Night Visions by Imagine Dragons

Recently I have been listening to the deluxe version of Night Visions the awesome album by Imagine Dragons who are an American indie rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada, because it cost less and had twice as many songs on it.  Lead singer Dan Reynolds, a Las Vegas native, met guitarist Wayne Sermon in 2008 whilst Dan was attending school and Wayne was living after graduating from Berklee School of Music. After going through various lineups, the band was established in Las Vegas with Dan and Wayne joining Ben McKee, Andrew Tolman, and Brittany Tolman. The members lived together in Las Vegas, where they recorded and released their firt three EPs]The band released two EPs titled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP in 2010, both recorded at Battle Born Studios. They returned to the studio in 2011.Another EP, It’s Time, was made before they signed a record deal    early members Andrew and Brittany Tolman left the band in July 2011 and were replaced by current drummer Daniel Platzma. Imagine Dragons was signed to major label Interscope Records in November 2011.The band released two EPs titled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP in 2010, both recorded at Battle Born Studios. They returned to the studio in 2011.Another EP, It’s Time, was made before they signed a record deal. Shortly after, “It’s Time” was released as a single and peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It holds the record for the longest run on the 2012 Alternative Top 10 charts. The music video debuted on April 17, 2012 on all MTV affiliates and the band was named MTV PUSH Artist of the Week.

The video was subsequently nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the “Best Rock Video” category. “It’s Time” was certified a double platinum single by the RIAA and gold by the ARIA.The band finished recording  debut album Night Visions in the summer of 2012 at Studio X inside Palms Casino Resort and released the album in the United States on the day after Labor Day (September 4, 2012).] It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales in excess of 83,000 copies, the highest charting for a debut rock album since 2006. The album also reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Album charts as well as the top ten on the Austrian, Canadian, German, Irish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Scottish, and United Kingdom Albums charts. Night Visions is certified gold by the RIAA as well as in Canada, Norway, and Sweden. To date, the album has produced three tracks charting in the Billboard Hot 100 and four tracks charting in the UK Top 40. It has thus far produced at least two Top 40 singles in the US, UK, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland. Second single “Radioactive” reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, Billboard Rock Songs, and Swedish Singles charts and has been certified double platinum in Denmark, Norway, and the United States. It is the band’s second single on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #7 becoming their first top ten single in the United States.

Radioative

It’s time

Demons

On top of the world

Amsterdam

Hear me

Every Night

Bleeding Out

Underdog

Nothing left/Rocks

Cha ching (till we grow older)

Working Man

My fault

Round and Round

The River

America

Selene

Cover Up

I don’t mind

Happy Birthday Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)

Dave Gahan the lead singer of Depeche Mode was born on this day 9th May in 1962. Depeche Mode are English electronic music band who  formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Vince Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995 and since then Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have continued as a trio.

Martin Gore is also currently pursuing a collaboration with Vince Clarke on the Album VCMG-Ssss.Depeche Mode have had 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart including “Enjoy the Silence” “Policy of Truth” “Personal Jesus“  “World in My Eyes””Never Let Me Down Again” and “Walking in My Shoes” twelve top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at #1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known” and included the band in the list of the “50 Bands That Changed The World!”. In 2010 Depeche Mode were ranked No. 98 on VH1′s list of the “100 greatest artists of all time”.Depeche Mode’s latest album Delta Music was also released recently and contains a great mix of songs.

Tribute to Charles Moulton

American psychologist, feminist theorist, inventor and comic book writerWilliam Moulton Marston was born May 9, 1893 also known by the pen name Charles Moulton. He co-created the character Wonder Woman.Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (who ived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship), served as exemplars for the character and greatly influenced her creation. He is credited with creating Wonder Woman but was also a Psychologist and inventor and is known for the invention of the Systolic Blood pressure test. He is also credited with the creator of the systolic blood pressure test used in an attempt to detect deception, which became one component of the modern polygraph.According to their son, Marston’s wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston was also involved in the development of the systolic blood-pressure test: “

According to Marston’s son, it was his mother Elizabeth, Marston’s wife, who suggested to him that “When she got mad or excited, her blood pressure seemed to climb”. Although Elizabeth is not listed as Marston’s collaborator in his early work, Lamb, Matte, and others refer directly and indirectly to Elizabeth’s work on her husband’s deception research. She also appears in a picture taken in his polygraph laboratory in the 1920s  Some have linked this device to Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth, but a direct connection is difficult to demonstrate.From this work, Marston had been convinced that women were more honest and reliable than men, and could work faster and more accurately. During his lifetime, Marston championed the causes of women of the day.   Marston was also a writer of essays in popular psychology. In 1928, he published Emotions of Normal People, which elaborated the DISC Theory. Marston viewed people behaving along two axes, with their attention being either passive or active, depending on the individual’s perception of his or her environment as either favorable or antagonistic. By placing the axes at right angles, four quadrants form with each describing a behavioral pattern:

Dominance produces activity in an antagonistic environmentb

Inducement produces activity in a favourable environment

Submission produces passivity in a favourable environment

Compliance produces passivity in an antagonistic environment.

Marston posited that there is a male notion of freedom that is inherently anarchic and violent, and an opposing female notion based on “Love Allure” that leads to an ideal state of submission to loving authority. Marston sadly passed away on due to the effects of Skin Cancer on May 2, 1947, but was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006

That’s the way to do it!

The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England On 9th May 1662Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular puppet show featuring the characters of Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically the anarchic Punch and one other character. It is often associated with traditional English seaside culture.   The show is performed by a single puppeteer inside the booth, known since Victorian times as a “Professor” or “Punchman,” and assisted sometimes by a “Bottler”, who corrals the audience outside the booth, introduces the performance and collects the money (“the bottle”). The Bottler might also play accompanying music or sound effects on a drum or guitar and engage in back chat with the puppets, sometimes repeating lines that may have been difficult for the audience to understand. In Victorian times the drum and pan pipes were the instruments of choice.

Today, the audience is also encouraged to participate, calling out to the characters on the stage to warn them of danger, or clue them into what is going on behind their backs. Also nowadays most Professors work solo since the need for a bottler became less important when busking with the show gave way to paid engagements at private parties or public events.The Punch and Judy show has roots in the 16th-century Italian commedia dell’arte. The figure of Punch derives from the Neapolitan stock character of Pulcinella, which was anglicised to Punchinello. He is a manifestation of the Lord of Misrule and Trickster figures of deep-rooted mythologies. Punch’s wife was originally called “Joan.”In the British Punch and Judy show, Punch wears a brightly colored jester’s motley and sugarloaf hat with a tassel. He is a hunchback whose hooked nose almost meets his curved, jutting chin.

He carries a stick (called a slapstick) as large as himself, which he freely uses upon most of the other characters in the show. He speaks in a distinctive squawking voice, produced by a contrivance known as a swazzle or swatchel which the professor holds in his mouth, transmitting his gleeful cackle. This gives Punch a vocal quality as though he were speaking through a kazoo. So important is Punch’s signature sound that it is a matter of some controversy within Punch and Judy circles as to whether a “non-swazzled” show can be considered a true Punch and Judy Show. Other characters do not use the swazzle, so the Punchman had to switch back and forth while still holding the device in his mouth.The term “pleased as Punch” is derived from Punch and Judy; specifically, Mr. Punch’s characteristic sense of gleeful self-satisfaction and although The story changes, some phrases have remained the same for decades or even centuries: for example, after dispatching his foes each in turn, Punch still squeaks his famous catchphrase: “That’s the way to do it!”

GWR 3440 City of Truro

Awesome loco although it is not currently running as far as I am aware.

 On the 9th May 1904, The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).

GWR 3440 (3717) City Of Truro is a Great Western Railway (GWR) 3700 (or ‘City’) Class 4-4-0 locomotive, designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at the GWR Swindon Works in 1903. (It was rebuilt to a limited extent in 1911 and 1915, and renumbered 3717 in 1912). It is one of the contenders for the first steam locomotive to travel in excess of 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h).

City of Truro was timed at 8.8 seconds between two quarter-mile posts whilst hauling the “Ocean Mails” special from Plymouth to London Paddington on 9 May 1904. This timing was recorded from the train by Charles Rous-Marten, who wrote for The Railway Magazine and other journals. If exact (Rous-Marten’s stopwatch read in multiples of 1/5 second)…

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