Category Archives: Past

Apropos of nothing inparticular

Today, I was listening to Devil’s Got Your Gold by doomed girlband Frank.

Frank - Devil's Got Your Gold

I was listening to it because I had recommended it for a review on the Popjustice forum and that review came in a few days ago. I was listening to it to re-confirm my own opinions on it. And I was also listening to it because on average I probably listen to it about three times a week. For the reference of those unaware, it was released in 2006.

Though such things are hard to quantify, it’s probably my favourite album of all time. Why? Because it is one of the most poetically beautiful albums I have ever heard in my life, with a keen pop sensibility and songs that not only resist wear but actually reveal more of themselves as time goes on.

And because it’s really, really odd. Continue reading

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So, I watched Young Apprentice last night.

And very watchable it was too. (Yes, this has nothing to do with music or toast. Yet. Hold your horses.) But as the theme tune blared on I couldn’t help but think that as good as Dance Of The Knights is, the Young Apprentice series needs a change. It needs to differentiate itself as the more youthful, hipper version of The Apprentice. It needs a hipper, more youthful use of Dance Of The Knights. What it needs, is this:

And no I don’t give a rat’s arse about how old it is. Sia clearly foresaw the coming of both The Apprentice and the spin-off it would spawn, and wrote a fantastic song for the cause eleven years in advance. It might even be from the point of view of dear old Alan himself, waiting for his tiny contestants at the boardroom after the inevitable “go out and buy these pointless items for cheaper than shopkeepers can afford to sell them” task.

Either way, this was all just a very tenuous way for to me bang on about how good Taken For Granted is. Shocked? I’m judging you if you are.

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Until We Bleed was featured on last week’s episode of Ringer. Aside from immediately quashing any doubts over the show’s musical taste (not that any of you care enough to have doubts, but they also played Miss Del Ray’s Video Games) this served as an excellent reminder of a phenomenally powerful song that never got the recognition it so righteously deserved.

Main points:

  • Fragile, visceral, and effortlessly heartbreaking
  • Lykke Li has never topped it (although Get Some and Love Out Of Lust came very bloody close)
  • Certainly one of Kleerup’s finest moments
  • An absolute staple in anyone’s iTunes library


And that’s that.

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