Monthly Archives: September 2012

Oscar Wilde on Twitter

The case against Twitter. 99% of Tweets are dull, witless crap. It’s full of poisonous bile, rampant egomania and hate. It helps drive the most moronic aspects of our celebrity culture. It’s the enemy of substantial thought. It’s impossible to … Continue reading

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On the 25th anniversary of “Strangeways, Here We Come”, why The Smiths’ light has never gone out

This is the first in a series of blogs we will be running over the next couple of weeks exploring the extraordinary legacy of The Smiths, 25 years to the day after their swanswong, “Strangeways, Here We Come”, was released. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Gwyneth Paltrow – Picture This #20

Gwyneth Paltrow turns 40 today. This is Pop Lifer’s gift. It is easy to let Gywneth Paltrow’s health shop aroma get in the way. She is vegan. She is wholesome. She likes the odd Guinness. Apparently she doesn’t like London … Continue reading

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Soft Cell’s “The Art Of Falling Apart” – our second Lupe Fiasco Award nominee

The second in a series where Pop Lifer tests music, film, television etc by the rules laid down in Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar”: “Did you improve on the design?/Did you do something new?”. If the answer is yes to either of … Continue reading

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Hole’s “Pretty On The Inside” – The Forgotten Files #2

Second in an irregular feature on nuggets of pop culture that have been largely buried by time, but deserve to be digged up again. Courtney Love – singer, actress, controversy magnet, online provocateur and, yes, famous widow – may not … Continue reading

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A comet called Marc – Picture This #19 honours 35th anniversary of Marc Bolan’s death

The Beatles were a hero to some but they never meant shit to me.* That’s not entirely true, actually, but it makes for a good opening, and Marc Bolan is someone who appreciated a bit of theatre, truth be damned. … Continue reading

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