TV Commercial Shot With Killer Whale

TV Commercial Shot With Killer Whale

Photo taken by Linden Hudson (amateur photographer, cheap cameras, just having fun).

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol...
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Read Linden’s story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: www.flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 Billy Gibbons interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS FINALLY ADMITTED: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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THE GREATEST ROCK REBRAND OF ALL TIME (by Jason Miller): "Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched the tempos at which the most popular rock tracks in the charts had been recorded. His data showed that there was something very special about 120 beats to a minute. Gibbons decided to record pretty much the whole of ZZ Top’s new album at that tempo. The result? 1983’s Eliminator. It was named after Gibbons’ Ford Coupé; it had been created through a unique combination of creative collaboration and data mining. And it was about to take the world by storm."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​
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VINYLSTYLUS DOT COM: Much of Eliminator was recorded at 124bpm, the tempo that considered perfect for dance music by the band’s associate Linden Hudson. An aspiring songwriter, former DJ and – at the time – drummer Frank Beard’s house-sitter, Hudson’s involvement in the recording of the album would come back to haunt them. Despite assisting Gibbons with the pre-production and developing of the material that would end up on both El Loco and Eliminator, his contribution wasn’t credited when either record was released.
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INFOMORY DOT COM: ‘Eliminator’ is a studio album of the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983 and topped the charts worldwide. Its lyrics were co-written by the band’s sound engineer Linden Hudson while the band denied it.
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MUSICMISCELLANEOUS DOT COM: (ELIMINATOR ALBUM):
However, despite the album credits bass-player Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were replaced during the recording process by synthesisers and a drum machine programmed by engineer Linden Hudson, who allegedly co-wrote much of the music with Gibbons despite receiving no credit at the time. Gibbons would later say of Hudson that “he was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing”. Hudson did no less than show the band how to stay relevant in an age where three guys from Texas with long beards (except famously for Frank Beard) and blues licks were one of the last things the contemporary market was demanding.

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2017-12-21 00:15:47

Tagged: , whale , killer whale , seaworld , trained , animal , trick , amazing , whale acting , on cue , trained whale

SCOTTISH DOG POSING

SCOTTISH DOG POSING

Photo taken by Linden Hudson (amateur photographer).

Who is Linden Hudson?

CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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(see full story at Linden’s website: www.linden-hudson.com/birth-of-the-zz-top-eliminator-album )
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol…
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS SAID: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios."
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By David Blayney) : "Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as Eliminator was constructed. What had gone on before evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP By David Blayney: "Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist) closest collaborator on Eliminator. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On ELIMINATOR ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by DAVID BLAYNEY: "He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of ELIMINATOR rehearsals, and was like one of the family… as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (ELIMINATOR) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtably soared. ELIMINATOR marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… SHARP DRESSED MAN which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled ELIMINATOR into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2018-03-10 18:44:18

Tagged: , dog , scotland , dog posing , friendly , black , black dog , nice , europe , uk , talent , smart_dog , good_dog , pretty_dog , talented_dog , amusing_dog , animal , pet , k9 , canine , dog_lovers , handsome_dog , pooch

SE5855

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Extinction of the dinosaurs. Computer artwork of a group of dinosaurs and flying reptiles fleeing a vast fire. This may have been caused by a volcanic eruption or meteorite impact. Such events have occurred before in Earth’s history, and will do so again. Both events can trigger a lowering of global temperatures as clouds of dust and ash reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the surface. Plant and then animal life dies off. The mass loss of life that included the extinction of the dinosaurs took place some 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. The flying reptiles here are Pteranodons, and the quadraped dinosaur are sauropods called Titanosaurs.

Posted by Hssszn 讚新聞 on 2017-06-16 06:23:42

Tagged: , animal , asteroid impact , fire , flames , biological , zoological , nature , biology , computer artwork , cretaceous , dinosaur , disaster , global , catastrophe , doomed , extinct , dinosaurs , extinction event , volcano , fleeing , flying , quadraped , land , air , illustration , horizontal , landscape , paleontological , paleontology , prehistoric , wildlife , fauna , prehistory , pteranodon , reptile , reptiles , animals , meteorite , sauropod , titanosaur , titanosaurs , pteranodons , zoology

Gift Ideas For Animal Lovers

Gift Ideas For Animal Lovers

When you go visiting friends who are animal lovers, the best gift that you could carry along would be something that commemorates their love.

All of us grow up listening to animal stories. The present generation is being served a load full of cartoon films that revolve around animal characters. No wonder, the love for animals is growing. Go visiting a toy shop and the animal characters are all around. This fondness for animals grows with age and becomes a part of everyday life. What would be the best gift that you could get for such animal enthusiasts? Definitely something that revolves around the animal kingdom.

Gift manufacturers are well aware of the affection people carry for animals, and the market is flooded with such goods. When going shopping for animal-related gifts, be prepared to be showered with them in various categories. You could come across categories based on the habitat of animals or the animal families. Whatever is the classification, pet gifts are innumerable.

Furnishing Items: If your friends love animals, they will surely love to have animal-related items around their house. You have a range of products like doormats, calendars, note holders, blankets, and coasters bearing the pictures of animals in adorable forms. Why restrict things to indoor items only. A weathervane can also serve as an excellent gift with an animal perched on the roof to give the direction of the wind.

Apparels: We all love to tell the world about our likes and dislikes, and apparels convey the message to a great number of people. A t-shirt or cap prominently displays ones internal self to the world. Help your friends proclaim their love for animals and gift them apparels bearing their favorite animals. Small kids would love to have animal character socks.

Trinkets: Options for girls are unlimited and the ideas people get for designing trinkets have no boundaries. The range of animals that one can find on small jewelry items is unimaginable. There are birds, fish, wild animals, bugs, dogs, cats, and the list goes on. In fact, these gifts succeed in satisfying even those who are not huge animal fans. With a little effort, you will be able to combine earrings, necklaces, and bracelets to make a complete gift for the lovely ladies. For those who are not much into wearing jewelry, try gifting brooches or hair clips.

License Plates: The love for a species always remains the same and can be flaunted in every possible place. It may be something as insignificant as a license plate. Might seem insignificant to others but for someone in love with the four-legged creatures, even this becomes an important item. Gift an animal license plate frame to such friends and see them beaming with joy.

Assorted Gifts: The scope of gifting has no limits. If you want to gift, you will surely find something or the other. May be a very small item, but could make a difference. Try out things like a photo frame with animals around it, a key chain, an address plate, a mouse pad, cookie jars, decorative magnets, and the list will go on. It all depends upon individual choice and preference.

Pet gifts for animal lovers are the ultimate gift. Take your time and select the best ones that you can get from the wide range of gifts made available to you. Your friends are sure to love gifts that you give with a warm heart.

Animal lovers can be found in every section of the society among all age groups. To gift them items that revolve around animals will be the best gifts that you could give them. For more information on Pet Gifts or Animal Gifts visit www.animalden.com.

Sleeping dog over Minneapolis

Sleeping dog over Minneapolis

So, I made this picture, and then I wrote this story to go along with it. I call it:

"I’m Not Very Good At Titles: The Story of the Picture Above These Words".

Enjoy 🙂

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It came without warning. The sky had been overcast for days, but that was completely normal in mid-winter Minnesota. As usual the snow had made for a very picturesque, if very cold, Christmas. Local meteorologists had noticed a handful of anomalous readings over the past couple of days, but nothing that needed urgent attention.

It was when the clouds started to swirl that people took notice. It was slow at first, but after a few hours it was undeniable that the weather was acting, well, just plain wrong. People started to panic, thinking it was a tornado in the making, but that theory was quickly put down. This was something completely different, something no one had ever seen before. The swirling mass of cloud continued to spread, the hypnotic spiral casting an ever wider maelstrom, its centre fixed above Anoka County, just a few miles north of Minneapolis. Soon, lightning started to leap between the clouds, creating brilliant flashes in the sky a rumbling, almost rhythmic cacophony of booming thunder. There was no rain though, and people flocked outside and onto rooftops to watch the incredible display of nature that was before them.

And then, everything stopped. The clouds stopped moving, the thunder and lightning stopped, and every computer, every car, every phone and every light bulb suddenly went dead. The wonder and awe that the crowds were feeling was starting to give way to anxiety, and then to fear. There was an agonising, silent second.

A flash!

Everything was bathed in blinding pure white light, and the city, previously darkened by the thick cloud cover, was at once brighter than lit phosphorous. All over eyes were dazzled by its incredible, unfathomable brightness.

Unable to see, the next sensation was the sudden return of the thunder. But this was like no thunder that ever been heard before, it was so loud that immediately windows shattered for miles around. A split-second later the ground rumbled with such force that it could only have been an earthquake, and any glass that had survived the sound obediently disintegrated.

It was followed by another blast, and another, and even some buildings began to bow before it, crumbling to rubble. As vision started to return to the millions of astonished people, they all had the exact same thought at once.

“What the f…”

Before them, in what had once been Anoka County, and what was now a desolated crater, stood a creature of impossible size. Words like ‘giant’ or ‘enormous’ didn’t convey how big this being was. Even standing on four legs it was easily five miles tall, from the top of its head to its massive, 700 foot wide paws. It’s entire body was covered in a fine coat of dark brown fur, each strand thicker than a full grown redwood and at least as tall. As the blindness faded and its form became clearer it started to become apparent what was before them, even if every rational brain cell told them it was impossible.

“Is that…is that a dog?”

Questions raced through peoples’ minds-

“How is this happening?”
“Where did it come from?”
"Is this real?"

-but one question was at the forefront, the one every single person wanted answered but was utterly terrified to find out:

“What is it going to do?”

The thunder returned, the incredible boom shaking buildings and knocking people off their feet. But it was almost discernible now. The dog was whining.

Frightened by his new, completely unfamiliar surroundings, Ajax took an uneasy step forward. To the tiny people, smaller than fleas to him, his motions appeared slightly slowed, yet he still moved with incredible, incomprehensible speed for something of his magnitude. His paw ascended with impossible speed into the sky, debris from the suburban blocks it had demolished raining down as it did so. Then, like the judgement of a vengeful god, the dog’s front left paw descended from the heavens, annihilating everything –and everyone- beneath it. The simple footstep sent a reverberating shockwave out for miles.

Ajax took another step, and then another, looking this way and that, all the while whining in confusion. He tilted his head back and sniffed the air, and, finding no scents he could recognise, tilted his head to the ground.

From down on the ground miles below, people watched the dogs face rush toward them. It was truly like being in the presence of a deity, so humbling was the canine’s presence. His brown eyes, hundreds of feet wide, swept over the landscape, and for many it truly felt like, for a moment, they had made eye contact with a god. The dog’s face stopped short a few hundred feet from the ground, mere inches on its own warped scale, and suddenly a new terror was unleashed.

Searching for something, anything, he could recognise to help discover where he was, Ajax sniffed at the densely peopled ground below. In a heartbeat the total stillness of the air became the most powerful gale ever felt, as whole buildings, trucks, cars, and hundreds of screaming people were lifted skyward. Some crashed against the debris in their flight, still others were dashed upon the dog’s colossal muzzle. But the majority found themselves sent rocketing into the dog’s nostrils. Most died on impact, or else were crushed by the debris that accompanied them. But some, by some miracle of luck, found themselves alive, ensnared in the dog’s impact-absorbing mucus.

Finding no familiar scents on the ground, Ajax lifted its head again. The rubble that had entered his nose was as fine as dust to the him, and it tickled. With a single sneeze the godlike dog sent pieces of Minnesota all the way into Iowa.

Ajax was anxious, but also dizzy, a side-effect of the journey he didn’t know he had taken. Giving in to the unbearable light-headedness, he lay down right where he stood. Down below, in northern Minneapolis, people could only stare in disbelief. By random fortune they had been spared from the immense paws, and had been directly underneath the dog’s stomach, watching in horror as it inhaled hundreds of people. Now, like an asteroid, the dark drown belly fell upon them, erasing absolutely everything and everyone in its path.

Shifting his paws, Ajax dragged a trench of total destruction across West Minneapolis, his hundred-storey-high toes obliterating everything they touched.

At last he stopped moving. Plonking his head atop his front left leg, Ajax closed his eyes and quickly fell asleep. His mouth came to rest over the edge of Minneapolis’ central business district, but didn’t make landfall, instead hovering precariously over building that were smaller to it than blades of grass.

The dog lay sleeping, gently breathing in and out with only the force of a strong wind. There was a slow, collective sigh of relief as people started to realise that, for now, it was over. The mass paralysis that had overcome every one of the awe-struck onlookers finally began to subside and they quickly turned to rout, rushing to escape the chaos.

And then, with an abrupt, sleepy snort, the entire central business district and its litter of sky-scrapers was blown away like dust in a breeze.

The End

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So, that was longer than expected. I hope it was worth the time it took to read it :). Also, I realise that seeing the picture before reading the story sort of ruins the dramatic tension and the reveal of what the creature is, but that’s not really something I can work around. I only hope that part wasn’t just tedious. Also, apologies to the residents of Minnesota. I have nothing against your state (I’ve actually never been to America at all, all the geography references were from google maps), the background picture I used was just too perfect to pass up.

Comments? Criticisms? Non Sequiturs?

Posted by mikka_90 on 2014-11-06 22:25:54

Tagged: , dog , giant , animal , macro , Labrador , size , shrink , tiny , city , destruction , story , nose , vore , paw , stomp , crush , mega , giga

Treasures

Treasures

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20080411 – Oranjello – just woke up from nap in the airzooka – 154-5416_IMG

20080411 - Oranjello - just woke up from nap in the airzooka - 154-5416_IMG

The Airzooka is every cat’s worst nightmare, and every cat owner’s best discipline tool. Merely brandishing it towards Oranjello is enough to make him get off the table or stop walking behind your computer (where there are sensitive wires). You can also dust cobwebs out of hard-to-reach corners. But again: These are terror for cats.

Yet, despite all this terror, Oranjello seems to comprehend the Airzooka more than any other kitty we’ve owned. Beavis and Misfit who would look at it on the top of the refrigerator like, "Is it going to get me?" We had to move it out of the room, becausethey didn’t even like being in the same room as it! But Oranjello completely understands that the Airzooka is no threat to him unless picked up and pointed at him. You can even fire it in another direction and he wont necessarily leave. Other cats would also run out of the room at the mere sound of the plastic crinkling — but we desensitized him to this early on. (3rd cat is the charm; We got the Airzooka after Samhain passed away.)

Thus, being so smart, Oranjello is quite willing to take a nap in (and knaw at) the same plastic "hammock" that generates the harmless air blast that sends him flying out of the room (so fast his little feet slip on the hardwood) when he is bad.

laying.
Oranjello the cat, airzooka.

Clint and Carolyn‘s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

April 11, 2008.

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Posted by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) on 2008-07-24 22:01:11

Tagged: , 20080411 , 200804 , 2008 , Virginia , Alexandria , Clint and Carolyn’s house , toy , airzooka , laying , animal , cat , Oranjello , CC100

Long Neck Landscape

Long Neck Landscape

Another one with the dusted-off D70 and 70-300mm lens taken during that earlier in the month (14-May-2011) visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. And, yes, this is a giraffe’s neck … if you couldn’t guess.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Glen Rose, TX USA on 14-May-2011.

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At last… After months and months of pushing through a huge work-related project that has been on my plate, I am finally at the very end. That light at the end of the tunnel was much farther than expected … always way out of reach. It is good to finally have this weight off the shoulders and perhaps now I can get to concentrating more on my photography. Going to take a bit of a break from being behind the computer after this week, but will be back soon with much to share.

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Posted by M.Rathmann on 2011-05-25 22:22:22

Tagged: , 3-straight , Jurors , 70-200mm , giraffe , mammal , animal , Fossil Rim Wildlife Center , Glen Rose , TX , USA , 2011