Posts from 15th July 2007

Jul 07

“i would go with you to hades — or even britannia!”

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i. this series of RHOME is much better written (and i loved the first series)
ii.  haha WOW to our first meeting with LIVIA* — this was an AWESOME ep all round, for sudden density of stress, ultra-perversity and OMG WTF did i just see that TV
*much older, she is a central figure in I CLAVDIVS

**yes yes i know, bee, WOT OF IT

Ambushed by unexpected samples

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Playing solid Brit-soul outfit The Real Thing’s “Love’s Such A Wonderful Thing” for the first time and I’m stopped in my tracks twenty-five seconds in – “Love! Love’s such a wonderful thing – think of the joys it can bring – I GOT SO MUCH LOVE TO GI-IVE” – whu? Hey, hold on!

This shock of recognition is an ever-rarer pleasure, even though I try hard not to source or even find out where samples are from. Bangalter and DJ Falcon’s “So Much Love To Give” of course came from SOMEWHERE but it was a thrill to find it in this minor 1977 hit.

But what does it do to the Real Thing’s track? It annihilates it. Listening to “Love’s Such” I am willing it to stop and repeat every time it gets to that line – no, really guys, you’ve got it right there, just freeze the song… – and I’m disappointed, repeatedly, when it doesn’t. The original huffs and hoofs but is banjaxed by its own hidden genius, the perpetual climax of Bangalter/Falcon’s masterpiece poking through like cyberman steel under the ordinary skin.

(Or to use another Who metaphor, it’s like that bit in the Eccleston series when Richard Wilson is turned into a gasmask-face and can only repeat one phrase forever – except in this case the phrase is actually the one holy universal truth and if it was all any of us could say forever it would be a VERY GOOD THING)

things we don’t do so much anymore #1346: link to “pop” stuff on the interwebz

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unexpectedly beguiling forum Q&A with of all ppl steve albini: eg from page 2, “I would have loved to watch Stevie Wonder play a whole album by himself”

(i found it via lawyers guns and money)