The Stone Roses are one of the greatest bands out of Manchester ever. As a teenager I just loved the whole Indie, Madchester sound. My cassette of The Stone Roses was probably the music most played album shoved into my ‘off brand’ (phony) walkman.
Pretty much all of the tracks from their self titled first album, still stand the test of time. A modern masterpiece (If you can call 1989 modern). The combination of John Squire’s guitars, Mani’s bass, Reni’s drums and of course Ian Brown’s vocals were perfect.
The first time around, I was a little too young and naive to catch them when they played at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. I did however finally get to see them in one of their homecoming shows, at Heaton Park Manchester. 80,000 people in a field (in the rain), to see one of the greatest bands ever assembled was an experience I will never want to forget.
My Sound Wave Art based on Made of Stone, uses the iconic lemon as a main focus, with the waveform hugging the rind. Of course the original lemon is a little more grimey with it’s harsh black overlay. I wanted a more subtle cleaner, up to date look so kept the colour palette a little fresher.
Another set of photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in and around Oregon. I only feel I scratched the surface of this massive, beautiful State.
Personal Oregon highlights were definitely visiting Mount Hood ( and the hotel where they filmed the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in ‘The Shining’) and Cannon Beach (and the rocks from the end of The Goonies).
The evening we visited Canon Beach was slightly misty and a little overcast, but this just added to the atmosphere. Haystack rock and it’s other rock friends were breathtaking. I’d like to think that I will be back there some time.
Arriving at Multnomah
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Awesome Van Artwork
Muscle and Rock
Ice Ice? Maybe!
On the way to Mount Hood
Overlook Hotel Flags
Fall Guy Truck
Stand By Me
3 men in a boat
Steps to Goonies Rock
Canon Beack rocks
Reflection of Goonies Rock
Looking at the Haystack Rock
Misty hills from the air
Oregon from Above
Oregon Coast from a Helicopter
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I recently went to see the sequel to one of my all time favourite films, Trainspotting. Not as good as the original but it’s still worth a watch.
Trainspotting was based on the novel by the amazing Scottish author, Irvine Welsh. When I read Trainspotting way back in 1995 I was instantly a fan of his style. I honestly thought a movie could not do justice to the book. Fortunately it was directed by arguably the best director of recent years, Danny Boyle. The movie… and it’s sound track are still iconic over 20 years later (Damn, that makes me feel old).
I could have chosen so many amazing songs from the soundtrack as a tribute… but in the end it just had to be Born Slippy by Underworld. One of the greatest, booming dance tracks ever.
In July 2016 I had a bit of a whirlwind jaunt over to the U S of A.
Our trip started with a couple of day’s in Portland, Oregon… then to Las Vegas… another flight to San Francisco. From San Fran we took route 101 up the west coast back to Oregon.
During the trip I took wayyyy too many photos.
I have tried to split the photos into sets of 40 (XL in roman numerals) as I did have the joy of turning 40 while in Vegas. This set of photos were taken on day one of two in Vegas.
Las Vegas XL – Part 2, San Francisco XL, Portland XL and Route 101 XL sets will follow at some point. Enjoy 🙂
Stars and Stripes
Sticker Bomb Sign
Which way to Las Vegas?
Gucci in Paris, LV
Heading to the MGM
Gnarled Drummer Dude
I Heart NY, Vegas
Paris, Las Vegas
Blue and Yellow
Need a lift
Bunny and Spidey
Olaf and Minion
Who Wants Candy?
Is that Bill Murray?
Having a Moment
Orange, White, Yellow
Big Brother is Watching You
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Pet Sounds was the eleventh studio album by The Beach Boys. The album is crammed full of classics, even so, one track stands out head and shoulders above the rest… God Only Knows.
For it’s time in 1966, the production of this track is amazing. Some songs age over time, God Only Know’s just keeps getting better.
Please enjoy my Sound Wave Art inspired by the song. Although not a style available on my shop site yet, please get in touch if you’d like a personalised song created in this original style.