Category Archives: Music

Plastic Bertrand

While looking up something else entirely, I was distracted by an interesting link and ended up on the website of Plastic Bertrand. It’s a name that rang a bell — how could it not — and I had to go and check whether my memory of seeing him on Eurovision sometime in the 1980s was accurate.

It turns out it was:

“Amour, Amour” (“Love, Love”) was the Luxembourgish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, performed in French by Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand.

I’ll say this for him. He’s aged well

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Smurfing Beer

The other night the boys were talking about drinks and one of them expressed the view that beer is bad for you.

“Not if it’s Smurfing Beer,” said I.

“What?” They chorused.

Thank Google for YouTube.

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Telephone and Rubber Band

I first encountered The Penguin Cafe Orchestra decades ago, when The South Bank Show was still a thing. The show started with Bean Fields and by the time they played Telephone and Rubber Band I was hooked. So much so that I spent the next few weeks accumulating as much Penguin Cafe Vinyl as I could. And for a band I hadn’t heard before, there was a surprisingly sufficient amount out there.

I used to love browsing record shops.

So here it is, Telephone and Rubber Band.

I have no idea who decided to attach the Metropolis visuals, but it does work remarkable well.

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A song for Sunday: Shiny Happy People

Today is the first round1 of voting for the French assembly elections and, because I am consistently amused by the fact that Macron’s La Republique En Marche is often abbreviated to REM, here’s REM with their least REMmy single ever.

Footnote

  1. Not entirely true. Voting started on 3rd June in French Polynesia and on Sunday 4 June at French diplomatic missions outside the Americas. But for French voters in France, today is the day.

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Another brick in the wall

Singer Roger Waters immortalised in Brussels South station

The lead singer of the British rock group Pink Floyd will get his own mural in Brussels South station, Bruzz reports. The Liège artist Noir Artist was commissioned to make the wall painting of Waters at the Place Horta entrance.

This is where I attempt to make an obvious pun about the obvious album.

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Wow, a saxophone. I’ve always wanted to be in showbiz

It’s 35 years ago that the legendary Pimania was released by Automata and Alan Bilton has published a nostalgia inducing history of the game, the company and the creators.

I remember being caught up in the hype back in the mid-80s. Not only did I buy and failed to complete the (Dragon 32 version) of the game, but I also bought the music cassette. And if memory serves correctly, there was also a comic strip in one of the magazines that I was reading at the time.

Enjoy

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A song for Sunday: Smells like a lot of Teen Spirit

From Open Culture:

In July of 2015, 1,000 musicians gathered together in Cesena, Italy and performed in unison a rollicking version of the Foo Fighters’ song “Learn to Fly.”

Now, they’re back and playing the best-known song from Dave Grohl’s earlier band. We’re talking, of course, about Nirvana’s hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Here we are now. Entertain us. Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s largest rock band.

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