Aug 09

Whoa-oh, we’re (almost) halfway there!

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There are currently 15 songs to go before I reach the halfway point of my Popular project. Obviously it’s possible that I’ll slip back behind that point, but I doubt it, and in any case halfway deserves celebration.

So there will be a WEEKEND OF POPULAR held from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th October. Come along and mark the beginning of the triumphant second half of this enormous project, which will be much like the first except with more Westlife.*

On the Friday (2nd), the Poptimism Club Night at the Horse Bar near Waterloo will be taken over by Club Popular, where the most banging number ones from 1952 to now will be played. Many will induce you to dance.

On the Sunday (4th), the Hangover Lounge at The Lexington on Pentonville Road will ALSO play host to Club Popular, this time playing the softer side of chart-topping pop. We’re delighted to say that Bob Stanley, of Saint Etienne, will be DJing.

Something might happen on the Saturday too, who knows.

It would be marvellous to see you, especially if you’re a comments box regular we haven’t met yet. Put it in the diaries!

*there is of course a slim chance that I will go crazy and spend the 90s talking about how pop is the female void and rock the male light, before the 00s devolve into a minute annotation of Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom in a really tiny font. Caveat lector.


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    mike on 18 Aug 2009 #

    That weekend might be tricky timing (as I’m hoping to attend a conference on “hyper-local” blogging in Stoke-On-Trent on the Saturday, oh yes indeed), but I’ll do what I can to make it down for one event or t’other.

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    Martin Skidmore on 19 Aug 2009 #

    Is the last Friday in September on October 2nd this year?

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    Pete on 19 Aug 2009 #

    We had to shift it cos the upstairs at the Horse was already booked out the week before. Bah!

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    Alex S on 19 Aug 2009 #

    If I hadn’t been sold on the idea already, the Cerebus gag would have clinched it.

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    Erithian on 5 Oct 2009 #

    Can I just say, briefly, thanks and congratulations for a brilliant night on Friday? As someone said, what goes in Poptimism stays in Poptimism, but where else in London (or indeed the world) could you get segues like Winifred Atwell into Bob the Builder, or “Bonkers” into “Telstar”? Good to meet so many fellow contributors and others. Couldn’t make Sunday, how did that go?

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    Tom on 5 Oct 2009 #

    Bob played an excellent set of #1s and – I was very touched by this – gave me a 78 of “Here In My Heart” as a halfway there present.

    Thanks to everyone who came, on either night. The next chunk of #1s is very much the hangover, I fear.

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    punctum on 5 Oct 2009 #

    Really enjoyed Friday and very nice to meet Erithian amongst many others. Too bad Mike T-D couldn’t make it, but hopefully another time? Yep, “Bonkers” into “Telstar” wouldn’t and couldn’t happen anywhere else – cherish it while it’s still here.

    L & I were a wee bit perplexed yesterday, however. We turned up at the Lexington round about two-ish and looked around for this Hangover Lounge thing. There was a chap with two CD decks as we went in and the heart was already sinking in a “is this IT?” sense. We went upstairs but upstairs was shut and there was no downstairs.

    Eventually we asked Mr DJ who told us that this indeed was it; we’d had the notion that, as with Club P, it would be in its own area but nope, here it was, and there didn’t seem to be much space to move (in the unlikely event that we would have felt like dancing) and L & I felt a bit uncomfortable – in the sense that if we just stood around listening to the music and not eating or drinking anything we’d be kicked out. Also we knew zero other people there – not that there were many – and even though we saw Tom come in as we were debating whether or not to go back in, we eventually decided it wasn’t worth it and found something more congenial to do with the rest of the day.

    A great pity and no doubt approx. five seconds after we left the place filled up with excitable and familiar faces but when you don’t feel comfortable in a space there’s no point staying there. Maybe we would have been OK hanging around there all afternoon but that wasn’t the vibe we got from the place.

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    Tim on 6 Oct 2009 #

    I didn’t arrive at the Hangover Lounge until 4.30-ish but by the time I got there the place was humming and convivial. As ever with the Lounge, the music selection was engineered for sitting, not dancing.

    Sorry to have missed you, Marcello.

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    punctum on 6 Oct 2009 #

    I think our main problem was doubt as to whether the place would let us simply sit around and listen to the music rather than buy huge quantities of drinks and/or Sunday roasts; it was by no means obvious that they would. That and the thing about coming in and not knowing anyone. Maybe the answer is to come in a bit later to get the convivial thing going so maybe we’ll pay another visit if we know for sure that People We Know are also going.

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    Matt DC on 6 Oct 2009 #

    One is generally expected to buy drinks in pubs, but as long as you buy one drink they are usually quite happy for you to sit there as long as you want. If the place is empty it’s better to have people sitting around and making it look a bit fuller, and once it’s full they’re too busy serving to care. You did turn up pretty early though, it usually fills up slightly later than that.

    Sad I didn’t make this, but due to returning from holiday we’d been up for about 20 hours the previous day and I just wouldn’t have been any use to anyone.

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    wichita lineman on 6 Oct 2009 #

    The Popular section didn’t start til 4, but there were plenty of familiar faces there by 3. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you, DJP. You missed We Don’t Talk Anymore being played twice in 15 minutes – yes, it’s that good.

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