Posts from 2006

Dec 06

T REX – “Get It On”

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#302, 24th July 1971

bang 1xgong“Get It On” has become Bolan’s signature tune, and no wonder – it’s as witchy as “Hot Love” but more unabashedly sexed-up: surging, peaking, panting and grinding but still enticingly glittery. There’s more strangeness and whimsy in “Hot Love” mixed in with the sex, though – probably why I like it more – but the whimsy isn’t nearly gone from “Get It On”, and its eroticism is still more playful than sweaty (listen, if you must, to the Power Station’s 80s version to find out how important – and hard – it is to get this right). Playfulness and eroticism are both helped enormously by Bolan’s words, a happy babble of baffling compliments and interjections – “Bang a gong!”; “You’re built like a car, oh yeah” – and in a couple of places his muse was as on as its ever been: “Got the teeth of the hydra upon you”; “Got a hub-cap diamond star halo”. Beguiling imagery this, adding a touch of dazzle to an already fine record. .


An Advent Triptych of Atheism (I did me some book readin’): intro

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What links these books is their atheistic viewpoint – a sceptical approach to our own beliefs and an awareness of the shortcomings of human psychology and thinking – but coming from three very different perspectives. A very American “ground clearing” (the ground in question being covered in eggshells) debate style coming from a philosopher of mind, a british polemic from a friend of his who once wrote a very good book, and a compendium of stories and tricks written by a minor, though handsome, television personality who was an evangelical christian as a student.

I was not going to read the Dawkins book but



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I get it. Dave LaChappelle’s (one assumes) hideously expensive Christmas ads for Boots The Chemist are very pretty to look at. And the bestockingly lady in the bath peeling sprouts is an amusing and attractive image. And I know that the UK is one of the most sophisticated advertising markets in the world where the subtlety of media / message intertwinings are often lost on the first view.


Dec 06

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Retired Pop Star Watch: Dave Stewart, comics writer.

The Annual Freaky Trigger Between Xmas and New Year Pub Crawl 2006

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Christmas: yes. New Year’s Eve. Of course. Even Boxing Day if you will. But where is the love for the lowly 29th December, a day which in the highs of the festive period lolls between two big drinkfests unloved, lonely and unwanted.

At least that was the case before the FreakyTrigger Annual 29th Pub Crawl started. Now in its seventh year (COUNT ‘EM) areas such as Holborn, Euston, Mornington Crescent have all been traversed with bonhomie, idiot talk and interesting beers in mind. But never has this event dipped its toes south of the river. Never, that is, until 2006.

The Borough Dumbbell (not a real shape but it will do) will start at 3pm on the 29th December in the Wheatsheaf just by Borough Market. From there we will move on in the following fashion (timings subject to change and pubs being shut):


Poptimism – Lesson Twenty Two

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Ring The Alarm – Beyoncé (electropop remix)

I Think We’re Alone Now – Girls Aloud

Real Gone Kid – Deacon Blue (some bosh remix or another)

Skinny – Lo Rider (Extended Mix)

Kon naruk mai mee fan – Dong (from School Bus)

Chae – Bluna & Loogtan (from School Bus)

I Got A Beaver On My Lap & A Bear On My Tail – Red Simpson


Dec 06

Tickle Me Emo

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EVERYONE has made this joke by now – it just so happens that some are in a position to make it into a sketch on the telly. Well done them

Dec 06

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Wahey! Top Ten Most Dangerous Toys EVER! My favourite is the Atomic Energy Lab…

The PIE-LOT Episode of Freaky Trigger & Lollards Of Pop

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There is probably a really good reason why no-one has posted Tuesday night edition of Freaky Trigger and the Lollards Of Pop as a podcast. Probably one that I would not comprehend. but I feel sorry for the four people who “didn’t hear it as I don’t live in London / wasn’t in / am deaf / south London PIRATES drowned the station out”. But due to this lack of comprehension, and also due to lack of proper on-air credit for all my knob twiddling, hand waving and exasperated looks I will post it here, with the addition that this edition was Produced by PETE BARAN!

Dec 06

Lollard extra!

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Due to time constraints my Nansen-eulogising on Tuesday’s radio show was cruelly cut short, so I thought I would expand upon the story here. The BBC4 documentary Voyages of Discovery I saw last week centred largely on Nansen’s adventures in the Fram (as you might expect from the show’s title), but I was intrigued to learn of the god-like status thrust upon Nansen by the Norwegian public before he had even set sail in her. Despite his failure to actually reach the pole, upon his return the Norwegians clamoured for him to become president (the staunchly-monarchist Nansen refused), and here is why: