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Headbangers’ Neck & The BMJ Lacking Clue

Many rockers have had the dreaded Headbangers’ Neck after a good night out at a gig or rock night.  Usually the heavier the band, the faster the headbanging.  I must declare an interest here – I’ve been into hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock et al since 1988 so I’ve seen a thing or two.

Slayer’s singer/bass player Tom Araya recently had an operation on his neck and has revealed that his headbanging was the cause of much of the pain he was suffering and he can no longer do his trademark helicopter headbang (Language advisory, best not to watch this at work). It’s an interesting and revealing interview because there is discussion of injury related pain and painkiller use.

Tom said that he can no longer headbang.  He has a titanium plate in his neck.  The message is clear: don’t overdo the headbanging.

The British Medical Journal has an interesting article on headbanging but there are a few bits I do wonder about.  Is there a lack of Clue at the BMJ?

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Is Music Replacing Religion?

Interesting question and one which the University of Leicester’s Clive Marsh asks. Clive’s question and survey got me thinking again about how important music is in my life. Had it not been for a mix tape of Iron Maiden thrown in my direction by a friend I doubt that I would have bought the CDs, gig tickets, videos, DVDs, t-shirts and other merchandise that I did.

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My Top 100 Songs of All Time

Following on from Iain Dale’s list of his top 100 songs, I thought I would post my choices.  Makes a refreshing change from writing about Phorm.  I make no apologies for the fact that most of these are trad and classic rock. Some of these choices might surprise you. Others might not. As the lyrics to a song often have a story behind them, so do many of my choices.

Thanks to YouTube and the PRS having a spat some of the videos I wanted to use weren’t available to me, like the original studio version of Perfect Strangers (number 41).  But we rockers love live performances so there’s a few of those here as well as some studio versions.  There’s classic rock, trad rock, hair rock, glam rock, bluesy rock, blues, electronica, classic, a touch of goth and even some country & western!  There are a couple I couldn’t find stuff for but I’m sure you get the general idea.

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