Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Siren songs

When driving locally I'm usually going to Ashton - under - Lyne or Chorlton - cum - Hardy.
YES - I only visit places with triple barrelled names.

On the former trip I pass two major infirmaries and two big police stations plus a police training place of some sort.
So I hear lots of get out of my way warning sirens and it's often difficult to know which direction they're coming from. Sometimes there's one coming at you and another coming up behind.

But I've usually managed ..... until I discovered .....

.... where 'The only Pink we play is Floyd! The adverts are for bikers' leathers, the deejays all talk in Capstan Full Strength Manchester accents and the playlist doesn't trouble this century.

It makes me feel dead 'ard.

You can't make a journey without hearing 'Paranoid' or 'Stairway to Heaven'

But it isn't dominated by hard and heavy - as well as 'Bring your daughter to the Slaughter' and 'Orgasmatron' we get Bowie, Bobs Seger and Springsteen, even th'Eagles and plenty of punk.

But yesterday, when I pulled to the side of Alan Turing Way and looked for the police or ambulance it dawned on me that the 'alarm' was coming from
Def Leppard

*I blushed*.

Perhaps I should go back to Steve Wright or Radio Manchester.




Blogger Rog said...

As I was tonning it along the M62 last week I tuned into some local station involving Ramsbottom. The adverts were for "Ramsbottom Double Glazing" and the like, all in a Vernon Kay accent - I thought it was a wind up for about 10 minutes!

7:49 am  
Blogger Dave said...

How serendipitous. I spoke about siren songs on z's blog (and subsequently in my comment column) yesterday. Perhaps I subliminally put the idea in your mind.

7:50 am  
Blogger tony said...

Jeez! If My House Was Burning Down,seeing Def Leppard arrive to put out the flames would not comfort me..............

7:55 am  
Blogger Mr London Street said...

Def Leppard would probably try to pour some sugar on the fire. I can't see that making things better.

8:46 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

You don't get wind up radios in a silver Berlingo.
But Vernon Kay's smile is enough to get the wind up anyone.

It was the bikers' leathers idea that I got from you.

Ha Ha.
But it would make an excellent video.

Mr London Street:
I'd be 'hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet yeah
' ... and smelling strongly of caramel.

9:56 am  
Blogger Kerrie said...

Although I have never listened to this station any station that plays Bowie is alright by me.
If I am driving sirens always freak me out, I get rabbit in headlights syndrome.

11:27 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

I like a man in a uniform... especially if he is coming up from behind.
Well, somebody had to say it...

12:02 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

I have a viceral hatred of Stairway to Heaven , it is one of the most maukish , wet ,skin crawling songs I have ever heard.... I cant place what happened for it to have that effect on me

12:25 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

There's a Spirit tune which the Zep must have ripped off for Stairway. Spirit were awesome, man.

We listened to Planet Rock on holiday last year. It was pretty awful but still the best thing we could get on our digital radio. I want my own radio station where we play music that's even more eclectic than the stuff Maconie plays and not full of boring chat. Put a sock in it, deejays!

1:35 pm  
Blogger dh said...

I have nightmares about meeting Oasis in the toilet at a Little Chef. Just thought I'd mention that.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Scarlet stole my line!

Damn it.

2:33 pm  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...


2:37 pm  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Ha ha ha @ "rabbit in headlights syndrome"!!!

Here in Canada, it is 'deer in the headlights', which causes a fair bit more damage to your car if you happen to hit one. :-\

We also have 'gak! a f#$%ng skunk!!!!', while much less damaging, means you can't park your car in your garage or within a mile of work for at least a month. And you asphyxiate for the rest of your drive, from the stench of the little bugger.

Regarding the music... well, to each his or her own! I like the odd heavy rock song but not as a genre.

I get enough of sirens at work...

2:38 pm  
Blogger xl said...

Once a month on Maui there is a test of the beach tsunami warning sirens.

I was driving my red and white SUV. The siren test sounded and four cars ahead of me pulled off the road to let me through!

3:06 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

i listen to cds in the car, but then i live in a small town. pulling over because of a song is hilarious! but totally understandable, sugar! xoxxo

@xl...another funny story, sugar! ;~D xoxo

3:13 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

I first heard "Bring Your Daughter etc" a couple of years ago when my eldest discovered metal. . .

have been listening to "Dark Side etc" etc since the mid-late 70s when my brother discovered Floyd. . .

perhaps it's time I learnt how to use the DAB radio, found a genre of my own and combine the two in a station that plays it. . .

(. . .do you think anyone plays Nina and Frederik? or The Seekers?)

(love the Waterhouse!!)

4:04 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Spotify plays whetever genre you choose, ILTV. I've got quite an eclectic mix on mine.

Scarlet and Roses. I've got a uniform for work. It's a long black dress. Would that work?

5:01 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

'Station to Station'?
Sirens are a daily way of life round here. But you never get used to them.

And I'm glad it was you and not someone with a less delicate turn of phrase.

I like it a lot - but I can understand it getting on a person's nerves.
You can't place what happened?
You obviously have repressed memory syndrome - I advise hypnosis.

I don't mind Stuart, but Mark Radcliffe just doesn't know when to shut up.
Rock Radio is fine for the car but it needs less metal and much more sweet soul music.

I would quite like that.
Just give me a call and I'll come and look after you.

5:16 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Well we know all about your thing for men in uniforms.


I have always had a horror of skunks having seen them on a million cartoons when I was little.
I have never smelled one and probably never will.

It depends how heavy. Stuff from the 70s seems pretty mild now - your granny might like it.

Ha Ha. Lovely.
I hope you sailed by with a regal wave.

My old 'onda doesn't have a CD player.
So Rock Radio will do for the moment - if I turn down the volume little.

I think Floyd are very you
Nina and Frederik? or The Seekers? no no no.
There must be a middle way.

The Waterhouse is in a private collection. So I don't think we'll see it - unless it's in the Royal Academy exhibition.

Thanks - you have a guest blogger today and so you are being my guest replier to comments.
Scarlet Roses and a long black dress paints quite a picture.

5:21 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Off-topic but I was on the bus yesterday and a man said to another man, "You'll love Manchester. Everyone's drunk there. Especially the women."

6:45 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

If I found myself listening to Def Leppard I'd be very alarmed too. Still, at least it wasn't Whitesnake.

Mind you, I have no cause to be sniffy about metal. I have seen Iron Maiden at the Birmingham NEC and have to admit they were impressive.

7:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ah yes - and you thought 'Poor KAZ never stood a chance.'

Whitesnake - I heard an interview with David Coverdale recently - he sounds like a really good chap.

'Iron Maiden at the Birmingham NEC' - ooh what were you wearing? Leathers and chains?

9:07 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

Reminds me of my Kerrang reading youth. All those hours spent headbanging to Judas Priest. How delightfully retro I was.

9:51 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

I had the misfortune to catch Dale Winton on Radio 2 the other afternoon. It was so horrible, like sticking yorkshire puddings up my nose.

9:42 am  
Blogger BEAST said...

I sgree with Nora on the Dale Winton issue....terrible but I miss Mark and Lard and am pleasantly surprised by Lisa Tarbuck

12:30 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Music stopped being good in 1997.

Apart from the Arctic Rolls, who David Cameron likes.

4:46 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

And I always imagined you in a Laura Ashley frock reading Virginia Woolf.

Dale should have stuck with Supermarket Sweep.

We may love Mark - but he talks too much these days. Lisa could hardly get a word in when they stood in for Steve Wright.

That person you mentioned also likes Converse All Stars.
They have joined my Smiths CDs in the 'pending' tray.
What was so good about 1997?

8:58 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

It's a strange thing, I seldom listen to the radio for music.

It's not been the same since they stopped having the spot the intro game on the Pete Murray show.

10:33 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

those are nice sorts of tunes to sing along to when you're driving I think, specially as I remember all the words even when I can't remember where I'm going . . .

11:19 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

I haven't listened to the radio since '79/80 ish and that was when FM meant playing music and the ON Air DJs would SHUT the FRIG UP!

I did get to live through the 60s Hit Parade era and I'll never forget it.

Now I never ever listen to the radio because I can make my own "perfect" playlists on a CD and the last thing I want to hear, especially in the morning, is some cheery twat yakking away.
Know what I mean?

10:17 am  
Blogger Roses said...

Dave, thanks for offering the long black dress, I really did appreciate it.

I prefer uniforms with really nifty accessories, like hand cuffs, CS gas, or long hoses.

I'm leading a Nirvana revival in our house.

10:43 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I bet you miss 'Round the Horne' as well.

I know I know.
Isn't that strange?
My car still has a tendency to take me to work unless I concentrate very hard.

The trouble with the "perfect" playlist is that it's never quite perfect enough.
I can't just relax and let someone else do the work - I'm always thinking I shouldn't have put that track after that and so on.
But yes - I know what you mean.

Hope it fits.
Accessories? How about Guns?
Guns N' Roses sounds like a successful combination.
Haw Haw - bet you've never heard that one before.

5:40 pm  
Blogger Roses said...


You can congratulate yourself on being the first.

9:55 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

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9:55 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks - Do my jokes 'grow on you'?

3:27 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

I'll do a bona post on "Round the Horne" some time. I'll have to be careful: it merely encourages Scarlet to misbehave.

4:29 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I presume you mean a boner post about "Round the Horne".
Scarlet would love that.

9:35 pm  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Yep, I will look forward to the horny post.

6:08 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Over to you Kevin.
Don't keep the lady waiting.

7:56 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

At my age any delay for the ladies is useful.

11:43 pm  

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