Posts from 2nd May 2002

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May 02

The Devil has all the best tunes

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The Devil has all the best tunes, as the saying goes – though he certainly did not use one for Sympathy For The Devil. I’m not so sure though, because recently I have been stuck on Dum Maro Dum by Asha Bhosle – which is from the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna and is unsurprisingly a Hare Krishna song. Now I’m on record as rather liking My Sweet Lord too, and I even have a soft spot for the finger cymbal clicking Hare Krishna Oxford Street song, so maybe Hare Krishna has all the best songs. The Bhosle number is a great organ fuelled stomp with a killer bassline. This is the kind of song which dispells Bollywood as a discrete genre by itself – this song leans as much on the Stones and The Doors as the big cinematic chorus numbers. What holds it all together is Asha’s beautifully supple voice, she almost growls over the more usual high pitched chorus warbling. Maybe we should have sympathy for the Devil, since he’s had the best tunes nicked off of him.

Tom’s Top Ten!

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Tom’s Top Ten! – now we’ve got a comments function this might actually serve some vague non-ornamental purpose.

SUGABABES – “Freak Like Me”
HOLLY VALANCE – “Kiss Kiss”
NO DOUBT – “Hella Good”
ELEPHANT MAN – “Dr Dre Riddim”
EMINEM – “Without Me”
HAPPY MONDAYS – “Olive Oil”
SUKHWINDER SINGH/SAPNA AWASTI – “Chaiya Chaiya”
KATE BUSH – “This Woman’s Work”
TARKAN – “Simarik”
RED SIMPSON – “Roll Truck Roll”

As a precursor to the Pumpkin Publog Pub Of The Year competition

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As a precursor to the Pumpkin Publog Pub Of The Year competition which will be in June/July we have a slightly more disgraceful competition to air first. Now I am not a big pool player (those who know me will confirm that I am not a big anything) but I recognise the place a pool table has in certain pubs. Often the key catalyst for good natured rivalry, and number one progenitor of pub fights – the pool table has a place in all slightly rough boozers. So it is for shame I introduce “The Most Expensive Pool Table In London 2002” competition. The ones in my bar are 50p – which is in this day and age is still cheap. I still balk in having to pay ‘1 for a game but am well aware that this is pretty industry standard. So imagine the shock when I heard that The Kings HEad (so-so Crouch End pub) is now charging ‘1.30 for a game. Not only is this an awkward three coiner, it also seems steep. And Crouch End is by no means the most exclusive neighbourhood in London. So let me know if there is a pool table out there charging more and they can win this anti-competition for the cheapest skates in the pool playing world.

Yeah man rave on feel the vibe!

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Yeah man rave on feel the vibe!: Ronan has a weblog! It’s going to be ace!

Oasis to boycott Top of the Pops

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Oasis to boycott Top of the Pops: rejoice! They will never play the show again after six second were cut from “The Hindu Gazette”! Unfortunately there is a sting in the tale – “Oasis came in to perform seven songs which will be used over the year.“. So Friday nights aren’t safe quite yet.

Piano Magic’s

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Piano Magic’s Glen Johnson on mostly their last album Artist’s Rifles, but with this “interesting” take on pop:

“On the contrary, I listen to it for entertainment. It makes me laugh. Particularly R ‘n’ B stuff like Craig David or whatever – these paeans to the ladies who shake their stuff and let’s make love all night long, etc….I actually believe R ‘n’ B is showcasing the most revolutionary programming of contemporary times – it’s just the appalling recycled soul lyrics, voices, delivery, cliches that let it down. One step forward, three steps back. R ‘n’ B might move on in bounds if one of these programmers sits down and listens to some Brian Eno instead of Marvin Gaye.”

It’s particularly disheartening (aside from being plain dumb) because it totally skews my relationship with Piano Magic, as my little cop to indie-ness in an otherwise diet of mostly pop/dance/whatever-else-Glen-Johnson-finds-“funny.” Interviews like this can threaten to put you off a band completely. (I mean…Brian Eno! Maybe in Bizarro-world, Destiny’s Child will be booking studio time with Robert Fripp!)