Boo Who? (baggy) wrote,
Boo Who?
baggy

BEST OF 2016

This year I’ve had:
The whole family advancing (apart from when I was off 4 days with a bad back and stomach virus)
Naughty Ben. Lovely Ben. Not going to bed Ben. Max giggling. Max growing. Max swimming.
Ben singing E-I-E-I-O many times. Me having a bad back (again) + the usual fun of having a 2 year old and 6 month old.
Butlins, sunshine, rain, sunshine, BBQ, a better back :)
Max getting teeth and keeping us awake at night. Ben speaking more. A sleepover with the 3 year old niece (who woke at 5am). Max waking at 5am :o
Max crawling. Both of them waking in the night for various reasons. K & I getting very tired.
Max crawling and climbing and sticking his tongue out and being better at sleeping. Ben talking more and being cute and naughty.
Busy house BBQ for friends.Working a lot. Busy house BBQ for family. Max turning 1.
Max teething and making us very tired, again. Baggy family illness then resurgence. Max walking. Ben being the nicest & naughtiest he’s ever been, good job he’s learning all those words and making us laugh.
Beerfest no kids day, Rockingham no kids weekend.
Ben getting very good at wee wee on potty (and also 1.5 poopoo). Max saying quack!
Ben learning Crimbo songs and singing the same one 50 times in a row.


Best album of recent times
Joanne Shaw Taylor - The Dirty Truth (2014) / Spike – 100% Frankie Miller (2015) / UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars (2015) / Coheed And Cambria - The Color Before The Sun (2015) / Cutting Crew - Add To Favourites (2015) / Europe – War Of Kings (2015) / Houston – Relaunch II (2015) / Chris Cornel - Higher Truth (2015) / Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live (2015) / King King – Reaching The Light (2016) / Magnum – Sacred Blood Divine Lies (2016)
The Quireboys – Black Eyed Sons (2014) St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul (2015)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Into The Legend (2016) / W.A.S.P - Golgotha (2015) / David Bowie – Black Star (2016) / Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls (2014) / Level 10 – Chapter One (2015) / Barbe-Q Barbies – Driven (2015) / Blaze Bayley - Infinite Entanglement (2016) / Last Autumn’s Dream – Paintings (2016) / Last in Line – Heavy Crown (2016) / Resurrection Kings - Resurrection Kings (2016) / Space Elevator - Space Elevator (2014) / Ten - The Dragon And Saint George EP (2015) / Battle Beast – Unholy Savior (2015) / The Defiants - The Defiants (2016) / Hollywood Vampires (2015) / Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels (2015) / Myrath – Legacy (2016) / Night Flight Orchestra - Skyline Whispers (2015) / Rage Of Angels - The Devils New Tricks (2016) / Ozone – Self Defense (2015) / Operation: Mindcrime - The Key (2015) / SOTO – Divak (2016) / The Temperance Movement – White Bear (2016) / Treat - Ghost Of Graceland (2016) / Black Stone Cherry - Kentucky (2016) / Circus Maximus – Havoc (2016) / Samantha Fish – Wild Heart (2015) / Steve Hackett – Wolflight (2015) / Inglorious – Inglorious (2016) / Graham Nash – This Path Tonight (2016) CD / Red Jasper – 777 (2016) / Royal Blood - Royal Blood (2014) / Stratovarius - Eternal (2015) / Winery Dogs, The – Hot Streak (2015) / Lee Aaron - Fire And Gasoline (2016) / Angels Or Kings - Kings Of Nowhere (2014) / Big Boy Bloater & The Limits – Luxury Hobo (2016) / Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood (2015) / Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015) / A Thousand Horses – Southernality (2015) / Blood Red Saints – Speedway (2015)
Martina Edoff - Martina Edoff (2014) / Unity (2015)
Hand of Dimes - Hand of Dimes (ep) (2015) / Radioactive - F4UR (2015) / Rival Sons - Hollow Bones (2016)
David A. Saylor – Strength Of One (2014) / Built 2 Fight (2015)
Kiefer Sutherland - Down in a Hole (2016) / Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows II (2016) / Dante Fox - Breathless (2016) / Faith No More - Sol Invictus (2015) / The Jelly Jam - Prophet Profit (2016) / Saxon - Battering Ram (2015) / Steel Panther - All You Can Eat (2014)
Tarja - The Brightest Void (2016) EP / The Shadow Self (2016)
Ailafar – No Limits (2015) / Blues Pills – Lady in Gold (2016) / The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise (2016) / Evergrey - The Storm Within (2016) / Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines (2016)
Glass Hammer - The Breaking of the World (2015) / Valkyrie (2016)
Madness - Can't Touch Us Now (2016) / Hardline - Human Nature (2016) / Neal Morse - Morsefest (2014) / Royal Hunt – Cargo (2016)
Wild Rose – Hit n Run (2014) / 4 (2016)
Damian Wilson - Built for Fighting (2016) / Anderson Ponty Band - Better Late Than Never (2015) / Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (2015) / Dare - Sacred Ground (2016) / Delain - Moonbathers (2016)
From The Fire - Evil Men Do (2014) / Octopus (2016)
Jorn - Heavy Rock Radio (2016) / Leaves´Eyes - King Of Kings (2015) / Metallica - Hardwired … To Self-Destruct (2016) / Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer - Risk Everything (2015) / Ted Poley - Beyond The Fade (2016) / David A. Saylor – Ship To Nowhere (2016) / Skunk Anansie – Anarchytecture (2016) / Trettioariga Kriget – Seaside Air (2016)

GOOD
Kiske/Somerville – City Of Heroes (2015)
Billy Sherwood – Citizen (2015)
Art Nation – Revolution (2015)
Helloween - My God-Given Right (2015)
Ghost - Meliora (2015)
Rocket Scientists – Refuel (2015)
Dream Theater - The Astonishing (2016)
Megadeth - Dystopia (2016)
Queensryche - Condition Hüman (2015)
Toto - XIV (2015)
Voodoo Hill – Waterfall (2015)
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
The Feeling – The Feeling (2016)
Subsignal - The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime (2015)
The Tangent - A Spark In The Aether (2015)
Avantasia - Ghostlights (2016)
Kiama – Sign Of IV (2016)
Parzivals Eye - Defragments (2015)
Tiles – Pretending 2 Run (2016)
Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight (2016)

GREAT
Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (2015) - melodic (70s influenced) rock
RPWL – Wanted (2015) - melodic (Pink Floyd influenced)
Frost* - Falling Satellites (2016) – UK prog band back after an 8 year silence
Zierler – ESC (2015) Mixed prog from Danish keyboardist Finn Zierler
Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone (2016) Damian Wilson, Adam Wakeman, Lee Pomeroy
Mystery - Delusion Rain (2015) - with new singer Jean Pageau
Wilson Steven Wilson - 4 ½ (2016)
The Monkees - Good Times (2016)
Karmakanic - DOT (2016)
Anthrax – For All Kings (2016)
District 97 - In Vaults (2015)
Rick Astley - 50 (2016)
CIRCA - Valley of the Windmill (2016)
Sonata Artica - The Ninth Hour (2016)
Glenn Hughes – Resonate (2016)
Special mention for song Spock's Beard - Falling for Forever downloaded from their best of album and featuring all 3 vocalists.

SUPER GREAT
Nad Sylvan - Courting The Widow (2015) – A very Genesisy solo album from Steve Hackett's Genesis revisited singer.
Flying Colors - Second Nature (2014)
Mute Gods - Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016) – Nick Beggs was once the bassist with Kajagoogoo. Lately he’s been popping up in lots of prog albums, but now he’s made his own and it’s lovely.
Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge (2016) CD took a couple of listens to get used to but as with most Jon Anderson stuff it soon makes you fall in love with it (if you’re a Yes/Jon fan already of course)
Redemption - Art Of Loss (2016)
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream (2016)

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3
Flying Colors - Second Nature (2014) Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse.
Anderson/Stolt - Invention of Knowledge (2016) CD took a couple of listens to get used to but as with most Jon Anderson stuff it soon makes you fall in love with it (if you’re a Yes/Jon fan already of course)
Neal Morse Band - The Similitude of a Dream (2016) – They’re quite good those Mr Morse & Portnoy guys :)


Best album from ages past
Joanne Shaw Taylor - White Sugar (2009) / Diamonds in the Dirt (2010) / Almost Always Never(2012)
Leaves´Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night (2013)
Battle Beast – Steel (2011) / Battle Beast (2013)
Myrath - Hope (2007) / Desert Call (2010) / Tales of the Sands (2011)
Skunk Anansie – Black Traffic (2012) / Black Stone Cherry - Magic Mountain (2014)
Samantha Fish – Runaway (2011) / Black Winds Howlin’ (2013)
Lee Aaron - Metal Queen (1984) / Kevin Chalfant - Running With The Wind (1997) / Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark (2008) / Fortune - Fortune (1985) / Sir Christopher Lee – Charlemagne: The Omens of Death (2013) CD
David A. Saylor – Kiss Of Judas EP (2013) / City Of Angels (2012)
Steel Breeze - Steel Breeze (1982)
The Storm - The Storm (1991 / The Eye Of The Storm (1995)
Tiles – Tiles (1994) / Jean Beauvoir - Drums Along the Mohawk (1986) / The Jelly Jam - Shall We Descend (2011)
Wild Rose – Dangerous (2013) / Hit ‘n Run (2014)
Damian Wilson - Let's Start a Commune (2003) / From The Fire - Thirty Days and Dirty Nights (1992) / Trettioariga Kriget – After Ever (2011)
CIRCA: - 2007 (2007) / HQ (2009)
Moon Safari - Blomljud (2008) / Lover's End (2010) / Himlabacken Vol.1 (2013)
District 97 - Hybrid Child (2010)

TOP 6
Ghost – Infestissumam (2013) – Swedish rock band with unknown musicians (nameless ghouls) and a classic rock feel.
CIRCA - And So On (2011) – Billy Sherwood
World Trade – World Trade (1989) – Billy Sherwood = Yes influenced = Good :)
Parzivals Eye – Fragments (2009) - ex-RPWL bassist Chris Postl. Including Christina Booth (Magenta) on vocals.
District 97 - Trouble With Machines (2012) – Female fronted prog (an ex-American idol contestant)
Moon Safari - A Doorway To Summer (2005) – Swedish prog. Beach Boys meets Yes and other prog stuff.


Best best of album
The Osmonds - The Definitive Collection
James – The Best Of James
Three Dog Night - The Best Of 3 Dog Night
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best Of


Gig of the year
IN ORDER
Reeves & Mortimer @ Concert Hall Friday 2 December
Ramblin’ Man (Inglorious, IO Earth, Dead Dasies, Frost*, Purson, Lifesigns, Europe, Zombies, Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep, Family, Whitesnake) Sat 23rd @ Mote Park Maidstone Kent
Melted Space / Myrath / Symphony X @ The Robin 2, Bilston Fri 12 Feb
Fish @ Rock City – Sun 10th April
Blind Guardian @ Rock City – Sat 21 May
Rockingham Fri 21 Oct @ Rock City - Art Nation / Valentine / Lee Aaron / Trixter
Rockingham Sat 22 Oct @ Rock City - Stone Broken / Blood Red Saints / Lionheart / The Poodles / Jean Beauvoir / Steelheart
Rockingham Sun 23 Oct @ Rock City - Martina Edoff / Angels Or Kings / ADV Band / Fortune / From The Fire / The Defiants / Kevin Chalfant
Bad Company + Richie Sambora & Orianti Wed 19th Oct @ Nottingham Arena
Queensryche @ The Robin 2 Bilston, Fri 26th Aug
Magnum @ Rock City – Tue 17 May
Status Quo + Reo Speedwagon @ Notts Arena Thursday 8 December
Royal Hunt @ Sheffield Corporation Sat 12th March
King King / Terrorvision / Thunder @ Concert Hall Mon 15 Feb
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow @ Brum Arena Saturday 25 June
Yes @ Sheffiled City Hall – Tue 3 May – Performing Drama & Fragile
ELO @ Notts Arena - Thur 7th April

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Independence Day: Resurgence
Bad Moms
Suicide Squad
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
X-Men: Apocalypse
Star Trek Beyond
The Hateful Eight
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Star Wars: Rogue One - Maybe because it’s the most recent. The top 4 are probably interchangeable.


Film on TV
The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence / Get Hard / Unfinished Business / Run All Night / Girl House / The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 / Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb / Jupiter Ascending / Project Almanac / Seventh Son / Bound To Vengeance / The Hunger Games: Catching Fire / Robocop / Bad Words / Black Rock / Rubber / Death Race 2 / Spooks: The Greater Good / Robot Overlords / Tower Block / The Pyramid / The Hole / Fantastic Four / Unfriended / The Two Faces of January / Maggie / Crimson Peak / SelfLess / Trainwreck / The Man From U.N.C.L.E. / Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens / The Good Dinosaur / Ender’s Game / Hotel Transylvania 2 / Spectre / Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials / Daddy’s Home / Emelie / The Joker / Daddy’s Home / The Human Centipede II / Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension / Martyrs (2015) / Ride Along 2 / Get Santa / Krampus / Seven Psychopaths / Paddington / The Night Before / A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas / Continuum / True Memoirs Of An International Assassin






GOOD
Non Stop
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Now You See Me
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
Chappie
Mad Max: Fury Road
San Andreas
Terminator: Genisys
Ted 2
Knock Knock
Spy
Dracula Untold
Vacation
Hot Pursuit
Fast & Furious 7
American Ultra
The Expendables 3

GREAT
Pixels
Home
Kingsman: The Secret Service
John Wick
Big Hero 6
Prisoners
Inside Out
Jurassic World
Minions
Predestination
Ex Machina
Everest
Absolutely Anything - Especially poignant as it was one of Robin Williams last and could well be Terry Jones last film as writer and director, also maybe the last to feature 5 Monty Pythons.
Frank - The head of Frank Sidebottom but that’s all as it’s about an eccentric band lead by an eccentric man (Michael Fassbender with a Sidebottom head)
Grimsby
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
Scouts Guide to The Zombie Apocalypse
The Revenant
Filth

SUPERDOOPER>
THE GRATEFUL 8
Home
Big Hero 6
Inside Out
Minions

Grimsby
Prisoners
Everest
Frank - The head of Frank Sidebottom but that’s all as it’s about an eccentric band lead by an eccentric man (Michael Fassbender with a Sidebottom head)


Best DVD bought
Dogma
The Fly / The Fly 2
Alien / Alien 3 / Alien Resurrection
Hellboy
Best Of Daffy And Porky
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Purely coincidental but quite fitting this month with the death of Gene Wilder.
Severance
The People Under The Stairs
Minions
The Ring
Yogi Bear
Up
Blazing Saddles
The Descent Part 2
The Time Travellers Wife
Young Frankenstein
Fred Clause
The Grinch

TOP 8
Masters Of The Universe
Taken
The Descent
The Thing
AntMan
V For Vendetta
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Aliens


Top purchase
Toilet seat
Kitchen table cover – wipe clean
‘Yes’ 2016 Fragile Drama T-Shirt
‘Yes’ pint glass
Hoover WDXC485C1B Washer Dryer
Pillow and 4.5 tog bed cover
Dyson DC40 vacuum cleaner
Toys for Ben’s birthday
Chocolate orange

TOP 8 (well it seems to be the number)
Keter Store It Out Max - 125x145x82cm (outside plastic storage shed for the BBQ (unlit)
Father and Child Floor Lamp
A Ritchie Blackmore T-Shirt
Slow cooker
Push Cylinder Lawn Mower
Dyson DC58 Animal Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - For all those biscuit crumbs
Cinema vouchers
Annual pass to Wheelgate kids adventure park - Because I have some great memories of going there, some with just Daddy & Ben :)




For 2017 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 13 gigs and some crazy kid times with the Bagshaw boys and their Mum.
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