Posts from 1st March 2005

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Mar 05

THE FT TOP 100 SONGS 87. Roxy Music – “Virginia Plain”

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THE FT TOP 100 SONGS
87. Roxy Music – “Virginia Plain”

Here’s a parlour game: take a famous debut single and imagine what you’d think of it if that act had released nothing else, ever. Roxy Music’s arch travelogue is no longer the fizzy overture to their career of strangeness, charm and smarm. Instead it fits neatly into the weird British novelty-pop boom of the early 70s. At its No.4 pop hit zenith it shares a chart with Lyndsey De Paul’s sultry “Sugar Me” and Lieutenant Pigeon’s demented “Mouldy Old Dough”, both of which match it for oddness, and perhaps for other things. As a standalone “Virginia Plain” mixes hammering gummy goodness with an absurdist jet-set fantasy, a commentary before the fact on a decade of wide-eyed ‘summer hits’.

Bit Of Fun Watch

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Bit Of Fun Watch has a surprising detour via Proven By Science and our old favourite (though we never go there) The Dana Centre. NExt week on the 10th they have an evening lecture entitled: BINGE DRINKING: Epidemic or Bit Of Fun. The Dana Centre is a place where these things can be discussed in an informal cafe/BAR surroundings…

The current trend in the magazine publishing world

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The current trend in the magazine publishing world is taking monthly formats and turning them into weeklies. After the men’s weeklies Nuts and Zoo have decimated the monthly lad mag market, the fashion/women’s monthly was the next target. Hence the launch of Grazia, the UK’s first woman’s weekly glossy (if you don’t count um, Woman’s Weekly…)

Anyway, word comes from IPC and EMAP that the next market to be weeklified is the music magazine. Apparently both companies are clamouring to come up with a viable mix of news, interviews, features and bumf for a music based weekly maagzine. They are also looking for ideas for the right kind of names for said magazines to inspire a new audience. Something inclusive, but clear on the subject matter. Something which inspires thought about the aural media, and perhaps suggests the reader as an insider.

Freaky Trigger suggests Sounds, or Melody Maker at a push.

What the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy has to say about movie trailers.

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What the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy has to say about movie trailers.

Stan Lee At It Again

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Stan Lee At It Again: Stan’s new idea is a superhero who balances his powers with real-world problems. Cynics may note that this seems remarkably similar to another new idea he had – in 1961.

Universal “not actually aware of tiny UK website” shocker

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Universal “not actually aware of tiny UK website” shocker

We are not in fact being sued for comments Ned made about Xanadu. The server was down (again). Watch this space for more exciting server news. If such a thing can be said to exist.

Of course we’ll be keeping a close eye on Ned’s posts from now on just in case he’s got a taste for controversy.