Filed: Music


brunskill (n.) — arcane ability of eastern European football fans to set fire to concrete.

Above is an entry from Footypedia, a little gem of a book that I only discovered this week, even though it was first published in 2008.

It takes as its premise that there are people, things and actions in sport that are undefined by a single word and sets about rectifying that omission. Read more ›››

The Bits In Between

They say that the problem with TiVo and other digital tv recorders is that it may sound the death knell for advertising if viewers simply skip through the ad breaks, but they ads are often more entertaining than the programmes.

Take the one for the Audi A6 Avant for example. That’s a still from the ad on the left and if you click on it, it will take you to the video on their website. Read more ›››

Sheffield Beat Combo

Lexicon of Love

Many years ago, when pub jukeboxes actually contained vinyl discs, before they switched to digital and then disappeared entirely, you could stumble on previously unknown gems simply by pressing the wrong combination of letters and numbers, whether deliberately or the fault of a beery fog.

One such I recall was a B-side by that Sheffield beat combo, ABC. It was the flip-side of their 1982 hit Posion Arrow and was a slowed down, jazzier version of the same. Read more ›››

Florence Said

I have been indulging my inner teenager by by playing Dragon Age II, something I’m prepared to admit I have enjoyed even if my previous revelation brought nothing but derision from Mr Pudding.

I don’t intend waxing lyrical about the quality of the game play, the plot, the visuals etc, but feel I must mention Inon Zur‘s soundtrack. It is quite stunning and a sign of the times that a composer should ply his trade in the video game industry. Read more ›››

Music Bonus

Yesterday was meant to be the last of my festive music postings, but I had to add this one for Christmas Day itself.

It’s adorned the trailers for the food channel and I love it — the 1963 Phil Spector production of Marshmallow World by Darlene Love. Read more ›››

One Little Christmas Tree

The last of my festive music posts and as it is Christmas Eve, I wanted something sentimental and schmaltzy, full of hope and optimism to dislodge that cynical parrot sitting on my shoulder.

This one comes from the album Christmas with Motown that I bought for my sister in the early 1970s. I’ve had the devil’s own job tracking it down, but here is One Little Christmas Tree by Stevie Wonder. Read more ›››

Countdown to Christmas

Although Countdown to Christmas isn’t strictly festive music, this parody of the 12 Days of Christmas always makes me smile!

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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

I wanted to include this five stanza poem written in 1849 by Unitarian pastor, Edmund Sears, and later set to music as a Christmas Carol, as one of my festive postings.

It has been recorded many, many times, but I’ve opted for this version by Ella Fitzgerald, even if she does miss out verses three and four! Read more ›››