• The State Of Goth

    30 Jul 2008, 19:16

    What is the world coming to? I thought that being a was all about the music. Oh alright, the music, the eyeliner and the black outfit...

    It seems not these days. Today I spotted a little primary yellow MG TF on my way into work with the number plate G9OTH. Maybe I'm just splitting hairs, but that seems far more like than the behaviour of fans of true bands, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim et al...
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    10 Feb 2008, 18:38

  • Gok Wan & Rotherham Hospital

    6 Feb 2008, 20:00

    Gok Wan, presenter of Channel 4's How To Look Good Naked waved at me today.

    It was most surreal.

    He had been at my place of work (Rotherham Hospital), making one of the nurses in the Day Surgery Centre look good naked, when walking past my internal office window, pointed at me, waved and then made a clawing mime at the glass. On his way back, he came into the office an told me to tell "Pete" (?) that he's "a miserable fucking bastard".

    You couldn't make it up...
  • Björk & A Complete Lack Of Racism

    11 Ene 2008, 19:48

    If Morrissey has been labelled a racist by the (unfortunately) popular music press, then surely so should Björk, but I have yet to see the fallout.

    You can see my position on Morrissey's treatment by the NME in a previous journal entry. But listening to the lyrics to Declare Independence, it seems to me that the lack of interest in Björk's "racism" justifies the argument that Morrissey has been stitched up...
  • Radiohead & The Great Album Coup

    11 Ene 2008, 9:40

    Let me start by stating my position with regards to the relative merits or otherwise of the music produced by Radiohead. I am not a fan. My opinion varies from at best, dull and uninteresting through to turgid and unlistenable. That said, upon hearing the news that a band I always get the feeling I should like was releasing an album for which I could pay a price of my own choosing, I was interested.

    So, on release day, I duly logged on and commenced the purchase and download process. After some internal wrangling and considering my usual opinion (see above), I came to the conclusion that the princely sum of £3.50 would be a reasonable amount to pay for an album which I hoped I would like but which ultimately I knew that I wouldn't. I gave the album a listen and I wasn't disappointed. Well, I was, but the fact that I was disappointed wasn't a disappointment. If you see what I mean.

    Time passed.

    In Rainbows was released on a 'traditional' physical format.

    It was only at this point that I felt cheated. Cheated because I've realized that Radiohead have managed to con me into buying an album I didn't really want and one I knew I wouldn't really like. I was a victim of hype.

    This, however, is not entirely the fault of Radiohead. I applaud them for daring to try something new which has, quite obviously, worked - people who wouldn't normally buy a Radiohead album (i.e. me) have done so. Also, I can't help wondering exactly how many of the physical album purchases have been made by fans who have already downloaded it and paid for it (as I hope fans would). There is also consideration to be paid to those savvy fans who will have performed the downloading and paid no price knowing full well that they would be buying the 'real' album too I suppose, but those people are just cheating.

    Having experienced the various ways record companies have in the past tried to convince me to buy the same single or album more than once, I don’t think any would have had the balls to actually do what the label-less Radiohead have done. This may or may not have been cold, calculating marketing but that is kind of how it has worked for them.

    In conclusion. Do I like Radiohead? No. Did I buy In Rainbows? Yes. A result for Radiohead in terms of units sold, but for me? All I get is a feint sense of having been subtley shafted. Serves me right I suppose…
  • Morrissey & The NME

    30 Nov 2007, 13:40

    So Morrissey is a racist again is he? According to this weeks (01/12) NME, Morrissey "trod clumsily around the area of immigration" when he suggested that England is loosing its identity. I think I'd agree.

    What I would disagree with is the NME's point of view that this opinion makes someone racist. It's quite clear to anyone with half a brain, even reading the article as it's published, he was lead down the path of discussing immigration and that the NME's comment on his opinions are rather sensationalist. It just feels like a cheap, dirty trick in order to sell more magazines.

    Not that I think this couldn't have been avoided. Morrissey should know better than to expect intelligent journalism from the NME; they can't be accused of that for at least 20 years or more now.

    I started buying the NME in about 1990 (the first ever copy I bought had Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour on the front page and was still printed as a newspaper) as an avenue to find new music. In this age of the internet (and particularly here on last.fm) where anyone in search of new music can find it and be able to make their own minds up about it.

    I'm disappointed. I've been disillusioned with the NME for some time now (mainly for the reason that it's closer to what Smash Hits was than intelligent music journalism), but this is the final straw and it's a shame...
  • "Personality goes a long way..."

    3 Oct 2007, 11:47

    After following a link in thatmikeykid's journal, I took the same test...



    I'm not sure it tells me much, but it killed half an hour anyway! ;-)
  • France 2007

    18 Ago 2007, 11:45

    I've just come back from a two week family holiday in northern France. I've uploaded some photos here.

    We stayed in Keycamp acomodation for a week at Perros-Guirec and then a week at Camping cote de nacre.

    It was absolutely excellent - the first week for exploring the absolutely gorgeous Brittany coast line and for the second week learning about the D-Day landings and the Bayeux tapestry in Normandy.
  • Blackpool

    25 Jul 2007, 20:13

    We went to Blackpool on the WMC trip at the weekend. The sun shone!! Photos are here
  • LOST

    29 Jun 2007, 8:56

    Come play LOST.