Word #12

Issue 12

February 2004

Cover star – Elvis Presley

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Word shuffle

1)      P123 – 2nd page of 2 page review of Sting’s autobiography by Dorian Lynskey. “Sting’s writing is thoughtful but overworked. Professing a desire to ‘remake the drab prose of my life into some kind of transcendent poetry’, he employs an arsenal of rhetorical affectations which obscure rather than enhance. An early morning walk is a ‘peregrination’. Mr Wilson, Sting’s lecherous boss at the Inland Revenue is ‘tied to his work station like a sad Priapus in the temple of the senses’ and Sting, returning from a frustrating cruise ship engagement, is somehow Odysseus. You suspect he can’t even erect some shelves without comparing himself to Hercules”

2)      P49 – 6th page of a 7 page article on Christopher Guest and his films by Mark Ellen.

3)      P103– a page of adverts for various compilation CDs, the Mighty Wind soundtrack album (exec producer – T Bone Burnett) and Joan Baez’s ‘Dark Chords’ tour.

4)     P98– a page of album reviews for Count Basie, Ryan Adams, Eric B & Rakim, the Donnie Darko OST and Gary Jules. The latter two are combined and reviewed by Jude Rogers. The Word verdict? “Two very different albums – a chillingly beautiful soundtrack and a collection of middling folk workouts – sharing one extraordinary song.”

5)      P80– the title page for Danny Baker’s piece praising the Seventies with a small picture of him working at One Stop records accompanying the piece. As listeners to his radio shows know, he often likes to say he was a good-looking young chap – he isn’t lying.

Interesting – Mark E Smith on current music he’s listening to: “I’m touring with my band at the moment so I asked them to get a list together. Save me some work. All they managed was Kool Keith.”

Stuart Maconie declares that “If the Eighties had only produced The Smiths, it would be a decade worth treasuring.”

The much-missed Linda Smith is interviewed by Sian Pattenden. “I did a show recently in Chiddingly in East Sussex. In the hall there was a list of of Women’s Institute events that had been on there recently. One of them was a show called Fun With Serviettes, presented by Mrs Minnie Peerless. I really want to see this show now, but I can’t find any trace of it. I’ve tried the internet, and if anyone knows when her next gig is, that would really help me a lot. I believe she’s in the middle of a tour. I can’t say I’ve ever had fun with a serviette, so it’s something I could go for.” After reading this, I’ve been trying to do some detective work too; sadly, after all these years the trail remains cold. Anyone got any news on this?

Longer article –interview with the ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ star by Paul Zimmerman, carried out shortly before her first season in ‘ER’ was shown on UK screens.

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