i didn't know this story when i was a kid but i distinctly remember having to figure out to toss a gold ball into a pond to attract a frog in King's Quest IV and having NO IDEA why that worked. to be fair, i spent most of my time while playing Sierra games in that state?? i knew to kiss the frog from general cultural osmosis but the whole "frogs are attracted to gold balls" is part of the story i'd missed and which still feels baffling!
Friday, 19 February 2010
1. Kagoul- Stoke's premier britpop outfit, whose biggest hit single Round and Round and Round peaked at number 68 in August 1997. Kagoul reformed in 2007 for the Round and Round Again tour, and are rumoured to be working on new material. they are currently on tour in support of Ocean Colour Scene.
2. Limoge- hailing from Market Harborough, these new romantics seemed destined for greatness. Unfortunately, the winds of fashion changed and they never really hit the big time. Their one footnote in the annals of pop history is a performance of Discotheque Arabesque on Top Of The Pops in 1986. The single failed to chart in the top 75, and the band split shortly after. Lead singer Jasper Rogerre remains in the music business, and contributed as a songwriter to albums by artists including Gabrielle and Martine McCutcheon.
3. Our Survey Said- these youthful emo-pop upstarts created havoc on the house party scene in their home town of King's Lynn back in the Autumn of 2005. Their ardent fanbase and infectious hooks took them beyond East Anglia, and out on tour with Bowling For Soup and The Noise Next Door early the following year. Unfortunately for OSS, they were always perceived as the runts of this litter, and further success never quite materialised. The story doesn't end there, however, as members of OSS are currently gathering massive industry buzz under new moniker, Scared Of Sunday.
4. The Orange Wednesdays- formed in East Kilbride in 1985, The OW were the brainchild of frontman and chief songwriter Murray Fleeting. signed to Sarah Records in 1986, a debut album, "ironically" called A Debut Album was released later the same year. The band split shortly after recording the album, due to "irreconcilable musical differences" between Fleeting and bassist/ backing vocalist Dougie McDuff (rumoured to have actually have been of a more personal nature, with Fleeting subsequently marrying McDuff's then girlfriend, keyboardist Magda Pinches). They do retain a cult status, however, that was boosted in 2006, when Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos referred to them as his number 1 influence in a Rolling Stone interview. The Orange Wednesdays are currently locked in a legal wrangle with telecommunications giant Orange.
5. Buffalo Buffalo- the stage name of Butte, MO prodigy Cosmo Jaundacre. BB first broke into the limelight in 1999 when named as main support for Eels' North American tour. Jaundacre was just 18, and an inexperienced live performer. The poor reception of his material shook the young troubadour, and he was not seen on a stage again for a number of years. This is not to say that Buffalo Buffalo disappeared during this period, merely that the focus shifted to the studio. An album, Friends, Neighbours, Whatever was released in February '01, to critical acclaim, but weak sales. It was named by Pitchfork as the 166th best album of the decade in December 2009. The Buffalo Buffalo back catalogue ends there, as Jaundacre took a break from the business to attend Yale University. He returned under his own name in 2005, and is currently My Morning Jacket's touring backing guitarist/ violinist.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
1. eat pancakes
2. say "holy crêpes!" whenever possible in recognition of the true meaning of pancake day.
3. go to new orleans
4. give something up (you know, for lent)
5. forget that it's shrove tuesday until it's ash wednesday, then kick yourself