Here is the free answer for tonight’s music round at the Joker . It’s the ELO who properly be proclaimed only as the “The Mighty ELO“, and preferably in an Alan Partridge voice or a Smashy/Nicey voice.
Sunday: like a cake full of sawdust heralding the empty week.
The best thing you can do to oppose this sawdust paradigm is go to the quiz where it is possible to win money, booze and the respect of your friends in a friendly knowledge-based contest which rewards a sneaky combination of smarts and luck.
I love it when you come to the quiz. I could kiss every one of you. Anyway. Here’s the music round cheat for tonight’s quiz at the Persevere:
This is jaunty tune but also strangely depressing. I remember when it came out and I couldn’t decide whether I quite liked it or totally hated it.
I’m still torn.
So there you have it: in thirty years I have learned nothing. Well nothing in terms of Tanita Tikaram anyway.
Although, having said that I was looking her up the other day on Wikipedia and discovered she was born in Germany. That’s proper trivial, in the sense that it’s information that can be of no proper use.
Another item which is not really a fact came from one of the youtube comments which pointed out that she looks like Elvis.
This is another type of learning: something that I always knew but never really thought of until someone pointed it out.
But also useless in terms of knowledge. What do we know and why do we remember it? This is PhD stuff. I’d better leave it there. It’s Sunday.
Anyway – come to the quiz.
See you later.
Ooh la la.
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The cheat answers for tonight include this song by Train: I can’t stand it. It came out in 2012 and feels like every template ever written for bland-as-possible radio playlists which are calculated to offend no-one and inspire no-one.
It’s the same shit as Maroon 5 and all that type of bollocks.
It’s classified by Google as “Adult Contemporary” which is a long phrase for “Dull”.
And if the song is bad, the video is worse.
What a load of shit.
Anyway, from crap videos to the greatest film of all time. As you know, I’ve been counting down the list of my ten favourite films of all time.
I had often heard about this film but never watched it until a couple of years ago. It is satisfyingly brilliant and I watched it again straight away.
It’s a Werner Herzog joint so it’s already almost automatically going to be interesting but the action and the crazy adventure draws you in completely until you too are dying on the Amazon, merely by watching.
Basically it the 16th century, its South America and the lunatic Spanish conquistadores are determined to find El Dorado, the city of Gold.
Instead they find madness and murder and a whole lot of Mother Nature, spurning their goliath ambitions of riches and conquest in the same way an elephant would disregard a used bus ticket.
Kalus Kinski is the madman Aguirre, a warrior hungry for power, gold and perhaps immortality.
The crazy in his performance is aided by the fact that he was obviously an actual madman.
Much has been written on the making of the film, and the difficulties and impossibilities thereof, including the epic fights between director and star.
Like a lot of films in my top ten, music is important. The soundtrack to this is just great. I was recorded by some crafty German band named Popol Vuh and it’s got just the right balance of strangeness, beauty and menace, perfectly in sync with the action.
I could talk about this film all day but, to be honest, the internet has been up and down this morning like a Dundonian who keeps thinking he’s seen a five pence piece on the ground, so I’m going to publish it and get the fuck on with Thursday.
Whoa! Aliens have invaded Planet Earth, have taken over, are running the whole thing… AND YOU DIDN’T EVEN REALISE IT
This is the concept of ‘They Live’ which stars wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper who uncovers the aliens and then faces a race to save his life.
This happens when he accidentally puts on some sunglasses which show the world for what it truly is: a shitshow run by intergalactic freaks who control your mind every day:
It turns out EVERYTHING has a hidden subliminal but then THEY know that he knows:
Then there’s a top class fight where Roddy Piper forces the other bloke to wear the shades
Look, even if you don’t watch the movie – watch the fight scene:
I don’t even like fight scenes, but this is good. It’s also epic, as in long – over 5 minutes. This post explains why the fight is so long.
Are you trying to say you don’t like dancing penguins?
In lots of ways, They Live is slightly shite – it’s essentially a B-Movie, but I watched it again a couple of years ago after a long time and it’s still compelling and great and it’s one of those films that you are constantly reminded of by the real world.