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How to Cure a Climate Change Denier
How to Cure a Climate Change Denier
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars succinct and digestible, 7 Jan. 2015
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This is a really accessible round up of the facts surrounding the issue of Climate Change.
The author has done his homework and tackles the main arguments really concisely.
This would be an ideal gift for any convinced warmist who is open-minded enough to read it.

by Ben Elton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars The years have not been kind, 25 Dec. 2013
Time can be brutal to comic writing and this book seems to have suffered terribly.

It is amazing how dated this book seems; plodding, heavy-handed and predictable.

TV Eyes
TV Eyes
Price: £37.48

5.0 out of 5 stars TV Eyes, 2 May 2013
This review is from: TV Eyes (Audio CD)
It doesn't matter if you haven't followed Roger Manning and Jason Falkner's careers since the demise of Jellyfish or you've never heard of Redd Kross, (I was never a huge fan of either band myself) this is an album that stands up on it's own.

TV Eyes started recording in 2000 and were well ahead of the vogue for all things eighties, the album first came out in 2003 and for my money is one of the very best released in that decade. It's really perplexing that it is not more well known.

One of those rare albums that doesn't have a single duff track. TV Eyes reference much of the great music of the eighties; the album contains elements of Killing Joke, Bronski Beat, Italo Disco and a whole load of other eighties influences but somehow manages not to come across as an exercise in pastiche.

All three musicians involved in this project are technically excellent players but this is no smug muso in-joke. This is a heartfelt homage to a great but too often maligned era in music that despite its 'retro' starting point manages to not be weighed down by its influences..

A solid set of well-crafted pop songs that bear up to repeated listening even now, ten years after their original release.

Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit?: The Encyclopedia of Modern Life
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit?: The Encyclopedia of Modern Life
by Steve Lowe
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great, actually..., 18 Mar. 2008
A very dull book that reads like a pretty average sort of blog; a series of not particularly amusing or inventive rants aimed at entirely predictable targets. It is astonishing really that it seems to have taken two people to write. It would however make a perfect stocking filler if you have to buy one for a dimwit.

Id Music
Id Music
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £17.93

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give your ID a treat, 18 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Id Music (Audio CD)
This is a superb album that repays repeated listening. The 'hit' single 'boppa do down down' is a bubblegum classic of towering stature, as any song that contains the couplet "lookin' so kooky, on her suzuki" deserves to be.
It would be a mistake to write the Third Rail off as just another bubblegum outfit, songs like 'Dream Street', a critique of the manipulative nature of advertising, reveal a cynical centre lying just below the sugar coating.
West Coast style vocal harmonies and instrumentation abound on this record, but the Third Rail bring a distinctly East Coast wryness to the familiar 60s sunshine pop sound.
About half of the material on this disc is absolutely first rate, the other half so-so, but the good stuff is so exceptionally good that the hit and miss nature of ID Music doesn't rankle. The only regret is that the Third Rail don't seem to have stayed together long enough to make any more records.
The liner notes are fairly detailed and result from interviews with band members, Revola have also included the single mixes of some of the album tracks, though to be quite honest I can't hear the difference between the two versions, but this all adds up to a well researched and comprehensive package that befits a terribly under-rated band.

Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks [DVD] [2015]
Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Price: £3.15

14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spread Waaay Thin Dude, 1 July 2004
About 20% of this package is top quality side splitting stuff.
The video for Tribute is of course pure brilliance and the HBO shows are terrific.
The premise for the HBO series is that Jack and Kyle are two boorish, hopeless, overweight losers who play a satanic mix of cliché laden eighties fantasy metal and potty mouthed pseudo rap on their acoustic guitars. Firmly believing themselves to be the greatest band in the world they are a fixture at a small town open mic night where they play to the general bemusement and indifference of the tiny audience.
This is great, it works, it is terribly terribly funny.
This 2 DVD set comes unstuck when the boys are seen playing before massive audiences, indulging in ribs, groupies and hi-jinks on their plush tour-bus and generally living the dream. Slowly the horrible realisation dawns, they're not acting, they REALLY are like that.
The sparse one liners and occasional amusing situation are not enough to justify the copious extra footage. The 'D' actually work against themselves, the same songs are repeated again and again, until it is clear that what passes at first listening for spontaneous ad-libbing is in fact meticulously rehearsed and repeated in every performance.
So, amusing enough in a Spinal Tap meets Beavis and Butthead kind of way, but the 'D' need to rein in their egos a bit, one DVD with a bit of quality control would have been plenty.

The Prisoner: Volumes 1-5 [DVD] [1967]
The Prisoner: Volumes 1-5 [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Patrick McGoohan
Offered by BAZZMEDIA
Price: £35.00

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner, 17 Jun. 2004
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Without a doubt the high water mark of television series. Nothing has even come close to it since.
A word of warning, if you haven't seen this series before don't watch the accompanying documentary until afterwards as it reveals the ending.

American Psycho (Film Tie-In)
American Psycho (Film Tie-In)
by Bret Easton Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Dull, Dull, 7 April 2004
"Consumerism is shallow" and "Yuppies may be bad people" are the main planks of this books thesis, well, cheers for letting us know Brett.
If you get two chapters into this book and think it is just tedious adolescent rubbish, stop reading and do something more interesting, the big pay-off you're expecting isn't going to come, it really isn't.
Clunky, graceless, ham-fisted, two dimensional and not even remotely shocking I actually resent having wasted a chunk of my life reading this drivel. It is staggering that this book was actually published, let alone that it has sold so well.
The fact that Ellis illustrates the emotional vacuity of his central character by putting him at a U2 concert and showing him completely unmoved should tell you everything you need to know about what a truly risible piece of work this is.
If you want to read a disturbing account of senseless violence that is actually written with some panache try Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' which is everything that this book isn't.
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Pop A Paris Vol. 2 - A Tout Casser! [European Import]
Pop A Paris Vol. 2 - A Tout Casser! [European Import]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £24.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great trawl through the vaults, 30 Nov. 2003
This isn't the strongest of this series of compilations. Numbers 5 and 1 are IMHO the best value.

Les Yper Sound aka Pierre Henri's Psyche Rock has been the subject of a various re-mixes, one of which appeared as the Matt Groening's Futurama theme, as well as being namechecked by Stereolab. A truly strange but infectiously groovy instrumental featuring bells and electronica aplenty.

Gainsbourg's Psychestanie is a pleasant electric sitar instrumental, while 'Le jeu de telephone' is a workaday French language re-hash of 'music to watch girls by', while 'Un trou dans ma chaussure' and 'ces bottes sont faites pour marcher' are, you guessed it, carbon copies of 'hole in my shoe' and 'these boots are made for walking' respectively.

All in all this is another worthwhile item in the series, and with the exception of the obnoxious lame novelty single that seems to find its way onto each of these compilations (in this case the risible and highly negative 'Hey Mr Caution' by Eddie Constantine) the quality is very high.

All in all another worthwhile round-up of songs that deserve to be better known than they are, familiar sixties themes seen through the prism of another culture. Fascinating, entertaining and very groovy.

Pop A Paris Vol. 5 - SOS Mesdemoiselles [European Import]
Pop A Paris Vol. 5 - SOS Mesdemoiselles [European Import]

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Pop, 1 July 2003
It has always been fashionable to mock our European neighbours for their complete inability to produce authentic pop culture. This series of compilations should silence the sniggers for good.
"Who was it who said we couldn't imitate the English?" asks Monique Thubert during one energetic cuban-heel stomping hammond work-out, well, quite.
Pop a Paris reveals a sixties French pop scene bursting with energy and invention.
All of these songs are brisk tempoed wig-out tracks from the second half of the sixties, the arrangements and production range from garagey to slick.
Some of the tracks are French language re-hashes of anglo-pop hits of the day. Most are original songs.
All credit to magic records for assembling these tunes, the quality of the material is consistently very high, a great deal better than their patchy "Sixties Girls" series of 3 compilations which could have been comfortably edited down to a single CD of quality material. After five very strong compilations and no sign of running out of steam you have to wonder how much more great stuff there is in the vaults.
The only criticism I have is that the packaging is pretty poor, but this is made up for by a superb little booklet with pictures of the original ep sleeves.
A surprising number of these songs are written by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg and the compilation includes a France Gall version of Bloody Jack performed over the backing track of her 1968 hit 'teeny weeny boppie'.
For anyone with an interest in sixties pop or psychedellic pop these compilations are worth a look. The French take on the sixties was peculiar to them, combining an abandoned exuberance, a wry knowingness and a strong sense of sexual playfulness that the English and Americans never quite managed.
It is terribly unfair that this era in French pop has lived for so long in the shadows, if you thought you'd heard it all, brace yourself for this.
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