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Friday, September 30, 2005


WELCOME TO DAVES TOP 5 SONGS OF ALL TIME
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as i said on my site its bloody hard to pick just 5 songs out of the thousands you hear over the years
but i took a leaf out of phils book (nice lad, too tall) and got it down to 20 (listed on my site) and chose my final 5 from them
so here goes
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number 5
martyn joseph - please sir
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i love songs that make me cry
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the first time i heard this guy was at a tom robinson fan club gig in (i think) Camden. just him and an acoustic guitar. this was the second song he played and was about a little boy in the welsh valleys asking his teacher why his dad was so sad. I sat and listened gobsmacked and by the end both me and sam were in tears. he has and is still producing some of the best music i have heard and i could have chosen loads by him (dolphins-the good in me is dead-cardiff bay)
if you get a chance he is well worth seeing live. the best version of this track is on the don't talk about love live cd
some may say its a bit cheesy
bollox
its beautiful
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number 4
midnight oil - one country
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my fave band of all time
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they actually started life way back in '73 but are best known for their '88 top 10 hit beds are burning. from the start the main focus of the band was Peter Garret , the seven foot tall bald singer who dances a bit like me. the first time their manager-to-be saw them live the roadie was soundchecking the vocal mike while standing on a beer crate and securing amps and monitors to the stage with six inch nails. a punk band when they started and even though the sound matured and mellowed to a certain extent they were still punk right up to them splitting (Garrett has been an australian labour party member of the house of representatives since 2004) I could have filled this list with five of their songs (truganini-beds are burning-forgotten years-short memory) but went for this one
a bit of a slowy , but it has all the oils trademarks , the slightly dodgy lead vocal , the battling guitars , the enviromental/social message.......and those bloody backing vocals

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number 3
twisted sister
we’re not gonna take it

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Every time I hear this song it just cheers me up.

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one of my fave bands way back when and this has got to be their best moment ever. singer dee snider is still one of the best frontmen i have ever seen , getting everyone involved with his rather colourful onstage banter , and even though they looked daft that was all part of the don't take any shit from anyone , you are who you are attitude. christ these guys were more punk than most of the bands who stuck that label on there bondage shirts just to get a deal.

and that voice!
imagine alice cooper after gargling petrol and eating two dozen razor blades and you're about halfway there
It’s loud, it’s clichéd, it’s silly , a bit like me

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and if we can’t have a good laugh every now and then what’s the point
(ooh and he had lovely hair)

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number 2
The temptations
ball of confusion

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and the band played on
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I think the reason I love so many different types of music is the fact that I am the youngest of six. So from an early age I heard everything from queen to gilbert o’sullivan to boney m to guy mitchell. But I always loved the motown chartbusters albums (the ones with the tin foil and big fly-like spaceship covers) and the one I kept going back to was number 5 - Stevie wonder/Jackson 5/marvin gaye and this track by the temptations, it all starts with that totally awesome bassline before all the different vocals kick in and list everthing that was so great about america at the time , racism- drugs - gun control – unemployment – end the war.
Oh how things change

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and now finally

the big one

numero uno

top of the pile

king of the hill

is it going to be thrashing guitars , rumbling bass , powerhouse drumming and amazing vocal acrobatics?????

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no

just some geeky guy with a piano

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number 1

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ben folds
the luckiest

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just the most beautiful song ever written
it’s the words he uses , the kind of things you often think to yourself but never say because they may sound stupid or clumsy. and the way the song says there is someone for everybody , and that just the knowing that is enough to keep you going. but if you’re actually lucky enough to end up with that someone then it does’nt matter about all the other shit in life , you are the luckiest just to be together

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beautiful!

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(dedicated to Linda)

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CHEERS

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send us your

top fives

to get things started that big hunka sexy peter has sent in his five faves

5
nine inch nails -something i can never have

4 metallica - no leaf clover

3 boy hits car - benkei

2 nine inch nails - closer

1 live - i alone




Tuesday, September 27, 2005

JUST A REMINDER
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WE ARE NOT AT THE NEW ROSCOE
THIS FRI (30th)
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thanx to all
who came to
the charity night
on sat 23rd sept
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the night kicked off
by a well recieved acoustic set from
MARTHA?
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then the erics turned it up (to 11)
and finished the night off with a set of boogy inducing faves
,
see you all next year
cheers again
,
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due to babies, holidays, groupies and rehab our next gig is at the lion in cas on
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SAT 29th OCT
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but in the meantime
more to come from us-
pics of the new richardson (or daughter)
sam leaves to become a vicar
daves top five
paul manages to drink more than three pints without falling over
phil manages to say more than th

Friday, September 23, 2005

SAMS TOP 5 SONGS




OK, my turn!

No. 5:-

Pink Floyd - Wish you were here - Gorgeous melody, beautiful words, sweet vocal from Dave Gilmour, and one of the most memorable choruses ever. And the intro, with its tasteful acoustic soloing is just spinetingling. Floyd were the highlight of Live8 for me, the best chill out band ever, with the nicest guitar player too.

No. 4

XTC - Dear God
- The best song ever about why I'm an atheist!

Sample:-

Dear god, don't know if you noticed, but...
your name is on a lot of quotes in this book,
and us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look,
and all the people that you made in your image
still believing that junk is true.
Well I know it ain't, and so do you, dear God,

I can't believe in I don't believe in
I won't believe in heaven and hell.
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well.
No pearly gates, no thorny crown.

You're always letting us humans down.
The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
Those lost at sea and never found,
and it's the same the whole world 'round.
The hurt I see helps to compound

that Father, Son and Holy Ghost
is just somebody's unholy hoax,
and if you're up there you'd perceive
that my heart's here upon my sleeve.
If there's one thing I don't believe in....

it's you....

Fantastic, cynical, and it just sums it up for me. Sorry Paul, its like your blog all over again! And also, it has a typically clever, quirky melody that's not only memorable but much more difficult to write than it sounds. XTC, one of the greatest bands ever to have walked this earth, imho of course....

No.3

Bob Dylan - Idiot Wind - This is so f*ckin bitter and twisted, and full of anger, about a guy feels betrayal from a close friend, maybe even a lover, after he is wrongly accused of murder. The vitriol with which he sings it is awesome.

Sample:-

You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies
One day you'll be in the ditch,
flies buzzing around your eyes
Blood on your saddle.

and even better:-

I been double-crossed now
for the very last time
and now I'm finally free
I kissed goodbye the howling beast
on the borderline
which separated you from me

You'll never know the hurt I suffered
nor the pain I rise above
And I'll never know the same about you
your holiness or your kind of love
And it makes me feel so sorry.

Idiot wind blowing through the buttons of our coats
Blowing through the letters that we wrote
Idiot wind blowing through the dust upon our shelves
We're idiots babe
It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.

His voice may be horrible these days, but his lyrics were incredible. Go buy Blood on the Tracks, even if you only own one Dylan album, this is the one, fantastic.

No. 2:-

Bruce Springsteen - Valentines Day - From the underrated Tunnel of Love album, this song sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. It was a close thing between this and Thunder Road, but this shades it.

I know I'm taking up space, but this deserves the whole lot printing in full:-

I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my girl mister tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves
Left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is loosin' you

They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up in the darkness scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt rushing through my arms
No no baby it was you

So hold me close honey say you're forever mine
And tell me you'll be my lonely valentine

You have to be some kind of hard hearted son of a bitch not to be touched by that. Gorgeous, and the music is equally so too, washing over you, ahhh......

And finally,

No. 1

Frank Sinatra - One for my baby, and one more for the road - The greatest singer that ever lived in my opinion. A fantastic interpreter of a song, that could touch you and make you feel that he really meant it and felt the lyrics. That voice, that smooth, almost conversational quality that his timing gave him, was perfect for this, the saddest and most atmospheric of torch songs.

One for my baby

Writer(s): johnny mercer/harold arlen
It’s quarter to three,
There’s no one in the place ’cept you and me
So set ’em’ up joe
I got a little story I think you oughtta know
We’re drinking my friend
To the end of a brief episode
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

I know the routine
Put another nickel in that there machine
I’m feeling so bad
Won’t you make the music easy and sad
I could tell you a lot
But you gotta to be true to your code
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

You’d never know it
But buddy I’m a kind of poet
And I’ve got a lot of things I wanna say
And if I’m gloomy, please listen to me
Till it’s all, all talked away

Well, that’s how it goes
And joe I know you’re gettin’ anxious to close
So thanks for the cheer
I hope you didn’t mind
My bending your ear

But this torch that I found
It’s gotta be drowned
Or it soon might explode
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

The words on their own don't do it justice, listen to the song, it will slay you. And one final point, he recorded it in the 50's, and that version is perfect, his voice and interpretation are superb, but listen to the one on Duets, from 1992, when his voice is shot to peices, and this on will send shivers down your spine, the frailty of his old voice just completes the emotional hatchet job on your heart strings!

Well that's it, its guitar solos next....





Thursday, September 22, 2005

SAMS BLOG


Hi, I've taken my first tentative step in publishing a blog. There are lots of things to sort, but I'm looking forward to it! Check out my first post on our lord almighty, Eric Morecambe....

www.samerics.blogspot.com




LETTER FROM N Z
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no the above photo is not an audition for the new James Bond

it's the one , the only

-PUMP-

and if you scan the sexy spud on the right you will see that it's none other than Nick (nice pecs) Ward

yes the one who use to play drums, build cabs, drive the van, set up the gear , take down the gear and talk complete bollox after three bottles of bud

he says hi

(MORE ON DAVES BLOG)

www.daveeric.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


AND NOW FOR
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PAULS TOP 5
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5, THE CLASH
WHITE MAN IN HAMMERSMITH PALAIS
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This one sums up The Clash. Cartoon like political lyrics, anger, irony and real white reggae.
I loved it the first time I heard it. When it gets played people dance, smile and remember. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones at their rebel best with cogent stripped down song writing. The stand out moment has to be the line "They got Burtons suits, huh you think its funny??, turning rebellion into money!"

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4, BE BOP DELUXE

ADVENTURES IN A YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPE


Simply the best guitar work I have ever heard. I particularly like the Live in The Air Age version. This song brings back the memories for me. Be Bop were the local heroes for so many in the Leeds/Wakefield area back in the mid to late 70's and when I was first introduced to this song I was gobsmacked. A tuneful guitar was able to represent area and places I knew . I think it was the first time I realised the power of a tune. There is a wonderful pay off at the the end of the song where all the instruments join together and play a repeated motif which for me represents the innocent happiness of lazy early teen summers.

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3, GREEN DAY

WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS

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I dismissed them as third wave yank punk posers. Never really listened to anything they released. Then they do this to me!
This song makes me cry. Its measured anguish allows you to substitute your own sorrows for the ones referred to in the lyrics. This makes it intensely personal and moving. At the same time it has deep rooted hope at its heart. When the drums and bass come in you cant help but feel lifted. When The Erics first played this at rehearsal we all looked at each other and said "f**king hell this is good". We do virtually nothing with this song, just play it as it is. Its going to be an all time classic.

2, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

THUNDER ROAD

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"There were ghosts in the eyesOf all the boys you sent awayThey haunt this dusty beach roadIn the skeleton frames of burned out ChevroletsThey scream your name at night in the streetYour graduation gown lies in rags at their feetAnd in the lonely cool before dawnYou hear their engines roaring onBut when you get to the porch they're goneOn the wind so Mary climb inIt's town full of losersAnd I'm pulling out of here to win"

Bruce Springsteens lyrics have changed over the years, becoming more political and less focused on 'cars and girls', this however, is the ultimate car and girl song. I love its unashamed hopefullness. Right from the opening lines:

"The screen door slamsMary' dress wavesLike a vision she dances across the porchAs the radio playsRoy Orbison singing for the lonelyHey that's me and I want you onlyDon't turn me home againI just can't face myself alone againDon't run back insideDarling you know just what I'm here forSo you're scared and you're thinkingThat maybe we ain't that young anymoreShow a little faith there's magic in the nightYou ain't a beauty but hey you're alrightOh and that's alright with me"

this song has me at its mercy.
I have made more fresh starts than most and this is my anthem!!

1, THE WHO

I WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN

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The Who, especially Pete Townshend and Keith Moon are my ultimate musical heroes. Keith because he put drummers at the front of the band and Pete because he writes songs like this.

Its an all time classic, when you play this song nothing can follow it. Its got politics, power chords, drum solos and screams. The song writing is first class with both album and shortened single versions working well.

Everytime The Erics play this there is a immeadiate atmosphere on stage. We simply love this song. For rock musicians it has everything.

I first bought the album Who's Next, in 1974. When this track came on I was amazed, it was the moment when I realised what I wanted to do as a drummer. Thank god that years later Sam was able to do an arrangement of the song so that my dream could be fulfilled. Now its fulfilled most Saturday nights of the year in pubs around Leed and Cas.

YEAAAAAAAAAAAH!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


-JUST IN-
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below you will find the larger than life figure , well known to many as the slightly chubby one losing his hair with the silly glasses who is guaranteed to make you laugh
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and eric morecombe

BLOGTASTIC!!
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JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT PAUL, PHIL AND DAVE HAVE GOT THEIR OWN SITES NOW
HAVE A SCAN AND SAY HELLO. YOU CAN FIND THEM PLUS ALL SORTS OF USEFULL STUFF ON THE LINKS BIT ON THE RIGHT UNDER THE MINI POLL
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-GET BLOGGING-

Monday, September 19, 2005

THE BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER!!
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OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE TELLING YOU WHAT WE CLASS TO BE OUR FAVE SONGS OF ALL TIME
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FIRST UP
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PHILS TOP FIVE
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I've been giving my top 5 favourite songs some thought today and I've found it really hard. There are loads of songs I love but having to choose only 5 out of so many feels like I'm being dis-loyal to some of my fav bands.Anyway I short-listed 20 songs out of which I've selected my top five. These 20 are listed on my own blogsite - www.phileric.blogspot.com - with a more in depth reason behind my number 1 choice. My top 5 are as follows:
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5.
QUEEN -WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER
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An absolute belter of a song writen by Brian May for the film Highlander. It is played as the Highlander's wife dies of old age, and he realises there is a price to pay for being immortal.
The song of course touches on the subject of who we are, why we are here, and what happens when we die. Do we actually want to live forever?
It is a very dramatic song, almost hymn like, and builds to an almighty crescendo (I think I spelt that right) with the famous Queen operatic style vocals. Then the song dies away................beautiful.
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4. DEACON BLUE - YOUR SWAYING ARMS
.Rick Ross is one of the most talented songwriters I have heard and his voice is gritty & fierce but fits his style perfectly. This coupled with Lorraine Macintosh's angelic backing vocals make Deacon Blue a truly polished outfit. I was stuck between this song & 'One day I'll go walking, which are both are from the Fellow Hoodlums album. Swaying arms is just a lovely song & for me sums up how I would like to be when the kids have flown the nest & there's just me & Linda left. Love the kids to pieces, always will, but I have to remember she was there first.
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3. KIRSTY MACOLL - TITANIC DAYS
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Do
you
ever
get
that
sinking
feeling?
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I love this song & infact the whole 'Titanic Days' album. In my book it's her best work God bless her departed soul. The best part of this is the ending whereby the effect of the Titanic's journey to the bottom of the sea is created by a rising bass line against a bubbling orchestration dragging down under the surface. Then the song fades out as if the ship has just surrendered to the power of mother nature & just effortly drops into the murky depths. You are left with the sound of the waves washing against the shore and a very soothing, but eerie sound of a quartet continuing to play on. Rather like the bit in the 'Titanic' film where the quartet refuse to stop playing as the ship goes down. Marvellous.
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2. GIN BLOSSOMS - LOST HORIZONS
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The first track off their first album. I loved the sound of these guys from the first moment I heard them and when I formed 'Stuff' in 1996 it was the kind of sound I was looking for. Problem was that it wasn't the sound that the rest of Stuff were looking for so we didn't last very long. This album is a pure stick it in your car stereo, turn it up full whack, sing along and put yer foot down, kind of an album. It is awesome (I like that word) & when Lost horizons kicks off it just gives me that feel good factor. I love the line in the song that says "she had nothing left to say - so she said she loved me - I stood there grateful for the lie"
Sad that these guys packed it in - disillusioned with the music industry - can you believe it?
Just goes to show there's no point sweating your bollocks off trying get your songs recognised. Might aswell say "Fuck it - I'm off to see The Erics"

So there we are - from 5 to 2 - suprisingly no Beatles, Van Halen, Springsteen or Satellites although I love em all & it was hard leaving them out.
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It will also be suprising to most that my number 1 choice is by a lesser known artist.
Tina Arena - 'Heaven help my heart.'
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I don't expect any one of you to know the song or who she is but this song is unbelievably personal to me and that's why it's my number 1. She has a cracking voice and the production on the song, and the whole 'Don't Ask' album from where it is taken, is superb. If you want to read more on this please read my blog pages.

Cheers - Phil
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PAUL , SAM AND DAVES SOON
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SEND US YOUR TOP 5

Sunday, September 18, 2005



a BIG BIG thank you
for last night at the keys
.
what can we say?????
we were expecting a medium sized turnout after playing the New Inn last week and were gobsmacked by the number of you who came
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nice to see the styckleback , bad penny and the jetsons lot
hope everyone enjoyed it
'cause we f**king loved it
like we have said before , if you keep turning up we'll keep playing
cheers
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(you can post what you thought of the gigs on the comments bit , if we get enough we can always start a seperate page just for rewiews)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


live at
THE
CROSS
KEYS
MORLEY
this
SAT
17th
SEPT
.
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cheers to all who made it to the new inn last week
it was bloody packed
everyone was in fine voice and up for a boogie
really nice to see steve millions
plus the lads from bad penny
and in the words of crush-
'wot were they on?
it was fookin ace'
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hope to see you all again at the keys

Friday, September 09, 2005


No gig last week - so Sam's feeling miserable. Cheers him up by coming to the New Inn 0n Saturday Night (10th Sept)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

LIVE AT THE NEW INN CHURWELL
SAT 10th SEPT
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yes we are back in morley once again
if you have never been to this gig before
it is safe to say that it usually gets a bit
mental and always ends up rammed and
goes down a stormer
(and it's bloody sweaty , shorts are advised)
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so if you fancy a sweaty , heaving night
with four of the sexiest men in yorkshire
have a good time
.
if not come and see the erics instead
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as always ,if you need directions
just txt or bell us
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c u there

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hope everyone is not too disappointed with the cancellation of The New Roscoe gig.

As my wife and I wait for the iminent birth of our second child (Ruth is 37 weeks) . I have taken the opportunity to start my own personal blog site.

It can be found on
www.pauleric.blogspot.com or through the links section on this site.
Perhaps the other Erics might do the same soon??!!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

The September 30th Gig at the New Roscoe has been cancelled.

If you know of anyone intending to go to the gig please let them know.

Our next show at the NewRoscoe will be on 16th December.

PS More reason to see us at the NEW INN 10/9 or the CROSS KEYS 17/9 !!!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

BREAKING NEWS
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MORLEY HAS BEEN PUT ON A STATE OF EMERGENCY
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YES NEWS HAS LEAKED THAT THE ERICS WILL BE PERFORMING
TWO MORLEY GIGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
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THE NATIONAL GUARD HAVE BEEN ALERTED AND HAVE SAID THEY ARE PREPARED FOR THE THOUSANDS OF HARDCORE erics FREAKS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO DESCEND ON THIS SLEEPY LITTLE MARKET TOWN
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THE NEW INN ON CHURWELL HILL HAS REINFORCED
ITS FLOORS AND TOILET SEATS IN PREPERATION
FOR THE SAT 10th GIG
AND NEWS JUST IN TELLS US THAT THE CROSS KEYS
HAVE FINALLY WIDENED THE DOORWAYS TO
ACCOMADATE SAMS HEAD AFTER THE
SAT 17th GIG THERE
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ALL STELLA , STRONGBOW AND KEBAB
MANUFACTURERS IN THE YORKSHIRE AREA HAVE
BEEN WORKING 24/7 SINCE CHRISTMAS TO PREPARE
FOR THE RAVANOUS GIG GOERS
(AND DAVE)
.
SO IF YOU'RE FEELING BRAVE
OR IF YOU'VE JUST GOT NOWT ELSE ON (OOER)
POP UP FOR A BEER AND A GAB
.
C U THERE - BIG SEXY DAVE
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