Thursday, 3 April 2014

C is for Cream

Cream, arguably the first supergroup, and so super they were named after the wonderful dairy product that we all love to pour on our puddings. If you think I've got that wrong, you could be right, but then memory can play tricks on us.

A relatively short entry, thus: At secondary school, I say to my friend Tony McCarthy (where are you now, Mac?) "I've got Disraeli Gears," to which he replies: "No, you wanker, they're called dérailleur gears." I was talking about the album by Cream, he was talking about the fancy gear system that we all aspired to have on our pushbikes. A simple misunderstanding, but somehow it has lodged in my memory. Why? I really couldn't say.

Here are a couple of illustrations to avoid such confusion in the future.

Also-rans: Eric Clapton, who was part of Cream. I loved, and still do, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominoes featuring Eric Clapton and long aspired to play the guitar just like him. But the nearest I've ever come to owning a guitar was entering a competition to win a Fender Stratocaster. I've never had a guitar, never had a lesson, don't even do very convincing air guitar, but I'd still like to play like Eric.

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  1. Eric Clapton is definitely talented. Cream was a bit before my time--well, they recorded their last album the year I was born. I have a couple Clapton CDs here, including the Unplugged on from the early 90s.

    Hope you're enjoying the challenge.

  2. I would have added Can, but then I would, wouldn't I?

    But Cream are copasetic: 'White Room', 'Tales of Brave Ulysses', and 'Toad' - the only drum solo that doesn't have me hurling expensive stereo equipment through windows! (Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly about The Beatles...)

    1. Can, I'd forgotten about them so no memories to associate with them. Drum solos...I'd like to forget about them.

  3. So funny, talking on two different wavelengths! Love the mix-up!
    Donna Smith
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  4. Hi Mark - thanks for stopping by my blog again; I'm following yours so I don't miss any of your posts! I was never a big Beatles fan either, but a good friend of mine in high school was. I think I saw the Sgt. Pepper movie about eight times though! And you are correct; I do like the scary movies. I'm not a super fan of gore or slasher movies, but every once in a while one will come along that I like. I really like psychological thrillers the best, and some with a little comedy are good too like Shaun of the Dead and American Werewolf in London.

    I'm holding up pretty well with the challenge so far - how about you? I love being able to put together a post a day or two ahead of time and then publishing it on the correct date. That's a huge help! I hope you are enjoying it. See you tomorrow!

  5. Ha ha! Can't beat a bit of air guitar, even if it does look very silly - not advisable while riding a bike though! ;-)

  6. Cream I have never heard of. Eric Clapton, yes.

    Deeply Shallow

  7. Cream had some great albums. The Blind Faith album was even better with the addition of Winwood and Grech to the Cream line-up. I still listen to that album now and then.

    I recall once I played "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (off the first Cream album) for my father. He despised the song so much that he took the record off the turntable and threw it across the room. The record survived just fine. I nearly went to blows with my dad because I treasured my records and hated that he did that. But he was a good father. It was that if he didn't like something he'd let it be known.

    Wrote By Rote
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