Monday, December 06, 2004

Books, Music and Humour

* The nation's 10 favourite books and there's actually 11. 1984 is an interesting inclusion, panelist noting that it's relevant because of the similarities between Osama and Goldstein (with recent news of him disappearing).
* Don't believe the hype "U2 are probably the most over-rated band in history. Their debut, Boy, was a classic and still sounds fresh and impassioned. Fatally though, they became a band that believed their own (fawning) press and whose egotism has devoured their talent. The Joshua Tree showed what a good guitar group/stadium rock band U2 could be. Sadly, they had the sort of pretensions that usually afflict mediocre American outfits like the Chili Peppers. On Achtung Baby and Zooropa they started plundering other bands' innovations and moving into "dance music" - though only the whitest, geekiest student could dance to them..." Also The Beatles, both Evlii (Elvis Costello and Elvis), Prince, Nirvana, etc.
* The 10 Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time Includes: Ayn Rand's A Selfish Christmas (1951) and The Lost Star Trek Christmas Episode: "A Most Illogical Holiday" (1968).

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