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My current "non-working-for-the-man" project is to record all of the etchings that appear in the groove run-out area of my vinyl releases, both singles and albums. This is going to take quite some time, and may actually have the faint whiff of the absurd about it, but for some reason I think that it matters to keep a record of these numbers / marks / signatures / message etc. I even opened a RYMzilla ticket back in 2009 in the hope that one day the ultimate completists will get the opportunity to record this info for posterity: RYMzilla #1080 (Waiting). I have been using the Private Notes section of the catalogue pages to make note of this stuff, so if I end up getting hit by a bus you will know where to find it :-)
Rating songs: I am not an Olympic gymnastics judge. I don't start with a perfect score and then deduct points for every perceived flaw. I think that searching for negatives is a miserable way to evaluate music. Rating music should be a joy, not a chore. I have one simple criterion: "how much do I enjoy this song?"
Genres: I paint with a broad brush. Getting into screaming matches over whether a song is this-ridiculously-narrowly-defined-genre or that-other-all-but-identical-genre appeals to me as much as a brain haemorrhage with a DDT milkshake chaser. The endless quest for comprehensive musical taxonomy by inventing ever more specialised "genres" leads only to dissatisfaction as it becomes more an more difficult to apply any of them to a basic four piece guitar based combo who just want to release some music, damnit. Musicians rarely even think about genres - they just play what they feel like, and leave the arguments to those who think it is important.
Why I love old Aussie TV adverts:
Coca Cola Special!
Who better to sell the sugared back liquid than the hottest acts on the hit parade?
Electric Pandas in 1984
Dragon in 1980
Sherbet in 1974