Posts from 23rd April 2001

Apr 01

Lies, Damn Lies and….

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Lies, Damn Lies and….

They say that statistics are useless without proper analysis – however I think there is a certain beauty in this following set (courtesy of John McGhee – official FT pop statistician). However if you want to analyse them feel free.

14% of Travis’s song “Turn” is comprised of the word “turn”.
16% of Travis’s song “Sing” is comprised of the word “sing”.

There are 173 words in the lyrics to “Turn”, which appear the following
number of times.

25 times: turn
16 times: I
13 times: to
10 times: want
8 times: we
5 times: and, the
4 times: if, learn, live, sing
3 times: be, in, might, then, world
Twice: a, believe, feel, it, long, my, see, so, song, survive, that, very,
where, will, won’t
Once: balloon, before, belong, big, come, door, felt,
forever, grow, I’ll, kingdom, know, like, moon, much, never, outside,
people, saw, sky, stars, strong, there’s, unless, up, We’ll, what, what’s,
where’s, young

There are 123 words in the lyrics to “Sing”, which appear the following
number of times.

20 times: sing
8 times: nothing
7 times: you
4 times: going
3 times: be, been, but, the, to, you’ve
Twice: a, baby, bring, for, gonna, her, if, love, mean, on, so, thing,
unless, won’t
Once: sun, and, cause, colder, crazy, crying, do, early,
everything’s, fine, get, have, hold, hurry, I, in, lately, long, low, no,
one’s, right, say, seems, shoulder, so, solo, something, stopped, surely,
tell, there’s, today, too, waiting, why, your, you’re,

The chorus of Turn is as follows:

And if we turn, turn, turn, turn
Then we might learn
Turn, turn, turn, turn
Turn, turn, turn

The chorus of Sing is as follows:

But if you sing, sing
sing, sing, sing, sing
For the love you bring won’t mean a thing
Unless you sing, sing, sing, sing

Last one in the pub is a rotten egg

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Last one in the pub is a rotten egg I would maintain that, under normal circumstances, it is rather good to be the last person in a group of mates to arrive in the pub. Although you might be asked to buy a round, it is generally worth it. People are pleased to see you; because you have only just arrived and others are already quite merry, you are made a fuss of. “Hi”, “So where have you been?”, “What’s going on?”, “What do you think of this?” and so on. Also, because you are not as drunk and your brain/mouth coordination is better, you are likely to come out on top in conversation.

An exception to this rule is when you are meeting people who have spent five hours supping wheat beer and Gambrinus. When you arrive, they will be extremely lairy and will pounce upon you with witticisms (i.e. shouting) and jibes (i.e. more shouting) because, in their eyes, you are a sober, tardy KILLJOY. Your only course of action is to drink until 3.00am or until someone else is sick, whichever is sooner.

An aside: If your Czech is OK, take a look at the Gambrinus website. Click on this, then hit CIHLICKY for a rather groovy Arkanoid-style javagame.


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That Entertainment Weekly Review In Full: (from cover date Friday 27 April)

Music writing labeled “brainy” is often dismissed as boring or irrelevant, but the B-word is the not-so-secret ingredient that makes Freaky Trigger — an ultrasmart fanzine about pop music — so irresistible. Weekly features plus reviews and older stories represent a fair mix of crowd-pleasing ditties (Top 40 radio standbys like Shaggy) and esoteric hipster raves (college-radio staples like Jim O’Rourke). Nearly everyone can appreciate FT’s meditations on ’80s music or the fantasy pop league (where rock stars are awarded points for their oh-so-rockin’ behavior). A-
Must-Visit: (url for I Love Music) Approach this message board with caution: Threads include “Do We Really Need A Post-Punk Canon?” Uh, yes.

Freaky Trigger’s publisher sez: pity we stopped doing the Fantasy Pop League, eh? I’m rather pleased with this. Thanks to Spy Kids (Philadelphia Division) for the alert and copy-up.

Toploader anagrams

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Toploader anagrams:


(Thanks to John for these)

At least three people caught out on Friday night by the fake door at the

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At least three people caught out on Friday night by the fake door at the Lord John Russell. Tee hee. Although as has been pointed out to me it is a real door just one that has been locked or glued up or whatever you do to doors to stop them opening.

New articles are up!

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New articles are up! Otis Wheeler takes another bow with the Third Door, while POP: ART makes its debut by interviewing Tim Bowness from the excellent group No-Man.