‘Jolly Ups’

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ENORMOUS fun
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I’ve enjoyed them, mostly
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I like to meet other BCBers but not keen on big groups
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FUCK OFF
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Quaco » 05 Dec 2017, 22:47

sloopjohnc wrote:The worst part about them is because I'm from the SF Bay Area, people think I must like the Grateful Dead.

I hate the Grateful Dead.

You just haven't heard the right tapes. Santa Barbara, 12/3/72 is sublime!
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Quaco » 05 Dec 2017, 22:50

The Unfragrant Ox wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:I'm not mad keen on large ish groups of people. It becomes a bit "waaah!" and if you get stuck with people you don't quite click with the night can be a right off


Quaco wrote:I don't think they're "waaah!" enough, BTW. The only fault of jolly ups is that sometimes people fail to realize the enormity of what's going on -- people you have talked with for 15 years, you are finally getting to meet -- and so people are sometimes too reserved and don't want to get into talking.


I agree with both of you. The two posts aren't contradictory, really.

Initially people are wary but then there's folk who've already met, and booze plays its part, and things can get shouty and silly. But it can be a nerve-wracking thing, meeting someone you've got to know (in many cases very well) over years, for the first time. There's so much you can say, but often it's awkward. I'm not even sure why.

True. It's a strange thing, unprecedented I'd think, except for people who have met their old penpals or something. There's years of shared experiences here, but I can barely remember what I've said, let alone what others have, so it's hard to jump in with "Do you still believe that..." or "I remember what you said about..." You're almost starting afresh, and you have the new face to contend with. If people looked more like their avatars (T.Rex albums and so on), it'd be easier!
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby sloopjohnc » 05 Dec 2017, 22:50

Quaco wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:The worst part about them is because I'm from the SF Bay Area, people think I must like the Grateful Dead.

I hate the Grateful Dead.

You just haven't heard the right tapes. Santa Barbara, 12/3/72 is sublime!


:lol:

I bet.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby sloopjohnc » 05 Dec 2017, 22:52

Quaco wrote:
The Unfragrant Ox wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:I'm not mad keen on large ish groups of people. It becomes a bit "waaah!" and if you get stuck with people you don't quite click with the night can be a right off


Quaco wrote:I don't think they're "waaah!" enough, BTW. The only fault of jolly ups is that sometimes people fail to realize the enormity of what's going on -- people you have talked with for 15 years, you are finally getting to meet -- and so people are sometimes too reserved and don't want to get into talking.


I agree with both of you. The two posts aren't contradictory, really.

Initially people are wary but then there's folk who've already met, and booze plays its part, and things can get shouty and silly. But it can be a nerve-wracking thing, meeting someone you've got to know (in many cases very well) over years, for the first time. There's so much you can say, but often it's awkward. I'm not even sure why.

True. It's a strange thing, unprecedented I'd think, except for people who have met their old penpals or something. There's years of shared experiences here, but I can barely remember what I've said, let alone what others have, so it's hard to jump in with "Do you still believe that..." or "I remember what you said about..." You're almost starting afresh, and you have the new face to contend with. If people looked more like their avatars (T.Rex albums and so on), it'd be easier!


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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby toomanyhatz » 05 Dec 2017, 23:31

I've enjoyed them all. It gets tougher and tougher to get people to decide on a time and place, though.

The death of the JU of the Americas saddens me particularly, though my current situation might make it cost prohibitive if it's too far away.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Minnie the Minx » 05 Dec 2017, 23:45

It's sleeping, not dead.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby German Dave » 05 Dec 2017, 23:51

It's a London colloquialism for a lively gathering, FFS. Get over it.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby hippopotamus » 06 Dec 2017, 00:04

It doesnt really count as a Jolly up if its just 2 BCBers meeting, does it? (what's the critical mass?) but those are the ones I really like.
I'm not usually particularly lost in crowds but I've been forever put off by larger or potentially larger meet ups.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Dec 2017, 00:09

Minnie the Minx wrote:It's sleeping, not dead.


More like a coma.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Dec 2017, 00:10

German Dave wrote:It's a London colloquialism for a lively gathering, FFS. Get over it.


Colloquial this, buddy.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby The Red Heifer » 06 Dec 2017, 02:39

hippopotamus wrote:It doesnt really count as a Jolly up if its just 2 BCBers meeting, does it?


I don't know, when I met Griff the amount of beer I drank that night made me see a fair few more people than were actually present :lol:
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Still Baron » 06 Dec 2017, 02:50

I’m a fan. I’ve jollied all over the US, London, The North, and even France. I don’t mind the crowds, though it can mean you don’t REALLY talk to anyone, or you miss a bunch of people. That’s why the extended JUs are best.

There’s the benefit of meeting people you’ve been talking to for a long time. And you really get a fuller picture of people who are much more two dimensional on the board. It helps that I pretty much like everyone, on one level or another.

Unfortunately, I always end up drinking too much and shouting at someone about something that’s probably really boring. Then again, that’s how I found myself getting married to a BCBer and supporting Blackburn Rovers. :shock: ;)
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 06 Dec 2017, 03:21

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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby trans-chigley express » 06 Dec 2017, 04:25

I've never been to an "official" jolly up but have been to a couple of impromptu gatherings and have met many individually. I've never met a BCBer I didn't like, they've all been very good company even those with dubious musical tastes ;)

There are certainly some I imagine having closer friendships with if I lived in their part of the world.

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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 06 Dec 2017, 07:49

I’m not sure exactly what a proper one is like.

I met a bunch of BCB folks at Canter’s Deli in LA once - but the lack of alcohol probably made it sub-Jolly for most. But I got to meet about 10 BCBers at once. Otherwise I’ve only met a few others in groups of one or two, which was always pleasant.

My life doesn’t really free me up to travel. So unless any BCBers make it to the Pacific Northwest or happen to be in LA during one of my short trips to see family...Goat boy can feel safe knowing he won’t have to deal with me.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby zoomboogity » 06 Dec 2017, 08:51

sloopjohnc wrote:
Quaco wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:The worst part about them is because I'm from the SF Bay Area, people think I must like the Grateful Dead.

I hate the Grateful Dead.

You just haven't heard the right tapes. Santa Barbara, 12/3/72 is sublime!


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I bet.


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Davey the Fat Boy wrote:I’m not sure exactly what a proper one is like.

I met a bunch of BCB folks at Canter’s Deli in LA once - but the lack of alcohol probably made it sub-Jolly for most. But I got to meet about 10 BCBers at once. Otherwise I’ve only met a few others in groups of one or two, which was always pleasant.

My life doesn’t really free me up to travel. So unless any BCBers make it to the Pacific Northwest or happen to be in LA during one of my short trips to see family...Goat boy can feel safe knowing he won’t have to deal with me.


That's how the LA crew rolls. Some of them will have a few beers, but you know what it's like here: wherever you go, you gotta drive, so you probably shouldn't be drinking. So alcohol doesn't get to play as much of a part here. You ever see photos of us in JU threads, being international ambassadors? Coffee cups everywhere. Total edgelords. Those other guys live closer, they may be willing to risk having a few beers, but I have a ways to go, and I usually don't drink anyway, so I hold off. We've only had two at people's homes: one at TG's a few years ago, and the pre-BCB one when San Juan and Slider came out for a few days (I don't even remember where that was, somewhere in Silverlake maybe).

I didn't know you guys met up at Canter's. I'd never heard that come up as a suggestion, but why not. That weekend I was in Houston and Baton Rouge, plane ticket bought months earlier. I'd tried to meet up with Yves (Walk In My Shadow) while he was in New Orleans, but we weren't able to make that happen either. That was almost ten years ago. Okay, there you go - next time someone asks for a suggestion: Canter's.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Dec 2017, 10:51

I've never met any of you here, even the people like driftin and Rayge, who I've known online for a long time. I wouldn't mind attending one, but I guess I'd be the quiet bloke at the back of the group who doesn't know anyone, and can't talk about what an E# sounds like on a velour telecaster. I did a few rateyourmusic meet ups, but they seemed to have stopped. They tended to be quite drunken affairs, which is always good for me.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby Toby » 06 Dec 2017, 11:15

I've always enjoyed the ones I attended. I remember the low sussurus at a couple of the early ones at the Kings Head when there was a large collection of Jolly Up CDs on the table - akin to book or record fairs - as people picked through them, avoiding Embryonic Journey at all costs obviously. Certainly they were much more hedonistic back in the day too - the last one I attended was pretty mild compared to those back in 2002/03/04 or so. I had a gap of about 5 or so years in between them and then went to an impromptu one in September - and it was a real shame to have to peel myself away to attend a birthday party. I tend to engage in quite intense discussions about music during them - usually with the likes of Slider, Moddy (who I always enjoy discussing the ins and outs of culture), MaskedMan, Del and MacAndy. I miss that intensity of chat sometimes on music, because I really can't be arsed with doing it online anymore.

The one thing I've noticed is that everyone essentially is lovely. I've never met someone from here in real life and thought "god what a cunt" afterwards.

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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby The Great Defector » 06 Dec 2017, 11:39

sloopjohnc wrote: the Grateful Dead.



Another name for the JU too.
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Re: ‘Jolly Ups’

Postby The Modernist » 06 Dec 2017, 12:14

Darkness_Fish wrote:I've never met any of you here, even the people like driftin and Rayge, who I've known online for a long time. I wouldn't mind attending one, but I guess I'd be the quiet bloke at the back of the group who doesn't know anyone, and can't talk about what an E# sounds like on a velour telecaster. I did a few rateyourmusic meet ups, but they seemed to have stopped. They tended to be quite drunken affairs, which is always good for me.


It's pretty easy to avoid the muso chat. I never really bother with that.