May 16, 2005

Crash

Writing about web page rjohnson/entry/crash_or_crp/

OK Here's The Playlist For Last Friday's Crash.
Now I know some people still have beef with the music policy of Crash…and thats perfectly fine…its music you feel passionate about, its natural to get narked…so here first of all is the playlist:

BETWEEN BANDS (9.00 - 11.30ish)

Tom Vek – I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes
Amusement Parks on Fire – Venus in Cancer
The Departure – By My Enemy
The Walkmen – The Rat
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
The Go Team – Bottle Rocket
Cake – Short Skirt Long Jacket
Pipettes – Judy
Art Brut – Emily Kane
Louis XIV - I'm Finding Out True Love Is Hard to Find
They Might Be Giants – My Experimental Film
British Sea Power – Please Stand Up
Idlewild – Film for the Future
The Datsuns – Blacken My Thumb
McClusky – Lightsaber Cock Sucking Blues
My Vitriol – Always Your Way
Head Automatica – At the Speed of a Yellow Bullet

AFTER THE BANDS (11.30 - 2.00)
Faint – Drop Kick the Punk
Sublime – Date Rape
Cherry Doppin Daddies – Zoot Suit Riot
Dead 60s – Riot on the Radio
Less than Jake - All My Friends Are Metalheads
Crackout – You Dumb Fuck
Living End – Prisoner of Society
Hed(pe) – Killing Time
Lost Prophets - Shinobivsdragonninja

*Feeder – Insomnia*
Offspring - Have You Ever
Incubus – A Certain Shade of Green
Ash - Kung Fu
The Subways – Oh Yeah
The Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights

*Bloc Party – Banquet*
Beck - Sexx Laws

*Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less and Less*
Queens of the Stone Age - Little Sister
My Chemical Romance – Helena
Foo Fighters - Generator (Favourite Band in the World!!)
White Stripes - Blue Orchid

*Radiohead – Just*
Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
NoFX – All Out of Angst
Libertines - Time For Heroes
Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight
Supergrass - Alright

*The Strokes – New York City Cops*
Razorlight - Rip It Up

*Sum 41 – Fat Lip*
Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack

*System of a Down – Sugar*
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (Salt Sweat Sugar)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Uptown Girl
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Weezer - Beverly Hills

*The Clash – Rock the Gasbah*
The Pixies – There Goes Your Man
The Coral - Dreaming of You
Primal Scream – Rocks
Green Day - Longview

*Muse – Plug In Baby*
Tenecious D – Tribute
The Killers - Mr Brightside

*REM – End of the World*

Right it was mentioned that there was too many underground bands on that no one knows. Well it depends on the kind of music you're into. During the Ska Punk section I was not too sure of many of the bands played,cus im a bit of an Indie Rock boy…but there was a lot of happy people dancing and singing along. As im sure was the case when Indie was played and the non Indie kids didnt know who many were.
The problem is always finding the balance…this will always be the problem with Crash when you have strong followers of the different genres present…you play rock and the Indie kids ask for more Indie music…so you play Indie music and the Punk fans come up asking for more Punk music.
On Friday two people came up at the same time…one wanted more mellow music played than what was playing…while her friend wanted heavier music played!!
And I totally understand the idea of wanting more "good stuff" (what does that actually mean) but the problem is this…if we play someone such as Green Day earlier in the night (which we've done before)...people will come up asking for it later, cus they were not there at the start of the night, sitting upstairs or whatever, so we played another Green Day song…and what happens…people come up complaining about the fact that why are we playing so and so band twice…haven't you got enough bands to play.
The issue of not playing really obscure bands…as mentioned on the entry Ive linked to…well that blog answers why we dont…if we do then people complain about us not playing enough "good music" of well known bands. The fact is we do play more underground bands at the start of the night…and the reason why we dont play it later on in the night, is that you get to a point where you cant get away with it…theres more people in, they want to know music they will like…we love playing obscure music, but we can only do it at the start.
The arguments about the Crash Playlist have been around since Crash started with Carter…and we don't expect it to stop…it shows how many big music fans there are out there who love their music.
It's true every Crash we get a lot of guff of people arguing with us that so and so should be played "trust us everyone will love it"...we'd like to,but it's hard enough coaxing people on the dance floor,and keeping them there is hard enough.
Despite the complaints we'll always get, I love doing Crash…it's a great night…I've been going since it started at the end of my first year, and i love helping run it. And we dont not play bands to piss people off, to bore people, to be obscure, to be too obvious…we are just trying to give people a good night…sometime's we're lucky sometime we're not.
But for every person that has complained to me on the night, there are plenty of people there that have come up to me and asked who this band was, they really like it, or they'r having a great night.
So if you don't like the music…we're sorry dudes…chill out at the bar until theres a song you like on…there will be….and keep coming to Crash…it really is a great laugh when you just go with the flow
Cheers everyone…I hope this answers a couple of questions…I know there'll still be people out there not satisfied…sorry!

And ive highlighted bands which i think an average 'alt' kid would know…but its not letting me bold up all my things…so its just got an asterix next to it…sorry bout that!

Ben


May 15, 2005

Top 3

Follow-up to Top 3 from The Land of the Bashmore

Aaaaalrite then music fans…last month we saw a plethora (but the thesaurus down Bashmore) of intriguing choices for everyones Top 3 for April…with quite a heavy Indie slant.
So here we go again…what is everyone's Top 3 songs for this month…can be absolutely anything…and yes I'll even allow Phil Collins (euch i need to cleanse myself now for saying that)
So to kickstart the proceedings….here's my top 3

  1. Best Of You - Foo Fighters
    (listening an average every few hours…i cant help it, i love this song)

  2. The One You Love - Rufus Wainwright
    (this man is superb, such a great songwriter; off his Want Two album)

  3. Pledge of Allegiance - Louis XIV
    (great new US rock band…naughty little song about getting it on with a dirty bird!)

And now over to you folks…can be whatever genre…however old…you never know you might find you're new favourite band listed here…so get posting your Top 3 Folks

Ben


May 13, 2005

The Shakes

No not some cool new band…good name though. Can someone tell me why in the blue hell after i go out drinking (like last night)...the next day (today!) I cant stop shaking! What the hell is causing this…damn you alcomohol and extremely cheap pints of Stella (which was tasting like wee last night)

May 11, 2005

Evils of Revision Lectures

Everyone bangs on to me about how brilliant revision lectures…but you know what, i think they're chuffin useless.
You sit in your room, or the godless sunless place that is the library revising away…and you think you're doing a good job of learning the stuff…

…Then you go to the revision lecture…you sit down, and they start talking about what you should know…and you realise…you have not got a bloody clue what they're on about! All revision lectures do is to make me feel worse about my revision, and brick it more for the exams

Save the hassle and just stay wherever you are revising

I'm sure the lectures find something they have never covered, something which is mentioned only passingly in the book…and then bring it up as the first "Ooh you should all know this by now"...what? This is only the first time you've mentioned this, what are you on about?

Yep revisions going swimmingly for me…4 exams then freedom from education at least


May 06, 2005

The Militant Elvis Party

God why couldnt they have got in
Apparently in their manifesto it included…
"When elected, our MP will go to the Antarctic, stand in front of the icebergs and shout, 'Stop melting you big, white bastards'"

Class

And John Hemming won my constituency at last the very exciting marginal Yardley in Birmingham…well done sir..first time ever i voted Lib Dem


May 04, 2005

Apologies

If you were in the library at around quarter to two this afternoon…
more specifically if you were in the silent study area near the SRC
then I have to apologise for the young chap that you may have seen go mental in the library and seem to have a break down in front of everyone…before scarpering
He was in fact someone sent from the marvellous Ben n Andy Show(now Team Bashmore Show!)to annoy a lot of people…and all the while broadcast live on air.
Radio Gold

May 03, 2005

Reading and Leeds Additions

So to be honest…the lineup for Reading and Leeds this year is awesome…helped by the fact it has the best band in the world playing
THE FOO FIGHTERS wooo
And now more bands have been added, this is whose been added for you Reading and Leeds festival goers this year

HAL, (everyone's on about them…might be worth checking)
Sons And Daughters, (very good band…did the awesome Johnny Cash)
The Rakes (Also good…a good Franz Ferdinand in my opinion)
Art Brut (Over rated guff…how do people like "formed a band"...its poo)
Juliette & The Licks, (some Hollywood-ness with Juliette Lewis playing)
Nine Black Alps, (people are arguing this could be the UK's answer to Nirvana...nevermind that – see what i did there – these are just a good rock band)
The Cribs, (Hey scenesters...this band are very good...check out their first album from last year...part of the Leeds scene )
The Longcut (to be honest aint heard anything by them…Shall's not a fan cus of their hair!)
Editors (yes yes yes…very good band, gotta be checked out)
The Dead 60s (bah…bore me…disappointing when i saw them live)
Blood Brothers(i was in a play called that!)
and a band im really looking forward to seeing: Death From Above 1979, i was really hoping they were added….they are brilliant…just two blokes…bass guitar/drums/weird synth…dirty rock

Bring it on


May 01, 2005

Halle–Bloody–Luiah (if thats how u spell it)

Thats it…finally after two weeks of typing away like a loon…my last ever essay is completed
No more essays left for me…thank Jebus!
5 essays knocked out at last…finishing on some fun fun fun Business Organisations and whatever the chuff Corporate Social Responsibility is!

Now apparently i've got finalist exams in a few weeks….Cheese It!


April 29, 2005

Crash

Ladies and Gentlemen…Boys and Girls…Children of all ages…and those that don't want to be 'pigeonholed'...

Crash is back tonight…9 – 2 in T'Union…and tonight is going to be a very very kickass tonight

Get ready for the X – Fist…cus we have rightful winners of this years Battle of The Bands…the mighty, the uber-tastic

REPLICA X

We also have playing the head thrashingly good IMPERIAL VIPERS

And for those who like their rock medieval…the kickass FIRE OF PROMETHEUS

On Top of that…very excitingly (for me anyway) we'll be playing the new Foo Fighters song "Best of You" …which if you have not heard is fan-fookin tastic

And non-excitingly…I'll be co-DJ'in tonight, instead of just twatting about on the mic…watch me clear the dancefloor with a Foo's b-side!!(only joking)

Indie,Rock, Punk…Genre's who needs'em

CRASH TONIGHT…come n play kids

It's gonna be an ace one!


April 27, 2005

Why Does Everyone Else Sound Cool

Seen a couple of people do this name alias thing…and they got some really cool names.
Now i don't know if i answered it slightly wrong…or i like some really crap stuff…but all my names sound cack…all these aliases would make me sound more of a gimp than i already am (which is quite)
I want to be a rock star…But Im supposed to call myself "Jaffa Cake Cheetah"…how bad is that! Just look how crap my aliases are



Ben James Ashmore's Aliases



Your movie star name: Pickled Onions Norman

Your fashion designer name is Ben Vienna

Your socialite name is Bashmore Birmingham

Your fly girl / guy name is B Ash

Your detective name is Fox Cockshut Hill

Your barfly name is Toast Vodka

Your soap opera name is James Ashdale Grove

Your rock star name is Jaffa Cake Cheetah

Your star wars name is Benbob Ashlou

Your punk rock band name is The Chilled Asparagus

"The Action movie of the year...staring Pickled Onions Norman" Bloody 'ell


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