Posts from May 2009

May 09

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 3, Week 12

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Lollards Of POX more like! Pete Baran, Rob Brennan, William Swygart and Bec Toennessen – licensed to ill. Featuring Cherry Melody’s “Chickenpox”, Booker T and the MGs “Chickenpox”, White Stripes “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine”, Beastie Boys “Time to Get Ill”, the Quincy theme, and Siobhán Donaghy “Medevac”. Feverish about the fanciful, fanciful about the feverish – dropping medicine so you can pick it up. Feel free to tell us that we shouldn’t be so mean about homoeopathy.

May 09

DAVID BOWIE – “Let’s Dance”

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#519, 9th April 1983

One of the odd things about Bowie is how panicky he seems to get when he’s in fashion. The image of him as a “pop chameleon” is surely at least partly cover for a flight-reflex that kicks in when one of his stylistic changes really takes off. In the mid 70s, tasting superstardom on the back of his deviant glam image, he sidestepped into black US pop, making Young Americans and baffling his fans with “plastic soul”. Close to a decade on, and again the fountainhead of art-pop influence, he made exactly the same move, borrowing sounds and musicians from black pop to make a record that’s an exercise in knowing glossiness.


Food Science Question: Boiling Water

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So I was in the pub the other day and suddenly one of our number asked: why don’t we use water from the hot tap in the kettle, or in the water when we need boiling water. Its already hotter, so it will use less energy, and if the alternative is said water in the tank going cold, it would be more environmentally friendly.

My kneejerk reaction, was something to do with stagnancy and hot water tanks. But then, we’re boiling the water – so that should kill all the microscopic nasties off. And I’ve never seen macroscopic or even just scopic nasties in my bathwater (at least not before I get in it, where I BECOME the macroscopic nasty). So would we be saving the planet more by using up water from the hot tank. And does it taste worse? Food scientists, I leave it to you, as I don’t drink hot drinks that often.

May 09

Poptimism / When A Child Is Born Edition

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This Friday, 29th May, sees the return of Poptimism, FreakyTrigger’s super special pop music club night. Now in its new home upstairs at the Horse by Lambeth North Tube, supplying the finest pop music and other surprises to a beer drinking hard dancing public. Join DJ’s Carsmile Steve, Pete Baran and Special Guest Kat Stevens pounding out the tunes of our times, the past AND THE FUTURE. Regular DJ Tom Ewing will be keeping us updated with news of the birth of his second child while we dance away the night!

By the way, that’s what the orange thing on the right is for. Its a Poptimism advert!

So in pictures:



Neufchâtel (Cheesy Lover #1)

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Hello! I have a cheesy ambition, and that’s to eat and review every cheese available in Borough Market.  I’ll take requests,  if there’s a cheese that you want to see reviewed.

SPOILER ALERT: I have tried *quite a lot* of these cheeses already, but I’ll try to not give plots away.


Cheese stats: French (from Normandy, actually), soft and unpasturised cow cheese
Bought from: Le Marche du Quartier

We ate this for lunch, on top of some sourdough bread.

It’s shaped like a HEART!  *insert squeaking about cute cheese*  Apart from that, it’s covered in a velvety mould.  This, cheese science fact fans, is penicillium camemberti, and it’s the fungus that does the magic on camembert (hence the name) and brie.

I cut a slice from the cheese, and discovered that inside it’s two cheeses in one. Directly under the fuzzy white rind, there’s a smooth and sticky, slighly translucent yellow layer, while the heart of the cheese is lighter, crumbly and opaque.  I scoff my slice.  It’s tasty!  Very buttery and creamy, but with a good  tangy, acidic aftertaste and a bit of bitterness and plenty of salt.  There’s a hint of mushroominess in the taste, which reminds me of Brie.  I really like the contrast between the crumbly, fluffy core and the sticky layer around it.

Cheese-eating companion manages to keep a straight face while stating that it’s ‘floral, buttery, slightly grassy’.

Cheesy conclusion: This was a very good lunchtime cheese; not too stinky, and not too strong, but with plenty of interesting textures and flavours to keep us entertained.

May 09

Menswear. And Womenswear too.

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What to say about In The Loop? Its a satire and its sweary. Like most good satires it is also a fantastically angry film, weaving its scatological comedy around the reason British people are most angry with their government in the last ten years, the Iraq War*. Not that In The Loop deals with specifics. There is a war, there are governments but there are unnamed leaders and it is also a touch difficult sometimes to even tell what the politics of the protagonists are. This is all the point, and you would be forgiven at the end to think that Armando Ianucci’s aim was just a nihilistic one – destroy all governments they are clearly useless. But of course this hides a remarkably idealistic strain that next to none of the characters share but is at the heart of the film. It isn’t just asking how did politics come to this, even if it is an over-the-top satire (and it plausibly stands in for the truth). But it does demand we do something about it.

Of course, as can be said about naysayers everywhere, its fine to be critical, but where are your concrete suggestions to solve the problem? Eh? EH?


The Video Age

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(The first two categories are designed to separate people who want the videos as part of the “package” of the song being discussed, and people who just want a way to hear the song. i.e. with the latter option we’d include embedded clips all the way back to Al Martino if we could find ’em.)

This Used To Be The 90s

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Ages ago (1999, to be exact) I did a “Top 100 Singles Of The 90s” series here. While contemplating whether to go for a 00s one (and where to do it, if so), I decided to put a Spotify playlist of the old list together.

And here it is.

64 tracks of the 100 turned up on Spotify – mostly the better-known ones, as you’d expect. Enjoy!

May 09

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 3, Week 11

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It’s a two-fer today as we finally get last week’s recording sorted out. This week: Fear. Pure fear. Tim Hopkins, Pete Baran, Mark Sinker, Kat Stevens and Elisha Sessions play ostensibly scary music and absolutely no Toby Keith in what must be a Lollards first. All tracks are identified on air – I can’t even remember what they all are now – but I did make good on my promise to play the Billie Jean demo (which is NOT the one floating around on Youtube by the way). Originally broadcast Sat. May 23, 2009 on Resonance FM 104.4.

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 3, Week 10

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pop and politics

host: tim hopkins
guests: mark sinker, alix campbell, al ewing

knobs: carsmile steve hewitt

music: “soul power” by james brown, “fascist groove thang” by heaven 17, “the taliban song” by toby keith, plus politicians’ fave-song medley

we discussed the relationship of soul power to black power, whether funk was fascist, if politicians ever liked the music they said they liked, and if there was such a thing as music for activists

orig. broadcast sat. may 16 at 2:30pm on resonance fm 104.4