Next month Odelay is twenty years old.
This idea popped, totally unprompted by anything (OK, OK a suggestion on another thread), into my head. What song would best show off the breadth of your taste, the width of your stomach and the height of your talent?
I have been asked by people to do “Wichita Lineman” – in another venue to theirs preferably – and unscientific listening tests in the shower have confirmed its suitability for my vocal range. Bingo Little mentioned quite coyly on that other thread that he has a song all ready to go should he be asked. So, what’s yours?
It seems that pop song titles have become shorter since the 60’s, indeed the number of words in song titles has decreased too. This process has accelerated since the advent of the download.
With everything available all the time the battle to be even noticed, let alone purchased, has become streamlined and more brutal. Why have three words in your title if one will do? Even if that diminishes what you are trying to say or has no bearing whatever on the message of the lyric?
Another technique to get your song remembered is just keep hammering the refrain . Thus the chorusless song (e.g. “Virgina Plain,” “Up The Junction”) is also in decline as songs become effectively one long chorus.
I don’t know what this actually means or portends mind you. Feel free to chip in.
I’ve heard it said by people who dislike David Bowie say he is too much of an Actor and doesn’t really mean it, man, that there’s a detachment to his delivery which gets in the way of feeling. This is clearly nuts.
So I’m making a playlist for a work mate of “late Bowie” and this just had to be on it. If it gets me at a low point it can easily make me cry. Sometimes I think it’s the best thing he has ever done.
Someone should really do this, just to see Kendrick Lamarr win in order to prove how unlike the Oscars the Brits are, and to see if there really will be a Bowie tribute, and if so how much we all like it.
Hipster confession: I was a Bowie obsessive till the Tonight LP at which point we parted company for a decade or so. Okay more like two decades. He was the soundtrack of my life, if you’ll excuse the cliche, until that point. The Next Day sent me back to a journey of rediscovery, helped largely by reading through the excellent “Pushing Ahead Of The Dame” blog (Props Due)
Since then I have listened to everything post Tin Machine. I still skipped those records for some reason. Maybe I thought it wasn’t “proper Bowie.” So, long story short, can I please have a playlist, or even just a list, of the best of Tin Machine? Ta.
Rapper BoB (no, me neither) has tweeted that the evidence shows that the Earth is in fact flat.
“No matter how high in elevation you are… the horizon is always eye level … sorry cadets… I didn’t wanna believe it either”
There may well be other, ahem, rock stars who hold similarly outlandish views. If there aren’t please feel free to make one up and assign it to a worthy recipient. For instance, did you know Liam Gallagher thinks that tortoises can speak, we just haven’t been listening closely enough? True.
Perhaps you yourself have a genuinely-held belief that has been met with general incredulity? Why not share your outrage with a sympathetic circle of friends? Or just post it on here.
A disappointing banana. This one looked and felt just right and yet…. it’s just a liiitle bit unripe. Is there anything worse?
There’s a thing I’ve been doing with my mates intermittently over the last few weeks….
Well done to the All Blacks, I thought they deserved to win yesterday although like most neutral spectators – I suspect – I wanted the underdogs to come out on top. I can’t deny that the game at this level is an exciting spectacle and I’m stunned by the level of thought and athleticism it takes to move the ball up the field.
What I always think, though, when I watch NZ play, is how unfair it is that they get to do their dance routine at the start while their opponents are forced to watch. It must hand them an advantage, mustn’t it? Is it enshrined in the laws of the game or what? Is it seen as a cultural insult for the other team to just ignore it? Shouldn’t the other team get to have their own turn? Should they wait for New Zealand to finish or do it at the same time? You can tell I’m no expert!
My approach, after some thought, would be to line up my team twenty yards back at the start, and at every beat of the Haka, take a stride forward, so that at the end the team would finish » Continue Reading.
Fuckin awesome. Licence fee earned etc etc.
This and Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors. Something for all, it seems. Bring it on, Beeb haters!
“So it was a relief after all this time to break the record. I just kept my head down and kept being alive, really….
Proctologists: “Your Ends Justify Our Means”
FIFA: “The Beautiful Gain”
I’m sure you can do better…
I can’t believe we’ve come this far down the blog without a list of your best bowel movements. There must be dozens but let’s limit ourselves to five. Think of the endless variety you must have experienced – here’s a few categories to jog you memory: volume, comedy value, sheer relief or even just neatness!
I’ll post up a chart on Sunday.