The Shamen

 

The Shamen (/ˈʃmɛn/, SHAY-men) were a Scottish electronic dance music band, formed in 1986 in Aberdeen. The founding members are Colin Angus (born 24 August 1961), Derek McKenzie (born 27 February 1964) and Keith McKenzie (born 30 August 1961). Peter Stephenson (born 1 March 1962) joined shortly after to take over on keyboards from Angus. Several other people were later in the band. Angus then teamed up with Will Sinnott, and together they found credibility as pioneers of rock/dance crossover. When Mr. C joined, the band moved on to international commercial success with “Ebeneezer Goode” and their 1992 Boss Drum album.

The Shamen were preceded by Alone Again Or, the Love-inspired name under which they recorded their first psychedelic electronic pop singles. After their name change, further singles picked up airplay from John Peel. Released in June 1987, the Shamen’s first album, Drop demonstrated their love of 1960s psychedelia, with influences such as Love, Syd Barrett and the 13th Floor Elevators.

 

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Will Sinnott 1960 – 1991

 

Colin Angus later said: “When it first happened, I was still reeling from the shock of Will’s completely unexpected and tragic death, and I couldn’t think about the Shamen at all, couldn’t see how anything could continue. But as I came to terms with it and thought about the situation I realised that what the Shamen was about was positivity and that positivity is like the spirit of the music and positivity acknowledges the need for change. So for those reasons I elected to carry on and also I knew that the name Shamen really meant a lot to Will and that was one of the main attractions for joining the band for him.”[2]

 

 

 

Will Sinnott – Getty Images

 

 

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Review: Starcrawler – Pet Sematary

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London METRO – Starcrawler: Meet the band that’s bringing rock back

I saw Pet Sematary last night and it was okay as far as modern, well produced, well acted and directed horror movies go – with it’s share of disturbing CGI imagery.

It is watchable if you’re a fan of stylised visuals as I am and a good story, which this definitely has coming from the King of scary stories: Stephen King.

 

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This is the second movie adaptation of the book.  I don’t recall seeing the first and may have to hunt that down so won’t compare the two, but as is often the case with horror films made in the 70s and 80s that one may have more of the classic qualities you’re looking for.  This remake for my taste is more a demonstration in modern horror film techniques than a cult classic.

There is a focus on CGI gore with some unpleasant concepts from the book – I’m not sure, rather than something you might remember as a classic scene. But the story is of course very good so good you might feel compelled to make a quick cuppa if you find some scenes unnecessarily nasty.

Not to belittle this movie, the production and performances were all very good, but what I liked most was the RAMONES cover song in the end credits by LA punk rockers Starcrawler.

Sure, this is for younger generations and for my taste is as good as anything from the classic punk rock era with a tasteful ‘thank you’ to the 90s grunge scene.

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Rolling Stone – Starcrawler’s ‘Hollywood Ending’ Is a Song You Need to Know

Starcrawler have a well produced LA grunge punk sound that I really like. They’re playing a venue in London this June so I may be tempted to drag my self down there.  I know the venue pretty well, having worked around there, and always has an impressive turnout of people coming from far and wide for this kind of thing so I guess I won’t be the only old soul there.