Posts from 2nd April 2008

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Apr 08

Tori Amos – “Playboy Mommy”

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“a superbly realised portrait of a compelling character”

BAY CITY ROLLERS – “Give A Little Love”

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#374, 19th July 1975

A few entries ago I compared “Oh Boy” to Westlife, which got a few commenters disagreeing. The boyband genes of “Give A Little Love”, though, are far less recessive, and when the Rollers amble into that chorus like a tram on a track you can almost see them bestooled and swaying. There’s enough rock in the rollers for the song to play out with an incongruous and entertaining guitar solo (nodding back to the Beatles’ “Something” if I’m not mistaken) but mostly this is purest plod, with yet another hand-wringingly sincere spoken passage to sap us further. It’s pretty enough, though, and there’s something almost endearing about how brazenly it presses its various buttons – but only almost. There’s no harm in it, but no delight either.

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MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Mighty Boosh’s Future Sailors come to life! Sparks impersonating Neil Young. All over the place marvellous.

A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou – Episode 1

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Sarah Clarke joins Mark Sinker and Elisha Sessions to discuss John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There”, a 1938 science fiction novella about ice-bound scientists confronted with an alien who can become them. Elisha reads from the book in case you haven’t. As originally broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 FM in London on April 1, 2008.

Next week: Fritz Leiber – “A Pail of Air”.