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Me and catnik are working on something that I've wanted to do for a while now. A role-playing game set in early-eighties Britain, focusing on London as Thatcher sweeps into power and doesn't let go. A whirlwind ride through times that saw war, taxes and a true lunatic at the head of my country. Yeah, it's going to have it's share of weirdness. I cant' go without. Details of those come later, needless to say my soundtrack is the Clash (obviously), the Ramones, the Pistols (not as serious punk, more the commercial buying out of the only outlet of rebellion against the establishment), Sisters of Mercy in the dark, underground places, and Madness forging the way for ska in a way most people before then wouldn't realise. This is going to be good, but it's going to be a while in the making. I'm just putting it up here to remind myself that it needs more thinking about[1].

Other shite: Lecture called off tomorrow, means I can spend mroe time on the assignment. I really should get myself a copy of the spec at some point. Eh, I'll get one somehow. The assignment's a piece of piss. 3K words on "is consciousness necessary for intelligence" or something related. If I can push this onto my interpretation of Jaynesian models of thought I can crack out 5K without caffeine, so I'm happy that this assignment will be a) easy and b) fun.

I'm listening to OCS for the first time in a fucking long while. Years, to be honest. And it really is rather fucking good. I'd forgotten how good this is, in fact. Their bassist is one of the best out there, I wonder whatever became of him[2]. So much good music forgotten in the lust for the old days when metal bands played actual metal and "punk" meant more than "sad whiny overprivileged motherfucker", the days when the Manics weren't crap[3]. Of course, in yearning for those days of yore, I forget a much more recent time of good music, of indie music termed "Britpop" because no other buggers could get away with it. The Stereophonics, Oasis (before their third album), Supergrass, Blurr, Ocean Colour Scene... so many good bands commonly overlooked in the contest of "good and old" vs "new and shit" that happens so much in the musical field. Well, there was some damnably fine music in that bunch, and some fucking amazing musicians. It was a glory time of English music. And you know what ended it? The fucking Spice Girls. Don't it just make you want to retch?

Random Gundam model update: Ebay saw me walk away with a HGUC ZZ Gundam (oh fsck yes) and an L.O. Booster (it's G-Unit, who am I to complain to even see one?). Both are built and on my desk right now. When I get the chance, I'm going to add them to my growing file of Gundam model reviews, which will eventually make their way online. Capsule reviews for now: the ZZ's legs ain't very posable. That's the only bad thing I can say about the whole kit. The LO Booster... has it's issues but looks good after painting, enough to get away with them at least. I found a paint that matches the maroon so it doesn't look half as bad as it did.

I'm off to have the kind of ideas that I'm sure means I'm mentally linked to Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison.

[1]: Since my SysShock 2 game is in about five pages of dead-tree version somewhere and you haven't got back to me in four months about that idea, Aaron...
[2]: "He was a part of the third, shit album and then nobody ever heard of them again" is not a good enough answer. This guy has talent.
[3]: So any time before the release of "This is my truth..."


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Apr. 2nd, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
Your forgetting..
Billy Idol, and The Prodigy. I like early Prodigy stuffs.

Anyways, GL on that game thing. And the writing stuff, man, I gotta see your work when your finished, should be an interesting read.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
No, I'm not.
Billy Idol, and The Prodigy.

Neither of these are either punk or Britpop, the two genres of music I was talking about. So no, I didn't "forget" them at all.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Your forgetting..
You're talking out of your bum, Tuffy.

The Prodigy formed in 1989, and didn't release anything until 1991. Not so ace for an 80's theme, let alone (as Stew said) an early 80's theme.

Bad boy.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
In my own sick head:

1.Billy Idol = Early 80s "punk", sorry. I wasn't there, and to boot I didn't listen. That's my error.
2.The Prodigy = Britpop. Again, it is classified as Techno/Electronica, I was stoned when I posted. Literally. I even forgot I posted period.

*Turns on his Elton John MP3 Rocket Man*

I only have some issues. The man can sing!

Was Judas Priest a British band?
Apr. 5th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
Spice Girls
Damn you, Stew. I had forgotten about them, and my ignorance was indeed blissful. Now I will be forced to burn their radio songs out of my brain with Aqua. Damn you again.
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Apr. 7th, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
I sure as hell hated my youth. But this is a genre that's been overlooked for far too long. If Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis can make a decent setting for comics out of the time, and Peter F. Hamilton could get his shorter sci-fi out of the repercussions of what was expected to happen, it's about fucking time someone wrote an RPG of it. And that's where I come in.

Punk, mods, rockers, greasers, riots and strikes. The Cold War, the Falklands, civil defence, and Protect And Survive. AIDS scares. Leg warmers and deeley boppers. Spandau Ballet and Soft Cell. And Killing Joke. Spitting Image, the Young Ones, and the Comic Strip. Do you know, I hated the 80s and yet I'm almost nostalgic.
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