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  1. Musical Tastes

    I'm forever destroying my father's pleasure in things by telling him of their connection to drug addiction or something undesirable. At least since I told him about Robin Williams' publicised problems he doesn't watch his films anymore Well I suppose you could seek solace in the fact that Bennett can sing. Excellent. Does she plait her pigtails and possess a heaving bosom? Some old drunk in a pub I used to drink in sung opera while pissing. The whole pub used to go quiet to hear him. I’m certainly no great expert on classical music or Opera, but I have been to some of the world’s great opera houses and seen a growing number of operas. I’m going to see la bohème in a few weeks. Yes and even listening to Bob Marley required a certain amount of goodwill to ignore his cheese. I liked Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker too. Bach still gives me nightmares of my boring piano lessons (I got to grade six) all I wanted to do was sing Doors songs in my band.I also used to play the trumpet in a local orchestra, but that was more contemporary stuff. I’m more a fan of the classical era and even the romantic (mainly Tchaikovsky and Wagner). I used to go out with a girl that was studying at Kings and used to play in their orchestra. Unfortunately I never attended the Christmas concert at the chapel though. It’s a stunningly beautiful college.I’m afraid I’d never heard of Gil Scott Heron until you just mentioned him and I looked him up on wikipedia.
  2. Musical Tastes

    I saw them live once. Bob Dylan played before and by the time The Who got onstage I was feeling a bit peculiar. It was all quite surreal, and things reached crisis for me when Trevor McDonald got onstage and started playing with them. It was at this point that I decided I had to leave, regardless of whether my girlfriend of the time wanted to stay or not. Unconnected, I also enjoy a few of this person’s songs: and their's although they're usually heavier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxaJIZ_FBsk Like a conductor's interpretation of a classical work can be greatly different from another's of the same work.
  3. Musical Tastes

    Yes I like Portishead too. I also forgot the greatest musical talent of all time ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55YD8QhQ3o Is this the greatest musical performance in history?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN3MGN899yE...ted&search= I don't know what this weird cartoon is, but it's the only clip I could find with the music:
  4. Musical Tastes

    Alright Alexi, You really should purchase Tricky’s Maxinquaye. Here is his band performing Black Steel live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTTSesU9aKY and what the song actually sounds like with a cheesy video that I assume somebody has made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ItykmLhdQs As for Gainsbourg here is the song that got him into so much trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMh_DpTDus...ted&search= His drunken moment with Whitney Houston that gave him even more notoriety in America: Him with Bridget Bardot who’s looking very attractive. She’s a bit of an ugly, mad, old pouffiace (French word meaning slag) now though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHQkYYIYue4 And my favourite Gainsbourg song. I left my girlfriend after a heated argument and sat in a Paris bar by the Gare du Nord (before returning to England), playing this song on repeat on the jukebox, chain-smoking Gitanes and drinking red wine. I always play this song when I’ve argued with her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_bGxQ5zqss The chorus means: I came to tell you I'm leaving And your tears can't change that Like Verlaine says so well on an ill wind I came to tell you I'm leaving As for Brel, Bowie cites him as his biggest musical influence and Nina Simone loves him too. In fact she sings this song, but nothing will ever compare to the intensity of Brel’s performances. Ne me quitte pas means, don't leave me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJIZu37Hfr0 And this is my favourite Brel song, it’s in my opinion the most beautiful love song ever written: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTokvxPuxKI I couldn’t find the actual video in which he’s singing it as he’s climbing the steps of Montmartre in Paris. Ian Brown should have been singing about his shopping list. It would have been better than “I pop pop pop blow blow bubble gum, you taste of cherryade." But in general I agree if a band has a good sound then you can ignore what they’re singing about. The Killers are dreadful in my opinion, which is a shame because musically they have potential. As for Elton John, I mainly like his old stuff before he started wearing his bum on his head, like Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind (before the Diana version) and Rocket Man, even if Crocodile Rock and I’m Still Standing are very annoying. His new album was excellent and I thought I Want Love was the pick. It was also a touch of genius to get Robert Downey Junior to mime the singing in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OT-389DnME Despite the fact the Elton’s a freak he does an incredible amount of charity work and gives a small fortune every year to various charities. Blondie were never supposed to be good live. Didn’t Debbie Harry just stand there looking awkward? What impressed your neighbour so much about Nina Simone? I really am going to go to the Nice and Juan les Pins jazz festivals this yearb (Up there with the World Cup, the Beaune Auction and the Cannes Film festival in terms of things's I like/would like to attend). She’s often at both. I really think Marvin Gaye is great. Most of the time though I actually listen to classical music over songs. Beethoven's symphony number 9 being my favourite. Benard Haitink conducting the London Symphony Orchestra is a particulalry notable, recent version.
  5. Musical Tastes

    I like a fair few of your choices Damian. The Stones Roses had a great sound and were excellent live when I saw them too, which must have been in 95 then. The Smiths I like even if Morissey is a bit of a wally. The Velvet Underground made some truly brilliant songs, even if they encourage people to take heroin and like Andy Warhol too much. I have all The Doors' albums which I purchased in my early teens, but I've gone off them quite a lot since. It's been Morrisson's cheesy lyrics that aren't poetry (there's a killer on the road, his brain is squirming like a toad); the fact that every single anti-establishment, pot-smoking drop-out thinks they're brilliant; the fact that the rest of the Doors were all in love with Morrison (there's some ridiculous quote of Mazerek's about when he first saw him on Venice beach, "splashing through the surf and he had diamonds flying from his toes!"); the idiots that pay pilgrammage to Pere Lachaise. I think you should give Pink Floyd another go. They're responsible for some real cheese like Wish You Were Here, but the earlier stuff with Syd Barrett was brilliant. My favourites: Bob Dylan. Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks and Bringing it all Back Home in particular. Tricky. Maxinquaye was the soundtrack to my youth. Nirvana. The last band to really come and shake up the music scene with a fresh sound. Lou Reed. I'm a big fan of both his solo work and that with the Velvet Underground. Serge Gainsbourg. One of the most talented songwriters that's ever existed. Jacques Brel. Unlike Jim Morrison, Brel's words were genuine poetry. Then there's all the other stuff: Bowie, Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, The Jam, Air, The Clash, Massive Attack, Joan Baez, some Lennon stuff, various Motown, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Van Morrison (mainly Astral Weeks, look at Lester Bangs' review) and then there's the stuff I like but am thoroughly ashamed about doing so: Belinda Carlise, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blondie, Elton John.
  6. Ashley Cole

    I don't think ou can expect anything else but a barrage of abuse when what you have proposed for discussion is quite frankly absurd. Anybody watching chelsea this season will agree that after a few shakey games early on, Ashley Cole has been simply outstanding. He's certainly Lahm's equal, if not slight superior in terms of the attacking impetus he gives to his teams; while defensively he is a long way ahead of Lahm. As for Abidal, he really went down in my estimation after the world cup and I've noticed his errors far more at Lyon as a result. Adidal is nowhere near the standard of Cole. Taiwo? You really are talking ****.
  7. Musical Tastes

    ...where Hector was the first of the gang with a gun in his hand and the first to do time the first of the gang to die. Such a silly boy. With a leader called Hector, it doesn't sound like a very tough gang. No doubt other members were called things like Bartholomew and Edwin and they were the scourge of down-town Windsor.
  8. Musical Tastes

    I do actually own all the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' albums and think they have a great sound, but I just wish they didn't sing gibberish. It limits their appeal.I really can't stand the Libertines (despite owning one of their albums) and it's all too evident that they're produced by Mick Jones, that's why I think they sound really boring. I love The Clash and think they were massively influential in English musical culture; however it's not exactly a fresh sound and I don't want bands today to be sounding like weak Clash wanabees. The last album I bought was 5:55 by Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of the notorious Serge) with accompanimant by Air and lyrics by.......ahem....Jarvis Cocker. It's quite brilliant.
  9. Didier Drogba

    So now you're changing your argument from he didn't do well at Marseilles most of the time he was there, to the fact that he did well at Marseilles means nothing because the French league is crap.This is just more evidence that you don't know what you're talking about.
  10. Didier Drogba

    The fact that you don't have any idea what you're talking about is evidenced by you saying "but he rarely showed it for.....most of his career at Marseilles". He was at Marseilles for one season only, all of which time he was brilliant (although he got injured for a bit).
  11. Didier Drogba

    I agree entirely.Drogba was always an excellent player, he'd already proven that at Marseilles and in his first two seasons he played some great games for us, even if he didn't always produce (hasn't Henry been missing plenty of sitters recently especially against Lokomotiv Moscow? and gerrard's been having some poor games too). People who criticise Drogba are just poor, gullable fools like Charlie Cooke, who aren't smart enough to realise that they're just repeating the predjudiced nonsense spouted by a predominatly anti-Chelsea media. It's quite unbeliveable that Drogba has had to play like this to make people eat their words, still if you saw Drogba at Marseilles, you always knew he would play to this level sooner or later. This smacks of hypocrisy when you've probably participated in 'cow-tipping' after a debauched fraternity 'kegger', like every non-nerd, univeristy-attending male in America. If that's not the case Hollywood's been lying to me, again.
  12. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by Droy was my heroGiggs, Scholes, Butt, P & G Neville, all no (unless you count practice games organised for Fergie's benefit by England). id="quote"> id="quote">Everybody knows those United players are the exception to the rule and that everybody ridiculed Fergie for pushing untried youngsters into his team.I don't think you can cite that generation of United players as being the norm. quote:Originally posted by Droy was my heroZola may have played for clubs I haven't heard of, but everyone knows he learnt loads by being Maradona's understudy at Napoli. id="quote"> id="quote">Well what impact playing in Napoli's reserves had on Zola’s career can’t ever be proved; neither can the effect on his development of playing in Italy’s lower leagues.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by Droy was my heroI really doubt whether any of our youngsters would be on loan to a division 1 club (Bournemouth) or Division 2 (Anthony Grant at Wycombe) if they were still thought of as promising for Chelsea. They are just being put on display to help them on their way. Indeed I doubt if Mancienne or Smith can see playing at QPR in 20th place in the Championship as progress. For Diarra it would be a disaster (sounds extemely unlikely). I suspect that these loan moves are more to do with the inlux of foreign youths under Arnesen, and the limited number of coathooks in the Cobham changing rooms. id="quote"> id="quote">What do you find strange about players going out on loan? Most players go out on loan early in their careers to gain proper match experience. Competitive Championship football is definitely more useful to a player’s development than reserve games, so is division one football for that matter. Frank Lampard spent time on loan at Swansea (who he supports) and Terry was on loan to Nottingham Forrest. Zola started his career in the remote regions of Italy’s Serie D, playing for clubs called Nuoerese and Turris (had to look them up). Of course the loan moves are good for our players and although the probability is that the vast majority of them won’t be good enough to play for Chelsea, you are completely wrong that the loans indicate that fact.
  14. Ashley Cole

    I'd like to remind people to watch their language. I've deleted several posts from this thread already since they contained language not suitable for this forum. Are some of you really incapable of putting a point across without swearing?
  15. Ashley Cole

    You're being obstinate now and you're just plain wrong. In his brief Arsenal career, Van Bronkhurst was an attacking central midfielder, like he was at Rangers. The only times he played as a left-back were in the Dutch national side due to their abundance of midfield talent. The only time he's played there in his club career is at Barcelona. Wenger could be trying to make a point about Cole and the Guardian's full of crap anyway. Maybe it's their interpretation of a French quote that they've mistranslated. The fact is you're plain wrong that Van Bronkhurst was playing games at left-back for Arsenal instead of Cole. I'm starting to think that you're Sheryl Tweedy. As for Bridge international friendlies are games that players often ull out for the most minor of excuses that can't be believed. So I can say he NEVER gets injured he's like Lampard, who has also missed a pointless friendly.