Archive for ‘Music’

January 6, 2021

Thirty Three and a Third

Das ist gut!

– get the turntable spinnin’ and unsleeve the LP’s for some ‘non-stop hit-party’. They have had at least another three in the series, so it must have fared well in the German top 40. I notice the fraulein in pink is handing the BSA’s leather trench coat clad operator a flute of sweet white. No wonder the exhaust is spluttering in smoke and sparks…

August 2, 2020

The Boss

An American Poet

A young Bruce Springsteen captures the hearts of a disillusioned working class America with his music in the seventies. Lyrics that resonated and a beat that was alive. He rode motorcycles to escape the familiar and explore a country seemingly on the brink.

July 17, 2020

Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee?

Rambling Roses

– here’s a vintage photo of a pair of ladies rough riding over the moors on a brace of Model H Triumphs.

July 6, 2020

Ride on boyo!

Smiling Hound

– Welsh singer actor Lee Evans promoting a thirties vibe in sheepskin lined belted leather coat, tall engineer boots, and over the shoulder napsack. The Vincent Comet is a suitable motorcycle prop for the magazine shoot. The vintage backdrop adds a perfect foil.

February 25, 2020

Way-Wah

My Sweet Lord

George Harrison would have been 77 today. His music was more thoughtful especially his opus-like triple album All Things Must Pass. He also supported the arts as a movie producer and had an interest in racing, both Formula One and Motorcycle Grand Prix. Here he is with Barry Sheen #7 at some racetrack. Barry is wearing a non-flammable racing outfit rather than his usual leathers so must be getting in a four wheeled racer.

February 3, 2020

Acid Days

Born to be Wild | Keyboardist of Californian band Steppenwolf Goldie McJohn sits on a BSA Rocket 3 whilst American Recording Studio producer Richie Polodor looks on from his Jeep. Polodor was producer for Three Dog Night who had hits such as a #1 cover of Eric Burden’s Mama told me (not to come).

January 30, 2020

Pocketed Brass

The Great Pretender | “Let’s talk with Pete Farndon. When he’s not playing his electric bass, you can probably find him on his bike.”

Bassist from the original line up of the English American rock group The Pretenders Pete lived life in the fast lane on his Trident.

January 23, 2020

Red Balloon

Luftballon | not ninety nine… just the one. The bobber ‘cycle rider is adrift with the escapism one experiences when cruising along. Fun artwork from Douglas Thompson who captures the gravity defying nature of motorcycling.

January 16, 2020

Air Guitar

Fender | the music of the motorcycle. A Jaguar electric guitar hooned around on a Tiger.

January 15, 2020

Gittern God

Skydog | supremo guitarist Duane Allman picking away on his ’59 Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul. He looks to be in another zone altogether. Cool t-shirt.

January 14, 2020

The Blues

Pickup | More guitar tomfoolery with a Triumph logo emblazoned across the pick guard.

January 13, 2020

Six String

Axe | instrumental crossover of the original ’59 Triumph Bonneville color scheme applied to an electric guitar.

January 10, 2020

The sound of a different drummer

Adventure Percussionist | Rush drummer Neil Peart recently passed away. His contribution to music is legendary. He was also an avid long distance motorcyclist covering countless miles between concerts and later journeys of introspective exploration. His autobiography Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road a haunting memoir of self rediscovery.

Neil Peart (1952-2020)

December 30, 2019

Mambo Rock

Forty Five RPM | classic instrumental hit from 1958 with very memorable lyrics: “Tequila” x3. Awesome cover photo of the band in matching red suits over white tees on Triumph motorcycles.

October 26, 2019

Local Hero

Down the Road Whenever | more two-wheel visuals of Mark Knopfler in his new video for “Good on you son”, a piece of music from his latest album. It looks like an updated unit Triumph. Sunny roads. Perfect scenery for his subtle music style.