Happy* Birthday The Simpsons! (*I Think)

December 17th 1989 and after several now-infamous production delays, “The Simpsons” finally made it to air with “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire”, a not especially festive festive special in which Homer takes a second job as a mall Santa to etc. etc we’ve seen that one a million times. And we’re still here, forContinue reading “Happy* Birthday The Simpsons! (*I Think)”

Yogi Bear – The Worst?

Tuesday, 23rd December, 1986 4.10pm: Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (BBC One) “This Christmas special has Yogi, Boo Boo and all their friends causing chaos in the big city, but also bringing happiness to a lonely little rich girl and her father.” I bet we can have them for at least one of thoseContinue reading “Yogi Bear – The Worst?”

I Am What I Play

Did you know Frank Sidebottom played Wembley? How about two of Madness making a hip hop electro dance song about Judge Dredd? Or which alcoholic drink has featured in the titles of the most chart hits? All that and loads more can be found in my new book “Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo” whichContinue reading “I Am What I Play”

Fantasy Fuck All League

Despite my strongest desires and sporadic patches of effort, being in a band was never on the cards for me. I was too shy to get up and sing, instruments eluded me and a year of guitar lessons resulted in me knowing the basic chords to “Wonderwall”, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and “High”Continue reading “Fantasy Fuck All League”

Madness In Mega City One

Due to Rebellion’s rather wonderful range of summer specials based on the old Fleetway / IPC back catalogue, I’m rediscovering my love for all things comic, not least 2000AD, a comic it took my younger mind a long time to get into the spirit of, especially when compared to the slightly more sedate sausage-snaffling andContinue reading “Madness In Mega City One”

Play The Hits

I was a big Foo Fighters fan back in the day, specifically the nineties, where their first three records – “Foo Fighters”, “The Colour And The Shape” and “There Is Nothing Left To Lose” – were very important to my teenaged constantly-priapic bum-fluff life. They combined straight forward pop rock with elements of metal, lotsContinue reading “Play The Hits”

Ten Forgotten Number One UK Box Office Films Of The 90s

When we think back to “90s cinema”, Trainspotting is probably one of the films that stands out from the decade as a truly iconic, huge movie that swiftly entered the national consciousness regardless of whether you’d seen it or not, much like Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix or Fight Club. Those slightly older readers will rememberContinue reading “Ten Forgotten Number One UK Box Office Films Of The 90s”

Now, Then

Last year I was asked to take part in TV Cream‘s lookback over all the Now That’s What I Call Music compilations in their wonderful weekly mailout Creamguide (subscribe here). However, being a bit stupid, I misunderstood the intitial request – pick one song from each of the pop music collections from NOW 26 toContinue reading “Now, Then”

Confidentially Speaking: Jasper Carrott’s Walks To Work

Maybe its his ubiquity on TV in the 80s and 90s or the repetition of those bloody Australian car insurance forms. Perhaps its the later years presenting the most baffling game show on British television or maybe its simply just the fact “The Detectives” was a bit bobbins but nobody really discusses Jasper Carrott muchContinue reading “Confidentially Speaking: Jasper Carrott’s Walks To Work”

Parklife (En Plein Amour)

It is a terrifying-to-imagine 25 years since the album “Parklife” by Blur first appeared in old timey record shops like they had back then. Preceded by just one single – “Girls and Boys” released the previous month – the album went straight in at No.1 and has so far hung around for 119 weeks. AContinue reading “Parklife (En Plein Amour)”