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One line thoughts of the day.

45 years ago today, on Friday 13th Feburary 1970, Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album. Just like King Crimson’s “In The Court of the Crimson King” a few months earlier, it was an album that sounded quite unlike anything that had come before, and launched a whole new genre of music. Has any album remotely as groundbreaking as those two been released in the past decade?

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Kiss’ “The Elder” is not regarded as one of their finest albums. But although even the band themselves consider it a failure, they should be applauded for at least attempting something outside their comfort zone. Far too many bands don’t; they find a successful formula and stick with it. Experiments don’t always work, but you wonder what a band like Iron Maiden might achieve had they ever attempted something radically different.

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Tommy Vance’s last recorded words were “If you really want to liven up a shepherd’s pie, just add one Oxo cube while browning the mince”. And so, as Rock and Metal fans, we do this in memory of him.

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“My Tribe, Right or Wrong” is a really bad cultural anti-pattern.

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With the news that Toblerone is to be made in Birmingham at the same factory that makes Creme Eggs, I’m beginning to wonder if this will become the chocolate equivalent of Interbrew’s lager.

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So, American right-wingers are robustly defending a group of French Communists, while others who identify as liberals are making excuses for the religious fundamentaists who murdered them? Have I just woken up in Bizarro-World?

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The Sneakiest Way Prosecutors Get a Guilty Verdict – Yet more proof that PowerPoint is responsible for the decline in Western Civilisation.

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I wonder what would happen if everyone started trusting their ears rather than restricting their music listening to whatever has been validated by industry-appointed tastemakers? How many sections of the music biz would just collapse?

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Combine The Garden Bridge with the Edinburgh Tram Saga, and imagine the worst-case civic scenario: Boris Johnson as Mayor of Edinburgh. A chief executive with a love of grandiose but completely useless vanity projects leading an administration that can’t project manage itself out of a wet paper bag. What could possibly go wrong?

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The news that Muse are to headline Download Festival 2015 has predictably drawn out the tribal idiots of the rock world. If The Prodigy can headline the same festival, and Metallica can headline Glastonbury, then a band as over the top and bombastic as Muse ought to go down a storm at Britain’s premier metal festival. Surely people can remember “Knights of Cydonia“?

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