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STEVE BAKER - Panjandrum (2011)

Steam Abacus on November 11, 2011 16:32

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    Finished off the final guitar solo for this track today - I started working on the track in 2006! It has survived the catatrophic crash of the Mark I Steam Abacus (loads of the original backing tracks were lost but a 'rough mix' survived which became the basis on which the 'rescued' track has been built). Save for a bit of tweaking in the mastering, this is finished. I think it's about time!

    'Panjandrum' is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'a mock title of an exalted personage' and was coined in a piece of nonsense prose by Samuel Foote in1754.

    During WWII the 'Panjandrum' was the name given to a (frankly ludicrous) experimental giant rocket-propelled exploding wheel (parodied on the BBC comedy 'Dad's Army'). It was none-too-successful....

    "At first all went well. Panjandrum rolled into the sea and began to head for the shore, the Brass Hats watching through binoculars from the top of a pebble ridge [...] Then a clamp gave: first one, then two more rockets broke free: Panjandrum began to lurch ominously. It hit a line of small craters in the sand and began to turn to starboard, careering towards Klemantaski, who, viewing events through a telescopic lens, misjudged the distance and continued filming. Hearing the approaching roar he looked up from his viewfinder to see Panjandrum, shedding live rockets in all directions, heading straight for him. As he ran for his life, he glimpsed the assembled admirals and generals diving for cover behind the pebble ridge into barbed-wire entanglements. Panjandrum was now heading back to the sea but crashed on to the sand where it disintegrated in violent explosions, rockets tearing across the beach at great speed."

    This track is dedicated to Dapper Dave (though it could just as easily be for Silvio....or Nicolas...or Angela...or any of them!)

    From the (still unfinished) 'Interdimensional Space' CD (2006-2011 and counting)


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