these moments that I've had.

Friday, September 26, 2003  


In Time: The Best of REM 1988-2003:

Man on the Moon
The Great Beyond
Bad Day
Whats the Frequency Kenneth?
All the Way to Reno
Losing my Religion
E-Bow the Letter
Orange Crush
Imitation of Life
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
All the Right Friends
Everbody Hurts
At My Most Beautiful

OK, you may not like it. It's considered twee, a bit of a joke. But Shiny Happy People got to number 6 in the UK. Where are all the other missing classics? : Radio Song, the other FOUR singles from Monster, Near Wild Heaven, Drive, Bittersweet Me, I'll Take the Rain.

Tempered annoyance: there will be a Special Edition of "In Time” which features a second disc of rarities and b-sides. Disc two will include the following tracks:

Pop Song ’89 (acoustic b-side of Pop Song ‘89)
Turn You Inside-Out (from Tourfilm)
Fretless (from Until The End Of The World soundtrack)
Chance (dub) b-side from Everybody Hurts
It’s A Free World Baby (from Coneheads soundtrack)
Drive (from Live Greenpeace)
Star Me Kitten (featuring William Burroughs from X-Files)
Revolution (from Batman And Robin soundtrack)
Leave (from A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack)
Why Not Smile (Oxford American version)
The Lifting (demo version b-side from Imitation Of Life)
Beat a Drum (demo version b-side from Imitation of Life)
2JN (b-side from Imitation of Life)
The One I Love (live from The Museum Of Television and Radio)
Country Feedback (live from Wiesbaden, Germany, 2003)

So we get some of those other classics.


Pet Shop Boys - Pop Art : The Hits:

1. Go West
2. Suburbia (video edit)
3. Se a vida e
4. What have I done to deserve this?
5. Always on my mind
6. I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing
7. Home and dry
8. Heart
9. Miracles
10. Love comes quickly
11. It's a sin
12. Domino dancing
13. Before
14. New York City boy (U.S. radio edit)
15. It's alright
16. Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)
17. A red letter day

1. Left to my own devices
2. I don't know what you want but I can't give it any more
3. Flamboyant
4. Being boring
5. Can you forgive her?
6. West End girls
7. I get along (radio edit)
8. So hard
9. Rent
10. Jealousy
11. DJ culture
12. You only tell me you love me when you're drunk
13. Liberation
14. Paninaro '95
15. Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)
16. Yesterday, when I was mad
17. Single-Bilingual
18. Somewhere

1. Can you forgive her? (Rollo mix)
2. So Hard (David Morales Red Zone mix)
3. What have I done to deserve this? (Shep Pettibone mix)
4. West End girls (Sasha mix)
5. Miserablism (Moby Electro mix)
6. Before (Danny Tenaglia Classic Paradise mix)
7. I don't know what you want but I can't give it any more (Peter Rauhoffer New York mix)
8. New York City boy (Lange mix)
9. Young offender (Jam and Spoon Trip-o-matic Fairytale mix)
10. Love comes quickly (Blank and Jones mix)

Every single single.....except....and how difficult would it have been to fit this in there somewhere?...."Was it Worth It?, which got to number 24, their lowest placed single except DJ Culture(Remix)(number 40). One of the two new tracks could have been left off. At least we get another Special Limited Edition Mix CD.

The Pet Shop Boys are not as great as they once were, but there's nothing like a Singles album to rekindle interest.

OK. Thats enough boring you (if you're still with me) with my glorious musical taste. We're off to Blackpool and the Lake District for a week.

Birthdays today: Bryan Ferry:58, Tracey Thorn:41, Serena Williams:22, Jim Caviezel:35, Linda Hamilton:47, Olivia Newton-John:55(!), Anne Robinson:59.


RIP: Robert Palmer died today in Paris, from a heart attack. He was only 54.

posted by Darren | 10:46 PM

Thursday, September 25, 2003  

NTL fucked my evening over last night. No internet connection all evening.

I saw the little bloke from Teachers outside my office building yesterday and that fat cow from My Big Fat Greek Wedding/Life was 41.

posted by Darren | 6:43 AM

Tuesday, September 23, 2003  

"I want you to understand that I'm not saying 'white' because the Americans say 'black.'"

- President Jacques Chirac of France.

Hmmmm, I'm not so sure.


awwwwwwwwww, Scott Baio celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday. So cute in Bugsy Malone (from a non-sexual point of view you understand) and soooo cute in Happy Days (from a very sexual point of view, you understand! - hey I was 12! I had to have SOME focus, other than Mr Robinson the P.E. teacher). And who remembers Charles in Charge ? Oh dear.

posted by Darren | 7:58 PM

Sunday, September 21, 2003  

It Only Hurts When we Laugh

What a couple of crips. Dave has an stomach ulcer, gastric flu and is practically bed-ridden.

I've 'done my back in' (doing house work three weeks ago!), finally went to the doctor last Thursday and was given anti-inflammatory pain killers to take for three weeks. I think they made it worse. I can hardly move.

We are both under 40 years old.

I'm off to watch Wanking the Dead.


Sept 19th:

1911 - William Golding, author of one of my favourite books, "Lord of the Flies", was born.

Sept 20th:

1937 - "The Hobbit", by JRR Tolkien, was first published.

posted by Darren | 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 18, 2003  

2003 - Hurricane Isabel hits North Carolina and Virginia.

2003 - James Gandolfini is 42 today.

1994 - Tennis player Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

1975 - Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1970 - Rock musician Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

1927 - The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.

1905 - Greta Garbo was born.

1851 - The first edition of The New York Times was published.

1850 - US Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.

1793 - President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

1759 - The French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

posted by Darren | 8:04 PM

Wednesday, September 17, 2003  

If I was going to collect anything it would probably be training shoes.

They're too expensive in the UK, so I try to restrict myself to buying them when I've gone on expensive foreign holidays. I don't JUST go on expensive foreign holidays to buy trainers, you understand. Well, not always. I sometimes take these trips just so I can add to my collections of these or these.

posted by Darren | 9:16 PM

Monday, September 15, 2003  

It had to happen.

Three sassy New Yorkers, going under the name "Fannypack" (different connotations, depending on which side of the pond you're from) have released a single, "Cameltoe", in a comedy pop-hip-hop style, lambasting those women who model the 'frontal wedgie'.

Is your crotch hungry, girl?
Coz it's eating your pants!

posted by Darren | 8:54 PM

Sunday, September 14, 2003  

After a suitable distance in time from 9/11, I was going to write about the great weekend I've just had, seeing an old friend from Leeds on Saturday, who I've not seen for nine years and going to Battersea Park for the Dogs Home Reunion today, with Dave and Tom....oh, of course, and Edward.

But, reading about what Eloon has just been through, makes my stories of the weekend seem inconsequential.

The World's a shit place sometimes isn't it?

posted by Darren | 7:08 PM

Thursday, September 11, 2003  

Into the Fire

The sky was falling and streaked with blood
I heard you calling me then you disappeared into the dust
Up the stairs, into the fire
Up the stairs, into the fire
I need your kiss, but love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs, into the fire

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love

You gave your love to see, in fields of red and autumn brown
You gave your love to me and lay your young body down
Up the stairs, into the fire
Up the stairs, into the fire
I need you near, but love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs, into the fire

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love

It was dark, too dark to see, you held me in the light you gave
You lay your hand on me
Then walked into the darkness of your smoky grave
Up the stairs, into the fire
Up the stairs, into the fire
I need your kiss, but love and duty called you someplace higher
Somewhere up the stairs, into the fire

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love bring us love...

May your love bring us love

posted by Darren | 6:38 AM

Wednesday, September 10, 2003  

England 2 - 0 Liechtenstein. Unconvincing.

Wayne Rooney. Convincing.


Teachers, on Channel 4, continues to be excellent. Child riding an emu round the playground, two midget dinner ladies(except one was a man - I think) climbing out of a dumpster/bin (following suggested shag), the two main male characters ending up in bed (innocently) at last, other characters continuing to carry off their lines with pitch perfect timing. I saw him in Soho yesterday.

posted by Darren | 10:33 PM

Tuesday, September 09, 2003  


Darlo gave me a copy of Kraftwerk's Tour de France Soundtracks today. I'm so glad I didn't buy it, though I'd been thinking about it for weeks. I fell asleep at the keyboard, listening to it(PC Keyboard, you understand) and was only roused when the original Tour de France track came on at the end. Was always a favourite of mine, of their werk. The rest is very boring. Rob loves them, but he was around the first time, so maybe its nostalgic (nb: this is NOT meant to be a dig at Rob).

Shook the cobwebs away by listening to the new BRMC. (Think Jesus & Mary Chain, but 2003).


David Blaine's perspex box, suspended outside City Hall and near to Tower Bridge, is being pelted with eggs and golf balls, and he is being verbally abused. The good old British public and, in particularly, good young London kids from the council estates of Bermondsey. They know someone whose full of himself and they like to bring him down a peg or two. I wonder if Eloon has joined in.


Adam Sandler is 37 today. Hugh Grant is 37. Dave Stewart is 51. Leni Riefenstahl has died, aged 99.

posted by Darren | 7:58 PM

Monday, September 08, 2003  

What began on a Monday with a big-serving American tennis champion retiring in tears, ended yesterday with a big-serving American tennis champion celebrating in tears.

"The hardest thing is the fear of the unknown," Roddick said. "I didn't know how I'd feel going in. I didn't know what was going to happen. I'm baffled by how calm I felt out there and how easy it was. I almost didn't feel anything. I was kind of just going through the motions."

I'm the same at work.


On Sept. 8th, 1966, the TV series Star Trek premiered on NBC.

Pink is 24 today. David Arquette is 32. Henry Thomas (Ell-Lee-Urtt) is 32.

posted by Darren | 9:50 PM

Sunday, September 07, 2003  

On Sept. 7th

On Sept. 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II.

On Sept. 7th, 1533, England's Queen Elizabeth I was born in Greenwich.

On Sept. 7th, 1996, Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.

On Sept. 7th, 2003, Darren and David went to the Walthamstow Festival (sic.) with Rob and Tom. Then Darren, David and Tom watched 'Gangs of New York' and some episodes of 'Hector's House'. Then Darren walked Edward. Then Darren tried to find all the music he worked on all day yesterday, only for it to vanish from iPod.

Chrissie Hynde is 53 today. Devon Sawa is 25. Gloria Gaynor is 54.

posted by Darren | 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 06, 2003  

Blogger and blogspot addresses have been down most of the day. Cheap tat.

Now that its up again, the curry's just arrived. Doh!

Wonder how David Blaine's holding up.

England just scraped through against Macedonia, cos the referee was on our side.

posted by Darren | 7:26 PM

Friday, September 05, 2003  


Another stressful day. Well, not so much stress, as intense.

Then I was gearing up to leave dead on 5.30pm when the boss points out a problem. What could be a serious problem. And I think he means I should sort it out personally before I leave. He didn't explicitly say this, but I got the impression.

I left work at 5.50pm. If I'd still been in one of our stores, then 5.50pm would still be part of my normal working day. I've worked in an office for six years now, though, so I've got that office mentality (don't mean to offend anyone by using this term).

I does me hours. I wanna go home on time.

A few of us pulled together, though, and I believe its in hand. I've gotta care, as I have a chunk of responsibility and because I provide what's called 'second level support' for the team, out of hours and at weekends, every other week.

Only this weekend, is my weekend off. Hurrah!



Good luck David Blaine.

We thought he was off his tits though, just before he got in the glass box.

Maybe thats how he does it.

posted by Darren | 10:57 PM

Wednesday, September 03, 2003  

Drip Drip Drop...

"Are you sure we are not at Wimbledon?"
- Anastasia Myskina, a player at the U.S. Open.

I love it when it pisses down at Flushing Meadows during the US Open Tennis. They played for a total of 13 minutes on Monday.

It doesn't rain in London every day you know, Yankees!

Its averaged 63 degrees fahrenheit during this summer in the UK. With a high of 100.3. Thats damn hot for us. And hardly a drip drip drop little august shower to speak of.

Come on goddammit! RAIN ! ! ! ! !

posted by Darren | 7:52 PM

Tuesday, September 02, 2003  


Its working! Jeez! Thanks Matt, Matthew, Melinda, Dave and ephpod.

Politics, Porn and Comedy

I love Political Comedy. Sorry, but Rory Bremner and his cohorts ARE funny. I also love the American late night chat show hosts and their ability to be able to cut to the chase and go to the heart of the matter with their politicians. Jeff over at Biologic Show has some great quotes from that genre from just the last couple of weeks, posted on August 29th. My favourites:

Here's a little known fact: Arnold Schwarzennegger is the first bodybuilder to run for governor since Janet Reno.
-- David Letterman (I laughed for five minutes at this one. You'd laugh too, if you can remember her. I always thought there was some corrective surgery she wasn't telling us about).

It looks like it's going to be Arnold Schwarzenegger or Gray Davis. You got a robot from the future or a robot with no future.
-- Jay Leno

President Bush has been silent on Schwarzenegger. Of course, he can't pronounce "Schwarzenegger."
-- David Letterman

Larry Flynt(Porn Mag publisher), running for governor of California. His goal -- change our state bird to the spread eagle.
-- Craig Kilborn

Well, I'm smiling.

*Dave swishes past and says "Makes a change!"*

posted by Darren | 10:29 PM

Monday, September 01, 2003  

Ok, I give up!

The iPod is going to the hospital tomorrow.

posted by Darren | 7:26 PM