Word #16



Issue 16

June 2004

Cover star – Rock music in the movies

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Word shuffle

1)      P24 – full page advert for Tim Burton’s film ‘Big Fish’. DVDs were still novel enough that the extra features (like the hotly-anticipated ‘Tim Burton Interactive Quiz’) are given prominence in the advert. The film is available “on DVD and video’ “.

2)      P23– 2nd page of a double spread of imaginary album covers by various illustrators and designers. It’s difficult to describe these and the published link to the website they’re from is now dead. Sorry.

3)      P113 – first page of a 2 page review of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. Clark Collis writes that ” ‘Adaptation’ accurately portrayed the writer and his torturous creative process (trust me, I once had the mixed pleasure of interviewing Kaufman: aside from the girth and the profuse sweating, Nic Cage got him pretty much dead-on).” Clark calls this movie his “best writing to date and certainly his most romantic.”

4)      P125 –a whole page review of Mike Figgis’s documentary ‘Red, White & Blues’. Robert Sandall writes that Figgis’s film really works because of “…his easy familiarity with the subject. He played in Bryan Ferry’s pre-Roxy band The Gas Board. Consequently, he knows where to go looking for top stories: Chris Farlowe discovering that what looked like a group of black GI’s cheering him on in a North London club in 1964 were actually Otis Redding and his band; Eric Clapton describing the interracial mayhem at a Flamingo club all nighter in the West End, where he and Mayall’s band had driven from Manchester to play their second show of the night at 4am; Jeff Beck recalling the unforgiving, erratically wired plank that was his first electric guitar aged 10.”

5)      P135 – The regular ‘MyPod’ (“Word’s NEW digital music section”) offers us advice on earbuds for your newly purchased iPods. “Upgrade from the iPod’s thug-magnet white earbuds with these superior sound delivery systems”. Andrew Harrison’s favourites are the Etymotic ER6 noise isolators (approx £120). “You could sit through an earthquake in blissful ignorance in these.” I’m not sure how that works – surely you would still feel the earth move?


Interesting – Kathryn Williams is a big fan of ‘Black Books and particularly fond of Bill Bailey. “I sat next to him on ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks” a while back and I kept touching his knee. He was so lovely and sweet. I think I’ve got a bit of a crush on him.”

In Andrew Harrison’s piece on The Smiths we learn about Mike Joyce’s dreams. “In one, the band is reunited and back onstage. Everyone is in their right positions. Mike sees his friend Johnny turn to him, smiling, and say “Ok, let’s go!”, but Mike doesn’t know what to do anymore. In another, he’s in a theatre watching Johnny’s new band – but in the dream it’s an awful new age ambient outfit with people banging pots and pans, and Johnn’s not playing guitar at all. Afterwards, backstage, Mike tries to get hold of Johnny to tell him the new band’s just arty nonsense and why don’t we get The Smiths back together instead? But then a guitar tech gets in the way, and Mike sees Johnny gradually slip away from him down the corridor.”

In a huge piece on the use of music in movies, Christopher Bray writes about the use of ‘Voodoo Chile’ in ‘Withnail & I’ . “Then, as Jimi lunges into his first power-chord, we cut to a shot outside the car – as it swerves along the motorway, a drunken non-driver at its wheel. Eventually, Withnail is brought to a halt by the cops – cops whose peremptory raps on Withnail’s wind-screen are timed to exactly accompany the sublime plucks and tugs that herald the end of the first movement of  the song.”

In the same article Jane Birkin says she used to enjoy watching her husband, John Barry, compose. “Serge Gainsbourg (Jane’s second husband) was madly jealous of his orchestrations which were absolutely divine. He learnt to score by mathematics when he was doing National Service in Cyprus.”

Longer article – Hilarious piece by Caitlin Moran about growing up with her wanna-be pop star father in Wolverhampton


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