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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

TOM TOM CLUB- S/T
CSS- 'CANSEI DE SUR SEXY'
FUCKPONY- 'CHILDREN OF LOVE'
JOHNNY DARK- 'CAN'T WAIT'
LOVE- 'FOREVER CHANGES'
GO TEAM
FRIENDLY FIRES
JAMES FIGURINE- 'MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE'
LEMON RED SOUTHERN HIP-HOP MIX
YUMMY BINGHAM- 'COME GET IT'
LAY LOW F.M
NOZE- 'HOW TO DANCE'
ON TOP F.M
RUFF SQWAD RINSE SET
WILEY- '2ND PHAZE'
BURIAL- S/T
HOT CHIP- 'THE WARNING'
VARIOUS PRODUCTION ALBUM.
CLASSIC 80'S HARD ROCK AT THE OVAL, PAKISTAN VS REST OF THE WORLD TWENTY20.

wow, it's been over a week since the last post. how on earth did that happen? i'm not really sure. buti went away for a few days, and i'm also doing bits of writing for things other things that this blog (i review albums here by the way), so i don't have much time.

not writing on here is weird, cuz it's almost like you have to ease yr way back into blogging (what an ugly word). so, a few brief comments to dip my toe in the water, and then i'll try to build up to a full onslaught over the next few days (they'll be a break this weekend though as i'll be boshing it at The Glade...).

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where is the sports music of today? i went to the Oval the other day, to see the bastardised but tremendously fun twenty20 version of cricket (twenty20 is the 3 minute pop song to test cricket's epic and gruelling symphonies). every boundary and every wicket, they'd play a blast out a bit of rousing sports-rock over the PA. 80's hardrock fits such occasions perfectly- eye of the tiger, obviously, but also 'another one bites the dust', 'under pressure' for those tense moments, europe's 'the final countdown', may be...all horrible songs, but all brilliant when matched with a bit of sporty pomp.
wisely, those in charge of such things stuck to the 80s hair-rock scene in their selection of what to play at the Oval, but- perhaps conscious that, you know, cricket has to modernise and move with the times- they threw a few 90s and 21st century tunes in as well. but here's the dilemma: what to play? musicians nowadays seem to be in a completely different place than that needed to create gruesomely brilliant sports soundtracks. there's lack of hammy macho daftness about musicians today that really compromises them in this regard. and which also means that rock haircuts aren't nearly as fun as they used to be.
as things were, the organisers plumped for the deeply odd but weirdly inspired choice of The Sugababes (you wouldn't think it works, but it does) and the more obvious- but less good- smattering of Prodigy tracks (although the latter did prompt the thought that if geoffrey boycott played 20 years later than he did, he would have to come out on to the field to the strains of 'firestarter', a mental image which made me smile...)

but there's obviously a niche here, waiting to exploited. so to today's youth i say: cast aside yr skinny jeans, yr jerky guitars and yr television albums, and go and write songs that would sound good as a soundtrack to rugby players battering each other. that's what the people need, and that's your pension.

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veterans of the (yuck) 'blogosphere' may remember, should remember, the name of jack savidge, a lovely person who can do a worringly brilliant impression of DJ Assault's voice.
anyway, jack's got a band, called friendly fires:
www.myspace.com/friendlyfires

and good god you should check them out. they''ve got a cover on their myspace uh 'space' of frankie knuckle's 'your love' which should give you some idea of the kind of cool fucks they are. i don't want to spoil the surprise, so i'll just say it'll make you dance in a whole different way from the original, but you'll still definitely be dancing.

jack told me they plan on playing live pretty relentlessly at the end of the summer, so keep yr ear to the ground...

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