Monday, January 09, 2006
It's Monday! And the new series of Celebrity Big Brother is in full swing. We're already addicted, despite our disappointment with the lack of Jo O'Meara involvement - we even had a Kenzie Watch style feature planned, to be entitled Pan-O'Meara - but we do think that it's a stroke of genius to put a nobody in the house who has to struggle to convince everyone that she is actually famous, but enough about Faria Alam, arf, etc. Anyway, Top of the Pops has also returned to our screens once again, so let's see what we learnt from this week's show:-
- Fearne Cotton is still recovering from eating too many sprouts over Christmas time, so was replaced by Edith Bowman, a girl who makes Mike Tyson look like the epitome of femininity.
- Proving conclusively that it's a slow week on the new release front, Richard Ashcroft - looking for all the world like a geography teacher who's unaware that it's no longer the past - was invited on to perform Break the Night With Colour.
- A chance to see one of Mutya's final performances of Ugly with the Sugababes, and also a chance to watch as her eyes dart constantly towards the exit, wondering whether she'd have enough time to make her escape before they hit the middle eight.
- RETRO: Tom Jones doing It's Not Unusual. Tom's face was the inspiration for the Spitting Image puppets.
- We're convinced she's already released this, but Top of the Pops apparently had the premiere of Liz McLarnon's solo material. She claims to be a Woman in Love, which is as maybe, but we'd prefer it if she was a woman in tune.
- Julian Casablancas, from excitement free indie types The Strokes, is one of only two people in the world to genuinely believe that wearing a military jacket is fashionable.
- The other is Pete Doherty.
- And as Pete also genuinely believes that he's the voice of a generation and that the Babyshambles album is worth paying good money for, his opinion can safely be discounted.
- Texas's video for Sleep features Peter Kay in his Marc Park guise and Sharleen Spiterri in her Bad Drag Queen doing Liza Minelli guise. Or her normal, day to day look, as it's otherwise known.
- Jose Gonzales was doing Heartbeats. What a load of balls, etc.
- RETRO: Spice Girls doing Wannabe. And this was back in the days before they were all hyper-styled, the days when they all bought their own clothes from Top Shop, the days where they did their own hair and make-up, and the days where they could all actually stand to be in the same room as each other.
- The Editors, who are at number 10 with Munich, may well own a copy of Joy Division's Greatest Hits.
- Shayne Ward gets a hattrick as he's at number one with That's My Goal for a third week, for much the same reasons as why Richard Ashcroft got invited on the show.