Pokémon and Dire Straits: A Brilliant Combination

22 10 2014


For nearly two years now I have been playing Pokémon on Thursday nights at Juicafe in Lancaster. I used to collect and play Pokémon when it first came out in the UK in about 2000, but without much of somewhere to actually play it; I ended up just playing it mostly with family and some friends. Eventually, while I still wanted to continue it, my interest waned. Then in 2013, Juicafe started a Pokémon Trading Card Game League and so at long last I was able to play again, and this time with other enthusiasts.


Playing Pokémon again was brilliant, and I enjoy it so much more than when I first started and is a definite improvement and better option to playing Magic: The Gathering competitively, for which I have now retired from. In the past year though, I began to notice people naming their decks, something I didn’t quite understand. From what I was able to gather, It was more for the experimentation of deck building to see how a certain deck works out. Being somewhat of a standard player, I did not consider naming my decks at all (I still prefer to play the cards with no sleeves as it feels more authentic despite the card scuffing, as well as the fact that I do actually have sleeves for them).

Pangoro Boxes

Well eventually I did decide to name my deck, but me being me, I decided to name my deck which was made up of Grass and Psychic Pokémon as Strong Arm Of The Law. I chose that name for one very good reason, it’s a song by British Heavy Metal Legends; SAXON. Strong Arm Of The Law is a very good song with a cool intro and riff, and a pretty good chorus section that is also kind of catchy. So pretty much there and then I decided to name my decks after Saxon songs. I planned to call a possible Fairy/Steel deck Princess Of The Night, while if I was to make a mainly Grass deck, that would be called And The Bands Played On. A Flying deck would receive the name 747 (Strangers in the Night) and a Fire deck (with possibly some Grass) would be Unleash The Beast. So I had it all planned out really.

That was until very recently. I decided that come the new season in September/October time I would start the construction of a new deck. I had been using Strong Arm Of The Law since about March/April 2013 and so in order for me to try something new plus some possible variety, I decided it would be best to get a new deck going. Strong Arm Of The Law was originally built by a friend at Pokémon by combining two Intro/Theme Decks, so I bought two decks at a brilliant Board Game shop in Horsham (BattleQuest Games). While I did do my research into Intro Decks and there were some with more powerful Pokémon, I went for a Dark and Fighting intro pack with a Panda like Pokémon on the front card called Pangoro. While I still need to build the deck, (I have yet to open the boxes) I have already chosen a name for my new Deck, and being a fan of Saxon, and deciding to name my future decks after Saxon Songs, my new deck’s name is,The Sultans of Swing, which many people know is the name of a song by Dire Straits.

Mark Knopfler

So why did I choose that? Well, during the summer, mostly thanks to listening to Money for Nothing about this time of year last year, as well as constant exposure to Romeo and Juliet on my Writing Adaptations module at University, I became a fan of Dire Straits. So pretty much the only music I have really listened to for the last 2/3 months is music by Dire Straits. One song in particular; The Sultans of Swing, I have listened to more than others. When I first heard it I wasn’t too impressed, I thought the song was a bit plain, but then when you listen to a live recording version and give it some time, it becomes one of their best songs. The lyrics the tune, everything. I once listened to it about 20 times in one week, I like it that much. So why did I decide to choose Sultans of Swing as the name of my new deck? Well, because:

  • A) I think it works, and…..
  • B) because I couldn’t think of anything else.

But the name does work, because in essence, I am calling the Pokémon in the deck, The Sultans of Swing. It is more of a personal name for them and gives the Pokémon cards both Character and Personality, and on top of that it brings two awesome things together into one brilliant combination; an Awesome Card Game and an Awesome Rock Band. Pokémon and Dire Straits is quite literally a Brilliant Combination (unless the deck turns out to be rubbish, in which case it may be the last time I use a Dire Straits song as the name for a Pokémon deck).

GENEPOOL (I could call a future deck Telegraph Road, but the deck would need to be so evenly mixed enough for the full 14 minutes of the song to take effect).

Top 5 SAXON Songs

22 02 2012

This week I am very busy. I need to do some University work which includes reading a book called The Road. Well because of all these things I can only do a small post this week. So I am going to post up my top 5 Saxon Songs. This may also whet your appetite for a future series of posts called Seven Days of Rock. If you don’t know who Saxon is well they are a British Heavy Metal Band and a very successful one as well with 8 UK Top 40 Albums including 4 UK Top 10 Albums in the 1980’s. So lets not continue this and lets listen to some of the Best Heavy Metal Songs in the world from one of the worlds Greatest Heavy Metal Bands.

5. Unleash The Beast – I discovered this one just the other day. It has a style of a fast Heavy Metal song along with a medieval style in the look, music and lyrics. While it is the type of Heavy Metal I really like it is not my Favourite Saxon Songs. While their name was medieval their songs are more influenced by the problems in the world they grew up in of no jobs and strikes. So while this is a Good song it does branch away a bit from their influence and style. The Music video has a nice mysterious style with the shots of the band appearing and disappearing before the song really gets going.

4. And The Bands Played On – While it is their most successful Single And The Bands Played On is not number 1 on this list. The song does have a sense of their style. Saxon were the bad boys of music, they appeared at TOTP round the back in a Taxi not the red carpet like Spandau Ballet. This song has the music style which cemented this and while it was a more mainstream style of Metal (this is before the success of Metallica) it was still the rebel at the show. The song is about Saxon playing at the 1980 Monsters of Rock Concert. .

3. Princess Of The Night – While this is more Medieval this song has an incredible soundtrack. You know when you go and see a film and if you like it for some unknown reason. It’s something you can’t put your finger on it. I think it is the tune and the lyrics working together like they were written for each other but the tune does stand out more than the lyrics. The lyrics work well with it and is like the lyrics were designed for the song and the song the lyrics. it is also nicely spaced out so you can easily join in.

2. Wheels Of Steel – One of the bands most well-known songs. It has appeared in several Video Games and is usually heard at Live Shows. It is a song about Motorbikes and driving down the motorway. It’s talking about a passion for Motorbikes and driving Motorbikes. It could potentially show a love of freedom away from the norm. Almost like you have had a bad week and now it’s time for your own personal freedom with something you like, in this case Motorbikes.

1. Heavy Metal Thunder – Loud,  Angry and filled with Aggression on the Rampage. While it is a short song there is enough in it and more to enjoy. It is another one you can’t put your finger on but there is something you like about it. It has lots of Speed in both its tune and its lyrics and has an amazing Guitar Riff. It does let the Anger out, if you are just filled with Anger and want to let it out this song makes you want to scream and shout as loud as your throat will let you. This is what Heavy Metal is and this song is flying the flag.


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