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Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous
Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Britpop album you've never heard, 15 Feb. 2014
Now the dust has settled on Britpop I survey the widespread wreckage of landfill indie CDs. Only four albums still resonate with the same energy and charm of yesteryear. Three of those albums are by Pulp. The other is 'Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous' by David Devant and His Spirit Wife.

How they avoided media attention remains a mystery. The songs are well written, performed and produced. There is charm, wit and social commentary - You may even be emotionally moved. The vocal delivery of Mikey Georgeson is quite something. His lyrical observations are oddly comforting and he finds beauty in the humdrum meanderings of daily life. Whether he is musing about unrequited love, life on the dole or playing a game of Cluedo with the family, Georgeson has an irresistible optimism for everything. It is impossible to dislike him.

And that is what resonates most on this album - Optimism. The title track sees Georgeson ponder and resolve the meaning of life in his own charming fashion. 'I'm Not Even Going To Try' is epically defiant. The stomping bagpipe-led outro on 'This is For Real' is like a soundtrack to the best new years eve party you've ever been to.

A lot of people harp on about undiscovered genius. 'Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous' is a genuine case and David Devant & His Spirit Wife should have been massive, but that only adds to the appeal. People will continue to discover these songs for years to come. Highly recommended.
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Aliens-Spectrum 48k/128k Cassette video game
Aliens-Spectrum 48k/128k Cassette video game

1.0 out of 5 stars The world's most disappointing computer game, 31 Jan. 2014
Not to be confused with the more popular first person shooter also released by Electric Dreams, this alternative release of Aliens (US Version) on the ZX Spectrum is on par with the abysmal film tie-in of E.T on the Atari 2600. Aliens was released back in 1987 when you had to load your games from a cassette tape - Often a frustrating process. Aliens accelerated the tedium by making you load every single level. Level one took forever to load and was completely impossible. You couldn't even land the spaceship on LV-426. I tried in vain to guide the craft through migraine inducing vector graphics for hours. On the two occasions I beat it, I was instructed to load level 2. Five minutes later I am guiding stick men around a rubbish maze populated by two or three badly drawn Aliens. There is no sound. Every screen looks identical and within ten minutes all my stick men are lost or dead - Level 2 is also impossible. Please reload level 1. Suddenly I find myself playing Chuckie Egg again.

A blatant cash in. And here I am, nearly 30 years later still furious about the whole thing. If you thought Colonial Marines on Xbox was bad, spare a thought for the disgruntled gamers of yesteryear who were subjected to Aliens (US) on the ZX Spectrum. In all honesty, Aliens is less entertaining than the game 'Advanced Lawnmower Simulator' which was crudely sellotaped to the front of Your Sinclair magazine and given away free as an April Fool's prank in 1990.

An absolute travesty.


Doom - Platinum (PS)
Doom - Platinum (PS)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genesis of modern first person shooters, 29 Jan. 2014
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Doom is a pivotal moment in gaming history. Wolfenstein showed promise but Doom on the PC nailed the format and it's legacy endures to this day. Anyone who enjoys first-person shooters owes a debt of gratitude to the makers of Doom. This is where it all started.

This PS1 adaptation is not much different from the original PC version. By today's standards, the graphics may lack smoothness but the gameplay still holds-up. If anything the ugliness and simplicity of Doom make it more enjoyable. Movement is simple - Forward, Backwards, Left, Right, Shoot - There is no intricate ballet when hopping from platform to platform. Just run in a straight line. The rocket launcher still feels heavy on impact with it's weighty thuds and chunky explosions. There is no messing about with plot development. Just kill anything that moves and find the exit. The baddies are in plentiful supply and it's fun dispatching them. It is still satisfying to hear the familiar splattering noise when they implode. A good remedy for a bad day at the office.

Doom is from a time when developers had to be inventive with limitations in graphics and sound. In this respect Doom is a real triumph and retains it's place as a revered classic. Great stuff.


Warlords Of Atlantis [DVD]
Warlords Of Atlantis [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doug McClure
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Price: £11.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure, 22 Jan. 2014
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Many people born after 1990 will dismiss this film as dated rubbish and why shouldn't they? The monsters are rubber miniatures and the plot takes suspension of disbelief to new levels of madness. However, some of us who grew up in the 70s view it differently. Warlords of Atlantis has somehow survived repeated viewings. Like a DVD version of Keith Richards, it may look really bad but it refuses to die.

The pacing is top-notch. No sooner are we introduced to the intrepid crew of the Texas Rose, than they are dragged to the bottom of the ocean by a massive rubber octopus. Before we even reach Atlantis we witness electrocuted dinosaurs, gurgling sea serpents and a punch up with a gang of mutant fish-men. It all looks a bit naff, but the actors remain deadpan and carry the film with gusto.

The script from the pen of Doctor Who writer Brian Hayles is eccentric and very British. When attacked by a plesiosaur, Peter Gilmore declares 'I broke my pencil' with all the urgency of a miffed supply teacher. Doug McClure plays an all-American fist-fighting action hero called Greg Collinson - A name which makes him sound more like a bus driver from Croydon.

Call me weird, but all these things are quite entertaining. The special effects make Barney look like Jurassic Park, but that's not the point. This guilty pleasure has endured simply because of the enthusiasm with which it was made. Warlords of Atlantis is a ripping yarn for sure.


Phantom Flan Flinger - T-Shirt Black (S)
Phantom Flan Flinger - T-Shirt Black (S)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tiswas T-Shirt for £3.16 - Absolute bargain, 20 Jan. 2014
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Classic Tiswas T-shirt - An off-beat fashion accessory for childhood anarchists. It looks good. The print is bold and vibrant. The material is durable.

What more can I say? Oh yes - It only costs £3.16. I bought two and they were still only a third of the price of any bland ubiquitous tour shirt. Deserves six stars.


Wavy Gravy Vol 1: For Adult Enthusiasts
Wavy Gravy Vol 1: For Adult Enthusiasts

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovingly remastered oddity. Highly recommended, 17 Jan. 2014
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Back in the early 90s, a friend taped Wavy Gravy for me from his eclectic vinyl collection - It proved wildly popular and home-taping saw it spread like wildfire. Years later I can confirm this new version has lost none of the original charm. It's a collection of risque and downright weird audio recordings, predominantly from the 60s and largely aimed at adult audiences. Songs range from giggle-inducing stoner fodder such as 'Ho Ho Laughing Monster' to the easy listening of 'His Name Is Jesus'. Along the way you will hear odes to serial killers, noisy garage bands and all manner of theatrical horror, beatnik posturing and exotica. Each bizarre song is spliced with audio from B-movies and grindhouse cinema from the likes of Roger Corman and Russ Meyer. The album is consistently engaging and your friends will be interested to know where the hell you got it from.

In the name of good taste a couple of the more extreme audio segues have been removed from the original pressing. However - Replacement tracks have been added, such as the trailer for 'Bloody Pit of Horror' and surf rock tracks like 'Ghost Guitar' which wouldn't sound out of place on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack.

There is a genuine warmth in the sound of these tracks. Wavy Gravy has been lovingly remastered and you can hear the slight warp of vinyl and the authentic hiss and crackle of old reel-to-reel recordings. Dig out the lava lamp and dim the lights for maximum authenticity. I am hard pushed to think of a more entertaining compilation album.


Hate Songs In E Minor
Hate Songs In E Minor

5.0 out of 5 stars Monstrous, 15 Jan. 2014
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I have listened to this album consistently since 1991. It is now part of my DNA and a CD purchase was inevitable. Hate Songs is bleak, nihilistic and brutally heavy, but within this mountain of ugliness is a unique quality I have not heard before or since.

It could be the way reluctant front-man Alex Newport sabotages his own vocals by drowning them in the mix, reducing the lyrics to unintelligible barks and sneers. Or maybe it is the sludge and chaotic noise of Newport's guitar, backed by the machine-like clatter of the bass and aggressive drumming. Maybe it's the wild abandon with which everything is thrown together. But it all feels very unhealthy and slightly dangerous.

Hate Songs is from a time when the UK music scene spawned uncompromising bands like Godflesh and Napalm Death. Fudge Tunnel were never as popular as their contemporaries. Listening to this fat slab of noise I think they liked it that way. 'Bed Crumbs' is violent. 'Hate Song (Version)' is claustrophobic. The end of 'Sunshine of Your Love' is a beautiful mess.

Equipment brutalized. Walls of feedback. Sprawling industrial noise. Great stuff.


How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big heavy noisy fun, 9 Jan. 2014
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Love this album.

Not quite sure how to describe Future of the Left. You could call it indie but intentional indie albums are dull shoe-gazing affairs and this album is anything but. It's got bold noisy metal riffs, infectiously catchy songs and a sense of humour. There is definitely a punk aesthetic in the sound.

'Donny of the Decks' is a personal favourite. A genius chorus combined with a killer drum riff that will make you jump around like an idiot. So brilliantly simple you'll wish you'd thought of it.

The off-beated riff in 'I Don't Know What You Ketamine' is so good it's difficult to describe without using expletives. 'Future Child Embarrassment Matrix' is ridiculously heavy for a quirky alternative band from Cardiff. For three and a half minutes Slipknot can get stuffed.

I have listened to this album way too much. I am in danger of wearing out the CD. It's ace.


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5.0 out of 5 stars It's The Cramps. What's not to like?, 8 Jan. 2014
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Don't see many of these shirts about. "Bad Music For Bad People" could be the best slogan to describe one of the greatest bands to walk the Earth. The fabric is durable and the print on the shirt is high quality - All rendered in lovely tasteless glaring green. Yum.


Behringer UP300 Ultra Phase Shifter
Behringer UP300 Ultra Phase Shifter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swishy, vibrant & very affordable, 5 Jan. 2014
This phaser is great. It whacks out a lot of volume and adds some lovely bass frequencies to your guitar sound. The effect is not dissimilar to that used on Ed Wynne's riffs in 'Kick Muck' by Ozric Tentacles. You have two modes to choose from - One fast and one slow. Both modes have a big sound and it's easy to immerse yourself in trippy space rock psychedelia.

I was going to knock a mark off for the slightly weak plastic casing, but when a pedal sounds this good for around 15 quid you can't complain.

Brilliant piece of kit.


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