Archive for March, 2015

Modesty Blaise

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Comics


Well, it´s been a year now since X9 revamped itself in a good way, but Modesty Blaise has remained the main attraction of the comic book. Got this issue in the mail today, 4 2015.

Modesty cover by Enric Badia Romero.



The new album from Toto inspired me to go back to one of the old interviews that I did with the band back in 1988 for inclusion on this blog. I reprinted this one in RETROFUTURE 4 in 2011, so it was not hard to find. Joseph Williams was the singer in the band at the time, as he is now again. So here´s a bit of nostalgia for you. Enjoy!

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What have you been up to since you were last here?

Steve / Well, there´s the new album, we have a few new babies at home, a new house…


On your new album you´re working with an outside producer for the first time. What made you take that step?

Joseph / We wanted to be able to concentrate on the creative side and just let somebody else take care of the technical.

David / For the first time really, we felt like artists in the studio. In the past, maybe 60% of our time was spent dealing with the sound. This was our first digital recording as well.


Joseph has done a couple of records now with the band, is a live album in the cards anytime soon?

Jeff / I know we said this the last time we were here as well, but I think we need another studio record before we record a live album.

David / “The Seventh One” was a great live album, until we did all the overdubs, ha ha…

Mike / We´ll actually record a live album, but it´s for the Japanese market.

Steve / Yeah, the Japanese market is very different to Europe and the US.


Which market is your strongest today?

David / If you add up all the sales for Europe combined, then this is probably our best market today.


Where is Steve Porcaro?

Joseph / In his room! He´s still touring with us but he wants his role in the band to be toned down a bit. He doesn´t like journalists!


I heard that Mike broke his arm in Germany on the last tour?

Mike / Yes, I fell off the stage in the dark and I broke my arm!

Jeff / I didn´t see it so we started the show and played seven songs with a bass player that was grinning with pain.

David / I felt bad when I found out about it because I told him to break a leg before the show, as you do for good luck, ha ha…


Are you alright with these long tours?

Steve / It can be hard. I miss my wife and my sons and my daughter a lot. My youngest son is taking his first steps right now and I´m not there to see it. You feel it the most in your hotel room in the middle of the night, staring at the ceiling feeling lonely. But then you feel happy again when you have another crowd in front of you.


How do you plan your time?

David / We look ahead about two years. We try to work for four to five month´s at a time, with a little time off for other things in between.


Many musicians hate making videos, how do you feel about them?

Joseph / I only hate the bad ones! We´ve made two for the new record, one for the US market and one for you with “Stop Loving You”. The record companies in Europe ignores our advice because they think they understand this market better that we do. We have to respect that.

David / Yes, we have one in Europe that has Joseph in the nude and one for the States in which he´s fully dressed, ha ha…


Do you have any favourite cities?

Jeff / Stockholm has always been good to us. London, Paris and Rotterdam as well.

David / It always snows when we´re here though. I hope to see the sun next visit.


The new record is longer than most?

David / Yes, it was actually hard to jam it all into the vinyl. We did it anyway because we didn´t want to be restricted by the standard norms. The CD version is even longer actually.


Did you record more songs that the ones we´ve got this time around?

Mike / We always record 15 songs at least and then we pick out nine or ten for the album.

David / Sometimes a song will appear on the next album, but that´s rare.


What´s going to happen with all these unreleased songs?

Jeff / That you´ll find out after we´ve all died in a plane crash. But seriously, a two hour record would not be a problem to put together.


What do you think about the future of the rock business?

Steve / I think that it´ll be just as big in 20 year´s time as it is now, I think I can guarantee that.

David / More and more kids learn to play inspired by their idols. I think we´ll see a lot of new talent in the next decade. Some of them might be very personal. Maybe there´s a new Beatles in the making as we speak?

Joseph / Or maybe there isn´t a new Beatles in the making… Tell them about your dream David…

David / I want to be the guy that you see dance behind Madonna!


Michael Eriksson (1988)

(No part of this interview may be quoted without permission)

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Toto XIV

Posted: March 29, 2015 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff


I´m so proud of this band, how they can get together and produce one of the greatest albums in their entire career at this point in time. Toto has always been a good band, but they´ve never sounded this good. Producer C.J Vanston has co-produced the record with David Paich, Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams, a very good collaboration it would seem. One to go for again at some point in the future perhaps? “XIV” opens up with two of the strongest songs ever by Toto, “Running Out Of Time” and “Burn”. Simon Phillips is not in the band anymore, but Keith Carlock is, and that guy just has to be one of the best drummers I´ve ever heard on a studio record.

I´ve been listening to this record every day and it´s a fast grower. This could be a big album, we´ve to wait and see. It is great though, no doubt about it.

Swedish cavalry

Posted: March 27, 2015 in Cool stuff, Hobby


Discovered this box of plastic figures in 1/72 from Revell (Germany) the other day, Swedish cavalry from the 30 Years´War (1618-1648). Sweden was a protestant nation and decided to get involved in the war (which was of a religious nature), so King Gustav II Adolf invaded the continent and kicked some serious ass between 1630-1635, until his death in action. This marked the beginning of Sweden as a Super Power in the region. Countless wars followed. I´ve not been aware of sets that covers this conflict before, so this is good news. Very high quality, good instructions on how to paint the figures etc. And I like the cover of the box too, looks good.

I like this hobby.

Kimberly Frost

Posted: March 24, 2015 in Books, Cool stuff


Just added these five Kimberly Frost novels to the old collection (the Southern Witch books), “Would Be Witch” (Berkley Sensation, 2009), “Barely Bewitched (2009), “Halfway Hexed” (2011), “Slightly Spellbound” (2014) and “Casually Cursed” (2015). They all sport cover art by Tony Mauro and cover design by Rita Frangie, obviously one hell of a team. In fact, a major pull for me is these covers, books in this general genre (paranormal) really do have the best covers these days.

And I like Kimberly Frost, a very prolific author. This series is a good one, I can feel it in my bones.

Revell history

Posted: March 24, 2015 in Books, Cool stuff, Hobby


I´ve just finished reading this – “Remembering Revell Model Kits” (Schiffer Publishing Ltd) by author Thomas Graham. It´s the third edition, so it must be a good seller. 178 pages with hundreds of images, it looks at the history from the very successful period of the 1950s to the 1970s. The company produced hundreds of models, all with terrific box art. An updated price guide is included, probably a very welcome addition for the collectors out there.

This is a fantastic book.


Posted: March 24, 2015 in Comics, General


Got this in the mail the other day, the Easter issue (6-7 2015) of the Swedish comic book Knasen (that´s Beetle Bailey, as you can see). Good reminder that the time has come to fill that Easter egg with candy.

I like this cover.