Posts from January 2020

Jan 20

Top 100 Tracks Of The 2010s Part 1

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I’ve been running this on the Patreon – available to patrons of any tier – but the intention has always been to export the entries onto this site in chunks. So here’s the first set! Track #100 serves as a fair intro to the project as a whole. Expect a leisurely pace on this stuff.

100. MANIC STREET PREACHERS – “Postcards From A Young Man”

Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 6

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 1 in whose garden can we both gather nosegays?
 2 where was the lofty location of Aritomo’s garden?
 3 who is invited into the garden to share the musk of the rose?
 4 which Garden was developed on the site of the Bishop of Ely’s town house?
 5 which town’s development was based on plans inspired by Howard and holds his grave?

Jan 20

A Great Philosopher (DR ALBAN – “It’s My Life”)

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(Reached #2, September 1992)

In Britain, Alban Uzoma Nwapa was known for two things. This song was one of them. The other was his dental practice – teeth had brought him to live in Sweden, and music paid the dentistry school bills. A dip into Google suggests there are now many rapping dentists – there are many rapping everythings – but Alban was the first, and the combination seemed amusing. A touch provincial, maybe – it had the same vibe as when England go up against Andorra or the Faroes in football, and the commentators hold up day jobs in the post office or the doctors’ surgery as the bona fides of plucky authenticity.

Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 5

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 1 what was Best and Goes Farthest?
 2 which product held the fifth Golden Ticket?
 3 what did Vianne open in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes?
 4 which Gammel Strand grøntsager put marzipan to good use?
 5 Desperation, Pacification, Expectation, Acclamation and finally Realization – what was it?

Jan 20

R. KELLY – “Ignition (Remix)”

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#954, 17th May 2003

So here we are. In 2014, when I wrote the entry for “I Believe I Can Fly”, acknowledging the monstrousness of R Kelly, I had plans to make this piece some sort of grand follow-up. Here is a song that – when I started Popular – was the most beloved of its year. I’ve heard “Ignition (Remix)” in clubs; I’ve danced to it; I’ve watched threads online spiral into giddy delight over it. I expect it was played at my wedding. I expect I played it.

Will I ever play it again? I doubt it. I remember its creamy confidence, its conspiratorial, tale-telling joy well enough not to bother. To this day, any time I’m in a hotel lobby my brain jumps a track and “after the party, the hotel lobby” wanders into my mind. Not as a welcome or unwelcome guest, either, just a well-used connection whose spark lies somewhere below the conscious. “Ignition (Remix)” is part of the mental furniture.

Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 4

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1 who was Ashie, the leader of Juventus?
2 which Veronese nobleman was rejected by a tallow-faced baggage?
3 which regicide was represented as Samuel in a Boston operatic setting?
4 which diplomat received an 11-gun salute on disembarking Nonsuch near Rügen?
5 who arrived from the continent with a cockatoo, a pair of canaries and a family of white rodents?


Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 3

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 1 who suggested a profile of the Dorset Street murderer?
 2 to whom was a Perry Mason story involving dual identity dedicated?
 3 which Professor used photographic superimposition to identify remains found near the A701?
 4 who concluded that the dead man found hanged below Blackfriars Bridge was the victim of foul play?
 5 whose development of genetic fingerprinting exonerated a kitchen porter and led to a life sentence for a bakery worker?
 6 whose ground-breaking test, distinguishing human blood from wood stain and sheep’s blood, led to an execution at Greifswald?