Feb 09

How You Know You’ve Made It: pt 263

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popular-clippingYes, yes – we’ve been mentioned in the Guardian, the Independent and FHM(!), but you know you’ve actually made it when you are mentioned in the real actual PAPER OF RECORD. No not the Times, (actually I think we have already been mentioned in there too), who uses that Murdoch rag as the paper of record any more? That’s right, there was a short article on Popular in this morning Metro. On their “web and weird stuff” page The Ridiculant, just below the five days old late story on Christian Bale’s sweary rant. What do you mean you missed it. Something better to do on the bus? I tell you this’ll be a clipping for the ages.

Of course I had something better to do on the bus so – as you can tell – this clipping is from the electronic version of the Metro.

Who knew there was an electronic edition? Certainly if I miss my fix of made up celebrity gossip*, reheated News At Ten and Nemi / This Life in the morning I now know I can get it online here. It does however beg the question: they may suggest Tom is a tad obsessive for this project. But what is more worthwhile? Reviewing every UK number one, or ARCHIVING EVERY ELECTRONIC EDITION OF METRO EVER?

*How is The Green Room still going? Actually is the Green Room still going? I haven’t read a proper copy of Metro for years as my bus doesn’t start at a tube stop. Its very sad.


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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Most mornings, a copy of Metro materialises in the far left hand cubicle of our office toilets. God bless the Metro Fairy!

    Their music section is much better than you might imagine, and I’m impressed that the people behind it have got away with it for so long.

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Actually I like the film reviews and the food reviews too.

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    a logged-out pˆnk s lord whatnot on 9 Feb 2009 #

    i wish it wasn’t free so i could pay for it

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    LondonLee on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Ah, but has your blog been visited by one of the artists you’ve written about? I’ve had comments from Kit Hain (asking me to re-upload a track from Marshall Hain’s album because she lost her copy!) and recently one of the Native Hipsters dropped by.

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    a logged-out pˆnk s lord whatnot on 9 Feb 2009 #

    there was a post only last week from one of the founders of the honeycombs

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2009 #

    I was chided by Richard Jobson (admittedly after I criticised one of his films).

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    a logged-out pˆnk s lord whatnot on 9 Feb 2009 #

    that wasn’t on popular though, otherwise we’d be citing DOUG YULE

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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Hmm, let’s see… I’ve had comments from one of Vanilla Ninja and the former singer with Medium Medium; an e-mail from the partner of someone from Dolly Mixture; and I’ve been blogrolled by Alison Moyet. Can’t recall any others.

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Vanilla Ninja wins. Was it about Club Kung Fu?

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    peter goodlaws on 9 Feb 2009 #

    The long arm of the Metro Fairy actually stretches as far south as Haywards Heath, although I’ve never grabbed a copy of it myself. Great to see this snippet, though.

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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #

    #9 – It was indeed about “Club Kung Fu”. There was also a defence of their new hairdos, as I’d been a tad snarky.

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    Pete Baran on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Well if this excited you, you may want to listen to Radio Two at 6.10 tonight!


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    Erithian on 9 Feb 2009 #

    LondonLee #4 – This question was discussed at some length in the thread on the Overlanders’ “Michelle”. Terry Widlake, a former member of the Overlanders, posted to say hi to Waldo, who went to school with the son of another band member, Laurie Mason. On the same thread Marcello noted that Joe Moretti of Chris Farlowe’s band had posted on the “Out of Time” thread and that Mitch Murray had taken issue with Tom’s verdict on “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”. Then we also heard from a close friend of Peters and Lee who runs their website. Any more you’re aware of, Tom?

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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Joe Moretti also posted on the Shaking All Over thread, having played on the original Johnny Kidd & the Pirates recording.

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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Also, a couple of descendents of the writers of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Release Me posted comments (see #28 and #36).

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    Tom on 9 Feb 2009 #

    We are pretty sure that “The Wolfman!” who commented on the Adam Ant thread is none other than Man Called Marco (Pirroni).

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    wichita lineman on 9 Feb 2009 #

    I’m pretty sure that the mention of Popular in The Times was by me. And look at the avalanche of media attention that resulted in… less relevant than Metro!

    Was anyone else wondering why the chap from The Honeycombs posted? The gist of it seemed to be “Good work, top marks, but why bother”.

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    lonepilgrim on 9 Feb 2009 #

    Tom – you sounded good on the radio and kept your end up with Chris – now let’s wait for the deluge

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    mike on 9 Feb 2009 #


    Good work there, Tom!

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