History? An ex-art student of the 60's, scooter Mod, Notting Hill hippy, music industry ligger/circumstantial album cover & clothing designer, dweller of Middle Earth; the Revolution; Marquee; Tiles; Dingwalls; 100 Club; Roundhouse; Ricky-Tick; The Pheasantry; Villa dei Cesari; et al, ad agency art director, petrol-head & food snob.

Meanwhile, deep in the Batcave of Chateau Swagski...
Packaging, Formats & Terminologies

Religion? Played most of them. Some tracks I like. Best number so far is 'Creeds Divide God's Children'. When I die I shall probably go to Heaven, because I'm already residing on planet Hell, to paraphrase the old Vietnam war motto.

Conflict? Let's make music, not war.

Drugs? Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug- probably, although Don Van Vliet's quote of "Love Over Gold" (Lebanese or otherwise) is more my cup of tea in getting high on life itself.

Music? Food? Sex? Three forms of excellent and interchangeable gratification, preferably with an agreeable partner. See Nelly Furtado (I should be so lucky...)

Records? I tend to hoard them, rather than collect them or sell them. My taste is pretty broad, although some country & western is bottom of the list. It's a bit too predictable.

Ratings? If you wish to put the obvious implications of the 5-star rating to one side for a moment and listen to the recordings I've rated, you may prefer to wear the following clothing whilst so doing;
1. Pants.
2. Brown Corduroys (or Brown Pleated Skirt)
3. Casuals, or Zoot Suit
4. Birthday Suit
5. Holy Vestments (God of your choosing)



My preferred listening probably says more about me than anything else. However, my daily routine is controlled by a flux capacitor, fueled by social deviation in governmental & musical cultures, geared to the Hopituh Shi-nu-mu lunar calendar, so my tastes could go back to the future at a moment's notice:

It's not what I like. It's what you like that counts...

Like food, music needs lots of love, devotion and energy packed into it to taste good to the ears. Many of today's releases do for music what Dr Crippen did for his wife.

"Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism".
Hunter S. Thompson
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