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I can’t help it, they’re my favourite…

Posted in Music, TV with tags , , , on 12/06/2011 by Jen Healey

I’m sure that you are all a bit fed up of my gushing over Type O Negative and their frontman Peter Steele, but all week long I’ve been driving (many miles) to their last album ‘Dead Again’, which I am in love with completely.  It baffles me that this week is the first time I have listened to it in its entirety!  I’ve just learned that it was released in 2007!  Guess I’m no longer a child-less teenager with hours to devote to music, which is absolutely fine – who would ever want to go back to those years?!  Hell no! 

One song in particular was playing in my head on waking Thursday and is still in there now on Sunday morning.  Here it is… She Burned Me Down

Speaking of favourites, hubby and I are loving the History Channel at the moment.  I can get my fix of the South (of America) most days without having to pop on a True Blood DVD.  Check it out… 

Ax Men – “Here we go!” 

Swamp People – Troy Landry is brilliant!  He just makes me smile.  I would love to have the theme tune for a ring tone! 

Also, there’s Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Storage Wars and – a new series that looks pretty cool – Hardcore Pawn.  TV – sorted! 

 

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RIP Peter Steele

Posted in Gothic, Music with tags , , on 14/04/2011 by Jen Healey

This is (pathetically) quite a tricky post to write.  I don’t really know what to say about the death of Peter Steele, frontman of the awesome gothic metal band Type O Negative, on 14th April 2010 of heart failure, other than it kinda broke my heart a little.  Do I sound like a dopey, pining teenager yet? 

Now I am not professing to be a fanatic here.  I would fail any kind of quiz on Peter Steele/Type O Negative, there is plenty of material that I have not yet given my full attention to and I don’t have any TON tattoos.  But they are my favourite band and probably always will be.  I am thirty after all, and I am yet to find anyone that even comes close to comparing to them. 

I appreciate that not everyone will agree with me that the man was incredibly sexy, but for me he was yummy (in the pre-beard days)!  Factor in his size, pallor, long black hair, and the deep, melting voice singing amazing lyrics – that is a pretty irresistible package (fans will know what I’m talking about when I say size, not just his towering height and physique – naughty pic on google images if you search for Peter Steele).  Also, he was great mates with another band who I listened to repeatedly in my teens – Pantera, who also lost a band mate in an untimely fashion (RIP Dimebag). 

Peter Steele also struck me as a bit of a romantic, it may have been an image created for publicity, but I like to think it was genuine.  After all, he was arrested for a scuffle with a love rival, shows that he cared I guess, albeit in a bit of a misguided way.  A tortured artist too, with the crazy substance abuse that unfortunately seems to always accompany such individuals.  It is always a side-effect of greatness it (depressingly) seems, that the personal lives of the best, most creative people of the world are so miserable and tormented.  Not to mention the obligatory prison-time and psych-ward stay.  Poor guy. 

On the Wikipedia link from his name, on the subject of his death, it states that he had been “enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music”.  Gutting!  As my hubby says, he had so much more to give. 

Follow this link http://www.youtube.com/user/typeonegative?blend=1&ob=4 to watch some “sonic therapy” from Type O Negative.  For added poignancy today I would recommend ‘Everything Dies’, it gives me chills. 

We miss you Pete…

I’m so jealous!

Posted in Music with tags , on 25/02/2011 by Jen Healey

Whilst floating around you tube yesterday I came across and re-watched the following video, mouth agape at this obviously incredibly talented woman from Iceland.  I say re-watched because my hubby has previously found and shown it to me, albeit at a time when I was a little distracted by one of my little people, or both of them, I don’t recall.  It’s too early here at 6am to be coherent.  Anyway, here is what I aspire to play on my humble little 99p piano… 

And the coolest thing about discovering Vika, that’s her name, is that she will cover and provide sheet music for any song you like for 90 euros (however much that is?) from her website http://www.vkgoeswild.com/.  She has a lot of cool songs already covered with sheet music ready to download for a donation of your choice – loads of Metallica and Nine Inch Nails! 

I’m really going to have to learn how to read music.

Gothic

Posted in Music with tags , , on 24/02/2011 by Jen Healey

After reading Caroline‘s blog post ‘A place of sadness’ yesterday and viewing her fantastic pictures, I feel it’s time to take our first steps together into the sub-culture that is Goth.  Don’t worry, I’m not about to start cutting myself or professing to be a vampire.  I have no desire to drink blood or get all maudlin about the bleakness of existence, at least not today – that was a joke! 🙂   Yes, Goths like to laugh too.  I just want to reassure you that we’re not going anywhere that’s too weird, or that reeks of teenage angst-y rebellion that is just trying too hard to be different.  I certainly don’t think I’m misunderstood in that adorably narcissistic way that young ‘uns do when they start wearing black and getting pierced.  I just like what I like, it’s as simple as that, and I’d like to share some of it with you.  

So we’ll begin with music, that’s where it really started for me.  Let me introduce you to, if you’re not already acquainted with, my absolute favourite Goth-metal band ever… Type O Negative. 

A band who entered my life in my very early teens and have tattooed themselves onto my soul.  A little romantic, yes, but their music is worth such sentiment.  Here’s a little taste… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD5No_JRrZw

At about 4 minutes into that video you saw them be very naughty to a piano, but given their general awesomeness, I don’t think I can hold it against them.  Especially given that their frontman, (the very sexy) Peter Steele, sadly died on the 14th of April 2010 at the age of 48 from heart failure. 

I’ll admit to still being sad about that.  His sudden passing makes this next video, which is in my top five favourite Type O songs, all the more beautiful and poignant.  I still get goosebumps. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ3aiM8K6D0&feature=channel

He is certainly missed. 

However, as I said earlier, Goths do like to laugh.  So here’s a video (the last one today) of Type O Negative not taking themselves too seriously…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXIWRan3XGY&feature=channel

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