Posts from 2nd September 2006

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Sep 06

Little Paris In Slumberland

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“Turn It Up” by Paris Hilton is a song I’ve been playing a lot this last week or so. It’s on the stereo now, actually. It has Paris telling us to turn the music – or the party, or the intensity, or something – up, but the song feels very hushed and intriguing to me. The bass is muffling the song, cocooning it, and Paris’ opening whispers and giggles feel like she’s beckoning us not to a party, but to a midnight feast or a game of let’s pretend. “I know! We can play pop stars!”*

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Scotland vs the Faroe Islands

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One of the funniest moments I ever heard on the radio was on 606 after Scotland’s 1-1 draw against the tiny Faroe Islands several years back. There had been lots of disgust and anger, and one caller continued the tone, ranting about how the manager had to go, we needed a whole new crop of players, the spirit and attitude were all wrong, and so on, and ending with the great line “I mean, if we can’t even beat Scotland what use are we?”

I mention this because I am watching their European Championship qualifier (they always get each other these days – fourth qualifying group in a row), and it’s 5-0 to Scotland at half-time. Scotland are making the Faroes look like amateurs! They are playing with real style and skill, though I imagine that games against the two World Cup final nations, Italy and France, for instance, might be a little harder than this.

The Freaky Trigger Top 100 Songs Of All Time No.68: The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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I think this song, by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, might be the best song ever written. It’s a beautiful melody, given superb life by producer Luther Dixon’s luscious string arrangement (over a cod-Latin beat which I like less, but Leiber & Stoller had made it fashionable) and the precise singing, but it’s the extraordinarily poised lyric that makes it so exceptional.

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Spider-Man: Stan Lee after Steve Ditko

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There are certainly some hopeless villains in some of the issues of Steve Ditko’s spell on Spider-Man, but the importance of a creative force credited only with the art really shows when John Romita joins writer Stan Lee on the title. The first 38 issues (Ditko’s run) introduced, among others, Doctor Octopus, Kraven, the Green Goblin, the Sandman (among my all-time favourite super-characters), Mysterio, the Vulture, Electro, the Lizard, Scorpion, the Beetle and the Molten Man – not all characters I love, but they’ve all come back again and again.

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