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The Tornados



The Joe Meek story is long and complicated. Mr Meek lived not far from where I live now, and every time I go past his old place I look up at the plaque over the food shop on Holloway Road.

It all ended in tragedy.

The 1960s was the time of the space race. The real Telstar was the first communications satellite, and this tune cashes in on that. It was the best selling single for 1962. The tune features the legendary Heinz Burt (aka Heinz) on bass, Clem Cattini on drums and Geoff Goddard, a Joe Meek composer and collaborator, on keyboards.


The story goes something like this:

In the very early 1970s, the German record label Polydor wanted a new band to rival The Beatles. What they got was Faust, definitely not German Beatles. Faust were one of the leaders of Krautrock, along with Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and many others.

Faust’s first album (1971) had three tracks, Why Don’t You Eat Carrots?, Meadow Meal and Miss Fortune. The first track begins with clips of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. John Peel loved this album, especially for the see through record, cover and lyric inserts.

We have this disc. It plays well, though the plastic sleeve has had more than fifty years of love.

How do we classify Faust’s music? Well, it is dissonant, often tuneless, rather episodic with sound effects, extracts from the radio… a huge patchwork. That’s not totally fair. On the second album, So Far, there were genuine tunes and the whole thing was more accessible.

But Polydor hated it. Faust signed to Virgin, Richard Branson’s label. They often recorded snippets of songs and bits of noise, and Branson ordered a budget priced compilation of some of these bits and pieces, The Faust Tapes (1973).

This sold very well. Perhaps it was the budget price (49p).

The next album, Faust IV (1973) was recorded relatively conventionally and had some success, but the band split and that was that.

Piercings forum

There are discussion forums where you can talk about your piercings, get advice or share pictures, but so many of these seem abandoned.

We have created our own, here:

Anything goes, and we’d love you to contribute. You can advertise your business, show us your piercings, give recommendations, even have a private chat with your friends…

Tattoos and other body modifications are most welcome too!

It’s all free, and there’s no spam or other crap to deal with.

Do tell your friends.

The unusual

If you talk to piercers, they will tell you that a lot of their trade is doing ‘normal’ piercings. I mean nostrils, ears and so forth. I would hesitate to use the word ‘boring’, or even acceptable.

You can look for more unusual things. You can do a quick search on the Web and find all sorts of extreme piercings, but you don’t have to go that far.

You can find that your piercer is extra enthusiastic about your choice. I had a rhino piercing and my piercer was so thrilled to do it and so pleased with the result, because it’s rare. But it will get you attention, and, if you don’t want that… well, of course you do, that’s why you are having the piercing in the first place.

One of my easiest piercings was the nape of my neck. It entertains people behind me on the bus.

Nice nape piercing