Friday, 30 November 2012


With the release of a new Quentin Tarantino box set covering his twenty years in the Directing business, making films bristling with cinematic influence.Let's have a look at some of those influences

I eagerly await his latest offering Django Unchained. The influence of which is plain to see. Here's to the next twenty years Quentin

Stills from:
The Game of Death
Kiss me Deadly
The Dirty Dozen
Ocean's Eleven
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Foxy Brown
The Anniversary
City on Fire
Pandora's Box
Diamonds are forever
They live by night

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Acid-Jazz band cover the anthemic Motorhead with great and subtle aplomb. Now that's what you call unexpected

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


 Superb song from Mel Brooks loving, and very funny, homage to Alfred Hitchcock


High anxiety whenever you’re near
High anxiety it’s you that I fear
My heart’s afraid to fly, it’s crashed before
But when you hold my hand; my heart starts to soar, once more

High anxiety it’s always the same
High anxiety it’s you that I blame
It’s very clear to me, I’ve got to give in

High anxiety; you win

Mel Brooks/John Morris

Monday, 26 November 2012


Tracey Ullman whose ferocious ambition took her from fair to middling UK sketch show fame to major TV and movie success in Hollywood (introducing us to the Simpsons along the way) had a notable pop career between 1983-1984. She released two albums on Stiff records and had 6 chart singles including covers of songs by Stiff stablemates Madness and Kirsty McCall. She hit the right note by being a bit Kim Wilde, a tad Mari Wilson and utilising Madness style videos with cameos from Neil Kinnock and Paul McCartney. Her pop hits were rather of the time but remarkably good examples of pure pop with a retro feel and a pre 'irony' irony in the videos. Tracey Ullman's records were vibrant and fun and are an overlooked example of great eighties pop.

Sunday, 25 November 2012


BBC 4 The Joy of Singles

BBC 4 broadcast an interesting programme that revelled in the art of the 7" single. A variety of musicians journalists spoke about the first single they bought and the significance, both musically and culturally, of the power of the single. This got me to thinking about my first single and the appeal of the vinyl, the label and the sleeve. Here's a selection of some of the singles that I have bought over the years, starting with my very first one, that had resonance for me and that bring back memories of specific times. Most are 7" singles but there are also 12" singles that are significant. These are not my favourite, or 'best' singles but important to me to only caveat is that they were all bought at time of release. That's what the single is all about, capturing the moment.

Slade-Look Wot you dun
Alice Cooper-Schools out
Roxy Music-Pyjamarama
David Bowie-Life on Mars
T-Connection-Do what you wanna do
Sex Pistols-God save the queen
Evlyn 'Champagne' King-Shame
Siouxsie & The Banshees-Hong Kong Garden
D-Train-You're the one for me
The Clash-Complete Control
Luther VanDros-Never too much
The Beat-Mirror in the bathroom
Joy Division-Komakino
Afrika Bambaataa-Planet Rock
Rockers revenge-Walking on Sunshine
ABC-Tears are not enough
Teardrop Explodes-Treason
Sade-Smooth Operator
Spandau Ballet-Chant number one
Soul II Soul-Keep on Moving
Jamiraquai-When you gonna learn
Brand New Heavies-Stay this way
SWV-Right here
Talking Heads-Once in a lifetime
Blackstreet-No Diggidy
Lightning Seeds-Life's to short
Paul Weller-You do something to me
Adele-Chasing Pavements
Arctic Monkeys-I bet you look good on the dance floor
end of part 1...

Saturday, 24 November 2012


If someone were to ask "what's all the fuss about?" regarding The Rolling Stones, tell them to listen to Jumping Jack Flash and watch this video.
The Rolling Stones at their most imperious and dangerous.


I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain,
But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!
But it's all right. Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!

I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag,
I was schooled with a strap right across my back,
But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!
But it's all right, Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!

I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead.
I fell down to my feet and I saw they bled.
I frowned at the crumbs of a crust of bread.
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I was crowned with a spike right thru my head.
But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!
But it's all right, Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!

Jumping jack flash, it's a gas
Jumping jack flash, it's a gas
Jumping jack flash, it's a gas
Jumping jack flash, it's a gas
Jumping jack flash

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Batmobile £120,000 with free delivery

On opening the Firebox catalogue that arrived through my letter box I was greeted by the usual novelty lights, novelty mugs, novelty T-Shirts, novelty gloves, novelty novelties and suchlike. It was only when I reached the back pages that I was presented with these mind boggling and expensive array of gifts. Anyone got a spare couple of hundred grand?

Lost In Space Robot £25,500 with free delivery
Electric DeLorean £70,000 with free delivery

Hover wing Flying Hovercraft £150,00 with free delivery

Project Utopia Price On Application

Here's the blurb:
"Before we begin it’s worth pointing out that this product will set you back several hundred million, minimum. Still reading? Good. Now that we’ve got rid of all the rubbernecking paupers we can elaborate because Project Utopia deserves your full attention, unencumbered by thoughts of ogling millionaires; this baby is strictly for billionaires and beyond. 

You see in order to showcase their astounding capabilities, our good friends at Yacht Island Design and BMT Nigel Gee have set about developing several concept proposals, the most bonkers of which is the breathtakingly awesome Project Utopia. No, this isn’t a joke. 

Measuring 100m in length and breadth, and spanning over 11 luxed-out decks, there is enough room on Project Utopia to create an entire micro-nation. It’s ideal for ocean-going megalomaniacs bent on world domination. And you needn’t worry about puking on your Nehru jacket because this floating behemoth is designed for minimum motion, even in the most extreme sea conditions." 

If you're not a billionaire you could just go 
for one of these instead

all images and  quotes from

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012


From the under rated second album by The Clash comes this anthemic track

All the young punks (new boots and contracts)

Hanging about
Down the market street
I spent a lot of time on my feet
When i saw some passing yabbos
We did chance to speak

I knew how to sing
Y' know an
They knew how to pose
An' one of them had a les paul
Heart attack machine

All the young punks
Laugh your life
Cos there ain't much to cry for
All the young c*nts
Live it now
Cos there ain't much to die for

Everybody wants to bum
A ride on the rock 'n' roller coaster
And we went out
Got our name in small print on the poster
Of course we got a manager
Though he ain't the mafia
A contract is a contract
When they get 'em out on yer

You gotta drag yourself to work
Drug yourself to sleep
You're dead from the neck up
By the middle of the week

Face front you got the future shining
Like a piece of gold
But i swear as we get closer
It look more like a lump of coal
But it's better than some factory
Now that's no place to waste your youth
I worked there for a week once
I luckily got the boot

Friday, 16 November 2012


Lucille Desiree Ball 06/08/11-26/04/89

Lucille Ball was possibly the funniest female star that ever graced the big and small screen. Her long running TV Show I Love Lucy is very much a part of American popular culture but her comedic skill and timing are so good that they are often overlooked. 

Lucille was quite a beauty but her comedic gifts were what propelled her to super stardom.

Between 1933 and 1974 she appeared in numerous movies,on Radio and TV. During her time under the spotlight she appeared before The House Un American committee and overcame personal problems to retain her much loved status. Lucille also set up Desilu with her husband, a production company without which there would have been no Star Trek, Mission: Impossible or The Untouchables.

Her achievements are remarkable, including being the first woman to run a major TV studio, and her life story is fascinating. Her's is a story of sheer will power, charisma and hard work. She was quite simply a talent without peer. 


Finding Lucy Part 1

What's my line?