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You know there aint no street like home
Dundee Stu

You know there ain't no street like home

28 October 2004

I took some time out of my busy schedule to reminisce today. John Peel's death got me to thinking about the music I grew up with, and, as I hadn't listened to most of the stuff for 20 years, I decided to go up to Liam's room, where all my old vinyl and the only remaining record player in the house is. Liam was astonished. He had seen all these big black round things, and he knew that they contained music, but he was perplexed at the rigmarole that had to be gone through to get it to work. What got him most was changing tracks - he wanted to know what button to press. When I told him it had to be done manually, he just looked at me as if I was daft. I sat on the floor surrounded by my old LPs and singles, singing away to the songs like I used to all those years ago. I felt like a teenager again! My favourite bands way back then were The Clash, The Cure, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, Sham 69 [tell us the truth...], and, most of all, Stiff Little Fingers - the gravel voiced screamers from Belfast who sang about how the Troubles prevented anyone from having a normal life. Their songs were full of passion, their lyrics full of rage: 'Stuff their f*****g armies / Killing isn't my idea of fun', and 'They take away our freedom / In the name of liberty'. Their lead singer was a lad called Jake Burns, and he was my absolute idol at the time. I just couldn't get enough of them. Their anthem, though, was called Alternative Ulster, which was announced by a lone guitar riff - slow and simple, like a scream - then the drums kicked in, then Burns's gravel voice, screaming "Nuthin' for us in Belfast / The Pound's so old it's a pity" before imploring his peers to "Get an alternative Ulster / Be an anti-security force / Alter your native Ulster / Alter your native land". That was me, I was on an SLF trip. As I went to pick Liam up from his guitar lesson, I took this photo. In my head I was singing along with Jake Burns: "They want to have me here / Have me and hold me near / Hold me down, fasten and tie / But the cars are all flashing me / Bright lights are passing me / I feel life's passing me by".

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Lee Kindness29-Oct-2004 13:12
and it's got the curve of vinyl too!
Rannoch Moor29-Oct-2004 11:43
Don't forget to turn right !
Zak29-Oct-2004 09:29
ahhh memoriessss :-)
Dominic Kite29-Oct-2004 09:10
Nicely done Stu - and a great narrative - I think I'll download some SLF samples this evening!
Jude Marion29-Oct-2004 05:25
Gorgeous abstraction, Stu!
Dave (doon the road) 29-Oct-2004 03:56
Nice pic - reminds me of one at
Guest 29-Oct-2004 02:58
Nice picture! :)
Karen Leaf29-Oct-2004 02:48
Must say I was thinking, "Who?" but the reminsencing goes beyond generations.
Appropos shot!
jude29-Oct-2004 02:32
I think you've been taking driving lessons from me Stewart..LOL.. but i have a feeling my roads are less full therein making camera driving safer. BE CAREFUL.. this is a great pic.. love the light in it..
So did Liam like the music?
Larry Ahern29-Oct-2004 01:55
I was in 'frisco with the Dead, The Airplane and such ... I miss it too.
Si Kirk29-Oct-2004 00:48
nice photo, i think kids have missed on probably the best era of music ever i was more of a black flag, dead kennedy, flipper and minor threat follower.
Autumn Sky28-Oct-2004 23:47
Sound like a fun trip down memory lane... love the reaction about changing LP tracks... a lot has changed. I too still have many LPs, though I have found that with each move my collection has dwindled. BTW, this image is very creative... an excellent abstract. Bravo.
Pedro Libório28-Oct-2004 23:05
I see you had a great day...fantastic music, returning to memories...that is quite nice to do once in a while!!!
Carmen28-Oct-2004 22:20
Joy Division and New Order? Love this shot; very abstract-looking.
northstar3728-Oct-2004 22:15
'Save the whale, save the whale, save the whale', that was one of hers...
Robin Reid28-Oct-2004 21:45
How about Enya?
laine8228-Oct-2004 21:40
Oh, & there's Sheena Easton & Bay City Rollers !!
Elaine (etfitz)28-Oct-2004 21:33
Some of my husbands favorite albums are in your collection. He loves punk rock and will occasionaly torture the rest of us :) Nice image.
laine8228-Oct-2004 21:33
Then there's ABBA...!!
northstar3728-Oct-2004 21:23
Or the Carpenters...
northstar3728-Oct-2004 21:22
A nice bit of Mantovani is what you need ;-)