Posts from 24th July 2006

Jul 06

THE LOVE AFFAIR – “Everlasting Love”

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#243, 3rd February 1968

Spot the drummer

I don’t normally go into the “making of” stuff on Popular, but this one is a great little snapshot of the 60s pop biz at work. The band formed as a rich man’s present to his aspirational drummer son – all photogenic teen boys, they worked their way round the London soul clubs, looking for a breakthrough, found it in this song. They could play a bit, but didn’t on this record – or any of their other hits. “Everlasting Love” struggled in the charts, was helped along by the band getting into trouble for climbing the Piccadilly Eros, and also by the £200 that Dad – a handbag magnate – slipped to Radio Caroline for airplay. It hit number one and the band were hearththrobs for a year, then vanished. Perfect.


Why Not Wait Til The Nice Lady Dies

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The little girl who named Pluto is still alive, and in her eighties. So maybe the guys in New York at the Hayden Planetarium who want to strip Pluto of its planetary status should wait a couple of years until she’s dead.

 (Actually according to that link, the word Planet itself just isn’t useful anymore!)


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MULLED WINE! Yeah! A brief mention of Pimms Winter (brandy cup, to you and me) is all it took to remind me of clutching a polystyrene cup gingerly with gloved hands and trying not to burn my tongue on the spicy yet STICKY warmth of the comforting viscous liquid, surreptiously sticking yr nose into the cup so the steam warms up your freezing schnozz (I am not the only person to do this??) – awww, marvellous! And that’s just outside mulled wine from rip-off patrons outside ice-rinks – parties with mulled wine are ALSO brilliant, the spicy FIZZ sitting in a huge pot and making your flat smell fancy, yum! And “they” do always say hot drinks cool you down! So why not make the best of it? Pimms no1 cup, BEGONE with your “mint” and your “ice”, I’ll take the cloves.

So there you have it,  MULLED WINE – the new drink for all seasons!! Your esteemed author might try some tonight, whilse praising the lord for every single faint breeze that dares to sigh itself through my SE14 window. And perhaps, I’ll think of Santa Claus, and remind myself of the days in winter when I huddled underneath four jumpers, a blanket and a wooly scarf wrapped round my head to keep the hint in. I think I know where I was going wrong. NOT ENOUGH MULLED WINE!

(PS – is “taking the cloves” a bit like “taking the veil”, in culinary terms?)

Brand Extension Watch: Boursin Salade & Apertif

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Nasty tub of suspiciously artificial french cheese studded with olivesAggresively pushing its Frenchness by spelling words in a French way, Boursin Salade & Apertif is another attempt at the snacking cheese holy grail. Okay, not so much a holy grail as a on the wholly bad idea, it was at least partially solved by Babybel and Cheese Strings. Partially cos they are not all that posh and not made by Unilever – brand genius behind washing up liquids and its cheese form Boursin.


Presentorator special: Clarkson vs Coogan

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I don’t go out of my way to watch Top Gear. It was just on, OK? And as it was on I noticed something quite horrible. Jeremy Clarkson interviewing Steve Coogan. And it was like watching The Abyss* stare into itself.

Okay, it is not exactly clever to equate boorish fake sports reporter-cum-chatshow host Alan Partridge with boorish motoring program-cum-chatshow host Jeremey Clarkson. But when the similarities stare you in the face on national television it is hard to ignore. Clarkson is Richard Littlejohn for people who don’t know what a handcart is.


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MALCOLM MACLAREN AND THE WORLD FAMOUS SUPREME TEAM – “Double Dutch”: One for the heatwave, probably my all-time favourite summer jam. “Hey Ebo! Ebonettes!”

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Best “kitlers” – pretty much what you imagine it is. For those now bored by infinitecats and puttingstuffoncats.