Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Found this

In the absence of anything substantial here, go visit Pat Kane, who - it seems - has a weblog. It's called 'The Play Ethic', and his 'Soulitarian Book Club' post would be a good place to start.

And also, the next big thing: Little things.


dsquared said...

This looks rather up your alley, Paulie; I still don't agree with your general thesis on the media and politics, but the implicit attempt here to recruit the civil liberties lobby to oppose a fairly sensible social services program (which visibly has nothing to do with authoritarianism) is pretty blatant and really quite extraordinarily irresponsible in its mindless oppositionism.

Pat Kane's an interesting character; I found his book a bit infuriating in its use of the word "ludic" every three sentences, but the marketing community revere him. Hue and Cry have surely got to be ready for a reappraisal by the way - I listened to their first album the other week and it has aged much better than a lot of others from around the time.

Paulie said...

Ta for that Daniel. Yes - the headlines alone persuaded me to ignore that particular story.

Similarly, I noticed that you questioned the reporting on that 'school without a playground' story. Again, the story had the kind of whiff that said 'don't read this, it's not what it seems' about it. So I didn't.

I think that one of the reasons that I hold the views that I do is that I buy a newspaper, look at almost every story, and decide 'that's obviously bollocks'. It's the waste of my money that I object to as much as anything.

Also, I agree with you about Scottish soul. Due a reappraisal.

Apropos of that, I always thought that Deacon Blue were partly victims of a bit of music snobbery as well, though I recognise that this is a controversial view, and I'm not in the mood to be contradicted on it in the comments here.


dsquared said...

hmmm, Deacon Blue, Hue and Cry, Wet Wet Wet, Aztec Camera, Blow Monkeys ... with the Average White Band and Jim Mullen as predecessors and the Fairground Attraction, Del Amitri and the Proclaimers as counterpoint. Particularly due a reappraisal in the current era as post-Franz Ferdinand, all the Jocks appear to be claiming that the representative sound of Scotland during that period was Josef K and Orange Juice, which it absolutely wasn't. I'll do the words if you can find the videos.

The "Best of" Deacon Blue album (and specifically the song "Dignity") has year to date been the cause of the worst incident of marital strife in my household.