Posts from 14th November 2008

Nov 08

ODYSSEY – “Use It Up And Wear It Out”

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#462, 26th July 1980

“Use It Up” steamed to number one on the back of its chant-friendly refrain: “one, two, three – shake your body down!”. But, effective though the surging chorus is, there’s a lot more going on here. The band are mix-and-matching a bunch of dancefloor protocols – sweet disco backing vox; whistles and latinate rhythmic tinges; chirruping and squawking synths; steelband suppleness; and finally some lovely scat-singing on the extended version’s coda. The result is pleasingly loose and relaxed, an open-door party where how you move matters a lot more than where you’re from.


Give Him The Boot (Aka Get Out Of Jail Scott Free)

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So Hasbro have tapped up Ridley Scott to make a film based on Monopoly. Ridley has responded by saying it will most closely resemble Blade Runner, a futuristic city scape where giant ships, cars and scottie dogs speed around snapping up property. Though trying to transpose some of the rule of Monopoly will give the film a very idiosyncratic feel. For example there isn’t much of a survey done before buying property in monopoly, let alone a HIP. Generally you land on something and you buy it sight unseen. So expect to see a cruise ship with ADD snapping up property wherever they may be. More intriguingly is the way rental works in Monopoly. You pop down Old Kent Road, and though you may be there for all of twenty seconds you owe someone rent.