Posts from May 2018

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May 18

other jacksons in your house

FT + Hidden Landscapes18 comments • 919 views

… or how when we made Morrissey we made him bad

(originally posted at my PATREON, where i’ll be posting weekly alongside the fortnightly podcasts — if you subscribe you get to read the posts a few days early, and obviously help offset the podcast costs etc)

panic | hang the DJA bitter office quarrel — the so-called the ‘HipHop Wars’ — had been making life at the NME miserable from some time. At issue was the current and future direction of the paper — how to give the readers what they wanted to read, week on week, while staying abreast of music’s future trends — so when the Smiths released ‘Panic’ in late 1986, it crystallised everything. “Hang the DJ!” sang Morrissey: “Burn down the disco!” Those who cared for black music at all — future and past — were appalled: to them it was very clear who this talk of burning and hanging was aimed at. His supporters scrambled for a less ugly reading: not that kind of DJ! Not those discos! Much was made of Steve Wright following a news report about Chernobyl with a Wham! song. Concluding statement for the defence: He’s not anti black musicians, he’s anti bland music — and that goes for us all, surely?

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May 18

SUGABABES – “Round Round”

Popular13 comments • 794 views

#933, 24th August 2002

sugaround Xenomania – the songwriting and production team on “Round Round”, led by Miranda Cooper and Brian Higgins – defined 00s British pop, at least in the eyes of chart-friendly critics. Their magpie approach to genre, their patchwork song structures, their knack for a resonant line, all added up to music that wore its artfulness and populism with equal pride. If you believed that pop was worth celebrating, Xenomania provided gift-wrapped proof.

The Inaugural FreakyTrigger TV Poll: #12 – #1

Do You See + FT5 comments • 262 views

hqdefault“Hi, I’m the Ghost Of The 1979 ITV Strike, and I am here to resurrect and complete the somewhat delayed (due to strikes probably) Freaky Trigger TV Poll. Imagine if you can the landscape of 1979 British television. Three channels, BBC1, BBC2 and ITV – and then suddenly one of those channels being off. Its like a third of your choice taken away. Because it is. Up and down the country member of ACTT (Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians) withdrew their labour in a pay dispute for three months, leaving in most places this blue title card to be displayed. Which still got more viewers than much of BBC2. Anyway it was a fun time I can tell you and a civilised picket the likes of which British TV has barely seen since. And given the option of the twelve shows below or a blue title card what would you watch. (Doctor Who’s Planet Of Death was the answer in my day – interesting to see that is still going.)”

Thanks, Ghost Of A TV Strike, and huge apologies for the delay in the publishing of this. If I do it next year I may get help… But in the meantime here is the top twelve:

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May 18

HIDDEN LANDSCAPES: THE PODCAST

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two eps now up of the Rambling Conversation of the Book of the Conference, feat. me and hazel southwell and what sounds like a GIANT bottle of wine which was in fact just normal-sized yes

pod 1: the pilot!
pod 2: uh merry memories of the nme!

plz to let ppl know far and wide, esp.yr wealthy pals and work-chums if yr strapped! it’s been fun to record it and the soundcloud costs and admin (=basically hazel editing it) and will not be a chore if ppl are throwing a tiny bit of money towards it, here: patreon

(the patreon will also go towards me blogging MUCH more regularly, here and at hashtag tashlan: big post on MORRISSEY dropping soon

Plus here is the COVER courtesy SAVAGE PENCIL — this is due out in a month or three!

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