Mr Nice Guy

Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Joined June 19th 2007

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"Our thoughts are precious. They are our very own property and can't be taken from us." - P.K. Shaw

About Me
Yes it's true I'm a 50's/60's/70s tragic - that longs for the romance of yesterday but regails in the thought of an exciting tomorrow. A firm believer that everyone in this world puts their trousers on 'one leg at a time' - we'd all be better off if there was a little more humour, understanding and respect for one another.


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Lay Back and Think of England . . .

August 31st 2014 23:23
Soft Rock, 70s, America, Pop Culture
One, was the younger brother of soft rock duo Seals and and Crofts – the other intentionally misspelled his name for ease of pronounciation.

England Dan and John Ford Coley will hardly go down as household names in the world of soft rock – yet surprisingly still managed four No.1’s on the US charts over the space of just two years.

Comprising Danny Wayland "England Dan" Seals and John Edward "John Ford" Coley, the duo released eleven albums and nine singles in their career and are best known for their 1976 single, "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", a No.1 hit in both the US and Australia.

The duo began while they were friends and classmates at W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas.

Seals was the younger brother of Jim Seals of the 1970s soft rock duo Seals and Crofts. Dan's childhood nickname was "England Dan" because he was a fan of The Beatles, and he occasionally adopted an affected English accent.

John Colley's last name was re-spelled "Coley" for ease of pronunciation; "Ford" was added as his middle name for nothing more than flow purposes, thus England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Initially touring on the undercard to such acts as Led Zeppelin , they formed an acoustic act, Colley and Wayland before reinventing themselves as England Dan & John Ford Coley and moving to Los Angeles where they opened for numerous bands.

After a underwhelming lack of success the pair virtually stumbling upon the song "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", written by young songwriter, Parker McGee.

They recorded a demo and in spite of criticism about the chances of it making any headway on the charts from Atlantic Records – it went on to peak at No.1 in the US, Australia and Canada.

In total the duo had six Top 40 singles between 1976 and 1979 all through the Big Tree label before officially disbanding in the early 80s.


10 Reasons To Love ELO

August 3rd 2014 10:22
ELO, Band, Music, Free Downloads
When Jeff Lynne joined the band the Move in 1970, it was with the condition that the group blend their basic rock moves with classical music.

To the 'great contemporary unwashed' of the time, the concept was as novel as it was outrageous yet after recording just two more albums with the group, both Lynne and Move front man Ron Wood took the leap of faith and formed The Electric Light Orchestra.

Helping to realise Lynne's dream of pairing classical instruments with rock 'n' roll riffs, the band's 1971 debut is even today considered a clunky attempt to get some footing with this new hybrid - yet history will tell us that it was Wood who effectively stymied the growth of the now legendary ELO sound.

Coming to prominence in the mid 70's, ELO rode a massive wave of middle America success - which traversed both the Atlantic and Pacific with huge fan bases in both the UK, Europe and Australia.

A string of hits stretching from their 1975 album Face The Music through to their final 'official' album in 1982 with the science fiction concept album Time made ELO one of the most consistently marketable groups of the time.

The group's name is an intended pun based not only on electric light (as in a light bulb as seen on early album covers) but also using "electric" rock instruments combined with a "light orchestra" (orchestras with only a few cellos and violins).

So, discounting the reformations and the pseudo efforts such as Lynne's "Every Little Thing" from his solo effort 'Armchair Theatre' - what in my opinion are 10 reason to love ELO?

1. Living Thing
2. Do Ya
3. Don't Bring Me Down
4. Rockaria
5. Can't Get it Out of My Head
6. Turn to Stone
7. Evil Woman
8. Sweet Talking Woman
9. Telephone Line
10.Shine a Little Love

Great 'shags' of our time

June 3rd 2014 04:37
We both loved and loathed.

They inspired stylists and wig makers alike – but just who should lay claim to having the most famous TV trusses of all time?

Reckon you’ve never really given it too much considered thought . . . well try a few of these on for size.

Jennifer Anniston

You knew she'd be on this list and lets face it anyone around in the 90s will recall this with fondness – dare I suggest some still carry it

Farah Fawcett

She was perhaps the first TV star to inspire a ‘shag’ phenomenon – go on – check out your 70s photographs

Cosmo Kramer

Do we really have to explain this one? Needless to say – never really took off with business leaders

Mr T

Badass and bold – but you gotta pity the fool that tried to carry this off in public

Donald Trump

When you're that rich, you can wear your hair however you want,


The Beatles Animated Series

April 8th 2014 06:20
the Beatles. Fab four, pop culture
As a kid, I had alot of early television memories. Fury, Ruff n Ready, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillies and My Three Sons among them.

Perhaps it was the cheap babysitting ideal the timber veneer His Masters Voice set represented - who knows - but as a three year old plainly televsion resonated

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Pretty In Pink

April 4th 2014 04:48
Pretty In pink, Ringwald, Movies, Famous, Hits, 80s, popculture
It’s been the 80s all over again at my place the past couple of weeks, with a never ending series of re-runs featuring ‘classic’ big hair, shoulder pads and dance moves.

The latest instalment was a screening last night of the quintessential high school saga – Pretty in Pink

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Confession time – I remember only two things from my senior year formal – arriving and leaving.

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The 70s Compilation Album

March 25th 2014 19:56
Ripper, Hits, 70s, compilation
Most of us who grew up in Australia in the 70's would remember the K-Tel compilation albums that came out every couple of months or so.

Naturally they contained a smattering of hits to entice you to part with your $6.99 and just as many B-sides from artists who probably had better things to do on the day

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Dead or Alive?

March 24th 2014 18:44
TV, sitcoms, Dead, Alive, Famous, Stars, Hollywood, TV
Tina Louise from Gilligans Island
Remember those TV sitcom stars that will be forever young on celluloid?

Ever wonder who is still around to share the memories

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Those Were The Days My Friend . . .

March 23rd 2014 23:12
Disco, Hits, Worst, Best Of, Pop Music, Rock, Rolling Stones
It was the era of Donna Summer, ELO, Racey and KISS.

When names such as Patrick Hernandez, Cheap Trick, Blondie and Ami Stewart ruled, and The Cars, Leif Garrett, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Village People, the Bee Gees and 10CC were commonalities

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16 Again . . .

March 20th 2014 20:32
Couples, teens, love, romance, SMS
When you’re young, the whole ‘girlfriend’/’boyfriend’ thing is a little like prescription medicines, they come with an expiry date.

With kids of my own now - and all older than when I had my first pseudo serious girlfriend at school – I realise just how innocent we must have looked in spite of how mature and caught up in the moment we actually felt

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Recent Comments

Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on True Love Never Gets Old...

December 16th 2013 06:04
. . . .and sometimes (just sometimes) all things good deserve a stronger even brighter bloom - relationships which stand the test of time fall well and truly into that category.

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on Images of the 70s

December 15th 2013 23:10
Nice one James!

Good taste never goes out of fashion - we all know that.

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on Peabody and Sherman

August 9th 2013 03:44
Just like the Hanker tribe of indigineous Americans right? What? Surely you've heard of the Hankers? Their leader is known throughout the civilised world . . . and put his name to the cloth he so famously carried with him at all times . . .

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on HELLO WORLD...UFO anyone?

July 18th 2013 06:44
Beware the drone Foggy . . . it walks among us disguised as someone or something that cares about the network - do do do do . . .

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Yep - waiting for that elusive next cheque to find it's way into my account too - not holding my breath. One extra click coming your way though to help get you there.

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“Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.”

Do, or do not. There is no "try".

Stay close my friend!

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on Will Orble fold before I get my next $150?

April 16th 2013 09:25
Hey Katyzzz

Yep - the days of doing a post a day are well and truly gone - and like everyone else - stand to lose out (not alot mind you - up somewhere around $40-odd at the moment) but still I'm sure Google will put all our nickles and dimes to good use.

Sad as it may be - it just doesn't make much cents (err sense) any more really.

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on It's settled--fish are oblivious to pain!

January 25th 2013 10:36
I'll contemplate that as I tuck into some Whiting tonight . . .

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy

October 30th 2012 04:37
A sad day indeed when one of the few remaining band of merry originals shuffles off the Orble coil. In spite of the darkness which surrounds Horrorphile, the cloak hides a genuinely good guy who not only knows his 'stuff'' but has talent to boot. I recall having a 'shandy or two' with the aforementioned John Doe and learnt first hand the admiration you have for each other's talents. Still, time to move to another crypt for even more tales . . .

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