Posts from 18th August 2009

Aug 09

toward a better understanding of powder kegs and sparks

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bonnietyler_flowchart There are a few subroutines missing but as I say, this is only TOWARD a better understanding. A complete knowledge may ultimately be beyond the ken of humans. Thanks to

Jake Thackray

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So, I saw a (repeated) bbc four documentary about Jake maybe six months ago and then kept on entirely failing to search for his stuff, but then a friend linked to the above and I found an treasure trove of stuff on spotify (sorry Americans), and he is all kinds of awesome, jazzy and silly and slightly rude, but very british (and a bit 70s to be honest, as the above example shows). I’m not sure why he’s disappeared into obscurity, given that the doco showed him on many TV shows, and he seemed to have a fanbase of slightly alt comedians (i’m pretty certain the programme was made by Associated Rediffusion, ie Victor Lewis-Smith).

Hei Hei Wickie – The Transgendered Viking

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Talking about Land Of The Lost below I suggest that no-one was clamouring for a film remake. Well, to take that a step further I started to think about all the time filling but not very good series and cartoons I saw as a kid, and wondered if they too would be dragged out of retirement for a new generation of bemused kids and man-children. Whilst I could certainly see the French computer animation chaps behind The Magic Roundabout buffing up Wattou Wattou, its safe to say that the cheap bought in animation blocks on ITV were the bottom of the list. But hey, our poorly dubbed Eurotoon may well be a Norwegian animation classic.

And then I came across this.

That’s right. The live action Vicky The Viking.


Whoa-oh, we’re (almost) halfway there!

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There are currently 15 songs to go before I reach the halfway point of my Popular project. Obviously it’s possible that I’ll slip back behind that point, but I doubt it, and in any case halfway deserves celebration.

So there will be a WEEKEND OF POPULAR held from Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th October. Come along and mark the beginning of the triumphant second half of this enormous project, which will be much like the first except with more Westlife.*

On the Friday (2nd), the Poptimism Club Night at the Horse Bar near Waterloo will be taken over by Club Popular, where the most banging number ones from 1952 to now will be played. Many will induce you to dance.

On the Sunday (4th), the Hangover Lounge at The Lexington on Pentonville Road will ALSO play host to Club Popular, this time playing the softer side of chart-topping pop. We’re delighted to say that Bob Stanley, of Saint Etienne, will be DJing.

Something might happen on the Saturday too, who knows.

It would be marvellous to see you, especially if you’re a comments box regular we haven’t met yet. Put it in the diaries!

*there is of course a slim chance that I will go crazy and spend the 90s talking about how pop is the female void and rock the male light, before the 00s devolve into a minute annotation of Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom in a really tiny font. Caveat lector.

I Love A Flop

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Land Of The Lost deserved to be a flop. Its a remake of a not particularly loved, nonsensical kids TV show which no-one was demanding to be remade. However if they were demanding it to be remade, perhaps they wouldn’t want the general premise of the show changed to fit the whims of a big US comedian who appears to want to just be silly for an hour and a half. Thus robbed of any form of structure or point, the film flounders from one half arsed set piece to the next to add puerile jokes and waste a huge amount of money on comic CGI for a non-existent audience.

I loved it. Well, not loved. But the hour and a half I spent with Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride actually passed with very little boredom and a few laughs. Its Will Ferrell: you are paying for stupid.