Talent in a Previous Life

Because It's Never Just About the Music

Monday, November 19, 2007


Well, we were going to write something about the new Girls Aloud album today, but our copy has so far resolutely refused to drop through our letterbox. We are going to assume an innocent explanation for the delay for now, but if we here our postman walking down the street whistling future-pop electro anthems of incomparable genius then, frankly, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Instead, we shall turn our attentions towards the news that MTV has just launched it’s sixtieth - 60! - channel. Admittedly at least half of the sixty are time shifted “Plus One” channels, but even so this is still quite an impressive feat. It does, after all, take a certain amount of dedication and persistence to have that much airtime at your disposal and yet still use it for nothing more interesting than repeating the same episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen over and over again. The latest channel to join the family is MTV Arabic, part of MTV’s efforts to celebrate the world’s cultural diversity and local quirks by showing the same Hogan knows Best and Pimp My Ride style rubbish that the rest of the world sees, only with subtitles. But if that’s channel sixty, what are the other stations that MTV is pumping out to an increasingly disinterested world? Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cyclops Croc 

Not dead, just hibernating.

Yes, it's been a while, hasn't it? And we'd like to give you some fantastic story as to why we've been somewhat lacking in the update department, but ultimately it comes down to three reasons; One, we've been very lazy recently. Two, we've been feeling a little disillusioned with the world of Pop recently, and Three, we've been very lazy recently. We realise reasons One and Three are identical, but it is very relevant, so we felt it deserved being mentioned twice.

Reason two on the other hand comes from the fact that we've been finding it hard to get enthusiastic about a music world where the British public can happily send what is little more than the sound of a tin of gloss paint committed to CD, also known as the new Leona Lewis single, to the number one slot and, as if that wasn't bad enough, demonstrate a genuine hunger and enthusiasm for the prospect of a Boyzone reunion. We're sure you'll agree that, regardless of all the good stuff going on in the background, and there is a lotta good stuff out there, it's hard to feel celebratory with that lot taking centre stage.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that we're pondering changing the focus of the site and going off in a slightly different direction, although we're not quite sure exactly where yet, hence our silence over the last few weeks. Although whatever we decide it'll probably end up being much the same as this but with a broader remit. Certainly we'll no doubt use the same jokes that we normally use, but they'll seem slightly fresher in a different context.

We're not quite sure when we'll 'relaunch' yet, as a stopgap measure we were planning on doing some coverage of Cerys Matthews in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, but as so far she's done nothing more than stand around looking Welsh - which, frankly, is more than enough entertainment for us, but doesn't really lend itself to a lot of humorous commentary - there's not been a lot to write about. We'll keep an eye on things though and see what we can do.

Oh, and the headline for this piece? It relies on both the knowledge that Cerys is in the Croc Creek camp of I'm a Celeb and that she had a small vocal part on the They Might Be Giants track Cyclops Rock. See, this is why we need to take a break!

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