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Not the best of weeks...

Part II: Nothing I Can't Handle
Spent the week trying to install a decent OS on my laptop, it having been shipped with Windows ME. A warez copy of Win 2K from one of my 1337 haxxor buddies (who shall remain nameless, natch) seemed to be in order. Spent most of the week buggering about with install disks, drivers and partitioning as I tried to set up a clean version of 2K and an additional partition on which I hoped to install some sort of Linux variant. Needless to say, this proved trickier than it should have done, but by Friday I had a working 2K setup which recognised all my hardware and was ready to roll. Naturally, I decided to play games, specifically 'Arcanum' (sword, sorcery 'n' steampunk RPG which I bought a couple of months ago but wouldn't quite run on my old machine.)

Meanwhile, my portable back-up brain (a Psion Revo) had inexplicably wiped itself, meaning I had to restore from a backup which (naturally) I hadn't done for a while. I think all I lost was a few good t-shirt slogan ideas and the details of exactly how much money my housemates owe me in council tax and rent, but both were reconstructible.

Mike and I played another blinder of a set at Panic. We'd actually gotten the hang of the controls this time, so though we'd been drinking since 10, we managed to get up in the booth at 1:00 and put together a pretty slick set, though I (have to) say so myself. We only had one worrying moment when a pissed bloke reached over and grabbed the case of one of the CDs we were about to play (luckily the CD itself was already in the machine) and refused to return it unless we played two tracks from it. Twat. Undaunted, we played the one that we were intending to play anyway, and I tracked him down after the set and retrieved the case without him noticing it had gone. That set in full (I think. Lost the set list):
Sure ShotBeastie Boys
Twentieth Century BoyPlacebo
Hobo Humpin' Slobo BabeWhale
Self EsteemOffspring
RocksPrimal Scream
Hate To Say I Told You SoThe Hives
40 Boys In 40 NightsThe Donnas
Fell In Love With A GirlThe White Stripes
Kandy PopBis

Yes, two were tracks we'd played last time too, but a) they were good, and b) we had to tweak the set list at the last minute because the DJ before us played some of the bands we had planned. I have decided that I really like DJing. tinyjo came, in a top and bra combo that gave her eerie ultraviolet breasts from certain angles. She stayed for our set, which was sweet given that she has to get up early. Jeremy cleanskies came too, looking very cool in a hand-customised velcro t-shirt. and also seemed to enjoy herself despite having been ill this week. And while I'm name-checking LJers, liriselie was there too, though this is less noteworthy, his (kir?) distinctive spikey dancing being a welcome regular fixture at Panic.

So overall all seemed to be well, as I contemplated a weekend during which the dutiful, beautiful tinyjo would be at her parents for Mother's Day and her brother's 21st birthday, so I could stay in bed using my laptop as god intended: for games, net-surfing and porn. I look back on how I felt that Friday with wistful nostalgia. It all seemed so simple...

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stephenl
Mar. 11th, 2002 08:10 am (UTC)
they have prono in england??!
oxfordhacker
Mar. 11th, 2002 09:38 am (UTC)
We have the internet. What more does one need?
stephenl
Mar. 11th, 2002 09:44 am (UTC)
Fair enough, my friend. Fair enough.
andypop
Mar. 12th, 2002 04:13 pm (UTC)
What are you doing playing Placebo instead of the T Rex version? Death to the evil ones!!!
oxfordhacker
Mar. 15th, 2002 12:00 am (UTC)
I know, I know. Mike and I were both wracked with guilt, but it was the only version we had available. We'll do better next time.
andypop
Mar. 16th, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC)
I don't like to slag off other people's bands (which is why I never, ever, ever do it), but Placebo really are feeble. I mean, I quite liked Nancy Boy, but everything else they've done has been unbelievably poor. An old housemate had one of their albums, which included a long 'jam'-type track in the style of Sonic Youth, surely the only thing more boring than bands who hold down two notes on a keyboard for ten minutes at a time in 'homage' to Stereolab. Pure Morning was catchy, I'll grant you, but that's possibly the most irritating of all their songs - why sing the same verse thirteen times when another five minutes' work could've provided them with another two verses' worth of lyrics, albeit naff ones judging by the quality of the ones they got around to writing, about friends in need and stormy weather and leather pants ("leather pants", come to think of it, being an apt description of their music).

With this in mind, I've magnanimously spent ten whole minutes of my valuable songwriting time coming up with a couple of extra verses so that Placebo need embarrass themselves no further. Imagine the following intoned in a tinny voice over a pissweak indierock backing, to the tune of Pure Morning:

A friend in black, dressed in a mac
A friend with drugs aplenty
Has let some girls in round the back
All of them under twenty
They're not impressed with my black dress
Though they're inebriated
One has the rudeness to suggest
My band is overrated

Pure
Whining
Pure
Whining
Pure
Whining
Pure
Whining

I offer drugs, I offer sex
In my tour bus nightly
I offer thousand-dollar cheques
They decline politely
They say they couldn't give a toss
That I'm a famous singer
I tell them I'm androgynous
They say I'm just a minger

Pure
Whining
etc…
the23
Jul. 30th, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC)
hey! i used to dj at panic years ago (1997 or so). i've been through the whole slacker in oxford bit, even to the point of surfing in OUCS years after i had finished my studies and wasn't supposed to be there. now i'm slacking in cleveland, ohio which is easier because you don't need as much dosh to live on. soon i will be moving to portland, oregon. i wish you the best of luck with your slacking.
the23
Aug. 2nd, 2002 10:47 am (UTC)
now i think i've figured out exactly who you are. we used to be at the same college and all that crap. still slakcing there after all this time....that's a very good effort. how did you keep the ferret address?
the23
Aug. 2nd, 2002 10:47 am (UTC)
now i think i've figured out exactly who you are. we used to be at the same college and all that crap. still slacking in ox4d after all this time....that's a very good effort. how did you keep the ferret address?
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