Friday, January 30, 2004

Top Of The Pops was as ritually rubbish as usual. Surely Tim Kash read the part of the Hutton Report describing him as a "worthless charisma vortex with one eye on presenting the lottery". I think the only honourable thing he can do is resign.

Stereophonics, despite fierce competition, were never really challenged for worst act on tonight. It's amazing how their current stuff makes Local Boy In The Photograph look almost mediocre (even though it's not).

More worrying was Michelle's apparent schizophrenia. Every line was started with a shake of the head and completed with a nod. Poor girl doesn't know what she's thinking.

What am I doing? I have an OK voice but am singing this tepid self-important rubbish.
Ah, that's right, Simon Cowell has threatened to kill my pet kittens - I'd better nod and look happy.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Oh yeah, if anyone wants to pikeyly sponge MP3s off me, my Soulseek username is Nick H. How wacky and zany I am.
I'm loving more and more these blogs which are a-postin' and a-hostin' MP3s (Enthusiastic But Mediocre, Fluxblog, PopNose and Said The Gramophone seem to be the biggest), but unfortunately I lack the basic intelligence and fortitude required to do this here, so I present to you the next best thing (actually it's several rungs down the ladder but there you go), a new bit of the side bar called "Nick's Song Of The Moment".

I have chosen Lil' Kim's The Jump Off for the simple reason that it kicks my sorry ass.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

It said the number of illegal files on file-swapping networks such as Grokster and Kazaa had decreased from 1bn last April to 900m this month, a fall of 20%.

And so to the latest from the music industry's war on it's own paymasters (ie. us), as they unlease news of their latest weapons on downloaders: yes, as if lawsuits weren't deterent enough, the IFPI are now redefining the laws of mathematics. For the unlearned;

100 - ((900,000,000/1,000,000,000) x 100) = 20% now apparently. So there we go.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Having not bought any CDs yet this year (and let me this say this is a sad state of affairs), I went a bit ker-rayzee-mental this afternoon, but still ended up with 6 CDs for £28;

Ice Cube - Death Certificate
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Special Edition)
Method Man - Tical
Mis-teeq - Eye Candy (Limited Edition)
Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
X-Press 2 - Muzikizum

Good wholesome fun for all the family there I would say.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Just has a disaster of an exam. I might scrape 30% which would be a soft fail, altogether less intimidating than the rather frighteningly-named HARD FAIL. What made the experience all the more depressing was the fact that I had Michelle's All This Time stuck in my head for two and a half fecking hours, although it is mildly better than one exam in the first year when I had Patrick Swayze's She's Like The Wind galloping around my brain for the duration of the exam.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

For those non-ILMers who might frequent this blog, I've put a link to the great Stevem's index of ILM's Rough Guide To.... threads. For the unintiated, it's basically a list of compilations that you can make up as a guide to basically any genre you can think of. Well, OK, it doesn't take in every genre, but let's see if you could do better.

Friday, January 16, 2004


Yes, for the first time, like, ever, you can now email me (see sidebar). For some reason I was never able to work out how to put my address there before but I am now some kind of low-level tech whizz-kid. So send me some adulation, or something.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

A lot has been written about the various popstars of yesteryear and their creative contributions to the Girls Aloud album. Betty Boo, Lene Nystrom (who shouldn't be a popstar of yesteryear) and Bryan McFadden (who should) all have had their writing credits acknowledge by us slavouring GA obsessives.

But as yet no-one has seen to mention the credit of one Edele Lynch to the writing of Some Kind Of Miracle. Edele was one quarter of underrated (C'est La Vie was good, all right?) mid-90s Irish girl group B*Witched, the second best band with an asterisk in their name (after the A*Teens obviously). She was also the sister of Shane Lynch, second least successful member of Boyzone (aw, bless Mikey Graham).

Edele doesn't seem to mind her lack of plaudits though; in fact, she thinks they're proper bo:

Saturday, January 10, 2004

The Escargot Cafe is an ace blog I've found which is all the more acer due to the fact that it agrees with me on the best song of 2003 AND it says why in a much better way too. Read and enjoy.
Darts For Pleasure

Oh god, how I hope this is true and not a wind-up. Embarrassing it's sure to be but funny at the same time. Words cannot express how much I want them to cover Snap!'s The Power with Phil filling in for Turbo B.

*adopts Essex accent*

I will attack, AND YOU DON'T WANT THAT!

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The inner rockist in me propels me to name my albums of 2003. So here's a top 5;

5. Zongamin - Zongamin

4. Jay-Z - The Black Album

3. Electric Six - Fire

2. Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground

1. Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash

There will be no explanation of this list; what do you think I am, a music writer?!
To procrastinate from revision, I decided to count the number of CDs I bought in 2003, and I think it was 55. Taking an average of £7 (that's a cracking bargain), that's £385 I've spent, which when added to the 50 odd quid I've spent going to gigs comes in at nearly £450 I pumped into an industry that if it had it's way would like to sue me for copyright infringement. This makes my revision make sense.
Well I'm very sorry for the lack of action of the blog front recently. Unfortunately I have 4 days until my final year exams start so my time is rather taken at the moment. I finish a week this Tuesday so I'll try and think of lots of lovely stuff to write about for then.

In the meantime, if you go here you will find some cool bootleggy MP3s by a bloke called Happy Larry. I'd advise downloading "Milkshake Music", which is fairly self-explanatory.

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