The only instrumental Bond title sequence. The Bond movie with perhaps the best Bond Girl in Diana Rigg, the best villain in Telly Savalas and a pretty good plot is overlooked by virtue of Lazenby's casting as 007. He's not as bad as he's painted to be and I certainly feel he would beat Moore's lounge lizard Bond in a fight. The titles recap Bond's previous adventures and there is something quite charming
The strains of Falling (Instrumental) by Angelo Badalamenti introduce us not only to the town of Twin Peaks but take us gently and serenely into it's unique, dark and mysterious world.
Lynch's vastly underrated movie Twin Peaks:Fire walk with me featured a credit sequence that was almost a counterpoint to the TV shows serenity; again featuring the music of Badalamenti it is haunting and disturbing; much like the film.
Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland performed by Diana Ross and the Supremes this formidable record has a distinct intro, this 1967 disc was influenced by psychedelia and is one of the very first popular records to feature synthesiser.
a famous scene in the movie This is Spinal Tap where Nigel Tufnell describes
his amp as being ‘one louder’ that is to say that it goes up to eleven.
do women go ‘one louder’ when it comes to molehills and minutiae?
almost as if their internal bothered amp is set at 11.
through meaning, justification and psychological agendas may well have its
place but not on a Tuesday after work, particularly when it centres around a
mundanity that is no big deal; although Heaven forefend should you describe it
not analyse everything, lets not debate the deeper meaning, lets do that
sometimes, but not now, not tonight, when it doesn’t actually amount to a hill
of beans in this crazy world.
it go women. There I said it; just, sometimes, just let it go.
One of Ennio Morricone's under rated themes, the intro to the Untouchables is effective and lean and leads into the beautifully composed overhead shot opening sequence with Al Capone setting the tone;effective and compact
Thank you to everyone who has read, supported, commented (good or bad) and generally put up with my opinions.
This makes writing wellyousaythat worthwhile.
A special thanks to WEAVERMAN & CERPTS who have been somewhat inspirational; if you haven't checked their sites out I highly recommend you do. Links over there on the right.
So anyway, there
I was up West in one of those ‘outdoor’ shops; you know, where they sell Ski
boards, Ski Jackets, hats, rucksacks, Thermals, gloves, bikes and all sundry
for the outdoor type when I saw the Wheelie bag, the Wheelie bag designed by the one and only Ben Pepper. I
say “only” as he is the only Ben pepper I know and I say “one” because he is
one hell of a talent.
Ben is also a
lovely fellah; even if he is Northern, a fellah I first met on a Stag weekend
on two barges. I won’t go into detail but let’s just say the ale did flow much
like the Norfolk
waters we drifted along. Talent and niceness, a bit unfair really isn’t it. But
Having met Ben at
the Stag we dined at the wedding in a beautiful Norfolk barn at which time I got to know him
better. I promptly commissioned him to weave his magic on a pair of adidas Stan
Smiths (US 13 white/white/white) which I had to get in the NYC adidas originals
store. The result of Mr Pepper’s craft where superb and those sneakers have
been worn sparingly, and with great gloating at their uniqueness on my part.
We don’t support
our artists enough in the UK,
that’s for sure but creativity thrives, Benny is one of those who deserves
acclaim and further acknowledgement in my humble. Oh, and did I mention what a
good bloke he is?
Ben is creatively
‘bang on it’ and should you wish to explore his creations further there is a
link to his Blog over there on the right.
Pow! Wham! Fantastic! Terrific! These were the two colour titles that introduced us Brits to the wonders of Marvel comics in the sixties. They carried reprints of Marvel stories, segmented for a weekly readership, often alongside British adventure stories and traditional UK comic material. These comics reworked covers, splash pages and even took some liberties with costumes and such like but they bought us the spirit of sixtuies Marvel.
US v UK
Early issues carried free gifts as a form of enticement, these ranged from tattoos and iron on decals to toy Missile launchers and penants; all of which looked far better in illustrated form than when you actually took them out from the middle pages.
These comics were the catalyst for me to seek out the real full colour glossy originals from America and led to a lifelong love of the comic book
Lew Stringer’s excellent blog carries more details
The old grey Whistle test. Bastion of pomp and circumstance witnessed some great performance from the new breed during the late seventies. The bands that shook things up appeared on the staid show and livened things up.
Dr Feelgood 1975-this was the first time I remember something genuinely exciting on the show, nearly two years before Punk really became seen on TV
Of course some of them were just jumping aboard the band wagon but the rawness of these bands made a refreshing change from the intricate musicianship of the average Old Grey Whistle Test performer up to that point. This was all before it became simply Whistle Test, ditched Bob Harris and started to cater to students and other self proclaimed 'right on ' types.
When academics discuss the Punk era that began in earnest in 1976 in the UK The Sex Pistols followed by the Clash are the generally the main topic; and rightly so. The Damned always get a mention as New Rose was officially the first 'Punk' single released, beating the incredible Anarchy in the UK to the punch. However, one band that often get overlooked are The Buzzcocks. They were the masters of the punk pop song and had a number of hits with single releases punchy and ironic; many a British band since, from Blur and Pulp to the new skinny jean boys owe a debt to the Buzzcocks.
Their debut album, released in 1978, Another music in a different Kitchen, is a tremendous piece of work and stands alongside it's contemporaries majestically.
The Buzzcocks are still playing and due perhaps to their status as a pop band at heart they don't seem anachronistic. They still remain what they always were after Howard Devoto moved on; a great British band. This first album is a great mix of their pop sensibility, humour and intelligent song writing. Listen.