Rolled into Sheffield on Saturday to do some shopping, and as I looked out the car window I spotted some guy going into his home and it crossed my mind, this is what we humans do. They come out their homes, and do things, then they go back inside – this is one of my rare moments of clarity, where I realise something of significance, I like the analogy of Ants, you know how an ant colony works? All working away, all knowing what they have to do? Perhaps they need to go fix the car, go to the pub or football match, get a newspaper to find out whats going on, or go to work, its all the same really, going out, then going back in. Of course its far more complex and interesting for women, but essentially for men, there’s really not much to it, and no need to question the overall outcomes – of course this may have been a great philosopher, pondering something of great import for us all, but really, that doesn’t matter, he’s still “but an ant” In fact, even the Queen has her role, its just something to do I suppose.
Did you ever wonder what happens to an ant after it dies? Well I googled and it says after a couple of days, they start to smell, so the other ants take the dead one and dump it on the dead ant pile – thats that really!
Well its that time of year I think, where we have to be thankful for xmas and new year – how much more depressing might it be if it weren’t for that annual intrusion into an otherwise shit season. But I’m not depressed, no, not really, well, Ok, I am, horribly depressed, life is appalling, there’s a cat huddled on my lap trying to keep warm, she’s been there for months and I cant move – and she’s depressed too! We all got to wait for the sun to return, and it could be months!
Its at times like this that I would listen to Flash and the Pan. I’m not actually listening to them now, cos I’m actually quite cheerful, I probably wouldn’t listen to them if I was genuinely depressed as such, (under those circumstances I’d probably just go into a cold dark corner and weep)
Anyhow, I been listening to them for a few years, collecting rare CD’s and wondering why an anthology box set isn’t available – About 5 years ago, I was thinking about their hit song Waiting for a Train, and I read that they were former members of the 60’s Ozzy band The Easybeats. Wow, I really like both those songs – then I probably forgot about it, and a year or 2 later, I was thinking what was that band I was gona check out more of their stuff? So anyhow, I did, and it turns out Flash and the Pan done loads of good songs, Loads! They have like 6 albums, and they’re all good!
I’d been meaning to share my love for Flash and the Pan in a blog for a while, but wasn’t sure how to do it, I don’t know how to do them justice – cos they were so good! I’d have to post about 60 songs, cos there’s something about each and every one I like – how extraordinary! I don’t play them all the time, I keep them for a certain mood, or more likely to avoid a certain mood – I don’t have anything else like it.
Flash and the Pan has these 2 members from the Easybeats, but also George Young has 2 brothers who formed rock group AC/DC – thats a whole lot of success for one family! Their music isn’t anything like hard rock, I’ll add a few songs below 🙂
Addendum: I was thinking of this song by them at work this morning, its called “Love is the Gun”
I just like the arrangement of the music on it – but also the lyrics, they’re so existential! I love that!
This one is called Money Don’t Lie
Its rocking one that, but then you get a song like Lights in the Night
“Sitting in the kitchen, Coffee on the boil – Staring at the bacon, goodbye olive oil” Ha, ha, only an Ozzy would come up with a lyric like that! But then later he’s saying “What’s it like in the light? Its easy to believe in lights in the night” I find that so deep – but is he just relating all this to masturbation??
Oh yeah -another hit! Walking in the Rain, Grace Jones had a big hit with this song, but its a Flash and the Pan original!
I could go on and on – there’s only about 3 songs across the 6 albums that I’m not overly fond of! Blimey! 🙂