Posts from 6th January 2005

Jan 05


Pumpkin PublogPost a comment • 486 views


Wifebeater. Another name for Stella Artois. It seems to be a truth held universal that Stella Artois makes you an aggressive drunk. It is after all a strong lager. But I believe I have had nights out drinking Kronenburg, an equally strong lager, and not been quite as aggressive. No such similar nickname is proffered for Grolsch. So what is it about Stella than makes you aggressive.

Ditto, Gin = melancholia. Rum = fun. Absinthe = swift spiral into mental illness. The question being put is simple. Sure, we know alcohol gets you drunk. But are there other active ingredients (say the botanicals in gin) which alter kind of drunk you get?

And so to my grand publog project. Over the next few months I shall get drunk on different drinks exclusively for one night only. Hopefully others may join me in this, and hopefully at the end of the evening both those drinking, and those being drunk with, may be able to categorize the kind of drunk I get. I may even just try to change the mixer (for instance I have a suspicion that tonic water may well have psychoactive properties). Hopefully this shall build up to an invaluable piece of research, and we might even get some graphs out of it – like in proper science.

For too long has this key piece of social and beverage science been neglected. I am willing to help put that right. Starting tomorrow night, in the Blue Posts Newman Street, with him out of the box, and into my tummy, Ayingerbrau.

wive$watch (us style)

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wive$watch (us style):

i. on first ep showing “desperate housewives” cd just as be called “stepford husbands”
ii. picket-fence lynchism has become a viably mainstream US TV trope
iii. i nearly didn’t bother as i caught a bit of the preview on richard&judy, courtesy a trio of yucky newspaper journalists and columnists (inc.the business editor of the daily express??!!), who were lovin it in a “normally you wouldn’t catch me dead/so bad it’s grebt” kinda way which annoyed me (one of em wz v.feltz)
iv. howver, chick TV for foax who don’t really like chick TV, surely? (cf ii., esp. the “sinister goings-on lead to suicide” sub-plot, the opening device – NO SPOILERS! – a charming if softcore version of the severed ear on the lawn) v. also i somewhat detect early warnings of “six feet under” syndrome (throbs of self over-esteem in the writing: “hoho we are so clever and deep to be tackling Subject X etc”).


Do You SeePost a comment • 211 views


1: Dragon’s Den

Its like The X-Factor, but instead of entertainers, people pitch businesses at successful moguls.


WHat if we call the moguls Dragon’s. You know. Make it sound more interesting than it really is?


“Schni schna schnappi schnappi schnappi schnapp”

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“Schni schna schnappi schnappi schnappi schnapp”

Sounds good to me. Can’t be worse than Mike Read, anyway.

THE FT TOP 100 SONGS 98. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

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98. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

A song that makes me feel slightly old, as it has become a standard in my listening lifetime. And a real, top-ranking standard, too, up there with “Celebration” and “Dancing Queen”, except unlike “Dancing Queen” it’s fast enough to actually, yes, dance to. It’s one of the absolute dancefloor bankers – it may not be original but unless you’re playing to class A snobs you can get a reaction with Deee-Lite.

Which can lead to other problems. I’ve heard this record a lot, and rarely because I put it on. I am perpetually a bit bored of “Groove Is In The Heart” – unless it’s playing, at which point I always like it. But I take it for granted – I’m a little bit pleased it turned up at No.98 rather than No.9 or 8. Or 1, which it easily could have.

What makes it so good? For one thing it never stands still – if I started counting the different hooks on this track we’d be here all month. There’s a low-attention-span Transatlantic pop thread which bounces back from one group of tres hip disco magpies to another: S’Express in London then over to Deee-Lite then back to Saint Etienne. Now I love Saint Etienne to bits but they never did anything like this. What’s Deee-Lite’s secret weapon? Hip-hop. It may only have a half-minute of rapping on it (and that won’t win any prizes) but “Groove Is In The Heart” is surely one of the classic Daisy Age tracks, steeped in effortless positivity.