Maybe your “own personal Jezza” will be next.
But seriously folks, the song itself – it just keeps delivering. It’s 38 years old and it’s still a belter.
Maybe your “own personal Jezza” will be next.
But seriously folks, the song itself – it just keeps delivering. It’s 38 years old and it’s still a belter.
As a slight variance to @salwarpe and the exam questions – make up a good pop trivia question! It has to be yours, not something already “out there”. The idea is that we get a nice lump of transportable questions if you are having to put together a pub quiz, say. Your audience are probably not going to be regulars at the old A&H so this is a good place to give them an airing.
Here’s mine – “An instrumental version of a number 28 hit single from 1992 is very well-known by millions of British football fans. Band and song.”
This might be really easy. Or not.
I might plonk some others in but feel free to add your own.
Commiserations to Southampton fans everywhere. Don’t take it out on the mantlepiece.
MPs will come into work on Satirday as if giving up some of their weekend is the most noble, square-jawed thing a human being is capable of doing. Many MPs will dress down, playfully tying a lavender sweater around the neck using the sleeves and wearing chinos. Some will wear trainers.
I think this will happen.
This deal is defeated in the Commons. Extension to Jan 2020, conditional on referendum. PM wants wording on referendum to be:
“Let’s get this done! YES/NO”
A sneaky way to comply but also deliver a skewed outcome. Hopefully someone has anticipated this.
On the White House lawn the President says openly that his strong recommendation is that China investigates the business dealings of Joe Biden. He is inviting a foreign nation to interfere with a forthcoming election. There really no grey area here – he is doing exactly what his opponents suspect, in plain view.
It’s almost as if he wants to be impeached on this issue. The more cynical among us may wonder if this is to distract attention from more serious/shadowy wrongdoings and just get it a,,over with, He said he could shoot someone on the street and people will still love him. Here he is, shooting himself in the foot. What is he thinking?
In @vincent’s thread about well dressed bands, @uncle-mick gave us the video to a very good Ultravox song, One Small Day. They appear to be in Iceland (the country) and have a full band set up going on, performing the song with zeal and gusto – as if they we on stage at a homecoming gig in front of thousands of fans.
But they’re not are they? There seems to be no speakers and no audience. We are led to believe that Midge and the gang have rocked up to some, er, rocks and have set up all the band paraphernalia to perform the song in the great outdoors. Which is stupid. All one would hear, at best, would be weedy, twangy strumming against a clattering drum beat and I sense the vocals wouldn’t be the strongest either.
Here’s Big Country, suffering for their art more than most – particularly about 1 minute in where Stuart Adamson looks absolutely freezing, pretending to play guitar.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Afterword…why do bands do this? We all know that these aren’t gangs of pals, united by music, spontaneously “doing the show right here” at » Continue Reading.
I get absolutely zero engagement on this at home, so here goes:
1. If there is a slapstick scene where something painful or potentially lethal is happening, it’s important that the viewer knows that the character involved is fine.
2. If a known TV personality is in an ad, it’s important that he/she is addressed by their real name in the script. That way, there is no need to pay IP royalties to the show from which they made their name. Cliff from Cheers advertised beer, pretty much playing the Cliff character – yet they were careful to call him John.
I can’t help thinking that the financial events that have led to the desperate state of both clubs will be an Economics paper in 2025. Bolton Wanderers were flying high only a few years ago. Yesterday, in the third tier, they were beaten at home by my team, Ipswich Town, 0-5 in front of a crowd of 5,000. I celebrated the win of course but quickly felt a real sense of sadness that Bolton and Bury are in this position.
Had the goodwill been totally drained? Isn’t there a sentimental billionaire out there that could toss them a lifeline?
Eventually, I can see there being 30 big teams nationally in perhaps two divisions. Maybe that’s where we are headed?
For someone who doesn’t drink or take drugs I am wondering how more bizarre his behaviour can get before he is led away.
Preparing for a visit to Denmark, he notes (or finds out for the first time) that Greenland is a dependency of Denmark. He offers to buy it. The Danish P’M says get fucked. President calls off the trip, citing how nasty the Danish PM is.
He says that The Bible is important to him – what parts? Well, all of it. Old Testament or New Testamenr? Well, they’re the same.
He “hereby orders” all US companies to pull out of China. He actually thinks that a Presidential Decree/Executive Order is something business people in the US will obey.
He says that when he went to El Paso, everyone there loved him – even the “hundreds of people” lying on hospital floors.
When will it end? Or more to the point, how?
This is inspired by a @kaisfatdad post. Just to clarify what I mean:
“A sting, sometimes called a sounder, is a short musical phrase, primarily used in broadcasting and films as a form of punctuation. For example, a sting might be used to introduce a regular section of a show, indicate the end of a scene, or indicate that a dramatic climax is imminent.”
Like the slap bass piece in Seinfeld between scenes.
I think an AW theme tune is too hard to agree on but a sting might be achievable, you never know. This could played between posts (in one’s mind) or to bookend the viagra ads in a monetised AW podcast.
My suggestions :
Opening chord of A Hard Days Night
A giggle from the Laughing Gnome
Baker Street sax tootle
Music for Chameleons bass line*
*largely for its memorable inclusion in the I’m Alan Partridge series. Could also consider OMD’s Georgia for similar reasons.
There are many more, I’m sure. If this idea attracts hamper-esque interest, it may be worth putting it to a public vote. That usually sorts things out once and for all.
I am busting to tell someone so I hope you don’t mind me sharing some personal news…
Earlier today I was delighted to get a private message in my Afterword inbox (I have shared the opening words with you in the title). “Mrs juliet Olivia” sounds nice and I am really excited that she is now part of my life.
“What do you mean?” I hear you cry, in unison.
Well…WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!
I know, I know, it’s all a bit of a whirlwind isn’t it? I was tempted just to ignore it but, I dunno, maybe it was a signal from the Gods…but I replied to say hi and she came straight back to me! She says she loves me and just knows that we belong together. I didn’t believe in love at first cyber-sight but I certainly do now!
She’s sent me her photo and she looks like exactly like Farrah Fawcett in 1976. It’s funny how retro styles come back into fashion isn’t it? I sent her my pic and she told me off for sending her a picture of Brad Pitt! When I said that it was actually me, she was like “NO FREAKIN’ » Continue Reading.
The Primeminister seems to have made it known via The Times that if he suffers a defeat in the house on a No Confidence vote – he is considering the option not to resign as PM and call an Election after Brexit date.
I think this is him floating the idea to the masses to see what the reaction is. The other motive is, I think, that he is seeking (free) expert analysis that will doubtless come from someone, somewhere.
It’s an interesting parliamentary scenario – from my reading of parliamentary protocol it would require Black Rod to visit the Queen, enter the room backwards while wearing the Special Blacke Trousers of Doome (last worn in the days of Cromwell) and requesting her, in latin, to dissolve parliament. She solemnly quacks three times and rings a handbelll, a Beefeater will then declare the Tower of Londion as the interim Houses of Parliament, administrated by Lord Duncan Norvelle. Boris Johnson will still live at No 10 but as a private citizen. The United Kingdom will not have an official PM until the General Election’s outcome is known.
Jeremy Corbyn will lose some of his sunny disposition and will make it » Continue Reading.
Today is Sunday and my morning started by transporting a vibraphone from my daughter’s school to a jazz club (nice) in town for a regional competition. By 11am the whole school jazz band (my daughter on alto sax) were tootling and noodling away on stage. The setting was like a late night club – no clue what tine of day it is once you’re in there.
We had to be in by 10am to listen to the previous act and also stay for the band that followed. So by midday I had sat through two hours of very well played jazz in a dark club. Two hours is quite a long time, particularly when it’s a genre of music that isn’t my first choice. But there was plenty to admire and live music of any stripe is a good way to spend time.
But I will admit that on a few occasions I was drifting away. The slower numbers can be long and soporific. My own circadian rhythms were in disarray due to the setting and the music. The vibraphone and I were back on the road at 12:30pm in bright sunshine but it felt like the wee small » Continue Reading.
By far the most interesting development iin this political year has been David Mellor’s appearance. Does he have a new, energetic and youthful lady in his life – dressing and styling like him like the Barbie doll that she has only recently put down for the last time?
According to the Internet, he has been with this current partner for about 20 years, so it isn’t that.
I think it is more likely that he ihas engineered this look to attract attention and this, in turn, leads to work on Strictly, The One Show, I’m in a jungle! Get me out of here! and panel shows.
Or…could it be that one day he looked in the mirror and thought. “F*** me! You’ve only got one life and here you are looking like a bank clerk that always eats two puddings. Dammit – I want to have Bowie’s hair and Warhol’s face! I want to wear shirts like Adam Ant did in 1982! I may look silly but I don’t blimmin care! Ridicule is nothing to be scared of! “
I hope it’s the latter and if so, good for him.
In my circles, I have noticed the occasional » Continue Reading.
Consider if you will, the recent hit song “Mr Jones” by Counting Crows. OK?…remember it? Sing it! Go on! Sing it now!
Right. I am prepared to bet good money that all you did was go “#Mis-terr JONES and me.. # “. Why? Because it’s the only bit that sticks in the mind. I assume there’s a lot more to the song than that like the guitars and that – but that’s all we remember.
Compare this to most ABBA choruses – there’s a line or two at least that most people can bash out if they have to.
This is different to just a memorable chorus. This is nano pop. Songs with just a tiny soupçon of memorableness. Any others?
Deputy Leader of the Labour PartyTom Watson has made a very clear statement that staying in Europe is at the core of Labour values and Britishness generally.
This has clearly been done without Corbyn involvement and indicates, I think, a clear move towards Remain being an official Labour policy.
I say – hallelujah! But what do you say?
Jeremy Corbyn’s Great Leap Sideways has allowed an opposition figure to emerge who may change everything. Rory Stewart is someone who hasn’t been on my radar at all – so much so that I didn’t think the Tories actually had anyone like him left.
There is no doubt he has real life experience that trumps the career politicians that surround him and his arguments on Brexit are considered and carry a refreshing lack of bluster. In fact he is scathing about notions of trusting good old British spunk to see us through.
If we are going to have to have Brexit, I would be less alarmed with Primeminister Stewart at the helm – because I think he has a consensus vibe about him and he will get on with other leaders in Europe. With the right following wind, he may bring a Blair-type revival to the Tories who may well have supporters who are just as sick of the Etonians and Harrovians as the rest of us.
My feeling though is that his time is not now – but, bizarrely, a figure like this emerging from the Comservative ranks may inspire someone similar from Labour to rise above » Continue Reading.
This was mentioned obliquely in another thread. I think their songs are worthy of a thread of their own.
I can’t think of another song with John Cleese on the lead vocal.
The live shows a few years ago leant heavily on choreographed versions of the songs to flesh things out.
There are one or two heavy hitters in their catalogue but plenty more to enjoy. Aren’t there?
I’m getting in first before the AW server is overwhelmed by this year’s Eurovision chat. This clip whistles through all the entries – a few seconds each – which is all you need really for most of them.
Based on watching that, I want Iceland or Australia to win but Norway look like a strong contender. Laughs can be had from TV’s San Marino and apparently Madonna is performing her latest single during the interval. She’ll be hoping it’s a big hit like “Holiday!” or “Into the Groove”.
The UK entry is another weak effort. The tune is OK in a Backstreet Boys ballad-type way, but this was an opportunity to have a unifying lyric aboutt climate change. The Eurovison panels would bloody love that. The song is good enough to win but the lyrics and the stage performance are not. .
Anyway – I enjoy watching the show each year and I hope you do too.
My daughter (16) tried out her new phone today and made it work via my car system. She put some Billie Eilish songs on. I know she’s the latest sensation that’s sweeping the nation, but the songs were slower, more bass-heavy and introspective than I thought they would be – and a lot more interesting because she’s not afraid of a tune. I definitely heard Beatle and Pink Floyd influences. Apparently she was home schooled in a musical family which is nearly as terrifying as a stage school kid. And yet – on the strength of hearing about 6 short songs I think she’s someone who will be around long term.
I know – she’s probably a household name but bear in mind that I have three teenage kids now and what they listen to sounds like samey shite most of the time (which is how things should be). These songs were good though, I think she sounds like she’s just getting started.
Recording studios, eh? A total mystery to most of us – but there are people like Arthur Baker, Shep Pettibone, Bobby O, Trevor Horn, Flood, William Orbit, Tony Visconti, Mike Thorne, Quincy Jones, George Martin, Daniel Miller, Phil Spector – who can polish the grimiest of turds and turn them into shining jewels of pop perfection. These are the record producers – the men who are nodded at by performers when a “take” sounds good in their “cans”.
Have you noticed something, readers? Not a lot (if any) vaginas are there? Female singers, musicians and songwriters are certainly evident in pop generally – but apart from Kate Bush I can’t think of a single female pop song producer. Have I misogynistiically missed someone obvious?
For a couple of years I have suggested that MP’s should have a free vote to proceed with this Brexit process in the House of Commons. As we know, the referendum divided the country. MPs are there to make decisions on our behalf. There are many, many areas where the vote was 50:50. Constituents who disagree with their decisioncan vote them out next time, if they feel strongly enough.
The penny has just dropped that they are sort of now finally doing this.
There is a clear Remain majority in the House and I can’t see them voting for any form of Brexit. I think what is going to happen is that some wording will be invented which will essentially mean Brexit remains the Government’s intention but they are not doing it now cos it’s too hard, er, I mean not in the public interest. It will be revisited at a future General Election if the voters decide that the Brexit process iis something they want to continue.
The PM could have governed this process and have consolidated her position as a leader no matter what the result was. She was never going to bulldoze Brexit through. The » Continue Reading.
(photo – Affluent couple in bedroom scene. Sacha Distel lookalike is lying in bed in silk pyjamas, wearing huge chunky headphones. He’s snapping his fingers to a groove and appears to be in bliss. A very pretty young woman is sitting up next to him, arms folded, disgruntled. We see confetti, a discarded wedding dress and a top hat on the floor).
Headline – The Afterword. For REAL music fans.
We get it. You love music. Your record collection is the envy of your friends at the golf club and the chaps at the office. If Elton has a new platter, you’re first in the queue at the record shop. When Mr Jagger struts his stuff on tour, you have to be there too.
You have high standards. And so do we. At The Afterword music is all we care about. We mean it. You have eclectic tastes. And so do we. At The Afterword, you will find anything from The Beatles all the way to Richard Thompson.
It is clear you are an Afterword kinda guy.
But a word of advice; we do this all the time. It’s our job. We are here for you when you’re » Continue Reading.
There was a time when the pop charts had a smattering of songs that were there for comedy reasons. Jilted John, Joe Dolce, John Otway, Barron Knights, Fred Wanklock to name but a few. TOTP would have the comedy performer squeezed between two serious musical acts. They would provide light relief from the weighty subject matter tackled by the more radical political bands that followed punk – your Shakataks, your Liquid Golds and Your Dooleyses.
The genre was big enough to have also-rans who released non-charting comedy songs regularly and probably did OK on the live circuit. Ivor Big Penis (IIRC) was one such act.
Did we actually buy these records? No – we didn’t. It was the civilians. A chance hearing of a funny line or two in “Shuddup ya face” propels them straight to Woolies with their 99p. “I bought that!” they would say down the pub and learn all of the words for the pleasure of the bar staff and the underage drinkers trying to keep a low profile by targeting shit pubs, desperate for custom.
My days of listening to the top 40 rundown are over – I wouldn’t even be surprised if Mark Goodier » Continue Reading.
This may seem like an odd thing to write about, but which pop artists go to work reluctantly with a long sigh and trot out what they consider to be claptrap because it pays the bills?
We assume, don’t we, that a person going to the trouble of writing, arranging, recording and performing a song is doing something that they really like – but that’s not always true. John and Paul used to say “let’s write a swimming pool” but you got the feeling that they sort of liked the stuff they were coming up with.
So which artists have painted themselves into a corner? Adele can’t now change to another gear – perhaps belting out John Otway B-sides or hosting dance parties at the O2 with the Venga Boys. She must carry on in the same long-frock-warbly-ballad vein, and she’s not even 30 yet.
I think the obvious answer is Van Morrison. He has obvious musical ability and has written several really good songs. But he hates it – you can tell. You will never see him smile and say “now this song has been very good to me…” and graciously accept applause as he launches with gusto » Continue Reading.