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Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
1:19 pm - Small world...

Yesterday, for no good reason, I decide to wear my Deserters t-shirt to work. I don't often wear it, as the giant block of transfer graphic makes my chest sweaty if I get at all warm. Ah well, I'm driving to work and there's AC in, and it's reasonable out.

So, we're having a company meeting that morning, and part of it is everyone who's new since the last meeting introducing themselves and telling us all something interesting about themselves.

Our new Creative Director introduces himself, describes his job and then, for his interesting thing asks me to stand up and says "I designed the tshirt JB's wearing."

Turns out, he worked for Ryko at the time.

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
9:46 pm - New Order/Oysterband: 'Love Vigilantes' Qn

My girlfriend and I have been having a discussion about Oysterband's cover of the New Order track Love Vigilantes. One set of lyrics is available here. WARNING: site opens a pop-up window. First question, for anyone who has the original New Order album or a definitive set of lyrics: is the final line of the chorus 'I've been so alone you see' or 'I've been so long at sea'? Most 'net sites seem to go for the former, and it's my hearing as well, but I could be wrong.

The more central question we're discussing is this: are we to assume that the telegram received at the end of the song is accurate, and the singer is deceased? Or is the telegram in error, and he's home safely on leave? I've done a few Google searches, but not come up with much other than an off-hand comment in an Amazon review - any information would be appreciated!

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
12:08 pm - Time to kick this community into gear - because I'm here! lol!

Hey Guys!

My name is Laura, I'm 20 and from Derby, UK. I am also completely and utter, totally obsessed with a certain folk-rock band. I've been to see them about 8 times over 4 years and each time they seem to get better and better.

My favourite gig was when they played the Off The Tracks festival in Derby, it was a very intimate gig and squished but my god the acoustics were right, the band were on the top of their game and the crowd were very responsive. Although coming close was the time JJ walked across the bar at the Old Institute with his squeezebox, trying hard not to fall off - the poor techie had his work cut out that night *laughs* and I don't think people had ever moved their pints so quick!

My favourite songs are Shouting End of Life (also my fave album), Bold Reilly, We'll Be There, The Souls Electric, Shes Moved On and many many others.

If anyone is interested I've got an Oyster fanlisting, you can find it at: http://wolfwynd.ripside.com/fan/holybandits.php

I'll be doing some icons/banners/layouts soon so keep an eye out!

Well thats me! Feel free to e-mail me at any time if anyone wants a good Oyster chat!

current mood: bouncy

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Friday, March 11th, 2005
3:08 pm - It's another newbie here!

Hello all, by way of an introduction...

I'm Judith from Plymouth, but studying at the University of Durham at the moment.

I'm 19, and have been into Oysterband for must be about ten years now,they were a soundtrack to the majority of my childhood: )

Just wanted to ask your thoughts on the 25th anniversary concert on DVD. I think it's absolutely brilliant and brought back some great memories of that night for me. Put Out the Lights was in particular one of my favourites.


current mood: calm

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Thursday, February 10th, 2005
3:07 pm

Hi all

Hope you don't mind, and don't consider this too off-topic... there's a benefit gig to raise money for post-tsunami reconstruction on the 23rd April, 2005 - Oysterband are playing, alongside other artists like Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy and Tiger Moth.

Should be a good night!


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Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
1:54 pm - Big Session Festival!

Hey, in case you haven't stopped by the Oysters' site in a while, they're not only doing another Big Session -- they're turning it into a summer festival!

Gakked right from the website (www.oysterband.co.uk):
JUNE 17-19 2005
at De Montfort Hall & Gardens, Leicester
Eddi Reader, Eliza Carthy Band, Show Of Hands and Martin Simpson
Oysterband will play a long, rocking headline set "as themselves" on the night of Saturday June 18.

Sounds like a blast!

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Monday, April 19th, 2004
11:54 am - lyrics database


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Monday, March 15th, 2004
8:34 pm

Some Oysterband links:

The official site:

Fan list (noisy) on Yahoo:
or subscribe by email:

Ronald's fansite (many recent pics):

Vonnie's fansite (not updated in forever):

I'm sure there are good links to vids someplace, but I don't know them. Ditto Oysterband-inspired fic. I remember reading a due South story that was pretty much songfic from one of the story songs.

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Saturday, March 15th, 2003
9:06 am - spare *me* the glory...

Hi, Oysterfans!

I'm just your humble founder, here.

I've been head over heels about Oysterband since I first saw a Highlander songvid set to "In Your Eyes." I special-ordered "Here I Stand," and shortly afterward, got "Deep Dark Ocean." Since then, I've collected several other Oysterband cds, and I'm not recalling their names off the top of my head at the moment.

What attracts me to the Oysters so much?

The lyrics are so very thought-provoking and weird and beautiful. The music hits me hard and stays in my mind. They're inspiring and haunting and lovely.

My favorite song (although I adore so many of their songs it would be hard to list them all) is "Someone You Might Have Been," from "Here I Stand."

Anyway, do post and tell us what attracts you to Oysterband, what your favorite song/album is, how you found this wonderful British folk rock music and fell in love with it.

current mood: awake

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