Well I Never Knew That #4

Saw this fun fact mentioned in passing online and it startled me into double-checking. MC Hammer‘s “Pray“, a song I barely recall yet instantly recognised, is one I mentally group with that whole dire ITV Chart Show/Madchester/Janet Jackson/Luther Van-dross early-‘90s lacuna before popular music got good again. Yes, I just sideswiped Le Carpets Inspiral, deal…

Computer Store Manager, 1979

I’m usually loathe to indulge the YouTube recommendation sidebar, but it caught me good this time and I’m all the better for it. Here’s 5m of interview with a couple of computer store people from 1979. It is perhaps no different from any other comparable interview footage of the era, yet utterly glorious nonetheless. Total…

5MA – Great Britain Ltd (1982, Spectrum)

Please vote today, whoever you support and even if you think your vote won’t matter. In honour of today’s plebiscite, here’s a 5MA of an early Speccy sim/management game, where you play as the UK Prime Minister (and de facto Chancellor of the Exchequer) trying to steer the ship of state without sinking her. Politics…

Devil World [Star Trek novel]

Not to be confused with the NES oddity of the same name Devil World is an early Star Trek spin-off novel from 1979. I bought a handful of reprints of those in the late-’80s/early-’90s from the local discount bookshop. The reason I’m doing a post about this one is because I recently bought it second-hand…

Faust – Meadow Meal

A.K.A. What I think about when I talk about Krautrock. I had my Aunt’s vinyl copy of Faust‘s first album (reissue doubtless) on permanent loan for ages and I can’t begin to explain how odd yet rewarding it was. This song is the defining one for me. Please stick with it. See also the back…

Rip Chris Cornell

Sad news again for me as another great passes on. On a positive spin it gives me great pleasure and a perfect chance to revisit his work. A gifted writer and singer his musical presence will live on. Get that first Audioslave album on and crank those speakers up, music at its best! Rip

Com Truise

New track “Memory” from the forthcoming album. Check the Galactic Melt LP for more of the same – it’s amongst the related videos on youtube.

CyberSank et al.

I first became aware of the ’90s Swedish industrial remixer/producer Ulf “CyberSank”/”Sank” Sanquist as the person responsible for the single edits and full remixes of Killing Joke‘s amazing Millennium and Pandemonium releases. I guess he’s also indirectly responsible for the Fear Factory cover of the former too. Despite being seemingly simple his sound from that…

5MA – Mailstrom (1986, Spectrum)

In Mailstrom you play as a postman driving a high-tech Knight Rider-inspired van. Gameplay consists of driving through a seamlessly-linked series of scrolling streets, stopping to break into post boxes, to deliver letters or to make drop-offs/collections from the depots. My main memories of playing the game back when it was given away on a…

Mini Movie Reviews May 2017

Solaris (2002) – 7/10. ¬†Great visuals and a wonderful ambient score by Cliff Marinez (he used to drum for Red Hot Chilli Peppers you know!) combined to create a great atmosphere and a very enjoyable film with an intriguing plot. Moves a little too quickly in places despite being a fairly uneventful movie. Solaris (1972)…

5MA – Ikaruga (2002, Dreamcast/X360)

This 5MA is a touch over a month overdue, but still bears articulating. Here’s a gameplay video (not mine!) Playing Dreamcast Ikaruga for the first time on a 90-degree rotated telly, slightly drunk in a highly-competitive setting and BAM! BAM! BAM! getting it (mostly) right was a great experience. Vertical shooters are an arcade/oldschool staple…

Steven Universe – Giant Woman

I am ridiculously into Steven Universe at the moment and, in common with every other thing I really, really like, I find it very hard to sufficiently articulate its merits in *ahem* universal terms and so end up not attempting to so do.   In lieu of a decent SU post (one day, animation and/or…