Into 2013

Best wishes to everyone for the coming year, and let’s hope April lives up to expectations. I had thought the band might make the most of the time of year to post a five minute audio trailer for the album over the Xmas break – what a great way to gee everyone along. But then I woke up…!
DTB are getting back into the swing of things after a fraught run up to the Christmas break. The phone lines up our neck of the woods are never great. One had already gone down a few weeks ago and was proving a struggle to repair, then the other line went the week before Xmas – leaving us with no phone, no internet and no credit card access. Happily it was reinstated after a couple of days but it did backlog the office orders. The other line was finally repaired as well – but they forgot to tell us! One bit of good news out of it all was that the BT engineer told us fibre optic is now installed in the locale and we should get this in a few months. Not that the Government is funding it. The money is coming from the EU development budget. So any UKIPers who try and doorstep us will get a mouthful!
Anyhow, working through the weekend we did get all the orders out before Xmas but we do apologise if some were a bit late. Also struggling against the elements was the California Jam book. Literally on one occasion when in that ice-storm we had a forklift truck carrying cases skidded and dropped the lot. Then, everyone concerned having bust several guts to get the book finished, the big problem came with the vinyl; having decided to press in the UK the plant let the publisher down, delivered just 100 copies and then closed a week before Xmas. The only fair option was to dig back and ship the oldest orders out first, and the other copies will go this month once the vinyl problem is sorted out.
After all that we needed cheering up, but didn’t expect Blackmore to be the one to provide the laughs. Tim Summers caught Mr. & Mrs. Blackmore on a radio interview recently. He was asked the rather bizarre question of ‘Which singer that you’ve worked with in the past does Candice most remind you of?’ Blackmore quickly came back with ‘Coverdale, because she’s always shouting at me and calling me Baby’! Good to see he’s not lost his sense of humour altogether. It does beg the question is she always exhorting him to take up cigarettes as well? (“I said Smoke!”).  Sorry.
Keith Sharp was out doing his Xmas shopping in Primark and spotted this gem on sale there between the Hendrix and Stones skinny tops. Size – very small.
Stormbringer T Shirt
The US label Friday Music have done a ‘deluxe’ reissue of Slaves & Masters on CD (due Feb). I’m not a fan of their editions at all. This promises ‘remastering’, which if their other efforts are anything to go by, will be awful.
For some light relief, check out this new Brazilian TV advert which uses a cover version of Highway Star as the backing music. Thanks to Roberto Souza for the heads up. The agency have done two versions of the track, one a female vocal pop take, the other more like the original, then switch between the two as the graphics go from Sin City type urban imagery to more colourful comic book stuff. Hard to explain, so have a look! Who makes JAC cars (or why anyone would want to buy one) I’ve no idea.

Update – the rock rendition is actually Glenn Hughes, and it’s the one on that patchy tribute album ReMachined from last year!


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12 Responses to “Into 2013”

  1. Jack. Says:

    Deep Purple must release a killer album that takes the band to the top of the rock scene. Killer riffs! Deep Purple: Masters!

  2. Ian Douglas Says:

    I think re the Machine Head Tribute there were very few saving graces other than Glenn Hughes two tracks and perhaps the Blind Man from Metallica or was it Pantera. Suffice to say it has found heavenly reward culminating in recycling at the Red Cross shop (but not the Melbourne Branch as featured on site).

  3. Tony B Says:

    Blackmore can be amusing in a lot of the interviews I have seen and read. But I always thought that Blackmore would be shouting at Coverdale!

    Interesting advert, I don’t know why I find it slightly unsettling as it moves from sedate to manic. It would never get on British Telly (too creative!) plus there’s that whip cracking lass over a prone gentleman image! JAC cars are made in China but not sold in the UK. Happy new year to all.

  4. Michael Anthony Says:

    Coincidentally, my 14-year-old daughter just went out shopping and came home with one of those Primark Stormbringer t-shirts for herself. I now have to sit her down and play her the album!
    Happy New Year to all at Darker Than Blue and the DPAS!

  5. James Mitchell Says:

    Did you not recognise one of the versions of Highway Star? It is from the tribute album, Glenn Hughes on vocals, Steve Vai on guitar.

    • simon robinson Says:

      No! It sort of sounded a bit Hughesy but wasn’t sure. I have played some of the tribute album but lost patience with it. Others have pointed out the origins so have updated the post!

  6. Jerry Bloom Says:

    With reference your comment on the EU development budget:

    When in 2002 Neil Kinnock, the then vice-president of the European Commission, paid a visit to Tyne and Wear to inspect the “18.5 kilometre” extension of the local Metro to Sunderland, the train was painted with the EU’s ring of stars and there was lavish local publicity for his boast that the scheme could not have been completed without the EU’s contribution of £14.75 million.

    However the EU’s contribution was only a small part of the £98 million that the scheme had cost, and furthermore, because the UK is a net contributor to the EU funds, in order to get back that £14.75 million from the EU, British taxpayers had to hand over £29.5 million to Brussels in the first place.

    I can’t see that it is a good deal for taxpayers to receive a percentage of their own money back, which is what happens every time a EU grant is issued to this country. Much simpler to keep your own money in the first place I think.

    So if the UKIPers come knocking at your door, make sure you have some facts to back up your argument, or have a listen to what Ian Gillan has to say on the EU:

    • simon robinson Says:

      I’ll bow to your figure work Jerry! I fully accept that the EU is far from perfect, and Neil Kinnock needs a good seeing to for not getting more involved in exposing fraud and protecting whistle blowers within the organisation. Even so, I don’t have a problem with the concept, and indeed voted for Britain to join way back whenever that referendum was put to us in the 70s. Mind you if I’d been in charge we would have stayed in EFTA along with the Scandinavians. And EFTA did much better stamps.

  7. Mike Galway Says:

    What is happening in April?

  8. n mills Says:

    The money comes from England less about 50% as the EU’s cut for flash limos and dining in Brussels!

  9. Brent Dehn Says:

    That’s the Glenn Hughes version of “Highway star” (the male version)!

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