of 4th - 10th June 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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midnight on Thursday, local time, here in Pattaya
by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 14th June 2018
Happy Times at Jameson's.
David Bowie – The Rise & Fall Of The Spider From Mars
When this album was released in 1972, it was nearly the cause for this Dog to dye his hair fluorescent orange and effect blue eye shadow. Fortunately a stout collar and lead were put in place before this manifestation took place. But none the less this album had a profound effect on the history of Rock ‘n' Roll. In soccer parlance, this album took Bowie from a relegation candidate in Division Three to Premier League Champions in the blink of a massacred eye.
When Bowie created Ziggy Stardust, he created a monster that would take him on one of the most exciting roller-coaster rides in the history of the entertainment industry.
The songs that Bowie wrote for this album were his strongest so far. Also, by taking the heavy rock from the previous year's, Man Who Sold The World and the power pop of Hunky Dory, which was only six months old, he created the perfect concept album. Bowie then had the musical nuance to pick the perfect musicians to make his dreams of Stardom come true. With the band standing satin-trousered beside Bowie, Mick Ronson tore every ounce of emotion from his guitars. This pushed Bowie's songs into another dimension. Listen to the gut wrenching savagery of Moonage Day Dream,the guitar solo at the end of which has often been imitated but never bettered, the glittering riffs in the title track, and the sheer unadulterated, irresistible boogie of Suffragette City. This makes you realize that Bowie could never have done this without the platinum haired Spider from Hull Mick Ronson .
The lyrics are thrust in your face and rammed down your throat. Then there are Bowie's excursions into the future, such as the image heavy Star Man (“He'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds.”). This is followed by the album's final number, Rock ‘n' Roll Suicide, which also closed the live set, with the vocalist entreating the audience to ‘hold' him before he's taken away.
Nevertheless, Bowie would soon tire of the Ziggy Persona (splitting up the Spiders at the peak of their powers). This dramatic music with its swaggering saxophones, rough edged guitars, tinkling piano, bombastic drumming and it's crisp production cut a swath through the music industry. It created its own category of glam rock and also changed fashion forever.
The concerts were amazing but you had to have the music and this album was full of cutting-edge songs that hold up decades later.
Climb into your platform boots, shake out your spandex and, as the Leper Messiah preached, “Let your imagination soar”.
Tracks Listing :
1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Moonage Daydream
5. It Ain't Easy
6. Lady Stardust
8. Hang Onto Yourself
9. Ziggy Stardust
10. Suffragette City
11. Rock ‘N' Roll Suicide.
Artists. David Bowie - Vocals, and Acoustic Guitars.
Mick Ronson - Guitar and production.
Trevor Bolder - Bass guitar and the Most Specacular Side Burns ever seem
Woody Woodmansy - drums.
Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells who can be found in another time warp at Jameson's The Irish Pub, Soi Ar, North Pattaya.
Peter Banks – Instinct
This superb, but alarmingly underrated guitarist has a fine pedigree. First coming to notice in the mid sixties in a wonderful flower power band call Syn with a certain Chris Squires on bass, then joined by vocalist Jon Anderson they became the marvelously monikered Mabel Greer's Toy Shop, finding this a bit of a mouthful, and with the addition of Tony Kaye on keyboards & Bill Bruford on drums, they found instant international acclaim as Yes.
Two wonderful albums followed “Yes” and “Time and a Word” at this point Peter Banks was booted out, due to his ambitions of entertaining an audience rather than trying to educate them. It was after a performance at the Marquee that Mott became a fan, always wanting to have fun and getting a good reaction from the Audience. Watch Dear Father from 1970 on Youtube to get the full might of early Yes. To this day, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, and Trevor Rabin have made a career out of copying Bank's trademark guitar licks.
Peter Banks went on to form Flash who released 3 respectable albums, once described as “Yes music played by Thunder and Lightning”, before being swamped by bad management and punk rock. After spending the eighties mainly in session work and looking for suitable musicians to work with, Peter Banks went solo in the nineties with this enchanting album Instinct.
From the opening rippling guitar chords of opening cut No Place Like Home to the final bell which closes the album your ears are held in thrall by this maestro of the six string.
An Instrumental album, it always holds your attention by it's diversity and humour. You will have to listen to the music to get that.
Satriani, Vai, and Co would give their eye teeth to put out such a fine collection of fretwork and tunes.
The two central passages are track 4, Sticky Wickets played on a midi guitar synthesizer, which starts out funky, and then turns itself inside out to reach a shattering climax.
Before you have time to push the repeat button Banks is off again with track 5, Short Comings totally excessive and not at all Jazzy with a relentless four in the bar , the night of a thousand guitars with Peter Banks the fastest guitar slinger in town.
The final track is Never The Same a moving tribute to Peter Banks's late mother. Never has such a beautiful piece of music been played on the electric guitar.
If you hear this music, like me I'm sure you will be mystified why Peter Banks did not become an international star.
The album cover and the inside sleeve notes are worth the price of the C.D alone so you cannot lose.
Dogs have superb instinct, trust this dogs instinct, and add this Instinct to you collection, you won't regret it.
Tracks Listing :
1. No Place Like Home
2. All Points South
4. Sticky Wicket
5. Short Comings
6. Code Blue
8. Animal Mundi
9. Swamp Report
10. Instinctive Behavior
11. Dominating Factor
12. Never The Same
Other CD's by Peter Banks
1. Self Contained
3. Two Sides of Peter Banks
4. Can I Play You Something
Written by Mott The Dog of Jameson's, The Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.
SOUTHERNERS WIN A HAT TRICK OF PCC SUPER 8'S TITLES
In bright and breezy conditions, a change from the recent rain, Pattaya Cricket Club hosted the annual Super 8's tournament at the Thai Polo Ground.
Eight teams from all over Thailand competed in an 8 a side cricket tournament over two days. With two groups of 4 teams the top two teams qualified for the Cup semi finals whilst the bottom two teams played in the Bowl semi finals.
Southerners, the reigning champions, were incredibly upset by a buoyant British Club who bowled and batted superbly in the opening fixture of Group A. However, they were brought back down to earth by the host team Pattaya CC in their next game and when the Asian Stars comprehensively defeated the hosts and Southerners reasserted their authority with a victory over Asian Stars it meant each team had won and lost a game. The group of death had materialised with everything on the line going into the final round of group games. The Southerners beat Pattaya CC and Asian Stars defeated the now deflated British Club as the two victors qualified for the Cup semi finals.
Group B, although not as close, provided some very entertaining cricket including the tournament's first tied game between Chiang Mai and Asia United. The Royal Bangkok Sports Club secured two opening victories against a willing Siam CC to secure a Cup semi final berth. With Chiang Mai and Asia United each finishing with a win, loss and tie bonus points ensured Asia United finished runners up in the group and take the second semi final berth.
The Bowl semi finals saw Navid retire 32 not out for Chiang Mai against Pattaya CC that provided the base for a comfortable run chase and the British Club bowlers were too strong for Siam CC as they secured their place in the final.
The highlight in the Cup semi finals was Daniel's 36 not out against RBSC from only 9 deliveries as the Southerners amassed a huge 100 runs from their 7 overs to win easily by 38 runs. In the other Cup semi final Asian Stars produced a fine all round performance to defeat Asia United who unfortunately lost a key batsman to a badly cut hand whilst fielding that required 10 stitches and consequently they could not achieve the required run rate despite Hansie's best efforts.
With much anticipation and the beer tent filling with supporters the British Club batted first in the Bowl Final. The Chiang Mai bowlers were exceptional and restricted the batsmen to just the occasional boundary as the British Club could manage only 58 runs. The star bowler was Choo, a 17 year old Thai lad. In reply, Chiang Mai lost the in-form Navid early but was replaced by Champ, another Thai lad, whose composure belied his age and his 24 not out secured the Bowl trophy and the Man of the Final award.
The last game of the tournament was the Cup Final between the Southerners and Asian Stars. Southerners elected to bat first and it was Heno who was the star performer with a masterful retirement of 32 not out backed up by Daniel and the captain Grove as the Southerners posted an imposing 90 runs. Asian Stars were undaunted in their chase as Dimple and Darmesh dispatched balls to all parts of the ground. Both fell just before the retirement score of 31 runs but Bilal and Sam maintained the charge. The game changing over came when Daniel conceded just 9 runs in the sixth over and the Asian Stars eventually fell 13 runs short of their target.
The Man of the Final award went to Heno whilst the Man of the Tournament award was given to the very impressive Daniel who had a fantastic weekend with both bat and ball.