Ian Edmundson
The writing's on the wall... 2017


December 21st 2017:
Letting other people use your mic at jam nights... A necessary evil. However, when they have a really violently bad coughing fit before stepping up to your mic, you can foresee trouble brewing. That happened to me the Sunday before last and despite wiping the mic off with  an antiseptic wipe straight after use, the person who did it denied having a coughing fit when I said I was wiping the mic off after he had finished using it. He was nearly doubled over, hacking away. I now have practically no voice and have spent a few days in bed. Alternative plans required for the future.

December 14th 2017:
In the Christmas spirit... Last year my band did a charity gig at a Bolton venue and the charity we were supporting was the very worthy Macmillan cancer support charity. At that time I was recovering from an operation caused by prostate cancer. But we did it.

This year, we couldn't do their charity gig because Graham had a serious and debilitating cancer-related operation two days before. I also have my cancer-related health issues. We played there recently and the landlady loved us. But not enough to give us any gigs for next year, as we didn't play their charity gig.

I am beyond digusted.

Seven Stars Harwood won't have band on as they were unable to play at the charity day as two of band weere affected by cancer at the time.

December 9th 2017:
The Three have had to cancel last night's gig in Burnley. Our reserve drummer would have had to have travelled in terrible weather from Stoke-On-Trent to a sub-zero Burnley and then back again after the gig when the weather was likely to get even worse and we decided it really just wasn't fair to force him into doing that.

The last gig that we cancelled was because I had shoulder surgery scheduled for earlier in the day and I was going to be totally unable to play. We don't cancel gigs on a whim. Apologies to all concerned. We hope to be back at the venue concerned in the New Year sometime to make up for it.

In other news, I have started my hormone therapy treatment to deal with my prostate cancer. I am partway through a course of tablets and have had the first of three injections. I will also be having a 20-day-long course of radiotherapy and my first appointment is at The Christie's Salford Branch on February 21st, when I will be having a planning scan, so they can see exactly what they have to do.

Current listening:
XTC Black Sea (CD / BluRay), XTC Skylarking (CD/ BluRay), XTC Nonsvch (CD/ BluRay)

Current reading:
Simon Reynolds - Shock and awe - Glam rock and its legacy. (Nearly finished it now!!)

November 23rd 2017:

Del Amitri 2018 tour

November 22nd 2017:
Just listening to the two new marvelous XTC CD/BluRay sets that just landed at my house.
Drums and Wires and Skylarking. Nobody is making music like this now.
You can find lots more XTC wonderment here.

Eurythmics are making a great fuss about the re-release of their albums on vinyl. They have bills to pay, obviously. While I loved the band, I find it hard to get that excited about this particular turn of events. I bought some of their albums and singles on vinyl (and some on cassette) at the time and don't really feel very much like buying them on vinyl again. The record companies are charging a lot of money for their vinyl reissues - which of course cost a lot more than CDs - and are hopefully promoting it as 'the new big thing'.

A distinct wave of nostalgia doesn't distract me from the fact that these albums have little or no production costs, apart from manufacture and also the historical fact that the record companies steered us towards CDs as a huge profit making exercise - with a big price hike over the cost of vinyl - back in the 1980's, still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Now they want to maintain their existence by offering us that superior packaging, AGAIN, that you can actually read, etc - that they took away from us in the first place.

It remains a fact that the record companies bit themselves where it hurts when they shoved us towards CDs, as ripping technology and the internet meant that once one person bought an album, 500 people could have a 100% accurate digital copy of it within an hour. Their own greed killed the industry off to a huge extent and personally, I wish that copy protection had been standard on all CDs to stop the file-sharing, or that CDs had never been invented.

November 17th 2017:

Current Listening:
TC &I:
'Great Expectations' EP.
Oranges and Lemons CD / BluRay re-release (Ape)
Drums and wires CD/ DVDA re-release (Ape)
Nonsuch CD / BluRay re-release (Ape)
My Oncologist / My GP.

Current reading:
Simon Reynolds -
Shock and awe - Glam rock and its legacy.
Dave Hill - So here it is.
Food packet labels.

Better call Saul series 3 (Netflix)

In memoriam: my dear old mate Phil Smith. This has come as an enormous shock to me and has made me realise that I need to see my friends more often.

XTC wonderment

October 29th 2017:
Hello stalkers. Since I last wrote, I have been struggling with a bit of a bad cold and some voice loss. I think I am coming to the end of that now, though my voice is a bit croaky and my throat still a bit itchy. The band lost two gigs - one due to a venue being boarded up, the other due to us being cancelled by a venue who were holding a party and a specific band was requested by the people doing to venue booking. One of our agents took another date from us and failed to supply a new date to replace the lost date, so they will be getting notice from us, as they have only ever got us into one venue anyway.

Graham is out of hospital and I will be seeing him during the next few days.

I am saddened by the loss of John McLoughlin, a local guitarist and bassist who I have known for some years. A lovely man and a great loss to his family and to the local music community.

October 17th 2017:

Things I currently like:
Robert Plant's new 'Carry Fire' album.
Justin Currie on tour.
LIar on TV.
The NHS.
The idea that another new Cheap Trick album is out this month, even if it is a Christmas disc.
Hot chocolate.

Things I currently am not that keen on:
The Al Hira Banqueting Hall, Farnworth.
My nose and throat itching.
Cat scratches very near to my eye.

In memoriam:
Al Eccleston, drummer.
Alan Tunstall, guitarist.

October 9th 2017:
Wishing our drummer Graham all the very best for his surgery on the 12th of October.

Graham Fielden

September 29th 2017:
A very old song re-visited.

September 26th 2017:
If you're reading this, Donald Trump hasn't launched the first nukes yet.

Between Trump and the North Korean leader, you really do have to wonder:
A) which of them is the most dangerous?
B) which of them will crack and launch their missiles first
and of course,
C) which haircut is worst and did they have them for a bet?

More seriously, The THREE have selected two drummers to cover the vast majority of our remaining live dates for this year. We are looking forward to playing with them while our Graham recovers from his surgery, which takes place on October 12th.

Sparks - Hippopotamus (2017), Europeans - Vocabulary (1983)

Simon Reynolds - Shock and awe - Glam rock and its legacy.

Tin Star, Coronation Street, Liar.


Christina Hendricks,

Christina Hendricks

September 20th 2017:
Because life's too short...

Ian Edmundson

September 13th 2017:
Our excellent drummer, Graham is going to be out of action, band-wise, for a while, following an operation which he will have to have during October. We are casting the net for a stand-in drummer to play with us until Graham is ready to come back and play. Never EVER has a drummer's job ever been so safe.

August 30th 2017:
I was back gigging the weekend after my shoulder operation, armed with a set of painful exercises that I need to do three times a day in between, to stop my shoulder seizing up and making me need another operation.

The Kerbcrawlers reunion that I mentioned recently IS on, but it won't be until November 2018. One show has been booked in for November 10th and there is talk of another that same weekend - I booked the first one - the other guys can book another one on November 9th. Or not, as the case may be.

I've been asked a couple of times if we parted company on bad terms, back in 2010, as the split was very sudden. Actually we didn't fall out at all. It was all very amicable, though I must admit that at the point when I was told the band was folding, we had forty gigs in the diary for the next year and the day I spent having to contact each and every venue and cancel each and every show because the other two were suddenly packing it in was one of my worst days ever.

I have played with Steve at jam nights since then and sometimes also occasionally with Colin. The whole band has only got together just the once in the intervening years - for a mere three songs at a jam night - that took nearly seven years to happen, as our other original guitarist Ian lives in Spain, so the chance to do it really is a rare thing.

I wouldn't want to do a reunion of the old band as a trio, but that's only because The Three's diary is my first priority and Medusa's is obviously theirs. Also, capturing the real tightness and dynamics that we had back then, 7 years later as a trio, would be really hard work and probably need a lot more rehearsal than it is worth, but we all agreed to do it if all four original members were going to be there.

So after quite some haggling, here we are again. For a weekend.

The Kerbcrawlers 2018

August 14th 2017:
This is me, two days after my shoulder operation. The day after I had it done, my right arm was still totally numb and I couldn't even hold a pick properly and I had absolutely no strumming co-ordination at all. That was due to an injection in my neck that cut the need for me to have any morphine-based pain relief. As soon as my arm started working again, I started to exercise it a bit and got on with picking up a guitar.

Before anyone lectures me  (too late, they have already), my surgeon said I was to do whatever I can to use the arm, including playing guitars. If I don't, I will end up having another operation for a frozen shoulder. I have a physio appointment on Tuesday.

Ian Edmundson

Picture and Thunderbird bass courtesy of Andy Worthington.

August 8th 2017:
I attended my pre-op appointment this morning to make sure I am ready for surgery to improve things with my painful right shoulder. Dear God, am I ready? Let's get it done.

Oh, here's some jam night Tomfoolery.
Smoke on the water (Jam Night Tomfoolery version)

August 3rd 2017:
It looks like The Kerbcrawlers may possibly be doing a weekend of gigs next year. Three of us were in the same room the other night and I was asked if I fancied doing a one-off when Ian Hutchings is over from Spain at some point. It would make more sense to do two and it would have to be next year, as The Three are booked up this year. We are waiting for Ian in Spain to confirm any dates that he is available. November 2018 looks possible. We'll see.

The Kerbcrawlers

July 27th 2017:
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Blog from earlier in 2017