Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jennings' Folly Now in Paperback!

Jennings' Folly is now available in paperback! A Harry Irons' Spin-off Tale. If you liked Harry, you'll love Amanda. Orphaned on the colonial world of Dreidel, Amanda Jennings is raised on the frontier by her grandfather and taught to take her revenge whenever an opportunity arises. That was fine with Amanda. All she wanted was to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and be a kitzloc hunter. To purchase your copy, click here.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Guess My Age

Here's a web site where you try and guess people's correct ages. I was really terrible. On one, I was off by 40 years! My average was being off by about 12 years, I think. Old, young, it didn't matter. See how you do. Go here.
The Xylanthian Chronicles, a sci-fi reading experience.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rock of Ages

"Rock of Ages" is a song by Def Leppard from their 1983 album Pyromania. It takes its name from the hymn "Rock of Ages". When released as a single in the United States, the song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Top Tracks rock chart.

It begins with a German-like nonsense phrase, "Gunter glieben glauten globen", which was later sampled in "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" by the Offspring as well as "Call Me What You Like (If You Like Rock-N-Roll)" by Puffy AmiYumi. This was also sampled in a parody of the song, "Rape Rock of Ages," by shock rock band the Mentors. According to the official Def Leppard FAQ,

These four words that you hear at the start of "Rock of Ages", mean nothing, though the band sometimes jokingly claims it means "running through the forest silently". It's actually just German sounding gibberish, said by producer Mutt Lange during one of the later takes of the song. Lange was a perfectionist and would often do dozens & dozens of takes, and after repeatedly beginning so many with the standard count, "One, two, three, four" he simply started saying nonsense words instead, the band liking this one so much that they included it on the album

As the song's melody begins, Elliott speaks the lines, "All right/I've got something to say/It's better to burn out/Than to fade away"; the second two lines are a reference to Neil Young's song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)". Def Leppard's four-line version was quoted in the 1985 movie Highlander by the film's villain, the Kurgan. Young's line would later become immortalized in rock history when it was used in the supposed suicide note of grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Sandy Pearl Paperback Available!

Sandy Pearl and the Blades is now available in paperback!
Purchase your own copy at Amazon. Thanks for reading!