Archive for the ‘Hobby’ Category

Found this poster and I have to say that it is pretty nice. Published in Belgian magazine Joepie back in the day (looks like late 1979 or early 1980), it sports some nice pictures of Deep Purple and the offshoot bands (including images of Tommy Bolin, Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord). “Loudest band in the world” headline, some general history and a Purple discography. The address to the Belgian Deep Purple Fan Club is mentioned, must have meant a lot at the time for the club. Good times.

(My shot of said poster)


Got this Canadian release of the new “Born To Be Wild” Single by Ann-Margret (With The Fuzztones) on import. Marbled Vinyl Limited Edition. Instrumental version on the flip side. Lovely.

(My shot of said release, thank you for helping me secure a copy Kalle)

Actually, this copy is a 1985 reprint, but the movie (and most likely, the original pressing of this release) came out in 1962. Just look at the list of stars in this one. Have not seen this movie in what seems like decades, got to take care of that. There is something missing in Hollywood these days. They will never come up with stuff like this again.

(My shot of said LP)

Spent an hour this morning looking through the first 16 Deep Purple Family binders (1968-1981) of the old and updated collection, and I have to say that it is a wonderful hobby to save stuff like this. After the initial 1968-1976 era of Purple, you have the solo projects and the bands that came out of Purple: Rainbow, Ian Gillan Band, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Gillan, Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio etc etc. As time moves on the Purple Family Tree grows bigger, and it is all collected in these binders. Countless articles, photographs, tickets, you name it. Even now, in 2023, there are new projects and careers to add, like Simon McBride (the new guitarist in Purple) and Elegant Weapons (the new outfit that features Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner and ex-Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero). And it goes on and on. It all goes in. Over 90 binders and counting so far.

(My shot of 1975 article in Swedish publication POSTER)

We had snow and cold winds in these parts just a couple of days ago, but thankfully it looks like Summer has arrived. The grass is turning green, the temperature is fairly OK (t-shirt friendly if you are a brave soul) and the birds are singing. All in all, it is starting to feel pretty good. I have catched up with the Babymetal collection (binder 15 has been reached) and work is ongoing with the old Deep Purple Family collection (94 binders and counting). I have hundreds of magazines to go through before everything is finished, but I already did look them over once so I should be able to wrap this up within too long (good hobby on rainy days). The time for outdoor activities has arrived and there is a lot of activity going on down by the cottage in the backyard. The grill project is nearly done, a huge undertaking. I will showcase it when it is done. Within a week or two, the sounds of lawn mowers will be in the air. I really enjoy this period.

(My shots, Babymetal image is from PMC Vol.27 article)


Posted: May 18, 2023 in Cool stuff, Hobby, TV & Movies

The famous Dambusters raid took place on the night between May 16/17 1943, so it has been 80 years. The BBC had the gall to call the raid “infamous” the other day, which is pretty unbelievable. Needless to say, model manufacturers have always favored this piece of WWII history and there are several kits out there to commemorate the raid as we speak. The one you see here from Airfix is an older box from about 10-15 years ago. Unopened and in prestine condition. The 1955 film “The Dambusters” is very good. Peter Jackson has been said to be keen on making a new movie about the event, we shall see what happens there.

(My shot of said Airfix Dambusters kit)

The “Bismarck” video that Sabaton uploaded onto YouTube four years ago has notched up over 75,000,000 views. That is quite an achievement. Of course they did a good video and that particular battle is the stuff of legends. Hobby enthusiasts can build models of Bismarck from different manufacturers (and of other ships that was part of the battle, like The Hood). The 1960 movie “Sink The Bismarck” is still a classic and I recommend it highly. Sabaton has probably reignited a huge interest in all this.

(My shot of Sabaton, Stockholm 2023)

Got the new issue of Metal Hammer (374) on import from the UK and the main news that they highlight right off the bat is Momometal joining Babymetal. Some good stuff in this issue, Ozzy, Rob Halford, AC/DC, Evanescence etc. The big chunk of the magazine is wished for/and presented by, Tenacious D. The Sabaton tour will most likely be covered in issue 375. Having said that, I might as well mention that Babymetal are covered in German publication Sonic Seducer right now as well (issue 4 2023), but Metal Hammer is the real deal.

(My shot of said news highlight – image is, as far as I know, official for promotional purposes)

Got these excellent magazines on import from the UK today. Classic Rock 314 and Infinity 60. Hours of great nostalgia. Actually, Classic Rock will give you some new acts as well to check out, but it is all old school. Classic Black Sabbath and Classic Bond on the covers. Hard to resist I would say.

(My shot of said publications, now go out and support these titles!)

Got some magazines from Japan with Babymetal covers and loads of content. Over 230 pages in fact. Clock-wise from bottom left: Metal Hammer Vol.13, Hedoban Spinoff 11, Rolling Stone 5 2023, Young Guitar 4 2023, PMC Vol.27. These were all published to coincide with the release of the new album over there. Probably the last batch to feature Babymetal as a duo.

(My shot of said magazines)