Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ryan Goodey's leaving bash

Sadly, Mr Goodey took his 30 pieces of silver and departed from the land of CF/WSS and headed for pastures new at KPMG.

As is customary when these things happened we headed out on the town.

First stop was The Black Friar for a few beers. My original intention had just been to pop in for one but it didn't quite work out like that. The Black Friar is a weird pub, they don't sell JD so that was my drink of choice out of the window. I ended up drinking London Pride instead, probably not a good idea *grin*

Many pints later we all staggered off play some virtual golf which basically involved a lot of drunk people trying to whack real golf balls with real clubs at a screen (with a clever machine then working out what would have happened in real life and giving us a pretty graphic animation of it). I have to say that it was absolutely hilarious and a great evening out. Even better, Steve Whalley and I won as The Goths team!

Good luck at KPMG Ryan, you'll be missed

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

This week I have mostly been listening to....

......Drum N Bass and other groovy such stuff

Why you might ask? Well there is nothing wrong with expanding ones musical outlook and already being a fan of EBM and some dance and rave music I figured why not? Jonathan at work gave me his iPod to check out some new shizz and so I did, and I rather liked it!

Lemon Jelly, Calibre and Plastikman are particular favourites of mine just now.

Don't worry, I am still a glammy, tranny, punk, goth, sleaze rocker but sometimes I like to go "alternative" *grin*

Try it one day: you never know, you might just like it!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Last.FM Listening Post

Here's last week's top picks music lovers!

Top weekly tracks:

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Overall top tracks:

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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Busy doing nothing.....

....nothing the whole day through!

Today was a LAZY day, didn't even get up until gone 12!
Had a late breakfast and then did as little as possible. Did a few Hollywood Doll bits and then enjoyed a very nice roast pork dinner.

Evening was spent chatting and doing some Glitzine stuff.

Hollywood Doll news update

Here’s a quick update on some of the things that are going on at the moment.

We’ve been gigging hard over the last month and have lots more shows coming up.
Confirmed so far are:
Friday 1st October – The Workshop at The Roadtrip Bar (London, EC1V 9EY)
Tuesday 12th October – The Barhouse (Chelmsford, CM1 1NZ)
Friday 15th October – Looks Dirty at Dirty South (London, SE13 5PR)
Saturday 6th November – Pleasuredome at SS One (Southend, SS1 2ES)
Saturday 20th November – Salty Dog Saloon (Alton, GU34 2LL)
Sunday 21st November – Chinnerys (Southend, SS1 2EJ)

Hollywood Doll are headlining The Workshop at The Roadtrip Bar with support from Scarlett Moss, Cristina Bedale and Max Luck-Hille.

The Looks Dirty gig at Dirty South is headlined by Tres Calaveras, with support from Hollywood Doll, Kitty Lipps and Silicone Bullet with one more act TBC.

For the Chinnerys gig, Through The Thorns will be headlining with support from The RazorBax, Hollywood Doll, The Ends, Don’t Wake Debbie and Emy-Lee Brooke with one more act TBC.

Hollywood Doll’s track, Burn You, was featured in Epidsode 167 of The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show podcast. Check out The Paranoid Squirrel here:
You can hear Episode 167 (with Hollywood Doll’s Burn You) here:
or you can pick it up for free on iTunes by searching for The Paranoid Squirrel.

We now have a new stock of Hollywood Doll t-shirts (with a choice of pink or white logos) which can be bought at gigs or from the shop on our website. For a limited time only, we’ll be giving away a CD of Burn You with all t-shirts bought. To buy online go here:

Hope to see you all at a show soon.
Love & Lipstick

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Reckless Love @ The Garage

Toni and I headed off to The Garage to see Reckless Love. We amused ourselves in the queue as we watched some car crash TV with a bunch of girls who were very drunk, one of whom was paralytic and couldn't even walk. Thankfully they weren't going to our gig but some other event upstairs at the same venue. Before we actually got into The Garage we were joined in the queue by Jo and Armitage (of The Paranoid Squirrel fame).

I was surprised to see The Mercy House as a support for this gig as they didn't really fit the genre and seemed a little our of place. There set was good and solid but they didn't seem to have the same spark that they had when we saw them at The Barfly.

Jettblack were one of the reasons that I really wanted to attend this gig. They didn't disappoint and I was very glad to have seen them as I was really impressed with their debut album.

Reckless Love were a little surreal. I love their album but there was something seriously missing tonight. I could just about cope with Olli's Michael Monroe mannerisms (there is strictly no hiding who he was influenced by) but parts of the show seems to move from fun to verging on comedy. It was almost like they were going to morph into Steel Panther at times. Sadly, their cover of Def Leppard's Hysteria was not a good move and they managed to destroy a song that is, at best, mediocre. The between song banter was VERY cheesy and the whole thing came off as a little bit Europop. The songs were good, don't get me wrong, but it was very hard to take it all seriously which left me feeling a little empty and unfulfilled at the end of it.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Sick, films and goth fun

Wasn't very happy today as I was off work sick. Came down with a lurgy last night that was still here this morning.

I did get the opportunity to curl up on the sofa and watch some films though. Managed to make my way through the wrestling from last week plus Live Evil, Kick Ass and Ninja Assassin, Tekken finishing off with Eddie Izzard's Sexie.

The good news is I am feeling a lot better now and will be back at work tomorrow.

Here's some goth fun for you to enjoy..........

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Emo fun!

Happy Birthday Steve Doll

Happy Birthday to Steve Doll of Hollywood Doll

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Cardboard Box Treasury

I had a crazy business idea today. Not sure if it will catch on but I liked the concept.....

Cardboard Box Treasury. I get clients to pay me for my hosted Cardboard Box Treasury solution. They then give me all their money which I put in my cardboard box. If they want to tranfer money elsewhere then they tell me where it has to go and I then take it from the box and go and give it to the relevant person. Simples!

I am sure some of you will have spotted some flaws in this system..........

Security? In the interest of SOX and SAS70 compliance there will also be one cardboard box per client. I will have a team of bouncers to guard the cardboard box(es).

We can worry about the other details later *whistles*

If you think you might be interested in this fantastic Treasury solution then please contact:

Cardboard Box Treasury Solutions
4th Lock Up
Waterlook Bridge

Just in case anyone asks........ You ain't seen me, right!

Last.FM Listening Post

Here's last week's top picks music lovers!

Top weekly tracks:

Top weekly artists:

Overall top tracks:

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Hollywood Doll @ NCC Essex Custom Bike Show

Second gig of the weekend for HOLLYWOOD DOLL was at the NCC Essex Custom Bike Show. This time we had the honour of supporting the wonderful Trash Monroe. It was so nice of them to offer us the gig, great guys!

It was an early start as we had to be there for 09:30 to get set up and sound check. Toni dropped Sam and I off and then went off to Burnham to pick up Stuart and Nicola.

Between bands there was a bit of tomfoolery going on between Sam and Gemima:

It was a very nice to see Shaun Parry turn up to see us play. I haven't seen him for a while so it was good to have a quick chat. Always nice to see a new friendly face at a gig.

This show was a real novelty for us as we had 40 minutes to play and so got to play every single one of our songs. That was so nice to do I can tell you. The set went well and we seemed to be well received (although Marie might have to work on her in between song stories). Playing out of the side of a truck was a different experience and I quite like the feeling of playing outside festival stylee.

See all the HOLLYWOOD DOLL pics here: 190910HollywoodDollNCCEssexCustomBikeShow

Trash Monroe put on an amazing set as usual. The are always a joy to watch and today was no exception.

See all the Trash Monroe pics here: 190910TrashMonroeNCCEssexCustomBikeShow

It was a great day and I have to give a BIG THANK YOU to Trash Monroe for letting us play.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Hollywood Doll on The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show podcast

In more exciting Hollywood Doll news, one of our new tracks, Burn You, has now been featured on Episode 167 of The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show podcast. A very big thank you to the wonderful Armitage for making this happen. Your podcast rocks!

Check out The Paranoid Squirrel here:

You can here Episode 167 (with Hollywood Doll) here:

or you can pick it for free on iTunes by searching for The Paranoid Squirrel.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Hollywood Doll @ Molton House

It's Showtime!
This show always had "interesting/disaster" tagged to it!
For me it definitely fell into the "interesting" category. It was certainly the sort of venue that I never imagined Hollywood Doll every player:

We arrived and set everything up and watched the Silhouette Showgirls sound check (and get increasingly frustrated as their amps had to be turned down and the singer couldn't hear anything in the monitors).

Our sound check wasn't much better. Can you imagine three 100W+ amps all being run on a volume setting of less than one? It was incredible. Steve was hidden behind an acoustic shield that looked like four plastic riot shields stuck together. We ran through one number and things didn't sound too bad given the low volume we were playing at.

One sound check later and it was time for the show to being.

I really enjoyed these guys. Two acoustics and a country feel. Nice and relaxing and some amazing songs. The best bit though was a song that reminded me of Shame For The Angels by Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth.

Well this was a first. Our 30 minute set had to be whittled down to under 25 minutes! The gig went well though, we had great playing and the few people that were there seemed to be enjoying themselves. We had deliberately removed Burn You from the set due to the look of the venue but we then got a grumble from Adam, the promoter, as he loved the song and had wanted to hear it, typical!

Once we were done we were approached by The Fuzz who had only managed to reach the venue half way through our set. Cheeky beggars had the cheek to ask to borrow all our amps and Steve's snare and cymbals. We weren't happy but we reluctantly agreed on the proviso that they didn't change any settings. Turns out the drummer hadn't even brought drums sticks with him and one of the guitarists even needed a lead! Totally outrageous and then we saw them twiddling the settings which left us highly unamused! To make matters worse the played jazz funk which I am not a big fan of LOL.

........ we didn't actually get to see them, read on............

After The Fuzz were done we dived to the "stage" area and grabbed all our gear. We were just sorting out what to take out to the cars when the manager asked us if we could move it so we replied that we were about to. A few seconds later Adam came up to us and said that the manager had asked us to move our gear. As we started taking stuff out we left, Nicola, Marie and Becky to watch over the gear. The Silhouette Showgirls hit the stage while we were loading out gear and thanked their fans who had travelled 3 hours to see them pay for 20 minutes. Becky said that she overheard the manager/head bouncer say that they were only allowed to play for 10. We didn't actually get to see any of their set as more bouncers appeared around Nicola, Becky and Marie who were trying to get them to leave so in they end they just grabbed everything and walked out. It turned out the bouncers had even tried to throw out the singer of the Silhouette Showgirls who had just popped to the loo before going on stage. It transpired that they got to play for ten minutes before the power was cut on them!

Overall it was a fun gig but the treatment of the artists at the end of the night by the management of Molton House was absolutely disgusting. I hope Adam finds somewhere else to put on his nights as he deserved better than that.

So there you have it:
We came, we played, we got kicked out! RESULT!

There was one small victory though:

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Mad day, catching up, Let The Right One In

It was a mad day at work, so much going on and so many new things coming up as well. Keeping on top of it all can be a bit of a challenge at times. Thankfully I usually rise to challenges LOL. It was a relief to get home after almost falling asleep on the train.

Matt turned up just after I'd got in to pick up my gear for the Hollywood Doll gig at Molton House tomorrow night. We ended up chatting about various bits and bobs for about 45 minutes!

After Matt had departed I then spent the next hour on the phone having a catch up with mum and then my friend Jeanette (from Edinburgh). She had text me about getting me to do a bit of extra work for the Capitals to sort an issue out (something I no longer do) which then turned into a chin wag! It's always good to catch up with friends who I haven't spoken to in a while and I'm a bugger for not maintaining regular contact.

After my calls Sam and I had dinner and watched the awesome Let The Right One In, a vampire film that is so different from the usual stereotypical vamp flicks. If you like vampires then do check it out but be prepared for something atypical.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

It's on, it's off, it's on, it's ......

OFF! Hollywood Doll had been hoping for a last minute crack at a return to The Gaff tomorrow night! Sadly, after much hard work, it was not to be and the whole gig has been cancelled. BUMMER! On the plus side we have started to build a good relationship with a promotions company so hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things for us!

We still have the Molton House gig coming up in London this Friday (17th September) and we have also been added as a support to Trash Monroe at the NCC Essex Custom Bike Show at the Huntsman & Hounds in Althorne on Sunday (19th September). More on the Bike Show gig here:

This is amusing...... A colleague at work saw this today! *grin*

In other news it as a mad day at work and I ended up staying late to finish things off, which was a rarity, before I headed to Eltham to spend the night with Toni. Yummy food was followed by me doing some more Hollywood Doll stuff and then we played with make up, how lucky am I!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Hollywood Doll updates

It's been a busy night for Hollywood Doll work! Getting up on stage is the easy bit of being in a band. People have no idea how much behind the scenes work goes on!

There are two new Hollywood Doll songs available for your listening pleasure.
Use this widget (or the one on the right) to hear them.


Hopefully you've all seen the promo photos by now. If you missed them you'll find details here: hollywood-doll-promo-photos-now-online.html

We have also had three more gigs confirmed now which brings the current schedule to:
17th September - Molton House (London)
12th October - The Barhouse (Chelmsford)
6th November - SS One (Southend)
20th November - Salty Dog Saloon (Alton)
21st November - Chinnerys (Southend)