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Cute Cute In A Stupid Ass Way

Scott Walker is a proper artist. Born in the US, but finding fortune and fame in the UK, at the height of his Walker Brothers ’60s celebrity, with pop hits and screaming girls a plenty, he turned his back on it all to follow his own unique path, inspired by the music of Belgian born French recording icon Jacques Brel, who, in a strange twist of fate, he’d first heard at the flat of a bunny girl he’d picked up at the Playboy Club’s opening-night party in London.

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Japan

Having been fortunate enough to spend some time in Japan during recent years, experiencing the inimitable enthusiasm of a Japanese crowd during my DJ appearances there, the terrible tragedy which has befallen the country is something I feel a need to comment on in some small way. It wouldn’t sit right with me to make a normal blog post this week when I know that people with whom I’ve shared such good times are currently facing fear and uncertainty as they try to come to terms with the full gravity of the situation now confronting their nation.

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A Christmas Gift For You

One of my favourite things about Christmas is that it provides the opportunity for me to give an annual listen or two to what some would regard as Pop’s first concept album – the seasonal masterpiece, ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ (aka ‘Phil Spector’s Christmas Album’) issued on Spector’s Philles label, which was originally released at the height of the seminal producer’s powers (although, inauspiciously, on the very day JFK was assassinated – November 22nd 1963).

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Celebration Of The Mediocre

This was meant to be the first post-ideological generation, right? This was meant to be the generation that never thought of anything bigger than our Facebook profiles and our TV screens. This was meant to be the generation where the only thing that Saturday night meant was X Factor. I think now that claim is quite ridiculous. I think now that claim is quite preposterous.

Barnaby Raine 27.11.10

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Celebrity Paradox

If you’ve not yet seen Jeremy Paxman’s interview with Russell Brand for the BBC’s Newsnight last month it’s well worth checking out. A compelling perspective on celebrity culture by someone both embroiled in it, yet fully aware of its ludicrousness.

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Five Super Soul Songs From Super Bad Brad

For The Love Of Money:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO8sYDfenQ0&feature=related
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ejKxYBgGbY&feature=related
Ben:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d-6cQbDYsU&feature=related
You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txNbqwg1KM0&feature=related
Let’s Get It On:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1MYMP7xrMw&feature=related

Soul is not something you acquire, it’s something you either have or you don’t, and sometimes you can find it in the most unlikely people.

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