Posts from 21st June 2000

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Jun 00

DUEL! – ROUND 2

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DUEL! – ROUND 2 – the final round 2 conflict, between Richard Ashcroft and the Manic Street Preachers.

The Rock Machine Turns You On!

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The Rock Machine Turns You On!: just a quick administrative note to point out that after a kind interjection from one of the musicians mentioned, this old (but good!) FT article has been corrected and updated.

The Spice Girls

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The Spice Girls (whose official site is frankly shoddy) have unilaterally declared the 1st July Girl Power Day. But why? I hear you ask. What momentous occasion does that day mark? Well. The 1st July marks the fourth anniversary of the release of “Wannabe”. The fourth anniversary. Good grief.

The miscredited MP3 problem

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The miscredited MP3 problem not only leads to ignominy for Freaky Trigger, but (far more importantly) leads to extreme annoyance for me. Perhaps Napster should have a rule whereby any incomplete songs should be removed from the owner’s shared folder or at least have the name appended accordingly? Once we’ve got that done we can try and get people using ID3 tags, using the right names for songs and artists, having the correct track numbers on album tracks…

Obviously Tom’s problem is so widespread that people actually do visit www.sysqo.com to enjoy that Javascript nightmare. The problem’s so bad I even find myself wanting to listen to a physical copy of records every now and again. What’s the world coming to when I can’t enjoy my pirate copies of music any more?

It’s a concept album about the Great War which is better than

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It’s a concept album about the Great War which is better than The Final Cut: you couldn’t have dreamed of such a thing but hey, Piano Magic have pulled it off with Artist’s Rifles, or so sez Tim. By an astounding synchronicity I bought the record today, and am now on my third listen. Yes, it’s very good, though Glen Johnson’s voice is a bit…well….American. If you want more fragile, airy, vaporous un-rock like this (and also not at all like this), then be sure to check out The Clientele, who I saw live a little while ago and didn’t much enjoy, but who sound on tape like something a little bit special. If the kind and lovely other Tim who gave me the tape would tell me about any releases, I’d be sure to mention them here.

The ghost of John Lennon is strong in this one

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THE GHOST OF JOHN LENNON IS STRONG IN THIS ONE

Now I’ve no idea why anyone would want to be possessed by John Lennon. He had appalling taste in glasses for one (have you ever tried to read with glasses like that – its like watching a television inside a washing machine). He wrote Imagine, a shoe-in for the worse piece of metaphysical hippy claptrap beyond the writings of Timothy Leary. Perhaps it is because he was the self styled intellectual Beatle: have you seen his poetry and those really rubbish line drawings of his? Whatever, in the years after this particular day the music died there seemed a never ending stream of people trying to steal his thunder. Never get in bed with Yoko though. Funny that.

To become John Lennon is simple. You duet with Paul McCartney. Michael Jackson not only bought the rights to all Beatle songs, he wrote one too – Say Say Say. Touched by the hand of Quincey Jones (not the pathologist) it was an insipid piece of nonsense which proved that Paul was so far from having an edge that he was positively a Klein Bottle. (I paid attention in topology). Stevie Wonder chipped in too. Admittedly the cod philosophy knocked up in Ebony and Ivory almost parallelled that of Imagine, but Stevie forgot to put on the little round specs. They probably would have fallen off when he did his little head spack thing anyhow.

Paul has dragged his own dirty name through the dirty dirt incessantly for the last thirty years. But he pales next to Elvis Costello’s turn at Lennon. Even Costello (what does he want to be Presley or a Beatle?) has nothing on the corpse re-animator general, the man who’s producerly touch is death to all who get near him. But Jeff Lynne I am leaving til another day.

In truth there is only one McCartney collaborator who has ever reached the genius of Lennon. Bear in mind I consider Lennon to not be a genius, just a Scouser who got lucky – or at least put out of his misery. Nope, the only good collaboartor was Rupert, skipping through the Frog Song with gay abandon. The frogs were good too – but the check trousered anthropomorphic representative of the conservative press really tagged the spirit of Lennon. And I daresay Yoko would shag him too.

An unforeseen problem with the hot new MP3 tradin’ technology is

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An unforeseen problem with the hot new MP3 tradin’ technology is that a spelling mistake on one MP3 file can rapidly spread around the whole net. Hence the error Greg points out – my bootleg copy of “Thong Song” is proudly credited to Sysqo, making me an unwilling bearer of mistaken tidings. ‘Pologies.

Although judging by the number of hits I’ve been getting from people searching for “Sysqo MP3” mistakes like this have their upside.

Tom, sort

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Tom, sort it out! The guy‘s name is not Sysqo!

The English Motorway System: Thoughts on Luke Haines

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The English Motorway System: Thoughts on Luke Haines: “Haines is the sort of songwriter you need in any country” – a new piece on Robin Carmody’s Elidor site, an interesting look at Haines’ work with the Auteurs and Black Box Recorder, through Robin’s typically sociocultural lens.

Lambchop: Nixon: Pitchfork Review

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Lambchop: Nixon: Pitchfork Review “In the plainest terms possible, Nixon is a record for grandmothers and hipsters.”. Pitchfork turns its attention to Lambchop – good review, somewhat harsh. I agree that Nixon doesn’t really make an ‘impact’ – but should all good music make an impact? The album still sounds to me like ambient music, or at least like ambient music was meant to sound before the stoners got hold of it….