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Makings of a Maniac

Seriously, you need to check this out. The first single from Makings Of A Maniac.

Dan &Sam (otherwise known as Phat Buddha & Dolly G) performing Crit-Hop

“Exclusion is predicated on having role”


The idea for the trilogy was suggested by an older man telling that he didn’t think life was ruled by love, or reason, or money, or the pursuit of happiness — but by fear. This smart-but cynical guy’s position was that most people’s actions are motivated by fear of being hungry, fear of being hurt, fear of being alone, fear of being robbed, etc., and that people don’t make choices based on hope that something good will happen, but in fear that something bad will happen.

I reacted to this the way all of us tend to react to generalities: “Well, I’m not like that!” But then I started thinking about it more, watching the way people around me behaved, and I soon realised that there was something to this viewpoint, So I sketched out the three “theaters of fear,” as I saw them: how fear works inside us (“The Enemy Within”), how fear is used against us (“The Weapon”), and how fear feeds the mob mentality (“Witch Hunt”).

As it happened, the last theme was easiest to deal with, so it was written first, and consequently appeared first on record, and the other two followed in reverse order for the same reason

Neil Peart on the “Fear” trilogy by Rush, still an interesting philosophy

It was 15 years ago today…

Well not quite. I used to play in a band called Device and to be honest we weren’t that good. We only played live a few times, but did manage to get airplay on Radio 1. We’d tried doing covers but really couldn’t do them that well. For example the first gig we played on the third song we all started playing different songs to each other and the crowd didn’t even notice – all three of them. After about a year the Skreemin’ Abdabs broke up after an arguement about ‘creative differences’.

Anyway the guitarist and myself decided to form a new band – Device (various spellings – DeVice, De Vice, D’vice etc). To get over our lack of playing ability we decided Continue reading It was 15 years ago today…