Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Naughty Naughty Christmas

Whilst watching some appalling television this Christmas I saw a bit of the film 'Santa Clause 2' (I know - don't laugh). Almost could not believe my ears when I thought I could here the dulcet tones of Danger Danger in the films soundtrack. Anyway, a small amount of research has indeed revealed:

"Naughty Naughty Christmas"
Written by Bruno Ravel, Steve West (of Danger Danger)
Published by Bumming Fog Music & Get in Your Mouse Music (BMI)
Performed by Danger Danger
Courtesy of Low Dice Records and Kramden Enterprises Inc.

Unadulterated c*ck in a kids film, who would have thought it!

If you want to hear it see the myspace link below:


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Homage to Danny Vaughn - FOREVER YOUNG

Check this but perhaps not at work - please come hear to listen to the dulcet tones of Danny Vaughn and to practice those leanbacks.

A quality post I trust you will agree and finely sourced.

No screen licking boys - I know you want to.

Thunder Christmas Party @ Rock City

So after seeing Thunder at the Planet Rock Xmas party the previous night, I assumed that at least some of the songs would feature in the sets at their own bash 24 hours later, how wrong I was. A packed house at Rock City, every vantage point was quickly taken, including all the way up the stairs to the balcony, anybody staying too long in the pub found themselves stuck towards the back.

As billed they played 2 sets, the first lasting 50 minutes was acoustic and then after a short break they returned for a full on electric set, which itself was just over an hour and a quarter. The crowd were in good form, and the vibe was bubbly, hello to the people I met from Worcester, and those I met again from previous Thunder gigs, there is a real community feel at a Thunder gig, if you've never been make the effort it is well worth it...

Again they were superb, the only 2 songs that were played the previous night were current single "The Devil Made Me Do It" and the title track of the current album "Robert Johnson's Tombstone", both featured in the electric set. Also on the setlist were the likes of "She's So Fine", "Fly On The Wall", "Today The World Stopped Turning", "Shake The Tree", "It's All About You", "Stand Up", "Don't Wait Up" and many more including a number of covers such as "Band On The Run", "Play That Funky Music" (which they have recorded in their own right as well of course), and finishing with a festive double bill of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over")" and "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day". Iwish I could remember every song off the top of my head but there were so many crammed in that I can't pick them all out right now.

Looking forward to getting the free CD, will bring back happy memories.

So off to see Iron Maiden tomorrow, will be a little bit different! Trivium are supporting and have just booked tickets to see them next year so hoping they are as good as the hype.

Have a good Christmas and a rockin' New Year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Is this Mr B with a cap on?

Check this YouTube video. This is just for Mr B and Mr G our resident axe men. Top tune though.

Planet Rock Christmas Party - Thunder

I was one of the lucky winners of tickets to the Planet Rock Christmas party at the Carling Academy, Islington last night. Really just a free booze up upstairs for the invited VIPs and a gig with a couple of giveaways for the rest of us. The "Welsh Totty" cheated her way through the competition for the PLanet Rock anorak, we didn't mind too much, and nor did the DJ, as she provided a great view of her arse while doing so! "Nice bloke Steve" won the anorak, despite the cheating, the crowd were supposed to shout the answers not write them down for you Wendi! Geordie Dave also provided entertainment by hecking the DJs then getting up on stage for the karaoke to win himself an anorak that looked like it might be a bit of a snug fit on him...

Worth going just for the superb Thunder, a fantastic set from them, as always, even if it was a little shorter than they played on the November tour. They included the current single "The Devil Made Me Do It", with mass sing-a-long but without the crowd singing competition featured on the tour. Other songs featured included Loser, River Of Pain, Low Life In High Places, Love Walked In, You Can't Keep a Good Man Down, Love Walked In, Back Street Symphony, I Love You More Than Rock N Roll and of course the traditional set closer Dirty Love. Sadly I didn't win the Gibson guitar in the draw afterwards so trundled off home, no free booze for me either.

Looking forward to seeing Thunder again tonight at their own Christmas show at Nottingham Rock City. Will try to post details if I get the chance.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Message from DV

Yes the composer of the whip anthem "Forever Young" has been in touch, the one and only Danny Vaughn is amongst the recent visitors to www.vodkawhip.co.uk

"That brings a smile to my face, as did your web site. Man, we all have embarassing hair pictures from our past, don't we?
All the best for the holidays, "
Danny Vaughn

Rock City Regular

Slightly off topic, I happened across a picture of one of the usual rock city regulars;

Or is it Mr B? Remember he only cut his hair off to hide the grey, looks like he's been growing it back ready for the next whip!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

MR T in Max Wall guise

Not the best resemblance but good Max Wall shots are hard to find.

Mr R is traditional pose ala "Bitter and Twisted"

This is the traditional Mr R pose and hand position although Mr R can usually be photographed giving the taker the bird.

As an interesting aside it is impressive to see how well our very own Mr R has fared when compared to the well known Mr R impersonator who goes by the name of Jani Lane.
Time has been cruel.

The conclusion - Mr R should keep his hair long and keep off the cakes.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Mr G - I am sure I have seen this shot before somewhere

An impressive pre-rock city pout for the camera.

Mr T after a recent appearance on never mind the buzzcocks

Sightly more realistic representation than previous Mr T photos. I think the Klingons might be preparing for an invasion of earth in protest at the accuracy of the previous competition entries.

Comedy Value (or should that be Value Comedy)

Dr.E in his comedy days, including a shot with his faithful sidekick. Note the "looking thoughtful" pose much appreciated in his academic career.

Mr R very recent 2006 photo

I have tried to find the most recent photo of Mr R instead of relying on historical shots and have come up with this photo of the rock legend leaving his house on the way to work.

Mr B late 1990's early 2000's

During Mr B's pie eating years...

Mr T with his Dad or it is Mr T with his son?

Mr T in daywear.

Note Mr T (Mr B's stage name) helps prevent confusion with Mr B from Yeovil.

Mr G mid to late 1990's: Uncanny

Whilst I orginally thought the other Mr G photo was in fact the real thing, I then came across these two shots that must have been taken during a pre-rock city whip (hence Mr G striking a pose).

This an artists impression of Mr G. so if he ever goes AWOL we can issue the police with the following:

Mr B in the late 80's

Think he is having a bit of a tantrum here, or maybe it is a drumming session. Think these were taken whilst on tour with David Lee Roth in Leicester.

Nice shades! Nice Outfit!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Room for the Changing Dr E

I simply demand victory with these! Photos of Dr E whilst working on the popular BBC programme 'Changing Rooms'. I don't think I really need to comment further. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

The photo opportunity pose (fit for an IKEA catalogue).

The Rodinesk - Dr E The Thinker (surely must be a real photo of Mr E)

Dr E's Passport photograph.

Mr E (pre DR) circa 1992

Found a reasonable resemblance to Mr E from the golden age circa 1991, could do with a touch more of the Quireboys look but not bad. Think these were taken whilst Mr E was a member of the band 'White Lion'. Still grabbed from the song 'Love don't come easy', quite apt for the heartbreaker himself. Has added bonus of a bare chested Mr B in the background. Strange, can't remember Mr B bare chested with a leather - can only remember the dirty shoes!

Dr E - Previous career when pretending his Dr status was medical.
Many's the time he tried the "I'm a practicing gynaecologist, I'll take a look" line in the fabled halls of RC.

Mr R - 1970 to current day

The 1970 gag is cheap but I think that getting ones face on the front cover of the premier rock magazine for under 15's is an impressive achievement.

This second picture is a post rock-city shot with standard babe on arm. This is usually what Mr R looks like when ordering food from the Brazier.

For 100's of simlar Mr R related pics check out the link below - sweet as "cherry pie" dig it!

Warrant classic Photos

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Mr T - in full stagewear early 1990s to current day

I claim the first post of Mr T. The goatee beard looks a little unrealistic and lets down an otherwise perfect photo.

Mr G - mid to late 1990's

Surely this IS a photo of the "old" Mr G?

Look-a-likee Competiton

As we near the Christmas period it is time to lighten the mood after the sad demise of Edwards no.8 and launch the "vodkawhip" rock look-a-likee competition.

So turn to your internet sources and post the pictures of any figure, past, present or fictional that most closely resembles one of the 5 members of the "WHIP".

In this first entry I am going for "contemporary" and getting TWO members in one go. Mr. G (far right) and Mr. R (tall one second from right).

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Some fine "Waist-ies"

A fine shot of the Quireboys in top notch waste-coat orientated stage wear.

Although I seem to recall a fine selection of leather and suede waist costs once adorned vodkawhip members I believe that they are now a rare sight indeed and can be considered to be on the stagewear endangered list.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Vodka Whip venue destroyed: Edwards No.8 is no more

This is a post to mark the passing of the Edwards No.8 that was burnt down at the weekend. Of the 500 revellers inside, all were evacuated safely.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that if we had been in there after a full pre-match Vodka Whip build up, then the charred remains of numerous aging rockers may have been found, their feet still nailed to the dance floor in a rough circle leaving just enough room for a hip rotation to allow a full 5 player lean back.

Think Pompeii on August 23, 79 AD.

The search for a new venue will begin in earnest. However, we hope to be able to return to Edwards No.8 before too long. We wish the management and staff of the Edwards all the best in their quest to restore theis fine venue to it's former glory.

See below for the full news story.

City nightclub destroyed by fire

A major fire has destroyed a busy nightclub in Birmingham's city centre.
Five hundred people had to be led to safety as the blaze took hold in the early hours at Edward's No.8 club.

Ten people were treated for minor injuries but firefighters, who praised nightclub staff for their actions, say all inside the club escaped.

Up to 50 firefighters tackled the blaze and prevented flames spreading to nearby apartment blocks. Structural tests will be carried out later.

About 25 firefighters remained at the scene in Lower Severn Street on Sunday.
Building evacuated.

Sub divisional officer Gary Yendell, of West Midlands Fire Service, said: "Considering that 500 people [were inside] I think it's a very good success story in terms of the evacuation.

"And that is down to the training of the door staff and the management."

People in city centre apartments watched the drama unfold

Fire crews were first alerted to a fire in a men's toilet at the club at about 0110 GMT, and appliances from across the city were called in.

It was initially feared that clubbers could have been trapped in the burning building but it was later determined that everyone inside had escaped.

One eyewitness, who lives in an apartment block close to the scene, said he could see flames and smoke shooting from the roof of the club.

Rabinder Bhachu, a BBC employee, said: "I was woken by the noise of the fire engines, as well as the smell of smoke coming into my building.

"The club is between two streets, and there seems to be flames coming from either side of the building. It does seem to be spreading."

Sunday, November 12, 2006

TV Guide - Vodka Hour

Trailer for Dom Joly's Happy Hour reveals that this week's edition was filmed in Russia and centres on their finest export.There were near riots when vodka production stopped, luckily Vodka Whip were able to source supplies from other Eastern block countries. As for the inhabitants of the country who consume the remaining 80% of the world's vodka? Well you might just have to watch Sky One on Tuesday 14th November, 9pm to find out.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Blog migration


The blog has been upgraded to Blogger Beta.

This means we have additional functionality but at a cost of having to sign into a google account.

The password is the same as that for the vodkawhip@hotmail.com (our email account that we can use to post emails to each other if required).

The main benefit and the reason for migration is that we can now use labels. I suggest the following:

1. Rock - for music related posts
2. Vodka - for drink related posts
3. Football - for football related posts
4. Whip - for gathering and historical whip related posts
5. Fruits - for gambling related posts
6. Other - for anything else that takes our fancy (like this post).

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Roar with the "Lions"

I have just noticed a glaring omission from the rock band listing.

No whip is ever the same without the Tramp and Churchman doning some quality stage wear.

To whet the appetite:


A link to White Lion Forever has been added to the side bar.

Wait, wait................

Autographs and some very very fine denim suits that Gwar would be proud of.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Origins and the Early Days

The 'Home of the Whip' post has got me reminiscing about those early days back in the late 80's/early 90's. I recall fondly, the start of the 'whip' and in particular the transition from a simple gathering of friends in a suburb of Nottingham, prior to a journey on public transport into town, into a vodka fuelled hour or two, culminating in air punching, over animated dancing and quite simply ridiculous behaviour in a rock club.

As I recall in the early days, the simple gathering was a mere meeting up of friends prior to catching the bus into town. At first a few cans of larger/beer and even cider were consumed prior to the 15 minute or so journey. It soon became evident that the 'odd' can was simply having little effect on the individuals involved. Slowly but surely the stakes were raised. Stronger drinks were sought to induce a greater effect. At first, various spirits were dabbled with. I remember with a tear in my eye, necking Pernod and Cherry Brandy on the odd occasion. Whilst these strange choices of spirit achieved their purpose, they did not mix all that well with the drinking which would invariably ensue once town, and the public house of choice, were reached. So the scene was set. A spirit was required which would achieve the maximum effect in the minimum time and with the minimum fuss. One which was as tasteless as possible, and could be disguised and mixed easily. Based on these objectives there could only be one choice - Vodka, the transition was made.

On the first occasion, a short walk to the off licence resulted in a small half bottle of the cheapest vodka known to man. The brand of choice here was usually either Imperial Chekov, Red Flag or the Prince Consort. These fine brands were usually mixed with an orange cordial (Kia-Ora usually being 1st choice). At first, half a bottle between two or three people as a 'warm up' drink was more than enough, even appearing excessive, considering there was around 3 hours drinking time in a public house prior to a rock club visit. But we were all on a slippery slope.

Slowly but surely the amount of vodka that the participants craved was increasing. Not only was the volume needed to achieve the same state of euphoria rising, but so was the levels of euphoria. I remember the shock that was openly proclaimed when a full 700 cl bottle was purchased at the start of the evening. This was followed a number of weeks later as things escalated to a feeling of shame when it was your turn to go back to off licence, and the same disapproving old lady behind the counter, to purchase further vodka supplies less than one hour after the previous purchase. As the drinking involved in the warm up or 'pre match' as it was favourably called, was increasing, so was the duration. Now the session was progressing in importance into a mini event in its own right. It was expanded to include listening to CD's and more favourably watching videos recorded on MTV's 'Headbangers Ball' and several visits to the off licence. At this point the vodka drinking had extended into a session lasting over one hour. As the drinking at these events progressed still further the state of inebriation and induced euphoria increased notably. At its peak, the participants would head for town clad in a variety of outrageous clothes. Shirts (often made of silk) would be chosen based on there suitability as potential 'stage wear' for a late 80's/early 90's hair metal band. The saying was "you can never go too far", although in hind sight and without ¾ of a bottle of vodka coursing through my veins, we frequently did! By now rather than a 'warm up', the vodka driven members would arrive at the first chosen public house for the evening, moving in an over animated fashion and in a total state of euphoria. It was normal under this delusional condition, to strut in like one was an owner of the property itself, scarcely realising that ones voice was slightly slurred and that ones shirt was undone to the near navel. In fact I recall it was standard practice to administer a degree of ribbing for wearing a shirt only undone by a mere few buttons from the neck.

In this form the 'vodka whip' as it was now known to all, including individuals outside of the immediate circle of participants, occurred on a virtual weekly basis over the period of the next few years. At times it even progressed to twice a week, with a rock club visit on both the Friday and the Saturday night. At this point the hard core of individuals involved were putting away a bottle of the clear stuff a week, before they even left the house! As the years progressed the 'whip' travelled to the locations previously mentioned in the post 'The Home of the Whip'. Many individuals who were not regulars, joined for the odd few occasions. Most enjoyed a fine evening of entertainment, returning for further 'whips' when ever possible. Even to this day, some 15 years on, some still talk fondly of the occasions, whilst others who took a 'beating', becoming victims of the 'whip', try to pretend to his day, that they were never really involved.

Over the years the most unlikely people, now high ranking and respected members of the community could once be seen strutting bear chested in a frenzied state of vodka fuelled madness, punching the air to the hair metal rock tunes of the day. No one who has ever participated in a full 'vodka whip' is unscathed by its effects, both good and bad, as many photographs are in existence to prove.

The Home of the Whip

The Vodka Whip has had many hosts over the years, but home is where the heart is and for the Whip that has to be Nottingham.

It all started in the late-80s in Netherfield. Veterans of the Whip's early days will tell more about those fledging Whips and the various locations for the early evening festivities. The Whip also had a home in Leicester around 1988-91 as well as visiting Sheffield and Birmingham.

My first encounter with the Vodka Whip was at it's mid-nineties home in Lenton, hazy memories of Prince Consort and Kia-Ora, whip tunes being played from a cassette tape (remember them), and a two hundred mile round trip on my Honda H100.

The Lord was the host with the most in those days, life and work then taking him, and the Whip, to Manchester. The Vodka Whip found temporary bases in Rusholme and then Chorlton. Meanwhile the Nottingham Whip found a new home in Beeston, keeping it's roots firmly intact.

It was also during this time that the Whip ventured out to far flung places, Philthy's house warming Whip in Colchester and a Stag Whip took in the delights of Yeovil thanks to the hospitality of Sleazy.
Further trips out "on tour" have seen mini-Whips return to Sheffield (hosted at a highly recommended hotel but that's another post), back to Colchester for Philthy's 30th and the highly enjoyable Stag Whip At Butlin's Skegness.

In the meantime alongside the regular Whips in Nottingham, courtesy of Mr G, The Lord relocated to the vicinity of another former Whip venue visited, Birmingham. Whips now base themselves in the Studley area before heading into Birmingham itself, (see other posts for details of the most recent Whip), this has created a rather enjoyable new feature that has seen us taking in the Studley FC game on the Saturday afternoon prior to the Whip.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

A few days away (non-Whip)

Have just been away for a few days in sunny (?) Hunstanton, narrowly missed by a crashing Tornado while there!

Took the opportunity for a little play on the fruits in the pier arcade.
Firstly tried out Wildside, awful machine, main aim is to get numbers on the trail to get the feature. Very few opportunities given to make use of the feature and therefore little return. Avoidance is recommended.

Much better gameplay was found on Saturday Night Beaver, lots of opportunities to get into the feature and if you light all 3 beavers again then there is an extra High-Low trail which you can climb without being dumped out of the main feature. Be warned that when you do lose on the high-low then it seems that Game Over on the main feature is not far away. A nice touch is the ability to gamble the continue option when you land on a question mark so you can try avoiding the dreaded Roll Even or Yes/No options.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Birmingham Whip October 7th 2006: Phil "The Power" Taylor

The fruit machine of choice at the October whip was called Phil "The Power" Taylor. The location was a local ale house where the team were also able to watch Nottingham Forest lose 4-0 to Scunthorpe in the 12.00 kick-off. A poor start to the day.

Back to Phil "The Power" Taylor - the team eventually broke even though it took about £25 before dropping around £15 and a series of smaller wins to take it to Jackpot levels. The result was a form of cash redistrution from 3 players to the forth. The general consensus was that it was an enjoyable fruit to play with some nice features and a decent spin rate. Plenty to keep the AWP fan happy for hours of good shoving.

Although dangerous, the team appreciated the "note slot" which ensured continuous pumping without the delay of having to go to the bar for change. A credit transfer option was available and used extensively.

The machine description is as follows:

Phil The Power Taylor Fruit Machine
Phil ‘The Power' Taylor, Barcrest Games' latest AWP, has now received a full set of approvals from the pub retail sector. This new game, themed around world champion darts player Phil ‘The Power' Taylor, features powerful images of Phil ‘The Power' and great sound effects from Sid Waddell, the ‘Voice of Darts'!

Using a Bully For You style game with a dartboard theme, Phil ‘The Power' Taylor is a single payline, 4-reel feature game with popular wraparound trail.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor is presented in the Horizon Cabinet and features serial communications and flash programme capability.

Improved player ergonomics
Incorporates new digital printing for a much clearer game presentation
Built in advertising tent card slots
Improved audio - stereo sound
Stylish coin entry bezel
Robust moulded colour frames for increased durability
Integrated handles for improved handling capability
Serial communications compatibility
Flash programme capability
High security specification

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Birmingham Whip October 7th 2006: Edwards No.8 - Back Room

The Whip was always destined for the back room of Edwards, based on some fine research prior to the event we knew that classic rock was the order of the night in this venue.

So it was no surprise to hear Aerosmith, The Other Side, as we swiftly passed through the main room and up the steps. Pausing only to purchase a round of vodka and cokes, we headed for the dance floor, and, barring only a brief interlude for one or two songs there we stayed for the next 3 hours.

The music selection was one of the finest that we have encountered on a Whip for many years, classic after classic, combined with a Vodka Whip timed to perfection, kept us dancing track after track until the close of play.

Below is a list of some of the bands that featured through the night, a few are already listed with links on this page. This list will give you a good idea of the music that inspires a Vodka Whip. A few are not traditional Whip material but still featured on the night and kept at least one Whip member dancing.

Tyketto, Firehouse, Danger Danger, Vaughn, Motley Crue, Thunder, Little Angels, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Guns N'Roses, Poison, Alice Cooper, Skid Row

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Forever Young

The song that launched a 1000 lean backs.

This song is the finale to any CD, video or DVD based whip and has to be played as the participants make their way to the evenings transport to the rock venue of choice.

History (from Sleazeroxx)

Tyketto was one of the best and most underrated radio friendly rock bands of the rock genre. They were never able to reach the massive success they so deserved, with their brand of hook heavy AOR sung with majestic vocals.

Formed in New York, New York by former Waysted vocalist Danny Vaughn, Brooke St.James (guitar), Jimi Kennedy (bass) and Michael Clayton (drums). The debut was an instant classic, sounding like a heavier version of Journey and Foreigner. The real talent was Vaughn's wonderful vocals, as displayed on the debut single "Forever Young" and the powerful ballad "Standing Alone". Jamie Scott replaced Kennedy for the second album, released on the upstart CMC International label, but it quickly sank without a trace.

Vaughn departed in 1995 to spend more time with his ill wife. Steve Augeri would be his replacement and appear on Tyketto's two final albums. It was apparent that the band would never reach more then cult status, and the members decided to break up. Augeri went on to replace Steve Perry in Journey.

Not much was heard from the former members until 1999 when it was rumored that a reunion was in the works. However, when Vaughn, Scott and Clayton decided to reunite and record once again, they settled on the name Vaughn for the project, but have done the odd reunion show with all the original members.

For completeness we include the lyrics here so the viewer can sing along if required. This may also help with the timing of multi-pyramid lean backs which have been rather shabby of late.

Tyketto - Forever Young (updated after comment below)

No sleeping
She waits tables late
Trying to stay tough
Never ending
However long she waits
It's just not enough
He's sleeping late
No work around
Broken dreams come tumbling down
He's been down every road in this ol' dead end town
And now we're two more runners in the night
Forever young
Time on our side
We've got tomorrow
We've got tonight
Two hungry hearts
Out on the run
We'll always be forever young

She's crying, two worlds collide
Can't take anymore
He's denying the kick inside
Died and slammed the door, (he says)
We made a deal, you and I
Cross our hearts and hope to die
No matter what may come
We'll never say goodbye
But now we're two more runners in the night
Forever young
Time on her side
We've got tomorrow
We've got tonight
Two hungry hearts
Out on the run
We'll always be forever young

Forever, just you and I
Forever, forever just you and I

Monday, October 09, 2006

Vodka: A definition

An excellent summary of Vodka's main attributes from DrinkStreet.com.

The final paragraph is of interest and it appears that after 20 years of extensive testing that there just might be something in it. The relationship between hangovers and the quality of the vodka and the number of times it has been distilled will be discussed in later posts.

Vodka's neutral flavor makes it ideal for mixed drinks - and it is the most popular and most often used alcohol in almost any bartender's arsenal. Because of Vodka's inert flavor, vodkas and vodka drinks inherit the character of what they are mixed with and are extremely varied in character and flavor.

Because of it's chameleonic nature, Vodka comes in an amazing variety of flavors, and having the flavors imparted to the alcohol itself may make for a more complex and enjoyable drink. It is common to use these flavored vodkas to complement the mixers that are used, but it is often quite pleasant to mix a flavored vodka with plain soda water and a simple sweetener.

Although there is no scientific basis for this observation, it has been widely observed that Vodka seems less likely to impart a hangover.

The Origins of the Whip

The term Vodka Whip may be new to most people so here is brief history of the concept.

The term Vodka Whip was originally coined from the idea of Whipping yourself and others into a state of frenzy by combining the consumption of vodka based drinks with listening to Rock music and preferably watching rock videos. This is done at a suitable house in the early evening preceding a weekend night out, with the goal of enhancing the enjoyment of the participants. It is then followed by pub visits, culminating ultimately in a visit to a Rock based night club where a state of euphoria is achieved, typically resulting in a drunken state of wild dancing, raucous singing and punching the air.

It is easy to spot people in a nightclub who have been to a whip by their general state of disorientation and lack of inhibitions. Do not be intimidated by them though as it is all good natured harmless fun!

Originating in a suburb of Nottingham, there are now whips the length and breadth of the country from Yeovil to Manchester and Birmingham to Colchester.

The music driving a typical whip tends to be mainly American "Hair Rock" dating from the eighties and early nineties such as Bon Jovi or Guns n Roses and the lesser known but equally good bands of the era such as Firehouse, Tyketto and Danger Danger.

So in conclusion the Vodka Whip is a celebration of a specific but never the less important period in music history, fuelled by the power of Russia finest export.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Birmingham Whip October 7th 2006: Moskovskaya vodka

Saturday's vodka of choice was a cheeky Russian import by the name of Moskovskaya vodka. As tradition dictates, the one litre bottle was drunk at one sitting.

Moskovskaya Vodka means "Moscow Vodka".
This style (vodka style from Russia) has been produced for over eight hundred years and is imported from the Ukraine. This vodka has a clean citrus aroma and thin in texture. It is warming without harshness and very smooth.

Vodka from Ukraine.
700 ml/24 oz
Alcohol 40%
Nice aroma
Good warm taste

Also smooth there was a reasonably high burn factor. A large selection of mixers were available but mainly consisted of a number of different varieties of juice as well as numerous energy drinks. A fine vodka.

Birmingham Whip October 7th 2006: JELÍNEK plum vodka

In the most recent "Vodka Whip" there were two vodkas to choose from.

On Friday 6th October the vodka of choice was sourced from the Czech Republic and is produced by RUDOLF JELÍNEK.
The vodka is described as:

Plum vodka has a pleasant aromatic bouquet which is an inimitable characteristic plum scent. It has a deliciously pure, clean taste. It is made from extremely fine corn spirit of local provenience. The natural aroma of plums is augmented by the flavour of the stones and makes it rather similar to Slivovitz.
Proof: 40%

This vodka was drunk neat straight from the freezer. The aroma of plums certainly made for an excellent drinking experience.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Welcome to this primarily vodka-based blog where we will be reviewing different brands of Vodka sourced from around the world. We will also include a discussion of thee best vodka based drinks and which mixers should be applied and when.

In related posts we will also provide an extensive playlisting of rock music that, in our experience, is the perfect accompaniment to drinking vodka. Reviews of classic rock tracks and albums will also be posted.

During a "whip" the participants also tend to indulge in extensive fruit machine playing in a pub or arcade environment. Whenever possible reviews of the machines played and a win/loss account will be provided.

Finally, as our Vodka consumption is closely related to the fixture list of the English football leagues discussion of football fixtures will also be included at relatively regular intervals.