Posts from 21st February 2003

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Feb 03

DENIM – It Fell Off The Back Of A Lorry

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DENIM – It Fell Off The Back Of A Lorry

It’s not all gloom round mine, obviously. One thing I’ve been listening to a lot is Disky’s wonderful Wow…That Was The 70s! box set, and in turn that’s opened a window into my ‘getting’ Denim. I hated the Denim On Ice album when it was released – a colleague loved it and kept playing it, which never helps, and it seemed an unfunny coda to an unpleasant time for pop. Time has mellowed my prissy annoyance with Britpop and Lawrence’s deadpan observations of pick’n’mix popcult seem a lot darker and droller than they did at the time.

Mostly though I like the record more because so much of it feels like a tribute to the strangeness and exuberance of 70s pop. The talkbox guitars, flourished key-changes and multi-tracked choristers of “It Fell Off The Back Of A Lorry” tap the same absurd mayhem of Fox or the Pipkins: pop’s studio arsenals harnessed in the name of trivia and nonsense, an alternative universe where the Beatles never recorded anything except “Mean Mr.Mustard”…and were still the biggest band in the world. On most of the album, Lawrence streaks this candyfloss vision with sharply-recalled details of real 70s-and-after living, grey and grimy – it’s still fun, but it’s art-pop too. But “Fell Off…” is the most straightforwardly gummy tune, so I like it best, so that’s where you should start.

Pitchfork on

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Pitchfork on Dawson’s Creek – no, no, flame off, it’s a good piece! A very interesting bit of behind-the-scenes research by Chris Dahlen on how up-and-coming indie bands are getting their songs on Creek which exposes along the way the changing, conflicting attitudes to “selling out” on the underground.

The ‘why’ of indie music on DC is obvious – even the bestest-scrubbed teens have their angsty moments and this show is little but. What’s fascinating is how Choo Choo La Rouge – the band in question – handle their deal with the corporate devil. They take the money, no problem, but their attitude to marketing this opportunity borders on the phobic – they won’t even play the featured song live in case punters think it was “on purpose”. The article illuminates, though doesn’t stress, the way diffidence and shyness plays as much of a part as principle in keeping the underground that way. Good stuff.

Tom’s Top Ten!

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Tom’s Top Ten!

CHESTER P – “The Wickerman Theory”
THE PIPKINS – “Gimme Dat Ding”
MALIK – “N’Touma”
DENIM – “It Fell Off The Back Of A Lolly”
LAID BLAK – “Scream And Shout”
TEARS FOR FEARS – “Pale Shelter”
KHIA – “When I Meet My King”
CLEARLAKE – “Almost The Same”
TIGA – “Madame Hollywood”
PREFAB SPROUT – “Desire As”

Important 102 Beats That News

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Important 102 Beats That News: if you haven’t done your 102 Beats That entry, can you get it done before March 7th please? (That’s two weeks time). If you’re interested in helping us write the ‘missing’ entries ourselves, and will have time to do this in the middle of March, please get in touch with me – thanks!

(The second part of 102 will be going online on Freaky Trigger’s 4th birthday, when we’ll also be doing something else exciting.)

I HATE MUSIC NOT STRICTLY TRUE LYRIC WATCH: CHRISTINA AGUILERA – Beautiful

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“I am beautiful, in every single way”

To be fair Tina, this isn’t strictly true is it. For example you are not beuatiful in that way which is obviously apparent to the naked eye. Which, oddly, is the usual meaning of the word beautiful. Still, let’s look at the other ways you are beautiful. You are certainly beautiful in the eyes of your stylist – which is a good thing because judging by your clothes it is the only thing thatcan be seen with his eyes. You might also be beautiful in the eyes of your stylists guide dog. You are beautiful to all those people out there who have trouble spelling simple words like Dirty. And you are pretty, oh so pretty, to Linda “song writer from hell” Perry whose bank balance you inexplicably have just added another million dollars to.

But not strictly beautiful to look at.