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Dr Who – Asylum of the Daleks

I ‘ve recently watched the opening episode of the latest series of Doctor Who “Asylum Of The Daleks”. Written by Stephen Moffat the episode opens on the Daleks home planet of Skaro, which has been Ravaged by centuries of warfare with the Thalls and the Time-Lords, and The Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself lured there by a humanoid Dalek automaton, who teleports him to the Parliament of the Daleks. Where he meets Amy(Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) who have been similarly kidnapped from present-day earth.

Within the Parliament, The Supreme Dalek explains to them that the Daleks have a planet known as the Asylum, where they keep the most evil and twisted Daleks who have gone completely insane and cannot be controlled, however the Daleks were reluctant to get rid of them permanently, since destroying such pure hatred face-to-face would contravene their sense of ‘beauty’, and were reluctant to visit such a dangerous place anyway. So the trio find themselves reluctantly sent on a mission to help destroy the Asylum instead.

The Parliament has also received a transmission from a woman named Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) who has been hiding on board a space-ship which crashed into the Asylum, and who has been keeping a low profile, hacking into Daleks, burning souffles and fending off attacks ever since. unfortunately The impact of the crash has ruptured the planet’s force-field, and their is a risk that the insane Daleks might escape and cause carnage. So The Doctor sets out to rescue Oswin before the the Asylum is destroyed.

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Happy Birthday Steve Jones

Steve Jones, Guitarist and vocalist with Punk Band The Sex Pistols was born 3rd September 1955. The Sex Pistols were formed in London in 1975 and responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.

They evolved from “The Strand”, a London band formed in 1972 with working-class teenagers Steve Jones on vocals, Paul Cook on drums, and Wally Nightingale on guitar. According to a later account by Jones, both he and Cook played on instruments they had stolen. vocalist Johnny Rotten joined soon after In August 1975, when he was spotted wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words I Hate handwritten above the band’s name and holes scratched through the eyes. The line-up was completed by guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock, who was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977.

Under the management of impresario Malcolm McLaren, the band provoked controversies that captivated Britain. Their behaviour, as much as their music, brought them national attention and their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organizers and authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single “God Save the Queen”, attacking Britons’ social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the “last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium”.

Since the spring of 1977, the three senior Sex Pistols had also been returning to the studio periodically with Chris Thomas to lay down the tracks for the band’s debut album. Initially to be called God Save Sex Pistols, it became known during the summer as Never Mind the Bollocks. In January 1978, after a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the band and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren’s film version of the Sex Pistols’ story, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original members plus Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Happy Birthday Al Jardine

Al Jardine, Guitarist with the Beach boys was born 3rd September 1942. A  friend of founder Member Brian Wilson and his brothers   Carl and Dennis, he often sang at family  get-togethers along with Mike Love.  They  first gelled as a music group in the summer of 1961, initially named the Pendletones. Brian Wilson  began to experiment with recording songs after receiving a Wollensak tape recorder on his 16th birthday, which lead to the Formation of The Beach Boys, and After being encouraged by Dennis to write a song about the local water sports craze, Brian and Mike Love together created what would become the first single for the band, “Surfin’”. Brian Wilson was mainly the lead singer of the Beach Boys, whilst Al was the Guitarist  and Mike Love played the saxophone in the first years of the band eventually becoming the co -lead singer,

Some of the Beach Boys’ biggest hits,  include “Surfin’ Safari”, “Surfin’ USA“, “Shut Down”, “Little Deuce Coupe“, “Be True to Your School”, “Little Saint Nick”, “Fun, Fun, Fun“, “I Get Around”, “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”, “Little Honda”, “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “California Girls“. Love also wrote or co-wrote lyrics to many of the Beach Boys songs, mostly with the themes of surfing, cars or love, but also memorable ballads such as “The Warmth of the Sun”.

The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the continues to perform to the present day and have also released an abum recently “THat’s Why God Made the Radio” to celebrate their 50th anniversary and are currently on a 50-date tour that is taking them around the world.