Out of Context: Mac and Me

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This is my rather silly review of the 1988 ET ripoff and pupported 90 minute Macdonalds commercial Mac and Me in which I reveal an undercurrent most people don’t seem to notice: the movie’s connection to the third reich

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Hugh’s Album Reviews: Hard Rock Calling 2012

So there was this music festival in Hyde Park…I went to each day…let’s talk about it.

Friday (Quote of the day: ‘This song is about…Stuff’ – Front man of Hawk Eyes):

Music didn’t start until 4 o’clock, me and the Herbal Crackpot left the house at 12 o’clock, and we walked to the train-station…in the wrong direction…well this is a good start! Also informed Herbal Crackpot that I have never seen Watership Down…that made for an interesting train journey.

We arrived in Hyde Park at about half past 1…to the smell of Bark chips…and horse shit. We went into the arena and we had a choice…stand in the rain and listen to an acoustic set by Kids in Glass Houses or try and find shelter…but then something caught my eye…THE PORK BAGUETTE VAN! ITS HERE OH MY GOD! KNEBWORTH ALL IS FORGIVEN!!! Pork baugettes 1,2,3 and 4 were all consumed while I watched the Dirty Youth (7/10) in the Pepsi Max Stage. Me and Crackpot decided to go out and watch a bit of Black Stone Cherry (6/10) was a bit bland and went back to the tent where we were treated to one of the many quotes of the festival. Hawk Eyes (10/10) fucking rocked…they rocked so much I went out a brought their album and EP…which both rock by the way, but I might wait for until after Bloodstock (next week) to review that.

Red, White and Blues (8/10) followed Hawk Eyes. They were okay, nothing special but worthwhile watching. SKINDRED NEXT (10/10) Probably the highlight of the day, Skindred rocked the fucking tent, and also caused me to nearly flatten two young girls…well they looked young…they were short…and looked like the type of people I would shoot dirty looks at while being at Sonisphere.

We went outside as the weather cleared up for Iggy and the Stooges (8/10) who pretty much played the entire set from Sonisphere 2 years previously. Followed by the headliner, Soundgarden (9/10). They were really good, playing songs me and Crackpot both sang along with, and it is the greatest experience hearing Black Hole Sun being sung by about 30,000 people.

 

Saturday (Quote of the day: ‘It’s like a swamp of shit really’ – random woman talking about the mud during Bruce Springsteen):

Today saw me travel into London again, with my brother Wil. We went to Forbidden Planet (the comic book shop in Tottenham Court Road) (7/10). We then went to arena. Hey Monea (7/10) the winner of the Hard rock rising competition, they were good, a bit bland, but they reminded me of the type of music I don’t listen to…why did I give them 7/10…oh well, don’t question past Hugh.

Next was the ‘One Man Revolution’ with three other people; Tom Morello: the Nightwatchman (8/10) he made me laugh…I don’t think his songs were supposed to make me laugh but they did. A pointless waste of time, considering we were going to get something very similar later on with the headliner. Followed by Lady Antebellum (6/10) bland boring country music. Then John Forgety (8/10) from Credence Clearwater Revival fame…he was a bit bleh to be honest, didn’t watch that much of him because of AMY MACDONALD (10/10) on the Pepsi Max Stage. Amy MacDonald played my favourite song…nearly reduced me to tears…never thought I would write that in a review.

Then came the headliner…Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (8/10) he seemed to miss the point of FESTIVAL HEADLINER, and just played his normal set…consisting of mostly new album stuff which no one apart from hardcore Bruce fans would know. We left after he played Dancing in the Dark…if we’d have stayed we would have heard the sound get cut off…and we would have seen Paul McCartney get pissed off and walk offstage…damn you hindsight!

 

Sunday (Quote of the day: ‘She is SHIT!’ – Dad)

Went for a wander with Dad…no need to review it…was pretty much one shop to another, to train to arena. We arrived at the arena just in time to catch Christina Perri (5/10) probably the worst thing of the whole weekend. She was boring bland, pop music…WHY ARE YOU AT A FESTIVAL CALLED HARD ROCK CALLING YOU ANGSTY BITCH WHO CANNOT WRITE ANYTHING APART FROM TWILIGHT SONGS!

Alison Kraus and Union Station (9/10) followed the god awfulness of Christina Perri. She was pretty good. Not what I was expecting but still really good. She got bonus points because she said the Edge from U2 was her banjo player…I like the Edge, he is the only good member from U2.

Then came the headliner…PAUL SIMON (10/10) and what a headliner he was. He came on stage and played Kodachrome, 50 ways to leave your lover and some other songs, then he brought on JIMMY CLIFF! And played some songs with Jimmy Cliff, the he brought on the Ladysmith Black Monbazo, who fucking rocked! They began to play Graceland (with the original Graceland tour band from the 1980s)… in a different order (take note Metallica you will need them) then he let his trumpet player, Hugh Masekela on…he was the only downside to this…the played for too long but meh it was still fairly enjoyable…but like the Friday there was one annoying factor about the crowd. Friday was the girls…on Sunday it was this Scottish prick and his friends who decided to piss in a bottle…luckily it went all over him, serves you right you fucking bastard.

Overall I was knackered!

Was a good weekend…New review hopefully next week not sure…maybe need to find something…

 

 

Not that album, anything but that. Not the most overrated album ever!

No…NO…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hugh’s Album Reviews: The Top 5 Most Underrated Albums

Okay over the next few weeks I will be busy doing festivals and stuff so here is the first of a series of Lists which may happen every year around July. Today I shall be looking at albums which I think are very much underrated and are often dismissed by fans and the critics. So without any further delay let me say that this list is entirely my opinion. If you disagree with me…fair enough but I won’t listen because I am up here on my balcony looking down at all of you internet trolls so boo hoo sucks to be you.

5. The Arockalypse by Lordi

 

Lordi are probably only famous because they won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 with their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. That song appears on this album but not a lot of people remember or even know that this band still exists. They are alive and kicking but this is the album they hoped would help them become more well-known…but that didn’t work so now when they play festivals they are always on the smallest stage and are about third or fourth on the bill. The album contains several belters which are built for a metal festival audience such as; ‘Bringing Back the Balls To Rock’, ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ and ‘It Snows In Hell’. The best song on the album is probably ‘It Snows In Hell’ it is a mix between a power ballad and a thrash metal song. This album is worth a listen.

4. King For a Day…Fool For a Lifetime – Faith No More

 

Faith No More are far from an underrated band, but two of their albums are very underrated from what I can see, ‘Introduce Yourself’ didn’t make it on this list because honestly I think ‘King for a Day’ is the better album. This is possibly my favourite Faith No More album but people often dismiss this one because it doesn’t have many of the band’s big songs on it. I will admit this album doesn’t have songs like ‘Epic’ or ‘Midlife Crisis’ but this album has songs which equal both of those songs with different style. This is defiantly the experimental part of Faith No More’s career on albums, some songs are slow and almost jazz like with the feel (‘Evidence’) and some are just down right aggressive like Patton and the others are trying to become a thrash metal band (‘Get Out’) and it also shows that Patton enjoyed his solo career a little too much with the song ‘The Gentle Art of Making Enemies’ which is by far my favourite track on the album. Heavy as fuck and quite underrated

3. Punky Bruster: Cooked on Phonics – Devin Townsend

 

This is the first solo album by Devin Townsend and the only album which he doesn’t do his standard progressive, extreme metal stuff. This concept album tells the story of a Death metal band that sells out and starts to play generic ‘Green Day’esque punk rock. The album has some obvious jokes which make fun of Green Day and other bands in this genre. Townsend actually suits this genre with his vocal style and it is one of the first times we see his sense of humour and also the first time we see him use an idea which carries over into other songs on the same album. But unlike his Project albums and the Ziltoid album, Cooked on Phonics is often dismissed because it is too different. If you don’t like Green Day or any bands in the same genre as them you may not like this album, but if you sit down and actually listen to this album you will see a funny and well thought out album.

2. The X Factor – Iron Maiden

 

Oh yes I went there! This album is so underrated it makes my mind hurt. There are many reasons why people don’t like this album. One reason may be because it doesn’t sound like Iron Maiden. Another might be because of Blaze Bayley not sounding anything like Bruce Dickinson. These are very good reasons but I actually like this album. If you can get past the difference in sound and the different style of vocals you will find an early hybrid of Bayley’s solo project which appeared after he left Iron Maiden. The album features one of my favourite Maiden songs (‘Lord of the Flies’) which is saying a lot when I love a lot of Maiden’s songs. Bayley’s vocals are probably the main turn off for a lot of fans who complained that it wasn’t Iron Maiden anymore. Also the album has a darker feel to it, unlike the previous albums which even though still heavy metal but those albums felt lighter and more upbeat, this album the songs are darker due to Steve Harris’s personal life at the time. This album deserves to be on this list for the reason that Maiden tried something different and it worked this time, but when they tried it again with the next album (‘Virtual XI’) they had to go and get Bruce back. Also it spawned what would become BLAZE and then later Blaze Bayley’s solo career…and I’m okay with this.

And my Number 1 most Underrated Album is…

Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo

 

This album is so underrated! No one I know has ever heard this album which is a depressing thought, because it probably means I listen to too much music, but that’s what happens when half my friends are deaf. This is the fourth album by the New Wave band and I have to say it is probably their best. None of their albums ever met commercial success but this album does have the band’s biggest hit on it, (similarly to Lordi) and that is the title track of the album. This is also what Danny Elfman used to do before he became Tim Burton’s composing bitch. Even though the album has a title that could be seen as depressing, the album is very light hearted and if full of songs which you can’t help but want to dance along too. Hell I think the Herbalcrackpot would probably dance to some of these songs. I know the sock-puppet defiantly does. This album is defiantly worth your time. Listen to it and feel better because of it.

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Hugh’s Album Reviews – Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

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So who remembers Glen Hansard? Former front man of the punk rock band the Frames? No one…he won an Oscar back in 2007 for best original song. Really? No one remembers him? He won it for the film Once which is the only girly film I have watched and enjoyed watching with my buckets of Ben and Jerry’s when I have broken up with someone. Seriously, no one remembers Glen Hansard. Well to be honest I wasn’t expecting anyone to remember him because he hasn’t really done much since winning the Oscar.

Hansard is one of those musicians who got me the first time I heard his songs, making me pick up my guitar and learn some of his songs (sort of like what I did with Stephen Lynch and Devin Townsend) but Hansard’s songs didn’t stay embedded in my brain like Lynch’s brand of insane comedy folk, or Devin Townsend’s genuine extravagance.

Hansard has been sort of a guilty pleasure, I have pretty much everything he has recorded but I try not to dwell on him for too long. In fact I didn’t even realise his new album was released this year and seeing as it wasn’t on my list of albums to listen to this year (which was surprisingly empty this year) I decided to get it and listen to it.

Rhythm and Repose is alright…if you are into that sort of thing. Modern folk music has been a bit strange in previous years. Folk seems to be picked up by former Punk rockers like Frank Turner (from Million Dead fame).

Hansard’s vocals on the album are very strong and get across what he is trying to say in each of the songs, some of the songs I even nod my head to whenever they come on my iPod which has seemed to realise that I reviewed Gojira last time and has forced me to listen to the Link and L’Enfant Sauvage again and it has made a sort of ‘are you sure your harsh words are justified you prick?’ I admit my review of L’Enfant was harsh but if you liked it that’s okay, after a few more listens it’s not as bad as I had previously thought and now I’ve lost where I was…

Some songs on Rhythm and Repose make me nod my head like ‘Talking with the Wolves’ and ‘Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting’ (which reminds me of Jack Johnson’s work). But I can’t tell if Hansard is trying to be full of melancholy or be a happy song writer.

Hansard is not going to make it to the top 10 albums of the year for the simple reason the album is very samey, which isn’t always a bad thing, just look at stuff by Avenged Sevenfold, that’s all very samey and wait…I’m not a Sevenfold fan…I RETRACT MY STATEMENT!

Rhythm and Repose – Glen Hansard: 7/10