All that time I was writing and texting a lady who has now become my lovely :) I spent the rest of the year going to gigs and other little adventures with Kel in Sweden, London , Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Wales. I also wrote (and plagiarized) a brill best man’s speech for a wedding but then also got quite ill for a few days afterwards.
A few more parties and nice days scattered around culminating in a lovely Crimbo.
Not only has it been a good personal year but also a good year for music and film, so good that picking the best was very tough in places.
Best CD of recent times purchased
Frost - Experiments In Mass Appeal
Magenta - Metamorphosis
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Caamora – She
AC/DC – Black Ice
Flower Kings - The Sum Of No Evil
Neal Morse - Sola Scriptura
Hysterica – Metal War
Neal Morse - Lifeline
Duke Special - I Never Thought This Day Would Come
Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - Catnip Dynamite
Leverage - Circus Colossus
Brother Firetribe - Heart Full Of Fire
Jimi Jamison - Crossroads Moment
Poodles - Clash Of The Elements
Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
The Answer – Everyday Demons
WASP - Babylon
Living Colour - The Chair In The Doorway
Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down
Shadow Gallery – Digital Ghosts
I thought the progs (Frost, Magenta, FlowerKings) would have it and I think if I gave them a good listen again they just might. But the other day I quickly went through the bests to see what instantly hit.
Just out of the top 5 are: Brother Firetribe - Heart Full Of Fire, Caamora – She, Leverage - Circus Colossus, Hysterica – Metal War, Poodles - Clash Of The Elements, Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue, AC/DC – Black Ice.
5 - Living Colour - The Chair In The Doorway (good mix of styles)
4 - Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate (surprisingly catchy tunes)
3 - Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down (An old feeling mixed with a new energy)
2 - Shadow Gallery – Digital Ghosts (6th album in 17 years. Great musicianship)
1 - Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings is superb. Strong progressive metal with great riffs and melody. A good round prog package.
Best CD from ages past purchased
Gilby Clark - Pawn Shop Guitars
Alice Cooper - Muscle Of Love
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
King's X - Out of the Silent Planet
Nash Graham - Songs for Beginners & Earth & Sky
Crowded House - Woodface
Chain - .exe
Queen - The Works
Jack Foster III – Raptorgnosis
Demons & Wizards – Touched by The Crimson King
Eric Martin - I'm Only Fooling Myself
Eric Martin - Eric Martin
Mind Odyssey - Schizophenia
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - The Land Of Pure Imagination
Survivor - When Seconds Count
Survivor - Too Hot to Sleep
Survivor - Reach
Jimi Jamison – Empires
Bigelf - Closer To Doom
Drive, She Said - Real Life
Bigelf – Hex
Sad Café – Façades
4 - Crowded House – Woodface 1991
3 - Nash Graham - Songs for Beginners 1971
2 - Eric Martin - I'm Only Fooling Myself 1987
1 - Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies 1973 Loads of great songs and I could list them all but for now I’ll just say Hello Hooray, Billion Dollar Babies, Unfinished Sweet and Generation Landslide.
Best best of CD purchased
The Cardigans - Best Of
Parallel Or 90 Degrees - A Can Of Worms
The Babys - Anthology
Queensrÿche - Sign Of The Times: The Best Of
The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides
John Waite – The Essential
The Georgia Satellites - Let It Rock: Best Of
Münchener Freiheit – Hit Collection
Miller Steve Band – Best Of
Legs Diamond – Favourites Vol 1
FM – Only The Strong
Crown Of Thorns - Crown Jewels
Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits 94-09
Skunk Anansie - Smashes And Trashes 1995-09
Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
A double mention for John Waite solo and with The Babys.
Queensrÿche is also good but I would choose other songs personally.
FM – Only The Strong is very nice but Skunk Anansie - Smashes And Trashes (1995-09) is fairly unique and reminds me of my youth more.
Gig of the year
Best theatre - Little Shop Of Horrors
Best trickery - Derren Brown
Best comedy -
The Mighty Boosh
Just The Tonic (Especially Tim Vine)
Ross Noble was mostly improvised and was a hoot but there’s something about the occasionally old fashioned banter of Rob Brydon that I preferred.
Best music –
Frost* + Magenta
The Allman Brothers Band (in New York)
Steve Stienman - Bat Out Of Hell The Symphony
Austrialian Pink Floyd – The Wall
Z Rock (John Waite / Wig Wam)
Tina Turner because she’s a legend.
Sweden Rock Festival
AC/DC cover band LiveWire
Firefest - Heat, The Poodles, Drive She Said, Romeo’s Daughter and F.M..
Magnum who moved me the most this time.
It was good to finally get to see the legends that are Metallica, David Byrne, John Waite, Tina Turner and Neil Young. The AC/DC cover band LiveWire were good too.
5 - Frost* + Magenta
4 - Austrialian Pink Floyd perform The Wall
3 - Magnum
2 – Sweden Rock Festival – Even though it rained there were memorable performances from Hysterica / H.E.A.T. / ZZ Top / Over The Rainbow / Neal Morse / Foreigner / Journey / Dream Theater
1 - AC/DC – Great because it was a nice London trip with Kel and the open topped Wembley venue and summer night were just right for a package of pure rock and roll and eating pizza in our underwear at the hotel ;)
Cinema film of the Month
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Decent: Part 2
I have or will be getting Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans, Drag Me To Hell, Doghouse, District 9, Zombieland on DVD and I saw Avatar yesterday and that was pretty cool. We’ve come a long way since Roger Rabbit. I couldn’t even figure out if the grass in some scenes was real or animated.
But the 3 for me at this moment are
The Hangover - Funny
Watchmen – an amazing piece of work
Star Trek XI – Glorious fun and the kick start of one of the best sci-fi franchises ever.
Film on TV
Venus – Peter O’Toole = Old pervy Legend
The Lake House
The Darjeeling Limited
The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
National Treasure: Book Of Secrets
Man Of The Year
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Butterfly On A Wheel
The Love Guru
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was the funniest comedy
Death Note & Death Note: The Last Name were the best foreign
Taken was the best action
In Bruges was the best all round assassins in Belguim dark witted violent crime caper.
Reatched Film on TV
The New Guy
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Shaun Of The Dead
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger
Shaun Of The Dead still makes me feel good.
Best DVD bought
The Dark Knight
Last Action Hero
Star Trek XI
Wolverine (X-Men Origins)
The Dark Knight is just behind Star Trek XI
No Country For Old Men
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Little Miss Sunshine
The Heartbreak Kid
Last House On The Left
Midnight Meat Train
My Best Friend’s Girl
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Anvil was a nice rocdoc, Basketcase was crazy, Outlander had Vikings and alien beasties, Monster’s Vs Aliens is now possibly my 2nd fave pixar, Crank 2: High Voltage was wild and Ice Age 3: Dawn of The Dinosaurs had a bit of everything but it was Simon Pegg who made it for me.
The Forbidden Kingdom
Zack & Miri Make A Porno
Crank 2: High Voltage
Ravenous is still a film I try and show everyone but Watchmen is a modern day epic and Star Trek XI is the film of the year.
Dawn Porter - Diaries of an Internet Lover
I connected more with Sean Thomas - Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You maybe because it’s written from a man’s point, maybe because it had a little more humour, maybe because 1 or to of the things he wrote did remind me of people I knew or brief events in my life.
I ♥ NY T-shirt and my NYPD T-shirt too
Chicken fillets I cooked for Kel
New wireless router
The Trekking Trousers extra pockets come in very useful.
The Rock Band instruments have provided me with smiles, just a pity I don’t always have time to play them.
The pizza after AC/DC was nice as we were hungry and hot and ate it dressed in our underwear :)~
The blue bath robe and swimming shorts that Kel got me pre-Crimbo for my holiday came in very useful too.
The co-bought set of 5 kitchen knifes is nice as it’s one of the first things we got together and both use (as well as the cutlery set).
While not something fully physical the gym membership gets me physical, or at least will when I go back after new years.
My new phone, the HTC hero was a little tricky at first and still has things on it I can’t do, but now I know I can use it also as a mini computer and keep track of you guys while on the go.
2010 has possibly 130 days at work, a possible slight change of work activities, only 4 gigs so far plus a 4 day festival, 3 holidays and good good times.