Ray Harryhausen who was better known for his stop motion animation in such bank holiday classics such as Clash Of The Titans and Jason & The Argonauts (who can forget *that* fighting skeleton scene?) has passed away today at age 92. Devastated just isn’t the word. If you’ve never seen any of the above films especially, I highly suggest you do so.
As if Chi from the Deftones wasn’t enough now Jeff Hanneman from Slayer has passed on (probably burning in Hell much to his delight, considering the bands disdain of the other guy). I must admit I’m not a huge Slayer fan. I like them but I’m not obsessed by them. I’m certainly not going to slate their work ethic, not at all because after Nine Inch Nails (who I fucking love and whom I’ve travelled hundreds of miles at every opportunity I could to see them) they are the only band who I can say I’ve seen more times than hot dinners, purely down to coincidence.
The first and only time I ever saw the Deftones live was at the Riverside in Newcastle back in 1998. The room was really crowded and the mosh pit was mental. I can remember sweat dripping from the ceiling and steam coming from me when we left. I vowed from that moment on that I would never go to see the Deftones live again as *nothing* would beat that gig and to this day I’ve still haven’t despite having ample opportunity to do so. I think I’m scared of disappointment to be honest. Anyway many thanks to the band and to Chi for blowing my fragile little mind all of those years ago. R.I.P.
I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since some utter wanker shot Dimebag Darrell. My mates and I still drink Black Tooth Grins because of him and the Pantera home videos. No doubt one will be raised today as it’s done every year in memory.
Today marks the 3 year anniversary of Sophie Lancaster, the young girl who, along with her boyfriend were beaten to a pulp and left for dead by a gang of delinquent and pissed Chavs purely because they looked different. I remember it being in the news at the time and it made me really sad that someone had had their life viciously taken from them just because she looked “different”. I’ve been into alternative subcultures since I was 11 or 12 years old and I’ve made a lot of similar friends in those 20 plus years. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard of and/or I’ve had to encounter grief with no other reason bar what fashion or music myself or friends prefer to follow.
As a result of her daughter’s death I really admire the stance that Sophie’s Mum has taken as a result of losing her daughter. It really is an excellent example of trying to turn a negative into a positive. The S.O.P.H.I.E. Foundation was set up by her and it’s aims are to provide work shops that challenge prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures and is also currently campaigning to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”. If you want to help support the foundation you can do so in many ways. You can make a donation or if you prefer, buy a t-shirt or wristband here. Illamasqua also have a pencil eyeliner dedicated to Sophie which promises to donate £3 from every purchase to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
The following video is called ‘Dark Angel’ and was commissioned by Illamasqua. It’s by Fursy Teyssier whose work I love.