Friday, 31 December 2010

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

That's easy:
Joan Holloway
...don't they all...

COVER to COVER

The excellent Land of Cerpts & Honey http://landofcerptsandhoney.blogspot.com/ is currently showcasing his favourite comic book cover, which led me to thinking of my own, so with thanks for the thought to Cerpts. Here are some of mine.

Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. a set of (often imitated) pop art covers by Steranko

Frank Miller's cover to DD issue 187 OVERKILL

Summing up nicely the silliness of Superman and his extended family back in the sixties

The great Neill Adams creates a dramatic cover that makes you want to turn the page instantly
Icon Kirby at his Cosmic best. A cover that does not feature the stars of the comic in its main design
A remarkable Steve Ditko cover to possibly the greatest single issue of Spider-Man
A landmark for The Xmen and Marvel Comics this John Byrne cover dramatically summarises the story within whilst piquing curiosity
Barry Smith's pre Raphaelite tendencies encapsulated on this beautiful cover

The sensational 100 Bullets. 100 fantastic issues 100 amazing covers by Dave Johnson. Hard to pick a best one, you can view them all by following the link

Paul Gulacy's covers for MOKF-a severely under appreciated title- were of a high quality to match the interiors
Jamie Hernandez Love & Rockets. Over 25 years of quality
John Buscema captures two of Marvel's heavy hitters in the philosophical Silver Surfer comic
That man Barry Smith again with Avengers 100
and finally Steve Ditko's mind bending Doctor Strange.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

MY SINGLE OF THE YEAR


Cee Lo Green-Fool for you

Fool For You Featuring: Philip Bailey

yeaah
yeaah

What?! That real, that deep, that burning, that amazing unconditional, inseparable love
That feel like forever, that always emotional but still exceptional love
Can't nobody tell me nothing it is what it is
And any mistake you make I, I just may forgive
Right now, right now at this very moment I still love her like I loved her then
I love her in and out and up and down and 'round and 'round and over and over again
So rare they swear that you just don't exist
And It's only one person I can think of that makes me feel like this
And I'm a fool, such a fool for you!

What?! That deep, that sweet, that something That wet that fire, that fall for stuff
That up and that down, that front and that back, baby I can't seem to get enough
Ooo Baby let me do it, let me do it 'til I'm satisfied
ahh ahh Baby now please baby I ain't got no more pride
Sweet sugar I surrender, I don't wan't no other woman. Baby you win
And you ain't never got to worry, ever got to worry
You'll never be alone again
There's nothing, there's nothing That I wouldn't do
I wrote a song about it mama
Everybody knows who I'm talking to
And I'm a fool, such a fool for you

I'm a fool, I'm a fool, I'm such a fool...

Knock Knock


OUR LIVES: THE KNOCKERS TALE(1983)  & Cutting Edge: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE KNOCKERS (1993)

I remember watching these documentaries in awe; they were hysterically funny and absolutely summed up a certain time and place.

Four young Herberts from Canning Town are what used to be known as knockers. Selling shoddy household goods to bored housewives on the pretext of raising money for charity. The first of these documentaries saw the knockers shamelessly playing up for the camera. The faked tear up between a rival firm is both unconvincing and hilarious.

The only footage I’ve managed to track down is from Bob Mills’ ‘In Bed With MeDinner’

muggy boneheads v football

door to door

Ten years after the original there was a follow up that saw our heroes making a few bob abroad.

As fly on the wall examinations of working class culture in the eighties and nineties go these are not the hard hitting works of classic documentarians. What these two programmes are is an entertaining, funny and unknowingly witty view of a bunch of boys who duck and dive, although moments of fakery are present the depiction is far more honest than anything produced by the likes of  Guy Richie or Nick Love.

Link to In bed with me dinner well worth a look/purchase:

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

DECADE OF DROSS

Reflecting on the last ten years of movies, it's hard to rate the quality so let's look at the The Golden Raspberry awards for the decade. A much better barometer of where cinema is at.

"The Razzie goes to..."
Worst actor of the decade Eddie Murphy- for The Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Imagine That, Meet Dave, Norbit and Showtime
Worst actress of the decade Paris Hilton- for The Hottie and the Nottie, House of Wax and Repo! The Genetic Opera
Worst picture of the decade
Battlefield Earth (winner of 7 x 2001 Razzies)

I would have voted thusly

Worst actor of the decade Jude Law-for dubious style over content and ubiquity

Worst actress of the decade Sarah Jessica Parker- for pap and little circumstance

Worst picture of the decade Avatar-for the hype and the crushing ennui

Far more reflective of the dross that is released from the movie making machine. I will continue to post comment on the good stuff.



TEENA MARIE RIP

A young protegee of Rick James. A singer, songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist, Teena Marie provided many a record that filled the clubs and dance floors in the eighties. Recordings on Epic and Motown show how talented she was.
Lady T; gone at a young 54.
I need your lovin'-Teena Marie

Behind the groove-Teena Marie

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

WER'E THE BAND-INTERLUDE

Two record covers that capture a moment. Designed by Graham Smith, these records where 12" vinyl aimed at clubs, from a white English band. They coincided with the 'club' culture going mainstream; Particularly Chant Number 1 which was a huge hit in the USA. 
Paint me down's accompanying video is quite embarrassing, however, it includes a news reel style potted history of how the clubbing scene grew outside of it's confines. Chant Number 1's video  showed a mini Soho nightlife.
The scene in London was always best as a smaller, more intimate experience and now we all knew it was going to change.
After the success of Chant pop and club collided and it was almost the beginning of the end in some ways.
These two sleeves just remind me of a significant moment for me and the social world i was involved in as a younger man, and I guess mean little else to others. 
paint
chant

Monday, 27 December 2010

MY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

stay too long
Not being someone that buys much new music; given it's paucity of any artistic merit,my listening habits are generally older musical fare. The one album that stood out for me this year from the new releases, was Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Plan B, I assumed, was one of those awful British Rappers. This album proves that young Mister Drew is quite a gifted singer songwriter with a decent voice.
She said
The album is a bit of a concept album, telling the story of a British Soul singer; Strickland Banks. The thing I like about it is that, whilst clearly an album made by a younger person, it has a retro feel as well as a a bit of edge. It's British also with a soulful production style. The Hip Hop element is also there, as is the pop, and on 'Stay too long' they collide with rock impressively.
love goes down-life on Mars-esq
It proves that perhaps modern music is still capable of producing the goods with a nod to the past and a real appreciation of music.
Influences are clear on this album but maybe an influence that has some depth still has an appeal to the young; Which cannot be a bad thing. On the deluxe version you get to hear some live and acoustic versions of songs which show that there seems to be more to Plan B than meets the eye. Listen without prejudice.
Prayin-studio version

GREAT THR33S # 7 LYNCH LADIES

Some hate him some love him.
I love David Lynch and his movies,there's nothing quite like them in Three movies in particular there are great and strange performances from these three women.

DAVID LYNCH DAMES

NAOMI WATTS IN MULHOLLAND DRIVE

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI IN BLUE VELVET

LAURA DERN IN WILD AT HEART

Sunday, 26 December 2010

BOXING DAY-Ali V Frazier III

clash of the titans

thrilla in manilla
Sept 30 1975


'Muhammad Ali's third fight against his archrival Joe Frazier was a spectacular ending to the long lasting struggle of the two Heavyweights who faced each other for a total of 132 minutes in the ring. The "Thrilla in Manila" is considered one of the most brutal and bitter bouts in the history of boxing; it was the only time an Ali - Frazier bout did not last for the scheduled time.'

Friday, 24 December 2010

GREAT THR33S # 6 CILLA BLACK


Suprise suprise it's a Hit trick of hits for young Cilla Black, yes Cilla Black.
Step inside love (Lennon/McCartney)
Anyone who had a heart (Bacharach/David)
You’re my world (Bindi/Sigman/Paoli)


GREAT THR33S # 5 THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Three X Mas Albums to play conjure with


A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU-PHIL SPECTOR/VARIOUS
A CHRISTMAS RECORD –VARIOUS-ZE RECORDS
CHRISTMAS ALBUM-THE JACKSON 5

it’s a holiday – material

Ronettes-Frosty the snowman

Santa Claus is coming to town -Jackson 5

WELLISAIDTHAT