All entries for March 2007

March 17, 2007

End Of Term Party Cooler Setlist

Me and Casper, on the coolest stage setup ever (need pictures), in the Cooler playing some songs. Baring in mind I wanted at least another two hours as I didn’t get to play even half of what I wanted to play…

  1. Oceansize – ‘One Day All This Could Be Yours’
  2. Meat Loaf – ‘Alive’
  3. Popup – ‘Chinese Burn’
  4. Future Of The Left – ‘Fingers Become Thumbs’
  5. Tiny Dancers – ‘I Will Wait For You’
  6. Anthrax – ‘Caught In A Mosh’
  7. In Flames – ‘Dialogue With The Stars’
  8. Rhapsody – ‘Unholy Warcry’
  9. Hope Of The States – ‘The Black Amnesias’
  10. The Radio Dept. – ‘The Worst Taste In Music (Extended)’
  11. Broken Social Scene – ‘Fire Eyed Boy’
  12. Pearl Jam – ‘Rear View Mirror’
  13. Deep Purple – ‘Highway Star’
  14. Dream Evil – ‘Heavy Metal Jesus’
  15. Atari Teenage Riot – ‘Speed’
  16. Asian Kung Fu Generation – ‘Rewrite’
  17. The Sounds – ‘Painted By Numbers’
  18. Placebo – ‘Taste In Men’
  19. Type O Negative – ‘My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend’
  20. The Who – ‘Baba O’Reilly’
  21. The Knife – ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’
  22. The Bravery – ‘Honest Mistake’
  23. Charlotte Hatherley – ‘I Want You To Know’
  24. Dio – ‘Rainbow In The Dark’
  25. The Cult – ‘She Sells Sanctuary’
  26. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Crazy Train’
  27. !!! – ‘Heart Of Hearts’
  28. Men, Women And Children – ‘Dance In My Blood’
  29. Brand New – ‘The Archers’ Bows Have Broken’
  30. Skunk Anansie – ‘Every Day Hurts’
  31. Lacuna Coil – ‘Enjoy The Silence’
  32. Nightwish – ‘Phantom Of The Opera’
  33. Arcade Fire – ‘Keep The Car Running’
  34. CSS – ‘Alala’
  35. New Young Pony Club – ‘Ice Cream’
  36. Faith No More – ‘From Out Of Nowhere’
  37. Nine Inch Nails – ‘The Hand That Feeds’
  38. The Cooper Temple Clause – ‘Promises Promises’
  39. The Rakes – ‘We Danced Together’
  40. Soulwax – ‘Much Against Everyone’s Advice’
  41. Delays – ‘Valentine’
  42. Snarf Takes Up The Challenge – ‘X Marks The Spot’
  43. Cakeflap – ‘Quest For The Celestial Spatula (solo)’
  44. The Killers – ‘Mr Brightside’
  45. Kasabian – ‘Club Foot’
  46. The Twang – ‘Wide Awake’
  47. Idlewild – ‘No Emotion’
  48. Less Than Jake – ‘Gainsville Rock City’
  49. Green Day – ‘Holiday’
  50. Offspring – ‘Self Esteem’
  51. Madness – ‘One Step Beyond’
  52. Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’
  53. Rancid – ‘Ruby Soho’
  54. The Clash – ‘I Fought The Law’
  55. Relica X – ‘Haunted House’
  56. Prodigy – ‘Voodoo People (Pendulum mix)’
  57. Gossip – ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’
  58. Garbage – ‘Push It’
  59. Alkaline Trio – ‘Stupid Kid’
  60. Fall Out Boy – ‘This Ain’t A Scene It’s An Arms Race’
  61. Panic! At The Disco – ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’
  62. Jimmy Eat World – ‘Salt Sweat Sugar (Bleed American)’
  63. Rage Against The Machine – ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’
  64. Guns ‘N’ Roses – ‘Welcome To The Jungle’
  65. AC/DC – ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’
  66. My Chemical Romance – ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’
  67. Arcade Fire – ‘Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)’
  68. Bloc Party – ‘The Prayer’
  69. Pendulum – ‘Slam’
  70. Led Zeppelin – ‘Immigrant Song’
  71. System Of A Down – ‘BYOB’
  72. Klaxons – ‘Atlantic To Interzone’
  73. Muse – ‘Knights Of Cydonia’
  74. Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
  75. Queen – ‘Tie Your Mother Down’
  76. The Beatles – ‘Hey Jude’

March 06, 2007

Lies Lies Lies?

Writing about web page

Are things in politics always inevitable? Will those pesky politicians always lie? “Liar”, one of the things you’re not actually allowed to call a fellow MP in the Commons, yet everyone else uses so much in relation to pretty much every party except possibly the DUP (and to be honest they don’t need to lie, just shout).

Some idealistic types have decided they want to get a bill passed into law to stop politicians lying. Yes, they essentially want to change everything about politics in this country and usher in a brave new era of honesty. It’s hard to shake the faint sense that they might be mad, but then again a lot of things we take for granted today were mad ideas when introduced (women voting, the NHS, ‘Deal Or No Deal’). They’ve got themselves a nifty logo, a slightly sinister name and a website full of big aims.

Now as nice an idea it is, is there any chance it will work? The website doesn’t help itself in some ways. By linking to such mildly hysterical other political sites as Ian Dale, and the frankly barmy BBC Watch, they are aligning themselves to a slightly rightist position. Yet you’d have thought Tories would be the last people to want a bill forcing honesty out of them. For a start imagine Cameron’s face when, being forced the tell the truth, someone asks him what the hell he actually plans on doing if he gets power. I’d pay to see that. It could be funny for left, right and centre. No one would be safe. It would be interesting and nice but feasible? I am not sure.

The first problem is that to pass a law which restricts and harms politicians you need to get it through partliament via… politicians. Damn. But to be the one to put it through could make someone. They’d instantly have a kudos and reputation that might require some major league scandal to shift it. Hell, it might not even matter if they are caught with their trousers down in a room full of prostitutes, cocaine, badgers and rent boys, as long as they stay honest about what they were doing there. I digress. Possible but likey? Maybe this is why they are the idealilsts and I’m a cynical twat.

But maybe just maybe if enough people wanted it some MP might risk putting it forward. I don’t know. Have a look and see what you think. Is this the maddest idea of all time or might it actually work?

March 02, 2007

Giving Stuff Up For Lent

I’ve been curious for a while about the nature of human self-denial, the way people seem to want to find excuses to give things up or deny themselves things they want/need for finite periods of time. It’s noticeable that almost all major religions have a period of denial built into their belief structures, rendering the act as necessary and as important as those other universal features of religion belief in a power, the exhortation to be good, and at least one major parable/book/component which seems to have been written by someone off their face on mushrooms. It’s an act of self discipline but an organised and regulated one, and the main one in this coutry is, rather obviously, Lent. Watch campus life continue seemingly unchanged with only the knowledge that Costcutter will be selling less chocolate and biscuits, and there may be a reduction in swearing.

But most people I know won’t give up anything really hard. None of my smoker friends have stopped with the cancer sticks, none of the drinkers are giving their livers a break. None of the football team have stopped skipping training. Admittedly in the case of the smokers I sympathise a little (not much though) because they are facing a rather less temporary time of hardship from 1st July, or as I like to call it, the day we catch up with Ireland and stop poor people like me getting lung cancer against our wills. But why do so few people give up something hard? I stopped when I realised that I was as bad. And that I’m not interested in religion. But mostly because I never ever gave up anything hard… and even then I still couldn’t refrain from what I did give up.

My dad gave up pineapples one year. The year in question was some time in the late 1950s/early 1960s in Ireland. Considering his family weren’t rich, and Ireland was itself in a bit of a backwards situation then, he hadn’t ever had pineapple. The mental image of this small Irish kid giving up something stupidly exotic sums up a lot of the efforts which are made with Lent. He’d have had to make more effort to take up pineapple eating!

I guess I just don’t understand the intrinsic need to give stuff up at a given time, for a limited period. You either give up when needed, say because you need to detox or similar, or you give up permanently. In both cases on your own time. I’m as bad as everyone else at giving up things which I actually want to do… but if and when I give up the things I want to stop doing (procrastinating mostly… she says blogging instead of essay reading) I will bloody well do it. At least until I give in. And I reserve the right to give in at any time, with no stop point.

For the record I’ve not eaten any pineapple at all this calender year. Take that, dad!

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