Monday, July 16, 2007

"Modern Inventions" - The Submarines

Submarines are certainly not modern inventions. The Turtle , the first submarine used as a naval weapon, was built in 1775. Modern naval submarines feature the highest-tech improvements to an ancient concept (AIP submarines are a case in point). Lubber (50 years old) claims, in one of my favorite sea stories, that he was the Nav-ET who installed Ben Franklin's bioluminescence technology (Codename: Foxfire) on Turtle's compass.

This is not about sea stories, however. Its about the music duo called The Submarines:

Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti wrote the album's songs separately following a split of the professional and/or romantic kind before then reuniting to become The Submarines.

Dragonetti and Hazard make an attractive pair. But that is not so unusual. Listen to their YouTube music videos here and here, or samples here. Their Modern Inventions is one of my favorites.
Vigilis wondered how long it would be before modern performers went retro (updated the ancient music). The acid rock, punk metal thing will be around for as long as DVDs last (estimated another 15 years, and that's it). The Submarines lyrics are definitively retro with a synth-rock sound. I was reminded of the Beach Boys and innovative folk music.

I am guessing that Chapomatic might not enjoy the Submarines, but some of you older guys like Cookie and Doc Mac Donald might appreciate it. The concert poster, shown above in cutaway is currently available on Ebay (no, I don't know the seller).
Good luck to Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti, who are neither silent nor strange.
By the way, Wikipedia's current article about Turtle states: [It]... ascended by pushing water out through a hand pump, similarly to the use of spear sack tanks in modern submarines.
If you qualified on a modern submarine, please tell us geezers what spear sack is. Last time I was on Bothenuke's boat, there was no spear sack. There was a spare air tank or two for HP air. Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 16 July, 2007 22:52, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

I seem to recall the Bushnell’s Turtle was an Irish whiskey barrel of the same brand. Old Ben and had to empty it before attempting said bioluminescent refit. Aahh, those were the days when a good cooper and some fine New England lumber was all you needed to build a fighting ship.

At 17 July, 2007 01:14, Blogger Vigilis said...

You know, Lubber, its a shame you were not on the SSBN 640, named for your your ol' buddy Ben Franklin. You just missed with the SSBN 641.

At 26 August, 2007 17:44, Blogger Chap said...

You mean he just missed being 642, where he would have been really cool.

Thanks for the tip. I've heard worse...girl singer sounds a bit like Solex.

At 26 August, 2007 18:07, Blogger Vigilis said...

Chap, you are right; there is a resemblence in the sounds.


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