Friday, November 28, 2008
Monkey Gone To Heaven
It's been a good week. I finally got to see Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's interpretation of Monkey at the O2. Which was absolutely spectacular. From mindblowing visuals, gorgeous live musical arrangement and frankly eye watering gymnastic displays from the cast, it didn't disappoint. Even allowing for my love of all things Albarn, it was one of the highlights of my year. The prospect of a possible Blur reunion next year only made it seem more of a triumph.
And I've just got back from a night with Eddie Izzard in London's West End. And...it was... good. Which still feels a touch disappointing, because Eddie's shows in the past have been nothing short of superb. It was still a delight to see him, and plenty of laughs were to be had. But Stripped just isn't as wonderfully entrancing as say Definite Article, Unrepeatable or Glorious were. Eddie once said that he always wanted to be able to tell jokes about going to the shops to buy crisps, rather than stories about sending his butler to get crisps for him. And the fact that he has to stop himself embarking on a tale about being in a limo in LA speaks volumes. He always wanted to break the glass ceiling to become more than just a stand up, and he has. But it's inevitable that he won't be able to reach the enviable heights onstage from when he was at his hungriest. All that said, I can forgive him and had a great night. And I can always watch the old shows on retro VHS.
Anyway, we need some songs, really, don't we? Following my excessive praise of Take That, there's more guilty pleasures to be had. (Except I don't feel remotely guilty.) And some lovely treats from my Shuffleathon pressie, which I promise will get a proper review soon...
1. Coldplay - Life In Technicolour II
2. Katy Perry - Hot n Cold
3. AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
4. Joy Zipper - Baby You Should Know
5. Spinnerette -Valium Knights
6. Scott Walker - 30th Century Man
7. MC Honky - What A Bringdown
8. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - You're All I Need To Get By
9. Howling Bells - Into The Chaos
10. Manic Street Preachers - Faster
A final note for Richey Edwards, who was officially declared "presumed dead" this week, nearly 14 years after disappearing. A profoundly sad moment, I can only think of his family and friends. Certainly not the first rock n roll casualty, but as Peter Hook of Joy Division once told the rest of the Manics "At least we had a body." He was a flawed character from a flawed band, but in many ways that's what made him so appealing. Anyway, I don't do hero worship or messiah complexes. So let's leave it at that.
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