Friday, December 12, 2003

Random thoughts about topical stuff
Paris Hilton isn't hot - she's 'handsome' in a very WASPy way with that aristocratic long nose and colouring that's a Nazi's wet dream but she doesn't come within 25 nautical miles of turning me on, no matter how lewd I hear she has been on camera.

Ditto Britney Spears (the dancing, prancing antiseptic swab, as a critic once described Kylie Minogue) and that faux-lesbian posing with Madonna, the latter of whom seems to have settled down to writing English-themed children's books. Can't complain about that. And unlike Britney, even though she isn't really a musician but a media-savvy performance artist, the woman can sing rather well. (And I heard her show off her guitar lessons on a chat show once and was impressed.) Evita was out of her league, though. Of all her phases and sounds, I think my favourite FWIW was her Indian one a few years back - when she cheesed off real Hindus by wearing a bindi on her forehead. At least she isn't abusing sacramentals anymore and is 'more honest' in her apostasy, being into Kabbalah and all that.

That wonderful PBS concert 'This Land Is Our Land' reminded me that there are no anthemic pop songs for this decade or even this half of it - just jingles and junk to sell today and forget tomorrow, rather like when Merv Griffin and ’is loverly bunch of coconuts and Patti Page - arf arf - topped the charts in the early ’50s, or when no-talent Fabian and suchlike flooded the airwaves around 1960, separating baby-boomer teens from their allowances. But the late ’50s still had Elvis and Chuck Berry. There is no 'song of my generation' for the early Oughties - yet? (How about a cover of 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?') The early 1960s had beautiful songs like Pete Seeger's 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' (if Mr Bush's minders are visited by three ghosts this Christmas, I hope they sing that loud in harmony); the late ’60s had voices like Scott McKenzie's. The ’70s had Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall' (covering a lot of the same ground - a kind of social history of England, including WWII - Ray Davies and the Kinks did in 1969's 'Arthur' only more successfully), and the ’80s at least had a recognizable sound, that so-modern-it's-now-dated synth thing. The ’90s had Nirvana.

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