Posts from 17th March 2005

Mar 05

Great Moments: ‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’ by the Shangri-Las 2:06-2:09

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Great Moments:
‘I Can Never Go Home Anymore’ by the Shangri-Las 2:06-2:09

(an occasional series reviewing all of music* a few seconds at a time)

It’s a bittersweet little song about a girl defying her mother’s advice and running away with a boy, lyrically starting like any number of teen romance songs by ’60s girl groups. The romance fails in the next line, and she feels unable to return home. She recalls her mother singing her lullabies, and we hear quiet, breathy background singing of “Hush little baby…”

Then comes the devastating moment, Mary Ann Ganser’s desperate wail of ‘Mama!’, from a little way back from the mic, a really upsetting sound, followed by a crashing cello riff. It’s as spectacularly dramatic a three seconds as pop has ever produced. Its impact is reinforced by the extreme restraint of what comes before it, muted music and Mary Ann talking her way through the song – she was the best talker in the history of music, no contest, a tremendous vocal actress. It’s a dazzling coup de theatre of production, by George ‘Shadow’ Morton, maybe the most brilliantly inspired producer music has seen, someone who could justifiably star in ten of these little items.

* not a guarantee to complete the project

A page of comic what i drew

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Rediscovered thanks to Jess’s article which pointed me at My old website from the 90s had a lot of crap on it, and it is embarassing to discover it still out there in the internet, when i thought it had all been lost in my move from an old server to a new “free” provider that then went tits up – and with me not having a backup.

Anyway, yes, badly drawn comic, badly scanned in. “Enjoy”. It was done at the end of a comic art course I took years ago, and it’s still going with the same teacher: Steve Marchant. What a great bloke he was.

FT Wrecking Everyones Curve

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FT Wrecking Everyones Curve

Five years ago!

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Just think Tom…you could’ve been making mixtapes with gorgeous Sri Lankan media manipulators all this time.

Harold & Kumar Get The Munchies

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Quoting other movies is a bog standard way of getting admittedly sometimes shoddy secondhand laffs. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle/Get The Munchies (delete as appropriate) turns an entire film out of this, but not in a Scary Movie derivative way. Instead it is more than happy to subvert its own quotations, so that the ugly truck driver is not a mass murderer, and trumping the bullies is not a matter of direct aggression. It is a film which is all about confounding expectations after all, allying its racially tolerant theme with a balls out stoner comedy.

Best quotation in the film however is its version of the Bohemian Rhapsody scene in Wayne’s World. Instead of high camp rock though, Harold & Kumar find themselves singing along to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. The power of bombastic pomp pop not only illustrates why this kind of pop is so great, but it is affectionately funny as you watch it. It probably won’t revive Wilson Phillips career, but it probably shuffles them a few layers up in the bargain bin.

THE FT TOP 25 ANIMALS – 14. Giant Turtle

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In Doctor Doolittle And The Secret Lake Dr. D goes to a secret lake, there he talks to a giant turtle who is the only living thing who remembers the flood! This giant turtle knows the secrets of the ages (I’ve forgotten what they are exactly), it’s all very exciting.

The story captures the wonder of the giant turtle – they live a very long time, which is in itself exciting (cf. the gross anthropomorphism of books about some long-lived reptile that “witnessed the relief of Mafeking”). But also they have lived a very long time – they are a link back to our planet’s steamy, ferny reptilian past. So are crocodiles but they’ve been rebranded by humans to have new modern resonance (eating us up), which hasn’t happened to the giant turtle. Immense and slow-moving, even a young turtle has an aura of ancientness that makes them fascinating.