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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Pop Rocks

March 2nd 2015 04:36
In the ’70s AM radio ruled.

With one spin of the dial you could find a pop single, a rock song, a soul refrain - the music that gave the decade its unforgettable soundtrack.

While the 1960s seems to get all the attention for being the golden age of rock, and the late 80s/early 90s for taking music into a strange, "new" territory - there are gems from the late 1970s and early 1980s, which deserve to be dusted off the shelf and danced to.

Electric Light Orchestra's - Out of The Blue (1977), The Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" (1978), The Clash "Rock the Casbah" (1982) and Toto's "Africa" (1982) are just a few examples - but there's a litany of vinyl sitting idle in boxes at trade fairs, garage sales and attics that to this day await emancipation - not only as karaoke fodder - but for the sake of classic culture.

Like any language - if we stop using it - it will simply disappear.

Top 100 Pop Songs of the 70s

January 5th 2015 10:01
GIVEN the peril which is inherent to creating such lists, you really have wonder why anyone would be either brave (or stupid) enough to put themselves out there when creating such a list.

Sure, there is a case to suggest that it is merely a stimulant for discussion and no doubt publicity for the author - but once the dust has settled - is any real credence afforded the scribe - given the subjectivity of something as diverse as music.

So it was with a shake of the head I stumbled on this gem from Rock on The Net which proudly proclaims that Debbie Boone's hit from 1977 - You Light Up My Life - should justifiably be placed atop the best of the best list from the decade that style forgot.

Even more curious is that positions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 were all taken up by four brothers whose surname all happened to be Gibb (How Deep Is Your Love, I Just Want to Be Your Everything, Night Fever, Shadow Dancing, Staying Alive and Love is Thicker Than Water).

Admittedly - the Gibb boys did symbolise the latter part of the era but six of the top 10 places - pleeease!

Which brings us to positions 7, 8 and 9.

Le Freak by Chic was a catchy ditty for its time but hardly one you'd place in a time capsule while Rockin Rod Stewart's Tonight's the Night (while sultry) doesn't immediately come to mind when conversation turns to classic vinyl releases.

And finally - rounding out the 10 is that one hit wonder band - The Knack with My Sharona - which could almost be justified given the significant period it spent keeping out erstwhile tunes out of the no.1 spot around the world during 1979.

What was also interesting is that all 10 songs came from just a three year stretch - with only 4 of the top 20 being released prior to 1977 - most notable being BJ Thomas' - Raindrops Keep Falling . . . .

Yep - when something called I Go Crazy by Paul Davis cracks it above anything Elton John, The Carpenters, Paul McCartney and Wings, Billy Joel et al - you simply either lift the needle or change your tune.


70s Supergroups

November 25th 2014 00:56
The Eagles, ELO, Supergroups, 70s
The ‘Supergroups’ of the 70’s - just who were the best, what legacy’s did they leave their fans – and what did their music mean to you?

Try to encapsulate a formal Top 10 and you leave yourself wide open for comment, criticism and perhaps a little egg on your face.

Sure you can base your results on sales, hits or longevity – but hey – sometimes you’ve just got to go with your gut on this kind of thing and play favourites.

So in no real order let’s take a look at 10 of the best.

1. The Eagles
2. Boston
3. Queen
4. ELO
6. Pink Floyd
7. Led Zepplin
8. The Who
9. Abba
10. Fleetwood Mac

As for their best albums – well now you’re getting yourself into even deeper water – and yes – I’m expecting a little shouting from the rooftops on these as well.

1. Hotel California
2. Boston
3. Night at The Opera
4. Discovery
5. Alive
6. Dark Side of the Moon
7. Led Zepplin 3
8. Quadrophenia
9. Arrival
10. Rumours

OK – so I’ve left out your Steely Dans, Supertramps, Credence’s, AC/DC’s, Doobies, Status Quo’s and some of the more edgy stuff like the Ramones and Black Sabbath – but sometimes you’ve just got to draw a line in the sand.

Ladies and gentlemen - feel free to fire at will . . .


The High School Formal

November 10th 2014 23:52
It's that time of year again - when 'old school' becomes fashionable again (for one night at least) when long flowing gowns, heels, suits and ties replace daisy duke cut-off's, and well worn jeans.

The high school formal (or prom - as I've noticed is now starting to come into vogue) is a right of passage that we all either look back with on fondness or a degree of angst

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What Makes A Classic?

November 10th 2014 03:01
What exactly is a classic song (or for that matter) album?

Generationally speaking, you'll be bombarded by claims and counter-claims that certain era's have a birthright to the 'classic' - yet this is a little like espousing that religion should be taught in schools - meaning that the claimant usually means their religion - and not all religion

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One Hit Wonders of the 70s

September 15th 2014 23:14
70s Pop
She performed under the name of Judie Tzuke, was born in London to an English mother and a father of Polish extract - but more importantly is one of the more obscure ‘One Hit Wonders’ to have breezed through the charts in the late 70s.

Judie Myers was educated in the visual and performing arts, and was a regular on the folk club circuit from the age of 15

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Things I've Learnt From The Muppets

September 15th 2014 05:29
The Muppets have long claimed a special place in the hearts of not only kids – but kids at heart.

While they may have started out as bit players looking to impart basic ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s to youngsters – somewhere along the way they proved they were more than just entertainers – but pretty damned good life teachers as well

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The 70s

September 12th 2014 03:19
Google, 70s, Gen X, Toys
I had reason to squirm the other day, when I found myself in that place between uncomfortable reality and nostalgic recall.

If I'd ever had reason to doubt Stephen Hawking and his theories on time and space warping - it was dispelled in the blink of an eye

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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

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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

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on Bathing in Beer

September 15th 2014 05:44
Conjecture really . . . probably depends on whether you're bathing in low-carb or full strength

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on The teen brain revisited

September 15th 2014 05:40
No amount of science will ever decipher the teen brain - it's hard wired to be unpredictable. Oh how I long for my youth some days . . .

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on Who should play the next James Bond?

September 15th 2014 05:35
OK - my list of replacements from the top;

Ewan McGregor
Joshua Jackson
Jon Hann

and at a pinch

Clive Owen

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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
on Perry Mason Movie Collection Vol. 3

September 15th 2014 00:37
Was fortunate or unfortunate enough to meet Raymond Burr whilst on a family holiday many years ago. Even as a kid was a massive fan of both Ironside and Perry Mason - and was horribly disillusioned by his naysayer attitude toward a young admirer. Still - both series resonate with me in spite of it.

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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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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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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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