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  1. Brexit

    who wants to stand behind Walter the Softie though? I'll be shocked/fuming if they kick it past parliament though.
  2. Foggy Friday

    got a guy in fixing the washing machine. Wish he'd fix it and fuck off, I've got the afternoon off and I want to take a kip.
  3. Films

    Phase IV is on Netflix.
  4. Foggy Friday

    It does a bit. Not really laugh out loud funny - some of the characters are a bit trite, but the story develops well and the BH is a genuinely good character. I don't like Arrested Development.
  5. Brexit

    20 letters have gone to the 1922 committee (1922 committee? wankers!) Need 48 to trigger no confidence. Would rather see May go down because of the deal not passing parliament to be honest. NO confidence vote is being run by JRM and I hate him.
  6. Foggy Friday

    Hmm. Guess we'll never find out now.
  7. Foggy Friday

    Isn't that the one in Bojack Horseman's room?
  8. Foggy Friday

    Got the day off to practice driving before my test on Monday.
  9. Foggy Friday

    I think I hate Gove the most because he looks like one of the pedos that was at my first secondary school.
  10. SLTABAW

    Björk (s/t 1977) Joslyn Layne, critic at Allmusic, does not like this record: "Novelty value can only carry an album so far,” she claimed “even covers of Stevie Wonder's "Your Kiss Is Sweet", sung in Icelandic, and the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill" will probably not be enough to keep you laughing, or interested for the duration." This feels downright churlish to me, as a novelty it’s interesting. As a 70s pop records, it’s….well not bad. Not that this record is exactly groundbreaking or even particularly sparkling. I can’t imagine ever being in a Bjork mood and reaching for her 1977 eponymous debut. It’s not exactly an 11-year old Michael Jackson flooring 1960’s America with I Want You Back. But at the same time, it’s not the sound of a pixie screaming into a reel-to-reel. In fact, we’re unlikely to hear Bjork’s voice so restrained and “normal” again for the rest of her career. Production values are high and there are some genuinely lovely moments on this record. Sometime in 1976 Bjork appeared singing on Icelandic radio as part of a music school performance which attracted a record deal for the 11 year-old and in December 1977 this was released. Musically, it has the feel of pre-disco god Moroder - a kind of slightly quirky Europop played by genuinely energetic sessions musicians and a producer sounding like he’s having a great time. Compositions are simple for the most part. The one writing credit for Bjork herself, Jóhannes Kjarval, is a rather prescient synth/recorder instrumental. The romantic in me wants to think this is an early sign of Bjork’s gift for the atmospheric, but more likely it’s her coming up with a melody and the producer trying to find something to do with it. Alta Mira is interesting in the slight shouts a yelps that would later become signature. I genuinely like Fúsi Hreindýr, but in more of an uplifting 70s stage-school song type way. The opening Arabadrengurinn has some lovely sitar and showcases Bjork as quite technically gifted at a young age. Her performance on this disco number suggests why she attracted such attention. This is not a bad record and though it probably means more historically than anything else, it definitely earns its place in the completist’s collection. It certainly shows more style and charm then say Charlotte Church’s debut - as records made by kids it’s a good ‘un. But it’s unlikely to become a staple of your iPod. Bjork was apparently enthused, but unimpressed and turned down a second record, using the profits from her s/t to buy a piano. Almost certainly a good decision. She had a chance to grow, experience punk, rebellion and then return to pop music a full person, not a child having grown up in the spotlight. We can be thankful for that. But a for a cute little snapshot of an 11-year-old who would go on to produce such extraordinary music, it’s surprisingly listenable. 5/10
  11. Brexit

    The main market for my job is the US, and it's mostly digital content so Brexit isn't having much of an impact in the medium term and in the short term is good because of FX. Also I can sympathize in THEORY with the Lexiters. In the choice between true all-inclusive socialism and the neolib EU, I would vote for the former. But that is far from the reality. I don't want a bad economy out of spite or hard left extremism because bad economies hurt my friends and vulnerable people. But the focus on the EU as a trading bloc does my nut in. I don't want access to the ECC yet roll back human/workers rights. Fuck that. I'd rather hard Brexit that the EU having to compromise on human/workers rights. Freedom of movement for goods and services without the freedom of movement for people is a capitalist con job.
  12. Thurs Of Tha Month

    Well at least I'm not, not until he explains the title of the thread to me.
  13. Thurs Of Tha Month

    Let's be honest. We're not going to be helping Axl in the worst message board in the world. That's not happening.
  14. Thurs Of Tha Month

    And we never found out what the thread title meant.
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