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Staggering Stories Podcast #329: Evil, Evil Monkey
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 10:31

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric as seen at the BFI and the first four episodes of the BBC’s His Dark Materials, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:26 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #328: Flappy Chronovores and Cyborg Policemen
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Time Monster and the 1987 film Robocop, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:34 — Welcome! 02:02 – News: 02:16 — Doctor Who: Ace […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #327: Insanity Breeding
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Dust Breeding and the 2019 film Joker, discuss their visit to the Panopticon Lite Doctor Who convention, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:49 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #326: Do You Want to be a Hero?
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen and the 1986 film Biggles, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:04 — Welcome! 02:00 – News: 02:13 — Doctor Who: Is the Doctor now a […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #325: He’ll Save Every One of Us
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the Big Finish boxset Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time and the 1980 film Flash Gordon, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:59 — Welcome! 01:57 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #324: Having a Carnival Row
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review the Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders audiobook and Amazon’s Carnival Row TV series, discuss the recent BFI Doctor Who event, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:45 […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... Modern Music!!!


Well, it had to happen. Gallichan admits that he's getting old and starts to rant against modern music. Now, this could be seen as a cliche however, I'm rather serious about this.

Myself and a female friend, let's call her Burt, were watching the Top Of The Pops Awards. I say "we" what I mean is she was watching them, I was at her house.

So, Moby comes on and does the star stuff song live. And rather lovely it was too. Then on come Blue.

Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Were they miming or what? And soooooooo badly.

I seem to remember Milli Vannili being accused of miming or some such thing and they were finished.

I started to chuckle and "Burt" started on at me because I was laughing at them.

"Could you do what they do on stage?" she asked.

I replied that not only could I, but that I had. Live. And playing keyboards at the same time. (actually, saying that to her might have been a mistake. She doesn't think that I have any musical talent. She thinks all the music on the site is me just pushing a couple of buttons on the PC keyboard and there it is.)

My problem is this. Why are they allowed to get away with it? Are "the kids of today" intelligent enough to realise that they are being conned and just don't care?

If so, then welcome to the future of the Human race. A race that doesn't care about quality or the origins of it's consumer products - as long as I can buy it, it's goooooood!

Scary, isn't it?

And as for Plastic Pop...

Well, The Buggles had it almost right when they said that we were living in the plastic age. The amount of covers lately is staggering. Now, I'm not against covers as such. I admit, it's taking someone else's moment of perfection and changing it, something that always makes me think twice for a moment. But they have been getting worse.

 

The first one to give me pause for thought was "I'll Be Watching You", the tribute song. Hmm. Well, they tried but how many kids think that the song was entirely written by them instead of the Police? What about "Seasons In The Sun"? I absolutely adore the Terry Jacks' version. The Westlife cover turns it into a horrible, bland mush. Same with "The Tide Is High" and the latest one I heard, "Billie Jean". No thought, the music track is almost exactly the same, just blanded down - and I mean Bland!. There's no soul to it. Ideal for CD.

Once it was said that pop would eat itself. We're now on the dessert course. Midge Ure once sang about angry shouts and neighbours moaning being the muzack of the wasteland. Sorry Midge. The muzack of the wasteland is now pop music. And the wasteland itself is our children's minds.

Be afraid for the future.

Tony Gallichan likes to think that he has musical taste. He just got stuck in the eighties and hasn't climbed out yet...