Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas party in Sweetgrass

Group Notice From: Sweetgrass Sim Group by Ganymede Gynoid
'Sexy dressed Santa’s with some of their bodyparts wrapped as precious gifts danced in the Sweetgrass Christmas Disco,' Norbie wrote on the website with the pics of the party at "http://sweetgrassparties.weebly.com/index.html".
DJ Racker did a magnificent set with many, many Christmas songs, so all came in the right mood! The contest is won by Honzo, Luca, Christo, Fiorino, Jhami, Joeh, and Lysander, congrats boys! Next Sunday we have a Bye bye 2014 Party with DJ Ginger!

Pictures made by Ganymedes
Tim
Christo

Status Quo Party at T.R.A.C.S

With DJ Anj on Saturday December 20th.
The theme was: Whatever you want. Whatever you like!
Here are the snapshots I made.

Next week we have a winter break.
We will be back on January 3rd 2015

Tim and I wish you a wonderful Christmas and great 2015.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Musician Joe Cocker dies at age 70

The British singer Joe Cocker died Monday at the age of seventy from the effects of lung cancer. The singer was known for his raspy voice and jarring movements as he sang. In 1964, the singer internationally known as blues and rock singer. He broke through with his blues take on The Beatles' song With A Little Help From My Friends, which he performed at Woodstock in 1969. 
John Robert "Joe" Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of the Beatles.

His cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. His version also became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. His 1975 hit single, "You Are So Beautiful", reached number five in the US. Cocker is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993 he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.

Rest in peace, Joe.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Status Quo Party at T.R.A.C.S

Saturday December 20th. with DJ Anj. Starting Noon SLT
The theme is: Whatever you want. Whatever you like!
When you prefer to see and hear Status Quo life then you have to be 19:30 in the Brighton Centre, King's Road, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom for the Status Quo Live in Concert with special guests Chas & Dave. 
T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Whatever You Want (Status Quo song)

"Whatever You Want" is a rock song by the British rock band Status Quo. Written by Rick Parfitt and Andy Bown, it was released on the album of the same name in 1979 and has become one of the band's better-known works. It originally appeared on the band's 1979 album Whatever You Want (the twelfth studio 1979 rock album) and was later re-recorded for their 2003 album Riffs.
 
Composition
The song commences with a quiet introduction, containing a guitar playing notes from chords. Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi used chorus, fuzz and flanging effects on their guitars. This lasts for approximately 26.54 seconds, and fades out towards the end. After this, the guitar picks up once more with a D-minor riff, and 40 seconds into the piece, the familiar D-major riff of the song begins, accompanied by drums from the 56 second mark.

At 1 minute, 11 seconds, all audio pauses for approximately half a second; at this point, the lyrical portion commences. The music returns as soon as the first lyrics are heard. This pause creates a short-lived dramatic start to the song, which lasts for a total of 4 minutes.

Impact
Within the United Kingdom, the song reached 4th position in the music charts in 1979. The song has been used in advertising campaigns by popular UK retailer Argos and Ireland based The Gift Voucher Shop which sells the One4all gift vouchers and gift cards, as well as being the theme tune to an ill-fated Saturday night TV show of the same name as the song. It was also parodied in an 1990's advertisement for the now defunct retailer What Everyone Wants, singing the store's name in place of the original song title. In 2008, the song was sampled on the hardstyle song "1980" by Citizen, and then later that same year by German techno band Scooter on the song "Jump That Rock!" from the hit album Jumping All Over The World. The song has also featured albeit in a modified form for the Australian Supermarket chain Coles. The South African trio Mark Haze (from Idols South Africa season seven), Dozi and Ghapi recorded a version on their album "Rocking Buddies" in 2013.
Instruments
The song is guitar oriented, like most Status Quo songs. During recording up to three guitar 'layers' were used, though it can be played with two: rhythm guitar and solo guitar. The other instruments are a bass guitar, keyboards and drums. The lyrics are multi-vocal; for instance the 'Whatever you want' part is sung entirely with two voices.

The guitar low 'E' string is tuned to a D (the song is in the key of D). This is required to play the intro and also the low strumming after the intro. In this later part a flanger effect is used together with the ever-present overdrive/distortion effect.

Status Quo (band)

Status Quo is an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, starting with 1967's "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", and the most recent being in 2010, which is more than any other rock group. 22 of which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Status Quo in the 70s … Rick Parfitt (top), John Coghlan (front left), Alan Lancaster (second right) and Francis Rossi (right)
Status Quo starred in their first feature film, Bula Quo!, which was released to cinemas in July 2013. The film coincided with the release of the soundtrack album Bula Quo!, which peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album, "Bula Bula Quo" was released in June 2013, and is Status Quo's one hundredth single release.

Formation
Status Quo was formed in 1962 under the name "The Scorpions" by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Catford, along with classmates Alan Key (drums) and Jess Jaworski (keyboards). Rossi and Lancaster played their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich, London. In 1963, Key was replaced by John Coghlan and the band changed name to "The Spectres". They began writing their own material and after a year met Rick Parfitt who was playing with a cabaret band called The Highlights. By the end of 1965, Rossi and Parfitt, who had become close friends, made a commitment to continue working together. On 18 July 1966, The Spectres signed a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records, releasing two singles that year, "I (Who Have Nothing)" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (written by Alan Lancaster), and one the next year called "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" (a song originally recorded by New York psychedelic band The Blues Magoos). All three singles failed to make an impact on the charts. Parfitt joined the band in 1967.

Success
After two relatively poor selling albums, Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon and Dog of Two Head in 1970 and 1971, their major breakthrough came when they signed with the heavy rock and progressive label Vertigo. Their first album for Vertigo, Piledriver, was released in 1972 and heralded an even heavier, self-produced sound. This album was essentially the stylistic template for each album they released up until Blue for You in 1976. Quo's more popular songs from this era include "Paper Plane" (no 42 in the German music chart) (1972), "Caroline" (no 36 in the German music chart) (1973), "Down Down" (no 14 in the Austrian music chart) (1975), "Rain" (no 27 in the German music chart) (1976), "Rockin' All Over the World" (No 29 in the New Zealand music chart) (1977) and "Whatever You Want" (no 24 in the Australian Music Chart) (1979). "Down Down" topped the UK Singles Chart in January 1975, becoming their only UK number one single to date. In 1976, they signed a pioneering sponsorship deal with Levi's. Quo have now sold approximately 128 million records worldwide.

...........the 2010s
In May 2013, Leon Cave became Quo's new drummer. In the latter months of 2013, Status Quo embarked on their Bula Quo tour, supported by Uriah Heep on German dates, and 10cc in the UK. This will be followed by nine concert dates in the UK during 2014. On 25 November 2013, it was announced that Status Quo will be headlining the second stage at the Download Festival in June 2014.
The original members of Status Quo in 2013: (front from left) Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan (rear)
In January 2014, Wychwood Brewery announced they would be releasing a Status Quo brand of beer named after their 1972 album 'Piledriver' exclusively in JD Wetherspoon pubs across the UK in February before going on general sale in April. March 2014 saw the second 'Frantic Four' reunion tour featuring Rossi and Parfitt with original members Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan once more with their last gig being at the The O2 in Dublin. Rossi has indicated that this will be the last ever reunion tour of the 'Frantic Four' lineup. On 8 March 2014, Rossi and Parfitt appeared on ITV show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway performing "Rockin' All Over The World" with McBusted.

In October 2014 the two appeared on BBC's The One Show performing an acoustic version of "Pictures of Matchstick Men".

Monday, December 15, 2014

RED PARTY at T.R.A.C.S

I was sick last Saturday but gladly Tim took it all on his shoulders.
Host, Deejay and even he had time to make snapshots during the party.

You did a great job, my love.


 I had my own Red party.