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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Keep smiling and don't make eye contact
Well, that's something I don't want to repeat in a while.

Last night was a ~surprise~ 60th birthday for my dad. Me, being quite dull and unadventurous would have settled for a nice meal out, or a quiet dinner party - but my brother decided this wasn't quite cringeworthy enough so we had a 60s theme party. Needless to say after watching a load of my parents friends get drunk and dance the night away there's little I can say other than "Nice to see old people enjoying themselves", keep smiling, and don't make eye contact with any of them.

I'm not quite sure when I turned into a dull snob about such things - probably about the time I decided I didn't want to drink wine by the bottle. That and the fancy-dress snobbery years of LARP has developed.

In other news, off to London later, and I'm still happyhappyjoyjoy about having some photos in Alternative London Magazine - it might not be one of the "big names", but small minds... Tonight's plans include the gig in Camden, then I've booked a 1am coach back. I'm not too worried about whether I change my plans or not as it only cost me £2 - though if I am going to spend 2:40 on a coach I hope I can sleep on it.

Avril Lavigne pass now confirmed for Monday which should be amusing, and in between doing all the photos I actually have some "proper-job" work to do. Not sure I like this anymore.
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uberredfraggle From: uberredfraggle Date: October 2nd, 2004 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
did you get a pass for tuesday?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 2nd, 2004 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes. All sorted now thanks to the Nice men from Slayer rather than the Unhelpful men from Slipknot.
uberredfraggle From: uberredfraggle Date: October 2nd, 2004 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. As I mentoined before is there any chance you might be around before/after to take a couple of pics of my hair. I really want to capture b00mer's handy work and it will only be in for a day or 2 before i have to shave it out for work. Would be much appreciated. It's amenangeluk's birthday so her and 2 other mates will be with me.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 2nd, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I'm going to last the whole gig - but if you're going to be somewhere before then let me know and I'll try to meet up with you - depending on the demands of the day job as usual.
nattydreadi From: nattydreadi Date: October 2nd, 2004 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Get a picture of Avril topless and you'll be the first snapper to do so. It'll be worth a small fortune.

So your mission should you choose to accespt it is to flirt wildly at backstage parties with Miss Lavigne, drink sambuca, be witty at her, make her fall in love with you then take photos of her naked, sell them, break up messily and have her write another whiney irritating song about how all boys want to do is shag her.

Do you accept?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 2nd, 2004 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Tragically this is the first gig where I've been asked to sign a release stating where and when I can use the photos.

Hmm, maybe I shall put "collect topless photos and sell them to News of the World" on the sheet and see if they notice.
aeia From: aeia Date: October 2nd, 2004 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
How long do you get to take the photos. I remember reading an article ages ago about a gig photographer and he said that he often only got about the first 2-3 songs. Some artists didnt like photos when they'd got all sweaty.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 2nd, 2004 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Normally you get three songs, no flash. Some venues then let you shoot from "around" while others get really arsey about the whole thing.

The origin of the "three songs" rule, according to urban myth, is that in the days of Punk/New Romantic when the artists wore lots of make-up they wanted only to appear their best.

It's become "habit" more than "need" these days I think.

Of course, these days trying to control flash from the audience, and use of cameras, is effectively impossible with everyone having a digital compact and using flash (pointlessly in most cases) pretty much constantly.
From: kmfdmchik Date: October 2nd, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, at EN we had a proper photo pass and didn't use a flash, at their request. but everyone else with a camera phone or whatever was. i was a little irritated. jerks with their flashes.
nattydreadi From: nattydreadi Date: October 2nd, 2004 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I get some copies too??
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: October 3rd, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)

*shudder* Avril Lavigne eh?

Do you have a special fang-filter?

Top job on the magazine. :)
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