PUSH BUTTON, AUTOMATIC

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spent most of my afternoon at work pondering, with an image not too dissimilar to the one above being most prevalent in my minds eye.

been asked a question today of which i have searched for an answer for such a long time. fair pained over it at times to be honest.

don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing serious like the answer to the ultimate question (which we all know is 42) but a question that has nonetheless stumped me for an age.  

 

and i think i have it beaten. maybe.

i have given an answer to the person that posited it this aft, and currently i eagerly await their considered view on my reply.

watch this space pop pickers!

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OUT ON THE STREETS

i got a new ride this year. meet Pauline.

she is an AJS Modena.

i love her.

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here she is with my other love.

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she looks a bit different now. she’s had a fly screen

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and a few vinyls put on.

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we’ve been getting about a bit now that the good weather is here

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even managed to get out for a 200 mile run with my old friend Dave, aka Old Fart last weekend for the first time in about three years.

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which was a perfect warm up for the 117 mile run to Scooter & Ska Rally this coming weekend. she’ll be fully loaded!

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i’ll let you know how that goes.

ttfn. sime.

BUT I’M DIFFERENT NOW

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SO I HAVEN’T BEEN HERE SINCE LAST JUNE…..

i have decided to start to blog again. not sure why, just a feeling. may be that it will be cathartic to do so. i figured if i need to vent, better here instead of at home.

so much has happened since, some good, some bad. i’ll let you in on a few of the good things. the bad ones can stay away.

the dj-ing lark has gone beyond my wildest dreams. do the radio still, trying to get back into doing a weekly wednesday morning show. i have done a few, it’s ok when i am sat there, it’s just the getting to the sitting there part. i am the same when it comes to doing owt around the house. takes me forever to start, but when i do i can’t stop.

the live dj-ing is another thing altogether. last time i was here i was about to play at the first Santa Pod “Back With Mods” Scooter & Ska Rally. it could not have gone better. the selecter, bad manners, small fakers, and many more played to a big crowd.

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my sets went down well too, to the extent that i was asked to play this years, and i am already booked for NEXT YEAR too.

but back to this year….

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once again i have the honour of being on the main stage for the whole of friday afternoon, and then between the bands on the saturday afternoon.

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also, this year i am going down on two wheels. NEW two wheels. i still have Emily the PX but she now has a sister.

meet Pauline the AJS MODENA

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not only am i riding her there, but she is going into the custom show too!

the enemy and the boy will be there too. they really enjoyed it last year. look! smiles all round!

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the enemy wearing my parka!

what else?

oh yes, i was guest dj at the sheffield quadrophenia night, i have done more Rock & Roll Lounge gigs (every time i play it as one of the RARL djs) played my hometown, been support dj for a gig where Substitute and The Small Fakers were playing.

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was asked to dj at the north london leg of march of the mods

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and as such Rock & Roll Lounge are now hosting the Sheffield leg in 2015.

erm….

me and the boy have had season tickets fro the super reds down at oakwell. loved every single minute of having him at the side of me. taught him some new words pmsl, and we’ve been toa few local away matches also. highlight for me had to be after our (extremely unfair) loss to the our nearest rivals down the road he mturned to me, tears in his eyes and said 2you know what dad, forget man utd, it’s barnsley all the way for me now”. so proud. we looked a bit happier earlier in the day.

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but no, it’s been an absolute joy to go to the games with him. and despite the fact that, as i write this, it looks like we will be relegated in two weeks, he has already affirmed his wish to renew his season ticket. top lad.

i channelled my inner Phill Jupitus too this year

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uncanny huh?

i co-wrote a song! oh yes, that is true. an off the cuff remark to a local legend and musician Scott Doonican had me penning lyrics and next thing there it was! a song dedicated to the rather special toilets behind the old west stand at oakwell (also the name of the new fanzine for BFC)

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take a look HERE and maybe download the single. it’s all for charity….

also helped fund a Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican lp, which in turn got my name on it!

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bought some records…. LOTS of records. i’m a self confessed vinyl junkie

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there was one more thing…. now what was it?

oh aye, got a text from a certain Mr A. Lewis and asked if i’d like to go backstage at Paul Weller’s Manchester Apollo gig and finally meet him and have a drink (Andy, not PW).

well i aint going to turn that down, especially as we have chatted for the last few years yet never actually met face to face.

so we finally did. (forgive the pic, it was taken on a dodgy phone by the enemy)

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a true gentleman, and a pleasure to get to chat and share a bottle of red.

so yeah. thats about it. pretty much up to date.

been a long un today. the rest probably won’t be. but i promise i shall try to write more.

honest.

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for now,

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sime

IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? IS THIS JUST FANTASY?

I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU REMEMBER ME TALKING ABOUT THE ROCK & ROLL LOUNGE.

it’s something i became a part of last october/november time. since then i have played almost every gig they have done. to the extent that “they” are now “we”. the radio side of my dj-ing has taken a back seat whilst this has happened, something i keep promising MYSELF that i will return to in time, doing proper shows, not just replaying what i played at TR&RL gigs.

but i digress…

as the R&RL we have played sheffield, securing a monthly residency (to great acclaim) at The Frog And Parrot.

and anyone who knows me, knows how much sights like those below will bring a huge smile to my face!

rows of scooters outside a pub where i am playing? that alone is a dream come true! (thanks to the lads at the Trojan Drinking Club for that. you’ve a happy new member lads)

we’ve also played manchester’s northern quarter regularly, and even been as far as birkenhead. always on the look out for more gigs*, the boss man was asked if we were available do the following….

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of course, he said yes, then asked me along for the ride. what? was i going to turn it down? then a couple of weeks ago, he informed me that he was unable to attend, and would i do it alone? would i? hell yes!

so this weekend, i AM The Rock & Roll Lounge. and what am i doing?

well, take a look at this:

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yes, wherever it says R&RL on there, that’s me.

MAIN STAGE!

3 HOUR SET FRIDAY

BETWEEN BANDS SATURDAY

SAME STAGE AS

BAD MANNERS

THE SELECTER

THE CHORDS

NEVILLE STAPLES

AND MORE

ME!

how surreal? 14 months ago i was dj-ing online in my bedroom and at a friends birthday party (cheers Polly). now i am sharing the stage with some of my musical idols!

i am totally buzzing, cannot wait! guest tickets for the enemy and the boy, passes, tent in the staff section, hospitality, the full works!

details for tickets etc at http://www.backwithmods.co.uk

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but that isn’t the end of it.

i have also been asked to be part of this!

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QUADROPHENIA

NIGHT SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY

7th SEPTEMBER

i shall be doing a full vinyl ska/reggae/2tone set for the last hour.

two live bands, dj’s, the film, mod heaven!

tickets are available. £11.25 for the night, inc booking fees.

tickets and the dates of other nights on the tour:

HERE

* anyone wanting to book The Rock And Roll Lounge, get in touch and i can pass you on to the main man.

(EVEN GOT EMILY INVOLVED)

I MUST END THIS POST AND THANK THE MANY MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN GETTING ME THIS FAR:

firstly the enemy and the boy. without her telling me constantly i have the abilty to do it, i would still be sat here dreaming.

secondly to Polly who gave me my first gig. best birthday party ever!

i MUST include the R&RL boss man, as he gave me my chance when i was disheartened after failures to launch at a local bar. that 1st night at The Washington pub in sheffield where he duped me into playing full vinyl sets… and then took me under his wing. J.M. i owe you big time. we have had some ups and downs these last 10 months or so, but i have come out smiling every time. onwards and upwards. we will succeed.

to absent friends. thank you too. you may not be around any more, and i DO miss you, but one day we will be drunk together again.

and to all those that dance themselves crazy to the tunes i play. your smiles alone a reason to do what i do.

cheers folks.

see you out there

barnsley sime.

GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL TO DO NOTHING*

*well, THIS actually.

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yup, the third installment of Rock And Roll Lounge’s alldayers is happening on saturday.
this time we take over the Jam Bar in Birkenhead. from 3pm to 3am.
we’ve already been booked for two more. Good Friday back at The Frog And Parrot in Sheffield, then to Cord Bar in the northern quarter in Manchester.
good times.
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sime.