Got my hair cut over the weekend. I decided that when random youths on the street start shouting “Wolverine!” at you it’s probably time to get your sideburns trimmed at the very least.

I quite liked Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. A post-regeneration episode is never going to give you a proper look at the new version, but I approve so far. I must note however that they should have included some kind of explanation as to why the dinosaur was almost as tall as the Elizabeth Tower – I’m fairly certain that theropods never got that big.

I also really like the latest single from Bertie Blackman, Run For Your Life. It has a ominous, mysterious sound to it that puts me in mind in equal parts of the Cure and Halogen’s On a Bridge, with a comparatively triumphant, soaring chorus that resolves some of the tension from the verses. For some reason it also reminds me of Terry Dowling’s Blue Tyson novels – if they ever turned them into a movie (a prospect in equal parts fantastic, terrifying and unlikely) I’d lobby for it to be on the soundtrack. Have a listen!

That is all.

Midnight Lullaby

Robert Smith’s unexpected vocal clone

On the radio this morning there was a discussion about people suffering from musical confusion – you know, when you think a song is by one artist and it turns out to be by another? One of the stories that came up was from someone who went to a party where everyone except him insisted that Come on Eileen was by…. wait for it… The Cure.


This was so gobsmackingly ridiculous that I couldn’t believe it. I mean can you imagine Robert Smith, in dungarees, strutting along singing Eileen! Too-ra-taloo-ri-ay! ? But then they played a bit of it, and blow me down if the lead singer of Dexys Midnight Runners (a certain Kevin Rowland, Wikipedia informs me) doesn’t sound exactly like Robert Smith!

Have a listen for yourself, it’s freaking uncanny!

If your main exposure to the Cure was Friday I’m in Love then it’s probably not such a stretch to attribute Eileen to them as well.

You learn something every day!

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