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Richard Thompson

Upstreeter

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Many of you will know the Richard Thompson song 'Vincent Black Lightning 1952'. Those of you fortunate enough to buy the RT boxed set thingy by Free Reed will find a facsimile Vincent brochure therein. Sadly it's the best designed part of the whole production. Luckily the music is great enough to overcome this disappointment. 'VBL 1952' still remains one of his most requested songs at gigs.
 

nkt267

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How many people have picked up on the reference to Vincent motor sickle(deliberate spelling)in Reasons to be Cheerful by Ian Drury and the Blockheads?
 

Upstreeter

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OK, any more references? musical or in literature? BTW, at the time of the release of Rumour and Sigh, RT gave an interview to the BBC and he clearly knew that most Black Lightnings wouldn't have had a key! He put this in for poetic and lyrical effect ('and he passed her the keys, saying I'll have no further use for these' or something like that). As all you experts know there were instance(s) of BLs being road-equipped (as there were of The Grey Flash) in which case presumably a key would have been provided.

Hunter S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, mentions The Vincent I think.
 

tonythecat

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Mmmmmmmmmm, I am on my 6th Vin and have never owned or even seen a one with a key, or do the Princes & Knights have one on their pretty "dashboard"?.
 

Upstreeter

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OK, sorry, I have one on my Shadow...but it's not standard. You're demonstrably correct, especially after such a long 'Mmmmmmmm'. The point really was that the guy realised that a Lightning wasn't specifically a road bike as would have been suggested by the reference to a key. I must really learn to be more careful!
 

nkt267

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Black Shadow of the Vincent falling on the T*****h line.
This is England by The Clash.:cool:
 

timetraveller

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Yes Tonythecat. Knights and Princes do have a key as standard and it is not up to the standard of the rest of the bike.

Meeeooowww :)
 

daveinnola

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richard thompson knows as much about vbls( sounds like a burger ) as my ex wife and she,s from porto rico , now dickie is a great fan of mg b gt,s he even knows what gear boxes they have , and how fast they will go and its a better song , but to aline him with vincents, hes a mg ? man :cool:
 

Upstreeter

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And why, pray would a female from Puerto Rico not know anything about Black Lightnings? - you sound like the sort of chap that might well have instructed her during your marriage. My point was not at all that RT was an expert, rather that he has done a great deal to create interest in the Vincent name (not deliberately) amongst people other than those who already own the things. I've no knowledge of his expertise in the identification of MG gearboxes but doubtless you are also correct on this point too.
 

Robert Watson

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Mark Knophler and Emmylou Harris
All the Road Running
Track 4 Red Staggerwing

If I were a motorcycle, A Vincent Red Rapide
I 'd ride around to your house baby
get you up to speed

I heard at one time that Mark owned a Vincent?

Robert
 

Len Matthews

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Yes, Robert, I was sitting in waiting area of our local tyre & exhaust centre reading a magazine issued by Honda. In it was an interview with Mark Knopfler. When questioned about what bikes owned he listed various oriental exotica and went on to say "I also have a Vincent Black Shadow." Also, a while ago a certain "M.Knopfler-London" was shown in the New Members list in MPH.
 

Ian Savage

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Mark Knopfler was signed up to attend the VOC 1999 IoM Rally, hence having to become a member, but work commitments (if you call buming around playing music work?) prevented him attending!
Ian S
 

Len Matthews

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While we're in muscical mode, am I right in recalling Pete Barker performing a re-written version of Don Maclean's "Vincent" at one of rallies?
 

A_HRD

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Music (sic)

While we're in muscical mode, am I right in recalling Pete Barker performing a re-written version of Don Maclean's "Vincent" at one of rallies?

Er, yes, but please don't remind me! My contribution was awful, :eek: but Liz Shinn did much better in accompanying me with guitar and vocals. It was at an Annual Dinner 25 Years Ago..... So where did the time go? :confused:

Peter Barker
Bristol, UK.
 

daveinnola

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And why, pray would a female from Puerto Rico not know anything about Black Lightnings? - you sound like the sort of chap that might well have instructed her during your marriage. My point was not at all that RT was an expert, rather that he has done a great deal to create interest in the Vincent name (not deliberately) amongst people other than those who already own the things. I've no knowledge of his expertise in the identification of MG gearboxes but doubtless you are also correct on this point too.
lol boy you didnt know my ex lol instructed , yes i put up a picture of one his male fans that knitted a sweater, with the lyrics on it , but as a song it aint much cop compeared to his ode to the mg b gt ( he collects them) rt is still a class act but i dont realy think he has done a better album overall that shoot out the lights with his ex linda :p
 

wld50

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U-tube version of VBL 1952

Many of you will know the Richard Thompson song 'Vincent Black Lightning 1952'. Those of you fortunate enough to buy the RT boxed set thingy by Free Reed will find a facsimile Vincent brochure therein. Sadly it's the best designed part of the whole production. Luckily the music is great enough to overcome this disappointment. 'VBL 1952' still remains one of his most requested songs at gigs.

see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxKTzwaEa2o&feature=related
 

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