Posts from 5th October 2006

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Oct 06

MUNGO JERRY – “In The Summertime”

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#288, 13th June 1970

“In The Summertime” comes close to being a genuine guilty pleasure. Not because of the track’s charmingly rickety arrangement, or its lopsided shuffle beat, but because those elements make this pen-portrait of an idle young blade’s life all too seductive. “We’re not bad people, we’re not dirty, we’re not mean. We love everybody but we do what we please.” – and who they please, too. Mungo Jerry’s elegant wastrels remind me a little of the rich older boys I distantly knew at school, whose life I imagined (half in disgust, half in envy) to be one long ball: actually they probably spent the summer mooching around just like I did. But I don’t think my experiences have much to do with the appeal of the record – disapproval and delight at others’ wicked lives are old, old emotions, and so is the sense that Summertime is for the young and selfish.

My first encounter with Mungo Jerry’s record was on an oldies TV show which paired the song with video of sideburned Edwardian toffs on an endless sepia-toned jolly. Ever since then the rhythm has brought to mind a penny farthing, something absurd and antique but oddly appealing. The band almost sabotage their own song with their hokey “oohs” and “alright alright”s – harking back to Top Cat and forward to “Hey Ya!” – but somehow it works. Of all summertime hits this is the ripest – the fat, lazy, entitled sound of a season on the brink of turning rotten.

FT Archive Resurrection – C90 Go!

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C90 Go! – a series of seven long essays about mixtapes sent through time or space.

(Thanks to Tim Hopko for his archival striving here)

The Movie Of Extras

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Ellie ParkerThe Naomi Watts starring indie Ellie Parker is pretty hard going. Shakey-cam exploits of the lives and loves of a no-hope actress about Hollywood it spends an awful lot of time on whimsical self-indulgent scenes and not enough on comedy. Because this clearly is a comedy, about a narcissistic but surprisingly lovable loser just trying to get by. And when the film hits its comic highs, it rivals the current run of Extras at pricking the self-importance of an on the whole irrelevant career.

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Chart Runs

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Chart Runs. An invaluable site for finding out which Cookie Crew (or, I suppose, any other band) tracks failed to make the top 75. This site collates chart data published in old Record Mirrors and elsewhere to provide the most comprehensive database on the net for singles and albums released in the UK that made the top 100. Well worth a donation.

HOUSE, M.D – “it writes itself”, pt 276362782

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Huge Laurie IS... HOUSE!So of course by now, EVERYONE has seen HOUSE! Or should I say,  House, M.D! However, I saw it for the first time last Saturday, and in case there are others like me who’ve missed out on the JOY of House, it is my duty to recommend it to diligent FreakyTriggerists. With Hugh Laurie as a maverick doctor who is CROSS! He might not actually be a doctor! He does no doctoring apart from shouting at people! Perhaps that is the real cure! House is like this. Ian House and Ian Holm run an estate agents called Out Of House And Home out of their shared house and hobbit hole HA HA No seriously.

A SCENE FROM ‘HOUSE’

PEONIC PATIENT: Doctor! A dog has gorn off with my leg!
HUGE LAURIE is IAN HOUSE: I don’t care! You’re rubbish! *punches passing consultant*
PASSING CONSULTANT: Ow, that hurt Doctor House. OMG what is that on the patient’s FACE??
HUGE LAURIE: CRUMBS, I mean, GEE WHIZZ (I am American now), it is ANTHRAX!!
PEONIC PATIENT: I think it’s just a bit of jam…
BOSS: House, stop being a Maverick and DO SOME PAPERWORK.

HOUSE flicks Vs at BOSS.

PATIENT: (screams) I’m blind!
HOUSE: OMGZ her eye has fallen out!!!
CONSULTANT: And she’s grown to the size of a tree!
HOUSE: And her face has grown gills!!

Etc etc etc until the patient has EVERYTHING in my GURL’S OWN BOOK OF GORY DISEASES. Brilliant!! In the last one, the obese 10yr old with psychosis and a heart condition had PETER CUSHING’S disease. Joy.

Recommended to all!