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Gas Filled Dolphin Carcass
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George Orwell's first rule of writing is to never use a long word when a short word will suffice but the fifth rule also says you should break that rule rather than write something barbarous.

I think repeating the word drums five times in one short piece is barbarous and the lesser of two evils. (The other being coming up with substitutes.)

Jazzy also has a specific meaning. See also jazz-lite.

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As in 'DJ Jeff'.

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I think repeating the word drums five times in one short piece is barbarous and the lesser of two evils. (The other being coming up with substitutes.)
Indeed, the skill is never putting oneself in that position in the first place.
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I tend to find myself calling someone "the (town name) quintet/quartet/trio" far more often than I should. It's the curse of having to condense all the relevant information into a tiny 100-word album review and still have space to make a point.
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That's true but sometimes you're just going to have to bite the bullet and get on with it, like when I had to interview Thingummy, the drummer from the Foo Fighters. So much drum talk, so much space to fill.
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Spearmint Rhino
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It must be a pisser being the second-most-famous drummer in your own band.
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Surely the pertinent question to ask the Foo drummer is whether there is a reason that Grohl's drummer looks very much like Kurt Cobain. Is it a symbolism of reversed roles, with Grohl claiming the conquest of Cobain's frontmanship. Or something.

Oh, and nobody touch the word "frontman". It's a fantastic word.

SR, brevity is laudable. Nothing wrong at all with "the (town name) quintet/quartet/trio".

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You could always just replace quintet/quartet/etc with something else. Personally I couldn't give a shit how many people there are in the band.
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I don't really care where they come from, either.
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Anyone got issues with the 'the', too?
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I've got one: guitar slinger.

Actually, I like these terms. I sometimes have to translate the liner notes for CDs issued by a German hi-fi company. They put out albums for people who like expensive listening equipment but don't actually like music, so it's all about much-sought-after session sticksmen, seminal white bluesmen and suchlike.

I can really let myself go when I'm doing that stuff.

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Alderman, you've just made me think (congratulations.)

I love all the old footballing clichés. You know, crack Eastern European outfits, tricky wingers, craggy stoppers, sleeping giants and have-boots-will-travel journeymen (little boys in the park.. jumpers for goalposts..)

Music is different though, and I'm at a loss to think why.

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Anyone got issues with the 'the', too?
Yeah, 'Soul Mining' is a shit name for an album. Thanks.
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Anyone got issues with the 'the', too?
You could swap it for "this" occasionally, for variety.

[ 25.03.2008, 13:14: Message edited by: The Horse ]

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...or "this excuse for a".
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I like the idea of that: '...this excuse for a Margate-based cod-reggae outfit.'
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Tom Robinson on 6Music has just referred, without apparent irony, to a "combo".
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