Friday, January 27, 2006

Brighton Beach

South of London, one of our favourite places is Brighton. This was where most of The Who's Quadrophenia was filmed. It was the place to be in the 60's during the Mod movement and again during the revival in the late 70's. Something about this seaside town and the cold, damp British winter weather make this the perfect day out. As you can see, Brewster (the dog) was in his element.... and so was I. Below is a photo of my gorgeous wife, Janie and our
daughter, Hannie sharing a happy moment together.

There is something charming about these shots of the dog and I running along the stones down to the sea front. This was the first time he had ever seen the sea and I really enjoyed the experience of introducing him. You know, it is so great that we have the ability to photograph these moments that are precious to us. Seeing a photograph really helps bring back the whole mood and atmosphere and clarifies in our memory exactly how happy we felt at the time. Thank you Mr Brownie... or Kodak... or whoever you were. Ok - just off to do some research....


PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY GRANT

99 Comments:

Blogger neilbymouth said...

Hi Simon- yeah brighton to us londoners is like blackpool to northerners, great pictures, thanks for sharing them

5:37 PM  
Blogger Janey said...

Thanks for sharing, Si. We've been wearing out the batteries constantly in the digital camera ever since we got our pup a couple of months ago. Having shots of him and my husband on my computer and in my cubicle at work really lighten even the most frustrating day - you are so right, you can feel the mood again you were in when the picture was taken. You and Brewster look like you are having a grand old time.

5:55 PM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Hi Simon,
Thanks for this post it brought back mant memories. Sometimes at the end of a crazy work week I need to just pause and remember all the cool places I've traveled to....I love Brighton as much if not more so than London. On my first trip to the UK, I went to Brighton straight away. I can remember coming off the train to find 'The Lanes' and smelling the seaside. I had dreamed of that moment since I was about ten and it was just grand. I stayed at this Gay bed and breakfast called 'Cat Naps' and walked around in a St.Pauli girl outfit which caused quite a stir.(I went all out for glamour on my first trip !)
After a few days everyone started calling me Julie Andrews and singing the 'Sound of Music' if I walked into the pubs. Everyone was so friendly, it was like being in a Gay Ealing studios musical.

I met a really cool gay skin (not racist) named Dan, who was visiting from New Cross and we went for a long stroll (it was Bank Holiday weekend of course!)from Hove to Kent Town and saw actual Teds dancing in a restaurant under the promenade at about 1:00am. Drank some tea and walked up to "The Temple of Love" which was basically just a bunch gay guys standing around in the dark smoking and looking confused. Never stopped by The Royal Pavillion but had fun watching 'Pet Rescue' and 'Eurovision' with everyone at the BnB. Dan and I used to joke about when he got a council flat there that our motto was going to be "...and they ran away to Brighton and were never heard from again!" What a great country you live in. Pete and The Who really helped put many of the more unique and still charming aspects about it on the map.
Have fun with Janie(she is certainly is a beauty ;) and the kids this weekend.
Cheers,
Amanda
PS: Did you by chance read my tribute to your brother that I put on my blog?

6:26 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Sounded like a great day Simon. I used to walk the Beagle down to Old Fort Niagara (where I live) and that was a great walk. The beagle loved that trek. Sometimes we would walk along the shoreline and find some indian arrowheads and cannonballs from the War of 1812 that would show up on the shore Niagara River shoreline. Naturally I gave them to the archelogical museum.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Since I mentioned some of the places I used to walk the dog at, I posted some pix at my blog.

Oh and good news came my way today, my work found a new client and my job has been saved.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Si,

Great pictures and wonderful to see pics of Janie and Hannah again.

When I was in England for the last Who Convention in 2003 a group of us Canadians eh took the train to Brighton. It was my favourite part of my travels. I sat on those stones and contemplated life, I was moved. Little did I know that I was pregnant with my son at the time. One day of these days I'll take him there and we can sit on the stones together and listen to the water caressing each stone. I brought back one of those stones with me to remind me of that day.

I thank you for reminding me of that wonderful day again.

Ann

7:08 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

looks like a nice time... "here by the sea and sand."

7:08 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Awww, now you really are making me feel homesick. :(
(I grew up in Eastbourne.)

Looks like a wonderful time! The pictures of you running with the dog are so cute. So which one is your wife and which one is your daughter? (You make sure to tell your wife I said that! *wink*)

Upon checking the bank balance I see I haven't enough to fly back over again this spring. Boo. (Maybe I should take a job I've just been offered, if I could find time for it. Bloody school and needing to sleep!)

Jack

7:42 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

Simon, these are so free, and windy! I am going back to the ocean tomorrow, Monterey and San Francisco, and I plan to blog one photo every day, just to share the joy I have in the moment.

I am happy I popped over here tonight. Thanks for putting these photos up.

I treasure the old family photos but they did tend to be more staged/posed than the everyday shots we take now.

One of my fav. photos of my mom (who died five years ago) is from 1970, hippie days, she's in a tall field of wild grass and reeds and she's just being her beautiful self. It has a very "Summer of Love" feel to it and makes me smile everytime I even think of that photo.
And it's black and white, so beautiful. Do you have some photos of your parents when they were young? Really special.

9:52 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Justin, I'm singing that song too!

Simon, those are wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing your family time with us. I really appreciate it it. It's wonderful to finally see your beautiful wife!

I love the pic of you running with your dog. So fun.

I would love to go to England someday and of course, visit the same beach you are pictured at.

Great blog post Simon. Thank you for sharing!

4:39 AM  
Blogger AndyW said...

A great picture can capture the Soul and Heart of the moment.

Cheers,
AndyW

7:43 AM  
Blogger tony lowe said...

Brighton beach. Wondeful place.I have some great memories of Brighton. The markets are very interesting too.
Man I could use some sea air right now. Great pics Si.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Simon, yes Brighton is a really great place. It gained City status two or three years ago and property prices have shot up. We're only thirty minutes from Brighton, so visit regularly. Looks like you and the family were having fun. Booked tickets for Bisley. Looking forward to it. Will be good to hear the songs I've been listening to on the EP live. Off on hols tomorrow for a rest. Mark

9:02 AM  
Blogger James Casey said...

Ah, thanks for sharing these. Who says you can't have fun in England in winter? Pas moi.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Simpn,
Great pictures. I have very fond memories of being in Brighton with some Who friends before the 2003 Convention, and sitting on the beach when it was a balmy 24 C and so sunny. I had not packed enough summer clothes for that hot English weekend, as I remember. I still have a few stones from the beach to remind myself of what a great time it was. And I left a little tag in "shag alley" as well.

Cheers,
AM

9:47 AM  
Blogger Alecia said...

That's very cool Simon - thanks for the post! Yes, pictures really help us to remember those special moments in life! Here's to capturing many more of them!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Hi Simon - Thanks for sharing! Lovely pics. Yes, there is something about bringing a dog to the ocean, they just love it! I brought my dog, Duke, for the first time last year and he was in all his glory, jumping in and out of the water and running down the beach at top speed.

I too love photography...I bring my camera everywhere! Pictures really help refresh our memories, and I'm so thankful for that. Sometimes that's what life seems to be all about, you know?...Keeping our memories alive and real. Life is memories. So yeah, as you said, thanks to Mr. Kodak or whoever. :o)

11:31 AM  
Blogger wind-up-man said...

Hey Si,Lookin' good in that Wartime coat...Take care,Danny

1:27 PM  
Blogger Gigi NYC said...

Hi Si,

Long time..no blogging for me, been really busy with my life. Love the pictures of you and the family and doggie of course. I never did get to Brighton for all the time spent in England. hope this blog finds you well, look forward to seeing you soon...it's be awhile

XOX
Gigi

2:34 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

Looks as though Brewster was giving you a run! My fave scene in Quadrophenia is the chanting of "We Are the Most". Oh, and the pitching of stones. Memories.

Looks like a great day. Thanks for letting us see an image of a happy family day out. Next time, permit Brewster to run free. I have some experience in this. Beabs (mine) loves to run along the shore and she'd too eagerly take me in, if you know what I mean, I didn't set her free.

-g+bb

3:36 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Aw, they really are cute, good pictures. Your whole family is beautiful.:)
You're right about how awesome it is that we can capture those moments, weird to think people used to have to really on painting, drawing...

6:51 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Oops! I meant "rely on painting, drawing."

6:52 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Thanks for pics Simon - very nice.

I love the sea and get down there at least once a month. I've got family in Exmouth so I've been going there since I was a baby, in fact alot of the locals think I'm a local even though I live in Bucks!

SteveH

3:14 AM  
Blogger Marietta said...

Hey Simon

I looooove Brighton! I've been three times and I have great memories. I've taken the Quad tour and done my pilgrimage ;o)

My hometown, Thessaloniki in Greece, looks a bit like Brighton, and has the same feeling. There's a seaside - although you can't swim - and you can walk around the city, it's very small. So everytime I go to Brighton it's like coming home...

Thanks for sharing
xoxoxo
M

5:40 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Hello all,

I have Simon concert clips from
a show my brother Marc filmed in
2002 thanks to Alecia Jensen's
great work on it to link it with wonderful editing.Half-nekkid Simon clips as well.Please come on over and let me know how the links
are working.Cheers :)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

I just watched a video of your concert in NY at the Mercury Lounge in 2002 over at Mike S's blog. He did a great job, I really enjoyed it.
These photos are great....looks like Brewster is giving you a workout, must have been fun. Also looks like the photo with your wife and daughter, that your little daughter (from previous photos) is not little any more, they do grow up fast, don't they!? It is fun to bring back good memories with photos, thank you for sharing with us.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Hey Simon,
I know what you mean about taking pictures. I take a camera with me all the time and every day off I have with the boys. You never know what you may catch on film and what great memories you get from them. I still have 5 books of pictures in my office that I go thru and look at of the great times we have had. It makes me realize why I work so hard and what I work so hard for. Thanks for sharing and making me pick one of these books up right now....michael :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Thanks for sharing the beachside photos.
So glad to see your daughter & wife having a chat.
I am very close with my teenager, ( we looked at these pics together.) It is nice to see a teen, who isn't always running with her "pack." Well, at least for the moment, anyway.

Hope the research? goes well.

Take care Simon.

XSue

12:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

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1:07 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Wow, thanks to Mike for posting the vid from the Mercury Lounge! Simon, your voice is excellent!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great pictures Simon, you look so happy. And you prove you can actually run on English beaches.. :-)

Gina, I believe it was:

"We Are The Mods
We Are The Mods
We Are
We Are
We Are The Mods"

1:12 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Yep Alecia/ Mike S' video of the Mercury lounge was excellent! They did a really good job. And I loved the guitar jam at the end... Dynamic performance!:D

4:11 PM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Simon, Really beautiful pictures. I especially like the last one, it is very poetic: the joy of life and movement, and the continuous movement of the sea captured in a moment.

Maria

6:12 PM  
Blogger John said...

Very nice indeed.

JB

7:26 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

I love seeing your smiling face and your lovely family. Really great photos-thank you for sharing them.

Life is good!

Take Care

Belinda

8:15 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Hi Simon,

Absolutley wonderful photos thank you for allowing us to see them.

Ron

12:24 AM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Nothing like it...a winter day at the beach. Who needs the crowds and the heat anyway?

Just wondering...any idea when you might update your Radio Casbah page to possibly add my band, The John Sullivan Brigade, into the lovely mix you've made?

Cheers!
Sully

4:38 AM  
Blogger stan said...

Thanks Si'...you brought back some memories. I always liked Brighton...as it was said ...if you can't find it in Brighton you can't find it anywhere. And yes, those nice little record shops...got some good stuff when I was there. And those crepes...stick anything in a crepe and you have breakfast lunch and dinner and a snack!!! Thanks Si'...you got me missing my "english" days!!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Delbut said...

Simon. It looks like you are wearing a Parka on the beach. I guess at your age, like me, you were too young to be a Mod the first time round and a tad too old for the late 70s -early 80s revival. Do you subscribe to ethos of Mod or were you more of a rocker?

7:08 AM  
Blogger ginab said...

Oops! Mods not most.

Ta Gary. Typo typo, woe is me.

12:21 PM  
Blogger greekzoe said...

Hi Simon!

I love your pictures. Your dog looks so happy. I would love to bring my Basset, Harry to the beach one day. He would love it! Maybe one day.

You have a beautiful family.

Zoe

1:41 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I've still got my mod parka. I keep meaning to put it on and go out on the Vespa just to see what would happen.. Not many mods in So Cal.

My License plate is "2B A MOD"

4:03 PM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

My dream is to make it to Brighton one day...

I got my application for a passport last week, so I took the first step at least!!!

I love the beach. I got as often as possible.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Chris Capp said...

Simon,
Great photos. Especially the last one. Such life and joy in both creatures! And, if I'm not mistaken, the sea seems to be hitting the shore sideways. Gives the pic lots of vigorous movement.

Not only is it amazing that you can capture this in a photo, it's really amazing that you can slap it up online and I can see it in LA! Crazy. And cool.

Thanks.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

I have never been to England but I do hope to visit one day.
Brighton looks beautiful:)

Great pictures :)

8:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

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10:07 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

I'm going to move to England and become a Mod.

...Ok, perhaps not. But I AM going to move to England at some point. When, who knows. But hell, I really want to. Except I don't know about all that rain. My hair is not going to be happy about that, lol. :o)

And back to the matter at hand...Si, I heart you quite a bit. :o)

(See, you're so loved that you got two emoticons!)

10:09 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

My research this morning tells me that something's gonna happen tomorrow!!

SteveH

3:11 AM  
Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

Hey Simon
Absolutely love the photos! Looks like you all had a great time there, especially Brewster!
I love Brighton haven’t been there in years though, I find the feel of the place is amazing, maybe because in the back of my mind is the thought that ‘Quadrophenia’ was filmed there :) think I’ll put ’trip to Brighton’ on my to-do list for next month.
Thanks for sharing the photos.
X

p.s. Are You taking Brewster for a walk or is Brewster taking You for a walk? lol ;)

8:47 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Amanda - i did read ur blog tribute to Pete. Very cool. Your story here too, really enjoyable. x

Great news on the job, Jim! Cool anecdotes too. I can't imagine how it must feel to find bits of Indian weapons dating back 200 years. Wow!

Hi Ann - Do you still have the stone? Great story.

Hi Jack - most people get Hannah and Janie mixed up as sisters.
I guess Janie takes that as a compliment, right!

Hey Brina! It's good that you have that picture. See how it brings back so much emotion even just thinking of that particular photo. I have a photo of my mum and dad together that is irreplaceable but if I lost it I would still be able to remember it clearly.... and its magic.

Hi Seychelle (my sea nymph) - I hope your tootsie is getting better and better all the time!

Hi James - not me! I adore the winter! I love the damp, misty air on my face and the chilly breeze refreshing me. I walk my dog every night on Ealing Common and particularly look forward to those 'depressions' in the weather. I love the spring time too.

Anne Marie - Do you mean you had a shag in shag alley? Cool! Speaking of Who conventions, Casbah Club are playing at the April 1st 2006 Who convention in Bush Hall. Hope you get to come along.

Hi Sarah Beth - love pic of you and Duke! Give him a lick for me will you. What do you mean in 2nd post... I heart you - is that saying what I think you're saying? And what are emoticons?

Hi Gina b - You stand corrected. x

... and you Lisa ;-)

Hey Mike S - thanks for getting clips from Mercury Lounge together .... and ofcourse you too, Alecia. They look great! Very happy. Ta!

Hi Lee Ann - they certainly do grow up fast. Too fast. Glad you like the shots though I have my clothes on :-( Looking forward to Thursday ;-) Still my fave is the Xmas photo. Amazing shot!

Hi Sue - research in finding out who invented the camera. Twas Roger Bacon, George Eastman?? Who knows for certain??

Hi John - Totally! Much nicer on an empty beach, besides dogs not allowed in summertime. I'll check out music for Radio Casbah when I get a chance - updates not done by me personally.

Delbut - I am a mod-rocker! Like you say, I was caught somewhere in between.

That's very true Chris! Technology nowadays is incredible.

Steve H - What's gonna happen tomorrow? You've got us all thinking here!

Ah... Miss Butterfly. Actually I was being dragged along the beach. Well spotted!

Thanks everyone else for blogging - so pleased you all dig the shots and get good vibes from sharing our fun day out. I ought to say that these photos were taken by Kirsty Grant on an official band shoot day, results of which may never surface due to line up changes.

1:06 PM  
Blogger elena said...

Hi everybody,

Lovely photos, Simon...yeah, a photo can bring back good memories...You look very happy, ha,ha..

Elena

2:40 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

I'm still a Casbah Club fangirl, but I have to promote Blonde From Fargo as I have managed to convince them to get up on IAC.

You are a man with a sense of humor, right?

Check them out! *cackle*

BLONDE FROM FARGO

Jack

5:52 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

I've tagged you! That means you get to answer 5 questions that people might want to know but make em good. Then pass on to 5 other "friends". Please don't stick pins in that voodoo doll alright! I've given my Tagged response in my last blog post - thank you very much Ann-Marie darling!

5:55 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

If anyone else would like to play TAG, visit Ginab's blog for directions.
If you are stuck for a new post, it's a nice way to create one.

Thanks for letting me use your space Simon.

Now, I am off to research as well!

6:49 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

.
- Still Photography
- George Eastman - The History of Kodak - Photographic Film
George Eastman invented dry, transparent, and flexible, photographic film (rolled photography film) and the Kodak cameras that could use the new film in 1888.


"Photography" is derived from the Greek words photos ("light") and graphein ("to draw") The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material.
On a summer day in 1827, it took eight hours for Joseph Nicéphore Niépce to obtain the first fixed image. About the same time a fellow Frenchman, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre was experimenting to find a way to capture an image, but it would take another dozen years before he was able to reduce the exposure time to less than 30 minutes and keep the image from disappearing… ushering in the age of modern photography.

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the first practical process of photography, was born near Paris, France on November 18, 1789. A professional scene painter for the opera, Daguerre began experimenting with the effects of light upon translucent paintings in the 1820s. In 1829, he formed a partnership with Joseph Nicéphore Niépce to improve the process Niépce had developed to take the first permanent photograph in 1826-1827. Niépce died in 1833.

After several years of experimentation, Daguerre developed a more convenient and effective method of photography, naming it after himself -- the daguerreotype. In 1839, he and Niépce's son sold the rights for the daguerreotype to the French government and published a booklet describing the process.

The daguerreotype gained popularity quickly; by 1850, there were over seventy daguerreotype studios in New York City alone.

Does anyone think that answers the who invented it question?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

What do you mean in 2nd post... I heart you - is that saying what I think you're saying? And what are emoticons?

Hey Si!

"I heart you" ...just trying to find a cute way to say I love you, I guess. You're a neat kid, Simon T. :o)

And emoticons are little...well, icons that represent an emotion, hence the name. If you look at them from the side:
:o) <-- Happy/Smile
:o( <-- Sad/Frown
;o) <-- Wink
Etc.

I have way too much time on my hands to be explaining emoticons, lol. I woke up a little while ago and couldn't get back to sleep, and now I'm back online and it's 5 in the morning! No good. Going back to bed in a few. Goodnight/Good morning all!

1:58 AM  
Blogger fanofwho said...

Simon,
long time fan, first time posting and I love the pics. Nice to see you enjoying personal time and time with your family but it got me thinking. Since Rachel is joining Pete on tour and your young ones fairly well grown, are you planning to take any of the family on tour with you too? I've always wondered how rockers and their wives or families handle so much time apart from each other.

7:38 AM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Hey Si! Fun photos although I can barely see the family. Looks like you had a fun time with your darling dog. It is nice to see you unposed and having such a great and carefree time!

X-Molly

11:26 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Jack - I have a sense of humour! I actually like Blond From Fargo (remember Fargo is one of my fave ever movies ;-))

OK Izygirl - get the message. Photography invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Thanks for info!

Hi FanofWho - I may be taking my son, who will be finishing up at college this year, on the U.S leg of the tour. Yeah! It's always hard to be away from home but you know... the money makes it bearable. No really, it is all I've ever wanted to do, be on stage, playing guitar, singing - especially my own songs - and my family know that. They want me to be happy.

Thanks for all other Joe's - that's my own cockney rhyming slang for blogs.... famous nobody here in the UK, Joe Bloggs.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Simon,
The "tag" I left in shag alley was a little bit of graffiti on the door where Jimmy and Steph did the deed in the movie scene there. Minds out of the alley gutter everyone!

I won't be making the Who convention in April, unfortunately, since we are already committed to going to Europe in July and I can't afford two trips. :( Good luck at the convention and I hope to catch your band with the Who in Europe and over here across the pond.

I wanted to add that the pics with your dog were lovely. My dog Sheba passed away a year and a half ago and I used to take her to the lakefront here in Toronto and let her go into the water to fetch sticks. There is very little more peaceful and free than hanging out with a dog near the water.

Cheers,
AM

3:04 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Ah yes, the profile. This is Spinal Tap, excellent! I got the DVD with all of the bonus material on it last year. A whole other movie in length, and it was just as funny. You must have seen Still Crazy right? Jimmy Nail is another one of my favorite actors. (Yeah, don't get started on my "odd" taste in men. :p)

Jack

P.S. - I did pick up that you have a sense of humor. One of the MANY things that make you so awesome! ;)

3:46 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

Hey Simon!

"I have a sense of humour!"

You obviously have a sense of humour, you've hung out with Bob all those years!!

BTW, lovely pix of Brighton, I've never been, I hope to make it there during one of my trips.

I'm still seriously considering coming out for the convention, we'll see.

-Bill

4:11 PM  
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4:14 PM  
Blogger DS said...

So glad to see that your have a website back up.

Take good care!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Fargo is such an awesome film. This had to be said.

Update: This may be due slightly in part to Buscemi's brilliance as an actor. He is so great!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Simon, you are the sweetest!
So, are you going to get half-nekkid with me this week? ;)

9:42 PM  
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6:21 AM  
Blogger John Sullivan said...

Si,

I'm happy to see three of my songs on different IAC charts are at #15, 16 & 19!

My band is launching a big radio promotion campaign starting the last week in February to the beginning of April. Terrestrial radio is important as well. We want to tie in into a big push in the fall with hopefully a new CD and play some bigger shows.

Maybe we'll even come to the UK!

Sully

6:49 AM  
Blogger John said...

Bill/Simon - The question now is whether Bob has a sense of humour...he must, because I've seen him dance.

Bob - where are ye?

By the way, speaking of beaches, was out doing some shellfish surveys early this morning with an interesting crew. Nothing like a mild February morning on the water watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. I may have a photo or two, and a story, up on my site later today/tonight.

Cheers,

JB

JB

8:31 AM  
Blogger Bob K said...

John, I know you have a sense of humor because of what you were doing when I was dancing....at least I thought it was funny. And what is your assessment of the local shellfish scene for 2006?

To everyone else, may I suggest that any stragglers who have not bought the Casbah Club CD from CasbahClub.co.uk order one soon as I hear they're nearly all gone. They're only £5.00 and the band can use the support. I don't think another pressing will be made of these as all energies are now being directed to a new CD. I've got mine & I love it!

9:38 AM  
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9:41 AM  
Blogger Jim Laughlan said...

Would that be Josh you may be taking Simon?? I remember from the old website you have pix of him there (actually they were Hannah's pix). Boy he must be a big one now. How old is he? UK finishes school at 16, so he must be in his 20's. Oh well, just curious.

Hey Pete really stirred the pot now

Man sues over iPod 'hearing risk'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/
technology/4673584.stm

The Americanized lawsuits are starting up now. Lawyers are lining up!!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Do you know what time approx (i.e. afternoon or evening) you might be on stage at the Who convention?

I'm a saddo who will have to go on his own (ahhhh) so are there any bloggers here doing the same who want to get together on the day???

SteveH

10:52 AM  
Blogger fanofwho said...

Amazing how you respond to each of your fans as you do Simon and it is obviously appreciated.
So great too that your son may be joining you on tour. How cool it must be to tell his mates, or anyone else, that his dad is Simon Townshend. I am sure the two of you would have such a fab time in the states. Now what about your ladies? After all, Pete will have Rachel - will Simon have his lovely? or does she prefer to remain out of the spotlight. How wonderful she must be, wanting you to be happy. You are one very lucky bloke.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Hi Simon,

I'll try and get down to the Bush to see the Casbah Club play. I was going to give this convention a miss 'cos I'm not really into tribute bands, I don't mind the music they play but the need to dress up is something I don't understand.
Maybe in 5 years time you'll have a doppleganger standing at the back of a Who tribute band.

49 today and still trying to act my age !

Kenny Freed

11:58 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

On my first and only trip to England, we (my friends and I) took a solo excursion to Brighton. We were completely jet lagged but we hopped on the train from London and headed straight there upon our arrival. I loved it there, as a Who fan it made me feel much more a part of the music, especially Quadrophenia. Wish I was able to stay for more then one day! I will return! Sooner then later I hope. Great photographs!

12:19 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi guys - been of the scent for a while (scouse expression) because I've been to all corners of the globe (well, Latvia, Derby and Nottingham anyway - wish I'd had your Parka in Latvia Si!)

Just to echo Bob K's post - if anyone out there hasn't bought the Casbah CD you're missing out big time.

In fact, if there's anybody on here who hasn't got all of Simon's available back cat - why the hell not - it's essential!!!!!

Went to see the legend that is Chas & Dave on the Cavern last week - had a crackin' night - top live band - you should play there Si.

A quick question Si - at the start of 'Save Me From Me' who says 'be lucky Son'?

1:28 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Jack - yeah, I did see Still Crazy. Was really good.... Spinal though is just a classic!

I would love to Lee Ann. I would love to.

Hi Sully - I'm happy too! Congratulations on your 'virtual' success.

Well said Bob K. You da man!

Hey Jim - yes, that is Josh. He is nearly 18 (but he will always be my little posh-man).

Hi Steve H - we are on stage at 4.30pm at the convention. See you there!

FanofWho - Janie loves travelling but I find it hard to focus on my work with family on the road. Plus we've always had kids at school so it's hard. They will all be coming to a lot of the European tour dates this summer, for sure!

Paul - that's my oldest son, Ben saying Be Lucky! Wicked, eh! You are the first person to ever ask me that. Very cool!

Thanks to all other Joes! That's my own cockney rhyming slang for blogs.... famous 'nobody' here in the UK, Joe Bloggs.

4:13 PM  
Blogger DS said...

....looking forward to the CD release of "Sweet Sound".

9:16 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Something is missing from your radio station. *wink wink*

See... this is what you get for bugging me about Venustraphobia!

Jack

10:14 AM  
Blogger casbah convert said...

glad to see it looks like casbah have settled differences with Ian Grant (BC website message board). Simon, maybe you should have a word with William Bedzyck about removing the "Casbah Club Chronicles" blog - http://www.casbah-club.blogspot.com/

Cheers

CC

2:45 PM  
Blogger Casbah Club said...

I can guarantee that the Casbah Club Chronicles have nothing to do with Bill Bedzyk. Apparently things are not settled between CC and IG. There will be a new Chronicle post soon to once again put matters in to proper perspective. Lies are already spreading and the truth should be told.

3:37 PM  
Blogger casbah convert said...

quite frankly I find the whole situation shocking. A PUBLIC forum like this or "Casbah Club Chronicles" is not the place for supposed truths and half-truths regarding personal band matters should be posted. Whoever is responsible for it - and it HAS to be someoen closely associated with Simon, should quite frankly stop stirring up the shit about private matters that we have no right in knowing about

4:03 PM  
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4:35 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Stop squabbling guys.....life's too short for that.

Was watching the Live Quad DVD yesterday and there's a great bit on 'Dirty Jobs' at the start of the second verse when the camera pulls back and shows Si and Pete both singing and playing - well cool.

Si, what made you wear that orange vest for the encores.........and is it planning to re-appear at a forthcoming CC gig!!

4:48 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Jack - what's missing from my amazing radio station then? You really got me? Dazed and Confused?

Hi Paul - Glad you're enjoying my contribution to Quad DVD. The orange shirt. I LOVED that orange shirt. Must try and find a new one.

5:33 PM  
Blogger casbah convert said...

Why no response regarding my request Simon?
Why are you using another site's public forum to air private matters?
Why don't you use your own site when stirring it up about the past?

Maybe only "positive" posts are allowed here? If so then this site should be renamed

12:14 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

Some oddness going on in blogland. Did you get a response from me?

Jack
(ready to kick some hacker ass, if she has to)

1:01 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Casbah Convert, regarding your request; the CC Chronicles have nothing to do with me. I have asked the person I think is responsible to remove it.

Regarding me stirring things up on other sites forums, here was my post.... Could you explain which part of it you feel is 'stirring' things up?

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Casbah Club Settlement

Simon Townshend - Friday, 3 February 2006, at 9:33 pm
Hi everyone. I don't frequent this message board very often now as there was an unfortunate fall out within the Casbah Club and Ian Grant last year. I just wanted to say that we finally put pen to paper today and handed Ian a cashiers cheque returning our share of the money he invested in our recording. We have also come to an agreement with the studio owners to clear the outstanding recording debt that Ian has had hounding him - this we will take care of tomorrow. I am personally really upset that it didn't work out with Ian or Bruce Watson and never intended for their to be so much hurt and angst over what is quite simply... music. Like it, love it or hate it, we were just trying to be a band and have fun making music. Now, with our consciences clear we can continue to enjoy doing just that.

Cheers, SimonT.

-------------------------------

I didn't make the statement to stir things up but because I wanted to show the fans that we had finally come to a settlement, signed a contract, paid back our share of the money back (which was gratefully accepted) and shaken hands. I will say no more on the subject.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Lucky Buck said...

Simon,
Now that Casbah Club is set for a performance at The Who Convention and it seems unlikely that you will be in the States until Fall, I've decided that I must come to London. I'm really looking forward to seeing you guys live.

Sorry about the long sentence. That reads a bit awkward.

Buck

1:52 PM  
Blogger SeekingSanctuary said...

Glad to see that things are getting back to normal on the blogs. And hopefully, the air around here will be cleaner and 'convert' free...

k

7:40 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Blog land has been strange lately. I posted a comment last night which was gone this morning, then again earlier today same thing. The comments post but later disappear. I'll try again... I just wanted to say thanks to Paul for bringing up the Dirty Jobs song where Simon played the bus driver. When I first saw it I also noticed that moment when Simon and Pete looked liked they were really enjoying playing together on stage. That sweet smile by Simon and the obvious exchange of brotherly love expressed in just a few seconds spoke volumes to the care you must share. It looked like an enduring moment and it was captured on film! - COOL! Being the visual junkie that I am, I appreciated seeing that moment as I am sure others do.

I just watched the show again with commentaries by Roger and Pete. I am glad to know I was not too far off in my interpretations of the story. To anyone interested you can visit my blog, please feel free to make a comment if so inspired. Eye of the Beholder

I'll have to go see what the Orange shirt is all about in the Encore.

Cheers!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Aaah! You know what just made my day? Seeing that you left a comment on my IAC page! You rock, Simon. I seriously heart you! ;o)

10:35 PM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Simon,
I don't see how that post should cause any problems.

But just like musicians, fans can be an odd bunch.

Cheers and looking forward to seeing you in the States in 2006.
AndyW

5:50 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Sorry Si but that orange shirt/vest thing is gross - even Tommy Walker wouldn't have worn that one.

Not trying to be controversial, as it was a couple of years before the controversy but can you remember why PJ Proby replaced Gary Glitter on the second Quad tour - Glitter was good at Hyde Park.

PaulBLpool

5:55 AM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Hi Jack - sorry but I don't know what response you are referring to. Time for me to post a new blog I think.

Hi Paul - Not sure why Proby replaced Glitter. I think maybe he was busy touring. Well at least the shirt got me noticed at the back there. By the way, who's Tommy Walker?

10:06 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Who's Tommy Walker.......................better ask your big bruv that one Si!!!!

11:26 AM  
Blogger casbah convert said...

Seekingsanctuary... convert free - why?? I have only asked a simple question and made a simple request to which Simon has answered.
Oh I forgot, people here are only allowed to post nice things yeah?

All I was saying was that I don't think it is right to "mud-sling" in public either here, BC site or on the Casbah Club Chronicles - we have no right to read about internal squabbles

12:22 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Simon,

You really aren't missing anything. I was being a smartass. :)

I've been working my butt off getting people playing BFF, last night I was on the messanger to my artistic director in Japan. She of course thinks I'm loopy, but that's why she works for me! *wink* She's currently shopping them around.

Yup, that's how much of a smartass I am. But then again, I'm not the only smartass am I? :D

(BTW, I've been pushing CC with all the BFF fans I've been rounding up. So far, very few takers, but I'm working on it. That is less amusement factor, more because you guys deserve it. Keep up the good work, man!)

Jack

12:35 PM  

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