Thursday, March 06, 2008
When I did student radio at the illustrious URN in Nottingham, I used to co-host our record review show, Slag or Shag. Every Wednesday evening a panel, headed by my good self, would closely examine the week's most significant releases and decide whether they should reside on the luxurious shag pile carpet, or face the indignity of being tossed out of the window onto the slag heap. All whilst drinking cheap lager from the union bar and trying not to swear. One week, me and Neil, who anchored the show, only invited young impressionable female students to join us on the panel. Those were good times... Truly, what rakish cads we were!
Anyway, I thought I'd revive this tried and tested format to sum up what's currently rocking my world, and what's getting my goat. (Which is a very odd phrase now I come to think of it.) We'll start with the rotten eggs, and move on to the toffee apples.
Billie Joe Armstrong, MIA and Karen O appearing in Converse ads. Way to rock those punk credentials. If that wasn't bad enough, they're resurrecting the likes of James Dean, Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious to hawk their sneakers too... Sure, once they were the icon of counter culture. But we all know Converse are made by Nike now, don't we? Rocknfuckinroll. Sell outs!
Krispy Kreme donuts appearing in the Tesco round the corner from work. Why won't they let me live?! I have resisted thus far, but I am only human...
The Koko, Camden. As pretty as this place is, it does rather get my goat at times... Now, we all know that drinks prices are ridiculous in London wherever you go, but charging £3.90 for a can of Kronenburg poured into a plastic cup is taking the piss. Couple that with dodgy acoustics and a labyrinthine design impossible to navigate after a couple of beers, this consistently wins my vote for most irritating venue in London. Keep going back there, though, don't I? So who's the real sucker..?
Anyway, enough of all this negativity. Let's flip the script and reverse some polarity...
Madmen. BBC Four does it again. Perfectly evoking the period where the American dream was made concrete in 1960. It manages to remain startlingly relevant to today, without resorting to tired or predictable references. So kind of like Ashes To Ashes, but, you know, much much better.
Everyone's favourite rock japesters We Are Scientists rule backstage at the NME Awards. And give us a cut out and keep guide to who in the lofty world of indie actually has a sense of humour... "Boy bands are back and I think this time they're here to stay!"
Underworld live at the Roundhouse. Well, ok, so it was last week, but it was still fantastic! Add to that the imposing inflatable stage props that resembled light sabers with brewer's droop, it was quite a show to behold. It was impossible not to lose yourself in the relentless beats, thousands dancing from the front to the back and up in the stalls. Then they played Born Slippy and I remembered just why it's one of the greatest records ever made... Garry Mulholland argued that it was the perfect bastard child of punk and disco, and it's hard to argue.
Arsenal beating AC Milan 2-0. I don't usually talk about football much on this blog, but UP THE ARSE!
Registered for Glastonbury. Although I'm slightly concerned that a million or so people have already done the same... See you down the front for The Verve! (The front of an entirely different stage, that is...) Rrrrreally tempted by Reading and Bestival this year too. And Edinburgh... Oh dear.
And, of course, here are the songs that are currently rocking my world. These are all welcome to nestle in the welcome bosom of my shagpile carpeting any time...
1. Be Your Own Pet - Super Soaked
2. Lightspeed Champion - Back To Black
3. Death In Vegas - Dirge
4. The Futureheads - Beginning Of The Twist
5. Utah Saints - Something Good (08 Remix)
6. Underworld - Jumbo (Everything Everything Live Version)
7. My Chemical Romance - Song 2
8. Elbow - Grounds For Divorce
9. The Duke Spirit - Wooden Heart
10. Kylie - Wow
The days are starting to get longer, the nights are receding. Spring is starting to go boing and life is getting interesting! There's something about this time of year... Hope you're having fun and your shags are outnumbering your slags. So to speak.
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