I've been in touch with the helpdesk and I'm back on the HR system now so, while I'm waiting for my password reset to work its way around the system, a music meme:
Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra probably just have the edge
What was the last song you listened to (voluntarily)?
How men are, by Aztec Camera
What's on your record player right now?
Nothing, I sometimes need peace and quiet. If I'm annoyed music irritates me; if I'm concentrating, and I'm listening to something I like, I quite often find myself paying more attention to the music than to the task in hand. If I'm concentrating and I don't like what I'm hearing it drives me to distraction too.
What song would you say sums you up?
Probably the Logical Song by Supertramp. I know that's a corny answer but sometimes, just sometimes...
What's your favourite local band?
I've got out of the habit of watching local bands, which is a shame. In the 70s and 80s I spent 4 or 5 nights a week in pubs and clubs watching and working for all sorts of outfits. The last band I worked for, French Lessons, were my favourite band (and probably would have been even if I hadn't worked for them). Of the other bands it would be a close call between Sneex (I think that's how they spelt it) or Thunderboots.
What was the last show you attended?
The Soweto Gospel Choir at the Alban Area in St Albans on 16th September.
What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
Probably Split Enz at Eric's in Liverpool. Though Deaf School* (who could also have qualified as my favourite local band) turned in some blinding performances too.
What's the shittiest band you've ever seen in concert?
Supertramp, around about the time Crime of the Century came out. I saw them at the Stadium in Liverpool and fell asleep.
What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
I quite like some of Paul McCarney's songs but find him really annoying. I've always thought John Lennon was a twat. [John Lennon Liverpool Airport - Above us only sky - puke - are you getting enough money Yoko?]
What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
When I worked for French Lessons I produced the first of their cassette albums. I also had some input into the live arrangements of their songs.
I'm not the classic frustrated musician turned roadie. I've no direct musical skill at all.
What show are you looking forward to?
The Finn Brothers at Liverpool Empire in a couple of weeks. I haven't seen these two on stage together since Split Enz at the University of Liverpool.
What is your favourite band shirt?
I don't have one. I try not to were clothes with writing or pictures on.
What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
My mate Rob! The keyboard player in the last 3 bands I worked for.
What musician would you like to hump for a day?
I don't think I'm capable of humping anybody for an entire day but I suppose the answer would be Charlotte Church. Now I feel really guilty.
Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
Sabbath, if I had to choose.
Commodores or solo Lionel Richie?
Commodores, but only because of Easy. Except of Machine Gun you can shove the rest of his twaddle.
[Look, now you've made me go and find Easy on Napster].
What was the greatest decade for music?
For my involvement, the 70s. For watching and listening, the 80s.
While I enjoyed working for Rob's bands in the 80s I had the best of times working for all sorts of bands, via a PA company, in the 70s.
How many music-related videos/dvds do you own?
Less than 5.
What is your favourite movie soundtrack?
I suppose it's Singing in the rain, though I've never though about this before.
What's the crappiest CD/record/etc you've ever bought?
A Ladysmith Black Mambazo CD. I was expecting a set of African songs. It was a collection of crummy covers.
Do you prefer vinyl or CDs?
Vinyl for the sound - it's always much warmer. CDs for convenience.
All totalled, how much do you spend on music in a month?
In the seventies probably about £5 to £10 a week. Spending died away in the 80s.
I now spend £10 a month on Napster and anything from nothing through to £50 on CDs, depending on what I find on Napster that I like.
Last album you paid money for?
Four Months of Darkness, by Saxon Shore. I found it accidentally on Napster while looking for something completely unrelated. Napster isn't normally the cheapest place to buy an album but in this case it was.
Band you'd most like to see / have seen?
I very much regret missing out on Talking Heads at Eric's in Liverpool. They played there on a Tuesday night in 1977. That was when entry was free for members on Tuesday nights. I was a member but couldn't be arsed dragging myself over to town that night.
* I sometimes wonder why the haven't got a fan site...
[Update: I'm now on to the network via the portal but can't fire up Lotus Notes or see the sub-directories of my home drive. I have another call in to the help desk because without these I can't do anything].