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At number 343 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “Bat out of Hell” by Meat Loaf. The list from 350 to 341 is as follows:


  • 350 – “Roger the Engineer (a.k.a. Over Under Sideways Down)” by The Yardbirds (1966)
  • 349 – “The Black Album” by Jay-Z (2003)
  • 348 – “At Newport 1960” by Muddy Waters (1960)
  • 347 – “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” by Pink Floyd (1967)
  • 346 – “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul (1989)
  • 345 – “Stop Making Sense” by The Talking Heads (1984)
  • 344 – “Berlin” by Lou Reed (1973)
  • 343 – “Bat out of Hell” by Meat Loaf (1977)
  • 342 – “Violator” by Depeche Mode (1990)
  • 341 – “Play” Moby (1999)


Of the albums in this list, I own “Stop Making Sense”, “Berlin”, and “Bat out of Hell”, and I own other albums by Muddy Waters and The Yardbirds, but not the ones in this list. I have the song “Just can’t get enough” by Depeche Mode, but I don’t think I have anything else by them.

I have actually heard of all the other artists, but I don’t own anything by Moby or De La Soul or Jay-Z or Pink Floyd, nor am I probably ever likely to. I know this is heresy to some “rock music” fans, but I can’t stand Pink Floyd, I wouldn’t listen to them if I were paid to do so (well, maybe if I were paid a lot). Stupid overblown rubbish in my opinion! (with the exception of “Another Brick in the Wall”, I did like that 😛 )

The album of the three I own that I have decided to blog about is “Bat out of Hell” which I think it an outstanding album. I am actually surprised it is this low in the list, I would have expected it to be in the top 100 at least. What can be said about this album? Well, it is driven by Meat Loaf’s amazing vocals, and Jim Steinman’s “rock opera” style lyrics. I remember hearing this for the first time in about 1981, and it became a staple of all the parties I went to in my last year or two of school and at university parties too.

I have the DVD about this album from the “Classic Albums” documentary series, and it is very very interesting. If you like this album, I highly recommend getting hold of this documentary, I think it will increase your liking of the album even more.

The song I have decided to include is “Paradise by the dashboard light” because it is so quirky, and so operatic in its story. Also, it is the kind of story that a lot of people can relate to, and it’s full of humour and pathos.

[Boy:]
I remember every little thing
As if it happened only yesterday
Parking by the lake
And there was not another car in sight
And I never had a girl
Looking any better than you did
And all the kids at school
They were wishing they were me that night

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C’mon, hold on tight
C’mon, hold on tight

Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light

[Girl:]
Ain’t no doubt about it we were doubly blessed
‘Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed

[Both:]
Ain’t no doubt about it
Baby got to go out and shout it
Ain’t no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed

[Boy:]
‘Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely dressed

Baby don’cha hear my heart
You got it drowing out the radio
I’ve been waiting so long
For you to come along and have some fun
And I gotta let you know
No you’re never gonna regret it
So open up your eyes, I got a big surprise
It’ll feel all right
Well I wanna make you motor run

And now our bodies are oh so close and tight
It never felt so good, it never felt so right
And we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
C’mon, Hold on tight
C’mon, Hold on tight

[Both:]
Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night
I can see paradise by the dashboard light
Paradise by the dashboard light

You got to do what you can
And let Mother Nature do the rest
Ain’t no doubt about it
We were doubly blessed
‘Cause we were barely seventeen
And we were barely

We’re gonna go all the way tonight
We’re gonna go all the way
And tonight’s the night

[Radio Broadcast:]
OK, here we go, we got a real pressure cooker going here
Two down, nobody on, no score, bottom of the ninth
There’s the wind-up, and there it is
A line shot up the middle, look at him go
This boy can really fly
He’s rounding first and really turning it on now
He’s not letting up at all, he’s gonna try for second
The ball is bobbled out in the center
And here’s the throw and what a throw
He’s gonna slide in head first
Here he comes, he’s out
No, wait, safe, safe at second base
This kid really makes things happen out there
Batter steps up to the plate
Here’s the pitch, he’s going
Amd what a jump he’s got
He’s trying for third
Here’s the throw
It’s in the dirt, safe a third
Holw cow, stolen base
He’s taking a pretty big lead out there
Almost daring them to pick him off
The pitcher glances over, winds-up and it’s bunted
Bunted down the third base line
The suicide squeeze is on
Here he comes, squeeze play, it’s gonna be close
Here’s the throw, here’s the play at the plate
Holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it

[Girl:]
Stop right there
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further

Do you love me
Will you love me forever
Do you need me
Will you never leave me
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life
Will you take me away
And will you make me your wife
Do you love me
Will you love me forever
Do you need me
Will you never leave me
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life
Will you take me away
And will you make me your wife

I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me
Will you love me forever

[Boy:]
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I’ll give you an answer in the morning

[Girl:]
I gotta know right now
Do you love me
Will you love me forever
Do you need me
Will you never leave me
Will you make me so happy
For the rest of my life
Will you take me away
And will you make me your wife
I gotta know right now
Before we go any further
Do you love me
And will you love me forever

[Boy:]
Let me sleep on it
Baby, baby let me sleep on it
Let me sleep on it
And I’ll give you an answer in the morning
Let me sleep on it

[Girl:]
Will you love me forever

[Boy:]
Let me sleep on it

[Girl:]
Will you love me forever

[Boy:]
I couldn’t take it any longer
Lord I was crazed
And when the feeling came upon me
Like a tidal wave
I started swearing to my god
And on my mother’s grave
That I would love you to the end of time
I swore I would love you to the end of time

So now I’m praying for the end of time
To hurry up and arrive
‘Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you
I don’t think that I can really survive
I’ll never break my promise or forget my vow
But God only knows what I can do right now
I’m praying for the end of time
So I can end my time with you

[Boy:]
It was long ago and it was far away,
And it was so much better than it is today.

[Girl:]
It never felt so good, It never felt so right
And we were glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife.

Here is the video, which also has the lyrics. Enjoy!!





Which is your favourite song on this album?

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I was looking for some of my pictures of Yerkes Observatory the other day, and thought that the easiest way might be to go to my blog of the talk I gave about Yerkes to Swansea Astronomical Society in November 2012. But, to my surprise when I went to that blog, I did not have a gallery of my slides from the talk, but just a link to a MASSIVE (25 MByte or something) pdf file instead! So, today I am correcting that, here finally is a gallery of the slides.

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The match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield yesterday (Sunday the 27th of April) was billed as the title decider. Going into the game Liverpool had the English Premiership title within their grasp, with only three games to go they were on a long winning streak of 11 matches. But, in a tactical masterpiece by Jose Mourinho, Chelsea beat them 2-0 and have possibly not only derailed Liverpool’s title hopes, but left Chelsea in with a chance of taking the title themselves.

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The impetus is now with Manchester City. With a game in hand, and a superior goal difference, if City can win their remaining three games the title is theirs, irrespective of what Liverpool and Chelsea do. City’s remaining three games are against Everton away, then Aston Villa at home and finally West Ham United at home. All three games are winnable for City, Everton are possibly the only team who can threaten them. Liverpool’s remaining games are Crystal Palace away followed by Newcastle at home, again two games they should win. Finally, Chelsea’s run-in is Norwich at home followed by Cardiff away, two games they should easily win.

So, based on form the title should end up in Man City’s hands, but Liverpool fans will be hoping that one of City’s remaining opponents can at least get a draw against them, that would be enough for Liverpool to take the title as long as they win their remaining games. Chelsea need both City and Liverpool to slip up, so that is what I am hoping for!

Who do you think is going to win the title?



The English Premier League as of this morning, Monday the 28th of April. Liverpool and Chelsea have two games remaining, Manchester City have three.

The English Premier League as of this morning, Monday the 28th of April. Liverpool and Chelsea have two games remaining, Manchester City have three.



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Today I thought I would share this song “Wild West Hero” by the 1970s/80s band The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). ELO were headed up by Jeff Lynne, who was their lead singer and only constant member during their 15-year existence from 1971 to 1986. This particular song was released in June 1976 and reached number 6 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts. It was written by Jeff Lynne, with the piano being played by Melvyn Gale, usually the cellist in the band. The song is from their seventh studio album “Out of the Blue”.



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As their name implies, ELO were best known for the orchestral arrangements in their songs. Their style followed very much in the orchestral tradition of rock bands like The Moody Blues. But, this song is slightly different from much of their songs.


Wish I was, yeah, a wild west hero.

Sometimes i look up high and then I think there might
just be a better life.
Away from all we know, that’s where I wanna go,
out on the wild side
and I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.

Ride the range all the day till the first fading light,
be with my western girl round the fire, oh, so bright.
I’d be the Indians friend, let them live to be free,
ridin’ into the sunset, I wish I could be.

I’d ride the desert sands and through the prairie lands,
try’n to do what’s right.
The folks would come to me, they’d say, we need you here.
I’d stay there for the night.
Oh, I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.

Ride the range all the day till the first fading light,
be with my western girl round the fire, oh, so bright.
I’d be the Indians friend, let them live to be free,
ridin’ into the sunset, I wish I could be.

Oh, I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.
Oh, I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.
Oh, I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.
Oh, I wish I was, o-oo-o-oh, a wild west hero.
Wish I was, o-o-oo-o-o-o-oo, a wild west hero.

Here is the song. Enjoy!




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Today I thought I would share this song “America” by the English band Razorlight. This song was released in October 2006 and reached number 1 in the DUK Singles charts. It is taken from their second album, which is also called Razorlight.



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The song was written by the band’s drummer Andy Burrows. The lyrics for the song are

What a drag it is
The shape i’m in
Well I go out somewhere
Then I come home again

I light a cigarette
‘Cause I can’t get no sleep
Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That means that much to me

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There’s panic in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh
There’s trouble in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh

Yesterday was easy
Happiness came and went
I got the movie script
But I don’t know what it meant

I light a cigarette
‘Cause I can’t get no sleep
Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That means that much to me
Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That I can believe in

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There’s panic in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh
There’s trouble in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh
There’s panic in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh

Yesterday was easy
Yes I got the news
When you get it straight, but stand up you just can’t lose
Give you my confidence, all my faith in life

Dont stand me up
Don’t let me down
I need you tonight
To hold me, say you’ll be here
To hold me, say you’ll be here
To hold me, say you’ll be here
To hold..

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There’s panic in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh
She’s just in America
Oh Oh Oh, Oh

Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel

Here is the official video of the song. Enjoy!






Which is your favourite Razorlight song?

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Back in late August I wrote a series of blogs on Martin Luther King, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his “I have a dream” speech (here, here and here). At the time I said I would write more about his assassination in April, as he was killed on the 4th of April 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. Unfortunately I don’t have the time this week to do the post proper justice, so I will leave it for another time. Instead, I am sharing this wonderful live performance of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, which is one of their several tribute songs to Martin Luther King.



The back cover of the sleeve for U2's single "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"

The back cover of the sleeve for U2’s single “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”



The lyrics of the song are

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow
In the name of love!
One man in the name of love
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

…nobody like you…there’s nobody like you…

Mmm…mmm…mmm…
Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love…


The particular performance I have included here is from their movie “Rattle and Hum”. Enjoy!





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At number 354 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “52nd Street” by Billy Joel. The list from 360 to 351 is as follows:


  • 360 – “Singles Going Steady” by Buzzcocks (1979)
  • 359 – “Honky Chateau” by Elton John (1972)
  • 358 – “Sketches of Spain” by Miles Davis (1960)
  • 357 – “Between the Buttons” by The Rolling Stones (1967)
  • 356 – “12 Songs” by Randy Newman (1970)
  • 355 – “Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds” by The Yardbirds (1965)
  • 354 – “52nd Street” by Billy Joel (1978)
  • 353 – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West (2010)
  • 352 – “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits (1985)
  • 351 – “Rust Never Sleeps” by Neil Young and Crazy Horse (1979)


Of this list, I own the albums “52nd Street” by Billy Joel and “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits. I also own albums by Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Yardbirds, but not the ones in this list. And, I own songs by The Buzzcocks, Randy Newman and, I think, Kanye West (I’ll have to check that last one!). Finally, I’m familiar with some of Miles Davis’ music, but don’t own anything by him. So for the first time in several weeks there is not a single artist in this list of ten whom I don’t know at some level.

I nearly blogged about Dire Strait’s album “Brothers in Arms”, as it is an album I like a lot. When it came out in 1985 it became the best selling album on Compact Disc, which was a format which had just become available. I seem to remember in 1985 that tracks from this album were being played pretty much anywhere and everywhere; the album was huge. However, I’ve decided instead to blog about the other album that I own in this list, Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”.



At number 354 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 greatest albums is "52nd Street" by Billy Joel.

At number 354 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “52nd Street” by Billy Joel.



The song “My Life” was a big hit in the Disunited Kingdom in late 1978, reaching number 12 in the charts. It reached number 3 in the US Billboard charts, and was a hit around the World. This was the first Billy Joel song I remember hearing, and it was this song which prompted me to buy the album. I was not disappointed. It quickly became one of my favourite albums, and then in 1979-80 I had the pleasure of discovering his earlier albums, as “52nd Street” was his 6th album. The album itself got to number 1 in the USA, and to number 10 in the DUK.

There are some wonderful songs on this album, the track listing is

1. “Big Shot”
2. “Honesty”
3. “My Life”
4. “Zanzibar”
5. “Stiletto”
6. “Rosalinda’s Eyes”
7. “Half a Mile Away”
8. “Until the Night”
9. “52nd Street”

My favourite songs on this album are “Big Shot”, “Honesty”, “My Life”, “Rosalinda’s Eyes” and “Until the Night”. I’ve decided share “My Life” today, as it was the first Billy Joel song I ever heard and the one that led me to the rest of his music. Here are the lyrics


Got a call from an old friend
We used to be real close
Said he couldn’t go on the American way
Closed the shop, sold the house
Bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.

I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
(I never said you had to)
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
(I never said)
I still belong, don’t get me wrong
You can speak your mind
But not on my time

They will tell you, you can’t sleep alone in a strange place
Then they’ll tell you, you can’t sleep with somebody else
Ah, but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it’s okay to wake up with yourself

I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
(I never said you had to)
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
(Of cirumstance)
I still belong, don’t get me wrong
You can speak your mind
But not on my time

I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone

(Keep it to yourself, it’s my life.)
(Keep it to yourself, it’s my life.)
(Keep it to yourself, it’s my life.)
(Keep it to yourself, it’s my life.)

Enjoy!






Which is your favourite Billy Joel album? Which is your favourite track on this album?

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