First snow of mistYmuse 20/21 in Leeds followed a blue sky sunny morning. I saw the the first snowflakes while staring up at the neighbouring ash tree! Seeing a flock of birds among snow clouds inspired the start of this poem:
In and out of sight birds’ highest flight such soaring height keep formation tight
In and out of sight clouds grey white subtle turns left right materialising light.
The song below came into mind. Bon Jovi, Supremes etc have songs with same name, but this is the one I thought of. Saw them support Kiss in 1983, (and Bon Jovi support Kiss the next year!): didn’t know they’d recently reformed!
While I like Rammstein mainly for their melodies, as with most music, I also like their controversial topics pushing the boundaries of thought, and freedom of speech, like their compatriots The Scorpions before them. When I was a youth I found it interesting because it was new, now I like it because it keeps up the freedom of speech in music, and continues to make you think and ask questions.
While social media has a lot of good uses, I think it has impaired this, with everything taken at face value, and interpreted within the most basic usual first impressions promoted by political correctness: everything is racist, sexist, homophobic etc.
I don’t want to spoil the poem too much, so will let you read it, but will answer any questions in the comments. I’ll look forward to communicating with you… especially if you think I’m being homophobic or sexist; or transgender or gay!
Doctor of Philosophy, Explaining 3 Dimensionality
He’s a woman – she’s a man
Scorpions are transphobic, or tran Dude looks like a lady
same Aerosmith double-dimensionality
social media reduces to one
choose your side, have some fun
new age of political correctness, conversation police will get us
finding word ghosts, you thought dead
what’s that joke you said
triple-dimensionality stripped bare
Latham guilty of talking hair
You rationalise, calling him woman
If he thinks – women all bad
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We travelled over sea and mountain looking for ol’ Wolfhol, but alas to no avail; and then when we returned there was another postcard on this blog bearing ol’ Wolfhol’s distinctive and seemingly impossible to forge aW signature.
Werewolf of Oz Rock Time-Travel Tale
Sorry that our wild werewolf wild goose chase kept us from bringing you your usual quota of your favourite veggie werewolf travels Australia to a Wizard of Oz theme comedy satire epic classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.
After the last episode saw the travellers enter the Kerang-Kerrang time-travel town in the 1980s, and Bonzo leaving the adventure, this episode sees Bonzo return; but only for a short visit, with a warning of terrible danger, leading to a Terminator movie theme, and references ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to Faster Pussycat.
Chapter 82. Terminator Livens Up Kerang-Kerrang
The four of us travelled farther into 1980s Kerang-Kerrang. We missed Bonzo, but knew the journey must continue.
Ale Hail Denim and Leather
The streets were full of people wearing denim and leather. The colourful patches sewn onto the backs of the denim supported a mix of traditional and new bands: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Rainbow were common names representing the former, while Saxon, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard were the most popular of the latter.
We strolled down Festivals Street, frequenting the Reading Rocks and Monsters of Rock bars; before moseying along Concert Alley and stopping off in the Bandwagon, Queens, Sophia, Marquee and Apollo.
Bonzo Catches Up with us in LA
Then we headed over to the LA district. As afternoon became evening we found ourselves on Sunset Boulevard. We were getting peckish, so headed over to the Rainbow Bar and Grill, where a promising band called Faster Pussycat was playing.
We’d just polished off some veggie raindogs when Bonzo rushed in. It was a nice surprise and fantastic to see him, but it looked like something was amiss.
Bonzo said he’d remembered something from when he fainted that might be relevant to us: when he was unconscious he dreamt of a robot that would Shoot to Thrill trying to kill us. He couldn’t remember anything else, so didn’t know why or when.
We thanked him for his consideration, and started catching up with all our other news over a few drinks. A couple of hours later it was unfortunately time to say our goodbyes once again, and we all waved Bonzo Back in Black.
Grunge Terminator Shoots Down the Band
We had just finished discussing Bonzo’s vision, and were asking each other why we hadn’t heard more of Faster Pussycat in rock history, when I noticed a lone grungeman walk in looking like something out of another time. The next thing, he started shooting at the band, and didn’t take long to turn it into a House of Pain.
Then he looked around to where we were sitting and took aim at us. Just when I thought we’d met our Waterloo, Dizzy Reed suddenly jumped into the space between us and starting shooting out November Rain from his portable keyboard.
The ’90s trash metal classic startled the grungeman, and that gave Dizzy enough time to usher us out the back. We emerged into an alley, and for the moment at least, made good our escape. I had a momentary sense of relief, but it was tempered by the nagging thought: What the hell is going on!
Grunge music emerged out of Washington state in the late 1980s, and went global in the early 1990s.
Trash metal emerged out of LA in the 1980s, mixing metal, punk and glam. It was later lumped in with ‘hair metal’.
The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was Emperor Napoleon’s last battle.
Bands, concert halls and festivals explained within the narrative. House of Pain is a Faster Pussycat song. November Rain is a Guns N’ Roses song.
Dizzy Reed is the Guns N’ Roses keyboardist.
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by him recently reaching the last birthday age (47) of his old travel and writing inspiration, Jack Kerouac; and going to see one of the bands from the LA metal scene that was also a big influence. W.A.S.P. are led by Blackie Lawless, who is now 56, and still rocking after forty years in the business. While some people might think there is a great difference between the writing of Kerouac and the music of Lawless, they might be surprised by the depth and creativity of W.A.S.P. projects such as The Crimson Idol.
This is also a season of transition of course, with life awakening in one half of the world, while the other half prepares to sleep after summer; some life travels between the two.
Last Birthday, First Life
bye bye, Barney bird
barnacle geese sensing south
feathers feeling, fleeing freeze
midnight cowboys searching heat
no more shelter, Ruby Chestnut stripped bare
colourful clothes fall into earth
Marc Latham turns forty-seven
Jack Kerouac’s last birthday
season of soliloquy, spring is survival
Blackie Lawless still touring
LA metaller rocking fifty-six
snow brings excitement to surface
transforming jaded views, Wych Elm winter coat
midday natives celebrate season
migrating birds, nature’s calendar
mustang foals running north
hello hello, Rockies horse
Hi, it’s Greenygrey, as you all know by now, I’m/we’re/were the last of the greenygreys as far as I/we/were know, so we felt like the last of a dying breed on my/our/were rambles across North America. And now one of our favourite rock groups, Lynyrd Skynyrd, has released a title track for their new album all about ramblin’ in North America called Last of a Dyin’ Breed. And it features wolf and eagle in the video:
Hi, it’s Howlin’ Wolf, music correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was delighted to see on Planet Rock News that Brian May wants to be remembered first and foremost as an animal advocate. He is quoted as saying in an interview with the Sunday Times:
“When I’m gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures… I suppose I’ve lived a crazy life, and watching wildlife brings back a sense of tranquility… People know about the astrophysics, but I love gardening, too, and I’ve always been passionate about the welfare of our wonderful British wildlife.”
Here’s Brian doing a great impression of our very own Grey:
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams is pulling at the leash to update all the greenygrey Euro 2012 happenings, but Grey’s epic Werewolf of Oz satire being featured on Front Row Lit’s website takes the front page news here this morning.
Werewolf of Oz Synopsis and Excerpt
The opportunity of being featured on Front Row Lit inspired us to write a synopsis for Grey’s epic comedy-fantasy Oz quest (credited to Marc Latham in the human world), where it became the first werewolf to successfully travel around Australia by google maps.
As many of you will know by now, Grey had many amazing adventures on its fantasy travel, and met many strange and interesting creatures… many from the rock music world.
Hi, it’s the Greenygrey. Yes, that’s right, we’re back together. And for spring too, after we enjoyed a sunny equinox yesterday.
Y, you may ask. Well, we thought that Grey publishing its epic Werewolf of Oz ozyssey on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com yesterday concluded its quest to survive Oz and return home to other half Green, and the time was right for us to join together as one big werewolf again.
Talking of Y. You might have seen that at the front of the book (there is a free web preview on Amazon.com) our conjoining y has been declared:
the 3-D tree of growth, thought and knowledge at the heart of the
It is a massive promotion for our y, as when it first joined us it was a bit of a joke, with ‘greeny’ slang for a bogey or snot (stuff up your nose); so the y was the tail-end of snot basically.
But now it has grown into a great tree at the heart of us, symbolising the three-dimensional: thought and questioning to acquire knowledge. And that is hopefully the type of journey we are on at the Greenygrey, and what Grey experienced on its epic ozyssey as the Werewolf of Oz.
P.S. There are some free Word docx files from the book to download on the Greenygrey website home (rock music time-travel tale) and biography (two poems) pages.
Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonthehill. One of our favourite rock bands, Mötley Crüe, played in the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena last night, and we were there! We also captured their first two songs, Wild Side and Saints of Los Angeles, and have uploaded the video on to our greenygrey3 YouTube channel. There should be more Motley Crue videos uploaded soon. Here’s the uploaded video with more description below:
Motley Crue rock onto the stage at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on December 13th 2011, opening with Wild Side and Saints of Los Angeles. Quality of the video is not great, but it captures the excitement and singing along of the crowd and the frenzy of the Crue unleashed from near the front.
Steel Panther Opening Songs
They were supported by Spinal Tap style parody comedy rock band, Steel Panther, and we like that kind of humour here at the Greenygrey, so we also captured their arrival on stage on this video, with more description below:
Steel Panther’s intro (Into the Future), and first two songs – Supersonic Sex Machine and Tomorrow Night played with a fantastic mix of humour and talent at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on December 13th, 2011, supporting Motley Crue and Def Leppard.
To begin Halloween week, Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem interprets rock music legend Alice Cooper‘s Alice Does Alice 2010 record cover, which is featured below, and seems to have a mirror format.
The mirror theme seems to be common and recurrent in Alice creator, Vincent Furnier’s work, and the album cover to your right also seems very much in line with a folding mirror.
Alice, meet Cooper
under the moonlight
Furnier’s alter ego
could just become your hero
if you’ll get to know him
in amongst all that din
Getting to grips with the relationship
having a heart to heart
two hands in one play part
palm and neck closely embrace
snarling Vincent’s face
beside the firelight
Cooper, meet Alice
Edited after expert advice from Annie Sisk. Thanks Annie.