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  • Springsteen fan since?
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    It's all relative
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    I have a number of these.
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    See Gender. Apparently I think about it every two minutes. Sounds about right.

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  1. Not watched this season much yet. I used to like it when Darcy Bussell was on the panel because quite frankly I fancied her. Total class. That new judge is too loud. A little bit goes a long way. There's still that tall blonde Ukrainian, though. The Argentine tango is always the season highlght.
  2. I used to watch Graham Norton back in the days he was on C4 most week nights. I used to think his opening monologue section was generally funny but the show kind of sunk once the guests came on. Just watch last night's episode and I see little has changed. Last night's interviews were all fairly meh. Springsteen's included. Can Robert De Niro smile? Chat shows based on celebrities are generally boring. Most of these people aren't that interesting outside of their day jobs. Best by far these days is the great Bill Maher over in the USA but his show is firmly based on current politics so you get conversation with a bit more meat on it. 'Interstitial' must be a new buzz word. Muse used it to describe the short instrumentals between songs on their last tour. I had to look it up then.
  3. Joe Satriani is a genius and has made probably the best guitar based rock music of the last 27 years. The Pet Shop Boys rock. Muse are the greatest British band of the last 20 years. Shostakovich's 8th is his best Van Morrison is pantsy grandad music.
  4. LOL. If only he could have a conversation or two with some of the ex miners I met when I worked in a former South Yorkshire mining town . He might well conclude he wasted his money spreading all that brotherly love. Certainly opened my eyes (sorry can't go into too much detail - relates to current UK politics etc)
  5. Not seen this film yet. I've seen the trailer. The way they talk about Springsteen. They say exactly the same kind of things I would have said back in the '80's Embarrassing. Really doesn't strike me as a subject that could sustain a movie over a couple of hours. Bet it's not as good as Saturday Night Fever. Anyway, there's a particular genre of British and Irish films that I really don't get at all. Y'now the kind of movies with a very strong contemporary regional setting - I'm thinking of films like the Full Monty (Sheffield), Letter to Breznev (Liverpool), Angels Share (Glasgow), The Commitments (Dublin) - I hate the way these films pander to local stereotypes -y'know like repeating the same old tropes that all northerners are inarticulate but down to earth, funny folk, all Scots and Irish are plain talking rough diamonds, all cockneys are sly lumpenproletariat types and are not be trusted (might be some truth in that last one) etc etc Awful films. One exception I thought was Bend it it Like Beckham. Wasn't a great movie and I'm not particularly interested in Football but it did a good job of genuinely acknowledging a multi cultural urban Britain much like the one I know and without falling back on regional stereotypes. I understand Blinded was made by the same guy who made 'Bend It' so I may check it out - but only when it becomes a 'free' watch via Netflix or Amazon Prime.
  6. He's not been a Laker for it seems many, many years now. I remember he put his comments on here re.High Hopes but nothing since. I thought he was a Tranmere Rovers fan .
  7. I like it.I like the other two we've heard more. Probably a bit of a grower. I don't get this distinction between a 'solo' album and an E Street album. Absolutely no reason as far as I can tell why the E Street band couldn't play this with orchestration added.
  8. I guess it's saying that we live in a culture that wastes so much time distracted by trivia (in this pre internet case worrying about what's on TV) when there's a world out there where some pretty serious messed up stuff is happening which we continue to ignore at our collective peril. Kind of like fiddling while Rome burns or 'Winter is Coming' etc. I remember it being a highlght of the 92 - 93 shows I saw.
  9. I have suspected in the past that Springsteen songs can attract ire even from long standing fans more for their tone and subject matter as much as for the objective quality of the writing and the music. So for example Queen of the Supermarket and its clever comic-tragic observations of everyday life gets dissed by people who'll also slavishly drool over over the poorly written tosh that made up most of Wrecking Ball. Cos proper Bruce songs should be about angry, unemployed dudes who worked down the car plant or steel plant and fought in 'Nam (or had a friend who did) etc etc. So based on the two songs we've heard thus far I'm guessing this album is going to get a lot of flak. Personally I like both songs equally. They sound lightweght but tinged with regret, sadness and even bitterness. Music reminds me of Scott Walker and some Bowie as much as it does Glen Cambell et al. Hope the quality is consistent across the album.
  10. Welby / MM was hilarious. Genuinely funny. He once did a totally irreverent Tiananmen Square post that had me in stitches. I think it involved this picture. The outrage it stirred in the humourless PC mob still makres me smile.
  11. Kind of song it's easy to dismiss at first listen. Then one day it just happens to be playing in the supermarket. It suddenly stirs memories of...things and moments lost...things that could have been..things never get a lump in your throat and suddenly distracted you choose the unpitted olives in error. Bruce is the only artist who can have this effect.
  12. This version isn't so much bad as it looks like a rehearsal for a demo of a song still in development. Every song ever written will go through this stage. Pretty much unlistenable unless you want some insight into the process of writing a song.
  13. Despite flying dragons, zombie armies and other elements of fantasy / magic it's fundamentally a drama about people, family, politics and war - something it shares with the best sci fi. It's basically a pseudo medieval drama inspired by stuff that actually happened (e.g. the Wars of the Roses) set within a geography we would all recognise. This video on youtube draws the parallels between GoT and 'real' history.
  14. I don't make claims to having a 'unique interpretation' but I generally think the 'biblical' and 'religious' themes in Springsteen's lyrics are really just a set of cliches his writing strays into occasionally because the Western mind - and in particular the American mind -- cannot but help it. Even atheists cuss in the name Christ. I don't believe he's particularly religious and not nearly as well read in the Bible as say U2. In fact there's equal evidence of hostility to religion in his writing - BUSA tour Garden of Eden rap, 'Part Man, Part Monkey. Some of his 'religious' stuff just sounds to me inspired more from the works of John Ford and Cecil B DeMille.
  15. The voting system asked people to give each track a score of 0 to 3. One of the first voters gave one particular song a top score of 3 and everything else a 0. It was discussed at the time that awarding 0 to anyone was a bit mean spirited. It was. But the system also potentially enabled a bit of foul play. As Tom Joad said it's really not that important but it defeats the purpose of a competition if people start playing games. Just sayin'