Archive for September, 2005

Cilla’s mystic trip

September 26, 2005

Cillablacksheroo Forget yer Pink Floyds, Jefferson Airplanes and Grateful Deads. For the full on pop psych experience you need to start sniffing out 45s that feature established artists donning the beads and kaftans and desperately trying to sound groovy. Like, er, Cilla Black and her pop sike album of sorts – Sheroo.

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Cilla’s mystic trip

September 26, 2005

Cillablacksheroo Forget yer Pink Floyds, Jefferson Airplanes and Grateful Deads. For the full on pop psych experience you need to start sniffing out 45s that feature established artists donning the beads and kaftans and desperately trying to sound groovy. Like, er, Cilla Black and her pop sike album of sorts – Sheroo.

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What’s New From Shiny?

September 23, 2005

What’s happening at some of our other top blogs this weekend?

Bayraider (eBay Blog): Animatronic Elvis-bot, Moss: Rolling Stoned, Signed Kim & Aggie gloves

Games Digest: EA could still snaffle Ubisoft, Sony cuts 10,000 jobs, Minesweeper returns

Tech Digest: First ever DAB/MP3 personal, Oregon’s NXT micro system, Oregon’s wireless speakers for the iPod

HDTV: Epson piles on the HD projectors, Sony pulls Qualia, Sharp expands LCD HD range

What’s New From Shiny?

September 23, 2005

What’s happening at some of our other top blogs this weekend?

Bayraider (eBay Blog): Animatronic Elvis-bot, Moss: Rolling Stoned, Signed Kim & Aggie gloves

Games Digest: EA could still snaffle Ubisoft, Sony cuts 10,000 jobs, Minesweeper returns

Tech Digest: First ever DAB/MP3 personal, Oregon’s NXT micro system, Oregon’s wireless speakers for the iPod

HDTV: Epson piles on the HD projectors, Sony pulls Qualia, Sharp expands LCD HD range

What’s New From Shiny?

September 23, 2005

What’s happening at some of our other top blogs this weekend?

Bayraider (eBay Blog): Animatronic Elvis-bot, Moss: Rolling Stoned, Signed Kim & Aggie gloves

Games Digest: EA could still snaffle Ubisoft, Sony cuts 10,000 jobs, Minesweeper returns

Tech Digest: First ever DAB/MP3 personal, Oregon’s NXT micro system, Oregon’s wireless speakers for the iPod

HDTV: Epson piles on the HD projectors, Sony pulls Qualia, Sharp expands LCD HD range

Essex girls come good

September 22, 2005

Bad_dream_fancy_dress The late 80s were very dark days for PopJunkies. The Smiths were about to implode, The Stone Roses were mired in their dodgy Goth phase and Stock, Aitken and Waterman dominated the charts. You know it got so bad I almost bought a (gulp) Wedding Present album. Mercifully there was also El Records and gems like Choirboys Gas by Bad Dream Fancy Dress, an album that sounds like nothing else.
 

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Bowie: it was all downhill from here

September 22, 2005

Bowie Ok, so I know a lot of you are probably thinking surely it was all downhill for David Bowie after his 1966 mod-pop masterpiece Can’t Help Thinking About Me, but put your prejudices to one side for a mo as we try and convince you that there are other songs in the Bowie canon worthy of a spin. We refer, of course, to his self-titled 1967 debut LP on Deram.

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The sexiest voice, ever

September 22, 2005

Claudine_aaah
Part whisper, part warble and laden with a heavy dose of Franglais, Claudine Longet’s voice is arguably the sexiest singing voice ever committed to vinyl. She recorded some wonderful songs too, particularly on her 1967 debut Claudine, but owing to a slight mishap with a revolver it is unlikely she’ll be making a comeback.

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(Not) The King of rock and roll

September 22, 2005

Elvis_in_memphis
He might have changed the face of music in the 20th century, been one of the most exciting performers ever and known how to shake a pelvis or two, but Elvis Presley – the king of rock and roll – don’t make me laugh!? Over the space of twenty years he managed to record just about enough quality songs to pad out a greatest hits CD. Lennon and Macca managed around the same number in Abbey Road’s Studio Two on an average wet Tuesday afternoon. Minor Duke or even a Marquis, but certainly not the King. Besides if Elvis is the king of rock and roll how come arguably his best album, From Elvis in Memphis, has hardly any rock and roll on it?

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The ultimate English pop album?

September 21, 2005

Behaviour
Forget The Jam, The Smiths and Blur. The best British album of the last 20 years? That’ll be The Pet Shop Boys 1990 masterpiece Behaviour. Criticised at the time for being old fashioned and out of touch with contemporary club culture, ironically, 15 years later, it still sounds fresh and vibrant, unlike all of those dodgy old rave white labels that were soooo cool at the time.

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