Monthly Archives: October 2004

Demo Review: The Waxworks Waltz: "(We) The Bisonic"

The artwork for this CD includes a fuzzy picture of a man with a giant die for a head. Marvellous. The self-titled opening track is a brooding, Kraftwerk-esque waltz and by the time it’s finished, you still don’t have a clue what this Brighton-based outfit are all about. The next track, “Live-in”, is a violent sonic assault, as an angular, offensive bass riff is periodically ripped apart by the grotesque, fingernails-against-the-blackboard howling of a lunatic. Continue reading

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Demo Review: The Waxworks Waltz: "(We) The Bisonic"

The artwork for this CD includes a fuzzy picture of a man with a giant die for a head. Marvellous. The self-titled opening track is a brooding, Kraftwerk-esque waltz and by the time it’s finished, you still don’t have a clue what this Brighton-based outfit are all about. The next track, “Live-in”, is a violent sonic assault, as an angular, offensive bass riff is periodically ripped apart by the grotesque, fingernails-against-the-blackboard howling of a lunatic. Continue reading

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Explosions In The Sky: Friday Night Lights O.S.T.

Being a self-proclaimed musical elitist, I feel it’s my god-given duty to dismiss anyone whose record collection contains either a soundtrack or a compilation as an ignoramus unworthy of such treats as my undoubtedly fascinating monologue regarding the mid-90s post rock scene. Unfortunately the past year severely curtailed my ability to practice being a sanctimonious shit on these grounds with the release of stellar compilations from the likes of Rock Action and Constellation. And then this; my favourite band have only decided to go and soundtrack a bloody film. I’ll get my coat. Continue reading

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Football Manager 2005 sent me this

SEGA FOOTBALL MANAGER 2005 – TOP TEN FOOTBALL MIND GAMES:

1. Kevin Keegan v Alex Ferguson

Keegan’s Newcastle had beaten Leeds 1-0 to build a ten point Premiership lead before he gave a now infamous interview to Sky Sports. Keegan claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson had implied Leeds would rollover against Newcastle, and that the Magpies should never have played a testimonial game for Stuart Pearce against Forest soon after. The rest, as they say is history. Cue Kevin: “Things which have been said over the last few days have been almost slanderous. I think you will have to send a tape of the game to Alex Ferguson don’t you,” he said. “Isn’t that what he wants? You just don’t say what he said about Leeds, he said it about Stuart Pearce, he is objecting to us playing a testimonial at Nottingham Forest but that was set up months ago. I would love it if we could beat them. Love it. He’s gone down in my estimation. Manchester United haven’t won this yet, I’d love it if we beat them.” Manchester United were, of course, crowned Champions in the very near future Continue reading

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John Peel R.I.P.

A question was asked ‘was is Ishothedeputy.com for?’

Well, I reccommend that it is to pay tribute such a legend. Though only young myself, his effect on music is unparrelleled and I would like to ask all comers to post a message in respect.

Radio One keep on playing Joy Division (Atmosphere) and Undertones (Teenage kicks), his favourite songs and I have seen both New Order and the Undertones, so he had an effect on me I didnt even realise fully until today. Continue reading

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25th October 2004: Premiership Round-up

A week after the passing of the legendary Brian Clough caused inevitable comparisons between the game’s past and its present, English football’s two greatest current managers came head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday. In the age of Mourinho and Eriksson, it was perhaps fitting that Sunday’s big showdown gave us a victory of cynicism over flair. Manchester United, with the aid of their “twelfth man” (and we’re not talking about the Old Trafford faithful in the stands), stumbled to victory over the once-unbeatable Gunners. What we’ve learned is that perhaps this Arsenal side’s greatest failing – and the one that could eventually cost Wenger the coveted Champions League title – is an inability to do the simple things properly. When was the last time we saw Pires or Ljungberg beat the full back and whip in a cross for a forward to head home? Or when was the last time Arsenal scored from a set piece? In the really big games (Chelsea and Man United in cup competitions last season, United again yesterday), it’s starting to look like this Arsenal team’s desire to roll the ball into the net at all times is not the result of stubbornness or showmanship, but simply down to the fact that they don’t know how to play any other way. Theirs is a team where the wingers cut inside, where tall players can’t head the ball. It’s an inflexibility that may cost Arsenal dear in the long term. Continue reading

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School's Out

This week the news has featured some frankly uninteresting debate on the future of education. Approached from a logical or analytical point of view, the idea of having a “quota” for “A” Grades (for example, saying people who get marks in the top 10% of the country get “A” grades, the next 20% get “B”s and so forth) is obviously absolute crap. Firstly, it presupposes the idea that that top 10% will necessarily be getting good marks themselves – if the overall standard falls, we’re non the wiser (literally – haha!). From a purely educational viewpoint, it transforms the purpose of the grading system, from assessing the achievements of a particular student against objective criteria, to one which merely forms a comparator with other people, precluding the notion of education as a desirable end in itself. But that’s only if you approach it from a logical or analytical point of view. To understand what motivates education “reform” today, we have to look beyond such outdated notions as the desirability of education, not get bogged down in nostalgic idealism. Continue reading

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