Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Long Dark Thing Of The Whatever

Oh look, 2am, a time when all decent people should be tucked up in bed asleep. Not me. I am tormented by feelings of nausea occasioned by yet another surfeit of Sainsbury's "Taste The Difference" Luxury Mash. Tewkesbury mustard-flavoured this time, mash fans.

Do they really make mustard in Tewkesbury? Where *is* Tewkesbury anyway, and what makes its mustard any more luxurious than mustard from, say, Bourton on the Water? This is just a sample of the myriad pointless thoughts keeping me awake this evening. Not a very representative sample, but still. The world in a grain of sand, etc.

Mashed potato-related woe aside, today was A Good Day. Well actually, it was fucking awful, but in a good way. A splendid lunch was had (many thanks once again to cello for organising) with some Very Important People, including the nation's foremost grammar pedants and comedy writers.

Being such a highbrow convocation and all, not only were the salient issues of the day thrashed out, but the phrase "icy, rocambolesque pop-socks" also received its first - and probably only - outing. I'm not sure the world is ready for that kind of literature yet. Although they do sound like something a frost-covered robot angel might wear if it was trying on shoes in Clarks.

And finally, music-wise, it's time for a change of direction. If I hear one more crushingly beautiful sad song, I'll probably throw myself under the wheels of the E3 as it ploughs towards Greenford. So, any recommendations for happy, life-affirming stuff that will fill me with uncontrollable, soaring joy (not asking for too much here, am I?) will be received with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. Thank you and good night.

10 comments:

Pashmina said...

As it happens, bile and misery are right up my metaphorical boulevard.

On the other hand, as you seem to be on the look-out for something chirpy, you could try the Kaiser Chiefs - they're quite Bluresque and pretty cheerful on the whole. I'm always a bit loathe to recommend music to people in case they think it's rubbish, but I'll stick my neck out for once.

belladona said...

No, no! Not just as I've bought my first Nick Cave cd! Who will I be miserable and grumpy with at 1am?
Though I suppose you could try The Killers. They're the only even faintly cheery thing I've listened to in ages, plus there's the upside that some of the songs seem to be about murdering their girlfriend so it's not TOO happy.

patroclus said...

Ahh, bella, don't you worry, I've still got plenty of misery and grumpiness to share with my fellow nocturnal depressives. So, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Killers, eh? Isn't that what the *young people* listen to? I think I'm going to go with Einstuerzende Neubauten. Nothing like a bit of 1980s German industrial noise to cheer things along. Ooh, and which Nick Cave CD, and are you coming to see him on the 25th Aug?

Pashmina said...

Oh I have to agree about the Killers. Mr Brightside is great, and pretty vindictive. Actually they're better than the Kaiser Chiefs, you should try them first.

belladona said...

Lyre of Orpheus and Abbatoir of whatever-it-is. I think I see what you mean about them, probably best that I don't go and see them. I wouldn't describe myself as terribly balanced as it is. Still, where there's madness there's fun.
I made that up, didn't I?

nibus said...

Yeah, Neubauten will really cheer you up. Also try Tindersticks, Red House Painters, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Dirty Three, Will Oldham and their happy clappy mates, you'll be skipping up and down Acton Lane with rainbow-coloured ribbons before you know it.

james henry said...

I'm semi-ashamed to say I really like the Natasha Bedingfield album. It makes me happy.

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