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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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.

Her father's family had come to Britain from Poland in the 1920's and had originally settled in Yorkshire. They had changed their name from "Tzuke" to Myers because it was one of the more common names in Yorkshire at that time and they wanted to blend into the community.

Her father, was a successful Park Lane based property developer, who also managed artists and singers, and at one time co-managed and supported Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice while they wrote Jesus Christ Superstar but died a few weeks before the musical opened.

Her mother was an actress in films and popular TV series including The Marty Feldman show and The Goodies.

A poet at heart, Tzuke was convinced to produce a series of demo tapes and through circumstance managed to secure a record deal with David Bowie and T-Rex producer Tony Visconti's label Good Earth.

Changing her name from Myers back to her original family's surname Tzuke, the single ‘These are The Laws’ was released to little fanfare and even less success.

In 1977 she signed with Elton John’s label -The Rocket Record Company. Her first single was on Rocket, "For You", released in 1978.
Her first (and only) major success, "Stay with Me till Dawn", was released in 1979.

The track, which was co-written with Mike Paxman, became a Top 20 hit in the UK in the summer of 1979 and a Top 10 hit in Australia and was featured on Tzuke's 1979 debut album, 'Welcome to the Cruise' which was also a Top 20 hit.

In 2002, "Stay With Me Till Dawn" was chosen by the British public in a poll of the 50 Best British Songs 1952–2002 (ranking at number 39).

In 1980, Judie and her band toured America for three months as support to Elton John – but during the tour Elton John decided to change the US distribution for his Rocket label from MCA to the new Geffin label.

MCA consequently decided to stop all tour support and promotion for the acts on the Rocket label, which meant that Tzuke was playing to huge audiences, including 450,000 people in New York's Central Park, but no-one knew who she was and her records were not available in the shops.

Tzuke continues to perform to this day.


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.

So, it is with some trepidation, that while you might be well aware of how to get to Sesame Street these days – you’re still not too old to pick up a few tips from those with ping pong balls for eyes and 70s shag and or foam for form.

Things I’ve picked up from the Muppets:

Be More Tolerant

If a pig and a frog can get along – I guess we can all give it a go. Stop worrying so much about how much money someone makes, or what kind of job they have, or even the color of their skin. Just accept people as people. The world isn’t all com bi yar – but a little mutual respect goes a long way.

Music Makes Things Better
The one thing you could always count on from The Muppets is that they could break into some huge song-and-dance number at any given moment. Whether it’s doing chores or working on some mundane task at work, crank up the tunes and you’ll see how much better you feel and how much faster time goes by.

Dream Big
Perhaps the whole Rainbow Connection thing is a bit much but no matter how crazy, how wild or unreachable your dream is – don’t stop dreaming. You may not always reach it – but never ever let anyone else tell you you can’t. Dreams are one of the few things which are truly yours – they are non-negotiable currency.

Life (or the show) must go on
No matter the obstacles, no matter what they threw at those involved with the Muppet Theatre, the gang always managed to put together a show. Guess what? Life’s no different.

Love is Blind and Opposite Attract
Do I really need to spell this one out. A relationship between a pig and a frog doesn’t seem odd to a three year old, just funny ha ha funny. She was feisty and yes they argued, but they seem destined to be together. But it proves that all kinds of opposites do attract and can get along.

And finally

Have Fun

Being you is more important than fitting in. Laugh at yourself. Whether you’re a Gonzo or an Animal – you need to be true to yourself and take time to laugh at the silliness of the world sometimes (especially if you’re a part of the silliness).

These flawed creatures not only provide us with entertainment, but a unique insight into how to handle some of life’s bigger problems.


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.

I'm a 'cusper'.

I'm one of those who can't legitimately claim to be a genuine baby boomer - but equally can't (by Georgian calendar standards) point to a Gen X lineage either.

I grew up with black and white television, earned my pocket money and called everyone Mr or Mrs until such time as I was invited to address my elders by 'name'.

Phone technology meant moving from two cans tied together by a length of string to the kid up the street whose parents bought him a walkie talkie for his birthday.

Google didn't exist - we figured crap out for ourselves and what we couldn't figure out we made up.

Teams were chosen by putting your feet into a circle and employing the democratic eenie meanie system of natural selection and insults were dished out using those little origami type contraptions a number and a colour.

'Social' and 'Media' weren't used in the same sentence, vinyl was something you played at either 45 or 33rpms and 'Spam' was something you're mother crummed.

'Dobbers' were (of course) never tolerated, grazed knees were worn as a badge of honour, fish n chips were considered a special treat and you could feast on 20c worth of mixed lollies.

The 'tween' years (when you weren't quite a teen but then again not quite able to get into the flicks for half price) were almost as awkward as being an adolscent - but hey - the day I got my first handknitted 'Starsky' jacket was a day I'll never forget.

So it was with the same awkwardness I endured as a 12 year old when asking a girl to go to my Year 6 end of school dance that all those feelings surfaced as one of my daughters proudly 'waltzed' into our loungeroom - decked out in her version of what the 70s represented.

Adorned with 'peace' chains, psychedelic colours, platforms and blue eyeshadow - she looked more like a cast member from Austin Powers than my recollection of the era - but no doubt the effort was there.

I cast my minds eye back 30 years ago when I remember shuffling off to a 50s-themed party decked out in what I thought was the quinntessential 'Happy Days' look - complete with letterman jacket, slicked back hair and stove pipe 'strides'.

The wheel it would seem turns.

And like sands through the hourglass - so are the days of our lives . . .

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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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

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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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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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Comment by Mr Nice Guy
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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