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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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.

Besides colour (which televsion WASN'T back in 60s Australia) - music would be a good reason to attract and keep the attention of a three year old - and The Beatles animated series featuring the fanciful and musical misadventures of the popular English band filled that niche.

Each episode had a name of a Beatles song, featured an animated story based on that song's lyrics and also played at some time during its screening.

The series was a historical milestone as well, being the first weekly television series to feature animated versions of real, living people. In addition, there were also sing along sequences.

For the trivia buffs, John, Paul, George and Ringo had nothing to do with the series' production beyond the use of their music with actors Paul Frees and Lance Percival doing the voice over work of the Fab Four.

Kicking off with the very first episode entitled A Hard Day's Night and I Want to Hold Your Hand where The Beatles are in Transylvania rehearsing in a haunted house with "monstrous" visitors through to the final episode 'Wait I'm Only Sleeping' where a mythical The Prince of Krapotkin's girlfriend is in grave danger and The Beatles help to save her by playing Penny Lane and Elanor Rigby to put a mythical dragon to sleep . . . the story lines just got better as the series unfolded- but for four years the series did just that - and had a legion of fans.

Did it matter to a young MNG in shorts and a smile? Not in the least.

That it outlasted many other sitcoms also speaks volumes about the offering back in the day.

The series was syndicated worldwide on television after the original series ended in 1969.

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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The 10 Worst Songs of the 70s

March 19th 2014 20:04
Disco, Hits, Worst, Best Of, Pop Music, Rock, Rolling Stones
Best and Worst Of lists are of course sufficiently good reason to start conversation around the barbecue or office tea room - so when Rolling Stone readers recently selected the Ten Worst Songs of the ’70s I couldn't help but cringe . . . just a little.

Admittedly, some are just culturally horrendous, but if you grew up on AM radio as a kid, you will probably find some of your childhood favourites made the list

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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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