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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

California Blonde

To supper with the Renaissance Couple this evening. I walked into the kitchen to find Ren Man playing with his new toy - a California Blonde. Just to be clear, this is a particularly sought-after make of amplifier, not a leggy lovely from Palm Springs. The Renaissance Man was positively effusive in his praise for its features. It certainly made an impressive noise. But did it, I enquired, have a volume control that went up to 11? Apparently it did. There was only one thing for it. A microphone was thrust into my hands. The next few minutes are a blur I'd rather not dwell upon. Let's just say that the world is not yet ready for my unique and challenging interpretation of Waterloo Sunset. Nor, if it knows what's good for it, will it ever be . . .

11 Comments:

Anonymous Dr John said...

These rock gear names can be very confusing. A friend of mine was looking for a bass amplifier called, not unreasonably, a "Big Bottom". Google took him to some very dodgy sites.....

26/10/05 9:46 am  
Blogger Viking Longship said...

Ah, so that was the strange noise we heard from a far....

26/10/05 1:34 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Dr John, I can confirm that a google search for 'California Blonde Big Bottom' will lead you to the threshold of some pretty unsavoury bits of cyberspace - readers, please don't attempt this at home.
VL - No, what you heard across the North Sea were the anguished screams of the audience . .

26/10/05 5:40 pm  
Blogger Lex said...

Nick, you might not be much of a singer, but by God, you knew the right question to ask about an amplifier. Perhaps you've a future in journalism ... ?

Dr. John: I'm guessing you knew this already, but the "turn it up to 11" allusion refers to the movie "This Is Spinal Tap," in which the band performs a song called "Big Bottom." Six degrees of Nigel Tufnel ...

26/10/05 7:03 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Lex - Six degrees of Nigel Tufnel? Dr John & I both have the (highly dodgy) distinction of a Kevin Bacon Number of 3. (Explanation available on request if anybody interested in such ephemera . . .)

27/10/05 7:10 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

I also have the extension amp to the Cali Blonde master amp. It's called the Blonde on Blonde. This will evoke either a Dylan response or a worrying desire to visit dubious web sites.

3/11/05 5:30 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Always found brunettes more appealing personally . .

6/11/05 11:04 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

go on then. kevin Bacon? 3?

17/11/05 12:33 am  
Blogger Nick said...

OK, I'll try & get this right . . . Kevin Bacon appeared alongside Steve Martin in Novocaine (2001). Steve Martin appeared alongside Jeremy Paxman in The Kids Are Allright (1979). And Dr John & myself appeared alongside Paxo in University Challenge Reunited (2002). Purists will tell you this violates the spirit of the game. Complete nonsense, say I . . .

17/11/05 7:49 pm  
Blogger RenMan said...

I can do it in 4.. erumph

20/11/05 3:21 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

You'd better explain. BTW, there's a much ruder version of this game, called 'Lay-lines', invented by Richard wossisface & Esther Freud in the '80s, in which you have to calculate your Brigitte Bardot number on the basis of . . . well, you get the idea . . .

20/11/05 9:32 pm  

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