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ABBA Return as Lovren and Ronaldo Star in Europe

After what turned out to be a three-days trilogy of Folding Mirror poems, I feel a bit drained of creativity today, so thought I’d catch up on some greenYgrey world news. Along the way I decided to do it in a 2 good 2 bad style used in Match of the Day 2; they do events, mine is news.

ABBA Return

My XaW Files: Beyond Humanity book, which included a lot of Folding Mirror style poetry, only in free verse form, proclaimed a new ABBA age, and now they are reported to be returning for real after thirty-five years with two new songs, after meeting up again last year.

Lovren and Ronaldo in Euro Semis

There weren’t many footballers mentioned in the book, and two of those who were, the only two I can remember at the moment, are in different Champions League semis, and their teams are favourites to go through after the first legs. Ronaldo of Real Madrid was already a star and RM could be expected to be where they are, but Lovren and Liverpool are a surprise, although they did reach the Europa League final together in the year of XaW Files’s publication.

Arrividerci Avicii

While Sweden welcomed Abba back it must have been a bittersweet week for them, after Avicii passed away. He was only 28, just making it past the mythical rock n’ roll bogey age of 27. He was after my time in dance music and I didn’t know much about him, but he seems like he could be house music’s Kurt Cobain? I liked the quote I heard of remembering him for the life he’s led rather than the money he’s made. My version would be the money I haven’t made!

Alfie Evans Parents

After I featured John Lennon here this week, and Working Class Hero, I think Alfie Evans’s parents acted like that throughout the sad story of his struggle for life. Going into my Magnificent Seven Charles Bronson’s Bernardo O’Reilly dying quote mode, I think it’s people like that that are the real heroes, rather than the people who often get celebrity status for negative reasons, or trying to be too shouty political on social media when they know little about it.

Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers Tour

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, music correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’m delighted to announce that the Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers has won our U.K. Rock Tour of the Year Award. The tour kicks off in London tonight, before also visiting Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Remembering Layne Staley

It is fitting that Alice in Chains should be touring over the military remembrance days, as they lost long-time lead singer Layne Staley to heroin in 2002.

Although Staley was a rock n’ roll warrior rather than a military one, many military veterans, and even serving personnel are lost to drug abuse and suicide, so the divide between soldier and singer isn’t as extreme as it might at first seem.

Both are usually trying to do what they think is right, and serve those they relate with; trying to make a difference in the best way they know how.

Alice in Chains in Poetry 

Walking Papers features Duff McKagan, from Marc Latham’s favourite group Guns N’ Roses. While Alice in Chains were never one of Marc’s favourite bands, he loved the Dirt album, and has loved/liked lots of their other material.

It’s great that their two albums since reforming have been such big successes, reaching number 2 in both the U.S.A. and Canada.

In March 2011 Marc wrote a Folding Mirror poem after Mike Starr became the second Alice in Chains member to succumb to heroin abuse, while Charlie Sheen was creating lots of media attention for himself by acting crazy:

Life Reality and Media Publicity

Charlie Sheen
relishing living his dream
within media screen.
Should one criticise
a publicity exercise?

Abyss, Abyss, each time you think you’ll miss

junkhead down under!
lost soul asunder
rock music dreams
social cares fuel nightmares
Mike Starr

Alice in Chains in Prose

Alice in Chains also appeared in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. They merged with Alice in Wonderland at the end of the Kerang-Kerrang rock epic time-travel story within a story to pacify the Grunginator. It was posted on this site in July this year. That links to it, and here’s the end part that features Alice in Chains:

Terminator to Blade Runner 

With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.

Down in a HoleDown in a Hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.

The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’

And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.

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Notes

The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.

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Terminator to Blade Runner through Mother Love Bone

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Here’s the next beyond thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google, which sees the denouement of the Grunginator grunge rock Terminator tale that burst into the Kerang-Kerrang time-travel town back in Chapter 82.

Grunge Rock and Trash Metal, Terminator and Blade Runner 

Blade Runner: Pris
Blade Runner: Pris (Photo credit: Traumatron Illustration)

This episode travels through a series of Mother Love Bone songs to a conclusion based on another classic 1980s sci-fi movie, Blade Runner; whereas the Terminator was all machine, Blade Runner featured android assassin replicants that were more human.

After Andrew Wood uses his grunge icon status and deductive reasoning (Marc Latham’s PhD was useful there) to reach the Grunginator; convincing it that Axl Rose shouldn’t be blamed for everything; the story ends with an Alice in Wonderland and Alice in Chains Alice mix after a pastiche of the leading Blade Runner android assassin antagonist’s final speech. Enjoy!

Chapter 90.  Andrew Wood Converts Terminator to Blade Runner 

Andrew Wood looked at us, and then farther down the cobbled criss-crossed streets, where the Grunginator was fast approaching. Wood motioned us behind the temple, before putting his right arm up in the air while singing to the advancing robot: ‘Stop right there Captain Hi-Top, because this has gone on long enough, you ain’t been programmed right, and you need to tighten up your screws.’

Axl Rose not to Blame for Kurt Cobain’s Death 

Blade Runner 1982
Blade Runner 1982 (Photo credit: Dallas1200am)

The Grunginator stopped, and seemed to show emotion for the first time. Did a tear roll down from its lid, or was it percolator perspiration? It was hard to tell through the swirling mists enveloping the Temple of the Dog.

The Grunginator looked up at Wood, saying ‘I know you are a friend, as all the Seattle music heroes have been installed in my memory. But I know not what I do, only what Frank Grungenstein programmed in me.’

Wood looked down with sympathy, before telling it, ‘I can see your Heartshine, but they programmed you with biased and incomplete information; blaming Axl Rose for Kurt Cobain’s early death, and sending you back to the 1980s to eliminate him. Just look at me and my life; I never had no beef with Rose, but I also died tragically young.’

Terminator to Blade Runner 

With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.

Down in a Hole
Down in a Hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.

The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’

And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.

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Notes

The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.

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Show Don’t Tell about Terminator, Grunge Music and Technology

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. In today’s thrilling episode of comedy satire epic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Dizzy explains the background to the Terminator time-travel goings on in KerangKerrang in a classic example of the show don’t tell writing technique. werewolf of oz book cover

This involves travelling forward into the 1990s, and the arrival of grunge on the rock scene. Here it is:

Chapter 83.  Will Grunge Rock Robot Destroy Trash Metal Music? 

Celebration (Uriah Heep album)
Celebration (Uriah Heep album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We sped through the alley, before ducking behind a Uriah Heep piled high in a derelict building carved out of rock. I blended in well with the grey surroundings, but the others were too colourful to be camouflaged. As we caught our breath in the net of time, I asked Dizzy what on earth was going on.

No Place for Trash in the Grunge Decade

Dizzy said that while there had been a peaceful transition from trash metal to grunge rock in the real world; in the media world where Kerrang resides, conflict had built up.

As the 1990s wore on, and grunge lost its strength, a small group of grungementalists wrote their own history of the decade.

Kurt Cobain: About a Son
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They believed that Kurt Cobain would not have left them if trash metal hadn’t survived into the 1990s and made him miserable.

Of course, in reality Cobain had a lifetime of complex mental health issues, but the grungementalists didn’t want facts to cloud their agenda, so they focused on only one or two episodes in Kurt’s life.

The Making of Jeremy Grunginator 

A shadow appeared at the building’s entrance, and we readied ourselves for more death-defying excitement; but it turned out to be an old hobo who looked seasick the way he played his guitar.

Recovering from the scare, I took the opportunity to grill Dizzy some more, asking what the grungementalists had to do with our current predicament. He explained that they were led by a technological genius named Frank Grungenstein. Grungenstein supplied constant espressos in a secret coffee house, so his team worked all hours blending a Pearl Jam with a Percolator. On the tenth attempt they perfected the Instant Prosecutor Ten.

I was already amazed, but there was more.

Frankenstein Remade [A Gender Switch Adventure...
Frankenstein Remade [A Gender Switch Adventure] – Marly Shelley (Photo credit: Jekkara Press)
Dizzy said the IP10 was made Alive with electricity, and because it had an amazingly Even Flow it was nicknamed Jeremy. Its scientific name was the Grunginator. They sent it back to 1980s Kerang-Kerrang to destroy trash metal, in the belief that the 1990s would then be a better decade for Cobain and them, and grunge would remain strong.

It all made sense now.

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Notes 

Uriah Heep are a rock band named after a Dickens character in David Copperfield.
Kurt Cobain was the singer in Nirvana.
The old hobo is Seasick Steve (musician).
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The Terminator (film).
Pearl Jam album and songs: Ten, Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy.

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