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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] winsomeone

Appeal to the Hivemind; does anyone have a transcription of the lyrics to 'Hammer' by Zoë? I have managed to find a copy of the song, after years of searching, but I can't make out all the words. The lyrics aren't available anywhere on the Web that I can find. Probably Zoë herself is responsible for this; it's a brilliant song but its content ended her career. I saw her performing it on a lunchtime BBC programme. The host was all smiles when he introduced her but at the end of the song his face was dead white and he stumbled over the link to the next item. She was never invited back and AFAIK that was her last TV performance.

I want to use it in 'Tabula Avatar', of course; it's already been mentioned, and Viconia has said that she wants to learn it. I'd like to be able to quote more than the first four lines and any help would be appreciated.

I've had some success in tracking down other things that I've been looking for; the first Kung Fu movie to make an impact in the West, 'King Boxer' starring Lo Lieh, was released on DVD for the first time this week and I bought it. I've loved that film for over 30 years but it's over twenty years since I last saw it. Also I found on YouTube the song that counts as 'our song' for me and the Wombat; 'Something Special', by Emerson, a group who never made it big and who used to play the rock clubs in the North-East of England. We saw them play at Mingles in Whitley Bay when we were dating. I used to own the record on vinyl but threw it away when I went over to CDs, a decision I later regretted, but now I have it once more.

I haven't been doing the rewrite of the TA chapter that I mentioned in my last post; I got sidetracked (as I do). I saw a fic at 'Twisting the Hellmouth' with a summary that goes: 'Back by demand, and also because I just love a happy ending. Continuing story of Dean, Faith and little John'. I misread it slightly - mentally capitalising one word - and I'm not a Supernatural viewer (hello, male here) and so 'Dean' means something completely different as far as I'm concerned. I decided to write a ficlet based on my interpretation of that summary; I'm halfway through and I should be posting it today or tomorrow. Any guesses as to where I'm going with it?
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Belated Happy Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] hils, [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003, [livejournal.com profile] lisfayte, [livejournal.com profile] lilithn, [livejournal.com profile] captainofidiots, and [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet. It’s a long time since I posted! I'll be posting a stupid, crude, and obscure double drabble later today to compensate.

Song lyrics meme: gacked from [livejournal.com profile] gipsy_dreamer, [livejournal.com profile] cat63, and [livejournal.com profile] daibhid_c

* Put your music player on random.
* Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
(I’ve cheated slightly and edited out some obscure album tracks, replacing them with songs that I’ve acquired from YouTube with a Firefox add-on).
* Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
* Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.
* Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
[livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat can play if she likes – but she’d have an unfair advantage, and so I’ll treat her like FIA treats McLaren and fix it so that she can’t win (ETA - I probably won't need to fix it, as [livejournal.com profile] gipsy_dreamer is so far in the lead). Several of the songs have featured in ‘Tabula Avatar’ but I avoided any that have had their lyrics quoted extensively in the story. I'm screening comments to make it fairer.

Songs behind cut )

Eurovision

May. 24th, 2008 08:15 pm
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Apologies to those of my Friends who have had birthdays lately and not had any greetings from me (I know that includes [livejournal.com profile] borrowedwings, and probably other long-standing Friends, but I simply haven't had a chance to look). I'm now working 6 nights on, 5 off, 4 on, 5 off, and I've just come off 6 on and it is crushing. Normal service, and writing, will be resumed tomorrow.

Tonight is Eurovision. A night for mocking the crap - and, alas, true to normal form, they don't come any crapper than the British entry. Was it actually an advert for the Halifax? I see Nul Points looming, well-deservedly. Even Ireland's bloody turkey, which was stuffed in the semis, wasn't quite as bad as the UK.

ETA: Israel's entry makes me feel a little better about the UK's. The backing music isn't too bad but the singer is - I don't have words condemnatory enough. Terry Wogan said 'the best entry from Israel in a very long time', but IMO that's rather like saying 'the best ice hockey team that Namibia has produced in a long time'.

And I want the job of the bloke who was lying down and hanging onto the legs of the Armenian lass to stop her falling over at the beginning of her number. Best job EVAH.

Anyone want to bet against Poland getting 12 points from the UK, despite the utter tedium of the song? It's being sung by a mermaid. The bronze one in Copenhagen harbour has more charisma.

DENMARK! WTF? I would have called it a superb Eurovision song - if this was still 1971.

I know the Georgian singer is blind but I think that her decision, in a spirit of solidarity, to employ a blind costume designer was a mistake.

Azerbaijan: looks like a Robbie Williams concert with an infinite budget, sounds like a Bond theme performed by Iron Maiden.

I hope Spain becomes the first country in history ever to get a negative score. There is bad, dire, dreadful, positively vile, and then there is the Spanish 2008 Eurovision entry. A whole new language will have to be written to contain words strong enough to condemn it. I'd rather listen to the chomping noise of a hyena gnawing on my femur than hear it again.

Of course all the best discussion of Eurovision is over on [livejournal.com profile] maddeinin's journal.

WTF? WTF? The UK gave the 12 points to Greece? I don't even remember the Greek song, and it's not as if there are hundreds of thousands of Greek migrant workers in the UK. Is totally baffled.

Result! The UK finished joint last, which is pretty much where it deserved to finish. Only the Spanish entry was worse - but then the Spanish entry was also worse than the Black Death, cholera, and the Amazonian fish that swims up the urethras of unwary swimmers and then expands spined gill-covers to lock it in place. Shame the tedious Russian dirge, featuring Plushenko skating on a frozen pizza dish, won - but they'd probably have shut off the gas supply to Western Europe if they hadn't won.
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The good: yesterday I discovered Fever Beats by Thea Gilmore. Only six years after it was released but better late than never.

The bad: I read (courtesy of a good Friend, no way would I pay for it) Buffy Season 8 issue 13. As usual it filled me with an intense hatred of Buffy. This does make it rather difficult for me to get on with writing Buffy-centric stories. It didn’t even contain any useful plot hooks for Giant!Dawn crackfic. Really the whole thing was crackfic, or even badfic, and it’s very hard to parody utter drivel.

The ugly: In order to cure my Buffy-hatred I went to Just Rewards and read some classic Spuffy fics. Unfortunately I’d had a reading spree recently in which I’d re-read all of Enigmatic Blue’s, Barb’s, Tales of Spike’s and a few other favourite authors' stories; I had to fall back on some fics by writers who are rather less skillful. I kept being jerked out of the mood by sloppy word usage. ‘Loose’ for ‘lose’, ‘loathe’ for ‘loath’ and vice versa, and one I had never seen before and which totally cracked me up; ‘in loo of’ for ‘in lieu of’. One perennial error inspired me to write the following drabble set at the end of ‘Not Fade Away’...

The Last Hurrah of the Golden... Handshake? )

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] winsomeone and to [livejournal.com profile] wickedplum21


During the night hours between one a.m. and six a.m. Manx Radio plays music on shuffle from a hard disc. No human DJ, no introductions, and so there’s nothing to tell you who is performing. This week they’ve been featuring a cover of Dead Or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’, from the Eighties, performed by a female singer who seems to fall into the same classification as Leslie Feist or Regina Spektor. I’m sure that I’ve heard the voice before; slightly American accented, somehow deep and high both at the same time, but I can’t place it. It’s very different from the original version; not electro-pop at all, slowed right down and turned into something quirky and unusual. Nine times out of ten I can find out anything that I want to know on Google in seconds – I’m a fourth Dan black belt at Google-fu – but not this time. Anyone have any ideas?

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] booster17 has found it. Thea Gilmore. The slight American accent must be fake as she's from Oxfordshire.
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Belated happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] alwaysjbj, [livejournal.com profile] spikesdeb, and [livejournal.com profile] edenfalling.

I've just heard the news that Amy Winehouse has won five Grammy awards. Huh? What on Earth is going on? Is this some kind of joke? Was it a mistake and they were really intended for Amy MacDonald? They can not be serious.

Or has the whole world (and not just the Archdruid of Canterbury) gone mad?
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I missed out on the zombie invasion of LiveJournal yesterday due to work and sleep taking up almost my whole day. This is, therefore, a day late.

[livejournal.com profile] killerweasel posted this link on the 13th and I'm just following in her footsteps. A 'World of Warcraft' video set to a song by Jonathan Coulton - who I had never heard of before but that was my loss. I've been checking out his other songs and a lot of them are very funny, especially Skullcrusher Mountain, but probably this is the funniest of all.



Or if you don't like WoW videos here is an alternative version of Re: Your Brains, a live concert performance.

Brains!
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Whine: I haven't been able to get at LiveJournal for the past six hours. I think my cluster must have been down; I know that the whole thing wasn't down, because I've been getting comment advices through on e-mail, but I couldn't get on at all. I went to Greatest Journal but there was no-one else there. It was even worse than a general site-wide breakdown because I was the only refugee.

Rant: Anyone who has read Tabula Avatar will have heard of 'Sunshine on a Rainy Day', by Zoë, as it is referenced many times in the story and Viconia's performance of the song at the Five Flagons Inn is a defining point in her relationship with Spike. I was aware that Emma Bunton had done a cover of the song, and I have Buffy mention the cover within the story, but I had never heard Baby Spice's version before.

Today, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, that happy state of innocence was shattered.

It is so staggeringly, unbelievably, diabolically dreadful that it is probably the soundtrack in Hell.

I had thought that Eva 'Miserable Dead Cow' Cassidy's loathsome dirge version of Sting's 'Fields of Gold' was bad. But this...

Hearing that feeble, squeaky, voice squawking through the lyrics that Zoë puts so much into was torture to my ears. It was like hearing Orville the Duck performing Rammstein's 'Amerika'.

Please, music industry of the world; never ever let Emma Bunton (or Victoria Beckham for that matter) anywhere near a microphone for the rest of their lives.

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