Tuesday, 31 January 2012

GREAT INTROS #14 THE GODFATHER

"I believe in America"
Setting the scene for one of the greatest movies ever made, Bonasera goes to see The Godfather Don Vitto Corleone; the rest is history.


Monday, 30 January 2012

GREAT INTROS#13 ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

OHMSS

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
about it's lo- fi swinging Britain approach.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

GREAT INTROS #12 TWIN PEAKS

Twin Peaks
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.

http://youtu.be/LasYely-11k
Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me 

Saturday, 28 January 2012

GREAT INTROS; #11 REFLECTIONS

Reflections
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.

Friday, 27 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: #10 THE WIRE

Omar Little v Brother Mouzone
Way down in the hole performed by a different artist each season is the song that defines the Wire.
Each version different, each set of titles compliments the theme of each season
A superlative TV show with an exceptional opening.
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5


Thursday, 26 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: # 9 NORTH BY NORTHWEST

NbNW

Saul Bass king of the title sequence. There are so many great ones but the intro of North by North West is a great study in design and excecution.


Here are two examples of his great work on films at opposite ends of the spectrum
Seconds
it's a mad mad mad mad world

For further reading/viewing of his work go to:

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: #8 THE AVENGERS


Peel

The Avengers; John steed and Venus Smith, John Steed and Cathy Gale, John Steed and Emma Peel, John Steed and Tara King. Stylish, quintessentially British and instantly recognisable.
The intro from the arrival of Diana Rigg, scored by Laurie Johnson, had the lot.

King

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

XX @ XI


There’s 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.

Why do women go ‘one louder’ when it comes to molehills and minutiae?

It’s almost as if their internal bothered amp is set at 11.

Pouring 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 at such.

Let’s 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.

Let it go women. There I said it; just, sometimes, just let it go.

GREAT INTROS: # 7 VOODOO CHILE (SLIGHT RETURN)

Record

Jimi Hendrix unleashes hell on this seminal track

Live

Sunday, 22 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: #5 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

MIssion Imposible

One of the most iconic TV themes of all time by Lalo Schifrin, Mission impossible gave the viewer a sneak of what was to come in each episode all coreographed to the tension of the burning fuse.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

GREAT INTROS:#4 THE SOPRANOS

'Woke up this morning got yourself a gun'

Possibly the greatest TV show of all time has the perfect intro courtesy of The Alabama 3 and Tony's journey from NYC to NJ.

How The Sopranos  was sold to the UK

Friday, 20 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: #3 THE UNTOUCHABLES

The Untouchables

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

GREAT INTROS:#2 MOMENTO

Momento

Perfectly capturing the essence of what is to come/gone before in Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough masterpiece

Thursday, 19 January 2012

1000 NOT OUT!

TODAY'S EARLIER POST WAS NUMBER 1000.











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.

Here's to the next 1000

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MY HIT LIST: BEN PEPPER

 
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 I digress.
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.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

GREAT INTROS: #1 SHALLOW GRAVE


Shallow Grave
"Hello I've come about the room"
The movie that kick started a revival and pre dated Trainspotting had a great intro courtesy of Leftfield's driving music, Boyle's urgent camerawork and perfect setup for what was to come.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TWO COLOUR MARVELS


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


Monday, 16 January 2012

A WHIRLWIND BLOWING THROUGH THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST IN THE LATE SEVENTIES

The Arctic Mokeys's homage

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.
 

The Specials 1979
The Jam 1978
Siouxsie and the Banshees 1978
Talking Heads 1978
The Adverts 1978
The Undertones 1979
Buzzcocks 1978
The Police 1978
Ramones 1978
Public Image Limited on Old Grey Whistle Test
Public Image Limited 1980

Sunday, 15 January 2012

MY HIT LIST: BUZZCOCKS-ANOTHER MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT KITCHEN

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.

Fast cars
Buzzcocks as popstars
moving away from the pulsebeat
Malcolm Garrett's packaging for the album, available during the initial release. The band, like the Sex pistols, married their music with a graphic identity perfectly.

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