Monday, December 29, 2008

Music: columbia*readymade

I feel I owe so much to Japanese maestro and all-round fab-taste guy Konishi Yasuharu. As if it wasn't enough he gave the world Pizzicato Five, and also the Readymade label (and that's just for starters), he's recently worked with Columbia Japan to release this fantastic series of CD reissues of 1960's soul/jazz/lounge/easy albums.

I've tracked most of them down on ebay (only 2 to go) and they are just swell. It's hard to pick favourites, but Keitaro Miho's bizarre Sound Posey Sachio is hard to beat with it's jazzy numbers on side one complete with overlays of race cars and Japanese racing announcements(!).

All of the CDs come in beautiful card mini-album sleeves which just serve to make them even more desirable.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Art: Eastlink Freeway

The new Eastlink Freeway has some fun artwork included which make the journey less monotonous and also cute, and a tad creepy.

My two favourites are:

Public Art Strategy by Emily Floyd

A giant (and it is HUGE) blackbird looking at a geometric worm, little more to say really, but it's great - this is the cute one.

The creepy (in a good way) sculpture is Hotel by Callum Morton

It's a small scale hotel (probably equivalent to a real 2 or 3 storey building), but in a shrunken, Lilliputian style. You can see a metal staircase inside, but presumably there are no actual rooms (it's hard to tell, but I'd love to be able to go in and find out). The dark skies in this photo make it a bit more David Lynchian, and like all art it's in the eye of the beholder - some might find it amusing, but I found it to be attractively spooky and quite brilliant.

Soap: Pop Ink - Clean & Slobber

I bought this soap at the Metropolis sale yesterday. Nice retro graphics from the Charles Anderson archives.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Record: 20 Solid Hits Volume II

This album, the Majestic compilation '20 Solid Hits Volume II' transports me straight back to being a kid when this was one of the small amount of records I owned* (how times have changed...).

There are some great tracks on here including Freda Payne's Band of Gold, Lonely Days by The Bee Gees, Jimmy Cliff's Wild World, Lynn Anderson with Rose Garden, The Osmonds One Bad Apple and Lally Stott's bubblegum classic Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. I wasn't as keen on Reg Lindsay's Armstrong and Black & Blue by Chain, but you don't care when you're a kid, you just take it all in - well, that was in the days of vinyl, these days the young'uns might not be so forgiving as it's easier to skip a track on a CD. Oh, it's also got Elton John doing Your song and Bobby Sherman (on the cover sitting in a crazy hand-chair) and his hit-0-rama Julie, Do Ya Love Me?

Featured as well on the cover is Lynn Anderson all bedroom eyes and a blonde mane, Freda Payne with her slightly quizzical head tilt, floral top and choker and the band Flake (nothing to do with the chocolate bar or fish that I'm aware of) sitting on some ugly chairs holding two fencing swords. They also have an ottoman, a ye-olde oil lamp and a stuffed dog toy that is made to look half asleep (one eye open) who also has a daisy on its head. Under the title is an geometric circluar pattern (possibly made to resemble a target) and the whole thing is textured which I used to find quite fascinating. What can I say, when you're young you have the time to really go into the detail of these covers...

Also on the back cover is an ad for the Record Selector - "the new space age device for storing and selecting your favourite records" (this prescence, and the K-Tel logo down the bottom, suggest that Majestic was either a front or sub-label/franchise of K-Tel) - I have a Record Selector by the way, a modern marvel, but they do tend to destroy the bottom of the record sleeve. There's also an encouragement for the music lover to purchase 25 Polka Greats which is "NOW ON SALE" in case you were in any doubt - a sales pitch my family, at least, resisted.

*Well... technically it belonged to one of my sisters, but it became mine.

Farewell to "The most exciting woman in the world"

Sad news to report - Eartha Kitt has passed away. The cause was colon cancer. She was 81.
Some years ago I met Eartha Kitt at a signing here at the MYER deprtment store in Melbourne, Australia. She signed this postcard for me and I also presented her with my copy of "The Fabulous Eartha Kitt & The Maurice Levine Orchestra". She accidentally dropped her gold texta marker whilst preparing to sign the record, and after collecting it and checking it hadn't left a mark on her outfit she looked me in the eye and said "You excite me young man."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Music: Vanilla Beans

Some pop perfection and a genius video, Japanese pop cuties Vanilla Beans with "Nicola". Great choreography and butterflies too. Prepare for multiple plays!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Music: Pizzicato Five's Inspirations

I found these on the net - they're a great look into some of the record sleeve inspirations of the now defunkt ever-great Japanese pop band Pizzicato Five. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Music: The Gloo Girls

I'd forgotten all about the Gloo Girls. I saw them in a fanzine a long time ago and thought I should try and find their records (I was never able to, but I think I've just managed it thanks to the Internet).

Check them out - they're great!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Artist: Juan Calogero

I haven't been able to find out much info about the artist Juan Calogero, or even much of his art, but I love the print shown in Jonathan Adler's book and when I went looking for it I managed to find this one instead, which is also great.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Record Fair: Camberwell

I did nicely, thanks for asking.

Bargains galore, Marc & the Mambas "Untitled" for $3 is hard to beat, but I also found 2 Century 21 records for $5 each ("Marina Speaks" & "A Trip To Marineland").

Some other purchases were -

Dean Martin - The Silencers
The Charlie Byrd Quartet - Let Go
Jonathan & Darlene Edwards - Sing Along With
The Sandpipers (S/T)
Billy Vaughan - the Windmills of Your Mind (who can resist any version of that song?)
Bobby Sherman - A Portrait of Bobby
and Shelly Manne & His Friends - Contemporary (which I bought mostly for this cover)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Movie: The Ambushers (1967)

Making it quite clear that Austin Powers was a (first movie at least, and rather clever) composite of ideas plundered from 60's spy movies here's The Ambushers, one of the (I think, 4) Matt Helm spy-taculars. This one is brimming with Carry-on worthy double-entendres and lame (read that tragically funny) sex jokes with leathery, over-tanned and probably drunk Dino incomprehensibly irresistible to the hordes of bikini-clad babes a third of his age. There is a notable absence of any attractive males in the film, which might have been deliberate to make Dino the alpha-stud - I'm just saying...

Anyway, Austin Powers - ok, just two examples - there's a bra that fires bullets (although this actually was potentially copied from the 1965 film La Decima Vittima where Ursula Andress is likewise attired with such a firing garment).

The dialogue for its introduction:

Linda: It's not a gun, Mr. Helm. It's the new weapon they gave me, developed right here in our labs.

Matt Helm: Developed pretty well, too!

Linda: May I point out...

Matt Helm: You already do!

Linda: ...that that's why you're here. To become familiar with our latest equipment.

Matt Helm: You right. An agent should always keep *abreast* of the times!

You get the idea, and if you don't immediately repeat 12 "Oh I Saaay!"-s to Kenneth Williams, the great god of the double-entendre. For more Austin-isms I submit the name Lovey Kravzit, which surely must have lead the way for Meyer's more graphic Allota Fagina.

The Ambushers is FUN, with a great soundtrack (which I would love to track down) and the go-go theme sung by Boyce & Hart and all the music by the superb Hugo Montenegro. What also helps this one along are the two lead females - Sheila Sommers, played by Janice Rule and Francesca Madeiros played by Senta Berger. Both leads add much-needed female strength to the film and don't spend their time throwing themselves at Helm like most of the women in the film, and apparently the entire planet, do. Both are also surprisingly complex characters for a film of this ilk, Madeiros as the femme fatale and Sommers as his Emma Peel - and both prove an equal, if not better, to Helm.

Dino seems to saunter his way through the film, even in the action scenes, as if the next martini is just out of the frame. With wise-cracking cool even when staring down the barrel of a gun his Helm is the stuff of storybooks, and makes the movie even more fun. Oh, and there's a mincing- stereotype hairdresser. I know some of my people get upset about stuff like that, but I find it pathetically funny.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Favourite Record Covers: LiLiPuT

They did so many good sleeves. This one has a little clay community in a desert setting, and who can ever get enough of that?

My Favourite Record Covers: Belle & Sebastian - Jonathan David

A bit 60's, a bit Roman Empire and totally great cover (and single). Most of B+S's covers are crushworthy and also iconic on a Smiths level, but this is my favourite.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My Favourite Record Covers: Unrest - Perfect Teeth

More portraiture, this time an monochromatic uncluttered photo of British journalist/musician/singer/indie goddess Cath Carroll (taken by Robert Mapplethorpe) with Unrest written in a graphic '70s style font. The hat dates this photo a little, but in a good way. Spookily, her eyes follow you around the room.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My Favourite Record Covers: Grenadine - Goya

This is the first post in a series of my favourite album covers, starting with Goya by Grenadine (Shimmy Disc 1992). I love the classic portraiture - meets advertising - meets high school prom - meets quasi-religiousness - of it all. I've never tried anything from the GOYA range of products they are so lovingly displaying, but this album makes me want to!
Grendine was an indie super group comprised of Mark Robinson (Unrest), Jenny Toomey (Tsunami) and Rob Christiansen (Eggs) and it's is also a superb album full of great and often quite weird-pop songs ("Fillings" for example, which draws a parallel between romance and Dentistry) . I prefered this album to the follow up (Nopalitos) but I really should reassess it now as it's been years since I last played it. It also had a nice cover in a similar style - but it wasn't quite Goya.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

MTA Service Specialists

These 4 New York gals have taken it upon themselves to improve the Public Transport experience by becoming MTA Service Specialists and randomly appear on subway trains providing customer assistance. One of their prime motivations is to teach transport courtesy, encouraging riders to take responsibility for their behaviour and reminding travellers of basic courtesy tips - feet off the seats, giving seats to the elderly, etc... Oh, and they do it in their home made retro stewardess styled outfits. These women are not paid or employed by NY transport, they give up their own time in order to help improve the transport experience.

I wish we could have them here in Melbourne. Perhaps then we could see the end of odorous takeaway and much-too-loud mobile phone calls on PT.
Visit their website at

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Record: Methods of Dance

Methods of Dance (and M.O.D. Vol 2) were two compilations released by Virgin in 1981 and 1982 respectively. The first one especially was like gold to me back then, and it still sounds great today. It included somewhat remixed, or just great sounding versions, of songs by B.E.F. (Groove Thang), Devo (Going Under), D.A.F. (Der Mussolini), Magazine (The Great Man's Secret), Japan (The Art of Parties 12"), Simple Minds (Love Song) and others. It was also notable for the "special edit" of The Human League's Do Or Die Dub which I'm pretty sure was unavailable otherwise at that time. There's also some entertaining sleeve notes by Paul Morley and as a compilation to sum up the times it's hard to better.

I was less excited about Volume 2 due to the inclusion of a bunch of bands I didn't care as much for (I-Level, Culture Club, China Crisis, Rip, Rig & Panic), but it still has DAF (Kebab Traume), Simple Minds (Soundtrack For Every Heaven), The Men (AKA - The Human League, with I Don't Depend On You) and British Electric Foundation doing Bowie's 'Secret Life of Arabia' - with guest vocalist, the excellent Billy Mackenzie.

A compiled CD has just surfaced in the UK, which features most of the tracks - but according to Amazon UK, DAF & Fingerprintz from the first album miss out, as do DAF and I-Level from Vol 2; instead there's some extras that were not on the original releases - Richard Strange (International Language), Devo (Speed Racer) and Allez Allez (with the rather lovely Flesh & Blood). I've read that the Paul Morley sleeve notes are also not included and it's good this is out, although a shame that the albums couldn't be preserved in their original formats (especially the DAF tracks which will be a big loss), but I guess that's music rights for you. Nice job on the cover though.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Designer: Jonathan Adler

I've banged on before about Johnathan Adler (in ye olde Toolybird blog), but I want to go there again, not just because he's fantastic, but because there's a new reality show on Arena called Welcome To The Parker. The Parker is a ritzy hotel in Palm Beach USA which was designed reception desk to pool by J.A. I recognised some of the suites from pictures in his style-bible - My Prescription For Anti-Depressive Living (which I picked up on Amazon for a paltry amount, something mad like $4 or thereabouts).

Anyway, if you've got Arena on your TV you could do worse than check it out. In one of the episodes J.A. comes to stay at The Parker, so that should be fun. He brings his dog, Liberace, seen here looking adorable as always.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Scopitone: Nino Tempo & April Stevens

This is great fun, some suave easy-pop from this cool duo (and siblings). April reminds me of Pizzicato 5's Nomiya Maki in this clip.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Zine: Craphound 7

I found Issue 7 of Sean Tejaratchi's clip-art zine CRAP HOUND at Sticky Institute today. I love this thing, it's clearly a great labour (and "of love") to put it together as he tracks down masses of graphics (I refuse to call it clip art, lest you get the same slightly sick feeling I get from that term) on a particular theme and painstakingly arranges them into brilliant layouts; layouts that must take as much work as finding the images in the first place.

Issue 7's theme is CHURCH AND STATE PART ONE and it's the first edition in, I believe, 9 years.
There's one copy left at Sticky.
On your marks.
Get set.

Monday, August 4, 2008

TV: Adventure Island

I've been reading a book about British Cult Children's TV shows and it got me thinking about Adventure Island here in Australia. I used to watch this regularly, I think, I mean, I was a very tender age when it was on, and to be honest I can really only remember a few bits and pieces from the show - Nancy Cato, or more likely Sue Donovan, reading the story, the village with the Pandas, Flowerpot and Clown. Oh, and of course Miser Meanie . It's not a lot of a memory really, but I know that my little-tacker self was quite besotted with this show (and Andy Pandy, but that's another post).

Anyways, best I can do at the moment is offer a few pictures. I do have a record album and book of the show which I'll endeavour to dig up and scan. If I get really modern and find some spare time I'll see if I can convert some the album to mp3 for some "sharing" as the kids call it. Then we can be modern together.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Eurovision: Second Semi-Final

First up - mystery solved - the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France & Serbia will premiere their songs in the final - so there will be some new material. The commentators explained that they automatically qualify for the finals as the first 4 bank roll the contest and Serbia were the previous winners. Seems a bit dodgy, but there you go. I can’t wait to see Sebastien Tellier’s song for France, and how will the UK top the camp-o-rama of Skooch from last year. Let's hope they don't wear silver, there's so much of it this year.

Well, there was a suitably odd opening including a half-man/half-horse emcee and some blue/green painted people before this year's Will & Grace hosts appeared to usher us into the exciting round 2.

The songs:

  • Iceland – I always expect big things from Iceland due to the fact that a) it’s a bizarre place and b) they gave us Björk. However, I wasn’t expecting an Erasure techno-anthem. I think there’s a good chance this one could win, but I would have liked something more outré.

  • Sweden – Again, the home of ABBA, so they’ve got a lot to live up to. Was a bit disappointing although I liked that they used a microphone. Tony asked “Have I heard this before?” “A thousand times” I responded. Stephen Fry eat your heart out.

  • Turkey – A disappointing Bon Jovi-ish stadium rock but there was some serious arched eyebrow work from the singer.

  • Ukraine – This was good. A glittery Taylor Dane styled singer backed up by 4 dancers who started the song in Perspex boxes. Great staging, a less formulaic song (which is a noticeable problem this year) and fun electronic noises at the end of each verse line that they worked into the choreography. Deserves top 5, if not the win.

  • Lithuania – Where to start? The hair. The Leather pants. The painfully off-key voice. The hand jewelry. Make it stop. Worst song in the contest so far.

  • Albania – A tawdry ballad sung by a 16 year old singer with a great name – Olta Boka. We talked through most of it which should tell you something.

  • Switzerland – The first half was a piano based ballad that morphs into a better song mid-way through, although overshadowed by the unpleasant lead vocals, which were overshadowed by the great backing vocalists, some of which were working huge Toyah type hair-do’s. You decide what to make of it.

  • Czech Republic – More silver cossies (I neglected to note the others, but it is like an epidemic this year), tres Spice Girls-y as the energetic, sun-sational (read that – over-tanned) quintet struggled to keep some sort of vocal control over the cluttered backing track and completely unnecessary interjections from the “dj” at the back. A mess.

  • Belarus – ‘Hasta La Vista’ – a Ricky Martin title for a Ricky Martin style song. More silver mini-dresses, more leather pants and this time some star-studded orbs to dance on and around. Hasta La Vista indeed.

  • Latvia – Pirates of the Sea, singing a disco shanty called ‘Wolves of the Sea’. Dressed as pirates. Is the song most likely to stick in my head this year though (not a good thing) – much like the dreadful ‘We Are the Winners of Eurovision’ from 2007 which still haunts me at a low ebb. Horrid. Unbelievably, this got through to the final.

  • Croatia – Cabaret with some old blokes, a Spanish-ish dancer and accordions. Was a respite after the relentlessly hysterical songs until it turned into one at the end.

  • Bulgaria – Back to the power-pop – strobes, a break-dancer and a super-long instrumental introduction had me thinking there might not be vocals on this one. Not so, as it turned into a catchy pop song and then sort of combined the different intro bit. Strange but alright. They had turntables with fire on them which was probably symbolic of, well, I’ve no idea really.

  • Denmark – Predictable song and lyrics anyone could have written. Includes yet another “please make this song interesting” chord change. The singer really sold this fluff though.

  • Georgia – ‘Peace Will Come’. The singer is blind and looked a little like Elaine from Seinfeld. I liked the outrageous sunglasses she was wearing. Best thing about the song was the incredibly swift costume change from their black post-apocalyptic fashions to white ‘peace’ attire. I’m still not sure how they did it so fast. They’re in the final, so look out for the giant parachute/sheet that waves over them for the split-second costume change.

  • Hungary – Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Malta – I think I was running out of stamina at this stage, all I recall is lots of dancing and 16-story notes. Called ‘Vodka’, I probably could have used one by then.

  • Cyprus – Some serious scalloped collar work going on and another quick change. This song was a bit of a missed opportunity, after the ok intro it turned into a 60’s spy/cabaret thing with some great choreography and staging, but then took some musical turns to its detriment.

  • F.Y.R. Macedonia – Rap and a screeching diva. None for me thanks (although points for the use of crazy false eyelashes and male knee socks).

  • Portugal – I found this somewhat tune-impaired, overly dramatic and completely un-involving – it got through though, so it’s me against the voters again it seems.

The winner of the first Eurovision appeared to announce the call to start voting. Was a bit strange as she (seriously) asked the audience to give her a standing ovation (which they didn’t) and when the time came to start the voting she didn’t seem to know what was going on. Weird.

So – tonight’s the big one. Get the Kettle crisps ready.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Eurovision: First Semi-Final

It seems to come around faster every year, but really people, could it ever come fast enough. I've said it before, but it's our Grand Final and some of the best fun you can have with a TV show.

Last night was the first semi-final; this year there are so many entries that there are two semi-finals, and the winners from the semis go into the grand final on Sunday night (Australian TV delayed time). Although I love the idea of three big Eurotastic nights, it does deflate the excitement of seeing a whole batch of unseen entries in the final, I'm not sure if there will be any new contestants in the final (like last year where about half were). If so, hopefully the organisers will pull something out to make sure that the opening and voting time entertainment is spectacular.

This year's Eurotainment is book-ended by Julia Zemiro who seems like a great choice for the task. I only hope her Eurovision character Brovna makes an appearance (SBS might be saving her up for the final).

So, on to the show...

- The brief, black and white swingle-singers-ish, opening was somewhat arresting in a comical/sixties way. This lead into the opening number that started off with a grand display of the amazing video backdrop and catwalks, but then lead into an unspectacular opening number with a slightly off-key brass band who provided strange versions of Congratulations, Waterloo and Volare. I found the blue and red people a bit unsettling.

- Hosts - where do they find them? Once again a male female combo resembling Will & Grace. Is it in a contract somewhere? Great accents and the usual level of delirious enthusiasm. All in all - great.

The songs:

  • Montengro - A bland start.
  • Israel - Emotive boy-bandy, best left alone.
  • Estonia - Comical, sorry "comical" with three guys in primary colour suits being ker-azy. A couple of barely clad beauties managed the oversized props and were no doubt there as some sort of distraction. Not terrible, but not good.
  • Moldova - Apologies to the good people of Moldova (and I know you'll be reading this), but I've found it hard to forgive you for the "Granny Plays The Drums" entry a few years back - until now. Their 2008 entry is a nice bossanova piece with smooth vocals - very pleasing and a nice change of pace. The only let-down was the poor staging - the sofa and the teddy bear didn't do anything for the song.
  • San Marino - Have they been in it before? I can't recall. A bit overblown.
  • Belgium - O Villisy, or something - apparently in a made-up language, so I don’t care if the title is wrong. It was cute and the back up singers looked like air hostesses.
  • Azerbaijan - Spectacularly bonkers, sort of a heaven vs hell/angels vs demons thing, and all up a bit like a Marilyn Manson tribute at a theatre restaurant. At one stage the (then) black-clad demon guy pours a glass of red liquid over a female dancer, all I could think was - who will have to clean that up?
  • Slovenia - I think they were showing a woman oppressed by the patriarchy, or possibly by her dress, but you'll be pleased to know she turns it all around and oppresses the patriarchy back in a lime green skirt, purple waistcoat and kicky heels. Very Italo-disco.
  • Norway - Female version of a boy-band, if that makes any sense at all (meaning, they were more Boyzone than Girls Aloud). An unexciting pop number though.
  • Poland - The singer, who I believe is American, looked like Dontella Versace with plastic looking super-white teeth. Awful diva anthem song, I went to brush my teeth at this stage.
  • Ireland. Oh god. Not enjoyable on any level with a rapping puppet turkey on lead vocals and a cast of crazy hams in boas. What were they thinking?
  • Andorra - Everything you expect Eurovision to be - glitzy outfits, pop music, mad headgear and a key change (if memory serves). Thanks ladies.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - Had a lot of elements that could have made it a shocker - it's wacky for a start (always bad), costumes like L'il Abner meets a Russian Wedding and all manner of face-pulling - but.. it's an interesting track, and my favourite of the night. If you close your eyes and ignore the Bob Downe-alike singer it was almost Brit-pop.
  • Armenia - Off-key in a fringey frock.
  • The Netherlands - Poptastic like Andorra, maybe it was they who had the key change?
  • Finland - Haven't we been here before? Finnish Heavy metal. Will probably win.
  • Romania - Awful, Renee and Renata type ballad, my most hated style off music, well, except for Football songs.
  • Russia - Dull,but creative use of the stage, overhead shots etc...). The sort of ballad they seem to love in Asia, hideous, but fun to see an ice skater on the Eurovision stage.
  • Greece - Clunky, sounded like it was written by a machine.

    I'll be back tomorrow with the second semi-final recap...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

TV Music: Ren & Stimpy Production Music

This is unbelieveable.
Courtesy of Kirk Demarais' excellent Secret Fun Blog you can download for free over 100 pieces of excellent mid-century and mid-century-ish music used in the Ren & Stimpy cartoons.

It's a brilliant collection and even comes with specially designed cover.

I chose to use the Sendspace download (see link on the blog page) to get them all in one big zip file. Enjoy!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Movie: The 10th Victim

I found this by accident and what a treat it is - and Mike Meyers, you got some 'splainin' to do! You'll see a lot of Austin Powers 'influence' in this trippy Italian spy craziness. Stars Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni having a ball in a cat and mouse game of seduction and sabotage. It's like Bond on LSD.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

TV Show: Honey West

I found the complete DVD set of Honey West at for about $24 Australian and my, what a treat it is. I'd not seen this before, so it was a bit of a punt, but judged on the reviews which mentioned The Avengers, mod outfits, judo and that she was a PI with a pet ocelot, well, it was pretty likely it would find an appreciative audience at chez Bird. And it has. We've only watched the first episode at this stage - The Swinging Mrs Jones - and we're already hooked.
West is played by actress Anne Francis who is best known for her role in Forbidden Planet. She has an Honor Blackman/Cathy Gale air about her and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the creators of Veronica Mars had a memory of this show. Her detecting partner, Sam Bolt (John Ericson) sets up a frisson of romantic will-they-won't-they but I'm reliably assured her only true love is her pet ocelot, Bruce.
This is marvellous fun that fans of campy crime shows should seek out. We watched it off the back of an especially pants episode of Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew's Love Match) which only served to highlight how good Honey was.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

TV: Look Around You

This British comedy program finally turned up on TV in Australia about a month ago on UKTV. It's jolly fun as it spoofs those 70's educational shows those of a certain age (me) watched at school and at home (programs like The Curiosity Show as seen in Australia). Despite taking the themes (Ghosts, Music, Helath, Sport etc...) to ludicrous ends, they've obviously a great affection for the original style of these programs. The music by 'Gelg' is another highlight. There's a website here and if you'd like to sample the music of Gelg it can be heard under the title Synthesised Music here.
Thanks Ants. Thants.