From the monthly archives:

April 2015

Trident: The British Ego has Landed

April 10, 2015

There is absolute nothing that will turn on and set the juices flowing in a Tory as much as Britain displaying virility on the global stage. Tory MPs remind me of politics from a bygone era where Britain ruled the waves, land of hope and glory & born to rule. They are the sort of […]

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#1009: 1980, The Jam, Going Underground

April 7, 2015

When I realized that I was down to do this song, I decided to put it on my turntable, turn it up and write what came to me. And the first emotion is one of urgency – this was a song written and played with such great urgency and energy that it is like being […]

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Week 14: Prat – The Tory Press

April 6, 2015

This week’s Prat Award goes to the Tory Press for scribbling utter nonsense to support the Conservative Party in their attempt to win the election. It happens every time. The Tory Press have once again switched themselves onto howling at the moon default settings to try and destroy anyone or anything that might present a […]

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Week 14: Hero – The American and Iranian Governments

April 5, 2015

This week’s joint heroes are the governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ Nuclear weapons are bad. A fairly obvious statement, but I’m more than happy to make it, because, quite frankly, I don’t fancy seeing anyone getting blown up by a nuclear bomb any time soon. For the […]

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#1008: 1968, Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through The Grapevine

April 5, 2015

We have featured this song before, but in the form of the left field but utterly wonderful reggae-punk cover by The Slits.   And of course (like that other soul classic Aretha’s Respect) the original is itself a cover, if you get what I mean. The song is so identified with Marvin Gaye that it is […]

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Week 14: Villain – Nigel Farage

April 5, 2015

 This week, the UKIP leader earns our award for the greatest villain of the last seven days A snippet from canvassing this weekend. Whilst I spoke to plenty of Labour voters, there were exceptions. Including this bloke: “Labour? No, I’m voting for that other bloke. What’s his name? You know – the mad one.” He […]

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General Election Round-up Week One – The Moment Keynesianism Became Crackpot

April 5, 2015

As a punishment for various sins, I made myself watch the TV Leaders Debate – as I view these events as the political equivalent of 1970s wrestling, only without spangly trunks, I wasn’t expecting a great deal, but, despite my misgivings, I have to say I found it strangely fascinating. So, what did we actually […]

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#1007: 1980, The Clash, The Magnificent Seven

April 4, 2015

Evening, happy warriors (to paraphrase Ed Miliband). Tonight we feature the eighth song on our great musical oversights within Songs To Learn And Sing. This song is a magnificent bastard of a song. It is The Magnificent Seven from The Clash, and it is quite simply one of the most bonkers and brilliantly creative songs […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #63: 1954, On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan)

April 2, 2015

Charlie Malloy: ‘Look kid, how much you weigh, son? When you weighed one hundred and sixty eight pounds you were beautiful. You could have been another Billy Conn and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast…’ Terry Malloy: ‘it wasn’t him, Charlie, it was you…’ After a three […]

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Tories, Media & Big Business: All In It Together

April 2, 2015

What a surprise. 100 business leaders have signed a letter to the Telegraph offering support to the Tories whilst criticising Labour’s economic credentials. In other news: Bears shit in the woods and the Pope is Catholic. This tactic happens at every election or referendum campaign. Fat cats want the Tories to win to protect their […]

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#1006: 1965, The Rolling Stones, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

April 1, 2015

For the seventh of our series of the greatest songs that we didn’t get round to posting in the first 999 songs for Songs To Learn And Sing, we return to another of our favourite bands, The Rolling Stones. Satisfaction, the Stones‘ first US number one, is a timeless essay on youthful frustration, a throbbing hard-on of […]

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George East To Replace Zayn In One Direction

April 1, 2015

In a shock announcement posted in the early hours on the uniformally ignored social media site – My Space, One Direction declared that their replacement for Zayn Malik was to be none other than ATL’s own George East. George (45), in anticipation of the announcement and the clamour of media attention it would bring has […]

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