Posts from October 2000

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Oct 00

The Focus Group is Go

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The Focus Group is Go. If you expected a focus group invite and haven’t got it, it’s because:

i) I didn’t know you wanted one. E-Mail Me if you do.
ii) I’ve got your e-mail wrong. See above.
iii) I drink with you and you’re coming to the main focus group event. Don’t bother e-mailing me if that’s the case, since I’ll be in touch anyway.

Expect the results before the end of November.

Napster in Bertelsmann deal

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Napster in Bertelsmann deal: inevitably.

Once again I am ashamed to be British

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Once again I am ashamed to be British: not even Travis think Travis are the best band in the world, for pity’s sakes. And David Gray winning Best Single??

Platter sightings.

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Actually this post is not about the most used word on the publog at all. Instead it is a bonafide review of a pub, something we occasionally get round here. But since i rather like this boozer, and will be recomending its idiosyncratic Robert Robinson’s front room ambience – I though I’d best not put its name up top for fear of it getting swamped.

The Bricklayers Arms, just off Stephen Street is yet another Sam Smith’s pub. They are getting everywhere like a vaguely perturbing rash. And surely they flaunt the guest beer regulations – since they don’t carry any. I have a vague idea that the guest ale law has gone the way of all fleshy anti-market regulation, but it still shocks a regualr number of punters to go into a Sam Smithery without recognising a single beer. This would be a great problem is it was not for the fact that their house beers, lagers at least, are rather tasty little buggers., And the Fatman, the token cooking lager, is still a good 4%. Its cheap, its stronger than the average session beer and it actually tastes good.

transcription of the actual radio on where chuck eddy made the controversial bone thugs comment:

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transcription of the actual radio on where chuck eddy made the controversial bone thugs comment:

seems like phil dellio misrepresented him in the critique linked below. he didn’t say “i haven’t decided if i want to like this yet” but “i haven’t decided whether phil wants me to like this.”

30
Oct 00

The State Of UK Garage 2000

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The State Of UK Garage 2000. If you read Tim Finney’s Skykicking then you’ll have read this already, the blog entry which mutated into a full article. Otherwise if you’ve got any interest in UK Garage you’re in for enlightenment and a treat.

Julie London

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Julie London: Freaky Trigger remains crippled by the loss of its main server but it staggers on nonetheless, with the first of several new pieces today – an essay about Julie London and oldies, by me.

Bitchpork

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Bitchpork: you may well have seen this link elsewhere – it’s the unofficial (oh really?) Pitchfork message board. So far it is talking about the Albums Of The Year, as all music message boards everywhere ever must by law do, or they get their indie rock license taken away. I’ve put up two messages, which won’t even be interesting because if you read this you almost certainly know what I think about everything.

Billie Piper explains JFK’s death

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Billie Piper explains JFK’s death courtesy of Pop Skool. Very good animation, and for Josh, interactive pornographic bits too. From the people who brought us the tremendous TV Go Home, and the rubbish 11 O’Clock Show.

POP-EYE 29/10/00

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This week’s chart offers us an object lesson in fanbase loyalty. When a band have been going for a number of years, and have – to be frank – lost their bloom somewhat, and when the singles they release are sub-par outings, either ill-advised excursions into fresh genres or sickly reminders of former glories, then it is time for the ‘core fanbase’ to step in and save the day, commercially speaking.