October 18th, 2010

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

More Doctor Who casting to be a bit excited about.

In a bit of news I missed (from about a month ago), Daniel Mays is going to be in the next series of Doctor Who, a fact which should please anyone who enjoyed his performance as Jim Keats in the final series of Ashes to Ashes.

Also, Andrew Tiernan, who's done a ton of stuff, but I still think of him as Lenny Spearfish from the 1999 Jonathan Creek episode, has a part in episode 4.

ETA: And I notice Suranne Jones is in the Christmas special this year. I'm kind of enjoying her in Single Father, so that's also a welcome addition to the cast.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Crying

Just listening to Toby Hadoke's Moths ate my Doctor Who Scarf, and I have to admit - bits of it make me cry a bit. Tears of nostalgia and joy, not tears of sadness, though.

This song has a similar effect. Yes, you've probably already seen it, but if you're one of the few who hasn't - check it out. It rather rocks.

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

I probably shouldn't think about things *this* much...

...but I'm a pedant, okay?

I've noticed an ad for Robbie Williams' new greatest hits compilation, In and Out of Consciousness.

It makes much of the fact that he's celebrating 20 years in music. The CD cover even states, "The Greatest Hits 1990 - 2010".

Now...that's not strictly true.

I mean, sure, he joined Take That in 1990, but they didn't start releasing records until 1991 - and their first real, landmark, make-an-impression-on-the-public release was It Only Takes A Minute, released in June 1992. [He says, checking on Wiki.] So really, properly, 20 years in music, but only 18 years of actual hits.

But then the album itself focuses almost exclusively on Robbie's solo career (I assume all the tracks are bona fide hits, or at the very least single releases; I haven't the time to check). Of the 39 tracks present on the very generous double CD, there are, admittedly, two recent co-writes with Gary Barlow, but the only two pre-1997 tracks are Take That's Everything Changes from 1994, and Robbie's cover of George Michael's Freedom, from 1996. The latter, granted, is its first time on one of Robbie's albums, but the former is hardly representative of the many hits Robbie enjoyed during his time with Take That.

So, to my mind, the "Greatest Hits 1990 - 2010" is a bit of a fib, really. Not massively so, but enough that I kinda feel the ad, and the wording on the release itself, is a bit of a cheat. If I felt more strongly about it, I'd consider contacting the ASA about it...

And don't get me started on Ultimate Pet Shop Boys, which is hardly "ultimate," more "selected highlights of their career to date" (although the bonus DVD that comes with the special edition looks like it should be rather nice).
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Thoughts...

Given that Mitch Benn's imminent single is Proud of the BBC, and Toby Hadoke's imminent touring show is Now I know my BBC, and they presumably cover similar ground, I'm kind of wondering if some sort of collaboration could be arranged. It should happen.

Incidentally, I notice that Mr Hadoke is still playing Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf on a few occasions - Saturday 11th December in Tonbridge is an interesting possibility as Sarah and I are in Kent that weekend but I don't know whether we'll be busy on the Saturday evening, or Friday 19th November in Cirencester is an intriguing possibility and near enough to Doctor Who's 47th birthday that it could be pleasantly geeky...not sure I'd relish the drive there and back, but *meh*