Tuesday, August 02, 2005
It's Tuesday! And it's also August which, thanks to the Edinburgh Fringe, is probably going to be a somewhat lax month - well, laxer anyway - here at TiaPL towers. Despite our best efforts to get some holiday cover it seems that no-one likes us, or at the very least wants to write for us, so instead we'll just have to do our very best to keep the site up to date and relevant over the next 30 days. Which probably means that there'll be nothing posted except for an embarasssed message in a fortnight's time apologising for the lack of updates, but never mind. Until then, here's what we learnt from this week's Top of the Pops:-
- This week Fearne was joined by XFM DJ type, Christian O'Connell. Despite the fact he sounds like a cross between Jeremy Clarkson and Alan Partridge, he's been the first of the guest hosts to not only do a half way competent job, but also look like he actually wanted to be there.
- Oasis opened the show with The Importance of Being Idle. This isn't exactly what the showbiz industry calls kicking things off with a bang.
- You and Me, the new single by Uniting Nations, is esentially a cross between Freeloaders' So Much Love to Give and Out of Touch by Uniting Nations, making it one of the least original singles ever released.
- Still, nice clipboards.
- Keane have spent 64 weeks in the album chart with Hopes and Fears. Coincidentally enough, this is exactly how long listening to the bloody thing feels like.
- Michael Jackson was the first of tonight's retro 'treats'. He was doing Rockin' Robin as a small child - not the other way around we hasten to add - although he failed to state his position on whether, as biscuits go, it really was a whole lot of choc to bite or, indeed, whether it was choc-a-block, man.
- Natalie Imbruglia is Counting Down the Days. And, with this limping in to number 23, so are her record company to the day her contract expires.
- Summer of Rock n Roll by Twisted X ft Outlaw demonstrates exactly why 12 year old boys should never be allowed to make records.
- Christian O'Connel: "Last year Franz Ferdinand put Glasgow on the map". You'd have thought with them being quite busy with the whole pop star malarky they wouldn't have had time to work for the Ordanance Survey, wouldn't you?
- El Presidente are at number 30 with Without You. More drummers shold wear unsuitable dresses while pounding the skins.
- Rather than doing current single, Shame and Scandal, Madness gave us a ska-ed up - i.e. rubbish - version of The Kinks' Lola. Presumably tranvestitism is considered to be less corrupting to the nation's youth than incest.
- In an actually-showing-something-quite-good shocker, Adam and the Ants doing Antmusic was the second retro performance of the night. Who'd have thought that a man whose day to day job consisted of dressing up like a pirate using only his mother's clothes to achieve the look would have turned out to be a bit mad?
- Simon Webbe, out of Blue, has a new single. Lay Your Hands starts off sounding really good, but then turns to shit, conincidentally enough, at the exact point that Simon Webbe, out of Blue, starts singing.
CBlunt is still at number one.