Posts from 25th November 2011

Nov 11

What Is The New Rock’N’Roll?

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On the “No Limits” thread I was reminded that it’s been almost 20 years since first comedy and then computer games were the new rock’n’roll. Are they still, I wondered? Surely the meme has spread, mutated and diversified since then? BOY WAS I RIGHT.

In the poll below you will see the first-page results of a Google search for “the new rock n roll”, in order. Hats off to the magical SEO monkeys of theosophy! Comedy is still flying the new r’n’r flag, thanks to Jimmy Carr: everything else is testament to the enduring (albeit tongue-in-cheek) pull of one of the great bullshit phrases of the 90s. All you have to do is vote for which of these pretenders is the real thing.

Which of these is actually the new rock n roll?

  • Maps 24%
  • World Sheep Dog Trials 23%
  • Knitting 16%
  • Theosophy 12%
  • Comedy 9%
  • Economics 4%
  • British Poetry 4%
  • Entrepreneurialism 3%
  • Transport 3%
  • Dance 1%

Total Voters: 95

Poll closes: 2 Dec 2011 @ 15:23

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2 UNLIMITED – “No Limit”

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#685, 13th February 1993

Delicious pop memory: Tony Parsons casting this song as an outrider of apocalypse on some late night culture or news show. He read out the lyrics slowly, in a tone of profound regret – how far had we fallen when this.. this thing could stand in for pop?


Popular ’92

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I give a mark out of 10 to every track – this poll is for you to tick all the songs you’d have given 6 or more to, and you can discuss the year in general in the comments box.

Which of these Number Ones Of 1992 would you give 6 or more to?

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Poll closes: No Expiry

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A year of few number ones, though it took me an age to finish. My highest marks were 8 for Shakespear’s Sister and Charles And Eddie; lowest was a 2 for Wet Wet Wet. Onwards!