Huey Lewis and the Birthday

Huey Lewis, American singer wth the band Huey Lewis and the News was brn 5th Juy 1950, Based in San Francisco, California. Huey Lewis and the News had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 top-ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Rock charts. Their greatest success was in the 1980s with the number-one album, Sports, coupled with a series of highly successful MTV videos. Their worldwide fame expanded when the song “The Power of Love” was featured as a key track in the film Back to the Future, became a number-one hit, and nominated for an nrss,Academy Award. The News combined a rock (and sometimes, a “blues-rock”) backing with soul and doo-wop-influenced harmony vocals and Lewis’ voice.

In 1972, singer/harmonica player Huey Lewis and keyboardist Sean Hopper joined the Bay Area jazz-funk band Clover. Clover recorded several albums in the 1970s, and in the middle of the decade transplanted themselves to England to become part of the UK pub rock scene for a time. Without Lewis (but with Hopper), they eventually became the original backing band for Elvis Costello’s first album My Aim Is True. Lewis also worked with Irish band Thin Lizzy, contributing harmonica to the song “Baby Drives Me Crazy,” recorded onstage for the Live and Dangerous album. Lizzy bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott introduces Lewis by name during the song. The band returned to the Bay Area by the end of the 1970s.

Clover’s main competition in the Bay Area jazz-funk scene was a band called Soundhole, whose members included drummer Bill Gibson, saxophonist/guitarist Johnny Colla, and bassist Mario Cipollina (younger brother of John Cipollina). Like Clover, Soundhole had spent time backing a famous singer, Van Morrison. After getting a singles contract from Phonogram Records in 1978, Huey Lewis united his former bandmate and three of his former rivals to form a new group, Huey Lewis & The American Express. In 1979 they recorded and released a single, “Exo-Disco” (a disco version of the theme from the film Exodus),  In 1979, the band wooed guitarist Chris Hayes and moved to Chrysalis Records.  in January 1980 they changed their name to Huey Lewis and the News and issued their first studio album, a self-titled LP, Huey Lewis and the News.In 1982, the band released their second studio album, the self-produced Picture This. The album turned gold, fueled by the breakout success of the hit single “Do You Believe in Love”  The follow-up singles from Picture This, “Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do” and “Workin’ for a Livin’. their third studio album, Sports, initially hit No. 6 in the U.S. when first released.  Four singles from the album reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100: “Heart and Soul” reached No. 8, while “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” and “If This Is It” all reached No. 6.

Their song “The Power of Love” was a number-one U.S. hit and featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future, for which they also recorded the song, “Back in Time”. The sng was nominated for an Academy Award.   Following the success of “The Power of Love” and Back to the Future, Huey Lewis and the News released their fourth studio album, Fore! in 1986. Fore! followed the success of Sports and reached number-one on the Billboard 200. The album spawned the number-one singles, “Stuck with You” and “Jacob’s Ladder” as well as the mainstream rock hit “Hip to Be Square”. In all, the album had five top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified triple platinum.   The band continued to tour throughout 1987, and released Small World in 1988. After two hit, multi-platinum albums, Small World was considered a commercial disappointment, peaking at No. 11 and only going platinum. The album, which was more jazz and less rock than their previous albums, had one top ten single, “Perfect World”

In 1991, they released Hard at Play, which went back to the R&B/rock sound of their earlier albums, and released the hit singles, “Couple Days Off” (No. 11) and “It Hit Me Like a Hammer” (No. 21). The album was certified Gold the bands also released a cover album in 1994 called Four Chords & Several Years Ago featuring doo-wop and rock songs from the 1950s and 1960s. In early 1997, the band released their first greatest hits album, Time Flies, which focused primarily on the releases from Picture This, Sports, and Fore!, and included four new tracks. in 2001 Huey Lewis and the News released the abum Plan B,  which featured the single, “Let Her Go & Start Over”

The band continues to tour regularly, playing around 70 dates a year. In December 2004, Huey Lewis and the News recorded the live album, Live at 25, at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California, which celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. In the summer of 2006, the band co-headlined a U.S. tour with Chicago. Highlights of the tour included Chicago’s Bill Champlin playing with the band, and members of Huey Lewis and the News playing on Chicago’s percussion-laden hit “I’m a Man”. Huey Lewis also sang the lead on Chicago’s “Colour My World”. On August 21, 2007, the band played a show at the California State Fair and were joined on stage by Cipollina during a four-song encore, his first on-stage performance with the group in over 10 years. Huey Lewis and the News performed at the 28th annual presentation of A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C.,The band returned to the studio in 2010, recording their first album of new material in nearly a decade. The album, entitled Soulsville, is a Stax Records tribute album

T in the Park

Less than two weeks after T in the park 2011 finished, Tickets for T in the Park 2012 had already sold out. This years festival from Balado Kinross, Scotland, runs from Friday 6th July until Sunday 8th July 2012 and some of the bands in the line-up look really great, which is more than can be said for the weather forecast

Here are 9 top acts that you can catch at T this summer: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, The Horrors, Miles Kane, The Vaccines, Maverick Sabre, Frank Turner and Two Door Cinema Club. This years line-up also includes The Stone Roses & Happy Mondays who continue their comebacks, New Order and Snow Patrol are also appearing, as are Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Elbow, Chase and Status, The Enemy, Shed Seven, The Subways, Childish Gambino, McFly, Cher Lloyd, Cover Drive, Django Django, We Are Augustines, The Jezabels, Lawson, Exampe, the darkness, Olly Murs, Feeder, Simple Minds, keane, Tinie tempa, professor Green, Daid Guetta, Enter shikiri, Dappy, NIcki Manaj The SWedish House Mafia, Orbital Reverend and the Makers and Bellowhead among many others.

In addition the all new Cabaret Club is bringing cabaret, burlesque and comedy to T in the Park this year, including Frisky & Mannish, East End Cabaret, Rayguns Look Real Rough, The Stand Comedy Club and sensational burlesque and circus stars including Cat Acylsmic, Vendetta Vain, Miss Hell’s Belle, Leyla Rose, Daiquiri Dusk and many more across the weekend!

Mind you Although the atmosphere can at times be absolutely fantastic and seeing your favourite band playing live is a wonderful experience, There comes a point in life when the “full festival experience” loses some of its attractiveness. and you may fnd yourself glumly faltering in the face of wet, muddy fields, constant rain, unhygienic conditions and downright disgusting toilts and asking yourself “what am I doing here?”

Television coverage can be comprehensive and broad, thanks in no small part to the red button, which gives you the chance to choose between acts that are on at the same time. But I think it is no comparison to seeing a great band live and experiencing the atmosphere for yourself, plus you don’t get presenters wittering on inanely and cutting the coverage of your favourite bands off mid-song


How to be cool

Applying an empirical investigation to discover the nature of coolness, three separate studies were devised to first identify through a survey qualities that were cool, then ask people to rank those qualities in desirability and then to rank their friends on these qualities.  Basing their research on the notion that cool is being attractive and desirable and not unwanted, Ilan Dar-Nimrod, who works at the University of Rochester Medical Center and his friend, Ian Hansen of York College came to their scientific conclusions.

Take Steve Buscemi for instance, With his unusual looks and whining voice, Buscemi is not the quintessential Hollywood star however, he has starred in some iconic and arguably ‘cool’ roles such as Mr Pink in ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson in HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Deciding to have a go at settling the debate of whether Buscemi is cool or not, the pair came up with three separate studies which asked 353 college students at the University of British Columbia to first submit words they thought described cool.

Then secondly, the students deemed these qualities as how desirable they were and then judged their friends.’We wanted to tease apart coolness and social desirability, and they discovered that ‘There is a lot of overlap between social desirability and coolness.’  Indeed, the majority of responses that the two psychologists received as words to describe cool focused primarily on appearance. They saw cool being equated as ‘hot’, ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘sexy’, revealing an overwhelming theme of simple physical looks, The research was designed to see what goes into coolness  and it was found that the dominant perception of coolness  revolves around social desirability and generic semi-gentrified traits.

Aside from good looks, the researchers also expected to find rebelliousness to be a cool trait, reminiscent of James Dean, What they discovered instead was that the students they used in their study thought that friendliness constitutes cool. In fact, on top of being good looking and friendly, if you are a high achiever in life then you are moving into ice-cold territory. As well as being generally successful and blessed in life, volunteering to help within society is seen as cool too. Also listed as desirable traits that are equated with coolness are trendiness, individualism, confidence and having a sense of humour

Although it seems that coolness is more straight-laced than first thought, There is also a different facet to coolness, which is the dark, historical coolness, revolving around counterculture, risky behaviour,  and the James Dean-style, smoking, moody, ‘contrarian cool’ which still exists.

Re: DNS Changer virus

The FBI has claimed that The ‘DNS Changer’ virus will cause more than 350,000 computers to lose web access on July 9th. DNS Changer was a virus run by an Estonian crime ring until authorities and the American FBI broke it up in November. At its peak it infected more than 500,000 PCs and Macs. The virus, first used in 2007, hijacked users’ computers without their knowledge to generate fraudulent clicks on adverts. Although its only obvious effects were to slightly slow internet connections and to disable antivirus software, it also redirected computers to the fraudsters’ servers.   Turning that server off would have left users without any web access, so the FBI temporarily replaced it with a site to check whether visiting computers had the virus. The “DNS Checker Page” allows users to see if they have the virus and to remove it, and has been largely responsible for the fall in the virus’s prevalence. Now the Bureau wants to turn off the server because it is costing tens of thousands of dollars to operate each month. It has announced that on July 9 it will pull the plug, potentially leaving the 350,000 computers that are still infected, 20,000 of which are in the UK and 85,000 in America, without access to the web.

Google DNS Changer and download one of the “Cean up” tools from a reputable site if you are worried

Wimbledon 2012

After three hours and 52 minutes, Andy Murray made it through to his fourth Wimbledon semi-final, after eventually defeating ultra tough, Spanish World no 5, David Ferrer 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Centre Court yesterday and  will now play against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday 6th July

Back to Thursday and USA’s Serena Williams plays Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, Colin Fleming & Su-Wei Hsieh play a mxed doubles match aganst Dominic Inglot & Laura Robson on centre court, Lindsay Davenport (USA) & Martina Hingis (Swi) are in action again today against Helena Sukova (Cze) & Hungary’s Andrea Temesvari. Jonas Bjorkman  & Todd Woodbridge  play Richard Krajicek & Mark Petchey, on court number two. over on court 12 Goran Ivanisevic (Cro) & Cedric Pioline (Fra) are in action against Greg Rusedski (Gbr) & Fabrice Santoro (Fra). Elsewhere Angelique Kerber meets Agnieszka Radwanska while Serena Williams takes on Belarusian world No 2 Victoria Azarenka in the women’s semi-finals.