue #9: Mutant Rights

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February 18th, 2020.
Sidney ‘Sid’ Ridley, the long lived Captain Midlands, detested the bureaucracy of London. He had as much passion for it as a small child does for sprouts. The lot of them had chosen to lurk in the old SOHO base, Strange (and) Ominous Happenings Obscurants. Set up by Peter Hunter at the tail end of the First World War when it became clear that shit like Otherworld was becoming all too common. Of course, back then, mutants weren’t around in public. Midlands looked around at the drab design, still stuck in the 70s when Punk was King. How many times had he and James Braddock walked these halls, fags hanging out of their mouths? Course you couldn’t smoke in doors anymore, perhaps a law for the better, though.
Sat at the ‘head’ of the roundtable was John Whitaker, Labour Prime Minister. A good egg, generally had his head screwed on straight. Beside him sat James Jaspers, Minister of the Home Office. A twat, to be honest. Midlands never onced liked him, always looked like a conniving prick. If he turned out to be a nonce, Sid wouldn’t at all be surprised.
Sid turned his head to look towards Theresa Cassidy, long red hair flowing past her shoulders, face as serious as ever. To her left, sat her father Sean, a man at the end of his prime and as serious as his child. Blond hair turning grey, Sean had been an X-Man once upon a time, back when Kosygin still held office. Sean glanced over and nodded. The two of them were the only Irish representation in the room- despite often tenuous relations with Ireland, MI-13 was something of a joint effort.
“Watch this be absolutely shit.” Pete Wisdom muttered on Sid’s other side. Only to be given a stern look by their employer, Alistaire Stuart. Sid glanced over to the brunette friend, yellow eyes staring at the table of bigwigs and agents and all inbetween. Other figures included Moira MacTaggert, a researcher deeply involved in mutants all across the Western World, Mortimer Grimsdale, head of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Alistaire’s boss, along with his assistant the ‘Contessa’ Valentina Allegra De Fontaine. A mouthful of a name, and most called her Val behind her back. Alistaire’s equals in MI5; Philip Gavin and MI6; Jack Tarr, were also present.
A lot of people, perhaps far too many. And all to debate mutants, wholly in response to America’s recent spurious drama about a Mutant Registration Act. The Cassidy’s and Wisdom were all mutants, while Moira worked with them… Sid had no problems with mutants, nor Alistaire. They were simply people, after all.
“Alright, ladies and gentlemen…” Whitaker began speaking, leaning back in the seat with a smile. Tall, square jawed and bright-blue eyed. Whitaker had become Prime Minister partly on his charm. “Let’s discuss. As you can tell, this isn’t particularly an… Open conversation, but I want to discuss it with you first.”
Sid rested his hands on his knees, one leg on top of the other, and twirled thumb over thumb. Grimsdale spoke first in response. “The Americans, particularly Senator Kelly, have pushed for a ‘Mutant Registration Act’, designed to keep a database of mutants throughout their country, on the very public basis of security. It’s been suggested to myself by Alistaire, Sean and Moira, that we use this outcry to our advantage.”
Mortimer, toad like in every way, looked to MI13’s shining jewels and raised his brows. Alistaire sat up straighter. “MI13 already investigates mutant activities in the UK and surrounding territories… Making them a potentially valuable cover in regards to Magical activities.”
Whitaker furrowed his brow, doing his best to understand the matter. Jaspers sat forward, listening with interest. Sid felt his stomach crawl. Jim Jaspers always was a man of slime. He’d remained in power for decades, all the way since the 60s. Jaspers should look older than he did. But then so should Sid.
“To elaborate.” Alistaire continued. “We are suggesting the creation of a mutant team for the United Kingdom and Ireland, with their permission, designed to respond to active mutant concerns, and be used to push a ‘mythology is mutants’ angle where appropriate. We’ve already identified two mutants who would be advantageous to this. Megan Gwynn, and Rahne Sinclair.”
Alistaire slid a file across the table to Whitaker. “Megan Gwynn is said to possess ‘fairy-like features’, and Rahne Sinclair has been noted in the area of a wave of werewolf sightings dating back a decade.”
“I don’t see an issue with any of this.” Whitaker stated, looking between them with narrowed eyes. “So I’m sensing there’s a catch.”
“For this to work at peak efficiency, we need the UK to publicly condemn the United States’ plans towards mutants, declare the UK open for all mutants and to start engineering programs to help them.”
Sid glanced from Alistaire to Jaspers, who was turning a shade of beetroot red, as though his head was about to pop. He had a problem with the situation, others began to notice Jasper’s mood, until Whitaker sighed and simply asked ‘what’s the issue?’
“You can’t openly invite mutants! It’s going to suffer disastrous consequences. Powers going off at a whim, cities levelled, children orphaned, hard working citizens pushed out of jobs simply because someone can lift as much as ten men!”
Sean, Theresa and Pete all remained remarkably still and patient, while Moira spoke up, barely contained anger all too present in her accent. A true Scotswoman. “Actually, mutants would face a higher likelihood of workplace abuse in a variety of forms. A stronger mutant, for example, will be pressured by employers more, in this case to use their strength.”
Sean sighed. “Basically, there’s an already unconscious bias that mutants can or can’t, or should do certain things, a bias not typically applied to humans.”
“And when our postal carriers can run at super speed? They could deliver all of our post in a single day- there wouldn’t be any need for regular people. Inviting mutants into The UK will not go down well, Whitaker.”
Whitaker was silent, eyes looking around the room. “He raises a point about safety concerns. Am I right in understanding mutant abilities can be triggered by a variety of stimuli?”
Moira nodded her head. “You are correct. Stress, puberty, even elation, can all trigger the sudden appearance of mutant abilities. But… mutant genes don’t just become a thing at those times, they already exist beforehand.”
Whitaker pulls his eyes from Moira to the Cassidy’s. “And you two? How did your powers come to be?”
Sean sighed, gripping his cane tightly. “I simply had them occur during puberty. Same deal for Theresa.”
Theresa nodded in agreement. “That said, dad was also able to mentor me in using them effectively.”
Whitaker turned his attention then to Pete Wisdom, who was impatiently drumming his fingers on the table surface. “Wisdom?”
“Nah mate.” Pete responded, never one for superiors. “Ma’am got killed by Michael Ryan and my powers bloomed right after.”
The Prime Minister nodded his head slowly, all too aware of that name. Jaspers continued to look like a beetroot to his side. “And for the thousands of mutants from around the world, how many of them are determined to see our fine country fall? Superheroism, let alone mutants, have brought endless problems to our doorstep for decades.”
Sid stared Jaspers down. “The Red Skull.”
“Pardon?” Jaspers asked.
“The Red Skull. He was only stopped due to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.”
“A freak of genetic en-”
“Finish that sentence, and I will throw myself over the table and make you swallow your teeth.” Sid warned. He was born of the same cloth as Steve. Only, he’d lived to see today.
Jaspers narrowed his eyes and sat back into his chair. “If we invite mutants into the UK, who knows how many terrorists with powers will follow suit? We won’t have cars attempting to drive into Parliament- we’ll have people capable of turning gravity on its head completely pulling London apart.”
“And we’ll have mutants capable of reacting to such a threat- much like the Police and Military do so now.” Ridley interrupted.
Jaspers glared, but relented. Whitaker drummed his fingers. “Any other plans?”
“We split MI13’s mutant handling off into a newer agency, better tasked and equipped to handle mutant responsibilities solely- and we maintain responsibility of the truly bizarre, such as Otherworld and E.T’s. This new organisation will be known as MI18, and will be headed up by Peter Wisdom.”
“I take it by that, you mean whatever falls through S.W.O.R.D’s cracks?” Whitaker asked.
“It happens a lot.” Alistaire admitted. “As much as I’m sure S.W.O.R.D likes to pretend it does not.”
Whitaker nodded his head. “I’m still hesitant, you understand. There’s a lot of moving parts to this and Jaspers raises some interesting points- Humans are easier to handle, and we’ve come to better predict and understand magical events, we’ve had centuries to do so.”
Sean Cassidy sighed. “I figured this might be the response. I hope you don’t mind, but I invited some friends.”
Entering stage right, a chair that hovered off the ground gilded closer to the table, an older, bald man sat upon its seat, arms placed squarely on both the rests. He smiled, though it was hard to grasp the meaning behind the smile. Some might have viewed it as sardonic, others as kind. It was a smile intended to disarm the right persons - those who wanted to be disarmed.
Behind him stood a blue man with pointed ears, pointed tail flicking the air like a cat with a fly in its sights. And to their left? Another, bulkier, blue man covered in fur. Relatives perhaps? He looked out of place with a suit and glasses on. A redheaded woman stepped in next, she wore blue and gold, and remained much more visually appealing than the others.
Sean Cassidy rose from his seat, leaning against the stick. “Prime Minister, I’d like to introduce Professor Charles Xavier and several of his X-Men.”
Whitaker rose from his seat, not certain how to greet the man before him - let alone the team who accompanied him. They’d been in the news for seemingly many of the wrong reasons, and were present when the Sentinels were first put into action.
“Uh, welcome to the United Kingdom.” Whitaker spoke, put completely off balance. Jaspers, meanwhile, looked as though he was about to pop. Ridley almost wished he would, smug weasel.
“It’s a fine country.” Xavier smiled. Sean continued.
“I’d also like to introduce Jean Grey, Kurt Wagner and Henry, a man who I’m sure is as pleased to be here.”
“Oh absolutely.” Hank confirmed, blue fur bristling with the warm smile.
The X-Men moved closer to the table and Whitaker took to shaking their hands firmly. Jaspers began to rise from his seat but Beast planted a firm hand on his shoulder to keep him in place.
“How did they get here?” Jaspers demanded, MI13 simply smiled. Mortimer Grimsdale looked equally as concerned, but made an effort to shake hands and greet their guests. The Contessa remained silent and still, seemingly avoiding them.
“They’ve come to help convince you.” Sean remarked.
“Sean was concerned that there may be a push towards rather… anti-humanitarian concepts.” Xavier began. “While the concerns are ultimately real, and have been shown to be present with Cain Marko and Thomas Cassidy. However, making Britain a home for mutants and a well respected one at that, would do much for Britain. Jaspers remarked on the age-old propaganda of ‘But what about my job?’. That said, I believe that a Britain that fully embraces mutants would experience gains in a wide variety of areas. Britain could once again become an economic and industrial powerhouse, it would find itself able to compete with America in the technological department- perhaps even outdo other technologically ascendent nations.”
Whitaker took time to listen, as Xavier spoke highly of a brighter future for Britain. A new Industrial Revolution, a stronger economy, a reverse of the slow brain drain to America. Mutants, it seemed, provided the answers.
“Of course, there will always be bad apples, Prime Minister. But it’s how you come to terms with those apples that will alter the future of Britain. Do you allow them to run rampant, or simply improve your country in such a way so as to minimise the risk? And help those who run that risk.”
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Sid walked out into the fresh air of Soho and inhaled, only to find himself being pushed along the pavement by an angry woman with purple hair. He’d taken a single breath in, and already he was being accosted by a fashionista. Not that she wasn’t fantastic at what she did. “Where the fuck is he, Sid.”
“Who?” Sid asked, already knowing the answer.
“Brian.” Betsy pushed him again, and Sid noticed the third Braddock stood behind her.
“Betsy, pushing him won’t help.” Jamie added on.
“Shut up, Jamie.” Betsy responded, squaring up with Sid. “It’s been months. You promised me you’d find Brian. You haven’t. You and your boss have been doing what, sitting around rolling thumbs and reminiscing about the wartime efforts? Is that it?”
Betsy slapped Sid across the face. Immediately Sid grabbed Jamie and Betsy both by the collars and pulled them into the back entrance of Soho Theatre.
“We’ve been looking. He’s nowhere, Betsy. It’s the same situation as last time, all we have is the scraps of his uniform from when Dracula dragged him through the town.”
Betsy didn’t slap, this time. Instead, a prop for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang detonated beside them, followed by another- and another. The lighting rig above the stage shattered soon after, glass launched across the seats.
“Jesus Christ, Betsy.” Sid cried out, looking at the props. “Did you do that?”
“Not important.” Betsy roared, back.
“Not Important?! You just blew up a light with your fucking mind!”
“Don’t change the fucking topic, we need to find Brian.” Betsy demanded, eyes sheening over with a soft purple glow.
The lift dinged behind them as the X-Men and the JIC walked in. Sid glanced to everyone, and nodded, before pulling Betsy and Jamie further out of the way. Mortimer Grimsdale and The Contessa walked out, followed by Jaspers, who gave Sid a scowl. Whitaker shook hands with Xavier once more, and departed after them.
“I have to go. I want a report later on whatever your about to talk about.” Alistaire sighed, following behind the rest of the staff. Sid rounded on Betsy, and Jean grabbed him by the shoulder. “Hang on a second.”
“Betsy, right?” Jean asked, stepping ahead of Sid. “Are you able to do that again?”
“Maybe? I’ve only done it when stressed, so far.”
Sid glanced to Theresa as she left with the remainder of her team- and Kurt and Hank. They nodded, and Sid returned his attention to Betsy.
“Can you explain when else you’ve done it?”
Flustered, Betsy hopped from foot to foot and looked around at the group. “Juggernaut.”
“Juggernaut?” Jean asked, surprised.
“I put my hand out, and there was this purple glow, and he was knocked out. I didn’t even see it properly, I was trying not to get smashed.”
Xavier mused, and looked to Jamie. “Your brother is Capteiniad Alban, yes? Sid was informing me. Remind me, how did he get his powers?”
“From a god. But I had no hand in her stuff.”
Xavier oohed and aahed. Jean spoke up, addressing Betsy. “You can only do this when you’re stressed, right? What’s the current situation?”
“Brian is missing, and this asshole isn’t doing anything.” Betsy pointed at Sid. “That’s why I’m pissed off.”
“I’ve been doing the best I can.” Sid responded. Jean squeezed his shoulder again.
“Alright. I want you to summon that feeling, and focus on a single object. Like… This poster.”
A poster beside Jean for Matilda tore itself from the wall and hovered in front of her, printed side towards Betsy. “And burn it.”
“Burn it?”
“Burn it. Take all that stress, anger, and focus it here.”
Betsy’s brow furrowed and her eyes squinted somewhat, her hands balled into fists at her side. She ground her teeth, jaw clenched. Sid watched her with a raised brow, looking from Betsy to Jean and then to Xavier. He didn’t think anything was going to happen, but then, Betsy had just blown up a giant lollipop.
The paper began to burn, a small trail of smoke at first, and then a flame. Until it spread faster than Jean could react, going up in flames and leaving the redhead with red fingers.
“Well. You’re certain skilled, potentially a mutant but we’d need to be certain.”
“I can find out if she is.” Moira’s voice called from the lift, leaning against it to prevent the doors from closing. “Shouldn’t be too hard, Alistaire won’t mind my taking over the office I’m sure. You too buddy.”
Moira pointed to Jamie, who blinked in surprise. “Me?”
“You’re her brother, it’s worth a look.” Moira shrugged.
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2020.10.28 16:04 UpgradeTech After 10 years, here’s my (mostly complete) Fallout New Vegas music CD and record collection containing the songs from the game’s radio soundtrack from 1942 to 2009.

Hello all. With the 10-year anniversary of Fallout: New Vegas, I wanted to share with you a project I have been working on for the past couple of years. I have been trying to collect the music of the Fallout series on the original records as a way to bring the games to life.
I've been working on other similar video game record collections, however, the Fallout series has proven to be a combination of both fascinating and frustrating in tracking down the original versions of the songs used in the game which run the gamut from shellac 78s, vinyl LPs and 45s to enormous 16 inch transcription discs, radio broadcasts, re-recordings, Snader Telescriptions, 8 tracks, and stock music. New Vegas runs the gamut from 1942-2009 and every decade and music format in between.
For those of you impatient with this wall of text to see another wall of text, but with far more pictures mostly alphabetized by artist, here's the link where I try to document every single record used in Fallout: New Vegas' various main radio stations, Radio New Vegas, Black Mountain Radio, and Mojave Music Radio.
https://imgur.com/a/vCoH9Y1
Important: Imgur may or many not prompt you to click on "Expand More Images"; the image album goes far beyond 10 pictures.
And of course we can't forget Mr. New Vegas aka Wayne Newton and perhaps his most famous single "Danke Schoen". Though some might say his voice is very different; many people confuse it with a woman's voice.

Breakdown by decade.

This is a continuation of my previous post on the 10 year anniversary of Fallout 3. https://www.reddit.com/Fallout/comments/9rkz6y/after_10_years_of_fallout_3_heres_my_mostly/
Compared the Fallout 3, finding the records for New Vegas was more difficult since many weren’t available as jukebox singles, only came on albums, were the wrong versions, or just more rare overall.
4 songs were re-recordings/obscure versions and very uncommon to find outside the game since radios do not use the more famous originals: “Heartaches by the Number”, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie”, “Why Don’t You Do Right”, “Hangover Heart”. (Also an easy way to check if a Spotify or YouTube playlist compilation of the New Vegas soundtrack accurately uses the in-game versions) See also: “Jingle Jangle Jingle”.
New Vegas' soundtrack also tends to move forward in time with more records being first issued on the newly invented vinyl record instead of shellac 78s. More of them largely exist only on albums and weren't issued as singles.
Of course with albums comes cover art. While Fallout 3 had one song associated with a nudist film, a couple of pieces of album art for New Vegas feature a number of provocative poses even if it has nothing to do with the song itself, be warned that it is Sin City indeed.
Of course, people know the story of why Elvis was way too expensive to put in New Vegas. As for Rat Pack songs, there's one each for Sinatra and Dean Martin from their Capitol recording days. Sammy Davis Jr. would be a Decca records guy at the time (the label is much rarer to find in New Vegas compared to Fallout 3), but he is represented in the game as Tommy Torini.

1940s

  • "Jingle Jangle Jingle" was recorded for Columbia Records in 1942, the same year as "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition". However, Fallout 76 actually uses the 1962 version of the song made after Kay Kyser retired, made with former members of his orchestra for Capitol Records. Weirdly, there are a couple of videos on youtube with the New Vegas logo for "Jingle Jangle Jingle" with millions of views that are using the wrong version of the song. It's not the in-game Columbia Records version, but taken from the same 1962 Capitol Records album that Fallout 76 uses. Though it hasn't been picked up by youtube's copyright ContentID program compared to the in-game version.
  • "Stars of the Midnight Range" is another one of those darn 16 inch transcription discs. Imagine taking a record and enlarging it to the size of your car hubcap. Like Fallout 3's Bob Crosby songs, you need a turntable that can actually accommodate the increased size. Standard turntables will cause the record to overlap the tonearm itself. According to his autobiography, Johnny Bond recorded it in 1944. The same Soundies Inc. CD album reissue also provided "Headin' Down the Wrong Highway" used in Fallout 76 which is the only other "new" Soundies transcription song used after the dissolution of the archiving company after the death of the archivist.
  • "It's a Sin" is the only RCA Victor song in New Vegas, similar to "Anything Goes" from Fallout 3. Eddy Arnold recorded it in 1946. It would take until Fallout 4 to more RCA Victor song to appear in Fallout. Probably unsurprisingly, there are quite a few songs that talk about sin in New Vegas.
  • "Mad About the Boy" is another 16 inch transcription disc song. Helen Forrest recorded this Noel Coward standard in the 1949-1950 period with the rather impressively-named Carmen Dragon and his orchestra. Fallout being Fallout means that this transcription disc uses vertical grooves (up and down) instead of the more common lateral grooves (side to side). If you look very closely at the huge record sleeve, there are enormous letters that say "VERTICAL". In the days before stereo sound, the idea was that since transcription disc turntables used rubber idler wheels that horizontally rub to rotate the platter, this imparts noise in the playback since the needle also moves horizontally. Therefore the grooves should undulate up and down to avoid excess noise to get good mono playback. When stereo sound was perfected a decade or so later, grooves would move the needle up-down and left-right to get two discrete stereo channels. As such, since my cartridge is meant for lateral discs, I can't actually play this disc until I find a stereo cartridge for the tonearm, Fallout being Fallout.

1950s

  • "Orange Colored Sky" doesn't actually appear in-game, though it was prominently used in a 2010 TV trailer for New Vegas. It sort of languished in obscurity with the other Fallout trailer song "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" until they finally made it into a Fallout game with 2015's Fallout 4. It was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1950 for Capitol Records. New Vegas would actually be the first in the series to start to use Capitol Records songs.
This is also the last shellac 78 used for New Vegas before the soundtrack transitions into the newer vinyl era.
By the way there is an interesting Nat King Cole song that encapsulates the Fallout soundtrack called "Mr. Cole Won't Rock and Roll". It doesn't appear on the original 1966 release of the album Live at the Sands released after his death in 1965, but it does on the CD reissue.

1960s

  • "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" is also pretty iconic and was featured in the film Ocean's 11 in 1960. Unusually for a Dean Martin Capitol Records 45, this is rather hard to find. It apparently failed to chart despite being in the movie. Probably because it didn't do too well, the budget compilation album company Pickwick reissued the song a lot on so-called "Greatest Hits" albums. The 1957 Pickwick album You Can't Love 'Em All is probably the earliest reissue and one of the most common. Though the end credits still credit Capitol Records for the song so they likely still retain the rights.
  • "Blue Moon" is the only other Rat Pack song in New Vegas, this time by Frank Sinatra himself. It was taken from the 1961 Capitol Records album Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! and doesn't appear to have been issued as a single though there are some obscure EP versions that cut down the album. This was his third to last studio album for Capitol Records, though it is a partial re-make of an album he had made previously for Columbia Records ten years ago when he was still a bobby-soxer heartthrob. By 1960, Sinatra would be rather preoccupied with launching his own record label, Reprise. Of course it didn't stop Capitol from releasing a number of compilation albums after his departure from the label.
  • "Happy Times" is another Bert Weedon guitar instrumental. It was originally titled "China Doll" and released in on HMV (His Master's Voice) records in 1961. People of a certain age from the UK may recall when 45s came with knock-out centres lest they suffer from the record dinker tool to force them to fit in a jukebox.

1970s

Meanwhile, director Ridley Scott was riding on a wave of fame after the release of Alien in 1979. To keep up his directing chops, he made a series of commercials for Chanel No. 5, the perfume. The first was the radically different Blue Sky commercial with a woman lounging by a pool with the tagline “Share the Fantasy”.
The second came out in 1982, known officially as “L'invitation au rêve - Le jardin”.
There are several different versions with dialog, but they all feature the same images of the mysterious woman and man and personal questions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx3Na_7inPI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AHJ3miqLE
The curious thing about the commercial is that it uses the re-recording of “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” from this very same album. The commercial garnered a feature in the December 14, 1982 issue of the New York Times, but it does not mention the discrepancy in the recordings. The recording proved so popular in France that it led to a reissue of the album in 1983 with a new cover evoking scenes from the commercial spot and sprinkling of piano present in the commercial, but not in the original 1979 album.
Later the same year in 1982, Ridley Scott would complete Blade Runner which featured similar imagery from the commercial and another Ink Spots song in the original trailer "If I Didn't Care". This was cut from the theatrical release and replaced with the soundalike "One More Kiss, Dear". The original Ink Spots tune is restored depending on which version of the movie you have.
For "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", it's arguably one of Billy Kenny's last recordings before he died in 1978.
Again, you have to be careful with buying the Ink Spots on vinyl LPs. After the Ink Spots broke up, many impostor groups rand around recording under the Ink Spots name even if they didn't have any original members. At best for Ink Spots LPs you can have mono or fake stereo, but original recordings, the worst will have entirely new re-recordings with no original members. Most of the Ink Spots repertoire was originally recorded on mono shellac 78s and a couple of the songs used in Fallout never made the jump to vinyl. If you want to find vinyl compilation albums with the original versions you know and love from the games, try to find labels and the subsidiaries which hold the original rights like Decca, MCA, and Brunswick to reduce the chance of them being re-recordings.
Of course for "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", it is taken from an album of re-recordings though with Bill Kenny as the original member. I've been able to confirm the following issues as having the New Vegas version of the song though it could be there are others especially on compilations with other artists. While all of the other Ink Spots songs used in Fallout are licensed from Decca/Geffen Records, the New Vegas end credits for this song mention a Dominion Entertainment which appears to be a K-Tel subsidiary which also provided the other oddball New Vegas song "Heartaches by the Number". I'm not sure how Spotify would categorize this.
  1. The Ink Spots originally recorded "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" for Decca Records in 1941, but New Vegas does not use this version of the song.
  2. Bill Kenny did record "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" for Mercury Records in 1962 for the album Bill Kenny Sings the Golden Hits of the Ink Spots, but this is a different version.
  3. If I Didn't Care (1979) is the first known issue of the New Vegas version of the song. It had a couple of issues in 1979 under the Columbia subsidiaries of CBS/51 West Records. Unfortunately, it's a rather vague title featuring the Ink Spots' best-selling song, muddling searches quite a bit. It features a fountain pen, an ink bottle and a rose on the cover. Depending on which format you find the album, it may or may not actually mention if it's re-recordings. The LP says it's full of "previously released material", but I have not managed to find an earlier issue of these recordings. The cover and the label mention a certain "Springboard International" and "Koala Record Company".
Here is the 8-track issue of the song in the most 70s way I can think of, with a space age Weltron and a lava lamp. Around the middle you get the dreaded fade-out and fade-in that people of a certain age may remember about the quirks of the 8-track format.
  1. Ink Spots Greatest Hits (1982) again has a rather vague title, but it was made by Era Records. I don't know why the cover art features a woman in a suggestive pose covered in stars if none of the titles reference this. I guess it was the 80s. The cover does mention that it's re-recordings by "Key Seven Music" and "Dominion Music Corporation".
  2. The World on Fire (I Don't Want to Set...) (1983) Again, the title is rather vague, but this is an unusual French issue under Carrere/Media Plus. The cover art features imagery from the Chanel No. 5 perfume commercial as mentioned above with the man and the tower looking on a man and a woman enjoying a chance meeting. The text boxes reference this with "Musique originale du spot TV" (Original music from the TV commercial) and "Nouveaux enregistrements" (New recordings). There also was a lead single 45 with the same cover art, but it only has the version of "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" from the commercial and "We Three (My Echo My Shadow and Me)". The cover mentions "Kilo Music Limited" and "Key Seven Music".
My copy actually appears to be signed by Harold Winley, Jim Nabbie, Sony Hatchett, and King Drake aka the Jim Nabbie's Ink Spots. There's an interesting article from the August 1, 1985 issue of South Florida Sun Sentinel about the Jim Nabbie's Ink Spots suing other Ink Spots groups for using the Ink Spots name. Whatever the case, they were not present at the original 1941 recording sessions for "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" and "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", nor does it appear that Bill Kenny sang with the group at the 1978 recording session. Apparently they were based around the Florida area and I'd love to know the circumstances that led them to signing an Ink Spots record pressed in France.
One more note on this song: I haven't been able to find much about the recording of the album. There is some information about the album having being made in Nashville in some newspaper articles for the Vancouver Sun in 1982-1983 by Denny Boyd. It was brought forth by Bill Kenny's widow Audrey McBurney who apparently tried to sue the Chanel No. 5 perfume corporation for unauthorized use of the song from the album. Other newspaper articles from 1985-1992 either misidentify or correctly identify the version of the song used in the commercial.
https://imgur.com/a/5pgwPPE
Presumably there would be more information about the album in the court case if it still exists. I've tried to visit a couple of legal libraries over the years, but Canadian court cases and appeals are hard to get this side of the border and since it took place around 1982, it is before the 1985 digitization limit. The case was possibly dropped and settled out of court, but if there are any Canadian Fallout fans who have access to the legal archives in Vancouver, I'd greatly appreciate any help in this matter on Bill Kenny's last album.

1980s

The New Vegas version was recorded in 1980 for K-Tel Records in Nashville. The end credits of New Vegas for the song do not mention Columbia Records, the original label, like they do for "Big Iron" and "Jingle Jangle Jingle". Instead it's "Dominion Entertainment" again like for "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie". Dominion Entertainment also appears appears to be a K-Tel subsidiary I'm not sure how Spotify would categorize this.
Candlelite Records provided the earliest issue of the New Vegas version that I could find. There appears to have been an acquisition/lawsuit/bankruptcy between Candlelite and K-Tel in 1980 and 1984. However, they were multiple Candlelite compilations issued in 1983 which have the New Vegas version.
  1. The Top 100 Country Hits of All Time (1983) This is a long 5 LP set (or 3 8-track) Candlelite set. The minuscule asterisks mention this version of the song is a re-recording by the original artist provided by "Imperial Music".
  2. The 1950's Rock and Roll Music Collection - Looking Back (1983) This is part of a colorful Candlelite series, this one is yellow and features a woman precariously rocking back at a bowling alley. It's a 3 LP set with a large booklet featuring random 1950s trivia. The album mentions a random mix of original and re-recordings by the original artist, some provided by "Imperial Music".
  3. Country Music Cavalcade - Nashville Graffiti (1983) 3 LPs. This is a confusing issue for Candlelite Records. First, there is a nearly identical 1976 version of Nashville Graffiti which uses the CBS/Columbia Records version aka the original recording not used in New Vegas. Cavalcade is also a series with nearly identical covers which have different bylines like "Welcome to Candlelite Country" while emphasis should be placed on the Nashville Graffiti byline for the New Vegas version. The cover is a scribbly one-line type drawing with a man and woman singing next to a jukebox and a car near a diner. It mentions re-recordings from "Key Seven Music".
  4. Heat of the 50s (1987) This is a cassette released by Master Sound a subsidiary of the Mastertronic video game company from the UK. There's a long story about this release, but the intriguing thing is that it also has the version of "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" from New Vegas as well which is extremely unusual. The cover features black and white clipart of a man dancing? The tape does mention re-recordings from "Kilo Music Limited".
  5. Those Fabulous 50s (1988) Another UK release from Ocean Records. The lamination is unfortunately peeling off from the cover which features a large closeup of a car. The label does mention re-recordings from "Kilo Music Limited".
  6. Hooked on Country (1990) Another UK release, this time a true-blue K-Tel record instead of one of its subsidiaries. It's a gatefold for a single LP with 50 non-stop country classics. Because it's non-stop, it's mostly one giant groove with no track separations, so cuing is a little difficult. The track credits are a bit of a mess with some tracks being re-recorded and some not. "Heartaches" is credited to a "S J Productions Inc." You can actually hear the New Vegas version of "Heartaches on this very old K-Tel TV commercial for the album.
There are likely other issues, but these are the ones I found so far with the New Vegas version. I also have a large number of "duds" from various countries which do not have the version featured in Fallout.
This is the last track used in New Vegas that was originally issued on vinyl before the soundtrack moves forward into the newer CD era.

1990s

Much of this information comes from the physical CDs themselves and their liner notes booklets. Surprisingly, the original CDs were among the hardest things to track down for New Vegas. Some people assume these songs were composed specifically for New Vegas mostly because they don't seem to exist outside of New Vegas. But these were songs composed by many talented musicians who are still working today. I will try to list instances where the song also appeared in media earlier than New Vegas.
You may recognize the other Dick Walter tracks on the Pure Big Band KPM CD set. "Hey, Hot Lips!" was used on the UK version of Whose Line is It Anyway? for the Narrate scenes back in the 1990s. The US version uses a slightly less sleazy version for its narrate scenes. "Hot Liquorice" was also used in 1998 X-Files "Triangle" episode and the Boggart scene coming from the gramophone Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

2000s

Here we are firmly in the CD era and some of Fallout's most modern songs. Some of these CDs would be issued on cardboard digipaks instead of plastic jewel cases.

TL;DR

Like all Fallout games, trying to track down the original releases and information about the songs in New Vegas was simultaneously interesting, rewarding, surprising, and very frustrating since so little information seems to exist about many of the songs outside of the game and the wide range of formats from shellac to vinyl to transcription discs to reel to reel tape to 8-tracks to cassettes to CDs. And yet after 10 years on the anniversary, it is still incomplete and I'm still looking.
Continued below...
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2020.10.24 16:19 Kahlen-Rahl Recent arrivals - AE and DHG

Being on lockdown has been absolutely hell on my bank account, and just when I thought I’d made it to Ban Island, I was persuaded to book Christmas in Barbados and then, to cap it all, HAD to book a month because that was cheaper than going for less time, plus since I have to quarantine upon arrival, whilst holding a negative test upon arrival, less time would not have been as appealing.
So, of course, I turned my boat away from its previous destination of Ban Island and recharted a course to China.
THEN LOST MY MIND
For reference, I’m a size UK12, I’ve tried to include mod shots (no comments on my very messy dressing room please ) this is all stuff that I’ve ordered and is either here, or on the way.
Disclaimer... I’m not trying to spend a lot of money on items that are seasonal and that the cost per wear cannot be brought into single figures, plus I’m still psyching myself up to venture into TS territory, the concept of paying for postage😤...
and I like lots of stuff.
And I just lost my job... but that’s ok coz them folks were already working my very last nerve, but anyway, I digress
The following is all stuff that I have received, I’ve included some mod shots so you can get an idea of fit, etc. however, I’ve not ‘prepared’ for a photo shoot so excuse the toes, mess, hair, face ... I think you get the drift.😬
V neck Halter $8.72. link
I got this in black, it’s one size and does fit quite snug around the body without a bra, but a couple of pasties will sort that out and it’s very comfortable, a silky polyester rib type knit fabric.
Mine
Unbranded Manolo Blahnik Fibiona. $49.20 link
All I’m gonna say is BUY BUY BUY, run ladies. I’m a UK 7/EU40/26cm and the fit is perfection. The buckle is pretty much identical to the original, loads of padding on the sole make them comfy as hell, heel is sturdy. The only difference is that the authentic uses moire silk and these are plain satin, but I don’t care coz I cannot justify the cost/wear on the cost of the original, get these bad boys, it’s a no brainer 🏃🏾‍♀️
Mine, inc mod shots
Chanel Pearl Crush 17cm / Grey. $78.86 this link no longer appears to be working, but he did also send me his WhatsApp +86 188 7355 9895
There is a lot both right and wrong with this bag, chain is weighty and doesn’t kink. The ball movement is not smooth but is manageable, only one side is ‘pinched’ in, the turn lock is off center and I’m still waiting to smell leather past the eau de fufu that was overwhelming upon arrival. But it did arrive in a branded box with dustbag and if I’d wanted guarantees of all of the above, I know to damned well go to a TS, but I wanted something cute a that would crossbody with a little flex and I got it. When I use it I know there are enough seasonal variations with some of the above flaws to not worry too much. Oh, they got the interior colour right
Chanel Pearl Crush
Leather coin purse. $8.69 link
It’s cute and it’s leather and the coins don’t appear to fall out, though admittedly I’ve not used it very much
Mine
Two Piece set. $17.86. link
I got this XL in black and I was very surprised with the quality, I was expecting the polyester lining type fabric, and while it is still polyester, it has a reasonable amount of weight to it and again, the fit of the pant goes over my fat ass and chunky thighs and is surprisingly the right length, to wear with a mid heel. Very happy
Mine
Sunglasses storage case. $5.32 don’t be fooled by the price cos the shipping cost me over $10 link
I recently got some glasses from TS Vincent (I’m over the moon with what I received, Gentle monster frame, varifocle prescription with transition and usual coatings, inc DHL to London $130) so needed somewhere to store them, together with the other glasses I WILL be ordering from TS Vincent)
Fufu was strong upon arrival, but nice quality and my glasses are now secure
Mine
Bonus: Glasses
2 piece cotton set. $14.73 link
All I can say is, it doesn’t look like that on me, I look like a granny, it went back in its packaging, where it will remain
Denim Jacket. $22.23 link
I ordered a large and the fit is spot on, lightweight denim
Mine
Toile de Jouy shirt. $11.86 link
I love this, it’s a lightweight cotton that is just the right amount of oversized. I’m a sucker for toile and this shirt instead of having a white background, is in fact almost, I can only describe it as ‘tea-stained’, kind of vintage cream/beige - perfect for autumn, winter vibes,
Mine
YSL sweatshirt. $8.91
I don’t know why I bought this, the XL fits like a small medium, the fabric is cheap, the logo is off center and it has no redeeming qualities, the fabric is so synthetic I cannot even use it a a dustecleaning cloth. Ah, well, I do know better and cheaped out when I purchased this hoping for more and getting exactly what I deserved (link no longer works!)
Straw Panama hat. $10.27
I have a big head, over 59cm which means most hats that are available have to be rammed down on my head, so as to cause both a headache and an indent on my forehead, but I love to wear hats, I look good in them . Plus when I then want to add a wig, hats are out of the question, which is a shame, so I’m always looking for hats. This hat is a really nice quality and has good weight, fits my big head without any discomfort, with an inner drawstring for further adjustment. I’m not sure how it will roll to be packed in my suitcase, but I’m gonna try
Mine
Bucket hat. $4.49 link
It’s snug, but just about wearable
Mine
Beach dress. $8.11 link no longer works
I ordered the L, fits ok. A medium weight cotton dress that will do just great in Barbados
Mine
Bikini. $7.60 link
I like Melissa Obadash swimwear, but I think it’s ridiculous to pay over £200 for a bikini, I mean if somebody can tell me why it’s worth it, I really would like to know... that being said, you can never have too many bikinis, right? It’s well made, the hardwear has weight and the top has more padding than any wonderbra I’ve ever owned, but I’m gonna look proper ‘booby’ on the beach and I don’t care, (though discreetly squeezing out all the wet padding, after a dip in the sea, might be... challenging)
Mine
Last but not least, a cautionary tale.
What I Ordered link
Makes sense, right, I’m going away, need some organizational stuff
Now, please be warned, what you will see next is not for the faint of heart and i take no responsibility for any shock or consequence that may arise from you having viewed my pictures. Please note that when I reached into the bag, at no point in my life did I ever expect to draw forth this monstrosity, bearing in mind, I was expecting packing cubes Viewer BEWARE
This post turned out to be longer than expected, and this is just what has arrived from AliExpress, I’ve got a bunch more on order. Plus there is DHGATE...
Let me know your thoughts
Edit... seems the links ain’t working, I’m on it😬
EDIT. I’ve updated the links, they usually will follow the original attempt at a link but the Chanel bag link no longer works, but his WhatsApp is now included
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2020.10.19 21:49 NiennaT The Bus ride from hell.

I apologise for this being long and rambling. i have been reading and enjoying this group for a short time and i think this old story of mine probably belongs here, but im not sure. i apologise for any spelling mistakes, etc.
This happened back in the mid 1990s whilst i was working for an huge international ISP.
Every day i caught the same bus to the office to go to work as i had done for several years. After that amount of time you get to know the other regular passengers and the drivers and the morning commute becomes tolerable with friendly greetings and short how are you conversations.
Along with a few other regulars i waited for the bus as usual but just before the bus came an old guy, probably about 70 shuffled up to the stop. He was over 6 foot tall, skelton thin, wearing a grey single breasted suit that looked as if it was older than i was. He carried one of those long walking sticks made of the cheapest wood with a black rubber thing at the bottom to stop it from scuffing. He towered over me and scowled down at me and the others. as the bus arrived and people started towards the bus he literally pushed past everyone and got onto the bus first.
it was one of the small buses you see in towns in the uk with enough room for about 30 passengers if some are standing. most of the seats were facing forward, but at the front there are seats which face each other, which can be folded up so that wheelchairs can use the space. he took one of the seats on the right, opposite a female regular in her wheelchair. as all the regulars know i am disabled a nice student got up and smiled at me and allowed me to sit in the disabled seats at the front. This didnt seem to please the old man and he glared at me as if i had commited a crime against him.
As the bus started moving so did his mouth but it wasnt me that he targeted it was the girl with a well known genetic condition that starts with the letters DS who sat a couple of seats back from me. According to him R#####s like her shouldnt be allowed on busses and should be locked up in homes where they belonged. He called her 'thick', R#####, idiot and worse. Having talked to her regularly, most of us knew she was actually in university working for a degree in psychology. which, incidentally she got a couple of years later. it took her longer than it would other people, but she did it.
After a few minutes insulting her he finished his attack by glaring at her and saying 'if i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot!"
Of course by now she was almost in tears and the person next to her comforted her and told her not to listen to him, as did the women directly behind her. Half the people in the bus were now looking daggers at him, quietly fuming but nobody said anything. You have to respect your elders having been drilled into us all as we grew up, that silence was inevitable.
Although my office was only about a mile from my house as the crow flys, the bus goes through the centre of bristol, and was quite often almost gridlocked in rush hour. Consequently it could take well over 30 minutes for me to get to work some days. This was one of those days.
he was silent for a couple of minutes before he started his next attack, this time on a pixie faced 'emo' girl with a short black skirt a few seats back, sitting next to her goth boyfriend. The insults he hurled at her were about what you would expect. w***e, s**ut, etc, indecently dressed, shouldnt go out in public, etc. Again he finished his attack with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have people like you put against a wall and shot' A phrase we were now beginning to realise he liked a lot.
the girls boyfriend went to get up, presumably to defend his girlfriend, but she pulled him down again. 'He probably has Dementia she told him'. The lady behind her commented 'my husband has Dementia and he doesnt have it, trust me. hes just a nasty old c**t! This from a butter wouldnt melt in your mouth sweet old lady who was older than he was. That got the girl and her BF to smile, diffusing the situation a little. "He's just using his age to get away with being an W****r!
Next he verbally attacked a tall black guy halfway down the bus, He used the N word repeatedly, uses every single racial insult he could think of and suggested that he to the country he was born in. Incidenatlly, i have known this guy for years and he was born and grew up in london and was and still is a doctor.
By now the whole bus was quietly fuming, but being british and not wanting to make a scene, everyone just took his insults and waited for the journey to end. A couple of people even got off at stops they dont normally get off at to get away from him.
The attacks went on, next he attacked a sikh guy at the back of the bus, mistaking him for a member of another religion (he couldnt tell the diffence) a P**i etc. This went on even longer than the other attacks and yet again he finished his attack with his favorite phrase.
As we were coming through the city's shopping area he verbablly attacked the girl in the wheelchair opposite him. again he used R****d and accused her of faking disability to get benefits, then later attacked her for steeling a job that a man could do (yes, he actually accused her of benefit fraud and stealing a job within a couple of sentances) and that was just the nicer parts before he started to atack the way she looked and his attack, yet again, ended with his favourite phrase.
We were only a few stops from my destination when he targeted me. I apparently was fat and ugly and no man would ever want me, i looked like a tramp, and that was just the nicer comments. The attack went on and on until the bus finally halted at my stop. As i got up to exit the bus he was forced to shorten his attack on me and finished it with 'If i was Prime Minister i would have you put against the wall and shot!" as usual.
I stopped near the top of the steps, turned to face him, locked eyes with him, smiled and in the sweetest voice i could muster said 'If you were Prime Minister i would beg to be shot!"
For a couple of seconds there was silence and his mouth dropped open and he looked shocked, clearly not having expected anyone to challenge his nastiness. It was then that the laughter started and after a couple of seconds the whole of the bus was laughing at him loudly. Deflated by the laughter he hurridly stood up and tried to push past me to get out of the bus, but i wouldnt let him. I blocked his way, forcing him to endure the humiliation of a whole bus full of people laughing at him for nearly 30 seconds before i let him past and he hurried off the bus.
I then quietly turned and exited the bus and started walking towards my office. 30 seconds later someone taps me on the shoulder and i turn to find the bus driver grinning at me. 'I want to shake your hand' he said. "That old git has been pulling that S**t on busses all over the city for months. Every driver in the city is gonna hear about this!" I just grinned as i shook his hand. and headed off to work.
That is how i got free bus trips for nearly two months from the regular drivers and i was told later that he didnt use the busses for months. Even today, nearly 25 years later, I use the same bus and occaisionally see people who were there that day and they remind me of it and we share a laugh, which is why i remember it so well.
Sometimes the most effective and rewarding form of revenge against a bully of any age is to get others to laugh at them.
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2020.10.19 18:10 fffam [Trivia] Anno 1800 specialists and their real-world equivalents (a full list!)

I've been playing through 1800 again recently, and while hunting legendary specialists I noticed that some of the game data has development names for them listed, which often point to the specialists being based on people or items that existed in the 19th or early-20th centuries, or in some cases references to movies, Youtubers or characters from earlier Anno games. Really cool aspect of the game, and great work by whoever worked on this at Ubisoft. I decided it might be interesting to collate a quick list to fill the time while we patiently wait for Land of Lions.
The list is split into 4 parts: Specialists, Inventions, Specialists based on Youtuber content creators, and specialists which seem like references.

Specialists

Items based on inventions

Specialists based on Youtubers

Specialists who are probably references but I couldn't figure out

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2020.10.18 15:04 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 18th, 2020

POTOMAC
ORANGE COUNTY
NEW JERSEY
BEVERLY HILLS
DALLAS
ATLANTA
CHESHIRE
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2020.10.15 23:00 AustralianChrono Virtual Drag Race Asia Season 1: Episode 3- Who's That Pokemon?

Virtual Drag Race Asia Season 1: Episode 3- Who's That Pokemon?
Sakuya is fun. She gives a rocky flair to the song, full of attitude and mood that works well for the song. But Tomana is frantic, crazy, and most of all... FUN! He's pulling out handstands, splits... and everyone lives for it. It's IT.
Tomana Gerri, you're a winner baby.
"Me?!" Tomana gasps.
Tomana Gerri: "I WON THE FIRST CHALLENGE. AHHHHHHHHH!"
Sakuya Kuromi, well done this week.
"Thank you." Sakuya smiles.
Sakuya Kuromi: "I may have not won the lip sync... but I still feel good. Very good."
Now, my group. Walk forward... because... there's 8 bitches waiting for you in the werkroom!
~
https://i.redd.it/nbuc9dfo78t51.gif
The Monarchs walk in...
Every single Monarch looks... fierce.
"Hello, Bitches." Jennie Ulsan smirks.
The Monarchs all run over and chat.
"KEESHA!" Jennie smiles.
"Oooh, some kings..." Tillie grins.
"Hangry?!" Poliova gasps.
"In the flesh!" Hangry smiles.
"Okay, let's all chat together, my sexy people." Bangcock grins.
"Soooooo..." Lu twirls her hair. "Who won their challenge..."
"It was me!" Tomana puts his hand out. "Tomana Gerri, happy guy."
"And me." Sakuya grins. "Which... I'm still wildly processing."
"Oh, they were SO GOOD!" Fabroa grins.
"Well I..." Jennie shrugs. "Won my episode..."
"No shocks there." Keesha laughs.
"What can I say, I live for performing." Jennie smiles. "And little Miss Payton, who's only 18... also won."
"Hi." Payton waves shyly.
"18?!" Poliova gasps. "Oh wait... Payton Winn?"
"You... know who I am?" Payton smiles.
"Of course!" Poliova smiles. "Wow..."
"That's a russian accent..." Hangry smiles.
"Yes it is." Poliova grins.
"Oh, this is so much fun!" Tomana grins.
"So... did we have any... Drama?" Tara looks at Team Two.
"Oh, no!" Fabroa shakes her head. "Did..?"
"We didn't." Lu Booyah shrugs. "We all just got along..."
"Well... that's great to hear!" Tomana smiles. "Oh, this is going to be so much fun..."
"So much..." Payton looks on... and smiles.
~
~
The next day, Jennie, Amanda, Keesha and Lu sit together.
"You know..." Lu ponders. "We are a pretty little bunch."
"I mean, most of us, bar you..." Amanda giggles. "Sorry about it."
Lu gasps.
"We're all pretty girls." Keesha laughs.
"Let's call each other... the Glamourpusses." Jennie laughs.
"I'm up for it." Lu laughs. "Thank you, Pussy Dance."
"Of course, Pussy Pageant." Jennie winks.
Let's Get Sickening!
"I want to be Pussy Makeup!" Keesha struts over to the screen.
You want to be the very best? Well, head over to Kanto Region, Monarch's!
"Pokemon..." Oda Nobukatsu smiles as he whispers the words.
HEYO!
Welcome, everyone! We're all together... and I think... it's time... FOR A GAME OF JUMPROPE!
~
Amanda Cherries, JUMP, BABY!
Amanda winks.
My Monarch's... for this week's maxi challenge... we're designing! Each of you will be assigned a special character and creating a... fashionable reflection of their given choice.
Tara: "Oh, a design challenge. This is where I shine."
What will you be creating, you ask? Welll...
The Pit Crew Gentlemen and Ladies bring out a bunch of Pokemon Toys!
"GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL!" Tomana yells.
"It's you and me~" Bangcock sings.
"I know it's my destiny...~" Holly sings.
Tara: "Seriously. Pokemon."
You all will create... Pokemon Eleganza looks for the main stage!
Hangry: "I'm excited. I want to prove myself, and this is how I can do it. I know I have extra challenges, being the returning Monarch. But.. this is the opportunity for me."
Amanda, as mini challenge winner, you get to choose... your own pokemon, and the order of who chooses after.
"So, I'm going to choose my episode Queens... and then Keesha..." Amanda smiles.
Eventually, everyone decides:
  1. Jennie Ulsan as Blissey
  2. Oda Nobukatsu as Chandelure
  3. Lu Booyah as Charizard
  4. Poliova Gratuysk as Ditto
  5. Miz-Keesha as Gengar
  6. Payton Winn as Giratina
  7. Madame Fabroa as Ho-Oh
  8. Amanda Cherries as Jigglypuff
  9. Mr Bangcock as Mewtwo
  10. Holly B as Pikachu
  11. Hangry as Rapidash
  12. Tomana Gerri as Snorlax
  13. Sakuya Kuromi as Tangela
  14. Tara as Vivillon
  15. Tillie Bloody Red as Xerneas
~
Honey Soy Sickening visits the Monarch's in the werkroom.
TILLIE!!!
"HONEY!!!" Tillie nods.
So, something tells me... you're a bit of a crafter. Is that true?
"It is true." Tillie nods. "When I was out on my own for the first time, I didn't have much money, but I had a friend who.. worked at a souvenir store."
I love a souvenir store.
"I do too." Tillie smirks. "So, I made trinkets. Crafted stuff with hot glue and baubles and... eventually, when I found drag... it was my aesthetic. I worked my way through using this stuff... and I loved it."
How will you put that knowledge into the challenge?
"Well, I'm putting together a stag motif with wood..." Tillie smiles. "So..."
Oh, this is going to be GOOOD...
...
Sakuya!
"Honey." Sakuya waves.
So, you love to create and craft...
"I did. I've made this look.." Sakuya brings out a notebook drawing.
Oh, love love love this...
"I feel really excited after last week. It's in my wheelhouse, and I can..." Sakuya smiles. "Do this."
~
As they get ready for the challenge, Oda Nobukatsu chats with Tomana Gerri.
"This is so much fun!" Tomana smiles as he sews. "Nooooooo... I pinned myself."
"Oh, let me help..." Nobu walks over and eyes Tomana's outfit. "Oh.."
"Is it good?!" Tomana looks at Nobu.
"It is..." Nobu smiles back. "I see the effort."
"I am not... a big sewer." Tomana laughs.
"Well, I'm almost done.." Nobu looks at Tomana. "So, I can help you?"
"If you have time..." Tomana hugs Nobu. "I'd love it!"
"So, you start off.." Nobu grins.
Meanwhile, Holly chats with Payton.
"So, Payton..." Holly turns. "Is this... your first time travelling?"
"I'm actually-" Payton smiles. "I actually lived in London for a long time. My childhood!"
"Oh, I love London..." Holly smiles. "The air, the smells, the people, the shade..." Holly laughs.
"You've been?" Payton looks at Holly.
"My family..." Holly laughs. "Shipped me off to London when I came out. Said they'd 'Protect' me."
"Oh..." Payton frowns.
"When you come from a political family like mine..." Holly shrugs. "They lie. But the UK... taught me to find myself. I became even more politically conscious. Now... don't get me started."
"I'd love to learn..." Payton looks at Holly. "I don't know much.."
"Oh, you're about to open the floodgates..." Holly smirks.
~
Who wins?
Spreadsheet
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2020.10.05 20:56 racloves Happy Black History Month - here I’m shining a spotlight on some Black British artists you should be listening to

October is Black History Month here in the UK, so I wanted to shine a light on some black British musicians that you should all check out! I’m trying to focus more on current artists, but of course there could be another whole post of black British artists who paved the way. And obviously I can only list so many in one post, there’s hundreds, if not thousands of artists who deserve a space here. So feel free to also leave some in the comments :)
MNEK - probably best known to popheads users for his songwriting skills, penning tunes for the likes of Dua Lipa, Zara Larson and Little Mix just to name a few. He also had a smash 6 week streak on the top of the UK charts this summer with Joel Corry collaboration Head & Heart, but his solo work is also top notch. His debut album, Language is full of bops and deserves to be listened to in full.
Dave - this rap artist, also known as Santan Dave, who went viral after his incredibly moving performance of Black at the 2020 BRITs, from his critically acclaimed, chart topping, debut album Psychodrama. His music touches on many political and social issues, including on the single Question Time, titled after the British political question show. His lyricism tied with his classical piano skills is brilliant.
Stormzy - probably the most well known British rapper and grime artist, originally known for his freestyles such as Shut Up, but becoming more politically active, for example, wearing a Union Jack stabproof vest designed by Banksy on stage at Glastonbury, in light of rising knife crime. He was also the first black British solo artist to headline the festival in its entire history. At the BRIT awards he also called out then prime minister Theresa May over her handling of the Grenfell disaster during a freestyle after his gospel inspired track Blinded By Your Grace. These themes are explored more in his 2019 album Heavy Is The Head, also encompasses more high paced tunes such as Pop Boy and Vossi Bop, which includes the famous line “fuck the government and fuck Boris”. Stormzy has also paid for scholarships for black kids in the UK to be able to go to university.
Celeste - this rising R&B star has been praised by many critics, expected to be the big breakout act of 2020. With her 2019 single Stop This Flame charting in the top 100. Her soulful voice has been compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Janelle Monae. Her debut album is set to be released early next year, so keep her on your radar.
Mabel - another pop star who might already be on the radar of some popheads users, especially after her summer collab Tick Tock . Her first mixtape, Ivy To Roses had some more R&B influences, but her debut High Expectations is full on pop. She’s also had quite a few other collaborations, such as: God Is A Dancer , or her first charting single, Finders Keepers Mabel’s musician mother Neneh Cherry also deserves a mention, although she was born in Sweden, she moved to London as a teenager, so I’m counting her here. She charted back in the 80’s with Buffalo Stance from her album Raw Like Sushi.
Lady Leshurr - this British rapper gained fame with her legendary Queen’s Speech freestyles. In 2020 she’s also released a couple quarantine inspired tracks on the EP Quaranqueen
Craig David - first emerging as a DJ in the garage scene in the late 90’s, then later having huge mainstream success across the country in the early 2000’s. Fill Me In Re-Rewind and 7 Days are all still staples played at parties in the UK. But some of his newer tunes, such as When You Know What Love Is are catchy too
Labrinth - most recently known for his work on US teen drama Euphoria, Labrinth started as a producer before signing to Simon Cowell’s label and having a successful string of singles across the 2010’s, including Earthquake with Tinie Tempah, and Beneath Your Beautiful with Emeli Sande (Both of whom are also brilliant black British artists you should check out). He’s recently also teamed up with Sia and Diplo for LSD
Michael Kiwanuka - the 2020 mercury award winner has received much critical acclaim, citing his biggest influences as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers and Otis Redding, his music has an old school rock and timeless feel. He says his album is meant to be enjoyed start to finish in one sitting, so that’s also how I would recommend you listen to Kiwanuka
JLS - this four piece boyband came second in the 2008 series of the X Factor, and went on to have multiple chart hits and award wins over their career before breaking up in 2013. They did however announce a reunion in 2020, so keep your eyes peeled…
Stefflon Don - another brilliant rapper, she might also be known to more of the American audience after appearing as a featured artist on tracks by the likes of French Montana,and alongside Jax Jones and Demi Lovato for Instruction. She just released a new song, Move
Jorja Smith - another artist who may be best known for her collabs with american artists such as Drake and Kali Uchis. Her debut album is also incredible, receiving critical acclaim plus both GRAMMY and BRIT nominations. She also just released a new song, Come Over
Mahalia - this R&B singer signed a record deal aged just 13, and I strongly recommend her 2019 album Love & Compromise, as I personally love it, and my favourite track, I Wish I Missed My Ex
FKA Twigs - Twigs music has been described as genre-bending, taking influences from R&B, electronic, classical music and hip hop, while also adding her own flair, it’s impossible to try and describe her sound here. She’s gained somewhat of a cult following across the world too, with her debut LP, LP1 even charting in the US Billboard charts.
RAYE - this British pop singer is mainly known for her collabs, a couple of which have charted in the UK and across Europe. She also recently put out a new song, Natalie Don’t
Ella Eyre - this MOBO award winning singer is also well known for her collabs, with the likes of Rudimental and Sigala. She released a new EP this year.
Not3s - pronounced ‘notes’ yet another star who’s hit the charts with collabs, including My Lover, with the aforementioned Mabel. His most recent track is Highest
Kojo Funds - yep, another rapper who charted with a Mabel feature, Kojo mixes African and Caribbean influences in his music. His newest release is Vanessa
AJ Tracey - this rapper has charted in the UK many times over the past couple years, with tracks such as Ladbroke Grove and Dinner Guest
Ella Mai - most well known for her song Boo’d Up which was even GRAMMY nominated, she’s just put out a new single Not Another Love Song
Again, this is just a small taste, the UK really has a huge amount of Black talent, especially in rap music, where there’s so much unique styles coming from grime and drill, which if you want to check out more of you should check out GRM Daily
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2020.10.05 20:49 RebelMusoSociety How successful artists stand out and get noticed

There are only two things you need to do to grow a fanbase:
Both are easier said than done.
We’re breaking down the following artist’s stories to highlight the strategies and philosophies they employed to stand out and get noticed.
We know getting noticed is key.
The trouble is music is one of the most saturated markets on the planet. In a world with millions of artists and over 280,000 tracks released on Spotify every week, standing out is a somewhat challenging task.
If you can’t grow a fanbase your music will never reach its potential.
Yet more artists are making a full time living now than at any other time in history. According to Spotify’s 2020 Q2 results, 43,000 artists ( most of them independent) earned 90% of the Spotify’s streaming royalties.
43,000 artists shared $963 million last quarter based on their streaming numbers.
Before we start, let’s caveat all this and be absolutely clear that unless you make incredible songs that connect none of the following strategies will make any difference to your career.
You can’t hack a career. You can only add fuel to the artistic and creative vision you build so more people experience it — and tell others.

Word of mouth

To get noticed, your number one goal is to create word of mouth.

Artistic authenticity.

Whichever strategy you chose, there’s one fundamental and that is authenticity. The best artists/ producers tap into their true creative selves to develop their artistic voices and share them with the world.
You can’t fake this. People can sense disingenuous artists. It’s absolutely critical to be yourself, but bigger.
Art comes from deep within. It is your very essence; from the music you write to the artistic vision you create. Authenticity is paramount to connecting with people and growing your audience.
It is in fact, your competitive advantage.
Nobody can beat you at being you. Stop trying to sound like someone else. They already exist. Be yourself, stand out, take risks.
In a world of unlimited flavour combinations don’t be vanilla.

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi is a great example of this. He is one of the biggest global breakthrough acts in the last couple of years.
His debut album has sold millions. He’s had # 1 singles on both sides of the Atlantic as well as billions of streams. Lewis is the 60th most streamed artist on Spotify.
Lewis a regular Joe with an extraordinary voice. His songs are strong ballads, but it’s not something we haven’t seen or heard before.
It’s Lewis’ humour and authenticity that makes him stand out from the crowd. He knows he doesn’t look like a traditional pop star and leans into it. He refers to himself as “The Scottish Beyonce.”
He creates content and memes that go viral. He has 5.4 million followers on Instagram. His posts get up to 1 million likes.
He pole dances in his music videos, accepts Brit Awards with a bottle of Buckfast ( fortified wine popularised in Scotland.) tucked lovingly under his arm.
Everybody is talking about Lewis. He’s invited on to the biggest TV chats show. Lewis has bags of likability. An undervalued but essential trait to connect with an audience.
Lewis doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s different than every other popstar on the planet. He stands out.
He knows the music industry is a fickle business. He has no idea how long his fame will last, so he’s determined to have a laugh with it.
Lewis stands out by being himself.

How Alice Cooper stopped the traffic and sold out Wembley Arena

Alice Cooper has sold tens of millions of records. His career has spanned 50 years.
In 1972 Alice and his manager, Shep Gordon needed to raise money. They had various lawsuits against record labels which was proving to be extremely challenging to their financial situation.
They need to raise cash quickly.
Alice was a big star in the states. Shep figured that would translate to the UK. So he booked the 10,000 capacity Wembley Arena in London.
Shep was wrong. They had only sold 50 tickets.
Shep had to get Alice noticed. He had used shock tactics to promote Alice with great success before. The fake chicken head incident and guillotine beheadings on stage had created quite a racket in the states.

Shep’s strategy was simple but genius: to get kids to love Alice he must first make their parents hate him. A strategy that Andrew Loog Oldham also employed to break The Rolling Stones.

A year prior Shep had organised a photoshoot with Alice naked except for a Boa Constrictor strategically placed to hide his dignity.
He got it printed on a billboard, put it on a flatbed truck and arranged for it to ‘break down’ in Leicester Square.
The truck was stationary for 15 minutes causing miles of tailbacks. The driver was arrested and later fined, which Shep gladly paid for.
The UK label had tipped off the press. Every major newspaper covered the story with full page reports eager to over sensationalise the story in order to sell more newspapers.
It also made the BBC evening news which was watched by millions.
Shep and Alice managed to magnificently offend middle England. MP’s were up in arms. It was even discussed in houses of parliament.
The result? Wembley sold out. The label released “Schools out” within weeks, which went straight to number 1. Alice blew up in the UK.
Shep Gordon knew his client was a world class performer with hit records. He just needed to get Alice noticed.
All that attention would have been pointless if Alice didn’t have great songs and an outstanding live show that connected with his fanbase.
Alice Cooper still sells out the UK’s biggest arenas 48 years later.
We can’t all create mass tailbacks in Leicester Square. We must think of new ways to get noticed.

The 1975

Love them or hate them, the band are exceptionally good at creating word of mouth.
It wasn’t always this way. They spent 7 years unsigned playing to a handful of people in sticky floored venues. There were multiple band name and stylistic changes.
Every major label passed on them.
They stopped shopping themselves to major labels, got investment and went DIY. Pre- Spotify, music blogs were the key to getting noticed.
The band hired Samuel Burgess Johnson as their creative director. He designed a striking monochrome aesthetic for their socials posts and artwork. The band put out a series of EPs. Each EP had a mainstream single but also featured darker more alternative tracks favoured by blogs.
The results were instant. The blogs lapped it up. The 1975 were everywhere. They were different. They stood out. They were creating art and content that was worth sharing.
They built a super engaged fanbase.
Huw Stephens from Radio 1 picked up on the band. He played ‘Chocolate.’ It connected The fanbase reacted and showered Radio 1 with text and tweets to support the track.
Radio 1 were impressed. They put Chocolate onto the low rotation daytime ‘In new music we trust’ playlist. The fanbase continued to react.
Radio 1 always follow the data. Chocolate eventually gets upgraded on to the Radio 1 A list. It was their first hit record and launched their career.
They had released ‘Chocolate’ as a single before. It flopped. Why? Because nobody knew who the band were. The band didn’t stand out. They had also released ‘Robbers’ and ‘Sex’ previously. None of the tracks made any impact at all. Why? Because nobody noticed them.

It doesn’t matter how good your songs are if no one hears them, nothing will happen.

The 1975 are masters of creating word of mouth.
Their manager tweeted a cryptic comic strip implying the band were splitting up. The band then deleted all their social accounts.
Twitter went crazy. Everybody was talking about it. A couple of days later The 1975 announce their 2nd album. Their socials went live again but with a completely new aesthetic.
The 1975 got everyone talking about their new album without releasing any new material. The stunt was covered by every music magazine as well as much of the mainstream media. They reached millions without spending a penny on advertising.
On release, the second album went straight to number 1.

Create an image that stands out

Your image and aesthetic are an extension of your art. It is one of the best ways to stand out in a crowded market.

David Bowie

David Bowie was the master of reinvention. Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of all time.
Bowie used his image to great effect. He dug deep into his artistry to create alter egos and characters that people talked about.
Bowie stood out. His music was extraordinary but his impact was symbiotic with his remarkable image and ability to get noticed.
He wasn’t born a star. He had to create and develop his alter egos.
Bowie had been in multiple bands and released several flop singles and an album. His last attempt before adopting a new image was a novelty song called the Laughing Gnome. It flopped.
Bowie didn’t release any more material for two years. But he was learning….
Bowie studied mime and avant-garde theatre where a lot of the inspiration came from.
Space Oddity was his return and his first hit but Ziggy Stardust became one of Bowie’s most famous characters.

Lady Gaga

Stefani Germanotta had the talent to make a career in music. But she couldn’t sell out arenas or book the Super Bowl Halftime slot.
She had to become Lady Gaga to do that. She had to stand out and get noticed.
In 2005, she was both signed and dropped by Def Jam. In 2006, she created Lady Gaga, the public mask for Stefani to rise to global fame.
Stefani became a student of the art of fame. She read everything she could on Andy Warhol. She has confessed to being a Warholian copycat. But she knew that great artists steal and make it their own.
She was inspired by Bowie, Queen and Madonna. In 2008, Just Dance and Poker Face were released and were minor hits at the bottom end of the Billboard top 100.
She started to stand out and get noticed. She was quotable, flamboyant and outrageous. She spoke as though she was already famous. The media loved her. She created word of mouth.
More and more interviews came in and the more and more she stood out and got noticed. By the end of 2009, Just Dance and Poker Face were # 1 smash hits in most western countries.
Lady Gaga went on to become one of the biggest pop stars of her generation.

Create a new sound

Sometimes the best way to stand out is to create a new sound by fusing two established genres together to create something new and fresh.

Mauro Picotto

Mauro Picotto did just that. He was the first to fuse Trance and Techno together. He was an unknown DJ outside Italy but within 2 years he was one of the biggest DJs on the planet.
I know as I managed him for 9 years and saw first hand the power of creating a new sound. Mauro was prolific. 21 hits including multiple top 10 singles across Europe, is a remarkable achievement.
DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs is the undisputed barometer of success within the EDM world. Mauro spent 8 years in top 100 DJs, peaking at No. 8 in the world.

Lil Nas X

When Lil Nas X dropped out of college to pursue music, he didn’t do much music. He spent more time on Twitter creating viral memes.
He quickly built up a following of 25k. The plan was always to leverage this audience to promote his music.
It didn’t work. He would post a meme and get 2,000 retweets, post a song and he was lucky to get 10.
So Nas got creative. He thought differently. He bought a beat for $30 and created a track that could be promoted with memes.
Old Town Road was the result. He sync’d the hook with a video of a cowboy dancing. It went viral. He created a bunch more memes.
The track become a meme on TikTok. Old Town Road kept spreading further and further. Nas kept hustling the track on his socials. It entered the Billboard country chart.
Nas had listed Old Town Road as a country track. He was aware that the country chart was less competitive. Billboard pulled it of the country chart.
A counter-intuitive but foolproof way of creating a buzz is to get it banned — or removed from the chart in this case. It creates hype. Everyone was talking about it. People want to hear something that has been banned or removed. It’s human nature.
Nas co-wrote a catchy song. He fused two styles to create something different. It stood out.
A hit can only happen if it gets exposure. Music is one of the most saturated markets on the planet.
Nas created a hit in the fringes with no budget. He signed to Columbia. They spent a shitload on marketing to make it the hit it became. But Nas did all the heavy lifting. Columbia simply added the fuel to the fire Nas so creatively started.
People say Nas got lucky but that’s not true. Nas got creative.
Old Town Road spent a record breaking 19 weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Charts.

Create mystery

Marshmello

Moe Shalizi managed a bunch of DJs. One of them created a new sound. They didn’t want it associated with the artist so they came up with a concept to maintain his secrecy and allow him to release music without impacting on the artist’s brand.
Together they created Marshmello. The tracks on his SoundCloud were blowing up.
They kept putting free downloads and remixes up on Soundcloud. Moe decided to keep Marshmello out of the live market for a year.
His first festival he got $30,000 and top tier billing. Everybody was trying to guess who Marshmello was. Rumours filled blogs that it was secretly Tiesto or Martin Garrix.
Today, Marshmello is known to be Chris Comstock. He has over 50 million monthly listeners and is the 9th most streamed artist on Spotify.
Marshmello created a global buzz by being the first ever artist to in-play a concert on Fortnite. It was watched by 10 million gamers.
He has 48 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and an estimated net wealth of $50 million.
And it all started with songs that were worth sharing and wearing a white bucket on his head to hide his identity and create word of mouth.
This is not a definitive guide. Artists, such as Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, have used shock tactics to create word of mouth. Other artists are making music meme-able as well as memorable and going viral on TikTok.
There are lots of ways of creating word of mouth. Very occasionally the music can do the talking but that is happening less and less now as the market gets more and more crowded.
Next week, we’re going to focus on how you can connect with people to grow your fanbase.
Peace out.
Jake
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2020.10.05 20:48 RebelMusoSociety How successful artists stand out and get noticed

There are only two things you need to do to grow a fanbase:
Both are easier said than done.
We’re breaking down the following artist’s stories to highlight the strategies and philosophies they employed to stand out and get noticed.
We know getting noticed is key.
The trouble is music is one of the most saturated markets on the planet. In a world with millions of artists and over 280,000 tracks released on Spotify every week, standing out is a somewhat challenging task.
If you can’t grow a fanbase your music will never reach its potential.
Yet more artists are making a full time living now than at any other time in history. According to Spotify’s 2020 Q2 results, 43,000 artists ( most of them independent) earned 90% of the Spotify’s streaming royalties.
43,000 artists shared $963 million last quarter based on their streaming numbers.
Before we start, let’s caveat all this and be absolutely clear that unless you make incredible songs that connect none of the following strategies will make any difference to your career.
You can’t hack a career. You can only add fuel to the artistic and creative vision you build so more people experience it — and tell others.

Word of mouth

To get noticed, your number one goal is to create word of mouth.

Artistic authenticity.

Whichever strategy you chose, there’s one fundamental and that is authenticity. The best artists/ producers tap into their true creative selves to develop their artistic voices and share them with the world.
You can’t fake this. People can sense disingenuous artists. It’s absolutely critical to be yourself, but bigger.
Art comes from deep within. It is your very essence; from the music you write to the artistic vision you create. Authenticity is paramount to connecting with people and growing your audience.
It is in fact, your competitive advantage.
Nobody can beat you at being you. Stop trying to sound like someone else. They already exist. Be yourself, stand out, take risks.
In a world of unlimited flavour combinations don’t be vanilla.

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi is a great example of this. He is one of the biggest global breakthrough acts in the last couple of years.
His debut album has sold millions. He’s had # 1 singles on both sides of the Atlantic as well as billions of streams. Lewis is the 60th most streamed artist on Spotify.
Lewis a regular Joe with an extraordinary voice. His songs are strong ballads, but it’s not something we haven’t seen or heard before.
It’s Lewis’ humour and authenticity that makes him stand out from the crowd. He knows he doesn’t look like a traditional pop star and leans into it. He refers to himself as “The Scottish Beyonce.”
He creates content and memes that go viral. He has 5.4 million followers on Instagram. His posts get up to 1 million likes.
He pole dances in his music videos, accepts Brit Awards with a bottle of Buckfast ( fortified wine popularised in Scotland.) tucked lovingly under his arm.
Everybody is talking about Lewis. He’s invited on to the biggest TV chats show. Lewis has bags of likability. An undervalued but essential trait to connect with an audience.
Lewis doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s different than every other popstar on the planet. He stands out.
He knows the music industry is a fickle business. He has no idea how long his fame will last, so he’s determined to have a laugh with it.
Lewis stands out by being himself.

How Alice Cooper stopped the traffic and sold out Wembley Arena

Alice Cooper has sold tens of millions of records. His career has spanned 50 years.
In 1972 Alice and his manager, Shep Gordon needed to raise money. They had various lawsuits against record labels which was proving to be extremely challenging to their financial situation.
They need to raise cash quickly.
Alice was a big star in the states. Shep figured that would translate to the UK. So he booked the 10,000 capacity Wembley Arena in London.
Shep was wrong. They had only sold 50 tickets.
Shep had to get Alice noticed. He had used shock tactics to promote Alice with great success before. The fake chicken head incident and guillotine beheadings on stage had created quite a racket in the states.

Shep’s strategy was simple but genius: to get kids to love Alice he must first make their parents hate him. A strategy that Andrew Loog Oldham also employed to break The Rolling Stones.

A year prior Shep had organised a photoshoot with Alice naked except for a Boa Constrictor strategically placed to hide his dignity.
He got it printed on a billboard, put it on a flatbed truck and arranged for it to ‘break down’ in Leicester Square.
The truck was stationary for 15 minutes causing miles of tailbacks. The driver was arrested and later fined, which Shep gladly paid for.
The UK label had tipped off the press. Every major newspaper covered the story with full page reports eager to over sensationalise the story in order to sell more newspapers.
It also made the BBC evening news which was watched by millions.
Shep and Alice managed to magnificently offend middle England. MP’s were up in arms. It was even discussed in houses of parliament.
The result? Wembley sold out. The label released “Schools out” within weeks, which went straight to number 1. Alice blew up in the UK.
Shep Gordon knew his client was a world class performer with hit records. He just needed to get Alice noticed.
All that attention would have been pointless if Alice didn’t have great songs and an outstanding live show that connected with his fanbase.
Alice Cooper still sells out the UK’s biggest arenas 48 years later.
We can’t all create mass tailbacks in Leicester Square. We must think of new ways to get noticed.

The 1975

Love them or hate them, the band are exceptionally good at creating word of mouth.
It wasn’t always this way. They spent 7 years unsigned playing to a handful of people in sticky floored venues. There were multiple band name and stylistic changes.
Every major label passed on them.
They stopped shopping themselves to major labels, got investment and went DIY. Pre- Spotify, music blogs were the key to getting noticed.
The band hired Samuel Burgess Johnson as their creative director. He designed a striking monochrome aesthetic for their socials posts and artwork. The band put out a series of EPs. Each EP had a mainstream single but also featured darker more alternative tracks favoured by blogs.
The results were instant. The blogs lapped it up. The 1975 were everywhere. They were different. They stood out. They were creating art and content that was worth sharing.
They built a super engaged fanbase.
Huw Stephens from Radio 1 picked up on the band. He played ‘Chocolate.’ It connected The fanbase reacted and showered Radio 1 with text and tweets to support the track.
Radio 1 were impressed. They put Chocolate onto the low rotation daytime ‘In new music we trust’ playlist. The fanbase continued to react.
Radio 1 always follow the data. Chocolate eventually gets upgraded on to the Radio 1 A list. It was their first hit record and launched their career.
They had released ‘Chocolate’ as a single before. It flopped. Why? Because nobody knew who the band were. The band didn’t stand out. They had also released ‘Robbers’ and ‘Sex’ previously. None of the tracks made any impact at all. Why? Because nobody noticed them.

It doesn’t matter how good your songs are if no one hears them, nothing will happen.

The 1975 are masters of creating word of mouth.
Their manager tweeted a cryptic comic strip implying the band were splitting up. The band then deleted all their social accounts.
Twitter went crazy. Everybody was talking about it. A couple of days later The 1975 announce their 2nd album. Their socials went live again but with a completely new aesthetic.
The 1975 got everyone talking about their new album without releasing any new material. The stunt was covered by every music magazine as well as much of the mainstream media. They reached millions without spending a penny on advertising.
On release, the second album went straight to number 1.

Create an image that stands out

Your image and aesthetic are an extension of your art. It is one of the best ways to stand out in a crowded market.

David Bowie

David Bowie was the master of reinvention. Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of all time.
Bowie used his image to great effect. He dug deep into his artistry to create alter egos and characters that people talked about.
Bowie stood out. His music was extraordinary but his impact was symbiotic with his remarkable image and ability to get noticed.
He wasn’t born a star. He had to create and develop his alter egos.
Bowie had been in multiple bands and released several flop singles and an album. His last attempt before adopting a new image was a novelty song called the Laughing Gnome. It flopped.
Bowie didn’t release any more material for two years. But he was learning….
Bowie studied mime and avant-garde theatre where a lot of the inspiration came from.
Space Oddity was his return and his first hit but Ziggy Stardust became one of Bowie’s most famous characters.

Lady Gaga

Stefani Germanotta had the talent to make a career in music. But she couldn’t sell out arenas or book the Super Bowl Halftime slot.
She had to become Lady Gaga to do that. She had to stand out and get noticed.
In 2005, she was both signed and dropped by Def Jam. In 2006, she created Lady Gaga, the public mask for Stefani to rise to global fame.
Stefani became a student of the art of fame. She read everything she could on Andy Warhol. She has confessed to being a Warholian copycat. But she knew that great artists steal and make it their own.
She was inspired by Bowie, Queen and Madonna. In 2008, Just Dance and Poker Face were released and were minor hits at the bottom end of the Billboard top 100.
She started to stand out and get noticed. She was quotable, flamboyant and outrageous. She spoke as though she was already famous. The media loved her. She created word of mouth.
More and more interviews came in and the more and more she stood out and got noticed. By the end of 2009, Just Dance and Poker Face were # 1 smash hits in most western countries.
Lady Gaga went on to become one of the biggest pop stars of her generation.

Create a new sound

Sometimes the best way to stand out is to create a new sound by fusing two established genres together to create something new and fresh.

Mauro Picotto

Mauro Picotto did just that. He was the first to fuse Trance and Techno together. He was an unknown DJ outside Italy but within 2 years he was one of the biggest DJs on the planet.
I know as I managed him for 9 years and saw first hand the power of creating a new sound. Mauro was prolific. 21 hits including multiple top 10 singles across Europe, is a remarkable achievement.
DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs is the undisputed barometer of success within the EDM world. Mauro spent 8 years in top 100 DJs, peaking at No. 8 in the world.

Lil Nas X

When Lil Nas X dropped out of college to pursue music, he didn’t do much music. He spent more time on Twitter creating viral memes.
He quickly built up a following of 25k. The plan was always to leverage this audience to promote his music.
It didn’t work. He would post a meme and get 2,000 retweets, post a song and he was lucky to get 10.
So Nas got creative. He thought differently. He bought a beat for $30 and created a track that could be promoted with memes.
Old Town Road was the result. He sync’d the hook with a video of a cowboy dancing. It went viral. He created a bunch more memes.
The track become a meme on TikTok. Old Town Road kept spreading further and further. Nas kept hustling the track on his socials. It entered the Billboard country chart.
Nas had listed Old Town Road as a country track. He was aware that the country chart was less competitive. Billboard pulled it of the country chart.
A counter-intuitive but foolproof way of creating a buzz is to get it banned — or removed from the chart in this case. It creates hype. Everyone was talking about it. People want to hear something that has been banned or removed. It’s human nature.
Nas co-wrote a catchy song. He fused two styles to create something different. It stood out.
A hit can only happen if it gets exposure. Music is one of the most saturated markets on the planet.
Nas created a hit in the fringes with no budget. He signed to Columbia. They spent a shitload on marketing to make it the hit it became. But Nas did all the heavy lifting. Columbia simply added the fuel to the fire Nas so creatively started.
People say Nas got lucky but that’s not true. Nas got creative.
Old Town Road spent a record breaking 19 weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Charts.

Create mystery

Marshmello

Moe Shalizi managed a bunch of DJs. One of them created a new sound. They didn’t want it associated with the artist so they came up with a concept to maintain his secrecy and allow him to release music without impacting on the artist’s brand.
Together they created Marshmello. The tracks on his SoundCloud were blowing up.
They kept putting free downloads and remixes up on Soundcloud. Moe decided to keep Marshmello out of the live market for a year.
His first festival he got $30,000 and top tier billing. Everybody was trying to guess who Marshmello was. Rumours filled blogs that it was secretly Tiesto or Martin Garrix.
Today, Marshmello is known to be Chris Comstock. He has over 50 million monthly listeners and is the 9th most streamed artist on Spotify.
Marshmello created a global buzz by being the first ever artist to in-play a concert on Fortnite. It was watched by 10 million gamers.
He has 48 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and an estimated net wealth of $50 million.
And it all started with songs that were worth sharing and wearing a white bucket on his head to hide his identity and create word of mouth.
This is not a definitive guide. Artists, such as Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, have used shock tactics to create word of mouth. Other artists are making music meme-able as well as memorable and going viral on TikTok.
There are lots of ways of creating word of mouth. Very occasionally the music can do the talking but that is happening less and less now as the market gets more and more crowded.
Peace out.
Jake
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