Posts from 16th July 2006

Jul 06

LONG JOHN BALDRY – “Let The Heartaches Begin”

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#240, 25th November 1967

long john baldryBrazenly unconvincing love-lost flummery by the same people who wrote the previous Number One. Baldry, wearing his serious bluesman’s hat, later professed to hate the record but listening to it I don’t believe him for a second: this sounds like it was a huge amount of fun to make, and it’s reasonably fun to listen to, too. Baldry chews up every word – if he thought he was going to get another hit, or even another go in the recording studio, you couldn’t tell it from this – and he reaches a peak of endearing hamminess in the half-spoken final chorus. He’s backed by all the fuss and pomp of contemporary production trappings: what the Beatles and Engelbert – opposing bosses of ’67 pop – had in common was a maximalist approach to arrangements, and every canny hitmaker seemed to follow suit.

Attention Ewing

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Every UK number one single ever is up for auction.

On multiple formats by the looks of things. Although auctioning off a digital download strikes me as somewhat silly.

Still, you don’t really need to buy a house, do you?

bang goes getting any writing done jan-mar 2007 :(

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by Thomas Pynchon
List Price: $35.00
Price: $22.05
Availability: This title will be released on December 5, 2006.
Hardcover: 992 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (December 5, 2006)
Language: English

next: microsoft bought out by sticklebricks™

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lego engine.jpg
via the awesome dense rigour of “political theory daily review” — which i confess i don’t access daily, though i THINK YOU SHOULD, here is an even more awesome BABBAGE ENGINE made of LEGO, in which the maker, andrew carol, also explains how the babbage machine worked