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Tonight You Are The Special One
Tonight You Are The Special One
Price: £14.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The great smell of Brutus, 19 Jan. 2016
Between World of Twist and The Pre New these noisy, obstreperous boystomen produced two mid 90s albums, long out of print and now lovingly restored and expanded with lost singles, b-sides, live tracks, remixes – and zero hits.
To get their stance, you need only know some of the names who produced or remixed them – Alan Vega, William Reid and Alan Vega. So, if you took Soft Cell on a bender with Suicide and The Jesus and May Chain, you’d be heading in the right direction. The Fall, glam rock, Kraftwerk, Bowie, Iggy are all in there too as reference points but regurgitated with unrefined abandon and set against the constant threat that the rug may well get pulled from under you. And then burned.
So for every moment you wonder why they weren’t bigger fish in the 90s– especially in the midst of Britpop capering – there are other moments where you go ‘ahhh OK, that’s why’. Check out the demo/ live recording of Teenage Taliban – a song with its melody buried under a police siren riff, and a constant threat of implosion.
Rightly cherished by the likes of Bob Stanley, Steve Lamacq and Scott King (who provides the wry, subversive sleeves), Earl Brutus are/ were by turns poppy, preposterous, beautiful, belligerent, shouty and shoddy. Come taste.

Love Your Enemies
Love Your Enemies
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue from Cherry Red rounding up non-album singles largely ..., 7 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Love Your Enemies (Audio CD)
Great reissue from Cherry Red rounding up non-album singles largely dating to 1982-83, but also includes the three fantastic songs from the In the World EP, each a classic. The earlier tracks are often sparse, dark and beautiful (and the instrumentals for me recall Young Marble Giants). Though I can’t say I find it easy to interpret much of Cathal Coughlan’s meaning, he’s a gifted lyricist with many fine turns of phrase. Recommended.

Cold Feet - Complete Collection [DVD]
Cold Feet - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fay Ripley
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £29.71

6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers, 15 Nov. 2012
Thanks to a quick read of the product description I can now save 1477 minutes of my time, having now discovered a central character meets their demise in the final series.
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The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films
The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films
by Marcus Hearn
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer, horror, hotpants, 20 Nov. 2010
Genre fans are always in safe hands with Marcus Hearn, and this lavish full colour 'does-what-it-says-on-the tin' visual history of Hammer's art doesn't disappoint.
The book provides a fascinating visual documentation of the film studio while simultaneously reflecting changes in marketing promotion (and gimmickry), shifts in public tastes, and a considerable diversity in artistic styles.
From the fifties, where the posters reflect Hammer's burgeoning reputation for the innovative, lurid and shocking, through to the seventies where the imagery is increasingly 'sexed up' with buxom beauties and ever-grislier threats, all bases are covered, and many of the posters will still inspire readers to check out the films for themselves.
Often intriguing are the more obscure images for Hammer's (perhaps neglected) psychological thrillers, from the US poster for Taste of Fear/ Scream of Fear (clearly inspired by Hitchcock's ground-breaking promotion for Psycho) to Crescendo and The Anniversary. And always curious are Polish and Japanese variants - for Poland's One Milion Years B.C. a cartoon dinosaur chomps on a caveman, taking the place of the iconic image of Raquel Welch in her fur bikini. Worth noting too that 'The House of Horror's' repertoire wasn't limited to that genre - thus a gurning Blakey from the movie version of On the Buses nestles up against the sexually threatening Hands of the Ripper.
There's much artwork and imagination here to satisfy both poster collectors and fans of the studio, plus some dramatic, bold and plain silly promotions. For the 'space western' Moon Zero Two (a film apparently coupled with The Bugs Bunny Show) we are enticed by the sight of 'the fabulous Go-Jos dancing on the moon' (Kubrick singularly failed to realise such visual opportunities in the previous year's 2001); audience members are promised their own beards to sport during screenings of Rasputin - The Mad Monk; while Dracula A.D. 1972 proclaims 'The Count is back, with an eye for London's hotpants... and a taste for everything'. (The stunning Italian variation of the poster for the latter film - the book's cover - fascinatingly re-casts Lee's Dracula as an anti-heroic Bond figure.)
Highlights, in other words, are numerous and need to be seen on the printed page. Where else can you witness 'White hot terror! Cold, clammy fear!', 'The terrifying lover - who dies - yet lived!', and - most fittingly - 'The greatest blood-show on earth!'?

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion
by Stefan Jaworzyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the rest, 15 Mar. 2004
Stefan Jaworzyn's in-depth book gives you everything you could want to know about the TCSM films and more. Constructed largely around extensive interviews from pretty much everyone involved in the films, from Leatherface himself (or himselves) to screenplay writer and director Kim Henkel, this should satisfy the most inquisitive of horror and movie fans.
Jaworzyn, author of the queasily compelling Shock Xpress publications, also gives a brief overview of Tobe Hooper's career, as well as examining his early film-making days, and takes in the grisly legend and legacy of real-life inspiration Ed Gein.
The book doesn't hold back on the complexities of the movie-making industry, studio interference, the (lack) of budget involved or the sheer discomfort of film-making. One thing's for sure, most of the cast and crew seemed to suffer for their art... one way or another.

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