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Writer's Block: Singles Awareness Day

I neither love nor hate Valentine's day.  Considering I can count the number of cards I've ever received on less than the number of fingers on one hand, I can honestly say I can take it or leave it.

Writer's Block: Band on the run

Which song associated with musician Paul McCartney is your favorite, and why?
While I'm not a Beatles "fan", there are a large number of tracks that I love, but "Come Together" is my favourite. That bass line just blows me away every time I hear it.

The Charnel House Playlists April 9th 2011

Charnel House Playlist March 9th 2011





Mono Inc. - Admiration Hill

Beauty Of Gemina – Rumours

The Chapman Family – Something I Can't Get Out

Luxury Stranger – NMQP

Ulterior – Big City, Black Rain

Dommin – My Heart, Your Hands

Within Temptation – Sinead

Delain – Stay Forever

The Dreamside – Open Your Eyes

Zeromancer – V

XP8 – Luv Your Dolly

Apoptygma Berzerk – Trash



The Necromancer


Within Temptation – Empty Eyes

Blutengel – Uber De Horizone

Epica – Beyond Belief

Nightwish – Whoever Brings This Night

Katira – One Wish Away

Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl

Martin Kesici – Hang On

Depeche Mode – I Feel You





Inkubus Sukkubus – Heart Of Lillith

The Cruxshadows – Cassandra (Ego Likeness Remix)

The March Violets – You're So Pretty

Faith And The Muse – Battle Hymn

Romance – Paris Is Burning

O Children – Dead Disco Dancer

The Last Cry – Haunting Me

Suspiria – Night Time

New Model Army – Bittersweet

Lords Of The New Church – Lord's Prayer

The Men Who Would Not be Blamed For Nothing – A Traditional Gentleman's Boasting Song





Action Directe – Singing For The Clampdown

Project Pitchfork – Timekiller

Angelspit – Elixir (Tenth Stage Remix)

Vast – Pretty When You Cry

Avoid Kharma – The Worst Day

Deathboy – Cheapshot

Pitchshifter – Hidden Agenda (Remix)

Rob Zombie – Dragula

The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)

Faderhead – Dirtygrrls/Dirtybois

Combichrist vs Lady Gaga – This Poker Face Will F**k You Up

Pain – Same Old Song



Necromancer Vs Vulnavia


Miss Constitution – F**k You Bitch

The Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion

Absolute Reflection – The Great Depression

Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf

(Unknown Mash-up)

Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me (Right Round)





London After Midnight – Kiss

Siouxsie And The Banshees – Dazzle

The Damned – Shadow Of Love

Spear Of Destiny – Never Take Me Alive

Bauhaus – Passion Of Lovers

The Velvet Underground – Venus In Furs

The Sisters Of Mercy – First And Last And Always

Mobiles – Drowning In Berlin

The Passions – I'm In Love With A German Film Star

Joy Division – Dead Souls

The Smiths – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want





Snakeskin – Waking A Lie

O.M.D. - Enola Gay

Alice Cooper – Poison

The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down To Georgia

Madness – House Of Fun

Echo And The Bunnymen – People Are Strange

Sid Vicious – My Way

Placebo – Pure Morning

David Bowie – Jean Genie

Where, oh where....

Has the cutlery gone?

And surely "diced" pork usually means chunks that are less than three square inches in size???

Writer's Block: Arts v. smarts

Given the choice, would you prefer to be a world-class (visual or performing) artist or an intellectual genius? Which, in your opinion, would facilitate a more fulfilling career and social life?

Can I not be both?

After all, i've been performing in one sense or another for longer than I can remember.

OK. I might not class as "genius", but a lot of my other pastimes can be seen as fairly intellectual, and they pretty much go hand in hand towards fulfilling my idea of a more fulfilling career and social life.


8th Oct, 2009

 I really should get in the habit of posting more....

Meanwhile - entertain yourselves whilst I try to resist the temptation of chucking my effects unit out of the window!!!  I've lost count of the hours I've been fiddling around with the damn thing, and I'm still not happy ... and I'm still trying to finish the first set....

The idea is - if, for any reason, I need to use a backup instead of the amp Jon has kindly lent me for the duration of my time in the band, or any venue we play actually offers me an amp to use (instead of lugging one up/down stairs or through the venue), then I've got the effects I need to hand with me.

Although, as the effects unit has stereo outputs, I could always be greedy & use two amps onstage...  yay for big noise!!!

Writer's Block: AKA

What's the story behind your username?
Ages ago, when I was between personal internet connections, I was signng up to various forums - I was going to give myself a similar username, but then chris Cornell & Tom Morello et al released their first album as Audioslave.

So I reaced for the first thing that came to mind as an alternative, and ended up with a username that sounded more like I was addicted to rapidly moving blue hedgehogs...


I'm gonna stop worrying about the weather.

I had a rehearsal last night at the Pigpen practice rooms near Hartlepool - a converted pig farm. Dring the day I'd found myself praying more and more fervently that a) the ice wasn't too bad, and b) the car park wasn't turning into a quagmire.

So I get there, closely followed by my fellow band members, and promptly get stuck on the ice at the gate. 

After managing to get through on the third attempt, before the gate losed on me, I got confused and turned left too early - partia;lly due to the wagon parked ahead of me.  At the same moment I realised my  I got caught on another patch of Ice, which stopped me in my tracks and also prevented me reversing out into the entry road.  My only option, try to turn the van around before I ran out of gravel and get a run at the ice patch.  Here's where it gets fun.

The gravelled section is as wide as the van - although you can't see that under the ice and in the dark, so, sure enough, I'm now in a field that appears to be immune to freezing temperatures.  And getting rapidly bogged in.

Jon and Mark, barely managing to stay upright on ice, make their way over and after repeated attempts have to admit defeat. 

We get another band to agree to try and help n they finish rehearsing, and go and make the best of the practise as we can.  Come 10:00, there are now 6 people pushing the van, and me inside trying desperately to get it out.  At one point, we thought we'd done it.  The van crept forwards, then, after showering Jon in a load of mud in a Carry On Camping ind of way, fell into the ruts created by the front wheels.  After this, it was going nowhere.

End result, lock the van up overnight, and crash at Jon's overnight (who ended up travelling home in his boxers)...

Fast forward to this morning - Mark brings me back to the pigpen, where, thankfully, we meet a farmer and his daughter who kindly agree to extricate the van with their tractor.  It appears that this is a common occurence and they have it down to a tee.

In daylight, it looks even worse, especially after the warmest night in 2 weeks, and what appears to have been some heavy rain.  The field is now a swamp, and the van has sunk to the rims.

I can't thank everyone enough who helped us out, especially the farmer who made towing us out look easy, and who modestly refused the £20 I offered him, asking instead for just a tenner if I insisted on paying him .

So, I'm finally home, just had breakfast, the van's caked, and all I want now is a long hot bath.  Roll on the gig on Friday!!

Writer's Block: Goal!

Goooooooooaaaaaaaaalllllll! Today marks the anniversary of football (soccer) star Pele's 1000th goal. Why has professional footie never caught on in the United States?
From what I've been hearing, footie has caught on in the US - to an extent.  There will never be the "Professional" exposure that "Soccer" has in the rest of the world because there is far too much money invested in the rest of the American sporting events.  However, the game is played extensively across the States...


I’ve been watching Masterchef: The Professionals. Not because of the usual blokey thing of “it’ll inspire me to go and whisk up an omelette” sense, but in the “I’m too broke to comfort eat, so I’ll watch people cooking instead” kind of way.

Now, its getting a bit samey - Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef, etc… So I got thinking...

What we really need is Celebrity Chef Masterchef!!!

I’ve got episode 1 planned - Delia Smith, Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver competing against each other. The Beeb could make this one interactive as well. “Just press the red button to place your bets on who wallops who first, with which implement, and how hot it is.”

Then, we could have the Masterchef: The Professionals Comic Relief/Children In Need (delete as appropriate) episode, where Bodie, Doyle and Cowley compete to find out who makes the best meal in the local nick canteen, using the best ingredients that you would find in a police station in the Seventies….

I really need to get out more….