Friday 20 August 2010

News, Views and Music Issue 72 (Intro)

August 20:

♫ Hello folks and welcome to a more normal edition of ‘News, Views and Music’. Well, if you can call ‘normal’ a newsletter that features an album about the world being finely balanced on the back of a terrapin and features a top five round-up where Paul McCartney is dead and Pink Floyd wrote a soundtrack for a film 33 years old. The only real news we have for you this week is that we now have four youtube videos finished and online (although three of them are on by special invitation so far). Please help us out by giving us a good rating (if you like them of course, you may hate them – although chances are you wouldn’t have got this far with the site unless you shared some of the same humour as us writers!)  - type ‘Alan’s Album Archives’ into a search engine to find them! All we can say is we fully expect to see website mascot Max The Singing Dog picking up an Oscar next year! There isn’t much AAA-group related news around at the moment, hence the rather shortened news section this week...


♫ Kinks News: A surprise in the BBC4 schedules last week was an hour’s compilation of Ray Davies’ Glastonbury show from the end of last month. Unusual not only in that we don’t often see Ray get a whole programme to himself these days, but also because it’s the first footage we’ve seen from the whole of Glastonbury this year – the beeb seem to have passed the festival over in its 40th anniversary year despite including programmes from many pretenders to the throne like the Isle of Wight and Womad. Alas, Ray’s still using the choir he insists on adding to all sorts of Kinks songs even when they palpably don’t fit, so half of the show was pretty much unlistenable for an old fan like me – and I’m still cross that I’ve waited all these years for Ray to revive the thrilling ‘Shangri-La’ and then he goes and hands over the arrangement to a bunch of bored looking backing singers. However, the rest was pretty good with some unusual choices thrown in, such as ‘Johnny Thunder’ from ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ (mentioned by Ray as being from recently deceased bassist Pete Quaife’s favourite album, although sadly he mentioned reading about that fact on the BBC news website rather than this website where I believe we were first to mention that fact!) and a rare performance of Ray’s solo ‘Workingman’s Cafe’ from 2006, which sounds a lot better live than it did on record. Ray also seems to have changed his backing band yet again from the era when I saw him live (2007), with an older and yet still unexpectedly noisy band behind him. The unexpected highlights were two songs dedicated to Pete – a moving version of ‘Days’ that Ray first started playing the week his old friend died (news and views passim) and a rare revival of the glorious ‘See My Friends’. Nice one Ray!

Two anniversary sections for you this week. The first covers August 9-15th and in which we wish a big happy birthday and a slice of cake to AAA members: Mark Knopfler (guitarist, singer and pretty much everything with the Dire Straits 1979-93) who turns 61 on August 12th and David Crosby (singer and guitarist with The Byrds 1965-68 and with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young various dates between 1969 and present) who turns 69 on August 14th. Anniversaries of events include: Ready! Steady! Go! for perennial TV favourite Ready! Steady! Go! which premieres on August 9th 1963 and runs for three years and four months; the infamous Charlie Manson murders take place in Laurel Canyon, relevant to this site as Manson is a close friend of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, quotes various songs from The Beatles’ White Album at the crime scenes and causes several AAA members living in California’s Laurel Canyon to emigrate elsewhere (August 9th 1969); Paul McCartney is arrested on his first ever drugs charge, several years after John and George, although conversations later suggest he actually carried the rap for wife Linda who is pregnant with daughter Stella at the time (August 10th 1972); the first of the annual Richmond Jazz Festivals takes place on August 11th 1963, with those well known jazz musos The, umm, Rolling Stones headlining; The Beatles announce the formation of Apple Records barely a week after first mentioning their plans for their new company – the first release is the band’s ‘Hey Jude’ (August 11th 1968); A tearful John Lennon gets as close to an apology as middle America will ever get over his ‘Beatles bigger than Jesus’ remarks (August 12th 1966); The now sadly forgotten ‘Festival Of Hope’ takes place, the first to be designed from the outset to raise money for charity (that decision came late in the day at Woodstock). Headlining are AAA men Jefferson Airplane (one of their last gigs) and Stephen Stills, but despite the talent on offer the fe4stival ends up making a loss (August 12th 1972); The Kinks’ first charting entry ‘You Really Got Me’ registers on the charts for the first time (August 13th 1964); Jefferson Airplane make their debut performance at San Francisco’s Matrix Club, a venue that just happens to be owned by vocalist Marty Balin (August 13th 1965); The Beatles play their record-breaking show at New York’s Shea Stadium, with 56,000 screaming fans –an attendance record that won’t be beaten until CSNY in 1974 (August 15th 1965); the first day of Woodstock, an anniversary we covered in detail a year ago in these very pages (August 15th 1969); George Harrison publishes the closest we’ve yet had to a Beatle autobiography, the frustratingly short and originally expensive  ‘I Me Mine’ (August 15th 1980) and finally, Paul Simon plays to his biggest crowd for his ‘Concert In Central Park’ (August 15th 1991).

As for August 16-22nd, here’s to the candle-blowing members of the AAA: Carl Wayne (vocalist with The Hollies from 1999 to his death in 2003) who would have been 66 on August 18th. Anniversaries of events include The Beatles’ still mysterious sacking of their most popular member Pete Best and replacing him with...Ringo (think about that for a minute) who plays his first gig with the band two days later (August 16th 1962); The Beatles’ first performance in Hamburg at the Indra Club (August 17th 1960); The second of two records featuring Jagger, Richards, Lennon and McCartney from the summer of love is released – the Stones’ best single (as far as my tastes are concerned) ‘We Love You’ (August 18th 1967 – the other record is the Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’); Mick Jagger accidentally hurts his hand in a pistol fight staged for the seemingly cursed movie ‘Ned Kelly’ (August 18th 1969); The Moody Blues begin their highest grossing UK tour, some nine years after their original split (August 18th 1981); The Beatles begin their first American tour, playing to much bigger crowds than they are used to in England (August 19th 1964); American radio station KNOW ban all Beatles tracks from the air after hearing that the ‘Sgt Peppers’ LP may contain drugs references – thankfully most of the other stations simply ban that LP (August 19th 1967); The Rolling Stones release one of their most famous songs ‘Satisfaction’ (August 20th 1965); Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham creates Immediate Records with The Small Faces, lured from Decca, one of their first signings (August 20th 1965); The Rolling Stones and 10cc co-headline a prestigious gig at London’s Knebworth (August 21st 1976) and finally, second Beatles film ‘Help!’ premieres in America (August 22nd 1965).   

News, Views and Music Issue 72 (Top Ten): AAA Conspiracy Theories

Its a conspiracy. Every time I try and write this article something seems to happen either to me or my computer, but I will not be stopped! Here are the five weirdest and wackiest AAA conspiracy theories and no, I havent made them up (I dont think even I have the imagination to thin k up some of the following...), they are all genuine theories out there on the net (well even point you in the right direction in case you want to read more, as we can naturally only feature the very bare bones of each theory here). Oh and before I start getting knocked by conspiracy theorists out there, Im one of you guys: Im half convinced that we never really did get to the moon in 1969 (Im even slightly convinced the moon is a hollow spaceship parked there by aliens on their way to create us artificially), Im quite frightened by how plausible the evidence for 9/11 being an inside job seems to be (I cant wait for the 30 years secrets act on that one) and theres a part of me that will forever agree with the allegation that Princess Diana was murdered because she was about to denounce the Royal family as a bunch of reptilian aliens. Not because the evidence backs it up simply because it would make so much sense over why we still have them at all.  But of the following only the Brian Jones story seems to have any real basis in fact (and even then its probably less likely than the tragic accident all the Stones friends were expecting in the mid 60s anyway).

1)    Codename: ‘Paul Is Dead’ (circa 1969), created and spread by American DJs. For the full story visit, which is a site as alarmingly detailed and comprehensive as our own.

As ever, the Beatles were the first – although in case they probably weren’t at all pleased at being the first group to have a conspiracy theory made up about them. The truth is that in November 1966 Paul McCartney had a rather bad accident and fell from a moped he had borrowed from his cousin, cutting his top lip and growing a moustache to cover the fact up (The Beatles being The Beatles they all followed suit in a staggering display of unity unheard of today). The rumour was that Paul had in fact been in a car, had stormed out of a Beatles session in a mood at 5am one night, picked up a hitch-hiker who after getting in the car recognised the driver and screamed, causing a collision with a yellow lorry. Paul, unable to get out the car, died in a fireball and Brian Epstein, afraid of how fans might react, paid off the policemen and kept the whole thing quiet. (Surprisingly, I’ve yet to read the idea that Brain Epstein was murdered to keep the secret quiet – although it has to be said his death was much more mysterious than any of these theories).

 So who was that guy we saw from 1967 onwards? Well, at first there was nobody – hence the fact that The Beatles mysteriously stopped touring, for the first time ever used an illustrated sleeve on ‘Revolver’ (with a photo of Paul screaming, no less) and used a cut-out for the Sgt Peppers sleeve (Paul is in the same position on the rear sleeve, with his back to the camera). The band then got in a replacement, either Billy Shears (as per the mention in ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’) or William Campbell depending on who you believe (a William Campbell really did go missing from his job as an Ontario Police Department around 1966 and did look a bit like Paul so we’re told – hence the OPDept patch on Paul’s sleeve on the Peppers cover).

The Beatles, well practised in the art of leaving random messages for fans in their records, are then meant to have left over 300 clues on their records: the most famous is the Abbey Road cover which represents a graveyard, with Paul as a bare-footed corpse out of step with the others, George in scruffy denim jeans as a gravedigger, John in white as the preacher and Ringo in an unusually smart suit as chief mourner. The car numberplate of the ‘beetle’ behind reads LMW 28IF – a sure clear about McCartney’s age had he lived allegedly, although his true age in September 1967 when the album came out was 27. Other album clues include the ‘graveyard’ scene of Sgt Peppers, complete with several disturbing images such as Shiva the Destroyer (a result of George’s dalliance with Hinduism) and a left-handed bass guitar made out of floral wreaths. 

Other clues include some ‘backmasking’ (hidden messages revealed when tracks are played backwards) which are extremely spooky I have to say, especially the ‘I buried Paul’ mumbled speech at the end of ‘I’m So Tired’ and the ‘Paul has no shoes’ hidden in ‘Blue Jay Way’. (But surely even the Beatles weren’t talented enough to make songs sound ‘normal’ when heard backwards – even psychedelic genius Syd Barrett couldn’t do it and boy did he try!)The infamous ‘walrus’ clue (John may have written ‘I Am The Walrus’, but often claimed it was Paul in songs like Glass Onion and a mention in the Magical Mystery Tour booklet) – walrus allegedly was an Eastern sign of death (as revealed to the Beatles in Rishikesh, perhaps?, although nothing I’ve read or heard about pre-1969 ever even mentions this – Lennon may seem to have chosen the animal at random but in fact got it from Lewis Carroll) and the most eerie of all, the ‘mafia’ sign of impending death with an open palm held over the citim. This is the clue that holds most sway for me as there are literally a dozen instances of it on Beatles records and photos including Revolver, Peppers and Yellow Submarine, not to mention four times in the Magical Mystery Tour booklet – and at no time is an open palm seen being held over John, George or Ringo. Oh and Lennon himself ‘admits’ to the conspiracy in his Paul-bashing song ‘How Do You Sleep?’, although that was just mischievous John being mischievous John.

The part where this theory falls down is the idea that the others calmly went on with the idea, never even hinting at it in the remaining 40 years and that John, as the remaining chief writer of the Beatles, ended up writing not just 90% of the Beatles songs from 1966 on but actually handed over most of the best ones to the mysterious new Paul to sing. Surely they’d have just made up the fact he’d got laryngitis and had run out of ideas would have been more believable, especially after Lennon’s domination of the group on records like ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (10 songs to Paul’s three). It’s also questionable who ended up writing the songs for McCartney’s solo career, especially after Lennon died, although those of you who’ve heard such awful albums as ‘Flaming Pie’ might well question whether Paul really is the same genius who came up with such pre-1966 classics as ‘All My Loving’ and ‘We Can Work It Out’. Overall, though, it’s a puzzle why this theory just won’t go away in the 41 years since it was first formed and how the creators of this epidemic got so many people to believe them in the first place...

2)    Codename: ‘Lennon’s Assassination’, created and spread by various people including some fans after Lennon’s death in 1980, although at its peak since the arrival of the internet. I resent the use of the word ‘oldie’, but apart from that has a lot more info that may be of interest...

There’s something tremendously unsatisfying about the idea of a lone, random murder of a famous victim. Like JFK, Marilyn Monroe and Abraham Lincoln, Lennon has his own conspiracy theory, that speculates that far from being a lone, mentally ill killer Mark Chapman was a patsy hired by the FBI/CIA/government officials who were worried about remarks the great man might make. On the side of ‘evidence’, Lennon was genuinely troubled that someone was after him in those last few months of 1980, with many of his close friends remembering him telling them that he feared he wouldn’t live very long and that someone might ‘get him’. Now, Lennon’s intuition was spot-on in 1972 when he first moved to the USA and claimed his phone was being tapped and he was being followed by Government agents, afraid of his influence and anti-establishment friends. John was dismissed as being a paranoid rock star at the time but after the official 30 years’ secrets act released the documents in 2002 the world was astonished to see that it was Richard Nixon who was the paranoid one, even getting several men to infiltrate Lennon’s concerts that year dressed as hippies. Lennon, fighting for the green card that would allow him to stay in America after a minor drugs conviction saw him threatened with deportation several times, reportedly backed down from his political stance deliberately (or perhaps because of the poor sales of the political album ‘Some Time In New York City). Fans have speculated ever since that the sheer change in style between ‘New York’ and the toothless ‘Mind Games’ may have meant have Lennon was warned off with a much bigger threat than deportation (although 1973’s ‘Bring On The Lucie (And Freeda People)’ would hardly have gone down well in this context).

So who did give the commands to shoot Lennon? Even the conspiracy theorists don’t know, although names like George Bush senior and even, hurtfully and unbelievably, Yoko have been banded around. The claim is, though, that Mark Chapman – who was, after all, a Beatles fan – was brainwashed by some big and secret firm to murder Lennon. Chapman’s own statement claimed that he heard a voice telling him to ‘do it do it do it’ and a ‘dead silence in his brain’ before he shot the Beatle and he is said to have acted dazed and confused at the scene of the crime (very similar to Lee Harvey Oswald after JFK). In a little known twist, Chapman originally pleaded ‘not guilty’ to Lennon’s murder at first before a ‘little voice’ in his head told him to change his plea. As for the timing of the assassination, Lennon was barely two months out of retirement and the powers that be thought me might get back in touch with his old anti-establishment contacts. There is also evidence that the police took a particularly blaissez-faire attitude with the murder, questioning few witnesses or accepting that it was anything other than an open or shut case.

The downside of all this is that anyone who reads the full tragic statement made by Chapman can see that this was the work of a textbook mentally ill person. Chapman identified with Lennon early on in his life, seeing in him the strengths of courage and overcoming a difficult background to become important and influential. The only trouble is, Chapman never had the musical talent of Lennon and without a Paul, George Ringo or Brian Epstein to back up any talents found himself increasingly jealous rather than overwhelmed by his idol. The timing of his death is also given as an opposite reading of the above events – that far from being a revolutionary gun-toting star, in 1980 Lennon was praising house-husbandry and children. Chapman, far from ending a thorn in the side of the Government, shot Lennon partly because he felt betrayed by the man he’d looked up to for so long and feared that for low-income struggling nobodies like himself there really was no way out. Chapman, far from being brainwashed, knew exactly what he was doing – and after so many disappointments in life had turned his head upside-down truly believed that what he was doing was his most sensible course of action and almost ‘revenge’ for Lennon’s ‘betrayal’.  Lennon, then, died out of jealousy and bitterness rather than Government orders, although you can bet your bottom dollar that somebody from the Government was keeping an eye on Lennon’s comeback, just in case he did pick up on old ways again...

3)    Codename: ‘Brian Jones’ death’, 1969. Created and fanned by many Rolling Stones down the years, although the police files themselves reveal a great deal of ‘doubt’ over Brian’s cause of death. has more...

For those who don’t know, founding Stone Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at the home which formerly belonged to Winnie The Pooh author AA Milne on July 3rd 1969. Brian was well known for his liking for drugs and had indeed been kicked out of the Stones at the end of 1968 for being so far gone he was getting in their way of touring and recording. Add in the fact that Brian suffered from asthma quite badly and that as recently as 1967 a police report described him as ‘an extremely vulnerable young man’, prone to suicide if investigations were not handled carefully, and on paper you have an open and shut case of either tragic accident or equally tragic suicide. But in mid-1969 Brian was more than back on his feet, had pretty much denounced his drug past and was well on the way to finding his own feet as a musician again. Had Brian died in 1968 we may well have shrugged our heads and said ‘oh well’, but the Brian of 1969 was reported by many friends to be genuinely happy and back in control of his life again. Add in the fact that Brian’s asthma was more under control than it had been, the fact that there were no drugs and only a small quantity of alcohol in his body according to the inquest and that Brian was a champion swimmer, winning many medals in his youth, and things start to look a little weirder.

Things got truly strange earlier this decade when builder Frank Thorogood allegedly signed a deathbed confession that he had murdered Brian over a pay dispute. Even though police had rejected him as a suspect, the builder had indeed been there the day Brian died and had reportedly been seen rowing with him a few hours earlier, after a beam Thorogood had fixed had come crashing down from the scene and nearly hit Brian’s girlfriend Anna Walhin on the head. Brian was, understandably, furious and also disputed the amount of wages and accessories like groceries that he was paying the elder man, who reportedly didn’t take kindly to having a millionaire 27-year-old boss. Brian, thinking the matter had cleared, invited Thorogood into the pool later on that night, when he was allegedly murdered. Two witnesses are also said to have come forward later and reported seeing a man in ‘workman’s clothes’ holding somebody’s head under water.

It has to be said, though, that all the ‘clues’ for the murder have come forward retrospectively. The police felt that they had covered all possible ground in their investigation and certainly the other people there at the house that day treated Brian’s death as a tragic accident, not believing the rift between master and worker to be anything more than a slight disagreement. You also have to question the motives of the killer – whilst the more I learn about Brian’s lifelong tantrums the less I like him, I find it hard to believe that even Jones could taunt an employee into murder, especially a famous man whose death would be world news. If the story about the beam and money passing hands is true than Brian is also, arguably, in the right – any person employed solely for building work and is housed and fed on the premises should surely get a ticking off if his work is dangerous. 

Brian himself seems to have thought he had made up with Thorogood, too, and he wasn’t stupid – he had one of the highest IQs of any AAA member in fact – there’s no way he’d have got into a pool with someone who had murder in his eyes. What seems more likely to me is that a still smarting Thorogood simply refused to hand Brian his asthma inhaler when the Stone had a sudden attack in the water, believing his namby-pamby employer was putting it on for sympathy. Afraid of the fallout from his act, Thorogood never mentioned this to police and, feeling guilty, carried the secret to his deathbed when he felt he ought to tell someone. That’s only speculation of course – the only person who knew the truth was Brian and he is unable to tell us – but there’s certainly something mysterious about the inconclusive nature of the case and the quite seriously reported confession, which even made the national news some 38 years after Brian’s death. 

4)    Codename: The CIA were Grateful to the Dead, 1965. Rumour first spread via the internet 1990s. is the most comprehensive guide, although there are a couple of other listings out there...

Truly the weirdest conspiracy theory of all, right up there with the ‘Paul Is Dead’ one, is the idea that the revolutionary, counter-culture Dead were crted specifically by the CIA and FBI (no one agrees quite which) to draw attention away from the other truly revolutionary and anti-establishment bands which were really posing a threat to the powers-that-be in 1965.Sme fan gossip even has the Dead down as Satanists, simply on the back of the song ‘Friend Of the Devil’, although the theory with (comparative to the others) the most legs is that the Dead were a bunch of freemasonists who loved putting symbols into their music to brainwash fans.  

For starters, the dead’s beloved skeleton symbol was actually a key freemason symbol stretching back years (the most famous Dead skeleton – the ‘steal your face’ logo – is also meant to come in the freemason’s favourite colours, allegedly). There’s also the (originally unreleased) song ‘Mason’s Children’, which was actually written about Charlie Manson but is such a deliberately vague song it certainly could be interpreted as a mason song with its strange images and tales of bricking the dead up in walls. The Dead’s early days with the ‘Merry Pranksters’ has also come under observation, as many of the pranksters allegedly seem to have US intelligence connections, not to mention the fact that the FBI seemed in a bit of a hurry to help the Dead when counterfeit copies of their 1973 LP ‘Wake Of The Flood’ went on sale or that the Dead are still the only band given permission to play at the site of the Egyptian pyramids, even though their anti-establishment reputation hardly makes them a front-running candidate. Perhaps most interesting theory of all is that despite numerous smaller busts and the pretty much common knowledge that they were all into drugs only fans got busted at Dead concerts, not the group themselves.

However, in reply, skeletons are surely an obvious image for a band named ‘Grateful Dead’ and the other supposedly ‘illuminati/new world’ images such as inverted triangles and eyeballs are hardly more common on Dead artwork than it is for other bands (you might also have noticed that we use a pyramid as a symbol for our site. I swear we have nothing to do with the illuminati and knew nothing about them till after stating the site. It was simply the nicest looking logo on clipart and one I thought was relevant as it resembled something long-standing with the power to pass on knowledge to future nameless generations from the past unchanged. As you can tell, I was in one of my pretentious moods when I chose it). It also seems pretty daft that either the tradition-loving and exclusive masonists are supposed to have secretly converted millions of fans to the cause over the years (even after owning all the albums and sitting my journalist exams in a freemason lodge, I still have no desire to become a member) or the pro-government agencies should have ‘created’ a band quite this anti-establishment and other-worldly (even if they were trying to create an extreme version of this to cover things up, they did it blooming successfully – why not create a ‘safer’ group like Herman’s Hermits or the Dave Clark Five? Or perhaps they did?...No only joking!) And why would musicians as clever and talented as the Dead agree when they surely stood a chance of success on their own? One to file under ‘not very likely’.

5)    Codename: ‘Dark Side Of The Rainbow’ (1995-ish), reportedly first mentioned back in the 1970s but only really big since the 1990s, fanned by internet speculation and American DJs yet again. See for the full list.

The Floyd only have themselves to blame. Not content with being one of the most impersonal and ‘faceless’, mysterious bands out there, the band crowned everything with a website that was set up to deliberately cause speculation over the cover artwork of the Floyd’s last album ‘The Division Bell’ (the band still claim not to have known EMI had set it up). But fans came up with a weirder idea – if you play the 1939 film ‘The Wizard Of oz’ at the same time you play the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album, you see one heck of an amazing synchronisation.

For instance: the opening black-and-white portion of the film ends at the exact same time as side one of the album; ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ lasts the exact length of the ‘tornado’ sequence, ebbing and flowing at the same rate; we hear ‘Brain Damage’ at the exact time the Scarecrow sings about wanting a brain; the track title ‘Time’ is highlighted during the opening credits for no apparent reason (although this one means the film makers were in on the act a full 33 years before the album was made...); the alarm bells of ‘Time’ ring out as the wicked Miss Gulch first appears on screen; the band kick into the line ‘home...home again’ as Dorothy tells us she wants to go home; most hilariously, the good witch of the North enters to the line ‘don’t give me that goody-good bullshit’; the closing heartbeat of the record coincides with Dorothy leaning in to listen to the Tin-Man’s empty chest and  finally you could also consider that the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ could be ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ or that the ‘dream’ Dorothy has is actually her ‘brain damage’ from the pressures of living as per the album (certainly, she’d not having a very nice time of it in the first half of the film). There are plenty more, but these are the ones that work best – and I couldn’t see any after putting the CD back on again after the 42 minutes were up as you’re supposedly meant to.

Well, I tried doing using this ‘new soundtrack’  a while ago and while some things did link up, particularly the ‘clues’ outlined above, an awful lot of ‘clues’ were tenuous at best. Surely the Floyd would have made a more obvious link had they meant us to view the record in this way, such as including a rainbow on the cover, not just a prism, or naming one of the band members ‘Toto’ or something. One hell of a lot of fans seem to have gone overboard for it, though, and to the best of my knowledge no other record or film combination has ever been given the time and dedication that this one has. There is, however, the sad fact that even the technologically-minded Floyd would have found it hard to synch up the music to the film given the technology of 1973 (the effect in their own films/soundtracks is a bit hit-and-miss) and certainly many of the ‘clues’ would suggest that the Oz film-makers were in on the conspiracy, which given that the film was made before any of the Floyd were born seems to be pushing it a bit. The only time the band themselves have ever commented on it is when an amused Nick Mason told reporters ‘we definitely never based the album on ‘Wizard Of Oz’ – we nicked it all from ‘The Sound Of Music’ instead’! So, this theory just seems a to be a bunch of ‘cosmic coincidences’ but who knows – perhaps somebody above planned it that way?...

Don’t have nightmares. Normal service will be resumed next week! (And if we’re not here, then you’ll know we really were onto something with this top five...)
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69) John Lennon Musical Tributes

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103) AAA Court Cases

104) Postmodern Songs About Songwriting

105) Biggest Stylistic Leaps Between Albums

106) 20 Reasons Why Cameron Should Go!

107) The AAA Pun-Filled Cookbook

108) Classic Debut Releases

109) Five Uses Of Bird Sound Effects

110) AAA Classic Youtube Clips Part #1

111) Part #2

112) Part #3

113) AAA Facts You Might Not Know

114) The 20 Rarest AAA Records

115) AAA Instrumental Songs

116) Musical Tarot

117) Christmas Carols

118) Top AAA Releases Of 2011

119) AAA Bands In The Beano/The Dandy

120) Top 20 Guitarists #1

121) #2

122) 'Shorty' Nomination Award Questionairre

123) Top Best-Selling AAA Albums

124) AAA Songs Featuring Bagpipes

125) A (Hopefully) Complete List Of AAA Musicians On Twitter

126) Beatles Albums That Might Have Been 1970-74 and 1980

127) DVD/Computer Games We've Just Invented

128) The AAA Albums With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

129) The AAA Singles With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

130) Lyric Competition (Questions)

131) Top Crooning Classics

132) Funeral Songs

133) AAA Songs For When Your Phone Is On Hold

134) Random Recent Purchases (#3)

135) Lyric Competition (Answers)

136) Bee Gees Songs/AAA Goes Disco!

137) The Best AAA Sleevenotes (And Worst)

138) A Short Precise Of The Years 1962-70

139) More Wacky AAA-Related Films And Their Soundtracks

140) AAA Appearances On Desert Island Discs

141) Songs Exclusive To Live Albums

142) More AAA Songs About Armageddon

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Following on from last issue’s study of the American Billboard charts, here’s a look at which AAA albums spent the most weeks on the chart. The...

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This week we’ve decided to dedicate our top ten to those unsung heroes of music, the session musicians, whose playing often brings AAA artists (and...

Naturally we hold our AAA bands in high esteem in these articles: after all, without their good taste, intelligence and humanity we’d have nothing to...

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‘The ATOS Song’ (You’re Not Fit To Live)’ (Mini-Review) Dear readers, we don’t often feature reviews of singles over albums or musicians who aren’t...

In honour of this week’s review of an album released to cash in on a movie soundtrack (only one of these songs actually appears in ‘Easy Rider’...and...

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154) The human singing voice carries with it a vast array of emotions, thoughts that cannot be expressed in any other way except opening the lungs and...

Everyone has a spiritual home, even if they don’t actually live there. Mine is in a windy, rainy city where the weather is always awful but the...

Having a family does funny things to some musicians, as we’ve already seen in this week’s review (surely the only AAA album actually written around...

Some artists just have no idea what their best work really is. One thing that amazes me as a collector is how consistently excellent many of the...

159) A (Not That) Short Guide To The 15 Best Non-AAA Bands

160) The Greatest AAA Drum Solos (Or Near Solos!)

161) AAA Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speeches

162) AAA Re-Recordings Of Past Songs

163) A Coalition Christmas (A Fairy Tale)

164) AAA Songs About Islands

165) The AAA Review Of The Year 2012

166) The Best AAA Concerts I Attended

167) Tributes To The 10 AAA Stars Who Died The Youngest

168) The First 10 AAA Songs Listed Alphabetically

171) The 10 Best Songs From The Psychedelia Box-Sets ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Nuggets Two’

172) The 20 Most Common Girl’s Names In AAA Song Titles (With Definitions) 

180) First Recordings By Future AAA Stars

185) A Tribute To Storm Thorgerson Via The Five AAA Bands He Worked With

188) Surprise! Celebrating 300 Album Reviews With The Biggest 'Surprises' Of The Past Five Years Of Alan's Album Archives!

190) Comparatively Obscure First Compositions By AAA Stars

193) Evolution Of A Band: Comparing First Lyric With Last Lyric:

200) The Monkees In Relation To Postmodernism (University Dissertation)

202) Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain': Was It About One Of The AAA Crew?

217) AAA 'Christmas Presents' we'd most like to have next year

221) Dr Who and the AAA (Five Musical Links)

222) Five Random Recent Purchases

223) AAA Grammy Nominees

224) Ten AAA songs that are better heard unedited and in full

225) The shortest gaps between AAA albums

226) The longest gaps between AAA albums

227) Top ten AAA drummers

228) Top Ten AAA Singles (In Terms of 'A' and 'B' Sides)

229) The Stories Behind Six AAA Logos

230) AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! The Best Ten AAA Screams

231) An AAA Pack Of Horses

232) AAA Granamas - Sorry, Anagrams!

233) AAA Surnames and Their Meanings

234) 20 Erroneous AAA Album Titles

235) The Best AAA Orchestral Arrangements

236) Top 30 Hilariously Misheard Album Titles/Lyrics

237) Ten controversial AAA sackings - and whether they were right

238) A Critique On Critiquing - In Response To Brian Wilson

239) The Ten MusicianS Who've Played On The Most AAA Albums

240) Thoughts on #CameronMustGo

241) Random Recent Purchases (Kinks/Grateful Dead/Nils Lofgren/Rolling Stones/Hollies) 

242) AAA Christmas Number Ones 

243) AAA Review Of The Year 2014 (Top Releases/Re-issues/Documentaries/DVDs/Books/Songs/ Articles  plus worst releases of the year)

244) Me/CFS Awareness Week 2015

245) Why The Tory 2015 Victory Seems A Little...Suspicious

246) A Plea For Peace and Tolerance After The Attacks on Paris - and Syria

247) AAA Review Of The Year 2015

248) The Fifty Most Read AAA Articles (as of December 31st 2015)

249) The Revised AAA Crossword!

251) Half-A-Dozen Berries Plus One (An AAA Tribute To Chuck Berry)

252) Guest Post: ‘The Skids – Joy’ (1981) by Kenny Brown

254) Guest Post: ‘Supertramp – Some Things Never Change’ by Kenny Brown

255) AAA Review Of The Year 2018

256) AAA Review Of The Year 2019 plus Review Of The Decade 2010-2019

257) Tiermaker

258) #Coronastock

259) #Coronadocstock