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Classic rock alphabet.

It’s an alphabet poster made entirely of logos from classic rock (and metal) bands.

A classic-rock-loving coworker and I spent a “productive” Friday afternoon trying to work these out. We got most without resorting to overt Googling (I’m looking at you, letter U, because who even are you), but couldn’t for the life of us figure out E and X.

It was Random who came to the rescue with E: in retrospect, it’s obvious… assuming you’re looking at the correct album cover (see also: Y).

X kept niggling at me because it looked so familiar, but I couldn’t place it. Because what the hell band starts with the letter X? Ironically, it was my non-rock-listening co-worker who guessed this one, by virtue of it being one of the only bands in the relevant genre she knew.

Point being: we conquered the stupid posted. So, hah! Take that, poster!

Now, to move onto the alt-rock version

2019-01-17T08:23:38+11:0031st October, 2017|Tags: art, design, music, typography|

The incredible voice of Chris Cornell.

“Black Hole Sun” is one of my favorite Soundgarden songs, and the isolated vocals give a clue as to why.

2017-07-10T11:16:10+10:006th October, 2017|Tags: music, pop culture|

An older version of me.

At the time (and for the two years of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ being played everywhere that followed), the album gave me these feelings of power. I wasn’t cool, aware, or old enough to already be into the riot grrrl music scene that was developing at the same time. A lot of girls like me didn’t have access to that music, but we had access to the incredibly popular music Alanis has made. Then came the slightly later addition of No Doubt’s ‘Just a Girl’,which resonated so deeply with me as the only girl in a family with three brothers who were treated differently to me. These songs spoke to me directly; lying on my bed and listening to women express a vast array of emotions, including anger and pain, which I hadn’t heard before. ‘You Oughta Know’ was the first time I had ever heard a woman sing the f-word. They were songs that were unapologetically about feelings, and about pushing back against the world.

Rebecca Shaw on jagged little pills.

I must be about Shaw’s age because I, too, own the original Jagged Little Pill which–given that I almost never bought CDs–was A Big Deal when I bought it in early high school.

Morissette is also one of the few artists I’ve seen in concert, when she did a dual tour with Garbage; my friend wanted to go see the former, I said I was there for the latter (also for the joke of being about to tell people I went to “a Garbage concert”). I still remember the opening act was Stellar, mostly because “Violent” was one of my original theme songs for Lain. ((Stellar should also not be confused with stellastarr*, whose track “Sweet Troubled Soul” was also one of my original Wyrdverse songs, albeit this time for Loki/Sigyn.))

… I was probably going somewhere with this, but I got distracted watching old ’90s videoclips on YouTube. Gods I’m so old.

(And actually, now that I’m thinking about it, the original name for Liesmith was even * supposed former apocalypse junkie which, yanno. Is a riff off of Morissette’s second album, basically because I’m terrible at titles. So there you go. The 90s, kids!)

2018-11-26T08:09:25+11:002nd January, 2017|Tags: music, pop culture|

Last one…

The table’s set, we raise a toast
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
I’m so glad this day only comes once a year
You can keep your opinions, your presents, your ‘Happy New Year’
They call this Christmas where I’m from

2016-12-15T08:12:59+11:0025th December, 2016|Tags: music|

Australian Festivus Day!

I really like Christmas
It’s sentimental, I know, but I just really like it
I am hardly religious
I’d rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu
To be honest

And yes, I have all of the usual objections
To consumerism, the commercialisation of an ancient religion
To the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it

2016-12-15T08:06:24+11:0025th December, 2016|Tags: music|

Tonight I learnt that Ice-T did a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ 1983 song “Institutionalized”, except with updated lyrics where he basically complains about being an old guy in the 21st century.

Yes. It really is exactly as amazing as it sounds.

(Content and NSFW warning for the lyrics and possibly video.)

2016-12-14T14:11:16+11:003rd September, 2016|Tags: music|