Posts from 13th August 2007

Aug 07

Why The Internets is Brill: Pt. 345289

FT + Pumpkin PublogPost a comment • 698 views

Someone asks about Coca-Cola Orange

I dimly remember Ki-Ora doing an Orange and Cola flavour in my youth.

Try to confirm such via Wikipedia. Fail.

Do however discover lyrics to Ki-Ora song, and that it was based on a track by Swedish band Caramba.

Idly click through to Caramba page.

Read this amazing fact: “The album is chiefly notable because it is recorded entirely in non-existent language. However, songs which imitate certain regional styles of music generally imitate the phonemic structure of languages from the appropriate regions.”

Awesome. I want this album!

Prince Charles Should Stay Off The Ale

FT + Pumpkin Publog2 comments • 624 views

Our future monarch’s Duchy Originals brand has done very well out of the organic food boom – in fact you have to (perhaps grudgingly) admit that the Prince showed a bit of entrepreneurial vision on this one, since his Highgrove Farm oatcakes etc. anticipated mass take-up of organics by a good few years.


Why not just cut its hair off?

FT + Pumpkin PublogPost a comment • 552 views

Wine is too strong. Not all wine, but the New World trend of the last ten years has found the alcohol volume going up from an average of 11% to somewhere closer to 13%. Now I like a bang for my buck, but being in mind exactly how drunk I want to get it annoys when a light white turns out to be 14%. Give me a crisp Riesling at 8% please for those summer days.

Anyway supermarkets, in the drive for corporate social responsibilities, are responding. In completely the wrong way. In particular the Marks & Spencer “range” called 10%. Much like our old friend C2, if you make the strength an obvious selling point, you mitigate against people buying it. It is there for show.


10CC – “Rubber Bullets”

FT + Popular85 comments • 6,719 views

#332, 23rd June 1973

Like “See My Baby Jive”, “Rubber Bullets” is a really dense bit of popcraft – a restless concentrate of hooks and ideas. 1973 seems to have been a moment in pop when this overload strategy was commercially viable: intelligent, detail-rich, sometimes exhausting pop music has been made ever since but it’s usually been marginal, often self-consciously so. In ’73 10cc, ELO, and Roy Wood were regulars at the business end of the charts: what was going on?