Posts from March 2011

14
Mar 11

three of a kind

FT17 comments • 1,273 views

engelbert humperdinck is a TWO

hank williams is a THREE

andy taylor is a FOUR

james/jim morrison — it tiresomely turns out — is a FIVE

luckily michael/mike/mick/mickie/micky/mickey jones is a TEN!

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13
Mar 11

Poetry Corner

The Brown Wedge4 comments • 331 views

My in-laws are moving out of their house later this year – they’ve been there for 40+ years so there is an awesome amount of junk in their attic to be sorted out. Including the special edition of The Times printed for the moon landings. Which included the famous faked moon landings photo and also a less well remembered bit of moon memorabilia: a special poem written by Barclays Bank’s ad copywriters to commemorate the event. You’re not going to find this kind of thing on Mad Men! (I hope). Full scan below the cut…

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12
Mar 11

Welcome To Violence: Eve And The Handyman

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Recently Al Ewing and Sarah Peploe came into possession of a box set containing “18 uplifting classics” (end quote) from the cinematic oeuvre of Russ Meyer. Heedless of the consequences, they have taken it upon themselves to watch and review each of these in turn on a roughly one-per-week basis. This is part two.

DISCLAIMER DEPT: This is probably NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Also, SPOILERS.

Note the small 'h'

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11
Mar 11

Doing It For YOU

Popular78 comments • 3,495 views

An upcoming Popular special event!

Coming up soon – we’ll have to just tolerate spoilers here – is Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, which as every schoolkid knows is the longest-running number one of all time. Sixteen long weeks, to be exact.

So my review of it will be a little different from normal. I’m going to listen to it sixteen times on the trot – one for each week – and live blog as I go. (With a minute or so break between each to finish typing). The whole thing will take about 60-70 minutes 90 minutes, and at the end I’ll hand out a mark.

Of course comments will be open all this time, and I’ll announce before exactly when it’s going to happen (early afternoon on a weekday, I should think) so you commenters can follow along too. There’s still a few entries to go before that, too.

(This idea is stolen from an old comics fanzine from 1991 in which Andrew Littlefield and Hasan Yusuf did something similar, so credit to them!)

10
Mar 11

QUEEN – “Innuendo”

FT + Popular98 comments • 7,403 views

#658, 26th January 1991

Freddie Mercury was dying. Very few of the people buying “Innuendo” knew it – most would have heard the rumours that the singer had AIDS, or seen the constant tabloid speculation around the ‘ailing rocker’. But they would have also heard Mercury’s denials. So this single has a particularly unusual context – almost entirely hidden at the time, hard to avoid now. How you rate “Innuendo” might well depend on how much you hear it as a last – or close-to-last – message to fans and world, a big blocky cry against the dying of the light.

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Time Reconsidered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Who Eps: #14 THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS

FT12 comments • 1,531 views

or “Robot mummies vs sweating gelignite

… being a show-by-show TARDIS-esque (ie in effect random) exploration of Doctor Who Soup to Nuts, begun at LJ’s diggerdydum community, and crossposted at FT.

Lovecraft meets Von Daniken in the (ok quite long) shadow of the 1972 King Tut show at the British Museum (which my family went to London to see, but didn’t bcz the queue was so long): in an isolated Victorian folly in 1911, surrounded by excavated Egyptian relics, a MITEY and EEVIL ELDER GOD WHO HATES ALL MORTAL LIFE (viz SUTEKH aka SET aka SATAN aka the TYPHONIAN BEAST) has been semi-unleashed, and is attempting via minions to complete the process: only 4 aka BB and SJS can save the universe. Will they succeed? Now read on…

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Mar 11

ENIGMA – “Sadness Part 1”

Popular74 comments • 9,341 views

#657, 19th January 1991

Time has not been especially kind to Enigma: “Sadness Part 1” sounds today like an almost parodically generic chillout track. Its mysteries have evaporated – what remains is a ponderous mix of particularly banal elements. Gregorian chant? Synthesised pan pipes? Give over!

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one of these is not like the others!

FT17 comments • 577 views

“In the kitchens the famous cooks were preparing menus which included, for one course alone: ballock broth, caudle ferry, lampreys en gelantine, oysters in civey, eels in sorré, baked trout, brawn in mustard, numbles of a hart, pigs farsed, cockintryce, goose in hoggepotte venison in frumenty, hens in brewet, roast squirrels, haggis, capon-neck pudding, garbage, tripe, blaundersorye, caboges, buttered worts, apple mousse, gingerbread, fruit tart, blancmange, quinces in comfit, stilton cheese, and causs boby.”
T. H. White, The Once and Future King Liber Tertius: The Ill-Made Knight, p.446, Wyman and Sons Ltd, 1930, 1940, 1958.

Welcome To Violence: The Immoral Mr Teas

Do You See + FT/1 comment • 1,636 views

Recently Al Ewing and Sarah Peploe came into possession of a box set containing “18 uplifting classics” (end quote) from the cinematic oeuvre of Russ Meyer. Heedless of the consequences, they have taken it upon themselves to watch and review each of these in turn on a roughly one-per-week basis. This is part one.

DISCLAIMER DEPT: This is probably NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

the treadmill is a metaphor for something

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6
Mar 11

The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #9: Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna

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What to say about this reggae supersmash not already said by Tom, and the army of comment crew enthusiast over on Popular. Ever angle of this amazing one hit wonder has been touched up, a worthy ten and a record that still sounds fresh as light as the day it was birthed upon the charts. The twin guns of confidence and sass bounce this along as such a terrific little pop gem that it really is very very hard to find anything to say except its really, really good.

So instead why not look at the conspiracy theories which swirl around the song. From the sabotage of the BBC Top Of The Pops orchestra to the misspelling of Althea on a record sleeve, its a song with a fair share of odd stories attached to it.

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