From the daily archives:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

#861: 1982, The Jam, A Town Called Malice

March 2, 2014

We are into day 3 of our latest theme week here on Songs To Learn and Sing: songs with great basslines.  A cracking theme week, I think – so a hat tip to Ray North for that. With this song we are yet again we are in the post-punk world that produced so many of […]

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Week 9: Hero – Judge Orlando Garcia

March 2, 2014

This week, we hand our regular Hero award to Texan Judge, Orlando Luis Garcia Back in 2004, the Republicans organised referenda across a swathe of American states to outlaw same-sex marriage. This flurry of activity was, in part, an attempt to create a ‘wedge issue’ for the Presidential elections taking place that year to ensure […]

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Week 9: Villain – Royal Bank of Scotland

March 2, 2014

This week’s villain of the week award goes to The Royal Bank of Scotland – for making a financial loss last year of £8.2bn, and yet, still finding a way to put aside £576m to pay staff bonuses in 2013, which we the taxpayer will continue to fund. As well as this continued cycle of […]

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George East’s Top Ten Films of 2013

March 2, 2014

As it is Oscar Sunday it is traditionally time for the final list of 2013 (even if it is March 2014): my top 10 films of 2013.  Because of the nature of distributors release schedules, most of the films that are in serious contention for Academy Awards tonight have only been released this year.  There […]

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Week 9: Prat – Grant Shapps

March 2, 2014

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to Conservative Party Chairman for the absurd suggestion that the Tories should rebrand as the Workers’ Party Sometimes I think that Grant Shapps is a Fast Show character.  It is hard to believe that someone who is such an out and out spiv, with his alter ego […]

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#860: 1980, The Cure, A Forest

March 2, 2014

In our last Song To Learn and Sing, Ray North laid down the challenge to the rest of the All That’s Left regular contributors to pick songs with a great bassline. It is unsurprising that my pick is of a similar vintage: the New Wave/ post-punk era is replete with strong basslines anchoring fluid lead […]

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