Download 20, Thursday 8th June 2023 – A review!

I’d been to Download last year to see KISS, as it was supposed to be the last chance to see them…and then they played here this year again. Still I don’t mind, it was f**king awesome and far better than an arena gig. This year it was the 20th anniversary of Download, and Metallica were […]

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Vehicle Derek on French Podcast

From the department of “looking for something else”, really, exactly what it says on the tin (okay, exactly what it says in the title of this blog post). 2nd track in, and it’s “one of mine” too 😀 They also play a track by a band with a similar name to one of our support […]

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Jimbo Guitar – Can I Play My Old Riffs? “Things We Did” by Vehicle Derek

In this video I try and see if I can still play one of my old riffs – the song “Things We Did” which I wrote the riff for some time in 1988 when I was about 17 and playing in a band called Vehicle Derek.   We were a fast hardcore punk band and […]

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Rock Bottom

It’s a thing for sure that when I was once zooming up the M40 to Birmingham for a Vehicle Derek rehearsal and blasting Phenomenon by UFO on the tape deck, that it got to the point in “Rock Bottom”, around about 4.23 where the 19 year old Michael Schenker’s guitar solo reaches peak-pant-weeing-ecstasy and I […]

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Music For Geocaching

Music For Geocaching by Deep Grass So, a “new” album appears. I say “new”, as these songs have never had an official release, but they have been around for a long time. After “Music For DXing” came about in 2003 I created another set of five “doing” songs called “Music For Geocaching”. Geocaching is a […]

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Jimbo Guitar – Boss MG-10 Amplifier – Clean Tone!

I made this video recently going through some of the clean sounds that the Boss MG-10 amplifier can make. I’m playing through my original one that I got in ’89 and I’m also using a Steinberger Spirit guitar which I got in about 2001. I’m not using any effects between the guitar and the amp […]

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The Squier SP-10 Amplifier

 Since my site is quite popular with amplifier fans, I wanted to show you this video of the Squire SP-10 amplifier, which is a little 10 watt amplifier made by Squire (who are of course related to Fender). I thought I’d post about the amplifier because I’m going to mod this one beyond recognition, […]

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Adam

Back in April I got the unexpected news that one of my dearest friends, Adam Warne, had died. He was in the year below me at Boston Grammar School but I properly met him when I joined hardcore punk band Vehicle Derek in early 1988 as the bass player (he was the drummer). The pic […]

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The Scorpions – Blackout

I bought the 1982 LP “Blackout” by The Scorpions on cassette back in the summer of 1985, and it was amongst the first albums I bought totally by myself (as opposed to by my parents as gifts for me when I was little). The Scorpions are still touring today and listening back to Blackout over […]

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Vehicle Derek

Years ago I was in a hardcore punk band called Vehicle Derek. Recently I’ve put a few recordings of us on YouTube for posterity and nostalgia. There was no other band like us in our hometown of Boston, Lincolnshire at the time and whilst we divided opinions musically we were certainly unforgettable. Apart from stunning […]

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