29 October 2006

An overlooked gem

Slightly hungover today, in a good way. Lunch is cooking, and the sun is shining. Some kind of Autumnal mood made me put on an album I haven't listened to in at least 5 years, First Fruits by Eggman. There are cellos, flutes and harmonies, the guitars cut in appropriately noisily and it's a beautiful little English rock album.

The fact that no-one's heard of it is hardly surprising, given the messy and entirely boring denouement of Britpop. In 1995 the Boo Radleys had their big number one album, and Creation were flush with all of Oasis' money. Maybe Alan McGee was high, maybe just in a good mood, but he let Sice (the Boo's lead singer) cut a solo album, which almost immediately slid into obscurity. Being a stupidly obsessive Boo's fan I bought it, and it's still a lovely collection of songs that have verses and choruses and the right number of eights in the middle and an edge of melancholy. Or at least that's how it seems today. I wish Autumn would get on with it, I'm bored of this Indian summer in October.

Mod inside and staying there.

17 October 2006

I hate McDonalds, but...

...I'm not sure I feel this strongly. How much harm can one strawberry shake do?!

Seen here.

Mod out.

14 October 2006

If I had 5 grand...

Still, Will Smith notwithstanding, the best scifi book of the century. (Ok, you could make a case for Fahrenheit 451, or A Canticle for Leibowitz, or Neuromancer, and I might even agree with you. But none of them have that dust jacket*).

Mod out.

*Although Fahrenheit 451 was issued in a limited edition with an asbestos cover. Which is pretty cool.

08 October 2006

The Strangest Thing on the Internet

Now, I know, that's quite a claim. But it isn't really a product of the internet, so you could say it's the strangest thing in the world. But before you say, well, the world's quite a strange place, let me direct your attention to this video from 1978. Devo with "Jocko Homo". What the fuck?

I've become mildly obsessed with this video. Are we not men? We are Devo...

Mod out.

07 October 2006

My favourite picture

I've been taking photographs of graffiti around Brighton for a couple of years now, defiantly using an old pentax in the face of the digital onslaught. It's something to do with not knowing what you've got right away, makes the experience less trivial. Or something.

But now someone's given me a scanner I can at least get them onto my laptop, and indeed onto my shiny new fotolog. The shot above is of one of Mr. Hutch's fine creations, off London road earlier in the summer. The best I've done so far, I think.

Marty Feldman
would be 73.

Mod out.

02 October 2006

Apache Boogie

From the dancers dressed as Native Americans to the moustache, it really covers all the bases of bad taste. Still better than the Shadows, though.

Mod out.

(Via Soul Sights).