Tired of England
Tired of England is the first single from Romance at Short Notice, the second album by Dirty Pretty Things, released on 23 June 2008. The chorus is reminiscent of Panic by The Smiths; the video for the song is a reference to the 1973 cult British movie The Wicker Man. It was leaked at high quality onto networking peers on 10 May 2008; the single was first played by Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 show on 13 May 2008. "Tired of England" "The Weekenders" "Tired of England" "Run Fat Boy Run" "Tired of England" "Holly Golightly" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Epiphone is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1957 Epiphone, Inc. of New York City was purchased by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. and given the name Epiphone, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan. CMI took great measures to keep the Gibson and Epiphone identities separate and housed the two companies in different buildings each with its own separate management team. Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to 1957, their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson. Aside from guitars, Epiphone made double basses and other string instruments. However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II and death of Epaminondas Stathopoulos in 1943 allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to purchase it; the name "Epiphone" is a combination of proprietor Epaminondas Stathopoulos' nickname "Epi" and "phone". Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire, where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes.
Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York. Anastasios died in 1915, his son, took over. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo. Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos; the company produced its recording line of banjos in 1924 and, four years took on the name of the Epiphone Banjo Company. It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia. In 1957 the company was acquired by CMI who owned Gibson, Lowrey and others. After Epiphone became a subsidiary of Norlin, many of its instruments were patterned after the more expensive Gibson versions. Epiphone models are of such high quality that sales of those less expensive instruments cut into the Gibson's sales. Case in point, the short lived solid body Epiphone Del Rey model was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul double cut.
Workmanship and manufacturing standards were so high. To help distinguish itself from the parent brand, Epiphone maintains its own line of archtop guitars and basses; as of January 2013, Epiphone makes the following guitars: B. B. King Lucille Dove / PRO EJ-200 Artist / 200CE EL-00 / PRO ES-335 PRO ES-339 PRO / 339 Ultra ES-345 Explorer – 1984 EX / 1958 Goth Firebird TV-Silver Flying V –'58 Korina Flying-V – Jeff Waters Anihillation-V Flying-V – Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Hummingbird / PRO / Artist John Lennon George Harrison Gibson J-160E Les Paul Les Paul-100 Les Paul Baritone Les Paul 1956 Goldtop Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul Joe Bonamassa Goldtop Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO "Phenix" Les Paul Black Beauty 3 Les Paul Custom PRO / Blackback Les Paul Junior Les Paul Nightfall** Les Paul Prophecy EX & GX Les Paul Special I Les Paul Special II Les Paul Special Bass Les Paul Standard / Royale / PRO Les Paul Studio / Goth Les Paul Tribute Les Paul Traditional PRO Les Paul Ultra III / PRO Les Paul Ukulele Tak Matsumoto DC Standard & Custom Plus Zakk Wylde Custom Plus Bullseye Nighthawk Custom Nikki Sixx Blackbird SG 1961 SG Special 1966 G-400 PRO EB-0 EB-3 G310 G400 Goth / Faded G-400 PRO SG Special Thunderbird-IV / Goth / PRO-IV / Classic-IV PRO Tom DeLonge ES-333 AJ-100 / 100CE AJ-150HS AJ-220S / 220SCE Allen Woody Rumblekat Blackstone Broadway Casino / 1961 50th Anniversary / Elitist / Inspired by John Lennon Century Deluxe Del Rey DeLuxe Regent Dot / Dot Studio DR-100 & 212 Dwight Trash Casino Embassy Bass Emperor Regent Emperor Swingster / Royale / Black Royale E422T Century Thinline ET-270 ET-275 Crestwood ET-276 ET-280 Bass FT-79 Texan FT-140 Japanese made 1970s dreadnought acoustic with a bolt on neck Graveyard Disciple Inspired by 1964 Texan Jack Casady Signature Bass Joe Pass Emperor II Masterbilt Century Series Masterbilt DR-500MCE Masterbilt EF-500RCCE MB-100 & 200 Banjo MM-20 / 30S / 50E Professional Mandolin Olympic PR-150 PR-4E PR-5E PR7E Epiphone Riviera P-90 Riviera Custom P93 Sheraton II / 1962 50th Anniversary / Union Jack Ltd Edition Royale Sonador Sorrento Supernova / Manchester City Blue / Union Jack SST Classic Triunfadora Triumph Triumph Regent Viola Bass Wildkat / Royale Zenith Zephyr Zephyr Deluxe Zephyr Deluxe Regent Wilshire PRO / 1966 Worn / Phantomatic / II / III Epiphone began producing amplifiers in 1935 with the Electar Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar Outfit.
This outfit was an amplifier and lap steel guitar stand all rolled into one unit and was supplied by a suitcase manufacturer of the time. Gibson produced Epiphone amplifiers in the 1960s; these were copies or variations of Gibson and Fender amplifiers. They used a tube design, some had reverb and tremolo. Gibson decided to launch a new line of Epiphone amplifiers in 2005 with many different models, including the So Cal, Blues Custom, the Epiphone Valve Junior; the Valve Hot Rod and Valve Senior were released in 2009. The Valve Hot Rod has a gain and reverb control; the Valve Senior offers 20 watts of power, with a full equalizer, volume and presence control. As of 2012, Epiphone has ceased production of their line of amplifiers with the exception of the Player and Performance Pack practice amplifiers, available only in Epiphone's starter packages; these Amplifiers are under the Epiphone Ele
Brett Lewis Anderson is an English singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Suede. After Suede disbanded in 2003, he fronted The Tears, has released four solo albums. Anderson is known for his distinctive wide-ranging voice and during Suede's early days, an androgynous appearance. Suede reformed in 2010. Anderson grew up in Lindfield, Sussex, a village two miles east of Haywards Heath, his mother was a dressmaker. He attended Lindfield Junior School Oathall Comprehensive School Haywards Heath Sixth Form College. In his teens, Anderson played guitar for garage bands such as The Pigs and Geoff, the latter featuring future Suede bassist Mat Osman. In the late 1980s, while a student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London and Osman formed Suede with Anderson's girlfriend, Justine Frischmann, soon recruiting guitarist Bernard Butler through an advertisement in the NME. After they had received temporary percussional help from former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, in 1991 Simon Gilbert joined as their official drummer.
It was around this time that Frischmann left Anderson for Blur frontman Damon Albarn, which created an early rift in the burgeoning Britpop scene of the early 1990s. After missing too many rehearsals and flaunting her relationship with Albarn while still living with Anderson, Frischmann was fired from the group, going on to front Elastica. Before Suede's first album appeared in stores, Anderson's androgynous style and vague "confessions" about his sexuality stirred controversy in the British music press, his infamous comment that he was "a bisexual man who never had a homosexual experience" was indicative of how he both courted controversy and a sexually ambiguous, alienated audience. In 1993, Suede hit number one on the UK charts. Combining Morrissey's homoerotic posturing with David Bowie's glam theatrics, Anderson achieved rapid fame in the UK. America, was still spellbound by the grunge revolution and Anderson's grim yodellings clashed with the raw anger of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.
Furthering complications across the Atlantic, due to a trademark dispute with the American lounge singer Suede, the band were forced to change their name to The London Suede for the American market. Although the departure of songwriting partner Butler in 1994 during the recording of second album Dog Man Star led many to fear Suede's eventual demise, the band continued to release critically and commercially successful material in the UK, Europe and Asia, such as 1996's critically acclaimed Coming Up; the band went on to release Head Music in 1999, but A New Morning was a commercial disappointment in 2002. In 2003, following the release of their "Singles" collection, Suede disbanded. Anderson has commented"... ridiculous. It's like Loathing in Las Vegas, it involves a cast of thousands. It should star Charlton Heston... it's like a pram that's just been pushed down a hill. It's always been fiery and tempestuous and on the edge and it never stops. I don’t think it will." As a solo musician during Suede's career, Anderson collaborated with Stina Nordenstam and his guest vocals can be heard on the album This Is Stina Nordenstam.
He sang a duet with Jane Birkin in 1995 which appeared in 1998 on Birkin's Best of album. In addition he sang the lyric "You're going to reap just what you sow" in the Children in Need charity single "Perfect Day". Following persistent rumours, the boss of the band's former label, Nude Records' Saul Galpern, confirmed to the NME that Suede would be playing together again. "It's a one-off gig," he explained of the show. The band played London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2010 Teenage Cancer Trust shows. Along with this, the band performed warm-up shows at the 100 Club in London and Ritz Ballroom in Manchester; because of the huge success of the shows, a new European tour was announced for the summer of 2010 covering two festivals, Skanderborg Festival in Denmark and Parkenfestivalen in Norway. The tour continued in the autumn covering France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium. A homecoming date at the O2 Arena closed the tour. Further festival dates occurred in 2011, along with UK dates where Suede performed their first three albums in full.
In 2004, Anderson and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler formed the band The Tears with Will Foster, Makoto Sakamoto and Nathan Fisher and released their debut album Here Come the Tears, met with favourable reviews. It was produced by Butler, recorded at 2 kHz Studios and Rak Studios as well as at Butler's home studio, featured the singles "Refugees" and "Lovers". Following the cancellation of a European tour in support of the album, the band were dropped by Independiente and the project was abandoned. In May 2006, Anderson announced details of a solo album consisting of 11 tracks, released on 26 March 2007, he told NME that the title would be Brett Anderson since "...that's my name, you see." The accompanying video for Anderson's first single "Love Is Dead" debuted on UK television in February 2007 finding its way to YouTube. "Love Is Dead" made its debut at No. 42 in the UK singles chart, the album went to No. 54 the following week. The keyboardist-producer on his album is Fred Ball, former Suede bass player Mat Osman joined the live band on tour.
In July 2007 Anderson modelled Nick Hart for Aquascutum's autumn/winter
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, blues and popular music styles such as pop, electronic dance music and filmi. Singing arranged or improvised, it may be done as a form of religious devotion, as a hobby, as a source of pleasure, comfort or ritual, as part of music education or as a profession. Excellence in singing requires time, dedication and regular practice.
If practice is done on a regular basis the sounds can become more clear and strong. Professional singers build their careers around one specific musical genre, such as classical or rock, although there are singers with crossover success, they take voice training provided by voice teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers. In its physical aspect, singing has a well-defined technique that depends on the use of the lungs, which act as an air supply or bellows. Though these four mechanisms function independently, they are coordinated in the establishment of a vocal technique and are made to interact upon one another. During passive breathing, air is inhaled with the diaphragm while exhalation occurs without any effort. Exhalation may be aided by lower pelvis/pelvic muscles. Inhalation is aided by use of external intercostals and sternocleidomastoid muscles; the pitch is altered with the vocal cords. With the lips closed, this is called humming; the sound of each individual's singing voice is unique not only because of the actual shape and size of an individual's vocal cords but due to the size and shape of the rest of that person's body.
Humans have vocal folds which can loosen, tighten, or change their thickness, over which breath can be transferred at varying pressures. The shape of the chest and neck, the position of the tongue, the tightness of otherwise unrelated muscles can be altered. Any one of these actions results in a change in pitch, timbre, or tone of the sound produced. Sound resonates within different parts of the body and an individual's size and bone structure can affect the sound produced by an individual. Singers can learn to project sound in certain ways so that it resonates better within their vocal tract; this is known as vocal resonation. Another major influence on vocal sound and production is the function of the larynx which people can manipulate in different ways to produce different sounds; these different kinds of laryngeal function are described as different kinds of vocal registers. The primary method for singers to accomplish this is through the use of the Singer's Formant, it has been shown that a more powerful voice may be achieved with a fatter and fluid-like vocal fold mucosa.
The more pliable the mucosa, the more efficient the transfer of energy from the airflow to the vocal folds. Vocal registration refers to the system of vocal registers within the voice. A register in the voice is a particular series of tones, produced in the same vibratory pattern of the vocal folds, possessing the same quality. Registers originate in laryngeal function, they occur. Each of these vibratory patterns appears within a particular range of pitches and produces certain characteristic sounds; the occurrence of registers has been attributed to effects of the acoustic interaction between the vocal fold oscillation and the vocal tract. The term "register" can be somewhat confusing; the term register can be used to refer to any of the following: A particular part of the vocal range such as the upper, middle, or lower registers. A resonance area such as chest voice or head voice. A phonatory process A certain vocal timbre or vocal "color" A region of the voice, defined or delimited by vocal breaks.
In linguistics, a register language is a language which combines tone and vowel phonation into a single phonological system. Within speech pathology, the term vocal register has three constituent elements: a certain vibratory pattern of the vocal folds, a certain series of pitches, a certain type of sound. Speech pathologists identify four vocal registers based on the physiology of laryngeal function: the vocal fry register, the modal register, the falsetto register, the whistle register; this view is adopted by many vocal pedagogues. Vocal resonation is the process by which the basic product of phonation is en
Romance at Short Notice
Romance at Short Notice is the second and last album by Dirty Pretty Things, released in the UK on 30 June 2008. The first single, "Tired of England", was released on 23 June 2008; the title of the album is a reference to the final line of the Saki short story "The Open Window". The second track from the album, "Hippy's Son", was made available free to download on the band's official website for a short time. On 22 June 2008 the band made the entire album available free for streaming at NME.com. The album entered the UK chart at a 35 and spent 1 week inside the top 40; the poor performance is considered to be one of the causes of the band's split-up. "Buzzards & Crows" "Hippy's Son" "Plastic Hearts" "Tired of England" "Come Closer" "Faultlines" "Kicks or Consumption" "Best Face" "Truth Begins" "Chinese Dogs" "The North" "Blood on My Shoes"
Bang Bang You're Dead (song)
"Bang Bang You're Dead" is a song by the band Dirty Pretty Things. It was released as a single on 24 April 2006 and was the first to be released from the band's debut album Waterloo to Anywhere, it proved successful, charting at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2006, it was used as the theme tune to the BBC series Sorted. Early rumours about the song claimed. Carl Barât denied this in NME magazine. "Bang Bang You're Dead" "If You Were Wondering" "Bang Bang You're Dead" "Gin & Milk" "If You Were Wondering" "Bang Bang You're Dead" "Bang Bang Diaries" "Bang Bang You're Dead Demo" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Fender Precision Bass
The Precision Bass is a bass guitar manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. In its standard, post-1957 configuration, the Precision Bass is a solid body, four-stringed instrument equipped with a single split-coil humbucking pickup and a one-piece, 20 fret maple neck with rosewood, pau ferro, or maple fingerboard, its prototype, designed by Leo Fender in 1950, was brought to market in 1951. It was the first electric bass to earn widespread attention and use, remaining among the best-selling and most-imitated electric basses with considerable effect on the sound of popular music; the double bass, as a large instrument, is regarded as physically cumbersome and difficult to transport compared with smaller instruments. It was becoming hard to hear in large bands or those that used amplified instruments, it requires specialised skills to play that are distinct from those required to play the guitar; the Precision Bass was designed to overcome these problems. The name "Precision" came from the use of frets to play in tune more than upon the fretless fingerboard of the double bass.
The electric bass however lacks the distinctive acoustic qualities of the double bass, offering a more solid, harder-edged sound with more sustain. The bass guitar became more dominant and transformed the beat and rhythm of pop music from jump blues and swing to rhythm and blues, rock and funk. Acceptance of the electric bass was helped by the endorsement of Elvis Presley's bass-player Bill Black. Black was beginning to use a Precision Bass during the filming of Jailhouse Rock. Fender delivered an early Precision to LA session bassist and arranger Shifty Henry. Monk Montgomery became the first jazz player to popularize the "Fender Bass" while playing with his brother, guitarist Wes Montgomery; the original Precision Bass of 1951 shared several of its design features with the six-string Telecaster guitar, the main difference being its double cutaway body. In 1954 the Precision Bass received contoured edges for comfort while otherwise retaining the existing Telecaster-like styling. In 1957 the headstock and pickguard were redesigned to resemble Fender's introduced Stratocaster guitar, a rounder neck heel replacing the original square shape.
A redesigned pickguard was made of a single layer of gold-anodized aluminum with 10 screwholes. At the same time the original single-coil pickup was replaced by the Precision split-coil design with staggered polepieces, connected in a humbucking mode. In 1959 a glued-on rosewood fingerboard featuring "clay"-style dot position markers replaced the 1-piece maple neck and remained standard until 1966/67, when the CBS-owned Fender companies began to offer a separate, laminated maple fingerboard capped on a maple neck. Rosewood fingerboards were made of a veneered, round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the "clay"-style inlays introduced in 1959. In 1960 the aluminum pickguard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white pearloid or brown "tortoise-shell"). In that same year the newly designed Fender Jazz Bass was released; the original Telecaster-derived design, with a few updates, was reintroduced in 1968 as the Telecaster Bass. Within a few years, however, it had evolved into a model distinctly different from the contemporary Precision Bass, alongside which it was marketed through 1979.
Two artist-designed models use the Telecaster Bass body style. Since 1969 the 1-piece maple neck option has been fitted to many Fender basses and the rosewood fretboard offered as alternative; some Precision Basses made in the 1970s were available with an unlined fretless rosewood, ebony or maple fingerboard, popularized by endorsees Sting and Tony Franklin. Fender offered a fretless P Bass in the mid-1990s as a part of the first-generation American Standard line but dropped this variant at the end of the 20th century. From 1980 to 1984 the Precision Bass was given a high-mass brass bridge; the Special featured a split-coil pickup with white covers, gold hardware, a 2-band EQ and an active/passive toggle switch. The Elite had one or two split-coil humbucking pickups, TBX tone circuit and a Schaller fine-tune bridge used on the Plus Series models of the early 1990s; some models stained ebony fretboard. Japanese models appeared in late 1984, with a smaller body shape and a modern C-shape maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets.
The 1980s and 1990s saw the introduction of the Precision Plus and Deluxe Plus basses in 1989 and 1991, featuring Lace Sensor pickups, fine-tuner bridges, 22-fret necks and passive or active electronics on certain models. The Custom Shop 40th Anniversary model of 1991 was a luxurious version of the Precision Plus Deluxe bass with gold hardware, a quilted maple top and an ebony fretboard with side dot position markers; the American Series Precision Bass was introduced in 2000 and discontinued in 2008. From 2003 the S-1 switching system allowed the pickup coils to be switched from series to parallel,offering a wider tonal range, but this was discontinued in 2008 with the second generation of American Standard Series instruments; the American Standard, American Deluxe, Highway One (featuring'70s styling, BadAss II brid