Posts from 9th April 2003

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Apr 03

DIZZEE RASCAL — ‘I Luv U (Clean Radio Edit)’

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Botch job — they cut out the girl MC, which means they lose the bits that make the song loveable as well as sensational (plus: a love song as well as a sensation), that duel of ‘oh well’s. Without that it’s just being hectored by a genius.

(The swearblock noises are great though, corroded arcade blurts much more in keeping with the tune than the usual censor-bleeps.)

KATE BUSH – “The Dreaming”

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I spent pretty much all of yesterday reading the BBC’s Doctor Who Episode Guide. I think I’m undergoing some kind of internal audit – all the things I liked when I was a kid and brutally blue-pencilled in my worried 20s are now up for guiltless grabs. Role-playing games (intriguing); Elvis Costello records (excellent); iffy sci-fi (iffy); Stephen King (rotten); and now the Doctor.

Something I never twigged until yesterday, probably because this had been lost by the time I started watching, is how Doctor Who could work as a kind of possessing spirit, inhabiting and twisting other BBC programmes and processes. The BBC was good at costume drama, so a lot of Who stories, the “historical” ones in particular, found the programme materializing inside the skin of some other proto-drama about smugglers or Romans or 20s dandies. Nomadic and cannibalistic, Doctor Who would roam around willy-nilly, trying on costumes and funny voices for the joy of it. The cheapness, the not getting it quite right, was part of the charm: an imagined world brought to life for a week or two, lashed together with gaffer tape and magic, then vanishing to make way for the next.

(Ed 2006: Having just edited this for punctuation, I have no idea what the Who bit has to do with Kate Bush’s The Dreaming!)

And Then They Lez Up

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And Then They Lez Up: Cozen’s t.A.T.u. epic is up and ready on Freaky Trigger – so is Dr C’s latest instalment in the C90 Go! series. Num num num.