Monday, January 28, 2019

A Late Night Wonder

Day 10 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Sunday, January 27, 2019

"What do you call that?"

Day 9 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Perfect

Day 8 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Delightful.

Day 7 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Cold War

Day 6 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Round 20: It shouldn't work, but it does




Darts Thrown: January 23rd 2019
Blog Written: May 22nd 2019

Highest Score: 120
Lowest Score: 2
Sixties: 19

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is Men of North Country's cover version of the Human League's Mirror Man. I stumbled across this version on some Facebook group that I frequent, and I have to admit that it works - especially that guitar break in the middle - and that's something coming from me 'cos I'm usually steadfast in denying to like a cover version of a song that I love . . .  and I love this era Human League. They were so underrated. As someone mentioned in the Facebook comments to the original post, who knew Mirror Man was a lost Northern Soul classic? A good spot.

Judd and his book

Day 5 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Round 19: Going way back



Darts Thrown: January 21/22 2019
Blog Written: May 22nd 2019

Highest Score: 140
Lowest Score: 3
Sixties: 20

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is The Byrds performing the Goffin/King classic, 'Goin' Back'. Some people insist that Dusty Springfield's version is better but I can't see it myself. (And I did give it a listen.).

According to the wiki page for the song, the Byrds recording song actually created a rift between David Crosby and the rest of the band, which is a shame 'cos that rift resulted in the classic Byrds line up parting ways. Still one of my favourite bands from the 60s, up there with The Kinks and The Beatles:

"Don't big empty houses scare you?"

Day 4 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.



Monday, January 21, 2019

Keep Running

Day 3 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

"A lot of people panic when you tell them that . . . "

Day 1 of the 10 day movie challenge. Post an image, no explanation, from 10 movies that had an impact on you. 10 days, 10 films, 0 explanations.


Round 18: Cherish



Darts Thrown: January 19th 2019
Blog Written: May 15th 2019

Highest Score: 134
Lowest Score: 3
Sixties: 18

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is, um, that Kool and the Gang track I was referencing in the last post. Am I half-assing it to plough through this backlog? Am I fuck. That particular ship sailed long ago. This is brilliant. Apparently there's a one-hour version of this track on YouTube. I need to bookmark it for future reference. It would drive everybody else in the house absolutely mad but I'd be too busy relaxing to notice. 

Back in the day, I always had a love/hate relationship with Kool and the Gang but that's because they'd gone down the cheesy as fuck road musical road in the early 80s. I guess bills had to be paid and it's what the punters in the Living Room Chasers and New York, New York wanted. Music in the 80s really did kill me as the decade wore on. I never got over it.

Enough of how the 80s failed me, here's 'Summer Madness' by Kool and the Gang. There's another 37 versions of this song available on YouTube. I suggest you group them all into a playlist and turn your phone off for two and a half days:

Robin and Marian (1976)


The Rocker (2008)


Friday, January 18, 2019

Round 17: 90s please (not a darts reference, peeps)



Darts Thrown: January 18th 2019
Blog Written: May 15th 2019

Highest Score: 140
Lowest Score: 4
Sixties: 13

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is . . . well, to be honest, I'm still listening to that Paul Weller track from Round 16. It's good, isn't it? I really like that laid back groove. I guess, if I'm having to find a song to fill the gap - and I won't go for the obvious of picking an early 70s Isley Brothers track - then the groove of the Weller track makes me think of this old pop/rap standard from the 1991. Cheesy as fuck, I know but I still think this track is a stone cold classic. I'm guessing it's the Kool and the Gang sample that makes it, but that seems a bit unfair to Will Smith.  It's his version that I first knew and loved, and just because I can't give a tuppeny fuck for his acting career, there's no need for me to begrudge him his proper accolades for what is one of the all time great summer songs.

'Summertime' by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince:

Round 16: Early morning tea . . .




Darts Thrown: January 18th 2019
Blog Written: May 15th 2019

Highest Score: 134
Lowest Score: 7
Sixties: 20


Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is a Paul Weller album track that I'd never heard before. It's off the 2015 album Saturn's Pattern album, an album which totally passed me by. If this track is anything to go by, I think I've been unfair and I need to seek it out. It's a bit noodly, a bit meandering but he's always had that six or seven minute track on his solo albums. I think if I'd heard it in normal circumstances, it probably would have passed me by but on this occasion I sought it out after reading a thread on a Facebook Paul Weller discussion group about lost album tracks that have been overlooked. From the thread, it appears I'm not the only PW fan who loved the early solo albums only to be a bit hot and cold as the years wore on. The common theme is that we all seem to carry the torch for The Style Council (unlike a lot of Jam fans) and we all feel he took a wrong turn when he fell in with the Lad Rock wankers in the mid to late 90s.

Well, enough early morning verbal diarrhea; here's "These City Streets" by Paul Weller:

Round 15: Weaving a tapestry, people. There may be fictionalized bollocks along the way



Darts Thrown: January 18th 2019
Blog Written: May 3rd 2019

Highest Score: 121
Lowest Score: 2
Sixties: 13


Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is 'God Give Me Strength' by Kristen Vigard. Written by Costello and Bacharach, this song features in Allison Anders' film' Grace of My Heart', a loving tribute to the 50s and 60s Brill Building and its songwriting factory and, of course, the main character, Denise Waverly, is a thinly disguised Carole King. Even a numbskull like me knew that. Like millions of other families across the western world in the early to mid 70s, we received a copy of Carole King's 'Tapestry' album as a free gift when our parents bought the Crying Boy painting from our local Woolworths.

Discovered this song one late night when I happened to stumble across the movie on tv. It was half way through the film so I had no idea what was going on, but this scene popped up and I was hooked. Apparently Matt Dillon was playing a fictionalised Brian Wilson, but I don't see any sandbox, And just cos he plays with his specs a few times in the movie, that's not proof enough that he's a troubled soul. (For clarification purposes, Illeana Douglas is miming to Kristen Vigard's vocals. A good old Hollywood staple.)

Why this now? Well, it was either this song or The Cavedogs song which is my first MP3 download. I can't remember which. *Cough* There's been a few more since.

Costello and Bacharach recorded their own version, and it's fine as it goes but this will always be the definitive version for me:

Round 14: What is a Love Grenade?




Darts Thrown: January 18th 2019
Blog Written: May 3rd 2019

Highest Score: 120
Lowest Score: 5
Sixties: 15


Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date this blog was written. A backlog, people. No specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog.

. . .  And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next up is the 'Love Grenade' by The Cavedogs. Why this one? It may have been the first song I ever downloaded from the internet, or at least the second. It's between this and the song I will post for Round 15. I don't know a lot about this band, other than they are Canadian and that I first heard this song on Mark Radcliffe's old Radio 1 evening show. I'd loved to pretend I was a child of Peel when it comes to music, but I probably discovered more new music via Mark Radcliffe on Radio 1. It's the truth.

This song still holds up, btw. Fight me if you disagree:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Round 13: It was 20 years ago today . . . or somewhere in that ballpark



Darts Thrown: January 17th 2019
Blog Written: May 3rd 2019

Highest Score: 100
Lowest Score: 4
Sixties: 15

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date it's posted. A backlog, people. Not specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog. And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Next song up is Madonna's 'Beautiful Stranger'. Why? Don't quote me on this, but it's probably the last single I ever bought. (Buying old singles off the internet do not count.)  Was it really released in 1999? Christ, almighty. Twenty years ago? I'm in the midst of a mid-life crisis . . .  shouldn't I be buying singles right now? Maybe I'll rectify that at some point.

All I can remember about this is that I bought as a cassingle, and I bought it in London. That means I probably bought it in Oxford Street. It's still a canny enough song. Never saw the film. I'm sure it was 'g-r-r-r-r-r-eat.

Round 12: Catching Up, Trev




Darts Thrown: January 17th 2019
Blog Written: May 3rd 2019

Highest Score: 132
Lowest Score: 1
Sixties: 19

Blogger's Note: Written in haste, so there will be spelling mistakes and slapdash grammar.

Look at the date it's posted. A backlog, people. Not specially selected book, as a backdrop with the piss-poor excuses for why I haven't read it. Just a the facts, mam. I have a lot of these to steam through. Maybe I'll provide the colour commentary once they are all on the blog. And you just know that I will have mislaid at least one sheet.

But I will use the this rush through as a cheap excuse to post music videos from YouTube. Why not? I need a soundtrack whilst I do this. Off the blocks, and on the decks, Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer'. The first single I ever bought. Bought it in the local independent record shop in Hemel by the market. I still think this is a classic. What impeccable taste I once had. (As a side note, Kara's first single was 'New Moon On Monday' by Duran Duran. She's younger than me, and they'd gone to shit by that point but I don't judge her too harshly. At least, not out loud:

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

A Curmudgeon writes . . .

Welcoming in the New Year in Indianapolis.

Pissing down with rain for a day and a half and local wallopers setting off fireworks and firing guns on the stroke of midnight.