My guitar project is finished

img_0799Hi kids, Az here.

I know I had only just posted about getting a new guitar yesterday but I needed to wait until I got my arse to a guitar shop to buy some strings before I was going to post about this puppy as well. Now this thing is ready to go as well.

What you are seeing here is a Korean made BC Rich Mockingbird NJ Series neck thru guitar. I rescued this gem from a pawn shop advertising it on eBay for stuff all and it was pretty beat up.

See the original pix below.

As you can see (click/press on the pictures to see larger versions), the body work was pretty trashy – and really, the pictures don’t tell the whole story. There were a lot of dings, marks and other crap. The name badge on the headstock was missing too.

In addition to that, I have to say that I just don’t like the look of neck thru’s that aren’t painted where you can see the difference in the body work. The lines are added as a feature as some sort of trendy look. It’s gross. Additionally, I think the wooden finish of guitars looks lame too.

Never fear! I had a vision and hit Buy It Now anyway.

I bought this for the bargain basement price of AUD$300 (with free shipping) and figured I could cover up all the dents and other unpleasurables whilst punking it up at the same time.

Enter AliExpress.

I bought a shitload of black and white stickers where you get 100 in a bag of random whatever stuff. I bought three lots of them for a total of about AUD$20.

Then my daughter and I spent two separate nights covering all of the body work with them, leaving our favourite stickers until last so that they would be on top.

The net result? This. And I’m really happy with it.

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…and before you say it – I know, my floor needs a vacuum.

I finally get to play this thing later today in practice – perhaps I’ll post some vids or something. It hasn’t had strings on it until now.

Froback Friday, 30/03/2018

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Hi all, Az here with a very special Easter edition of Froback Friday.

For this week we take you all the way back to 1986 for a special punk super team-up called Easter – presumably because the song Feed The World would have been dominating the Christmas super team-ups at the time and these guys wanted to be rebels.

This musical lineup consists of:

  • Mike NessSocial Distortion
  • Danny DeanANTI
  • Chad CarrierBig Mess
  • Korky OllertonDetonators

Here it is:

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I’m kind of cheating. It’s not a song about Easter, it’s a band called Easter.

Well, you know who’s cool in the music scene that does special songs about Easter? No one.

Case in point: As a bonus clip, here’s a group called Punk Rock Jesus doing a song called Hot Cross Buns. It’s stupid. I’ve included it here in this post so that you can hate watch/listen.

Enjoy.

Song spotlight: I Wish We Were An Emo Band So We Could Get More Girls

Hi all, Az here.

So, this song has a fun little history behind it.

Back in the very beginning, we had a drummer named Ryan Lambert who later found semi-fame being the drummer of Sydney emo legends Town Hall Steps. We’ve written about him before.

Anyhoo…

Ryan was the one who pitched the whole idea for this song – name and all – and even played a cd of a tune with a similar beat to demonstrate how he envisioned the song would sound.

I then got to work, put together the structure and filled in the words. Voila – completed song.

Ryan (coincidentally) left the band shortly after that, joined an actual emo band (the aforementioned Town Hall Steps) and never got to play it.

The following year was when this song was recorded. As a bit of fun, I approached Town Hall Steps, explained to them the story as painted out above and then due to the connection with Ryan I asked if I could include a section of one of their emo songs on our upcoming cd Music To Make Love To, Vol. 1 right before our song about wishing we were an emo band.

Being the awesome dudes that they were, they thought it was a funny idea and were all for it.

And the rest is history.

Here’s the intro track that I’m speaking of, featuring my most favourite Town Hall Steps song:

Song spotlight: Why Must I Insist On Having Sex

The song we refer to as “Insist”. 🙂

Back when we were doing cd’s, it was our goal to always have at least one ska song on every one of them. Ideally there would be horns too but we wouldn’t force the idea like ska bands with dedicated members do just to make them feel loved.

And this one didn’t. It feels liberating to borrow extra musicians where needed and otherwise just focus on what is best for the song. There is a grand organ though and that was a random instrument that just-so-happened to be around in the studio where we recorded. It was o e of those made-up-on-the-spot things that just happened to help make the song feel more wholesome. We were pretty happy with it.

This song was originally pitched by former band member Chris Reed as a concept called “Mr Yes” and the intro for Insist is what the choruses for Mr Yes were. After Az had some time to digest the idea, he’s the one who came back with playing the chorus of Mr Yes and then suddenly flicking into the upstroke you here, starting a totally different song. Misdirection, it’s fun. Eyes lit up in he rehearsal room. A song was born.

There’s lots of NoFX and MxPx influence in this song and that’s totally ok. That’s what makes punk music punk: imitation is the ultimate form of flattery.

Lyrically this is standard MNIJ writing – telling a story that someone would pay attention to rather than just using throw away lyrics that rhyme. A small shout out can be found to Wayne’s World:

I’m so jaded, it’s overrated

Instead of adventure I’m just shooting fish in a barrel

That’s classic Wayne Campbell right there.

We used this as the first track on the split album “Let The Games Begin!” that we did with Major Keg and of all the songs on that cd, this is the only one that was a candidate to take that spot. It needed to be punchy and catchy and this one was there to do the job.

Froback Friday, 16/03/2018

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This week’s Froback Friday is brought to you by Pamela Anderson‘s arse. Literally.

Pretty funny really. This is the band Lit, walking around on a piece of arse whilst singing about how a girlfriend makes them miserable.

I really like the song – I would even call it one of my most favourite songs by Lit. Even though the clip doesn’t match the lyrics, I thought that you all would be interested to watch it and the below par CG used to put it altogether.

And you can imagine that the reason this clip is what you see is because if Lit as a band were given the option to walk around on Pamela’s butt, in her prime, the band were going to do it – context be damned.  I mean, what exactly makes you miserable by walking around on all of Pamela’s delicate bits? Can you smell the cum of half of the entire 80’s pop metal scene seeping out of her vagina?

My guess is that their answer is: who the fuck cares. It’s Pamela. It’s logic that’s hard to argue with.

As a bonus clip, here’s Lit performing the song at Woodstock back in 1999. Am I the only one who thinks that their lead singer looks like Joe from Unpaid Debt?

From the archives – MNIJ live in 2006

Featuring former band members Chris Reed (now living in Singapore) and Peg Duker (who hasn’t had a haircut since this was filmed and now sings in a band called Chris Duke And The Royals).

This was filmed at the Pine Inn in Concord in Sydney’s inner west. We made regular references to a “live DVD” that we were filming at the time which was technically true – we just didn’t release it and this video was put on the internet instead.