Chairman of the Board by Count Basie

This album doesn’t fall into my 50 albums as it was released before I was born, but I’m listening to it now and rather enjoying it. As I mentioned before I’m currently doing (in a rather ad-hoc way) an online course in Jazz appreciation. Over the last couple of weeks the course has been focusing … Continue reading Chairman of the Board by Count Basie

50 films: 2004 – A Very Long Engagement

I love Jeunet’s films, they look tremendous, they have humour and sweetness and darkness and reward re-watching… and mostly they have Dominique Pinon which is a reason to love a film. A Very Long Engagement has all of that and Audrey Tautou, Jodie Foster and Marion Cotillard – so it doesn’t really need me to … Continue reading 50 films: 2004 – A Very Long Engagement

50 albums: 1984 – Reckoning by REM

As mentioned in the last post, 1983/1984 was the next significant move for me musically. I was at a loss, metal was clearly not going in the same direction as I was, and I needed direction. My dad helped out regularly at the local St John’s Ambulance book sales in Cobham, the book sales were … Continue reading 50 albums: 1984 – Reckoning by REM

50 albums: 1983 – Another Perfect Day by Motorhead

This is a little Motorhead history lesson, based not on research, but on the memories of a fan. In 1982, the band started recording the follow up to the hugely successful Ace of Spades, they decided that this time guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke would produce. This didn’t go well and, coupled with an ill-advised (and … Continue reading 50 albums: 1983 – Another Perfect Day by Motorhead

BtVS: Enemies and Earshot

Wow! It’s been a year since we left off the Buffy re-watch, the last episode we watched way back then was Enemies… frankly it was so long ago that I can’t really remember it – but the clues in Earshot (which we just watched) remind me that Faith and Angel snogged, Buffy got jealous, but … Continue reading BtVS: Enemies and Earshot

50 albums: 1982 – Big Science by Laurie Anderson

It is still baffling that Laurie Anderson’s O Superman was a hit, it reached number 2 in 1981 (in the UK). But that’s what made the pop charts so wonderful was that weird things like that could happen for apparently no reason. I loved O Superman, we (clearly) all did, but by the time Big … Continue reading 50 albums: 1982 – Big Science by Laurie Anderson

50 albums: 1981 – The Visitors by ABBA

I’ve always had a problem with ABBA, three years ago I started a blog post that I never finished trying to explain what the problem was… but found it too hard to get across my point without sounding like some bitter old metalhead who can’t be doing with any of this “pop” music malarkey. But … Continue reading 50 albums: 1981 – The Visitors by ABBA