I thought there might be interest in seeing what was judged to be the best films the last time there was an Afterword best film poll. The poll winners were the standard popular films, but what was more interesting was each voter’s number one favourite film. Here is an alphabetical list (first comment):
Spurred on by a comment from @Mike_H (link below), I wondered if it was possible to merge the top 8 songs from @Bingo-Little’s “Song that no one dislikes” poll. This is what I came up with (see first comment)
Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, The Last Shadow Puppets – are supergroups something to celebrate? Never mind that, let’s think of some new ones. Here’s one to get the ball rolling:
It’s a multi-generational, cross-genre supergroup, involving singers, bands – even an actor. Great line-up:
Frank Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Mighty Lemon Drops. A House, Ride and Owen Paul with Keifer Sutherland and managed by Tam Paton. Not sure about the name, though:
Frank Lee Mighty A Ride Owen Keifer Tam!
* Blame KFD – he persuaded me to transfer this idea from the AW FB page.
I stumbled onto the Afterword error 404 page just now, which lists all the authors and number of posts they (we) have contributed since April 2014.
The numbers are only accurate at the moment of sampling, of course, but I thought it might be of interest to a few other list fans/ navel gazers. The list is in the first comment.
As we get older, memory fails. To help each other remember those countless cultural icons, can you suggest some useful mnemonics?
Here’s one i thought of earlier, and can still remember:
The HJHM – Easily Biggest Entertainment Act Till Liveshows Ended, Surely?
A comment by Moose on the teenage top ten thread about the White Album dislodged a memory. Back in the late 80s I was slightly peeved to discover that my favourite song by Throwing Muses was a cover of a Beatles track. Liking covers, in my skew-whiff view of things, meant I wasn’t really a fan, didn’t really ‘get’ the artist/band. Still, it was a fantastic song, so kudos to the Fabs for coming up with another classic that I hadn’t known was theirs.
I never actually listened to the original – I think it must have passed me by on one of the few occasions I struggled through the White Album so I could tick it off the list/say I’d heard it. So, tonight, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, I did. And it’s nothing like the Throwing Muses version.
So my question to you is – can I reclaim my perverse musical self-worth by really liking a Throwing Muses original, or is there some way in which it is a copy, but I’m just not hearing it?
Feel free to post other crying songs, if the mood takes you. I can think of tracks by INXS, » Continue Reading.
I was working on the tab(let), late one night,
– on statistics for @Tiggerlion’s end of year poll. when he said, in an e-mail, “I’m dying to know what your New Year’s resolution is”.
In previous years, I’ve done ‘Image Resolution’ – a sketch every day for a year (2014); and ‘Consecutive Compendium of Culture’ – 26 fortnights of alphabetized threads (2015). Last year (I can say that now) there wasn’t one and I hadn’t really thought about doing one this year.
I was intrigued by the gauntlet thrown down and have spontaneously decided to throw myself into a new challenge – to write something (anything) every day for 2017. Being a fairly passive kind of person, it’s been quite easy to live an unexamined life recently, and I’ve heard that’s not worth living. Setting myself the discipline of drafting text every day might help me to reflect more.
Learning from previous experience, I won’t be posting everyday on here, but on my own WordPress account. I might try to report in on the monthly blogger takeover.
I don’t yet know what I am going to write, how personal it is going to be, or » Continue Reading.
Before yesterday, I’d never heard of Hovis Presley, but I’m glad I now have as he was a funny guy. Probably every other Afterworder already knows him, but in case not, I thought I’d share this clip.
Also, I wondered if, in these quiet short days between the years, it might nudge you to post about other cultural figures (for want of a better word), on whom the spotlight of recognition shone only faintly.
Good tidings on All Hallows Eve – a good day for goths and a time for raising spirits, however you interpret that phrase.
The word ‘spirit’ derives from the same root as breath – the stuff of life. We breathe, the planet breathes with the changing of the seasons – northern hemisphere folk now entering the darker phase of the year – longer nights, shorter days. Mists, damp earth, cold mornings, bright winter sun. I’m going to start lighting candles on my evening desk – a miniature hearth to gather around as the screen flickers across from me – two different sources of illumination.
Any rituals or habits for the day or the autumn and winter ahead? What’s good music for evoking an eerie atmosphere, rousing good will, getting raucous or just drinking liquor? What gets the spirits going?
Here’s an oddity (odd ditty) from me.
Digging into my new collection of soul CDs (https://theafterword.co.uk/gimme-a-holler/), Wilson Pickett was on the virtual wheel of steel this morning with this fantastically energizing song – hasn’t he got an amazing voice?
Then I wondered – are there a thousand dances? What are the really good ones? Who can I consult for guidance on this? Do Afterworders live in the land of 1000 dances – maybe they’ll fill me in on this?
I am a happy bunny. On Saturday, I stumbled across a charity stall where some decent cove had offloaded a sizable collection of folk, jazz, country, blues, African, reggae, soul, fado, etc. Presumably it had all been digitalized and space was needed.
Some ten cases of CDs (24 apiece) sorted by genre, as well as a sundry assortment of odds and ends, (including a few Word of Mouth cover mounts). I wonder if he was a Massive member?
Anyway, I bought the soul and what must have been the erudite guitar plucking collections – some 45 CDs for 35 Euros.
I’m listening to Bill Frisell’s Nashville now, and wanted to share my joy with you lovely music fiends. A lot of the music is new to me, and if you’ve been affected by any of these artistes, I’d love to get your guidance. I’m looking forward to filling great holes in my musical knowledge.
(Lists of music acquired in posts below)
Apart from a talent for genre-hopping (dance) music, Prince Rogers Nelson* had a sublime gift for lyrics, both bawdy and affecting, often turning out great rhyming couplets. Here’s one of my favourites:
“Hot thing, barely 21
Hot thing, looking 4 Big Fun**”
I’ll post some more in the comments, but I’d welcome other fond recollections*** __________________
* Blessed with such a name, how could he not turn out such beautiful innuendo as he did?
** I think they’ve split up
*** as well as snappy dismissals and sneering disdain, of course
So many bands reform and perform perfunctory retreads of their glory years, or just keep on slugging away without knowing when to quit. Pop music – it’s a young person’s game, eh? When your nearest and dearest no longer do what they used to do so well, where do you turn for freshly-sourced spring waters of zestful musical exuberance? . So, you liked Dylan, XTC; Jam, Sisters, New Order*. Who do you like now? . ________________ . ‘*Add super-annuated/deceased genius of choice
I was just reminded about Thee Hypnotics, a band I used to see live in the nineties with a great Stooges/MC5 image and sound. After they split, the Jim Jones Revue (apparently) continued the dirty, noisy rock’n’roll sound (clip featured). It puts me in mind of a kind of genre or feel of music – sort of Cramps, Gallon Drunk, Gun Club, Lounge Lizards, Morphine, Barry Adamson, Eat – grimey, loose, swampy sound.
Anyone else inspired to get down and dirty with some mucky music?
Maybe it’s because it’s a full moon, but it’s just occurred to me for the first time today, after reading a French flip book for kids about a werewolf getting dressed*, that the 90’s act, “Loop Guru is a cross-language pun with the French “loup garou” meaning “werewolf””**.
I knew that Matching Mole derived from the French for Soft Machine. Are there any other obscure bands whose name comes from a French pun? If not, can you make some up? . ___________________________
* perverse on so many levels, I know.
** genuine, authentic, unabridged quote from Wikipedia.
Zoom up with your zealous zillions as we zero in on the zenith of this zestful zone, zis last time zigzagging around the letter ‘z with anything ‘cultural’.
Frank Zappa – Horny
Zipping off with Zion Train – King of Sounds and Blues An infectious song I can’t help dancing to.
Yes, the yearlong yappy yearning to yank your yardstick for cultural contributions is nearly through. This penultimate plea is for Y.
Y not, indeed?
Art Young (one of the editors of The Masses, “…a full-fledged magazine of social protest in which editorial content and art joined in radical assault upon the social and political structure.” )
Your silent face – New Order Just beautiful, with that wry kick in the tail at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybT6TLlOdKI
X marks the spot for the 24th extraction and exhibition of excellent exponents of experimental expression for exploration.
Extol anything musical, artistic, cinematic, televisual, literary – all welcomed, no exceptions!
Jean Xceron – Portrait No. 61
First off, some uneasy ambient – Xtal by Aphex Twin
As winters wends its way, what whimsical wonders will wheedle onto the ‘W’ thread? Music, art, films, books – all welcome.
John William Waterhouse – KT Tunstall?
Here’s my first – my favourite Wobble – Soledad
Another voyage into the vaults as this vacuous yet vaguely vivacious vanity project veers towards its vestigial verges. I’d value vital versions from voluble veterans as well as virginal visitors
Diego Velázquez – Arctic Monkeys: One for the Road
Lets get things started with something obvious: Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs
I unguently urge u to unearth and upload – anything cultural beginning with ‘u’ As ever, anything and everything will be gratefully received.
The Pyramid by Euan Uglow I can’t do better than agree with this quote – the “surface of a Uglow painting is beautiful. The frankness with which it reveals its constructions resonates as you read the continuum of form and space’
Ultramarine – Discovery This takes me back to hot summer days in the nineties. I learned recently that it quotes heavily from a Laurie Anderson song, which raises it even further in my estimation
The twentieth topic of tabling tempting treats from turntable, theatre, text, talkie – it’s ‘T’ time!
Turner turns my world around
Track 1 – June Tabor – 10, 000 Miles I love the timbre and austere sound of her voice, it penetrates so deep and scours the soul