Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

finally some bass TLC

we dunno if it was the change in weather or “whether” it was finally just the wear and tear on our 2 main basses BUT mid month they both went out of whack and need some TLC. actually the SG needed a setup in March but we’ve been “making due” with her when she was needed. but once we gigged with our Epi EB-3 mid May and it went out of whack too we knew then and there a trip to the bass doctor was in order.

now we thought about trying it ourselves but we aren’t just quite that confident yet in our own abilities and its been the first time these 2 basses have needed any work in over 2 years (first time for both as far as we know). then next question was where to take them…. we had been to steve’s music before to get our first ever bass done (music man ray 34) but that was just because we had bought it there. after some research, we decided to go with whom we know and let them do the deed.

much to our shock, they were due to be in the shop for a week. we thought it might be an overnight thing. still no biggie, we had no gigs for 10 days anywho. they called us back within 6 days to say they were ready and when we showed up, both techs that worked on them were there and answered all our questions and then some.

we got flat wounds put on both so both start to feel the same to us. we’ve used the SG at a gig already and it has settled quite nicely. we couldn’t be happier with the sound and feel it has now. with the EB-3, we’ve only practiced with it once. it feels like a new bass (which being the older of the 2 is great!) and its great to have her back in the fold.

all in all, a great experience with Steve’s and the new setups on the basses. well worth the 45 bux on each and the results only makes us want to play them more!

now onto finding a deal on a bass cab… we have needs!


waiting for the bus with new again basses & much needed java!


May 30, 2012

dems da brakes


we didnt even get to use the bike brake. it fell out. ah well, defensive, brakeless roller blading is better than no rollerblading!

May 30, 2012

new blade brakes!


we love 2 roller blade & we love our blades. too bad they don’t make the brakepads we need. so we’ve switched to bike brake pads. we used them once before to moderate success. tis better than no brakes & we just need to remember they get burning hot when it gets down to the metal!

May 30, 2012

this one is for the birds

we came outside our backyard today to find the pups freakin’ out and an orchestra of chirping. we dunno what exactly happened as the puppies aren’t saying much but the evidence was there for us to see.

a baby bird lay on the grass and the mother bird was not happy about it.

so we waited to see if the bird was going to move anywhere. it was definitely alive.

after 20 mins we checked on it again. it hadn’t gone anywhere and was quite damp. so we decided to then take matters into our own hands. we found a old dog bowl, filled it with grass clippings and got some work gloves. we carefully picked up the baby bird (while mom squawked at us!) and placed it into the bowl.

finding a home for the bowl, even if temporary was difficult. we tried to place it near the nest we assume the baby bird came from but it was waaaayyyy too tippy of a spot. we left it for a while on our deck rail. then after awhile we placed it on a perch. mom seemed to like the perch as we have witnessed her visit the bowl/baby often. fingers crossed that all ends up well for the baby robin!


this is better than the lawn hopefully!



all nestled in



on the perch for the night!



mother bird on her way to visit!


May 30, 2012

The Top 60 Perfect Pop Songs?

we found this list of songs on the internet recently.  now its posted if we ever need to find a new song to cover.

The Top 60 Perfect Pop Songs

  1. I’m a Believer by The Monkees/ Neil Diamond
  2. Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille/ Neil Sedaka
  3. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  4. I Feel Fine by The Beatles
  5. Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  6. We Can Work It Out by The Beatles
  7. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  8. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  9. Sugar, Sugar by The Archies/ Neil Diamond
  10. Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
  11. I Love You by The Climax Blues Band
  12. If I Can’t Have You by Yvonne Elliman/ The Bee Gees
  13. Cuddly Toy by The Monkees/ Harry Nilsson
  14. Heart of Glass by Blondie
  15. Lola by The Kinks
  16. Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Gos
  17. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
  18. The Things We Do Love by 10cc
  19. Call Me by Petula Clarke/Nancy Wilson
  20. Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
  21. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  22. Rich Girl by Hall and Oates
  23. Never My Love by The Association
  24. Take a Chance on Me by ABBA
  25. Day After Day by Badfinger
  26. Day Tripper by The Beatles
  27. Reminiscing by The Little River Band
  28. Sail On by The Commodores
  29. It Don’t Matter to Me by Bread
  30. (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Simple Minds
  31. Shambala by Three Dog Night
  32. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
  33. Head Over Heels by The Go Gos
  34. Call Me by Blondie
  35. Hello Goodbye by The Beatles
  36. Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson
  37. Downtown by Petula Clark
  38. Happy Together by The Turtles
  39. I Melt With You by Modern English
  40. To Sir, With Love by Lulu
  41. Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees
  42. I Love You More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase
  43. My Sharona by the Knack
  44. Do You Believe in Magic- The Lovin’ Spoonful
  45. Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys
  46. Nothin’ from Nothin’ – Billy Preston
  47. Will It Go Round in Circles – Billy Preston
  48. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  49. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
  50. More Than A Feeling – Boston
  51. I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
  52. Close to You – Carpenters
  53. Fame – David Bowie
  54. American Pie – Don McLean
  55. Peg – Steely Dan
  56. Is That Love – Squeeze
  57. Shannon by Henry Gross
  58. There She Goes by The Las
  59. Crash by The Primitives
  60. Son of Sam by Elliot Smith
May 30, 2012

sound man fees

came across this the other day.  i dunno where its from but we luv it!

May 29, 2012

may we wrap the month of may for the Hooligans?

Been a busy month for Those Handsome Hooligans but a sign of more busier times ahead as well! adding new songs, playing gigs and keeping our gear in fine form=whew!

first our first ever show at British Arms in Barrie went swimmingly. the night ended with very loud chants of ONE MORE SONG! a sure sign that the crowd enjoyed us. one of the many mind blowing things of that night were the 2 tables of ppl that stayed from start to finish. never b4 had we seen such hardcore devotion in Hooligan fans! whoa, mind blown!

our second gig of the month was a season ender party for the dart league in Innisfil. now these fine folk know how to party! once we did our soundcheck song, they never sat down the entire evening. another first for the Hooligans! our 2nd set of tunes was over 90 minutes strait. our finger tips could feel the burn and we barely made it thru the 3rd and last set. can’t wait to play there again as rumours are running rampant that we will return to the Innisfil area for NYE.

this past month we got our gear finally set up for the season. more on that in a post to come. for now, here’s some hooligan pics!


stage at lions club innisfil. yes the floor is slanted like that!


our eb3 takes a break at british arms. it was due for a setup after this show.


the creatures came out at british arms!


so did James from the Decibel Kings! sweet!

May 29, 2012

hot run soundtrack

we would like to thank the following songs for getting us thru the hottest run of the year:

ballon man-hitchcock
best way-jazz butcher
breathless-nick cave
guns of brixton-jimmy cliff
call me-reigning sound
bank account, cheap thrill-teenanger
earthquakey ppl-steve aoki
get ready for love-nick cave
im not down-the only band that matters
kill your tv-ned
jesus bulit my hotrod- ministry
lose this skin-the only band that matters


May 5, 2012

for starters


rather been a reflective few wks. bdays and some free time can cause that we guess.

of the many thoughts we had, there was one about us and bands. one previously unknown similarity has come up.

that we tend to stay with the bands we had a part in starting.

we look back to all the bands we’ve had the great opportunity to play and perform with and see that point come up way too often. its great to see how a band evolves from nothing and the road it goes on is well worth all the time spent. perhaps that is the fire that keeps us involved thru thick & thin. the great thing about the 3 bands we are in right now is that we’ve been there in all of them in the formation stages. that bodes well moving forward. the forecast is solid and is going to be busy!

the reasons why we haven’t stayed in the bands we weren’t there in the formation stages all vary. trying to come up with a catch all, all encompassing phrase for the reasons but so far it has eluded us. perhaps its a lack of feeling that we are not a contributing part of something but rather a bit player or a gun for hire or some other elusive feeling. or since we weren’t there from day1 we are not that emotionally and time invested and that makes saying au revoir easier.

speaking of feelings, it feels like this post will likely get edited once we come up with more answers and think this thought thru more fully! at least we’ve started the thought process by finally writing it down!