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miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
First: the BBC are releasing a box set of the complete OHG! YAY! They want a hundred quid RRP for it... BOOOO! An actual complete box set is good, though, because a lot of the CDs released so far only have four eps of a six ep series on.

Second: The Grauniad have "lib Dem Conference in pictures". Highlights include a very sexy Vince picture at 13/25, and Daddy Richard and [personal profile] po8crg at 19/25. Daddy Richard's accusing glare at the photographer is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Three: Sara Bedford's amazing speech from the equal marriage debate. She says a lot of what I would have said if I had been called, except with more style and elan, and less Discworld references.

Four: The fifteen albums meme via Caron and [personal profile] pickwick.
Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what albums my "music-fan-friends" choose.
  1. Trash - Alice Cooper. I was 11 years old, watching the chart show on a saturday morning in lieu of cleaning the house like I was supposed to be doing. I was fairly au fait with lots of British Rock music (of which more later) and the chart commercial stuff like Bon Jovi (that ep of the chart show also featured Lay Your Hands on Me), but I was woefully naive in terms of classic American rock. The chart countdown got to number 2, and I saw this.

    I'd never seen or heard anything like it before. It was the start of a lifelong love affair. I adore Alice. He's witty, he's erudite, he writes sing along rock anthems about necrophilia. I saved up my pocket money for 15 weeks to buy the album, and by the time I had the money it had been reduced in price, so I could afford a couple of singles as well. I now own 17 Alice Cooper albums, but that one was my first, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

    Pop fact: [personal profile] magister was watching the same edition of the chart show at the same time, also to get out of cleaning :D

  2. The Works - Queen. My elder brother bought me a Walkman for my seventh birthday (or possibly Christmas). My slightly less elder brother got me a copy of this album to play on it. I had a fair few tapes I had taped off of other sources, but this was my first proper bought album. I played it until it wore through and the tape snapped.

  3. The Monty Python Instant Record Collection. A fine selection of songs and sketches and bits of the films all in one handy package. Constitutional Peasant is still a favourite. Oh hell, ALL of it is.

  4. Troublegum - Therapy?. When I met [personal profile] matgb he was wearing a Therapy? t-shirt. I have Troublegum on green vinyl. It was clearly a match made in Heaven.

  5. Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme - Simon and Garfunkel. My mum always loved S&G, but I really started to appreciate them in my teenage years. This album is full of sharply observed songs about alienation. And some faintly pretentious ones like The Dangling Conversation, which as a teenager you think are incredibly profound.

  6. Spaced Out: The very best of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. I still maintain that Leonard Nimoy's version of Both Sides Now is better than Joni Mitchell's original, and there are 25 tracks of total mad classics on this album. Yes, I am a sad case.

  7. Paranoid and Sunburnt - Skunk Anansie. This was another one of those OMG I've never heard anything like THAT before! albums. Little Baby Swastikkka blew me away when I first heard it. And Rise Up is one of the songs I put on Holly's playlist. And I still have a crush on Skin.

  8. Different Class - Pulp. I find myself singing I Spy to myself a lot these days ;)

  9. Ooo Crikey It's... - Lawnmower Deth. Combines two of my most favourite things - metal and extreme silliness.

  10. BadMotorFinger - Soundgarden. Mmmmmm Chris Cornell.

  11. Respect - The Very Best of Aretha Franklin. Aretha has the most amazing voice, and you've got to Respect that.

  12. Murder Ballads - Nick Cave. Terrifying, shocking and hilarious in equal measure. Who else could have a number one hit by stoving Kylie Mingogue's head in with a rock? I also love The Curse of Millhaven and O'Malley's Bar.

  13. Diva - Annie Lennox.

  14. 24 Carrott Gold - Jasper Carrott. I can't watch Golden Balls. It makes me so sad to see that a man who reduced me to tears of laughter is now a gameshow host. This album illustrates why.

  15. Brave New World - Iron Maiden. I had real difficulty choosing a Maiden album, but in the end I plumped for the one with the magnificent The Wicker Man on it. Really, though, this could have been any of about six. I mean, No Prayer For the Dying has the world's best Christmas #1 on it. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son has the song for which the video was Graham Chapman's last work. Picking a classic MAiden album is like trying to pick the one worthwhile work of Oscar Wilde...

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I'm making a playlist for Holly on Spotify. It includes songs that I know she likes and also the songs I think it would do her good to listen to (see if you can pick out which ones are which ;)), and so far it looks like this:
What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
Sun Arise - Alice Cooper
Respect - Aretha Franklin
If it Wasnae For Your Wellies - Billy Connolly
Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi
Independent Women Part 1 - Destiny's Child
Lose Yourself (non-sweary edit) - Eminem
Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves - Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
The World is Not Enough - Garbage
I Am What I Am - Gloria Gaynor
Working Class Hero - Green Day (no Lennon/Beatles originals on Spotify, sadly)
Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
The Wicker Man - Iron Maiden
A Praise Chorus - Jimmy Eat World
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Man in Black - Johnny Cash
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
One Way - Levellers
Hey Jude - Magical Abbey Road Tribute Band
Galaxy Song - Monty Python
Feeling Good - Muse
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
The Show Must Go On - Queen
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
We Will Rock You - Queen
Trouble - Shampoo
Rise Up - Skunk Anansie
Devil Gate Drive - Suzi Quattro
That's Not My Name - the Ting Tings
Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) - Thin Lizzy
Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
Anybody have any further suggestions? No sweary ones, please, at least for now. Feministy and uplifting is good. Also sing along rock anthems seem to go down well.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
So I was sat listening to the news on radio 4, and suddenly, there was music. The Archers should have been starting, and there was music instead! This saved me from my usual ritual of turning the radio off for quarter of an hour to pretend that I'm really not completely addicted to radio 4 because I detest the Archers.

So please, people, I know I'm late to the party, but Save 6Music (38 degrees have a webform for it here), so they can continue to save me from The Archers!

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miss_s_b: (Music: HiM)
Rather than doing a Thoughts From the Train á la Lady Mark (partly because I'm not as profound as him, and partly because the wifi on the train kept crapping out on me, and thus I'm not actually posting this from the train...) I'm going to post a bunch of song lyric couplets, in roughly chronological order of how they popped into my head over recent days. Not all of them are strictly relevant so I wouldn't bother trying to attach them to a particular situation if I were you, but points for anyone who can identify them all.
  1. I ran into my room and I fell down on my knees
    Well I thought that fifteen was gonna be a breeze

  2. She hates time, make it stop
    When did Motley Crue become classic rock?

    (sorry, had to do that - ;) George) - 1985 by Bowling for Soup

  3. I loved the words you wrote to me, but that was bloody yesterday
    I can't survive on what you send every time you need a friend
    - A New England by Billy Bragg

  4. That's what you get for falling in love
    Now I'm addicted and your kiss is the drug
    - Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi

  5. A nice little house wife, who'll give me a steady life.
    And not keep going off the rails.
    - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by David Gray (cover of Soft Cell)

  6. I don't need no Monday or the rest of the week
    I spend a lot of time in bed, but baby I don't like to sleep, no

  7. Would you like some zucchini? Or my homemade linguini, it's hard to beat
    Have some more fettuccini, ay, you getting too skinny, you got to eat
    - Lasagne by Weird Al Yankovic

  8. I got it from some kitty next door
    I went and see the doctor and he gave me the cure
    - Cat Scratch Fever by Pantera

  9. I got trouble, trouble in my eyes
    I'm just looking for another good time

  10. Tastes so good make a poor man cry
    Sweet cherry pie
    - Cherry Pie by Warrant

  11. I'm sitting in the railway station. got a ticket for my destination;
    On a tour of one-night stands my suitcase and guitar in hand.
    - Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel

  12. As long as you're still smiling
    There's nothing more I need

    or, alternatively, the boyband version

    If loving you with all my heart's a crime
    Then I'm guilty.
Karate tonight was... interesting. We had a mock for my belt grading and I think I did OK, except for the fact that my outside block is still woeful. This has led to the frankly bonkers idea getting into my head that I'm going to have to teach Mat how to do chudan punches so I can practise blocking them...

In unrelated news, one of the things that a certain Mr Strange was telling me this week was that he doesn't think he's rock 'n' roll enough. I think you guys should judge for yourselves:

I ask you, what could be more rock 'n' roll than being a Brucealike? ;)

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miss_s_b: (Music: Brian (Roof))
So, there's a new kid on the Bo Rhap comedy covers block.

The Muppets

It's certainly more original than the

Zany Newsreaders, although I will always have a HUGE soft spot for George Alagiah, Rock God. And how awesome is Michael Buerk's drumming? The thing is, like so much else's of BBC News' output, that version will never recover from the excruciating contribution made by Nick Robinson and Jug Ears Marr.

No, my favourite always has been, and always will be, the cross-channel and endearingly amateurish:

Comic Relief Version. Partly for the Boyz From the Dwarf, and Seth from Emmerdale, and partly for the poignant appearance by Jill Dando, but mostly for the contribution of the Drop The Dead Donkey Team. I'm not sure whether I have more love for George's air guitar, or Sally and Henry headbanging (and the ensuing coif disasters).

But what do you lot reckon?

Poll #1773 BoRhap
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8

Which is the best version?

View Answers

The Muppets
1 (12.5%)

Zany Newsreaders
0 (0.0%)

Comic Relief
6 (75.0%)

Some other version which I shall explain in the comments
1 (12.5%)

Which is the most excruciatingly embarrassingly bad version?

View Answers

The Muppets
0 (0.0%)

Zany Newsreaders
6 (100.0%)

Comic Relief
0 (0.0%)

Some other version which I shall detail in the comments
0 (0.0%)

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Music Part Deux

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 11:12 pm
miss_s_b: (Music: Progtastic Rock Wankman)
Thanks for all your recs so far. The thing I am loving about Spotify, and that I didn't realise until [personal profile] moviegrrl mentioned that you could do it, is collaborative playlists! So I have made my girl power list collaborative, which means you all can go and add to it if you like. If you've not got spotify yet, you can get it from here. It works on the LJ model - free accounts have ads, and you can pay to be adless - and the ads haven't been too intrusive and annoying so far.

So, if anyone wants me to set them up a playlist, or to help collaborate on one, if you think I might know some music you don't, or whatever, just point me at your playlist.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 07:22 pm
miss_s_b: (Music: Nick Cave/PJ Harvey)
I am making a spotify playlist of what might be called girl power music - stuff by women that isn't being submissive to some man, basically - and here's what I've got so far. And it's woefully inadequate. You see, the thing is that the music that I am familiar with is mostly hairy men shouting about stuff... So you lot need to rec me some stuff. I don't want any Spice Girls or stuff like that, and would love to be introduced to some nice female-fronted metal. Political/protesty stuff also welcome. Rise Up by Skunk Anasie was one of the ones that sprang immediately to mind, although that doesn't seem to be available - and nor does I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett...

So rec away! Fill my gaps (f'narr f'narr)

ETA: List is now collaborative. Go and add stuff to it! Oh, and if you haven't got a spotify account I do really recommend it.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 11:23 am
miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
Today's political website is a MUCH BETTER effort: takebackpower.org is simple, effective, and impactful. If I was to make two tiny criticisms, they would be that I'd have made it relative rather than fixed-width, and text rather than images; and that (again) the navigational structure isn't clear. From an accessibility point of view, images are bad, and most of the site is text so doesn't NEED to be images, and if you want people to read your shit, first you have to make it clear that links are links. Also: unflagged .pdf files are BAD. If you are linking to a .pdf, TELL people you are linking to a .pdf.

But, you know, it looks pretty and isn't all bright white eye-hurty glare like google and the sodding BBC, and is simply and effectively laid out. And it's got one of my favourite songs into my head:

C+ for this one. Would have been a solid B had they done the sensible thing and gone for STV over sodding AV; which is not really the web designer's fault, but it NARKS me anyway.

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Friday, May 8th, 2009 10:21 am
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Some random linkage to start off your day:
  • The cartoon in this morning's Graun is very amusing. Lots of Fat Cats showing us their bottoms.

  • May have to watch Question Time. I missed it because I was at Liberal Drinks, but according to the Twitterverse Dorries was something to behold. I particularly like these tweets: 1, 2, 3.

  • As several people have reminded me, today is THE EIGHTH OF MAY, THE EIGHTH OF MAY!!! It is compulsory to give people a Motorhead earworm. Here you go. Also, don't forget that Monday is Towel Day (the anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams), and it's really important that you know where your towel is. I shall be wearing one on my belt loop all day, as I did last year.

  • [profile] esmereldus is pimping out her artist friend, and he is GOOD. Please go and look, and if you have a bit of spare brass, let him have some.
And now I go and have my bath. I probably won't be back online much till the early hours; I have an eight hour shift at work (and Fridays are BUSY) and then the Greetland & Stainland Lib Dem Quiz Night Fundraiser to whup everyone's arses at attend immediately after. You lot behave yourselves while I am gone! :P
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Glorious)
Making up new lullabies with Shrubby. This evening, instead of the wheels on the bus, we sang:
The wheels on the dalek go round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on the dalek go round and round
All day long.

The gunstick on the dalek goes shoot shoot shoot
Shoot shoot shoot
Shoot shoot shoot
The gunstick on the dalek goes shoot shoot shoot
All day long.

The plunger on the dalek goes grab grab grab
Grab grab grab
Grab grab grab
The plunger on the dalek goes grab grab grab
All day long.

The voice of the dalek goes order order order
Order order order
Order order order
The voice of the dalek goes order order order
All day long...
etc. etc.

Via [personal profile] boxcarwilly

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 11:00 pm
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Some of the activities included in "Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book" are:

* Color Rob Halford from JUDAS PRIEST
* Finish drawing IRON MAIDEN's mascot Eddie
* Hair Metal Crossword Puzzle
* Connect the moles to find out who this member of MOTÖRHEAD is
* Heavy Metal Sudoku
* Backstage Maze - Help SPINAL TAP through the backstage area
* How many words can you make out of WHITE ZOMBIE?
* Color METALLICA (1983)
* Color METALLICA (1988)
* NEUROSIS songtitle word search
* Use the maze to help Ozzy Osbourne get to Ozzfest

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