Posts from 3rd January 2007

Jan 07

The Python Picked The Passionfruit

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January 2nd may be too soon for some folks to start their year’s pubbing. Not so for a small band of hardy troopers last night – albeit each one having a soft drink infront of them. The conversation took its natural course, and we fell to discussing which five fruits constituted the popular carton-shaped drink Five Alive. Various guesses were made but I can now reveal that the classic flavour quintet is in fact


Poptimism – Lesson Twenty Three

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Eric Cartman in the 25th century – South Park intro

Wear Your Love Like Heaven – Definition Of Sound

The Happening – Diana Ross & The Supremes

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley (Heatwave remix & DJ Z-Trip boot)

Hood Boy – Big Boi


THE TAMS – “Hey Girl, Don’t Bother Me”

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#304, 18th September 1971

Methinks the Tam doth protest too much: stay away, don’t bother me, stay away, don’t bother me, oh alright then. After all, getting your heart broken by a girl isn’t as bad as being the only guy in town whose heart she doesn’t want to break. Lead Tam’s voice has “doormat” all over it anyway, a rueful, rasping, hangdog kind of a voice that stretches shyly out to love at the end of every line, then curls back up in disappointment. You can hear him going back into his shell at the end of each verse, and the rolling clip-clop rhythm is its own grey world of resignation. In fact, this is one of the lowest-key number ones ever, which makes its revival – it was originally a minor US hit in 1964 – all the more unlikely. It’s not without charm but its listlessness is irritating too. Wikipedia ascribes its success to the Northern Soul scene, and “obscure soul side is in demand” fits Northern’s M.O. alright, but did anyone under, say, sixty ever dance to this?  .


The Bible Of Badness: Dolly Parton – JOSHUA

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Bible Of BadnessMany people find it hard to take Dolly Parton seriously as a musician, despite a long and distinguished songwriting career full of hits and songs which are now seen as country standards. I find it hard to take Dolly Parton seriously as a musician because of her long and distinguished songwriting career full of hits and songs which are now seen as country standards. But then whenever I see more than one musician in a room together I am braced for seeing a couple of huge tits. The only difference with Dolly it all-comes in one Tennessee Smokey Mountain bluegrass plasticked up package. If only someone had taken the advice of the bloke of Junior Antiques Roadshow who told us not to take our Dolly’s out of the packaging we may never have been troubled by 9 To 5 or I Will Always Love You*.


Brandwatch 2007

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It’s a quiet week for the marketing press as everyone is still doing the Skiving Britain thing. The “Irritating Ads 2006” survey deserves a separate post and may get it, but mostly what we’re looking at are predictions for 2007 and some weedy year-in-review efforts. Marketing Week, for instance, puts its reputation on the line predicting that 2007 will be a good year for Google. However here are three facts I did not know before reading this weeks’ issues.

1. As of 2006, Ribena and Lucozade are certified halal. GSK took the step of getting certification because of untrue rumours that they contained BOOZE.

2. Red Stripe is the official beer for the Cricket World Cup, but Guinness has official pouring rights. Even my marketing brain is baffled as to what these might entail.

3. Peter Crouch’s Dad is a top marketing agency director. Which may explain some of the robot dance mania.

Trends Of 2006 Movies: Respected Directors Return To Form (Often By Making Shorter Films)

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Terrence Malick makes, on the whole, boring films. Of course the beauty of the cinematography and the peaceful, contemplative aura of the production could well be another way of say “boring” and I’ll hold my hand up to that. I like contemplative films sometimes, but the juxtaposition of violence and nature (Malick’s recent tip) has always been a no-brainer to me. Mind you that’s to many Wildlife On One programmes sat through as a nipper.