May 31, 2005

Films and films and films and films…..

Writing about it's about films! from Tilting At Windmills

In an attempts to pump some much needed life into this largely comatose blog I belatedly take the baton from Han:

The last film I saw at the cinema: Star Wars III - Sin City and League of Gentlemen up next.

The last film I watched otherwise: Play It Again, Sam – one of the most watchable films ever but I was watching this for revision. Apart from that the last film I watched for leisure was probably Apocalypse Now Redux

Films I'm looking forward to seeing: Sin City and League of Gentlemen at the cinema and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of course.

Total number of films I own: I'm not entirely sure but I have about 470 DVDs although not all of these are fillms.

Five films that mean something to me: Apocalypse Now, The Trouble With Harry, 24 Hour Party People, Pulp Fiction, High Fidelity

Honourable mentions: Dr Strangelove, The Wicker Man, The Odd Couple, Almost Famous (Directors Cut), After Hours, Some Like it Hot, Manhattan, A Matter of Life and Death, Lost in Translation, The 39 Steps, It's A Wonderful Life, Groundhog Day, Mulholland Drive… Too many to name them all

Passing the baton: To anybody who hasn't done this yet


May 24, 2005

Blackout Setlist 23/05/05

Played at Blackout again last night. It was probably the quietest it's been and for the first 50 mins I had an audience of 3 and they were Han, Tom and James. Here's the set list:

  1. Pissing In A River – Patti Smith
  2. Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground
  3. A Forest – The Cure
  4. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
  5. See No Evil – Television
  6. (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea – Elvis Costello
  7. Gimm Shelter – The Rolling Stones
  8. All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks
  9. My Generation – The Who
  10. Crazy Horses – The Osmonds (requested by Tom and worth it just to see him dance like a loon on an empty dancefloor)
  11. Town Called Malice – The Jam
  12. All Mapped Out – The Departure
  13. Apply Some Pressure – Maximo Park
  14. Run to Her – Five O'clock Heroes
  15. Love Will Tear Us Apart Again – Joy Division
  16. Eye For An Eye – The Rain Band
  17. Sparks Are Gonna Fly – Catherine Wheel
  18. Club Foot – Kasabian
  19. Seven Days in the Sun – Feeder
  20. Parklife – Blur (for the ironic chorus)
  21. Boys Will Be Boys – The Ordinary Boys
  22. Jenny Was A Friend of Mine – The Killers
  23. How Soon is Now – The Smiths
  24. Why Don't You Do it For Me – 22–20's (r)
  25. Cannonball – The Breeders (r)
  26. Celebrity Skin – Hole (r)
  27. Deceptacton – Le Tigre (r)
  28. Helter Skelter – The Beatles
  29. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  30. Back in Black – AC/DC
  31. Lyla – Oasis (r)
  32. One Armed Scissor – At the Drive-In
  33. Beautiful People – Marylin Manson
  34. Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Drowning Pool (a girl tried to convince me and Tom this was by slipknot)
  35. Gouge Away – The Pixies (same girl asked me to fast forward this…)
  36. Poison – Alice Cooper (r) (...because she had requested this)
  37. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  38. Blackened Sky – Biffy Clyro (r)
  39. Give it Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  40. Head Like A Hole – Nine Inch Nails
  41. Back to School – Deftones
  42. Plug in Baby (r)
  43. BYOB - System of A Down (r)
  44. Breakout – Foo Fighters (r)
  45. First of the Gang to Die – Morrissey (r)
  46. Get Free – The Vines
  47. Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols
  48. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
  49. Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
  50. Hate to Say I Told You So – The Hives
  51. Place Your Hands – Reef
  52. Jump Around – House of Pain
  53. Smack My Bitch Up – Prodigy (r)
  54. Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys
  55. About A Girl – Nirvana
  56. Just – Radiohead
  57. Kinng in the Name – Rage Against The Machine (r)
  58. Fearelss – The Bravery (r)
  59. Fell in Love With A Girl – White Stripes
  60. Darts of Pleasure – Franz Ferdinand
  61. Helicopter – Bloc Party (r)
  62. Hounds of Love – The Futureheads
  63. Oh My God – Kaiser Chiefs
  64. Golden Touch – Razorlight
  65. Basket Case – Green Day
  66. Freaking Out – Graham Coxon
  67. Somebody Told Me – The Killers (r)
  68. Girl From Mars – Ash
  69. End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.

All in all quite an odd night but it was still a lot of fun.


May 16, 2005

Blackout Setlist 09/05/05

If anybody's interested I've reproduced my set from last Monday's Blackout below:

  1. Layla – Derek and the Dominoes
  2. The Seeker – The Who
  3. Till the End of the Day – The Kinks
  4. Get Off – The Dandy Warhols
  5. Break on Through – The Doors
  6. Paint it, Black – The Rolling Stones
  7. I Will Follow – U2
  8. Going Underground – The Jam (r)
  9. All Along the Watchtower – Jimmi Hendrix
  10. Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
  11. Retreat – The Rakes
  12. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads (r)
  13. Run to Her – Five O’clock Heroes
  14. Rockin the Suburbs – Ben Folds
  15. Peaches – Presidents of the USA
  16. Hash Pipe – Weezer
  17. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
  18. Longview – Green Day (r)
  19. Goodnight Goodnight – Hot Hot Heat
  20. Oh Yeah – Subways
  21. Rip It Up – Razorlight (r)
  22. Helicopter – Bloc Party
  23. Honest Mistake – The Bravery
  24. Graffiti – Maximo Park
  25. Jerk It Out – The Caesars
  26. Dance Me In – Sons and Daughters
  27. Daft Punk is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem
  28. Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz (r)
  29. Insomnia – Feeder
  30. Ever Fallen in Love With Someone – The Buzzcocks
  31. Teenage Kicks – Undertones
  32. Panic – The Smiths
  33. End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
  34. Debaser – The Pixies
  35. One Armed Scissor – At the Drive In (r)
  36. Straight Ahead – Pennywise
  37. Give it Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  38. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
  39. The Ace of Spades – Motorhead
  40. Rock is Dead – Marylin Manson (r)
  41. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  42. BYOB – System of a down
  43. Coral Fang – The Distillers
  44. Killing in the Name – Rage Agains The Machine
  45. Back in Black – AC/DC
  46. Pain – Jimmy Eat World
  47. Just A Girl – No Doubt
  48. Celebrity Skin – Hole
  49. Sunburn – Muse
  50. She Wants To Move – NERD
  51. Diamonds and Guns – Transplants
  52. Bandages – Hot Hot Heat (r)
  53. One Step beyond – Madness
  54. Nite Klub – The Specials (r)
  55. All My Friends Are Metal Heads – Less Than Jake
  56. Take on Me – Reel Big Fish
  57. Rock the Casbah – The Clash
  58. One Way Or Another – Blondie
  59. Hounds of Love – Futureheads
  60. I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
  61. Chop Suey – System of A Down (r)
  62. No One Knows – Queens of the Stoneage
  63. Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
  64. Golden Touch – Razorlight
  65. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns 'n' Roses
  66. Can't Stad Me Now – The Libertines
  67. Song 2 – Blur (r)
  68. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  69. Fuck Yeah – Team America
  70. American Idiot – Greed Day
  71. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  72. Mr Brightside – The Killers (r)
  73. Tribute – Tenacious D

(r) = request


March 25, 2005

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March 15, 2005

The mystery of brown

Last night was interesting. I had originally planned to have a quiet night in with a curry and a book. However Milly saved me from this fate and after shaving with my new razors of death Tom and I toddled off to Leamington to meet her for pre-Blackout drinks. For those people who have spent quite a lot of time around me they will know that whenever I start talking for any length of time, over about five minutes, I somehow always end up on the subject of Primary School art classes; it's one of my staple conversation pieces I guess. Anyway it is a subject that I have found to have universal appeal. What is it about Primary School that whenever you had to paint something it didn't matter what coluors you mixed together it came out brown? And then no matter how much white and yellow you added it only seemed to get browner. If you were lucky you might get it to change to gray. But I digress.

We moved on to Blackout which was really good for the first two hours. We larked about taking photos and I realised that with my coat up and James's hat on I look like some bizarre 18th Cetury version of death. Milly managed to retitle Rebel, Rebel to Beer, Beer including such lyrics as 'get a pint' / 'a pint' / 'a pint of beer' / 'beer is nice' or something like that in an attempt to get me drunk. Sadly I wasn't playing along as I was driving and have quite a lot (packing) to d today. Next time Milly I promise there will be alcohol.

At midnight 3 things happened that severely impacted on the night. Firstly the DJ changed and as a result the good music that had been on before was replaced by intermittent patches of rubbish music which descended into rubbish music with intermittent patches of good music. This ties into my second 'thing' and that was the fact that unforgivably they played Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer. Now I can forgive them for playing Bon Jovi at a rock night but not a song that has become synonymous with cheese; I was almost expecting it to be folowed by Summer of '69. Although that would have pleased the drunken netball players that surrounded us who clearly had stumbled into Breeze because there was no Top B to go to.

The end of Living on a Prayer provided perhaps the most startling moment of mine and possibly Tom's evening. As the song ended a slightly large girl standing near me turned towards me and aimed a scream at my face. I didn't really know how to react to this so I looked at Tom then looked away pretending to ignore her. Four or five seconds later I looked back and she was still going. Feeling very uncomfortable I did what every normal person would do I smiled and put both of my thumbs up at her in a gesture mirroring an image of Fonzie I'd seen on a T-shirt the week before. This gesture seemed to work and she moved of. I never quite recovered from that moment and by 1.15 I had stopped 'feeling it' and we left Milly ripping up the dance floor looking like a miniature, blonde version of Slash.

All in all it was a fun night however I left feeling slightly disappointed but also knowing that perhaps I should have followed Milly's advice and got absolutely hammered. That way, like the netball girls, one of whom was so drunk she had clearly forgotten that she was wearing a skirt, I wouldn't have been bother what music was played. There's always next time.


March 13, 2005

End of term thingies.

Well term ended. Seems like it only just started. And in typically unhelpful fashion I have only just got the work bug. For the last few days I've been thinking almost non-stop about the essays I have to write over the holidays; formulating ideas and arguments and dare I say it I'm actually quite looking forward to writing them. Why do I never have this kind of motivation during term time?

I think Costcutter's have stopped selling Battenberg (or window cake as Milly calls it). They haven't had it in stock the last three times I've looked. This is sad.

This weekend has been quite weird. Friday night was a bit rubbish. I should make a point that Easter holiday parties are always rubbish. One minute everybody was there and the next minute nobody was. Going by entries on other people's blogs everybody was searching for each other in the union but this constant movement by all parties led to what must have appeared to be a Keystone cops type chase sequence; we must have all been about twenty paces behind each other.

Last night I was invited to Milly's for food, alcohol and trivial pursuit however by that point we were already round our neighbours playing monopoly. So sorry for my non-appearance, sounds like I missed a fun night.

Going home on Wednesday or Thursday so got to spend the next two days packing and tiding and then off home after four days in Barcelona with my parents. Should be fun.


March 05, 2005

Crash

I am not feeling very eloquent today so this entry can probably be seen as the literary version of an unshaven face. Never mind. Crash was fun last night. It was good to see everybody out even if it was quite quiet. The Needles were good although I think the lead singer had modelled himself on Elvis Costello which is no bad thing. I think somebody must have polished the union floor last night because I slipped and nearly fell over twice and Tess had a nasty elbow accident. I wanted to get quite drunk last night but for some reason it seemed that the more I drank the less drunk I felt. I only had enough money left from £25 to get the bus home. I have put some photos from last night in the relevant gallery. Take a look. I took loads so will probably add some more at some point.

February 28, 2005

That was the week that was

My blog has seen something of a drought of late so I thought I'd briefly, or lengthily depending on how long it is, fill you in on the events of this week.

Last Sunday I got bored of the huge pile of dirty dishes and decided to do something about it, leading to a washing up session to rival all other washing up sessions. During this time I washed and Han and Adrienne dried. I borrowed Adrienne's stereo and the following albums were played in their entirety as I washed:

1. The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
2. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
3. Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk
4. Catherine Wheel – Wishville
5. The Beatles – Revolver
6. Part of an R.E.M. compilation I had made earlier in the day.

Since then I have only had two meals in the house that have required plates (thank you Domino's) and I've washed up after each one so I am currently safe in the knowledge that none of the washing up in the kitchen at the moment is mine. Woo hoo!

Monday evening we went to the Oriental Star Chinese in Leamington for Jo's birthday and then on to Blackout via the Jug and Jester. I was driving but had a good night and still spent most of it on the dance floor, a very rare occurrence.

On Wednesday Han, Claire, Claire's friend Sarah and myself went to see my favourite band in the world R.E.M. at the NEC arena in Birmingham. The crowd was very placid and I felt for most of the set as if I was the only person jumping around like a loon. The stage set-up was incredible as was the performance, especially from Mike who was still suffering from an ear infection and flu that had forced the band to postpone the previous two night's concerts. The set list was quite varied, the New Adventures in Hi-Fi tracks were particularly welcome as was the version of World Leader Pretend making one of it's only appearances so far on this tour, however the highlights for me were undoubtedly a blistering version of Orange Crush, an incredible rendition of I've Been High and the penultimate song in the set I'm Gonna DJ, a new song which I'd only heard because I'm such a geeky fan boy and downloaded a live version after its first performance around October / November last year. This is the second time I've seen the band live and I have to say that although the set was more varied and the band were on top form the crowd at Manchester on the Up tour in 99 were infinately more animated and as a result Michael Stipe was slightly more interactive. That's not to say that there wasn't priceless banter because that would be lying; the moment he spat ginger all over a cameraman by accident is possibly the funniest moment at any gig I've ever been to. I have a ticket for their gig on the 17th June in Manchester this summer and it's a Friday in week 8 so I'm hoping it doesn't clash with exams but I can't wait. Definitely one of the best gigs I've ever been to despite the crowd. Here's the setlist for those interested:

I took Your Name
Departure
Animal
The Outsiders
World Leader Pretend
Undertow
Electrolite
High Speed Train
Everybody Hurts
Electron Blue
Orange Crush
I Wanted to Be Wrong
Final Straw
The One I Love
Imitation of Life
Leaving New York
Walk Unafraid
Losing My Religion

Encore:
What's The Frequency Kenneth
Bad Day
I've Been High
The Great Beyond
I'm Gonna DJ
Man on The Moon

Mike Mills in power bass mode:

Michael and the loudhailer during Orange Crush:

Mike and Michael during Imitation of Life (I think):

On Friday night I was in bed by 10pm which made a nice change. Saturday involved spending most of the day in bed and then an evening of bowling thanks to Shall. I was a bit tired but it was still a lot of fun.

Which pretty much brings me up to date. I'm currently getting hungry watching the first series of Boy Meets World. Hope to see y'all at Blackout tonight.


February 21, 2005

Pit Stop

Right now I am mostly tired.

Thank you.


February 19, 2005

Meta 10 Observations

1. What is it in the Union (and it is something other than alcohol) that makes people unable to walk? On at least 5 separate occasions last night at Metamorphosis people were either walking in a perfectly straight line only to fall overthemselves and into me or else they would pass where I was standing not by walking in the middle of the large gap between me and the person nearest to me but to attempts to walk through my shoulder.

2. Some dude decided to show one of his mates his arse by taking down his trousers, apparently without realising that if you're showing the peple behind you your arse you are showing the people in front your tiny little member. Not a pleasant sight.

3. TSG managed to set fire to some duct tape, and almost the whole building, at midnight – this did not set the fire alarm off.

4. Something else, presumably a smoke machine DID set the fire alarm off, when there was no fire. This resulted in numerous people on the dance floor going mental and shouting "chooon!" to the sound of a siren. I laughed.

5. The only payphone that is actually accessible after midnight on campus outside of the halls and the union is in the library. At any rate I couldn't think of another when inconveniently my phone decided to stop receiving a signal for an hour and a half just as all hell broke loose and I found myslef separated from anybody I had come with or who I knew. Still it was a fun 45 minutes.

And that as they say is that.


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