Posts from 10th April 2005

Apr 05

Crick Watch

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Newsnight are trying to say that the Crick-copter is there to track down exciting “under the radar” local stories, why then was Thursday’s visit to Sedgefield filled with the same cliches as every other report from the constituency in the past ten years:

1. Reporter on the church green, check
2. Reporter in the Dun Cow, check
3. Reporter in the Trimdon Labour club, check
4. Reporter talking to John Burton (Tony’s agent and my old PE teacher), check

it was only surprising that Burton didn’t whip his banjo out…

Sedgefield is a funny old place, as usual it was described as “rural” at the start of the piece, despite the pock-marked, industrially-scarred, ex-mining villages that make up the majority of the constituency being as far from rolling farmlands as any inner-city. This is the sort of report i understood being made at the start of Tony’s career, no one knew where Sedgefield was, or what kind of place it was, but it’s rather disappointing to see the place i grew up not being allowed to step out of this straight-jacket, even when the good journos (i like Crick most of the time) get there…

The Most Solo Album Ever

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This isn’t about judgements of quality: I just wanted to mention what is surely the soloest album of all time, Boulders by Roy Wood, the great man behind The Move, Wizzard and the only Electric Light Orchestra track I like, ’10538 Overture’.

Obviously writing and singing and producing every track is common enough, and I’m sure there are many other solo albums where the star plays all the instruments too, though I wouldn’t be surprised if no one else has beaten the sheer number of different instruments he plays here – thirty-something, as I recall. What makes this conclusively the soloest album ever is that Roy also painted the album cover. Short of delivering it to the stores, this would take some beating.

Poptimism Jumps on the Bandwagon

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…or variations thereof (“It’s not racist to only like indie – but pop is better”) could appear on the back of the flyer for the next Poptimism. But “variations thereof” are also popping up all over the web (not just b3ta) and the “real life” posters lend themseleves so well to grafitti’d replies (though most of the time that only amounts to “piss off you tory wankers”). So I’m worried that a level of fatigue might set in by the time the club comes around (oh, and the election), especially as the flyers will be used to publicise the club in June and July too.