|Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band|
I just finished reading a good little book by Martin Dimery about the Beatles tribute band he has been fronting for a number of years now that goes under the name of Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band.
The book is called Being John Lennon.
is a humuorous romp with the tribute band as they play gigs throughout the millennium year of 1999, which to me reading it in 2013 was nostalgic in itself.
if it wasn't for the dartboard on the front cover of the book and the fact that the band was named the Only Dart Board Band.
Because if you have been reading this post you'll know that dart board appearances in movie sets have been catching
my (bull's) eye;-)
|"without the beatles" - Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band LIVE|
My father-in-law, John was a taxman and would often get up to dance at parties when this song would come on...
with a huge grin on his face, as if to say,"they are playing my song".
"The Dart Board Band played a simplified arrangement of the song reasonably well but it's hard to do "Strawberry Fields" justice live and we eventually dropped it from the set."
Martin Dimery (Being John Lennon)
"The gatepost to Strawberry Field, which is now a popular tourist attraction in Liverpool. "Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles.
The song was written by John Lennon and attributed to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership.
It was inspired by Lennon's memories of playing in the garden of
"Strawberry Field", a Salvation Army children's home near where he lived." "
Strawberry Fields Forever
|Me, bottom left.|
Strawberry Festival every year there.
It's called the Redfest now.
I never thought Leo Sayer would play those same grounds years down the track.
Pregnant Woman Dies in Carpark Tragedy
" A 33-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed in the car park of Cleveland's RedFest Spring Festival after being struck by a car being driven by an elderly woman.
Police say the 76-year-old driver was exiting the car park at Cleveland's showgrounds when the accident occurred just before 5pm yesterday.
The driver is believed to have suffered a heart attack and lost control of the car.
The victim, who came from Crestmead, died a short time later at the scene despite the efforts of bystanders and emergency services workers working to save her."
Which reminded me of a tragic incident
out of the book, Being John Lennon -
Martin recounts the tragic murder of a student named
Ashleigh Robinson under the headline
"April 15th - I read the news today...".
|Chris Martin in the band Coldplay formed in '96.|
pop group Coldplay who sings the song 42 above in this post,
is Chris Martin and he is a Tottenham Hotspur fan like me.
Update: It may have been Johnny Buckland of Coldplay who was the Spurs fan and not Chris Martin after all.
According to this article Martin supports Exeter City,
but I thought I had read an article where he was a Spurs fan.
Coldplay guitarist: 'I'd give it all up for Tottenham Hotspur'
|One of my many Spurs items lining my room.|
that his brother-in-law was a member of the 1982 FA cup winning spurs side.
|The 1982 FA cup winning spurs side.|
Making a total of 62 appearances in all competitions including four as sub and scoring one goal for the club."
Paul Price (footballer)
Price was appointed manager of the
Western Australian Football League team
Western Knights in 2009.
He is currently (March 2011) coach of
Sorrento FC of the Western Australian football league.
Which is weird, because my brother-in-law moved to live in Perth a couple of years ago as well.
Martin (Being John Lennon) writes about being on a radio show with Jill Dando discussing John Lennon's shooting ten years before she was murdered in 1999.
Today I found this recent news story when I was looking for information on Jill,
as I have never heard of her before;
A Day in the Life is a song by the English rock band The Beatles written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, based on an original idea by Lennon.
It is the final track on the group's 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Since its original album release, "A Day in the Life" has been released as a B-side, and also on various compilation albums.
It has been covered by other artists including
The Fall, Bobby Darin, Sting, Neil Young, Jeff Beck,
The Bee Gees, Mae
and since 2008, by Paul McCartney in his live performances.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the 26th greatest song of all time.
" There is some dispute about the inspiration for the first verse.
Many believe that it was written with regard to the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune and close friend of Lennon and McCartney, who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 December 1966 when a Volkswagen pulled out of a side street into his path in Redcliffe Gardens, Earls Court.
In numerous interviews, Lennon claimed this was the verse's prime inspiration.
However, George Martin adamantly claims that it is a drug reference
(as is the line "I'd love to turn you on" and other passages from the song)
and while writing the lyrics John and Paul were imagining a stoned politician who had stopped at a set of traffic lights.
The description of the accident in "A Day in the Life" was not a literal description of Browne's fatal accident.
Lennon said, "I didn't copy the accident.
Tara didn't blow his mind out, but it was in my mind when I was writing that verse.
The details of the accident in the song —
not noticing traffic lights and a crowd forming at the scene —
were similarly part of the fiction." "
The final verse was inspired by an article in the Daily Mail in January 1967 regarding a substantial number of potholes in Blackburn, a town in Lancashire.
However, he had a problem with the words of the final verse, not being able to think of how to connect "Now they know how many holes it takes to" and "the Albert Hall".
His friend Terry Doran suggested that they would "fill" the Albert Hall."
"Sgt Pepper's band was just the kind of arty, retro, tongue-in-cheek persona for Lennon to be able to launch his (then unflattering) pebble glasses on the world."
from Being John Lennon .
"Tomorrow Never Knows..." Martin says,
"It was felt we needed to reinvent ourselves a little.
We now go under the names of John Legend, Paul McCoatoff,
Rolf Harrison, Gringo Barr and Sgt.Pepper on keyboards."
Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer who was charged with kiddie-fiddling this year, so I wondered if in the more recent video recorded this year whether Rolf was still in the band, but when they introduce the band members Rolf Harrison is no more.
"As I say to anyone wishing to know:
"We steal the songs from The Beatles and the jokes from The Rutles."
Even our name was partly lifted from
"Sgt. Rutter's Lonely Darts Club Band" "
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Tommy DMO - My City Part II
My friend and ex-work college Tim Fitzpatrick had a sister who was gunned down in a random at of violence when she was drinking in a bar in Thailand on holidays.
If you look at the 2:19 minute mark of this clip there is a sign that has Fitzpatrick on it.
Nurse shot in Thai drive-by feud
|Pam Fitzpatrick was wounded when three shots were fired into a crowded bar in Thailand.|
or then again, maybe I'm just looking too hard when
I watch the wheels go round;-)
|The Four Degrees of Synchromystic Awareness|
|The NRL Grand Final at the Boomerang Festival.|
Ernie Dingo and just asked him which team he was going for.
Like me he didn't care which of these two teams won.
I actually met Ernie's wife sally at the Brisbane Writer's Festival
And I just happened to run into a man on that day
( Paulo Coelho) who would become the second highest grossing author in the world eventually, who showed me the butterfly tattoo on his forearm and told me the story behind it.
So, the four authors were
Paulo Coelho, Malachy McCourt, Sally Dingo
and another author who I can't remember now,
in a small friendly group in a small space listening them talk about their lives, and of course Sally was talking about her life with Ernie,
because that was what her book was about.
|Tammy Anderson wrote, directs and and stars in the one woman show |
I Don't Wanna Play House
I Don't Wanna Play House.
George Negus comes sneaking up from the side of us while we are all having a chat and it's like we are all at a BBQ having a talk in the backyard, quite surreal to me being the
"Nowhere Man" in this group of achievers.
I ask him who he is going for and like all of us he doesn't care either,
because he follows the Australian A-League in soccer
and goes for the Central Coast Mariners.
The game started so Ernie and George had to go up on stage to do their commentary of the game and I was left standing next to Tammy and talking to her throughout the game.
We had some laughs and exchanged stories about our lives and her play and life in general.
I didn't know a lot about Tammy, but I had caught a few minutes of her play while wondering around the site.
Quite powerful and confronting stuff I might say as well.
I had read somewhere that she was in the movie The Sapphires,
which I haven't seen yet, and I didn't quite get around to asking Tammy about it,
so I Googled it when I got home and found out she played
Evelyn in the movie.
I'll have to watch it now.
And talk about 6 degrees of separation, who should be singing before the final on the big screen in front of us but Tammy's
co-star in that movie, Jessica Mauboy.
Reading the trivia about the movie I found out,
"the movie's co-writer and associate producer Tony Briggs
is the son of Laurel Robinson, a member of the real-life The Sapphires group."
|The Sapphire ladies as they are today … |
Naomi Mayers, from left, Lois Peeler, Laurel Robinson and Beverly Briggs
share fond memories of performing together and still love to sing when they can.
Photo: Angela Wylie
It sure was a surreal night for me, anyway.
And the chooks (Roosters) won...if anybody cared;-)