• The Deserters

    HOW many?!

    Yes, it was a whole 25 years since The Deserters came into being following a showing on BBC of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” that inspired four young and impressionable Scottish lads, with barely a modicum of musical experience between them,…

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    Fire Engine Nudity

    I came across this headline today, which reads like a collection of The Deserters‘ and The Lunacy Board‘s favourite songwriting topics:- – Woman Tries To Steal Fire Engine Half-Naked – The young lady, recently released from a mental hospital jumped…

  • The Deserters

    Inverbegnac Regurgitated

    I’ve been doing a lot of mixing of live recordings over the last few weeks, and needed a little break, so last night I messed around a bit with a couple of video editing programs to see which would be…

  • The Deserters,  The Lunacy Board

    Going Live

    This gig forms the grande finale of the theremin shindig I mentioned a while ago. I’ll be part of the ‘UK League of Thereminists’ playing a few structured improvised pieces as part of a ‘theremin orchestra’. There are a number…

  • The Deserters

    Best Batch Yet

    Something I’ve never come across before for some reason is Captain Beefheart’s “10 Commandments for Guitarists”. I found this at the ever-informative Music Thing, though it appears on a few sites around the web. The annotations in italics are mine.…

  • The Deserters

    It Was 60 Years Ago Today

    Forty whole years have passed since the world first heard “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“. A pretty good innings for a piece of pop music, ephemeral as the genre usually is. It’s not an album I even own (The…

  • The Deserters

    An Ancient and Distinguished Instrument

    I came across a Yahoo group yesterday that I thought might be of interest (Novelty Music), and this morning heard back from founder member Paul Moore. Paul has a one-man-band and plays the ‘Zob Stick’ which, upon further investigation, turns…

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    The New Yobstick

    At last, I finally got around to finishing the new yobstick. It’s quite a departure from previous efforts – lots of natural wood and more emphasis on playability instead of durability. I’ve only played it for a short time tonight,…

  • The Deserters

    Festive Goodies

    Back in the mists of time (1985) the Deserters produced a short run of magazines for those following our music at the time. They featured interviews with members of the band, articles about the music and anything else that happened…

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    December Will Be Magic Again

    We’ve managed to squeeze in a last Lunacy Board session before the end of the year, and I’m pleased to say that it was a bit of a blinder. Having had a few sessions now to settle into what we’re…