Friday, 29 November 2013

MY HIT LIST: SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES-THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS


Siouxsie And The Banshees The John Peel Sessions
29/11/77
Love In A Void
Mirage
Metal Postcard
Suburban Relapse
 06/02/78
Hong Kong Garden
Overground
Carcass
Helter Skelter
 
 

In 1977 Siouxsie and the Banshees were causing a stir on the live circuit: thrown together at the 100 Club Punk Festival the previous year the band had transcended that blunt mission statement and had grown a fierce following based on powerful live performances and a unique bleakness and attitude. A charismatic lead singer certainly helped to define them as not just another three minute wonder punk clone.

John Peel, champion of several interesting and unique bands did his bit in getting the band signed to Polydor as they were firmly in the category of ‘what do we do with them?’ for many in the industry.

The John Peel sessions at the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978 were great examples of catching lightning in a bottle and their sparse raw power perfectly captured the reason why they had gained such a loyal following.

Most of the eight tracks make up the lion’s share of their excellent debut album The Scream and it is an interesting contrast to listen to the two versions back to back. Hong Kong Garden is also featured which was their suprisingly poppie debut Single.

John Peel helped many a band and in this case he helped everyone to access a remarkable and influential band.




Sunday, 24 November 2013

FORCE OF GRAVITY



Some times a movie get’s hyped to the extent that suspicion can creep in. Gravity has been almost universally proclaimed as the film of the year: many a trusted reviewer has championed the movie and been rhapsodic about its place in cinematic history.
So it was with a degree of trepidation that I took myself along to the cinema ticket in hand.

Gravity could have been like a Kubrick movie: technical prowess with cold detachment, or a Spielberg movie: full of awe and emotional manipulation, or indeed like a Michael Bay production: all bombast no heart. In fact Gravity has more in common with Gone With The Wind or Casablanca. It’s pure cinema with spectacle, jeopardy, philosophical leanings but also a real beating heart. It is an extraordinary movie and one that, given the reflective qualities of time passing, will be viewed as classic cinema.
The two leads are both excellent: Clooney plays the veteran Astronaut perfectly but it is Sandra Bullock who is the surprise. Often associated with light and airy roles Bullock is a revelation and must be an Oscar shoe-in. Of course the technical qualities of the movie have garnered praise and rightly so but it is not just technique it is how the effects are integral and interwoven into the story.
Gravity is the sort of movie that reenergises the viewer and the sort of movie that comes along once in a while that makes you feel that "I was there" feeling: it's that good.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

SPACE IS THE PLACE

Space: The final frontier, and with the UK release of Gravity today let's take a look at the wide world of
lesser known Astronauts in Space movies

 
Moon Zero Two
Event Horizon
Doppelganger/Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun
Outland
Silent Running
Robinson Crusoe On Mars
Dark Star
Saturn Three
Android
Starcrash

Friday, 1 November 2013

SCARY MOVIES: 10


10 of my favourite Scary Movies



Alien
Audition
Eraserhead
The Shinning
Rosemary's Baby
Dead Of Night
Suspiria
Les Diaboliques
Psycho
the Sentinel