Posts from 7th January 2009

Jan 09

Freaky Trigger Competition: WIN The Pitchfork 500! (and some other stuff maybe)

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I will get back to liveblogging the Pitchfork 500 very soon, but in the meantime a SPARE COPY of this excellent tome has come into my possession. If you want a chance of winning it, you can enter Freaky Trigger’s first ever* PRIZE COMPETITION**.

What do you have to do? Well, as you probably know by now the book in question contains short – 200 words or so – pieces on what the Pitchfork editorial crew consider to be the best 500 songs of the last 30 years.

So the competition is simply to write another piece in this format*** and send it to me at The competition will be judged on the persuasiveness of the entry, taking into account the amount a reasonable judge (i.e. me) might NEED to be persuaded. In other words, given an entry that fully persuades me that Britney Spears’ “Piece Of Me” is one of the best 500 songs of the last etc etc and an entry that makes a fair stab at doing the same for “Dancing In The Moonlight” by Toploader, I will choose the latter. The winning entry***, and probably a few others, will be published here, or perhaps witheld to replace recalcitrant entries in the Top 100 Songs Of All Time.

*that I can remember
**NB this competition is not licensed by or the publishers or anything like that: it’s just because I’ve got a spare copy. Other prizes might be thrown in but they won’t necessarily be very good.
***it doesn’t have to be “in the style of Pitchfork” or anything silly like that. Just throw something together, don’t waste too much time on it!
****to be announced after the closing date, which is erm lets say THE END OF JANUARY!


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22. Blue Pearl – (Can You) Feel The Passion

If Rage’s ‘Run To You’ was filled with tame but uncomfortable references to knobbing within a loving relationship, then Blue Pearl’s contribution to Rave ’92 is a steaming pile of mortification, the heavy-breathing being explicit enough to send good little Christian Kat scrambling for the fast-forward button.


BBC Planetomorphosizing Bollocks

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In the old days on FT, when we had a regular science column, we mostly used to post links to the BBC News website and be snarky about their rubbish sicence reporting. WHY DID WE EVER STOP?

Look at the following paragraph regarding the growth of the planet Jupiter taken from the BBC News Science and Environment page (it is bad enough science has to share with environment and is hived off from Technology but…)
“The planet Jupiter must have gained mass fast during its infancy, according to astronomers.”

(I know, to me that’s a sentence but on the Beeb website its a paragraph. In bold.) Anyway that sentence is the justification for the following headline for the article: