Time to start this Tuesday morning with a quick check-up on Danny Rampling. Believe it or not, but he used to make a good living out of being an okay-ish DJ years ago. Nowadays, he prefers to spend his time posting any old rubbish about the pandemic he can find – although this wasn’t always so.
Over the past year, he’s been kicked off Twitter for spouting his nonsense, and his Facebook page remains curiously devoid of such content. Instagram, however, is where Danny Rampling is at – and judging by the sheer number of stories he posts there daily, he seemingly doesn’t have much else to do.
And despite posting absolute rubbish day after day, he remains on Instagram. Yet a friend sent me this message which he got whenever he tried to follow the man himself there…
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Instagram HQ, if only to find out how many warnings Rampling actually has against his account. You might want to start posting things which you’ve checked are true before they kick you off, Danny…
I can’t take any personal credit for this one – that goes to an anonymous source who emailed me this morning. Danny Rampling actually has a gig on tonight. Heavens to Betsy, I hear you all collectively shriek – but alas it’s true. He’s DJing at the Rockwater in Hove this very evening.
And this news even appears to have come as a surprise to Danny Rampling himself. Note the highly curious wording in his latest Instagram post…
Yes, he’s “just been booked” for it. He posted it on a Wednesday evening – for a gig on Thursday night. What a contrast with how packed his diary was back in the day.
My source tells me “I used to run [club name redacted] in London for most of the 90s. And it was the summer of 1994. I wanted to book Rampling for a night just before Christmas. So I phoned his agent – and they told me the first available date in the diary wasn’t until Valentine’s Day. In 1996. I thought he was giving me the brush off, but a mate told me a few days later that it was true”.
24 months notice in the 90s, 24 hours notice in 2021? Things have certainly changed…
The anti-vaxxers and Covid-denying dingbats would have you believe that right is on their side. They say this because they believe it – and they believe it because they say it very loudly and very often. And they rarely allow themselves to be bothered by things such as “facts” and “the truth” – anyone stating “facts” is being paid by Bill Gates or whichever figure they hate this week.
Which brings me nicely to Danny Rampling. Fresh from a state of consternation over his 17-year old son announcing he would be having the Covid jab, here’s something which is likely to have the okay-ish DJ spluttering his milk and cornflakes all over the kitchen table on this fine Wednesday morning.
MusicWatch have done a survey of people who like going to gigs and asked them questions to find out what their stance is on Covid rules and regulations. And Mr Rampling will not be a happy bunny when he reads this! 70% of respondents confirm they’re already double jabbed. 67% of them support the use of masks at gigs.
And in a statistic which is likely to give any anti-vaxxer a rubbish start to the day – only 6% of those polled said they would refuse to enter a venue with safety rules in place. This included mandatory wearing of masks or proof of a negative test or double jab status. Even in people who were unvaccinated, the number only went up to 30%.
Yep, they still couldn’t muster a majority in this category…
Believe it or not, but there was a time in history when the arrival of a vaccine against a terrible virus or illness was viewed as a positive development. Let’s take smallpox, for example.
All the way back in 1796, Edward Jenner demonstrated that being infected with cowpox gave you immunity against smallpox. Later on, a vaccine was developed in the 1950s. The result is no one has been infected with smallpox since 1977 and the virus is now effectively extinct.
No one cried nonsense then about how the vaccine was going to kill more people than the virus, or talked rot about how it hadn’t been tested. People accepted that, although vaccines do come with some risks, they’re more than outbalanced by the benefit of not dying from a horrendous illness. And anyone who did was dismissed as what they were – namely, a moron.
Over the past year or so, a lot of very stupid people have been getting very indignant over the Covid-19 vaccine, some of them before it even existed. But this week, they’ve all been terribly quiet over the news that a malaria vaccine has been approved for use in Africa by the World Health Organisation – the same body which they frequently accuse of being in China’s pocket.
In particular, I have to wonder exactly what’s keeping Danny Rampling away from this party. It can’t be the long-running sense of consistency in his views – it’s already been demonstrated beyond doubt that there isn’t any. Could it be the fact that malaria kills between 1 and 3 million people a year and the overwhelming majority of those deaths are in children under the age of 5?
Perhaps he could finally show some consistency to his views about “protecting children” by publicly stating, right now, that malaria vaccines are a good thing. Or are you only about protecting children when it suits your world view at that particular moment, Danny?
Time for a little bit of Danny Rampling on a Monday. What’s he been up to lately? Well, it appears that last weekend, he did a rave in the middle of nowhere – or a “secret woods free party gathering”, as he chose to call it.
Rampling managed to put quite the spin on his weekend, describing it as a “magical gathering in the woods under the stars. Back to primal ancestral roots” – apparently unaware of the fact that in ancestral times, electricity had yet to be discovered and CDJs had yet to be invented. Then again, anyone who visits Rampling’s page – and this blog only does it so you don’t have to – will be well aware of a cavalier disregard for facts and accuracy…
It all reminds me of an article I published back in July, claiming his outspoken stance on Covid was spooking promoters who were becoming increasingly reluctant to book him. Whilst the threat of vaccine passports in England has receded – for now, at least – it doesn’t appear to have changed the situation much.
A friend of Rampling spoke to me last week, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to ask. He simply replied with “Let’s just say the phone isn’t ringing much”…
Say what you like about Danny Rampling – and this is an excercise this blog partakes in frequently – but he’s consistent. That is, mostly consistent about being behind the times. On July 19th, the day that England scrapped nearly all its remaining Covid restrictions, what did he do?
This one is called the “Medical Freedom March” – a highly dubious name which suggests they’re campaigning to be given freedom from all the advances that medical science have given us over the years. If Rampling is ever unlucky enough to actually catch Covid, one can only assume he’d like a prescription of leeches to help…
Anyway. the protest is to say they don’t want kids vaccinated, no mandatory vaccines and no vaccine passports. It might be worth pointing out to the organisers of the protest that vaccine passports for England were ditched a few weeks ago – and whilst the government proclaims it’s keeping them “in reserve”, they’re unlikely to want to risk upsetting their own party that much for a second time.
Incidentally, vaccine passports are actually going ahead in Scotland from the end of next week and Wales from October 11th. But I’m absolutely confident that Rampling won’t be seen anywhere near any protest in Glasgow or Cardiff. Too far to travel in his old age, presumably…
Over the weekend, music producer Posthuman disclosed that he’d been contacted by a radio station called Freedom Radio and asked if he’d like to do a guest mix for them. After quickly discovering they were rabid anti-vaxxers, he declined in his, ahem, customary manner.
But who are Freedom Radio? Sadly, it isn’t like the 1941 film of the same name, about a resistance group which risk their lives in order to set up a radio station broadcasting things which the regime of Nazï Germany wouldn’t approve. Although they possess a level of secrecy that wouldn’t be out of place in such a movie.
Next to nothing is known about them, other than they have a Twitter page, a website, a dedicated app for listening and they bang on a lot about “freedom fighters” and other such variations of this incredibly loaded phrase. Their website does not name a single presenter, and even searching the website on ICANN brings up no details about who’s behind the site.
But one look at their website and it’s very clear who they represent. Covid-denying morons who seem to think the virus doesn’t exist and the vaccine is an exercise in mass genocide. No other type of “freedom” is referenced on their website – nothing about protests on any other type of subject, and goodness knows they’d be ripe for picking in these mad times.
The station does, however, hold a very high opinion of itself. On the Vacancies page, they say they’re looking for someone to present the weekday afternoon show. Applicants “will be expected to involve your audience by attending Freedom movements locally such as ‘stand in the park’, protests and events”.
They also state, rather bizarrely, that “Previous experience presenting in commercial or student radio on commercial broadcasting equipment is essential since this is the ideal show if you are looking to move your presenting career to the next level”.
Given that Freedom Radio appears to have no profile outside of Twitter or its own website, I’m not sure how broadcasting on a station no one’s ever heard of to an audience of moonbeams and crackpots is somehow going to help anyone at anything. But most amusing of all was this tweet…
Which basically reduces the station’s output to mostly Right Said Fred and Danny Rampling’s three or four original tracks. Sounds just riveting…
Back in April last year, I’d submitted some tracks for release by a label called 3rd Way. I’ve worked with them several times over the years – and normally, the process was easy. I sent them music, they mastered it and they released it. It was very rarely I was asked to change anything.
Except this time. I was told to change the title of one of the tracks – it referenced the lockdown in place in the UK at the time. I was told “it won’t date well”. At the time, I accepted – but strongly suspected the reason I’d been told to change it was because the label boss had strong views against it.
Not so. It turned out he meant what he said. They don’t date well. Permanently grumpy Northern Irish musician Van Morrison released an album filled with anti-lockdown songs, and it went down badly. Eric Clapton has now put out a song too. If you have heard it, I apologise. If you haven’t, I apologise in advance.
Which brings me to a question – when is Danny Rampling going to release his anti-lockdown, freedom-loving song? This has been going on for over a year now, yet we still have heard a single track from the man himself. And I find it awfully curious why we haven’t.
Seriously, what’s stopping him? He’s had no gigs during lockdown and he’s had time to attend every protest going. He also has time to literally bombard his Instagram followers with countless stories every single day – most of whom are partially or completely false.
Come on, Danny – make it happen. You owe it to your fans. I’ll even review it on the blog for you. And I’ll even try not to take the Mickey Bliss (translation for my readers outside the UK here) out of it too much…