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Michael Head, Liverpool’s great lost songwriter, on beating heroin – twice

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rumpled man in a Liverpool pub, a pint of lime and soda in front of him, ponders his place in the cosmos. “I’m a great songwriter,” he says, quietly. “Someone asked me on the radio, ‘Do you really think you’re the greatest songwriter in the world?’ And I said yeah. Well, what do you expect me to say?”

Mick Head is perhaps more famous for being called a great songwriter than he is for his actual songs. Over the years he’s been hailed again and again by the music press and championed by Noel Gallagher – whose Sour Mash label released the album On the Corner of Miles and Gil by Head’s band Shack in 2006 – but the record-buying public have resolutely refused to take heed. His latest record, as Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band – called Adios Señor Pussycat – is another wonderful collection, mixing Love and the Byrds and Burt Bacharach, but it’s hard to imagine it’s going to change his fortunes.

Head’s career has been shunted violently off the rails over and over again, so he’s never had the momentum necessary to build an audience. Sometimes it’s been circumstance – labels going bust, studios burning down, master tapes vanishing. Sometimes it’s been his own fault – Head is a recovering alcoholic and former heroin addict.

‘The honeymoon period doesn’t last that long, especially with heroin’ ... Mick Head.
 ‘The honeymoon period doesn’t last that long, especially with heroin’ … Mick Head. Photograph: John Johnson

Adios Señor Pussycat is the first record he’s made clear, which raises the question: has it affected the way he makes music? “It’s an interesting question. I’ve asked the same thing myself: what the fuck is going to happen now? Without my musical crutches and creative crutches?” Being sober, he says, was like living in a parallel universe. “After a while, people’s perception of me became quite interesting and intriguing – it’s still me! My daughter’s nana, a classic example, said: ‘I used to prefer pissed Mick!’ You’re a different person.”

Head was meant to be a star back in the early 80s, when his band the Pale Fountains were signed to Virgin for £150,000. But the label didn’t know what to do with them. “They wanted us to be a Virgin Haircut 100, a scouse Bluebells. But that was a million miles away from what we wanted. We were into Ennio Morricone and Bacharach; we already had Love in our arse pocket and we were moving up to John Barry.”

He was already into drugs. “Acid, whizz and Baileys,” is what I think he says, and I express my astonishment. He bursts out laughing. “No! Acid and whizz when I was with the Paleys! That’s a nice combo, actually – acid, whizz and Baileys. Almost worth getting back into it. ‘What got you back into the ale, Mick?’ ‘Well, I was doing an interview and they had this blend theory and I thought I better put it to the test’.” He laughs again.

Acid and whizz gave way to ecstasy, ecstasy gave way to coke, and coke gave way to heroin, the drug that Head believed would help his songwriting with Shack and Michael Head and the Strands in the 1990s. “I was always into the romanticised view of it. I was reading Coleridge and Huxley and Burroughs. I actually got into it purposely – getting yourself into a different state of consciousness to help your creativity to fruition. That’s all great and romantic. The honeymoon period doesn’t last that long, especially with heroin. You can pretend to be Oscar Wilde with the scarf and the velvet jacket and all that, but you won’t be wearing that in three months because you’ll have pawned it. And then you’re not writing about the beauty of the poppy, you’re writing about where you can fucking buy it, and who’s fucking got it.” Which is exactly what Streets of Kenny, from Shack’s 1999 album HMS Fable, is about.

He stopped taking heroin around the time of HMS Fable, had five years clean, and then started again. “We were in the studio in the middle of nowhere and I got fucking bored and thought, you know what, I’ll sort this boredom out with a little toot. The second time it was more that I thought I could control it because I’d been there before. Wrong again.” Two more years of addiction, and then he got off the drug again.

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Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference

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Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.

Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:

  • On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
  • On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
  • On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
  • On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
  • On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”

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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show

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Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.

At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.

Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise

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Since Oprah has, at last, consented to be the one on the less than the desired end of shocks for her final season, her staff pulled a startling get-together experience for The Big O and welcomed Jackie Jackson to come into her office and amazement her at her work area.

Oprah really liked Jackie and this date dash has been over 43 years really taking shape.

Jackie shocks O and realises her blossoms thirty seconds into the clasp.

Oprah hurls her arms and shouts as he embraces her. She shouts a few more circumstances and after that affectionately, tongue in cheek (obviously), undermines to gun down her snickering staff as she whines that she was not dressed for Jackie. Fantasy and a lousy dream across the board.

As the clasp proceeds with, Oprah ushers Jackie out of the room and begins an energised, scattered endeavour to settle her cosmetics and put eyelashes on and get ready for her fantasy date. “Thank god, Stedman’s in Bermuda.”

This clasp is a great deal of enjoyable to watch, and Oprah’s so endearingly found napping that it influences you to think to any significant amazement you’ve ever gotten in your life.

Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World

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Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.

Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.

Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.

This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.

Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel

 

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Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.

The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.

Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.

The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”

It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.

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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio

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Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.

Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.

Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.

The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

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