Category Archives: Music

Monday Music: Paper Lace “Billy Don’t be a hero”

Painting Soldier Blues at the moment so…….

I had this on a Paper Lace LP back in the 70s until my bloody older brother repossessed his record collection that he had left at home for years while overseas. That is when I learned that possession being 9/10ths of the law didn’t really hold up. Hope you still have it Chris 🙂

Monday Music: Panzerleid

Yeah I know – it is not Monday.

I first heard this when I watched the 1965 movie Battle of the Bulge.

Panzerlied was composed in 1933. In 2017, the German Army was banned from publishing song books containing Panzerlied and other marching songs by the Minsiter of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen.  An attempt at denazification apparently but they are happy to name their tanks after big cats, just like the Wermacht in WW2.

Youtube deleted the previous video. Probably because they are actual Nazis.  How long this musical version will remain is anyone’s guess. Tokyo Philharmonic’s rendition.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Woolshed.  Have a good one.

Old Water Tower
Old Water Tower by the Woolshed, covered in roses. Closest thing to a White Christmas here in New Zealand

Please enjoy some Some Traditional New Zealand Christmas Music.

And another Royal Guardsmen Snoopy v Red Baron song – perhaps the forgotten Snoopy Song from 1969.


Monday Music: The Good Ship Venus

You ever wake up with a song in your head that you can’t get rid of? Happened to me this morning with this song. As a kid in the 60s I remember we used to sing this and titter about how rude it was even though we probably didn’t even understand the lyrics.  Exactly why I was thinking about this song I am not sure, but in a tenuous attempt to link it to my wargaming I have recently dug out a huge box of pirate miniatures and the associated plastic Playmobil and MegaBlok ships I always meant to convert for gaming.  Hey – works for me.  My first completed pirate ship will definitely be christened the Venus.


Not sure of the exact origins of the song, but Wikipedia says that the song may have it’s origins in the disappearance of the brig Venus on it’s way to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1806 with a load of convicts. Who knows?

A series of verses written in traditional limerick format.

I remember when the Sex Pistols put out their version “Friggin in the Riggin” on the Great Rock N Roll Swindle album in the late 70s it was quite popular but never played on the radio in New Zealand – probably too bawdy for our delicate ears.

A non-rude version for starters.

The Sex Pistol’s Version “Friggin in the Riggin”

An older classic version by Oscar Brand.

And in case that wasn’t enough.



The Colonel’s Regimental Band

When he is not making steam driven domiciles, robots from beads, fantastical critters from kid’s toys and space ships from picnic glasses the Colonel makes music.

Some numbers by his band Brave New Void

Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run Run Run

As you know the Woolshed is located deep in rural New Zealand. From time to time I do a post about rural life. Yesterday the kids got some rabbits and not wanting to waste anything – they have ended up in the pot for dinner (made a nice rabbit, sage and red wine stew) and a couple are going to be made into a Mr McGregor’s Rabbit Pie next week.

Rather appropriately it was a Friday too.






img_1629The dog knows there are some tasty guts for it.






IMG_1625A reward for the dogs for being so patient.

Monday Music: Snoopy’s Christmas

It is Christmas time so a traditional seasonal song is in order.

Happy Christmas to everyone who has taken the time to read The Woolshed Wargamer Blog and who have encouraged me to get painting and wargaming. Thanks for your support and I hope to have lots of interesting stuff for you next year.


The Woolshed Wargamer

In New Zealand we always know when the Christmas season is upon us when we hear Snoopy’s Christmas on the radio for the first time.


This year, for me, it was quite late – just last week. I think that it drives a lot of people nuts, but I find it quite reassuring. A bit of local tradition.  The song is by the group ‘The Royal Guardsmen’ who are in fact a US group.from Florida.

Snoopy’s Christmas

Another Snoopy v The Red Baron Song

And apparently Snoopy didn’t get The Red Baron the first time.

It is reassuring to know that Snoopy is still on the trail of bad guys in these modern times.

Enjoy the music and Happy Christmas to all.


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Monday Music: Godzilla

It has been a while since I have done a Monday Music post.  I saw this thread on TMP and just had to post this great piece of music by Blue Oyster Cult.  Also, did you know that  2014 is the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s first appearance in the 1954 film ‘Gojira”? Who cannot like a giant mutant dinosaur who wrecks Tokyo?

For all things Godzilla you can visit this web shop. I am pretty sure that you will find a Godzilla to match every scale from 3mm up to 54mm.

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