Here’s a new Folding Mirror poem inspired by the changing season; going to the Rose Tattoo concert, listening to Nick Cave again, as Rose Tattoo vocalist, 71-years-old Angry Anderson, being so engrossed in the music reminded me of the end of Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth movie (embedded below: especially the last few words about his creative process), and how rock n’ roll should be; and posts on WordPress by those who’ve visited here and I’ve visited there in the last week.
Planetary Journey Around Star, Rings In The Changes
I could live
until summer’s return
hanging in air
moving with wind
within September leaf
riding its veins
with views of
green, yellow, red, brown
but its waving last goodbye, to its sun cloudy sky
blue, grey, white, orange
falling to ground
remembering budding by
sourcing photosynthesis light
spring was magical
everything was new
but winter’s cold
means colours fade
Tenth Great gYg Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famers Announced.
In a tradition second only to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in my mind, as that’s what provided the inspiration, this years additions to the coveted list are Rose Tattoo and Girlschool, who both played great sets at the Newcastle o2 Academy last night; three years after Newcastle’s Metro Arena was the venue for the gYg (greenYgrey version of gig) of the year.
If you want to watch two great professional bands playing classic rock and metal songs from the last forty years, they play Birmingham tonight and London on Thursday. Rose Tattoo return to the continent then for dates in Belgium, Netherlands and France, before more dates after returning to Oz.
2015: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and The One Hundred
2016: Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Wildhearts, Halestorm, The Temperance Movement, Kadavar, the Gutterdammerung band and movie, The Electric Wizard, Rival Sons, Sixx A.M., The Amorettes, The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing, Avatar, Monster Truck, Whiskey Myers, Grand Magus, Scorpion Child, Inglorious, Royal Republic, Santa Cruz, Deftones, Strange Bones, Graveyard, Tremonti and Gojira.
2017: Guns N’ Roses, The Kills and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown
Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid newshound at the GGN Greenygrey News, in the style of Wolf Blitzer of CNN fame. This week saw Cheryl Tweedy‘s backside tattoo revealed, and the Greenygrey Quality Control team has now released its verdict after looking into it.
Cheryl Tweedy Tattoo Greenygreylicious
The Greenygrey Quality Control team reported: ‘While we don’t think such a big expensive tattoo is necessarily necessary it is: well crafted; a beautiful design; and most important of all, includes a sufficient amount of greenygrey to be classed as greenygrey.’
Michelle Keegan is Very Agreeable
The Greenygrey Quality Control Team has therefore found Michelle Keegan very agreeable, as Digital Spy reported from Now magazine (so this is third-hand news!) that the actress tweeted Tweedy (tweeting Tweedy is mine) that the tattoo ‘is “striking” and that it is up to her what she does to her own body. When I saw the pic of Cheryl Cole’s new bum tattoo, I tweeted her as I thought it was so unusual and striking.’
Although Guns N’ Roses are no longer together, and Axl and Slash no longer nice boys to each other, they still remember Rose Tattoo’s influence on their music, and both jammed Nice Boys with Angry and Rose Tattoo on recent tours:
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s midweek, more or less, give or take an hour or two, comme ci comme ca, half the week passed so far. So I think it’s an ideal time to spring another episode of our favourite werewolf travels Australia to a Wizard of Oz theme; especially as spring is knocking on the door of the northern hemisphere.
Now on with the show. And what a show we have for you today, with the newly bolstered travelling tribe celebrating their reunification; the genesis of an AC/DC and Rose Tattoo super-group and two loopy literary nonsense poems.
The first poem is made up of Rose Tattoo later album song titles, with the band continuing to create great music. One of my favourite newer songs isn’t featured in the poem, and a YouTube search for it just now brought another greenygrey find, with Rose Tattoo looking greenygreyesque while supporting Slash last year. Here’s the video of 1854, before the 52nd episode of the Werewolf of Oz: yep, that’s as many episodes as there are weeks in the year:
52. AB/DC IS BORN
I introduced Angry to everybody, and we had a fantastic feast that night. It was also our last night on Kangaroo Island, as we decided during the meal that we needed to get rambling again. We told our hosts.
AB/DC is Born
Angry fitted in well, and seemed to enjoy himself; even singing a few songs toward the end of the night. Bonzo played the bagpipes for one of Angry’s songs, and Elle danced wildly to the jolly tune. Everybody and everything seemed entranced by the music and dancing, and especially ol’ Scoty.
Elle later said she’d enjoyed the music so much that she hoped there would be more when we returned to the road. She thought Angry and Bonzo gelled so well together they should form a band, and suggested Angry Bonzo / Dandelion Cordial would be a good name.
Everybody agreed it was a wonderful choice. Angry added that it could be called AB/DC for short, and everybody thought that was another great idea; and good use of Angry’s mind. At the end of the night, Angry said he felt like we were:
Blood Brothers and Sisters Slipping Away from the City Blues
on a Once in a Lifetime opportunity
with Nothing to Lose.
The music also made me feel creative, so I wrote a little ditty of my own before retiring to bed. And here it is:
With a musical spirit
I thought we’d make it
we had the body and mind
sung our troubles behind
more adventures to come
maybe somebody’s gonna drum.
Rose Tattoo songs: Blood Brothers, Slipping Away,City Blues, Once in a Lifetime,Nothing to Lose.
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. With time quickly running out on the week I think it’s about time we had the second thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. This episode sees the return of Grey to its travelling companions, along with new addition Angry.
Tony Loboinson unearthed a great additional snippet of information about Angry’s human parallel in his research for this week’s historical background blog. He discovered that Angry Anderson has done a benefit gig for little-penguin research; I thought that was a coincidence with Angry joining the Werewolf of Oz story in little penguin land.
This episode also sees the Bonzo bagpipes bafflement banished, and more AusRuIcket sporting fun. Here it is:
51. BONZO BANISHES BAGPIPES BAFFLEMENT
When Elle saw us arriving she ran to meet us. She said she’d been worried, and was glad to see me back in one piece. I replied that in Oz I was already only a half of one piece really, remembering my green other half, but I was indeed still in one half piece.
Elle chuckled, before saying, ‘Well, if you’re going to be pedantic, it’s good to see all your Grey self again. I would love to meet your green other half one day, and see you all together as the Greenygrey, but I’ve only known you as Grey.’
‘Thank you kind Elle,’ I replied. ‘I should have been more laissez-faire, and especially at this joyous moment, but I do miss my limey other half ever so much. I do dearly hope that one day you will meet me as one half of the complete Greenygrey.’
AusRuIcket and Bagpipe Racket
One of the little penguins recognised us and told Bonzo, who was still playing the bagpipes. Bonzo quickly lay them down and sprinted over exuberantly.
After we’d greeted each other, I asked Bonzo what all the noise was about. He said the little penguins had so enjoyed playing AusRuIcket that they’d presented the bagpipes to him. They’d also burnt another set of bagpipes, and would play an AusRuIcket tournament for them every year called the ARIshes.
I said that was great news, but where had the penguins found all the bagpipes. Bonzo said it was like me: a mysterious grey area that went back a long time. However, little penguin legend said a Rockhopper brought them over.
Rockhopper is a type of penguin. Bon Scott played the bagpipes, and wrote an AC/DC song called Rocker along with Angus and Malcolm Young. Ashes (cricket trophy).
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We’ve reached the second half of the week, so I think it’s about time we had another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps to brighten up a late winter day in the northern hemisphere, or dull a late summer day in the southern hemisphere.
This episode continues through the Rose Tattoo discography, using song titles from their second and third albums, after the previous episode focused on their first album; with a little literary nonsense ditty of Grey’s chucked in.
50. ANGRY’s DISCOGRAPHY ILLUMINOSITY
As we hiked back to the others we saw an Assault and Battery, and it inspired Angry to sing that it felt good to be Out Of This Place. But he later said he intended to heed All The Lessons he’d learnt; and as for any pent-up resentment, he’d just Let It Go.
Angry Assuaged, Bonzo Bagpiped
I said that was probably a good attitude, as otherwise he could be Scarred For Life. That inspired Angry to sing that he had a feeling It’s Gonna Work Itself Out, and if we’re not bothered Who’s Got The Cash, We Can’t Be Beaten.
Walk this way
me and Angry
down the beach
until out of reach
of the neighbours
and hard labours.
By the time we reached the outskirts of our destination I felt I knew Angry a lot better, and had become convinced that he’d be a great asset on our epic Ozyssey.
The first sound that reached our lugs on the approach to the King Scote realm was that of bagpipes, and when the player came into view I was shocked to see that it was none other than our Bonzo.
lug – slang for ear.
Rose Tattoo songs: Assault and Battery, Out Of This Place, All The Lessons,Let It Go, Scarred For Life, It’s Gonna Work Itself Out, Who’s Got The Cash, We Can’t Be Beaten.
Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s Sunday night and there’s only been one episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps this week, which can mean only one thing. Yes, another episode. This one is written around Rose Tattoo lyrics and members, as Angry talks about his life to Grey; as well as a funny misunderstanding involving Bonzo.
49. ANGRY TALKS LYRICALLY WITH GREY – AGREES TO GO AWAY
I asked Angry if he enjoyed living on Ramsay Street. He said the Neighbours were usually quite nice, but he didn’t feel like he fitted in that well. He’d seen a fight between the Butcher and Fast Eddy when he was young, and it made him into a Rock n’ Roll Outlaw. He’d become One of the Boys in a rock n’ roll band, and Nice Boys don’t play rock n’ roll, so he’d become a Bad Boy for Love. A guitarist called Pete had done well good supporting him on the slide, but then he’d had to leave, so Angry was recovering from another setback.
I suggested a Remedy for his situation was that he could come and Tramp with us.
Angry said it sounded like a ‘bonzer idea.’
I said it was my idea not Bonzo’s.
Angry calmly pointed out that I’d misunderstood him; bonzer is Aussie slang for great.
I profoundly apologised, and was relieved that my misunderstanding did not change Angry’s mind. I said no more.
We left Ramsay Street to rejoin the others.
bonzer – Aussie slang for great.
Pete Wells was a founder and (slide) guitarist in Rose Tattoo. He died in 2006.
Rose Tattoo songs: Butcher and Fast Eddy, Rock n’ Roll Outlaw, One of the Boys, Nice Boys, Bad Boy for Love, Remedy, Tramp.
Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac. I felt the poetry calling from the last episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, so I made good time On The Road to get back in time to introduce the next episode. The Greenygrey was only too happy to hand over the reins to me.
Talking of reins, you might be expecting Grey to return to the land where King Scote reigns in this episode, but our fave werewolf traveller doesn’t quite make it this episode.
After continuing on the poetry track Grey is sidetracked once again. This time into a nice neighbourhood, where there’s a famous wedding taking place between good neighbours. I just realised what good timing it is with Valentine’s Day around the corner.
I can feel a case of poetry welling up in me, so I’ll just end by stating this is the episode when Angry makes his first appearance. Based on legendary Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson, Angry is the Mind of the Body, Mind and Spirit theme; replacing the brain, courage and heart of the Wizard of Oz story.
As I left the beach, I turned around for one last look. Then I headed into town. The first road I reached was Ramsay Street. It looked like a nice neighbourhood, and there was a wedding going on.
As I walked along minding my own business, one of the Neighbours (special Shrove Tuesday – Valentine Day additional bonus feature: ‘looking very greenygrey’ [as shown in image below]) introduced himself as Harold Bishop. He said they needed something to dull the wedding a little, as it was too bright to take quality photos. I said I’d be happy to oblige.
Grey in the Neighbours Wedding
So I joined the wedding, and thought I added a nice touch of dullness to balance the light. Everybody said I did a grand job, and the marrying couple, Charlene and Scott, invited me for drinks afterwards.
After having a drink or three, I Suddenly got talking to a man with a rose tattoo. His distinctive ink helped me recognise him as the one who’d Suddenly burst into song at the wedding. He introduced himself as Angry. I asked why he was called that, and he said his NeighboursSuddenly started saying he had no mind when he got tattoos, and it made him angry.
The Wombles were environmentally friendly 1970s fictional creatures created by Mike Batt. Neighbours (Aussie soap opera) and characters (Harold Bishop, Charlene and Scott).
Rose Tattoo and singer, Angry Anderson. Suddenly was an Angry Anderson solo song for the Neighbours wedding of Charlene and Scott.