Lucky Seventh?

Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records and the man who signed Oasis in the first place, reviews their latest album. Some choice lines:

[…]a band with more personality and more amusing quips than any British band for at least 10 years […]

Indeed. Quips hardly get better than “I hope you catch AIDS and die”, nor do retorts rarely take wing and soar to such heights as “fuck you, you fucking fuck”.

And but a paragraph later, Alan wonders:

Maybe it is their the lucky seventh album? The Beatles and the Stones released Revolver and Beggar’s Banquet respectively, both were album number seven, and Dig Out Your Soul is on a par of with both in terms of classic songwriting.

No, it’s not.

Dig Out Your Soul is the sound of one of Britain’s greatest bands at play.

No, it’s not.

Look, I haven’t heard anything off the album, but no matter: I can still state categorically that there is absolutely no chance on God’s green earth that either Gallagher brother has come up with – or ever will – anything to rival Revolver.

UPDATE: In fairness, I’ve now had the chance to listen to the damn thing. I will say it’s not unlike Metallica’s Death Magnetic – an entirely OK batch of songs that fans won’t feel embarrassed to defend. And for both bands, that may be enough for now.

30.09.2008 • Permalink

The Nays Have It

The $700 million bailout was voted down today. Apparently, Nancy Pelosi made a “partisan speech” that ticked off the republicans. She apparently had the gall to point out that:

“Democrats insisted that legislation responding to this crisis must protect the American people and Main Street from the meltdown on Wall Street.”

Boo! Hiss! How dare she suggest the people who created the financial crisis in the first place be required to actually act responsibly with the taxpayer’s money that they’re begging for in order to alleviate their own fuckup? Not content with that outrage, Pelosi also callously mentioned

“the costs of the Bush Administration’s failed economic policies – policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision, and no discipline in the system.”

Darn liberals. Don’t they know this is Clinton’s fault? Either way, it makes me ask:

1) Who’s surprised? This smells like a set-up. McCain’s been looking more and more ridiculous every week. The GOP obviously needs something to blame on liberals, because they don’t actually have anything else to offer. Rest assured we’ll be hearing about how the democrats sold out the American people over DIRTY POLITICS 24/7 during the next five weeks.

2) How exactly has the GOP managed to portray themselves as the “strong” party over the years? They sound like bitchy, whiny kids. Honestly: If you can’t deal with a pretty innocuous remark from the speaker of the house, how are you supposed to deal with terrorists? By invading New Zealand this time?

3) Why the outrage on W’s behalf? The GOP ops have been doing their damndest to keep him out of the picture this whole election, due to him being such a spectacular fuckup that even hardcore republicans are embarrassed. Is it really a good strategy to embrace him now?

Anyway, I shouldn’t pretend to really understand any of this, because I don’t. But I’m sure this will be a net positive for McCain either way.

30.09.2008 • Permalink

OK, so Microsoft released some very strange ads with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. As ads, they were incomprehensible, but they got you talking, so in the sense of “there is NO bad publicity”, they were very successful.

All of a sudden, they were yanked and replaced with a direct response to Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ad. Now, it’s a well done ad and everything, but Microsoft has 90% of the market, so playing the underdog seems both disingenuous and … petty, I guess. Microsoft copying Apple is hardly news, but like I said, they have 90% of the market. How about something along the lines of “Hey, 90% of the world uses me. Blow me, Apple.” Just saying.

Still, maybe this will convince Apple to lay the “I’m a Mac” campaign to rest. They’ve been running long enough, and are getting sort of long in the tooth if you ask me. I’ve been using Apple half my life and even I thing they’re too snarky.

Also: They’re all PCs!!! Personal Computer. PC. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

19.09.2008 • Permalink