Easy Listening (2002)
The Beatles didn’t stop producing fantastic music just because of the band’s 1970 disbandment. In fact, and this is a controversial one, some of the best stuff from Paul, John, Ringo, and George came during the post-Beatles era.
That isn’t to challenge The Beatles in anyway. The Beatles are The Beatles. They’re the best. If someone asks for your top five favourite bands you don’t even bother mentioning them because they transcend above petty ranking systems. No, it isn’t a challenge. It’s just a reminder that upon going solo, the fab four were still the world’s very best musical artists.
McCartney went on to have immediate massive success with the band Wings, Lennon put out some singles that rival even his sixties Beatles stuff in terms of popularity, Harrison continued to solidify himself as one of music’s most talented guitarists and songwriters,
Imagine Paris with its picturesque streets, glorious sights and smells, the incredible landmarks and romance in the air. Beautiful, eh?
Now forget all of that and listen to Comity who, according to their Facebook, is ‘an extreme rock and roll band fromParis’. These guys sound nothing like anything you’d associate with the city of love. This 4 track, 50 minute Ep is the music that will play during Armageddon, it is the soundtrack to the apocalypse, and it’s bloody brilliant.
Before I start reviewing this, if ten-minute-plus prog metal clusterfucks aren’t your kind of thing, then don’t even attempt to listen to this. On the other hand, if you’re ready to be challenged, intrigued and hopefully enthralled, step right up. Comity combine death metal, hardcore, mathcore, sludge, post-rock, post-metal and probably about a dozen other genres if you listen hard enough.
Eddie Stobart: Trucks And Trailers
8pm, Channel 5
Though it may lack the drama of Five's other lorry-based doc, Ice Road Truckers, Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers can be strangely compelling. Perhaps it's the odd juxtaposition of the thrusting, Michael Bay-style soundtrack with drawn-out footage of traffic jams. This week sees another appearance of the infamous Eddie Stobart truck spotters, who are given a sneak peek at 750 new vehicles before they make their maiden voyages. Gwilym Mumford
Paul Merton's Birth Of Hollywood
Stewart Lee has a rather good joke in his show this week about ageing comedians who end up in BBC documentaries. And it would be easy to smirk at Paul Merton for undertaking such a yielding subject as Hollywood. But to his credit,
Rhs Chelsea Flower Show
The swish of pashmina against makeshift pergola: the musky bouquet of Titchmarshis in full bloom. Bliss
Maximal corporate synergy + strategised cufflink manoeuvrement = 130% amazingality
The Joy of Easy Listening
Auntie affixs biog to balloons; adjusts bow-tie as results soar Up, Up and Away
BBC4's Heath vs Wilson:
The 10 Year Duel
Bringin' bare shocks to brain area via well nang "politics" ting
Primeval is back . . . on Watch
Enfeebled digital outpost squeezes crusted-over bubo; out pops Ciarán McMenamin in utility trousers
Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers
Glazed endomorphs fog up windscreen with further tales of semi-articulated imperilment
Celebrity Five Go To . . .
Memories of careers/hope glimpsed through two-star porthole en route to Costa del Dole
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