Phat and all that
Rediscovering the "P" word has sent a wave of nostalgia through my body by way of a shudder of revulsion. Back in the bad old days, we heard the word all over the place in the context of four 12" subwoofers crowbar'd into the rear of a Vauxhall Nova or Citroen Saxo. Unfortunately, it never had musical connotations and was more synonymous with causing a nuisance. These days, the essence of those four 12"ers has been boiled down and distilled into just one 10" being driven with an audio amplifier rather than some MIG-Welding apparatus that added nothing musical to a car that was probably rocking some very average 6 X 9's for full range anyway!
There are still those who work hard at bending the needle on a SPL meter - Happily, these folk tend to stay up their own end of the field these days along with cheap air ride installers and 6" X 9" equipped rear shelf purveyors! - Each to their own I suppose.
I promised a list of odd Christmas-themed songs and here they are. Four of them are extremely unusual while the final one is a tribute to Greg Lake - a great musician with a huge pedigree and loads of talent who left our world on the 7th December 2016 - I sincerely hope this is the last musical great to leave us this year. I think we have all had quite enough for now!
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
Sleigh Ride - C3PO & R2D2
Merry Christmas (I don't want to fight tonight) - The Ramones
All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit - Half Man Half Biscuit
I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year (but not in the car!)
Best wishes from all at Driving Sounds Magazine