What a Feeling …

Wednesday’s party in the Iceberg Lounge was a big success – lots of people there, and a really good set from Jero. The setting was perfect, as can be seen in this spectacular shot from Magic Marker …

Hip check

Next up, on Tuesday, we’ll be holding a party to celebrate one of the greatest movies of all time (or of April 1983, at least!) …

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… so get your leotards and leggings out of the closet and get ready for some of this …

Partly for the occasion, and also because we like it, we have installed a new venue, right next to Chinatown where the boxing hall and pizzeria used to be. We called it The Dork Knight …

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… and it’s loud and bright – inside, at least. This is the second new building from Nomad that has been installed at the sim during the past week, the other being the beautiful Stockholm-inspired Mjölnir Kompaniet, which fits perfectly on the ground and seems true to the Swedish origins of the sim …

new building at furillen

And just in case you missed it, we are also planning a mega-event, dedicated to The Beatles in general, and specifically to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This will be held during June, and although we’ve hardly even started the planning, it’s likely to be on a similar scale to the previous events devoted to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd. It will therefore involve transforming the ground part of the sim, so expect a few days of closure during late May.

Meanwhile, to celebrate our new building – and to show we don’t take this Batman stuff too seriously – I leave you with this …

 

Sgt. Pepper comes to Furillen

The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released. In every city in Europe and America the radio stations played [it] … and everyone listened … it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young. (Langdon Winner, Rolling Stone)

On 1 June 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, and we will be celebrating its fiftieth birthday at Furillen with an event whose scale will match those we dedicated to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

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This was a great – epic – record. It was described in The Times as “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilisation”, as “a historic departure in the progress of music” in Time magazine, and in Newsweek, as a “masterpiece” whose lyrics rank alongside literary greats such as T. S. Elliot, Edith Sitwell and Harold Pinter.

Just look at the tracklist …

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… and then remind yourselves that two of The Beatles’ best-loved songs, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, were recorded during the sessions for this album but released separately as a double A-side single – and you begin to appreciate the hot creative streak that the band must have been on at this time.

Besides the songs, the concept – playing as an alter-ego group enabled the band to experiment musically – together with the artwork

Making The Cover for Sgt Pepper_s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1)

… and the influences …

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… give the album such richness, depth and quality that the hyperbole surrounding it seems quite justified. This was – truly – a great record.

As always, we’ll be turning the entire sim into a tribute: to the group, their albums and songs and the artwork associated with them, and – of course – to Liverpool itself. It’s a city I know quite well: the first house I bought was right here on this street …

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So, to get you in the mood, here’s Take 9 of the title track, which contains some speaking at the end and will be released as part of a special anniversary edition