I was riding my bike to work this morning when from nowhere, two words of dialogue sprang into my head. Read more…
Friday is the highlight of the week. Not just because (for many of us) it means the last day at work before two (or this week, three) days off, but also because it’s the day of FriFic. Read more…
Ah, a gorgeous slow number from more years ago than seems possible. I absolutely love this. Jill’s voice is so smooth like the audio equivalent of running your fingers on velvet, but the bile and the anger in the threats she dishes out to her rival are both funny and fierce. And let’s not forget the angelic voices of the backing singers backing her up with their “you’d better back down before you get smacked down” too.
Some very nice production on this one, just enough to keep the tune moving along but understated enough to not detract from the wonderful vocal.
Oh, and of course the video too. Hilarious, especially the little lad getting his chair to watch the action. Top drawer.
Well worth a rewind, this one. It’s a
I’m going through a big Tom Waits phase lately. I’m not sure why, but for some reason my head has tuned into him at the moment.
He is an acquired taste I know, but I love the way that when some of his music verges on discordant, he manages it in a wonderfully poetic and harmonious way. I don’t understand how music works at the best of times, so how he creates music that shouldn’t fit but is so great is far beyond me. His lyrics and wit are extraordinary, and this track from the Rain Dogs album (his best album IMHO) demonstrates this perfectly. OK you may not like the music, you may not think it’s even music, it may jar with you so badly that you’re tempted to turn off, but the lyrics are fabulous and it’s no accident that I’ve chosen a video that shows because I don’t want you to miss a thing. Every character he introduces is worthy of a novel or a film of their own, never mind an entire song, but he throws them at us like poetical confetti (poetti?) every couple of lines.
It’s classic Tom Waits, it’s three bottles of bourbon at 4am, it’s a
Like all the best ideas, it is essentially very simple. Read more…
I may have mentoned about a million times in the past that I am a big fan of The Muppets, and that Fozzie is my all-time comedy hero. Yes his jokes are old and generally bad but he has such a defiantly positive attitude when he is onstage, even when it’s going wrong, and he embraces the “Show Must Go On” spirit.
Two of my most prized items in my music collection are the two Muppet Show LPs they brought out to accompany the first two series. I don’t know how many times I’ve played them, I know every word and love every track. This one comes from the first album and features Scooter and Fozzie. The Bear isn’t too happy about having to wear a chain but before long the artist in him wins him over and he is singing, dancing, wiggling his ears – genuinely enjoying being on stage.
So it’s a philosophical message of hope on one level. And on another it’s a damn fine