Be Alert, Britain Needs Lerts
We seem to be in the age of government by marketing slogan. No, I don't know how you can be alert to a virus sneaking up on you, but hopefully you are all managing to dodge infection one way or another. If you want a better slogan, my best suggestion is to follow the advice in this Queen song, "Keep Yourself Alive" which comes with a great video montage too.
Strangely enough, when I tried to watch that video, YouTube insisted on showing me an advert for funeral directors which seemed in rather poor taste. Well, that's artificial intelligence and capitalism for you.
Loud, chaotic, and heiroglyphic,.... that's Beaverfuel for you
Some of you might have spent the week watching Sophie Ellis-Bextor dancing around her living room in a lockdown disco. If you like videos of slick, note-perfect, polished and professional performances, bass players with dazzling dance moves, deep and meaningful lyrics, and the greatest and best love song you will ever hear, you might want to look away now, because this week I've found some footage of the squeaking, swearing, and gurning Beaver Fuel. In February 2019 they came to our rescue late in the day to headline our Klub Kakofanney show, and really rocked the Wheatsheaf with a performance which was loud, chaotic, and huge fun. Bonus points if you can translate the hieroglyphics on their set list.
This hasn't been a good time for grass roots music and we are still some way from pubs opening again and gigs restarting, but with the relaxation of lockdown rules this week, there is a glimmer of light on the horizon, and we'll be back one day. Until then, please try to keep up with the social distancing, and remember, Keep Yourself Alive.