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A Brief Update, A Small Summary, And, Finally, A Bit Of News.

By Ginger | November 28, 2009

So, it’s been a while since I wrote something here, eh? Dunno why, I guess I’ve been off busying myself with other pursuits or something. Either way it’s safe to say that I’ve missed you.

First things first, go buy the new Devin Townsend album, Addicted. Absolutely the best stuff he’s released since the awe inspiring City by SYL. You will absolutely not regret this purchase.

Oh, Antiproduct are leaving the sunny confines of LA to return to the rainy little winterland we call the U of K to appear as special guests at The Wildhearts’ Xmas shows. Given that The Loyalties are opening up this evening should effortlessly rank alongside any Xmas special we have ever put together.

And, while on the subject of the Xmas gigs the thorny issue of Chutzpah Jnr. The decision to make this available exclusively to people attending the Xmas shows is not a decision that has been made by me or, to my knowledge any member of the band. I’m sure this is a slight error and that the CD will be available at shows after Xmas. All I can personally say on the subject is that I hope the CD will NOT be on sale outside of the concert environment, dictating that you make some online friends and have them buy a copy for you. Who knows, actual friendships may subsequently blossom ensuring you all have international destinations for your future holidays? Having said this, we have management and a record label that make these decisions for us, so for all I know (and let’s face it I’ve been known to be wrong as frequently as any air breathing humanoid) you might soon be able to download it without any further effort or social value whatsoever. Yay.

Speaking of gigs, the birthday show sold out in a rapid and amazing blast of  excitement, at least for me. It’s a pretty proud old(ish) fart who knows that you are so keen to help me celebrate in style. So proud, in fact, that I have invited pretty much everyone to the party. Expect to see a veritable rainbow of familiar faces and musical masterchefs cluttering up the tiny stage at London’s Relentless Garage. I’d also like to take this opportunity to point out that we’d like you to familiarise yourself with this tune:

We hope to present a live version of this song at some point in the evening and your participation in the chorus would be greatly appreciated. We also hope to have a twitter address set up for live twittering during the evening. So whether you’re in the actual venue or a billion miles away on a nearby planet, or even somewhere in between, you can make your presence known.

We will NOT, it must be heavily stated, be streaming the show live or recording the event in any shape or format. Filming will also be strictly dissuaded. This is a private party after all. All I can say, in my meekest defence, is that I hope to have more than one birthday next year, failing that I suggest you get tickets even quicker next time. We may even make tickets for next years show available at some random point mid-next year, to give some of you the chance to arrange travel arrangements and organise a spot of Xmas shopping. For the rest of you dotted around the world, outside of practical range of this event, I can only offer, as some mild condolence, how the rest of us all feel at not being able to spend New Years in New York, Summer in Saigon and Easter in Egypt. Let’s face it, only God can be everywhere (and, between you and me, even She’s confirmed on the bill for the birthday bash).

I’ve been writing a lot lately. Right now I’ve been happy to write for other artists but it’s got my creative sword quite fiercely sharpened on this welcome stone of demand. Expect at least two albums next year to feature my strong involvement. A bold statement? You betcha. And if it doesn’t happen then I assure you that it won’t be through lack of trying. I’m itching to create like the monstrous creative force I intend to be next year, and I suspect this level of energy will be enough to make this happen. That and your positivity.

I am also pitching for my own radio show through which I hope to educate and entertain with a veritable barrage of unfamiliar delights chosen specifically to stroke the imagination and coddle the mind. Pray with me that it comes off and I know we can achieve this. Sharing my vast love of music is part of the vital service I hope to dedicate myself to in 2010.

There are a few other things that might or might not be happening, none of which I will jinx by announcing here at this point. Instead I’ll exercise a little more respect for the health boosting effects of good news and keep you all waiting.

Still, you know me. As soon as it’s safe to announce I’ll be laying it on y’all. As a bringer of good tidings I find much comfort.

Have a brilliant Xmas, and if I don’t speak to you beforehand keep your powder dry and your intentions brilliant.


35 Responses to “A Brief Update, A Small Summary, And, Finally, A Bit Of News.”

  1. neil v Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 13:50

    got my ticket for the xmas gig on the 19th in Leeds so this year is going to be the best xmas EVER

  2. Momo Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 14:20

    See you at the birthday bash,and THE WiLDHEARTS X’MAS Shows!!!

  3. Gaz Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 16:00

    Damn, White text on a black background is so hard on the eyes.

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  5. jenxy Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 17:11

    hello all.If i pay pal the money and send a return postage package,anyone willing to buy me Chutzpah jr from one of the shows???please 🙂

  6. sparrowhawk Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 19:27

    Looking forward to next years rock. And I agree, the new Dev record is a beast.

  7. tazbert Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 19:27

    Jenxy, get on the forum. I amongst others will do our best to try & bring ‘Jnr’ to the non xmas gig going masses. 🙂

  8. peej73 Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 21:40

    A podcast of Ginger’s show would be great if it gets off the ground. Would be a fine alternative to most of the drivel that is currently Sydney radio. Good luck mate.

  9. crispian Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 05:25

    Hi all.As always,Ginger,it’s always great to hear/read what you’ve got to say and I had been missing yer missives recently.I’m hoping to get to the Leeds show at xmess but I will be another fella who would love to find someone to pick up a chutzpah jnr. for me if I can’t make it to the gig….I don’t live far from Leeds,so if you wanted,I could meet and buy you a drink as you place the cd in my sweaty and appreciative paws.Anyway,here’s hoping I can get a pair of tickets as my better half loved the Cockpit Chutzpah gig(her first).
    As far as not getting a recording of the birthday gig…well,if that’s the way it is,then that’s the way it is-but anyone who wants to remember the whole gig and sing it back to me,complete with impressions of all the guest artists,that’d be great…..
    Enjoy yerselves,”You lucky,lucky bastards”

  10. Spooky Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 08:25

    Have to say Ginger is spot on with the new Devin Townsend CD. It is totally awesome

  11. Mark Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 09:36

    I will be having a knees up with you in Helsinki, cant wait for the gig!

    As for the creative juices being lent to other projects, I hope to see some sprinkling of Ginger magic on the wonderful Mr Monroes album 😉

  12. jenxy Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 11:36

    cheers tazbert i`ll head over there now 🙂

  13. Wayne McCrory Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 11:47

    The Inman track is pure genius!!!!!! Should I forget to mention it closer to the time: have a cool birthday Captain G!!!!

  14. Col Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 15:38

    Leeds and Wolves for me :O)

  15. Nick Baguley Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 08:39

    I got all giddy about this in the pub on Saturday night. Hands down, Ginger’s birthday bash is set to be the gig of the year (even better than the Wildhearts blowing the roof off the Bowery Ballroom…)

  16. Paul Goold Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 15:34

    Well thanks a bunch Ginger. You hope that the Chutzpah jnr will only be released at shows. I’ve followed the Wildhearts right from the beginning. Seeing you first as a support act on the Wolfsbane tour, and from there on, try to get to as many shows as possible. I’ve brought every single CD album, CD single, vinyl single 7 and 12 inch, the fan club CD, even Japan imported CD’s. I even continued buying everything even when you started releasing double and triple formats of stuff, without a moan or groan. but over the years my life has changed, and now i have five children to support. So spending money on a concert ticket, train fare, t-shirt and a CD, on the 22nd of December, two days before Christmas isn’t possible. Nice to see that you support all your fans, and try to please them. NOT. Like one of the titles on your new CD, which i’m likely not to hear, is called. ‘Some days just fucking suck’. I’ll tell you what. this one fucking does.

  17. M@M Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 16:28

    Ginger does say that the CD will still be on sale at other gigs. I will wait till the next tour and buy a copy.
    Anyhow I have to calm down buying Cd’s as I have way too many lol

  18. Paul Goold Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 21:57

    Has anyone check out the song on youtube???? Pile of bollocks

  19. Chuck Marwick Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 01:03

    I have no problem going to a gig to buy the cd. There’s only 1 problem……….I live in Warren, Michigan, USA!
    So whats the deal? are people like me just screwed?
    Not a great way to treat a die-hard fan, Ginger.
    As for the “Make a friend on the internet” plan, I actually have an active life and dont have the time to live in front of my computer screen – nor do I have the money to pay for the inflated asking price I’m likely to get.
    Make the cd available to the fans not lucky enough to see you live!
    Not cool, Ginger.

  20. Nick Baguley Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 13:42

    What’s going on?! Do yourselves a favour and re-read the mans blog. Go and network with fellow Wildies and get a copy sent to you. It’s not the end of the world.

    We’ve had a real blast with the band recently – a storming new album, fantastic live shows, streamed gigs from Los Angeles etc etc yet after one minor hiccup everyone seems to be having bitch-fits.

    Bet it was you lot who demanded WH tunes at the solo gigs, wasn’t it?

    Shame on you.

  21. Damian Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 15:52

    Erm, yes. As far as I can tell, Ginger said the following things:

    1) This situation was out of his control
    2) He likes the idea that people who don’t yet know someone that can get them a copy at the gigs can get onto the board and start getting to know each other. And then through that hopefully get a CD. Smart move, I’d say, I’ve made so many friends through Ginger-related connections over the years.
    3) It’ll be available at future gigs too, and maybe via other means
    4) At the very least the tracks should hopefully be downloadable at some point

    This hardly smacks of Ginger kicking sand in anyone’s face. People might want to chill out a little.

  22. Gallifrey Seven Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 17:45

    Unfortunately Damian, for some people the opportunity to shout “not fair!” and blow this up out of all proportion over-rides any understanding, reason or sense of gratefulness that could otherwise have shined through.

    Clearly Gingers sole purpose in life to please everyone all of the time. Some people obviously think he already has the power to control everything in life, so why not this as well?

    Anyhoo – I read the blog with increased excitement – 2009, with the new album, new sound, new website and everything subsequently said or written, really felt like the start of a new chapter. That The Wildhearts had created another glorious opportunity despite throwing them away in the past. That the past was truly that. Then to read what Ginger has planned for 2010 sounds like it will blow 2009 out of the water. I can’t wait!

  23. Kenneth Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 19:04

    Thanks Damian and Gallifrey for stepping and providing some balanced sense to the comments. You’re now my friends. See, it’s working already. 🙂

  24. Paul Goold Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 22:02

    People seem to have missed my point about the Chutzpah jnr special, only buy from a gig CD. The Wildhearts, and even Ginger’s solo stuff has always been offered to us fan’s in a large amounts. The ‘b’ sides on singles give you enough tracks to make up 3 or 4 albums worth of songs. But all songs have been offered to all fan’s in a way that is less expensive, and open to everyone, even fan’s from abroads. Buying a CD from a store, or over the internet means you only spend money on the CD. Selling a CD from only a gig, means forking out extra money, ticket price, transport price, food and drink price, and for some of us, i’m sure i’m not the only one, these extra expensive’s are just not within our money price range. Like i said in my first comment, i have five children to support, and spending money on all these extra things means less for them. Ok, so this is just one CD, but then what happens when other bands do the same thing. These things have happened before and will happen again. I just feel that bands only are able to stay around, as long as people are interested in them. Alienating fan’s this way is not the best form of saying ‘thank you, here a little something special’. This argument could go on forever with the pro’s and con’s for this, i just wanted to put my views across a bit more openly, than i seemed to last time.

  25. Col Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 22:36

    No one has missed the point, I think you have. The man himself has said it’s not his fault, obviously that’s not good enuff for you.

    Your quote about the 5 kids getting less is hilarious, cheered me up no end – thanks.

  26. Nick Baguley Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 08:31

    I’m gonna video myself under my duvet, caked in mascara, screaming “LEAVE GINGER ALONE!” whilst sobbing.

  27. Gallifrey Seven Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 13:03

    Ooh Nick…that’s 97% emo…lol

  28. Paul Goold Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 19:18

    Col. All i can say is you are not a father, and if you are, not a very good one. My kids mean more to me than anything. The price of concert ticket, train fare and CD would come to about £30. In the normal running of a household that much money goes a long way. I’m sure your kids will understand when you tell them that they didn’t get something, oh, i don’t know, maybe like food. Just cause you wanted to buy something for yourself. When something more important comes into your life, than your own gain or pleasure, maybe then you will understand. Until then, laugh at your own kids and see if they find it hilarious.

  29. Damian Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 20:48

    Erm… it’s great that they mean more to you than anything… so then why’s this business such a big deal? Again… get on message board, say hello, ask someone to get you a CD for cost+postage and hope all your dreams come true. If I was going to one of the dates I’d get you one myself, but unfortunately I can’t make it.

    I didn’t mean to get dragged in, but the first sentence of your first comment was aimed at Ginger who… again… was not the decision-maker in all this.

  30. Paul Goold Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 22:38

    This isn’t aimed at Ginger, or any member of the band. It is aimed at the decision makers. Ginger just get’s the hard end of it because he is the public face, and the people who should be dragged over hot coals, because of the wrong decision, stay quiet, hiding behind him. So to finish this argument off. Sorry Ginger.

  31. Nick Baguley Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 12:37

    So does this mean I don’t have to record my video? In a way I’m kinda glad…

  32. Kenneth Says:
    December 7th, 2009 at 08:26

    As I’ve heard a few of the tracks on the Jnr-album before via the Japanese import and the free downloads, very brief thoughts on the following tracks only:

    First of all, a fantastic set of songs, some cut for correct reasons as stated in the Ginger liner notes.

    Vernix – Bohemian Rhapsody on PCP indeed, Ginger. If you thought you knew or were prepared for how The Wildhearts changed tac within a song, think again. Absolutely wonderfully stitched together, rockin’, melodic piece of work and that’s only scratching the surface.

    Under The Waves – Eclectic to say the least, an oddity described as “very German” by the band but it’s infectious nonetheless. DEFINITELY worthy of being cut but DEFINITELY worthy of being heard over and over again.

    Some Days Just Fucking Suck – Despite the subject matter, just a perfect, simple little pop diddy that will haver you singing along in no time.

  33. lewis Says:
    December 15th, 2009 at 18:04

    im absolutely gutted. just seen “chutzpah jnr” selling for £45 on ebay.

  34. Kenneth Says:
    December 15th, 2009 at 22:55

    Download available on the forum.

  35. Adam Says:
    December 20th, 2009 at 23:24

    Not Ginger’s fault, but still totally gash for those who for whatever reason will miss out through no fault of their own. For example, due to not spending that much time online recently, I didn’t know about this until today (though due to present buying and whatnot likely wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway).


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