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AkiraTheDon.com 6.0?

Its a year and a half since the launch of AkiraTheDon.com, officially the The Best Artist Website in the world... but as we know, the internet progresses faster than the speed of gamma rays these days, and it's time to drag this sleek beast kicking and screaming into the FUTURE.

As you know, I've always collaborated with my little brother Zef in the past, but Zef is a boy no more, and now works full time for a posh design agency, and thus hasn't the hours to dedicate to such a hervculean endeavour.

So, I am looking for a WEB GENIUS to help take The Best Artist Website In The World to the next level of amazing. If you are that web genius, or know that web genius, please get in touch, with some examples of that genius, via akirathedon at gmail dot com.

Meanwhile, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what we should be doing with this new Thing. If there's anything at all you'd like to see on the new site, please let me know in the comments! There will be prizes for the best ones!

PAX!

@!

 

PS - Here's version 1.0, courtesy of the amazing WayBackMachine. That lil guy on the right used to float around the screen, dressed in the garb of whatever country I was in at the time. Damn shit done changed!

Why I Didn't Eat Jimmy Iovine's Ice Cream

That up there? That's me, at the second Crack Village gig at Cargo back in 2001. It is the subject of a CAPTION CONTEST on my Facebook page, but feel free to leave nentreis here if you can't be arsed with that thing. It's sure been pissing em off lately. I log in to admion my page, and I am presented with a liost fo all the crappy articles my friends have been reading, like some amped up Daily Mail sidebar it is shameful.

Still, Facebook remains a good place for connecting with fellow humans, and fielding enquiries. Looky Khan asks via my wall:

I want to ask u a question. 'way back home' you said "I said yes to the deal, and no to the ice cream" the ice cream is a metaphor, this I know, but what? Was Jimmy lovine asking you to sell your soul to the devil??

Well, I suppose he was, but the ice cream was entirely literal. After sitting on a vast leather sofa in the room next to his office - which looked like the room Mr I Was Very Very Drunk from The Fast Show sits in - admiring his collection of framed letters from Tupac ("thank you dear Jimmy") and signed guitars and things, I was summon-ed. We went out on his balcony, overlooking LA, and, after blowing some smoke up my ass ("you've changed music forever! I knew the next seismic shift in rap would come from the UK! I want to put you in the studio with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg!") he asked me if I wanted any ice cream. He said he had the finest ice cream know to man. I was like, "nah, I'm alright". It was obviously a massive foux par, as everybody got all weird and nervous. "You could have blown that!" squealed the guy helping broker the deal later, who we'd affectionately christened Ratboy. "You don't turn down ice cream from Jimmy Iovine!"

In retrospect I have no idea why I turned it down, other than I just wasn't particularly hungry, and whilst I am a lot of things, I am no glutton for sweets. I like Ice Cream - who, save the intolerant of lactose, does not? He also offered me run of the stock cupboard and I accepted that gladly. I left the Interscope offices laden with CDs - Guns 'n' Roses, Dr Dre Instrumentals, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance cast recordings... But that ice cream will forever remain a mystery.

So, I spent an intense weekend recording Christmas music for my Xmas LP (with occasional JD and Coke fuelled diversions into San Andreas), which I am now mixing. My Logic skills are coming on in leaps and moon vaults, and I have been amassing some useful information, a little of whihc I thought I should share today, in case any of you ever have the same problem. See, Logic, unlike Acid, has no autosave, and late on Sunday I was sat in the candle light, cheeks wet with tears, having just spent half an hour recording a particularly emotional number, when disaster struck - an obnoxious little window popped up on screen decalring, rudely, "COULDN"R CREAT REGION ERROR"! A stab of sickness penetrated my belly, unleashing swarm of butterflies, and panic flooded my loungs as I desperately clicked around the screen trying to reactive the page, all to no avail. "Ping!" went the error noise "Piiiing!" This ensued for a long time, and I started to fear that I would have to force-quit Logic (the deadlier Mac equivalent of Control Alt & Delete), thus losing all that work.

I was saved, however, by some internet detective work on the Logic forums.

The fix: Simply go to "Window", then click "Cycle through windows". Once you do that, you can go to File and the save options are going to be enabled. Then, once saved, you'll need to force quit to be able to get Logic working again. When opened you should have the project you saved available wherever you decided to save it as.

Hallelujah! Praise Xenu! Praise R kelly! Praise the helpful humans of the Logic forums! It worked! And my work was saved!

And soon, you will hear it. Alongside a whole flipping Christmas album, we're having Advent on akirathedon.com, and it's going to be a beautiful, bountiful affair. It all starts on December 1st, with the Nothing Lasts Forever video. it is my best video ever, and I can't ewait for you to see it.

Meanwhile, the ATD XMAS SHOP is officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS ! Amongst many wonderful things, you can buy your very own custom Don Doodle for just £5!

Joy to the world!

BEHOLD: The Horror Of This Weeks Caption Contest Winning Entry!

We had our weekly Caption Contest on my Basefook page the other day, and among many fine text entries, one industrious human took it upon himself to doctor the picture and add a caption in Photoshop. Now, the caption isn't laugh out loud funny or anything. But the industriousness, and the horror of seeing my friends faces mashed up in such a fashion makes it the winner for me. So congratulations Tyler Owen! You win a fabulous No Prize, the Respect Of Your Peers, and the Sadness of Jeres, who has untagged himself from the picture on BaseFook and wept many sad tears.

Here, just so you don't think Jeres really has mouths for eyes, is the original photo:

That's my buddy Luke on the left, brother of erstwhile Akira The Don & The Women singer Mary and co-founder of The Quietus. He used to work with me at PlayLouder. That's Jeres in the middle, who also worked with me at PlayLouder, played on a great many of my records, and was one of my two best men at my wedding, and world famous bull wrestler John Doran on the right. John is the other co-founder of The Quietus, and a former ADVERSARY of mine who used to bait me on message-boards and all sorts back in the pre-Youtube era. Now we like each other and he DJed my wedding. He was a brilliant wedding DJ, and he wrote about the experience for Vice this week. High five him. And high five our other wedding DJ Cat Bottibol, who got the all girls dancing. Which is what its all about, really. This life. Getting girls dancing.

Speaking of which (Hey! What a great segue-way!)...

BABYDOLL!

Yes, the Babydoll video is FINISHED - Aaron and I stayed up till we fell asleep last night, me doing the sound and him doing, like, everything else. It will be with you as promised at midnight on Sunday. So too, will be the BABYDOLL SINGLE BUNDLE! It features, amongst other things, a very aweosme remix by an INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR. I am excited for you to hear it. You can preorder the MP3 here, the FLAC here, and you should be made aware that I have ordered 130 full colour promo CDs for The Notorious Mister Lorry to take to radio, and I am going to keep aside 30 of those for YOU. You can claim your super-rare 5-track Babydoll CD by pre-ordering here.

The artwork is finished too. IT IS AMAZING.

In other news, I really like the new Noel Gallagher song. Forst one I've liked in over a decade. True story.

 

Going Back To V

Hi. I'm Akira The Don. 10 years ago I went to the V festval, and swore never to return. Now, a decade down the line, I am on a train, on my way to that very same V festival, where I have been hired to perform as Master Of Vibes backstage at the Virgin Media Tent. I am sat on a Virgin train, but I'm not using Virgin Wi-Fi as it costs an extortionate £4 an hour, and is slower than my dongle as it is shared by three first class carriages full of executives. My dongle is doing pretty good actually.

Anyway. As I said, it's been a decade since I swore never to return to the V festival. but things are different now.

Last time I went to the V festival I was a 21 year old web-superstar music journalist with a photographer in tow, both of us well paid and well prepared, pharmaceutically, at least. I was there to review the bands and Edd was there to take photos. With us was my good friend Jeres, also on reviewing duty. We couldn't have been there fifteen minutes before we blagged ourselves some VIP passes and into one of the many free booze tents to be found at what was then a festival on the cutting edge of commerciality. The V Festival created the template for all modern festivals. Every aspect of it was sponsored. Adverts covered every free space. The backstage was a multi-tired labyrinth of free booze opportunities. And we took as many as we could.

By the second day I'd found myself a plum spot in one of the many VIP areas on site. This one was holding a celebrity five a side football match, and had waitresses wandering around with trays of rum and energy drinks. I reclined on a deck chair, from which I could see the stage I was supposed to be reviewing, and smoked spliffs and drank rum until the Stereophonics came on, at which point I got up and had a wonder around my enclosure. The five aside match was being hosted by glamour-model-turned reality TV and trash magazine mainstay Jordan, now known as Katie Price, who clasped me tightly to her bossom as a crowd cheered for telling her I could introduce her to Travis frontman Frank Healy. It wasn't a complete lie. I had interviewed him a few months back, and he liked me so much he gave me a carton of 200 cigarettes.

Edd, meanwhile, had gotten access to the Bicardi Breezer tent, which was full of fridges packed with bottles of alcopops and spirits. Jeres and I helped him to get a lot of them over a wall, and we wandered around the site selling them for £2 each and used the money to buy drugs.

Ah, those were the days. Well, they were days, anyway. Interesting, strange, wild days, the likes of which might never be seen again, but I am not too sad about it. I swore never to return to the V festival as I objected heartily to its all encompassing commercialization, and now 10 years later it seems the whole world is that way, and  am returning to Master The Vibes in the Virgin Media VIP tent, which is not a tent at all, but a purpose built house complete with kitchen, bedroom and garden, to go with Virgin Media's Our House motif, bought from a band I used to love when I was nine years old called Madness.

Who would have thought it, all those years ago? And what will the world look like in a another decade, and another still? I cannot begin to predict. Life moves pretty fast, as another of my boyhood heroes noted. If you don't take a job as Master Of Vibes at a British music festival when you're offered one, you could miss it.

If you're at the V festival in Stafford this weekend, do come and find me. I will be having a whale of a time, talking over the no doubt excellent music provided by the resident Clash DJs and special guests including Frankmusic and Ellie Goulding. There are going to be a load of big foam hands for me to hand out (hahaha. "hand out"), and othersuch fun fripperies. I wonder if I can get hold of a klaxon. Either way, you should definitely come and hang out. It will be fun. Many people predicted The Death of Fun by this point, but they were wrong. Humans will always find ways to have Fun, no mater how the world is organised. It is one of our purest purposes.

I Wonder If They'll Want Me On Mars

GAS! LEAK! GAS! LEAK! Sorry, I'm listening to my brother Big Narstie's song about a gas leak. It is on some NEXT HYPE! It's got me wanting to punch a policeman! That is dictionary definition GASSED! RAGE! PAIN! OOOOOOOOOOWCH!

Crikey, I need a lie down. No lying down for me though, it is 13:40 and I am on a strict regime of MIXING just as soon as I have completed my blogging obligations, as highlighted in blue in my G**gle calandar right after "EAT SOME LUNCH YOU SPOON". For your information I had a posh coffee from The Pearl and a croissant that I only slightly burned in my magnificent oven. My woman was good enough to leave the following on my desk as well, so I shall be getting into that shortly:

YES I AM A LUCKY MAN!

I am also a clever man, as evidenced by that magnificent advert I made for ATD25 up top. DOPE HUH? That took me ages that did. I still wanna make another one full of you lot, and if I get a  few more entries I will do it. Upload them to Youtube as video responses to this OR send them to akirathedon at gmail dot com.

So, guess what I was doing on Sunday?

WELL GUESSED!

I was shooting my album sleeve. EXCITING NON? I had a vision many years ago, and my vision is being realised. It is a beautiful thing to have a vision realised. Shout out Andrew and Tim and Charlotte. And shout out ZEF, who has NEXT. And by next I mean two album sleeves to do, for a start. GOOD JOB HE'S A MINI GENIUS. Good thing for all of us, frankly. Imagine I had to go out with half-assed artwork? Shameful, I would be weeping all the time. SOB! MY ISH IS ALL WACK ON THE OUTSIDE!

Never that!

Speaking of compilations (we sort of were, right?) Lethal Bizzle's Best of Bizzle just dropped, and its got one of the songs I produced for him on it, namely the swagnificent caper tale Police On My Back. Let us bask in its glory and remind ourselves of how we felt back in 2007 when it dropped!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpIFKKa1u-U

I think I felt pretty good, myself. It was Summer, after all. I always feel good in the Summer. It's the colour.

Colour! Thank you Matt for those congratulatory blooms, you are a lovely man. Actually, the post has been pretty great of late. I got Marvel VS Capcom last week - which is fucking insane, you get to fight fucking GALACTUS -  and yesterday this showed up:

It's well good so far, apart from the big picture of Memphis Bleek on page 43, so THANK YOU BROTHER LEE YOU ARE A KING.

Speaking of which, this is NOT ON:

Tigers are gassed right now. One big public win and they think they're the new kings of the metaphorical jungle. They're like The D'Alessio gang in Boardwalk Empire before Chalky got hold of them and Jimmy Darmody showed them what the fuck was up. Jimmy and Chalky tie in my affections as regards male characters in Boardwalk Empire, the first series of which we finished the other night, but this scene kind of pushes Chalky into pole position when I think of it. It is so legendary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zweq4ZabNd8

The best characters in Boardwalk Empire are all women though really. Certainly the most interesting. Given the circumstances, and deeply interesting times in which the show is set, this makes sense. American women did not have the right to vote in America in the 1920s, after all. This is not long ago. Not even the blink of a gnat's eyelid in the context of our history. Shit is moving Flash-fast right now, and more importantly, we are adapting to it without even having to think too hard - if at all - at the same speed.

Here's a couple of photos of Mars. They bear closer inspection. Some of us may be going to live there soon, after all.

But only some of us. Most will be left behind to scrabble about in the radiation for chicken bones. That's why Gunm, AKA Battle Angel Alita always seemed so true to me. Because it was.

My Nan's moving house on Friday. After twenty years in North Wales she's going back to Cannock, back to where it began. She's going to get shopmobility and zoom around the place with her sisters like they did when they were chiddlers. The circle of life. It's a beautiful thing.

The Akira The Don Guide To: Death’s Head

Sad but true.

Anyway.

I ADVISE YOU CLICK THAT THING TO READ IT ALL!

BIGGER IS BETTER!

ROB LIEFELD TAUGHT ME THAT!

HA!

Rah then. That was epic. This week I decided that doing a strip every day was taking too much of my time, so I figured I'd try one full page strip, instead of the three panel thing.  Well, the full page strip took a lot of time. Shock horror. Maybe I can get quicker at it. Anyway, I hope you like it, and that it wasn't a total waste of time. It was fun to do, anyway. PLUS, I Camstasia-ed the thing, so I can make a speed drawing video out of the thing.

So, what song should I use for the video? One of mine, obs. Answers in the comments. If I use one of your suggestions I'll send you my OG Death's Head sketch.

Indeed, it has been an arty week. I sold Happiness, which made me feel legitimate at drawing - pretty dumb whichever way you look at it, but still. Packaging that seven year old drawing in a stiff cardboard tube was emotional, for all manner of reasons I haven't the time to ponder. It was cleansing as well. On to the next. That period is done, and this one is happening, and it is awesome and fun and exciting. Learn, yes, build, yes, but if you catch me spending any serious amount of time looking back, belt me.

OK?

Cheers!

Anyway. I well enjoyed the Doncast this week, so I am looking forward to the next one. We'll be doing Our Tune again, so send in your stories and your songs - akirathedon at googlemail.com. ALSO! When we reach 300 live listeners, I am going to get my band in and do a gig for you. I have an exciting vision for how to do it which I am not going to elaborate on for fear of being ripped off before it happens. OK? So get ready. It's gonna be ace.

OK. Back to work. I am gonna speed up this footage. Tell me what song to use! My brain is mush!

PAX!

EDIT: Here's the video. Raydome won. WHOOOO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11aVDdn8llM

If You Seek Amy

Blonde Jeremy & Akira The Don - If You Seek Amy FIrst dropped: Jan 29th 2010, on ATD20

You dig what's happening here? That's right! This week, every day, I'll be focusing in on a joint from ATD20. A comic strip inspired by the song, and the song itself. Might even be a video one day, you never know. And today, it's If You Seek Amy, which I did with my ole pal Blonde Jeremy Deacon. Actually, he did the vast majority of it. I just rapped on the end and mastered the thing.

We've been talking about doing this ever since I posted the OG version, as performed by Miss Britney Spears, last year. If you peep that post you'll notice I wasn't feeling it straight away, but BJ WAS, and made it known in the comments. I think we went for a drink that night, by which time I'd listened to the song about 12 times and was assured of its brilliance.

Anyway, as often happens when I'm doing a mixtape, I reach out to a few of my closest peoples to see if they have any ideas. And BJ reminded me of this. And I was like, yes! I got into the thing on Thursday night, like 11pm, and vibed to it for a while - I was like, rah, this is so nice... classy and sleazy at the same time. A vision came before me. A room, a red curtain, a stage. Then that flow hit me, along with most of the words, and I battered it out on my knackered ole keyboard in my non-touch typing, fore-fingered fashion that sounds like a typewriter and cases my girl no end of grief, stood up, declared myself Awesome, and spat it into my AKG C414B with faith and fire and finesse.

BLAOW!

And later that day, it was unleashed unto the world, as track 3 on ATD20.

BLAOW!

We always say this, but me and BJ really ought to do more stuff together. The last thing we did was that New Theme From Star Trek, FFS. FYI (the acronyms keep on coming!) BJ's been working on an ALBUM For a year or so, and last time I heard it, the thing was AMAZING. Apparently its gotten better since then. I am well looking forward to it. And you'll be the first to hear about it, promise.

OK, over and out for the now. Hit the jump for the lyrics (well, my bit anyway). Oh, and keep it locked on the Blob Blog, output has been intensifying over that way lately. And make sure you're here tomorrow, for another song, and another comic.

I told you I wasn't messing about this year...

PAX!

@!

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Blonde Jeremy & Akira The Don - If You Seek Amy

LYRICS

yeah, yeah

don's in the club
no mickey mouse
makin like bombs in the club
like everybody out
on my ones in the club
just her up on the stage and the piano man
keep on playing brother
as the red light glows
and the red wine flows
i no longer smoke but its appropriate in this setting
i'm not a betting man
but I'll buck if she keep undressing
i'm still setting the scene so I suppose I oughta mention
its an overused phrase
but this is definitely lynchian
all its missing is a monkey in the corner
either this is all a dream or I awoke in California
i fell asleep  on a bed of fake tits
but all I ever meant to do was rep my crew and make hits
sorry tracks
songs songs
sorry that you thought you had to sing along
that was wrong of me -
oops I did again though!
but really you aint have to pretend to
that make up makes you look like nick endo
oh i can hear a symphony it seems to me it's played on nintendo
and as we get to the crescendo
i can hear a cop car howling in the moonlight
but we don't need nobody comin up in here and messing with us tonight
you'll only find adam with she
F U C K  A T D

Akira The Don's All New Weekly Doncast # 1

OK gang! Today I shall be recording the first All New Weekly Doncast, LIVE from Don Studios IV, via the magic of Ustream... The broadcast with start officially at 5pm UK time, but I shall be testing on and off prior to that time. Yes the royal we will be taking requests, and doing shout outs. Whoop!

We did it! THAT WAS FUN, EH? Cheers gang! You rule! Now to see if it recorded...

Oh no! You guys! Ustream's default recording is flv! Mono! Sounds like crap! Looks like what went down tonight will only be experienced by those that were there!

Which is kinda awesome when you think on it.

* thinks on it.

WOW! AWESOME! THAT WAS AN EXPERIENCE EH? A THING OF THE MOMENT! NEVER TO HAPPEN AGAIN!

Well, a Doncast will happen again. Same time, 5-7pm GMT next Wednesday. And I will record it with my own machines of recording, and my mike levels will have been sorted in advance based on what we learned this week. So who knows? Everyone might get to share in the magic!

EDIT: FYI, the comics I was moidering on about were Final Crisis and Cerebus...

A Brief History Of Social Networks

312079 As my Twitter crew already know, I spent far too long today in Myspace, a foul and stinking land I visit rarely, clearing out junk and blamming spammers. No-name no-clue Myspace rappers and rotten shindie bands one expects, but why on earth Sway feels the need to try and post three messages on my comments section about his new single is beyond me. I banned his spamming ass anyway. POW!

There were a few nice messages in there, but I feel these people would be better served hanging out here, instead of lining Rupert Murdochs greasy pockets with ad-cash (they were trying to sell me tit-implants while I was in there, "make yourself amazing!" Fuck yourself weirdo!).  I have been saying this for years, but seriously, I think I am going to have to delete my Myspace. Just as soon as the new ATD.com is live and has the sexy front page music section we'll be set.

I never liked Myspace. Ugly rotten, decrepid, foul, stinking gateway to the Galaxy Of Wrong. I remember a billion years ago when it was all about Friendster - those were the days. Friendster was a nice, sweet, innocent hangout, where all you had a list of friends and a testimonial board, where people would write things like, "I remember Akira when he was Adam Alphabet and he used to make my cry with his beautiful columns for PlayLouder. Love you man!" Ah, back in the day before No Homo. Truly, this decade has been like fifteen of them. Anyway, one day people started leaving messages like, "Friendster's old! Come with me to Myspace!" And lo, everybody starting migrating to Myspace because it was "edgier" and you could change your background picture. That and, word on the street was it was a crazy pick up joint. So I went over there to see what the fuss was about, and sure enough I was getting propositioned by bottle blonde heavy metal chicks with Daddy issues within the frickin' hour. So I deleted my page and moved along, speedy like. A year or so later I had to open a new account, as I was making music, and it was deemed commercial suicide to not have one. I wish I'd never bothered, that thing has been nothing but a foul drain on my soul.

I never liked Facebook much either. The early days, with all the poking and lobbing of sheep were annoying enough, but when it turned into Friends Reunited it really got lame. "Hey Ads, long time, you make music now, that's wicked, I got three kids and a divorce, how's life?" How's life? Didn't you used to call me a faggot and throw chips at me in the cafeteria, durkhead? Fuck outta here with that bullcrap! Then there's all the exes. Facebook is a minefield of exes. Exes with many, many babies, and mortgages to boot. I have moved house more times than I could count, but there is no getting way from one's past anymore. 100x100 pixel reminders at every corner, as if my Tellytubby tattoo wasn't enough already.

There was about a month a few years ago when Facebook was all about playing Scrabulous with people, which was fun while it lasted, but those days are long gone. However, they did finally get around to making a Social Network that doesn't involve people demanding you "comment" on their "pix" that actually adds value to my life, and that is Twitter (tadah!), which, for now at least, I find useful, fun, and entertaining. Today it has given me a number of excellent articles to read, along with a brilliant Spotify Pet Shop Boys playlist by David Quantick. I have been returning the favour by edumacating his ass about screw music and what "bumping" a song means. He has in turn been passing that knowledge in to his people, and as I type, all around the world men and women are listening to the screw remix of Trae's Swang, and that makes me happy.

So there you go.

PS, Yes, I was always too old for Bebo.

LISTEN: Akira The Don Breaks The Remix's Record Like A Pinyata

etm-and-akira

STREAM: Akira The Don On XFM's The Remix (Radio Rip) (The actual mix is 4 minutes in if you can't be arsed to listen to me and Eddy talking)

DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don - 21010 (Right click and Save As, yes?)

See that? That Eddy Temple-Morris bowing to my awesomeness cos I went up in his studio at XFM and SMASHED HIS RECORD LIKE A PINYATA. Like it says in the title. That's me, post-record-smashing. I see Brad Pitt's stolen my look. Where's that gif?

smh

There he is.

So, yeah. I did it baby! I beat the record held by Wizard from Deekline And Wizard and mixed a staggering 210 of my favouritest joints into ten minutes.

Truefactz!

Eddy was impressed:

etmtweet

he said, on his Twitter. He just got into Twitter, he loves it. He was still looking at it on the Twitter homepage though, the big silly, so I told him to get Tweetdeck and now his life is better.

Anyway. WHAT AN AWESOME THING THAT WAS TO DO! Thanks for the oppurtunity Eddy. I cannot tell a lie, I spent 3 days on it, which is crazy, but I think it was worth it. People seemed to enjoy it anyway. I'm ripping the show right now, and will have that up here later for you to listen to. We'll be making a CDQ version of the mix available for download later this week.

FTW!

EDIT, 03/11/09: OK. Here's the full list of songs used. Bear in mind there ARE ACTUALLY MORE... I just forgot to note some of them as I went along. For a start, the first thing you hear is David Hasslehoff's intro from my Curbcrawling Rapists' Anthem, from ATD16... but still. Also bear in mind this list isn't in the EXACT order... but most of the songs are in the right ballpark. OK? OK!

Akira The Don 21010 - The Components

1.    Alice Cooper – Poison 2.    KLF – 3AM Eternal 3.    Jeff Wayne – War Of The Worlds 4.    Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan 5.    Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer 6.    Gary Moore – Like Teardrops 7.    New Order - True Faith 8.    New Order - Blue Monday 9.    Snap – The Power 10.    Tag Team – Woomph (There it is) 11.    Dead Prez - Hip-hop 12.    MOP – Ante Up 13.    Pharoe Monch - Simon Says 14.    Reel 2 Real – I Like To Move It 15.    Skee Lo - I Wish 16.    Soul Brothers – The Groove 17.    The Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls 18.    The Smiths – This Charming Man 19.    Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep 20.    Extreme – Get The Funk out 21.    Kiss – God Gave Rock N Roll To You 22.    Akira The Don - Living In The Future 23.    The Flying Pickets - Creep 24.    A Tribe Called Quest  - Can I  kick it 25.    Billy Joel – Anthony’s Song 26.    Sultans of ping FC – Where’s Me Jumper 27.    The Beastie Boys - Shame In Your Game 28.    Jilted John – Going Steady 29.    Kicks Like A Mule - The Bouncer 30.    Busta Rhymes – Woo hah (Got You All In Check) 31.    Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes 32.    Prince Far I – Commandment Of Drugs 33.    Prince - Get off 34.    Beverly Craven – Promise Me 35.    The Primitives - Crash 36.    Aerosmith - Living On The Edge 37.    Tori Amos – Past The Mission 38.    Outkast & Slick Rick – Da Art of Storytelling 39.    Envy – Set Yourself On Fire 40.    Johny Cash – When The Man Comes Around 41.    Van Morrisson – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile) 42.    Max B – Never Wanna Go back 43.    Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar babies 44.    Menswe@r - Daydreamer 45.    Gene – Olympian 46.    James Brown – Funky Drummer 47.    Geto Boys - The G Code 48.    Soft cell - Tainted Love 49.    The Beastie Boys - Body Movin 50.    Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mytery Of Chessboxin’ 51.    Opus III – It’s A Fine Day 52.    Michael Jackson  - Rock With You 53.    ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya 54.    MF Doom – Super 55.    Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod 56.    Adam Green – Bluebirds 57.    Billy Bragg – A New England 58.    Alcoholics ft ODB - Hip-Hp Drunkies 59.    Big Narstie - Back 60.    Vainilla Ice - Ice Ice baby 61.    Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling 62.    Queen ft David Bowie – Under Pressure 63.    Dead Prez - Police State 64.    Alice Cooper – Clones 65.    Tom Petty – Free Falling 66.    The Human League - Human 67.    Akira The Don ft Swiss - Rick Witter 68.    Arab Strap - Kate Moss 69.    Nick Cave – God Is in The House 70.    PRML SCRM – Kill All Hippies 71.    Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 72.    Dre Dre - The Next Episode 73.    Diana Ross – I Will Survive 74.    Rick James – Flashdanbce 75.    Jim Carrol Band – People Who Died 76.    Bros – When Will I Be Famous 77.    Damian Marley - Confrontation 78.    Afrika Bamaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock 79.    Sean Paul - Gimme The Light 80.    Rick James – Hard To Get 81.    Warren Zevon – Lawyers Guns And Money 82.    ABC - Millionaire 83.    Ray Parker Junior – Ghostbusters 84.    Huey Lewis And The News – Hip To be Square 85.    Dizzee Rascal – Sirens 86.    The Simpsons – Do The Bartman 87.    Cutty Ranks – Rude Boy Number 88.    Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina 89.    RZA ft Cilvarings  - You’ll Never Know 90.    LL Cool J – Roc The bells 91.    Big Pun – Who Is A Thug 92.    Lethal Bizzle – Babylon’s Burning The Ghetto 93.    Ghostface ft Jadakiss - Run 94.    The Rutts – Babylon’s Burning 95.    Elastica – Connection 96.    Akira The Don ft Why Lout?  - BOOM 97.    Dr Dre - Bang Bang 98.    Ill Bill – White Nigger 99.    Prince - Sexy MF 100.    Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister 101.    Andrew WK – It’s Time To Party 102.    Ice Cube - Good Day 103.    Large Professor – Hardcore Hip-hop 104.    EMF – Unbelievable 105.    Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam 106.    Wu-Tang – Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nothin’ Ta Fuck With 107.    Transvision Vamp - Baby I Dont care 108.    Gonzales - Futuristic Aint Shit To Me 109.    Salt n Pepa – Push it 110.    Warren G - Regulate 111.    Rick Ross – Speeding 112.    My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade 113.    Akira The Don - Ask Amanda palmer 114.    Young Jeezy ft R Kelly – Go Getta 115.    Q-Tip – Breathe And Stop 116.    Cyndi Lauper – True Colours 117.    Hanson – Mmm Bop 118.    Paul Simon – Diamonds on The Soles Of Her Shoes 119.    Eels – Grace Kelly’s Blues 120.    Nicholas Cage – Love Me Tender 121.    Akira The Don – Oobie Doo 122.    Mike And The Mechanics - St Elmo's Fire 123.    Tom Robinson Band  - 2468 Motorway 124.    L'trimm – The Cars That Go Boom 125.    ODB ft Kelis – Baby I Got Ya Money 126.    Nas – If I Ruled The World 127.    J Dilla – Nothing Like This 128.    Biz Markie – Turn Back The Hands Of Time 129.    Big Pun – So Hard 130.    Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me 131.    The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It be Nice 132.    Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 133.    The offspring – Self Esteem 134.    MF Doom as King Geedorah – I Wonder 135.    The Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch 136.    Busted & McFly – Build Me Up Buttercup 137.    Cher – Believe 138.    U2 – With or Without You 139.    Jackson 5 – Can You Feel It 140.    Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier 141.    Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger 142.    Howard Jones – Like To Get To Know You Well 143.    The Proclaimers – 500 Miles 144.    The Beatles – Let it Be 145.    The Beatles  - Sgt Peppers Lonely Heartclub Band 146.    MC Hammer - Pray 147.    Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy 148.    Ice Cube – We be Clubbin 149.    Wham – Young Guns (Go For It) 12 inch remix 150.    A-Ha – Take On Me 151.    Super Furry Animals – If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You 152.    Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away 153.    Pulp – This Is Hardcore 154.    Toto – Africa 155.    John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – Summer Loving 156.    DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince – Boom Shake The Room 157.    Tekken - Chaos 158.    Men At Work –  Down Under 159.    The Monkees - Daydream Believer 160.    Madonna – Like A Prayer 161.    Nas - Ether 162.    Robot Needs Oil – Volta 163.    Method Man and Redman – How High 164.    Blackstreet – No Diggity 165.    Digitalism – Jupiter’s Room 166.    Public Enemy – Bring The Noise 167.    Akira The Don – Thanks for All The AIDS 168.    Azzido Da Bass – Doomsnight 169.    Fat Man Scoop – Be Faithfull 170.    Wu-Tang Can – CREAM 171.    Akira The Don – I Don’t Hate The Beatles Anymore 172.    The Shamen – Move Any Mountain 173.    Akira The Don ft Envy – Nothing Lasts Forever 174.    The Streets – Has It Come To This 175.    Aretha Franklin - Pride (A Deeper Love) 176.    C & C Music Factory – Things That Make You Go Hmm 177.    Belinda Carlise - Heaven is A Place On Earth 178.    Grandmaster Flash – The Message 179.    Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me 180.    999 – Emergency 181.    George Clinton – Flashdance 182.    Motor - Sweatbox (Chris Liebing Remix) 183.    Meatloaf – Heaven can Wait 184.    Carter USM – After The Watershed 185.    Morrissey – Irish Blood 186.    Keith Harris And Orville – Orville’s Song 187.    The Bangles – Eternal Flame 188.    Chris de Burgh – Broken Wings 189.    Digitalism - Zdarlight (Bag Raiders Shout It All Out Mix) 190.    Digitalism - Zdarlight (Discodrome Remix) 191.    Nirvana – All Apologies 192.    Lil Wayne – Go DJ 193.    Pheonix – If I Ever Feel Better 194.    Envy - Lullabye 195.    Lil Kim – No Matter What People SaY 196.    Akira The Don – Jamie 197.    Guns N Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine 198.    SebastiAn - Greel 199.    Marvin – That One Time 200.    Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall 201.    Littles – Ur Doe 202.    Usher ft Ludacris – Yeah 203.    Ghostface – Love Session 204.    Kool Keith – Drugs 205.    Gravediggaz – SUICIDE 206.    Birdman – 100 Million 207.    Usher ft Young Jeezy – Love In This Club 208.    The Pychedelic Furs  -Heaven 209.    Akira The Don – So Good 210.    Notorious BIG  - Who Shot Ya

1. Alice Cooper – Poison

2. KLF – 3AM Eternal

3. Jeff Wayne – War Of The Worlds

4. Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan

5. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer

6. Gary Moore – Like Teardrops

7. New Order - True Faith

8. New Order - Blue Monday

9. Snap – The Power

10. Tag Team – Woomph (There it is)

11. Dead Prez - Hip-hop

12. MOP – Ante Up

13. Pharoe Monch - Simon Says

14. Reel 2 Real – I Like To Move It

15. Skee Lo - I Wish

16. Soul Brothers – The Groove

17. The Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

18. The Smiths – This Charming Man

19. Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep

20. Extreme – Get The Funk out

21. Kiss – God Gave Rock N Roll To You

22. Akira The Don - Living In The Future

23. The Flying Pickets - Creep

24. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I kick it

25. Billy Joel – Anthony’s Song

26. Sultans of ping FC – Where’s Me Jumper

27. The Beastie Boys - Shame In Your Game

28. Jilted John – Going Steady

29. Kicks Like A Mule - The Bouncer

30. Busta Rhymes – Woo hah (Got You All In Check)

31. Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes

32. Prince Far I – Commandment Of Drugs

33. Prince - Get off

34. Beverly Craven – Promise Me

35. The Primitives - Crash

36. Aerosmith - Living On The Edge

37. Tori Amos – Past The Mission

38. Outkast & Slick Rick – Da Art of Storytelling

39. Envy – Set Yourself On Fire

40. Johny Cash – When The Man Comes Around

41. Van Morrisson – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)

42. Max B – Never Wanna Go back

43. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar babies

44. Menswe@r - Daydreamer

45. Gene – Olympian

46. James Brown – Funky Drummer

47. Geto Boys - The G Code

48. Soft cell - Tainted Love

49. The Beastie Boys - Body Movin

50. Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mytery Of Chessboxin’

51. Opus III – It’s A Fine Day

52. Michael Jackson - Rock With You

53. ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya

54. MF Doom – Super

55. Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod

56. Adam Green – Bluebirds

57. Billy Bragg – A New England

58. Alcoholics ft ODB - Hip-Hp Drunkies

59. Big Narstie - Back

60. Vainilla Ice - Ice Ice baby

61. Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling

62. Queen ft David Bowie – Under Pressure

63. Dead Prez - Police State

64. Alice Cooper – Clones

65. Tom Petty – Free Falling

66. The Human League - Human

67. Akira The Don ft Swiss - Rick Witter

68. Arab Strap - Kate Moss

69. Nick Cave – God Is in The House

70. PRML SCRM – Kill All Hippies

71. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

72. Dre Dre - The Next Episode

73. Diana Ross – I Will Survive

74. Rick James – Flashdanbce

75. Jim Carrol Band – People Who Died

76. Bros – When Will I Be Famous

77. Damian Marley - Confrontation

78. Afrika Bamaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock

79. Sean Paul - Gimme The Light

80. Rick James – Hard To Get

81. Warren Zevon – Lawyers Guns And Money

82. ABC - Millionaire

83. Ray Parker Junior – Ghostbusters

84. Huey Lewis And The News – Hip To be Square

85. Dizzee Rascal – Sirens

86. The Simpsons – Do The Bartman

87. Cutty Ranks – Rude Boy Number

88. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina

89. RZA ft Cilvarings - You’ll Never Know

90. LL Cool J – Roc The bells

91. Big Pun – Who Is A Thug

92. Lethal Bizzle – Babylon’s Burning The Ghetto

93. Ghostface ft Jadakiss - Run

94. The Rutts – Babylon’s Burning

95. Elastica – Connection

96. Akira The Don ft Why Lout? - BOOM

97. Dr Dre - Bang Bang

98. Ill Bill – White Nigger

99. Prince - Sexy MF

100. Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

101. Andrew WK – It’s Time To Party

102. Ice Cube - Good Day

103. Large Professor – Hardcore Hip-hop

104. EMF – Unbelievable

105. Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam

106. Wu-Tang – Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nothin’ Ta Fuck With

107. Transvision Vamp - Baby I Dont care

108. Gonzales - Futuristic Aint Shit To Me

109. Salt n Pepa – Push it

110. Warren G - Regulate

111. Rick Ross – Speeding

112. My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

113. Akira The Don - Ask Amanda palmer

114. Young Jeezy ft R Kelly – Go Getta

115. Q-Tip – Breathe And Stop

116. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours

117. Hanson – Mmm Bop

118. Paul Simon – Diamonds on The Soles Of Her Shoes

119. Eels – Grace Kelly’s Blues

120. Nicholas Cage – Love Me Tender

121. Akira The Don – Oobie Doo

122. Mike And The Mechanics - St Elmo's Fire

123. Tom Robinson Band - 2468 Motorway

124. L'trimm – The Cars That Go Boom

125. ODB ft Kelis – Baby I Got Ya Money

126. Nas – If I Ruled The World

127. J Dilla – Nothing Like This

128. Biz Markie – Turn Back The Hands Of Time

129. Big Pun – So Hard

130. Barry White – You See The Trouble With Me

131. The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It be Nice

132. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

133. The offspring – Self Esteem

134. MF Doom as King Geedorah – I Wonder

135. The Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch

136. Busted & McFly – Build Me Up Buttercup

137. Cher – Believe

138. U2 – With or Without You

139. Jackson 5 – Can You Feel It

140. Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier

141. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger

142. Howard Jones – Like To Get To Know You Well

143. The Proclaimers – 500 Miles

144. The Beatles – Let it Be

145. The Beatles - Sgt Peppers Lonely Heartclub Band

146. MC Hammer - Pray

147. Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy

148. Ice Cube – We be Clubbin

149. Wham – Young Guns (Go For It) 12 inch remix

150. A-Ha – Take On Me

151. Super Furry Animals – If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You

152. Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away

153. Pulp – This Is Hardcore

154. Toto – Africa

155. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – Summer Loving

156. DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince – Boom Shake The Room

157. Tekken - Chaos

158. Men At Work – Down Under

159. The Monkees - Daydream Believer

160. Madonna – Like A Prayer

161. Nas - Ether

162. Robot Needs Oil – Volta

163. Method Man and Redman – How High

164. Blackstreet – No Diggity

165. Digitalism – Jupiter’s Room

166. Public Enemy – Bring The Noise

167. Akira The Don – Thanks for All The AIDS

168. Azzido Da Bass – Doomsnight

169. Fat Man Scoop – Be Faithfull

170. Wu-Tang Can – CREAM

171. Akira The Don – I Don’t Hate The Beatles Anymore

172. The Shamen – Move Any Mountain

173. Akira The Don ft Envy – Nothing Lasts Forever

174. The Streets – Has It Come To This

175. Aretha Franklin - Pride (A Deeper Love)

176. C & C Music Factory – Things That Make You Go Hmm

177. Belinda Carlise - Heaven is A Place On Earth

178. Grandmaster Flash – The Message

179. Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me

180. 999 – Emergency

181. George Clinton – Flashdance

182. Motor - Sweatbox (Chris Liebing Remix)

183. Meatloaf – Heaven can Wait

184. Carter USM – After The Watershed

185. Morrissey – Irish Blood

186. Keith Harris And Orville – Orville’s Song

187. The Bangles – Eternal Flame

188. Chris de Burgh – Broken Wings

189. Digitalism - Zdarlight (Bag Raiders Shout It All Out Mix)

190. Digitalism - Zdarlight (Discodrome Remix)

191. Nirvana – All Apologies

192. Lil Wayne – Go DJ

193. Pheonix – If I Ever Feel Better

194. Envy - Lullabye

195. Lil Kim – No Matter What People SaY

196. Akira The Don – Jamie

197. Guns N Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine

198. SebastiAn - Greel

199. Marvin – That One Time

200. Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall

201. Littles – Ur Doe

202. Usher ft Ludacris – Yeah

203. Ghostface – Love Session

204. Kool Keith – Drugs

205. Gravediggaz – SUICIDE

206. Birdman – 100 Million

207. Usher ft Young Jeezy – Love In This Club

208. The Pychedelic Furs -Heaven

209. Akira The Don – So Good

210. Notorious BIG - Who Shot Ya

History

Druze's comment on the last post reminded me I was supposed to be getting on with the photo section of The Best Artist Website In The World. So I've spent a bit of time stocking my Gallery... much thanks to the archival and photographic talents of our old friend Kitty Von-Sometime, who took, and kept, a lot of these.

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Rested

After a nice little rest, I am back in London with a pink pack of eyeballs on my case. That shit looked nice on IE, but fucked up Mozilla. I don't know what it was doing to Macs. So he will live to the right. Read a bunch of Hilaire Belloc's The History Of England Vol XI, From The First Invasion By The Romans To The Ascension Of King George The Fifth on the train. I now realise that we are living in an oligarchy. Well, a strange, new fangled sort of oligarchy masked as a democracy. With a bit of a monarchy. But it is an oligarchy, nonetheless.

This book was published in 1915, and, interestingly, predicted that Russia would do what America has. The author is also in favour of true aristocracy, and I can see his point.