The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

James Taylor and Carole King - Live at the Troubadour

If you were growing up in the 1970's you would surely have been humming along to one James Taylor or Carole King's tunes. Undoubtedly. The amount of hits they've had is extra-ordinary. Taylor achieved his first hit in 1970 with the single "Fire and Rain" and had his first #1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", His 1976 Greatest Hits album sold 12 million copies.

Carole King meanwhile has been steadily writing hits for other artists (some for herself) for the best part of 50 years. In 2000 Billboard Magazine named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99 because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Not only this but they have both worked with almost every iconic musician of that decade. From Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Taylor even married one - in Carly Simon.
Then there is the tens of classic bands that King wrote for over the decade or the 1970 concert that they played at that launched Greenpeace.

No wonder they both have a garden sheds full of Grammy awards and are now iconic performers themselves. This new album is a distillation of their classics, performed at the height of their fame in the 1970's. If, like me, their names are familiar but have never been on your Ipod shuffle, or even in your CD tower, taking a dip into their music hasn't been easier than with this album. You might just discover a hidden gem that's been right under your nose for years!

Have a look see. And decide, once you've listened to Carole King whether you will "still love her tomorrow"?*

*yes, that's one of her famous long titles I got into that last line there. I thank you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PacMan found in outer space

80's computer Icon discovered consuming Saturn's Moon!

PacMan was massive in the 80's. But he disappeared. Many people wondered where he went. Now it seems the answer has come to light. New images picked up by the Cassini spacecraft on orbit around Saturn found this image in the moon of Mimas.

Mimas is about 400km (250 miles) across. It has a distinctive scar called Herschel Crater which has led many to draw comparisons with the "Death Star" from the Star Wars movies. Perhaps after watching star wars, Pak man valiantly went out on a mission to save the human race from this perceived threat?

His disappearance from our computer screens in the 90's was certainly a good thing for some people who said that hours and hours playing PacMan would effect the behaviour of a whole generation of children - which proved to be nonsense. I mean would an entire generation of teenagers and 20 somethings really spend hours and hours in a darkened room, listening to repetitive music, while eating pills? Err.... Anyway.

Scientists are trying to explain away the image saying they are unsure why Mimas should display such thermal variations, but say it is probably related to the diversity of textures in the surface materials. Some textures may retain heat better than others, they explain. Still, I prefer the PacMan explanation.

Cassini is a joint venture between the US space agency (Nasa), the European Space Agency (Esa) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Perhaps it is only a matter of time before they stumble across donkey Kong junior on Pluto, a galaxy-wide game of asteroids or even discover some real-life space invaders?