Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Bits And Pieces
Just a few random thoughts. (As opposed to the normally cohesive rubbish...)
I am so not a morning person. Had to be at work for 6am this morning, and it nearly killed me. Now, I know several people who read this blog have to do obscenely early hours, and I can only give you respect for it! But it is really nice walking around London at 5 o'clock. It's serene in a way it never is at almost any other time. Or maybe that was the sleep deprivation.
Was back in the old stomping ground of Watford on the weekend. Wandered round the town centre of a Saturday lunchtime. The disturbing thing is that the entire youth population is split down the middle, half dressing like Girls Aloud and Blazin Squad, and the other half like Papa Roach and Avril Lavigne (tales of which I'll no doubt be recounting on I Love 2005 in 20 years time.) Saw one 15 year old (ish) girl in a Placebo T Shirt and thought You were about 5 when Nancy Boy came out. Which made me feel very old. But then again, I've worn Beatles and Sex Pistols T Shirts, so who's the bigger phoney?
Current pet hate: "But he/she's got a great voice!" as a justification for awful music from awful artists. Just cos you've got nice hardwriting doesn't make you a good writer. So, bugger off Joss Stone, Will Young, Lemar, that prat from Blue, etc, etc... You know who you are. Oh, and the current flood of interchangable, indistinguishable singer songwriters. Piss off you boring bastards.
Hmmm. I guess i should do one of those reasons to be cheerful lists after that, cos it's about time:
Big Train DVD: Genius from the writers of Father Ted. Kept missing this when it was on TV. Perfect washing up viewing. Very silly.
Monkey Dust DVD: A terrifyingly funny look at the darkside of life in Britain. The best show ever on BBC 3. Makes Little Britain look like The Good Life.
Daniel Clowes - Caricature: More cartoon book joy from a reliably twisted mind. Sublime.
Kaiser Chiefs - 'I Predict A Riot': As much as i'm disappointed at the need for a rerelease, it sure sounds good on daytime radio. Really does sound a lot like Blur though...
ccc's mashups: Unlike most bootleggers, who just stick Britney and Christina vocals over the latest indie noise, ccc goes for classic tracks from rock's rich tapestry. Check his Radio ccc mixes for a great alternative view of the last 40 years of pop.
Weekend At Bernie's 2: Most preposterous sequel ever. This time he's a zombie!
The Beatles - Please Please Me LP: Shame they never got anywhere, really...
Mobb Deep - 'Shook Ones Part II': Yeah, it's gangsta rap, but it's very nice too.
Roll Deep - 'Let It Out': One of the best bits from the grimers debut. And yeah, I do have a soft spot for 'The Avenue', too! Sorry...
Ride - 'Leave Them All Behind': Is the guy who wrote this bits from Missy's rather disappointing latest album. Maybe it'll grow on me.
Common - 'Go': If the Kanye West record is half as good as this, it'll be fantastic.
Rukus - 'Let It Go': Yeah yeah yeah, another hip hop record twisting round a Kanye style sample. But this does it better than most.
Ninjas: Ninjas are cool
Prince - 'Sign Of The Times': I'm in a very Princey kinda place now. This is the main reason why.
The Streets - 'Geblendet Vom Light': Blinded by the Lights. In German. Magic!
Gorillaz - 'Dare': Scarey video! Noodle is definitely the coolest.
DB Boulevard - 'Point Of View': No brainer pop house it may be, but it's also just lovely.
Underworld - '2 Months Off': A song title that sounds very good to me at the moment! But this'll do in the meantime. I neglected the parent album a bit when it came out, so I'm making amends now.
Oh, and I got a load of old photos of me as kid which my Gran had. I might post a few up for your amusement at some point! Reminds me of the passage in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, when he talks about looking back on childhood photos and the emotions it can conjure up. Mixed, is the best description! But good overall. Also very amusing to see my mum with her natural red hair, and my dad with...well... hair. Sorry Dad.
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