Creative destruction, Moog-style

Moog have announced a limited re-release of three of their big modular synths from the 70s: the System 55, the System 35, and the Model 15. They’ve been lovingly re-created, conforming to the original product specifications, and using the original manufacturing processes (such as ye olde hand-wiring).

So what are you going to do about it? You’re going to buy me the System 55, that’s what. It’s only $35 000, so don’t be stingy, have a whip-around and get me one before some one-fingered investment banker who thinks he’s God’s gift to electronic music blows his bonus on it, before losing interest three days later.

In return I promise to take it on stage, play some amazing solos, and then stick knives in it so it makes funny noises and then blows up. Not even Keith Emerson stuck knives into his Moog modular (I think — or did he?)

If you can’t stretch to the System 55 then at least get me the Model 15 (a snip at at $10k), so as not to embarrass yourself and to prevent any funny looks at the club. Come on, 10k is just pocket money, so stop pulling that face.

If you really insist on spinning me some sob story about how money is tight and you’ve had to sell off another yacht then I’ll also settle for you just buying a CD, okay, spare me the details, just buy the CD, but bear in mind that Jake’s vintage guitar collection doesn’t grow on trees. (Made out of trees, sure, quite a lot of them in fact, but someone has to make them, preferably 50 years ago.)

Taken by the Tide on tour next week (end of August)

Our drummer Ed also plays in a hardcore prog metal band called Taken by the Tide. They’ve got the first track on Metal Hammer’s cover CD this month. They’re on tour next week (the last week of August), so if you’re into the heavier side of things go check them out. They’re playing Manchester, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Swansea, Bristol, Belper and Brighton.

Check out their Facebook page for tour dates.

Rob Madin covers (believe it or not) a 1973 Genesis song

How is it that these things have come together? I’m a massive fan of satirical musical genius Rob J. Madin (creator of YouTube sensation Brett Domino). And then he goes and does a cover of a Genesis song from Selling England By The Pound. It’s ‘More Fool Me’, admittedly not a very proggy song, but still, what a combo.

As one of the commentators notes, the production is done in such a way that you can really hear that it’s a Phil Collins song.

Great night at the CRS!

Well done to the Classic Rock Society for their annual awards night for 2014, some of us went up there and had a great time. The CRS seems to be doing well again with the new team.

We got to chat and drink with some people we admire, including Steve Hackett, Nick Barrett from Pendragon (an old friend of Honey and Lava’s bassist Steve Kightley), some of the Big Big Train guys, Stephen Lambe, Andy from DeeExpus, and the singers from Alchemy after they finished, who all turned out to be a fascinating bunch (and possibly more people too but it was all getting bit hazy after Nick bought one last round of large whiskies).

I’m looking forward to going to a few more gigs at the CRS this year, they’ve certainly got things going again up North.