Posts from 9th October 2004

Oct 04

Further Adventures In Getting A Little Bit Older

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The first of my generation has made it. While shopping with my mum today in Tesco, we/she bought Gwyneth Herbert‘s album. Gwyneth was in the year above me at uni. In fact, the first thing I ever ‘reviewed’ was a gig of hers. She was in a band called ‘Lady G’ and was performing at a ‘Battle of the Bands’. She won and I wrote a long, waffly piece asking myself why music was so wedded to domesticity (house, garage, lounge etc etc ha ha). Oh, how things change…

If you click on the bio section of the site, there’s a fair bit about this era of Gwyneth’s musical development. There was more in an article in the Sunday Times the other week. I was a part of that ‘scene’. Kinda. If you don’t hear from me soon, I’ll be writing the exploitative revelations for serialisation in Record Collector.

N.B. The album is quite good. ‘Fever’ is excellent. You can get Official Gwyneth Herbert ringtones. What more do you want?

Some Thoughts on Britney and Paris as Socio-Cultural Bellwethers.

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Some Thoughts on Britney and Paris as Socio-Cultural Bellwethers.

Two unrelated points that I think mean something but am unsure exactly what.

1) I have heard in the last 3 days, Britney Spears single Toxic three times, once at a strip club and twice at a popular gay dance bar–I haven’t heard it on the radio for months. Between this, the sniping about class the tabs are doing, and her general melt down/wedding fiasco I think that she has finally moved from a pop phenom to a camp classic–which is not a bad thing, the music is better and the self awareness more entertaining. I am just wondering about what strip club and gay dance music is a bellwether for. (another thought, what sort of ironic deconstruction is being done if a black woman took her clothes off to Jay Z’s 99 problems–any?)

2) Paris Hilton’s new album (everyone needs a new album, Lindsay Lohan has one you know–and Hilary Duff’s new movie is being sold by a single that was on the air a month ago.) is called Paris is Burning–after the 80s drag classic or as an awareness of the public reactions to her act. The Lower East Side Drag Queens made a mockery of taste and money, and so is Hilton–the only exception being that she has it and they didn’t.

(What do these two things have in common, What do these two things have apart?)

OBIT: Jacques Derrida

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OBIT: Jacques Derrida :( :( :(

yes i know JD wz actually saying that ‘grammatology’ *wasn’t* a science, and couldn’t be, absent the impossible ?transcendental signifier”, but argts abt what science is and isn’t matter too y’know

[news acc.CeeFax just now]

the ineffectiveness of the transparently fake debate

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the ineffectiveness of the transparently fake debate

the times is currently pushing itself as a forum for lively debate, in particular with a series of ads featuring Harry Hill and Sanjeev Bhaskar fake-arguing about “the best film of all time”: one of them offers a grindingly obviously choice (they’re done tarantino, the godather and casablanca so far that i’ve seen), and the other shoots it down with a tired stand-up zinger (“oscar for the best mumbling more like!”)

unless the point really is to stimulate the would-be times reader to come up with THEIR OWN MUCH BETTER MUCH FUNNIER REASONS PRO or CON, the halt-and-lame scripting has been acutely terrible. surely they must have a good enough ear – given their y’know DAYJOBS AS COMEDIANS – to know and inwardly cringe at how exactly how crappy they sound (i hope both have fired their agents, this is career-wrecking stuff)