Friday, July 13, 2007

Beckhams arrive in L.A

The Beckhams have arrived in L.A ahead of David's transfer to L.A Galaxy. Unfortunately, while crossing the road outside L.A airport, Victoria was struck by a car while her partially clothed husband looked on.
David and Victoria Beckham in America
Luckily her sub-dermal airbags absorbed most of the impact.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Mighty Editors

Tom Smith - Editors
I'm listening to the new Editors album "The end has a start" and a very satisfying noise it is. I've gone on about Editors before after their last album "The Back Room" was hardly ever off my virtual turntable. Their second album has a more expensive production but they have retained their sound and energy, which is often lost when big studios and second albums are involved.

They are often compared to Joy Divison, because of Tom Smith's barking vocal delivery and their morose subject matter, but I'm pretty convinced that the House Of Love are nearer the mark. If you listen to the opening 30s of "Smokers outside the hospital door" and compare it to the House of Love's "Christine" or "Love in a Car", you will agree.

The Editors live are something to behold and I'm really pleased to have tickets to see them in Newcastle in October.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fergie's Product Placement

The always naturally beautiful "Fergie", from pop group the Black-eyed Peas, has struck a deal with a sportswear company to promote their trainers within the lyrics of her songs.

This isn't the first time that advertising has been foisted on music buyers and smuggled into their lives. In the 70s and 80s, technology giants smuggled future products into our consciousness through popular music. Blondie had a hit in the 1970s entitled "Hanging on the tel-iPhone", Tina Turner promoted Microsoft with "Steamy Windows (XP)" and ELO sold their soul to News Corporation with "Mr Blue Sky+".


Monday, July 02, 2007

Diana concert

Joss Stone: oink

I caught a bit of the Diana Tribute concert yesterday, but had to switch it off. It looked like a giant art installation designed to embody the word "mawkish". The crowd seemed to have been bussed in from the centre-court of Wimbledon, their "come on Tim" placards exchanged for "we'll miss you Di" equivalents. P. Diddy dedicated his "Missing You" song to the people's Princess - I hear he's available for hire to adapt this song to any sorely missed relative for a small fee and he's cheaper than Elton John.

Reg refused to do "Candle in the Wind", so the organisers put together a tear-jerking slideshow to make the audience cry at the end.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Round Fried Eggs

Round fried eggs
I bought a device that sits in your frying pan and produces perfectly round fried eggs, perfect for putting in muffins with salt, pepper and ketchup. Mmmmm....