The Snow In The Summer or So-So

The Snow In The Summer or So-So

Sat 27 May 2006

Things to Hear and See

A quick burst of MediaFilter, I think. Certainly worth your while catching the Countdown finals week. The first quarter-final, in particular, made for cracking television, and the semis and final were played in a wonderfully optimistic spirit. Congratulations to the winner, who is impressive beyond words. He's hot at the numbers, too. Repeats on More4 lunchtimes from 1 June.

Punt and Dennis's It's Been a Bad Week returned on Thursday. (Real Audio™ link, will expire 01.06.06.) Schaudenfraude for the rest of us, with some Eurovision jokes crowbarred in.

Desmond Adolphus Dacres, the reggae pioneer who found fame under the name Desmond Dekker, has, as you'll have gathered by the construction of this sentence, died at the age of 64. A friend of Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker recorded such classics as Rudy got soul, 007 (Shanty town), and You can get it if you really want. He'll be best remembered for two iconic television commercials of the 1980s - one was all about margarine spreading on some bread, sir, the other was for drop-out free video cassettes, and both were sung to his 1969 number one hit My ears are alight.

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci has ceased to be a recording act. Chartwatchers will know them as the most valiant failures - four single releases in 1996 and 97, four top 50 singles, none of them in the top 40, and that's the marker of success.

Jessica Duchen takes a pop at Young Musician and Eurovision. Ms Duchen seems to forget that YM is one of the few opportunities for the non-digital viewer to see classical music before midnight; and that Eurovision is the only chance to showcase the tremendous variety of popular music from across a tremendously diverse continent.

posted 27 May 2006, 12.07 +0100


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