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Hoolifan: 30 Years of Hurt
Hoolifan: 30 Years of Hurt
by Martin King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Entertaining and realistic, 2 Dec. 2008
As a Chelsea fan since the mid 70s I bought this book out of curiosity regarding which games would be talked about and what incidents etc!

Now having attended many games over the years on an occasional (5 to 10 a season)basis I have seen many things and soaked up the atmosphere without ever being seriously involved in the trouble. However this book really brought it all back, the apprehension of going to places like the Den and Upton Park and being nervous as you never quite knew what would happen on the way to and from the match etc.

It reeally brings back the feel of the 70s and 80s pre Super sunday and the sanitised premiership. When football was about going to the match with your mates and getting up to/ shouting a few things that you wouldn't want your mum to know about. The fashions of the day are also discussed (skins casuals etc) along with the terrace culture of the times which accurately goes from the massed 70s chasing across the terraces to the motre sinister mid 80s when weapons started becoming more frequent and the violence increased.

I think that it is also pretty honest, for instance the author talks about getting hidings or biting off more than they could chew as well as the expected takings of ends etc. As someone who went to some of the matches mentioned and knew some of the faces talked about if only by sight/reputation it's a great read. You feel like you really know the guys (without the danger I might add)even though at the time I would have been too young and as much use as a chocolate tea pot.

Thoroughly recommend it for Chelsea fans old and new anyone who used to discuss who ran who in a 70s/80s playground and those curious about football culture 'back in the day'. I could read it over and over.

Second Coming
Second Coming
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.69

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Critics Make up your own Mind, 2 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Second Coming (Audio CD)
When this came out it had very mixed reviews so when I bought it shortly afterwards having only heard Love Spreads and Your star Will Shine I was prepared for dissapointment.

However sitting in a darkened room with this on the headphones certainly told me all I needed to know about this great LP. From the very start of Breaking Into Heavens weird and wonderful middle of a swamp intro the Roses have your attention. Breaking into Heaven is a totally different sound to the Byrd like sound on the first album it's darker heavier but by no means poorer. After a tantalising 11 minute beginning you go into Driving South which has been used many a time on TV as background music, Soccer am ,Top Gear etc perfect driving guitar music with ian Brown rasping vocals telling us that he sure as hell aint pretty and he sure as hell can't sing-bit harsh but a nice twist on the usual self confidence. From here we get the sublime Ten storey Love Song which as many have said could have been slotted easily onto the debut LP. The track after this Daybreak changes the feel of the CD yet again fronm almost poppy to almost funky-love the slow down speed up tempo change and simplistic name checking of destinations 'from new york city to addis ababaaaa'. Nice tune which takes us onto the slower more thoughtful Your Star will Shine which is nice without blowing you away. Straight to the man is a bit more up tempo and is again nice without pulling up any trees, what it does do is keep the flow of the LP going.

Now the Roses being the Roses they don't settle for letting the whole package peter out they come back with a real blaster the high tempo technoesque Beggin You another track heard a lot outside the confines of the Cd. The next track Tightrope is a lovely acoustic number which you find yourself singing a lot after a few plays. After this we get back to the Guitar Rock with john squire proving why he was held in such high esteem as a guitarist. Firstly Good Times picks up the tempo again followed by my personal favourite the awesome 'Tears' which starts slowly with a nice bit of acoustic guitar in the background and then goes all electric on us. "Ive seen the future in the tracks of your tears' sings a wise sounding Ian forseeing the end of many a relationship!

'I've seen your severed head at a banquet for the dead all wrapped up for dinner looked so fine' How Do You Sleep is classic Stone roses with a fantastically acidic lyric that grabs you by the nads right from the start. Great song and fairly close to the style of the first album but yet a bit darker and less optimistic.

That's brings me onto the last track the majestic Love Spreads which was released as a single prior to the album release. The first time I heard this on Radio 1 (i think) I had tears in my eyes because i had waited so long for new material from these guys and they came back with something so different yet still so 'them' and yet so amazingly good.

In short (if you can't be arsed to go through my rambling review) if you liked the first CD or if you half like the idea of the Roses, their mystique and great guitar music buy this CD and treat it as a complete work not as individual tracks. You will not be dissapointed.

Hotel Costes - 5
Hotel Costes - 5
Price: £14.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mood music!, 2 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Hotel Costes - 5 (Audio CD)
I now have the majority of the Hotel Costes series after an ex colleague recomended them. For me Vol 5 is the best of the lot which is saying a lot because the rest are also pretty good too!

My favourite on this Cd is the gorgeous 'Summer in Paris' with it's sublime female vocals and jazzy feel. This song comes in after a couple of other fantastic tracks which really get things going one of which has lots going on including a random Leslie Phillips type 'Hellooo'. After this awesome middle section the Cd carries on in entertaining fashion and you find yourself listening right through time after time. If you like lounge music with a french/latin feel buy this asap!

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