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spungo
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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2005 13:54      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am losing faith in this society thing. It just gets worse. Proof here. I'm off to start my own sex, death and cheeseburger cult in the Amazon.

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skylar
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Icon 1 posted May 29, 2005 16:55      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The charts mean very little anymore, sadly... I remember back when I was a kid, my brother and I used to sit down excitedly on Thursday nights to watch 'Top of the Pops' - it was always a huge event finding out who got the top of the chart. And now? - Singles are being bought primarily by 8 year olds with too much pocket money to waste, and almost everything we hear on the radio is a remixed piece of crap that was crap in the first place.

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P.S. - Interesting article on the subject found here actually.

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If you want to know how far the music industry has fallen, go here and buy a copy of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman. It's the chronicle of the recording of a bidding-war band, written by the man who recorded them...or tried to. Reading it will give you a true impression of what the music industry is really like...as well as an appreciation of the quality of vibe and the importance of sushi, chocolate muffins, and fatties. Erbo sez: "Thumbs up!"
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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 00:41      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm, tell me more about the sex and the cheeseburgers.
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 01:45      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me has a really bad feeling about that 'special sauce' [Eek!]

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 02:21      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There is an article in The Times today with a quote from the person who started it all which is moderately amusing:

"I would never have it on my phone. If it came on television I would turn it off. Even before it went on the website, I began to hate myself"

Apparently it was originally titled "annoying thing" and not crazy frog. Never a truer word spoken.

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 06:00      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd be more surprised if the other 9 entries on the top 10 weren't also colossal pieces of shit.
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 07:11      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The chart's been irrelevant for years, but I think the Crazy Frog thing is a case of karmic retribution.

Years ago, when the original (and way better) version of Axel F was in the charts, it was due to hit number 1 but on the last day of sales for that week's chart there were a couple of small gigs in London and LA called "Live Aid". It turns out that Axel F just needed 2 more sales to hit number one, but because people were watching Live Aid they didn't buy many records that day and Axel F was beaten to the number one chart by a track called "Frankie" by Sister Sledge. After Live Aid of course, everyone went out and bought Dire Straights and Queen albums [Wink]

So however terrible (and it's pretty ****ing terrible) Crazy Frog is, I suspect it's karmic payback for the 2 lazy sods who sat on their arses watching Live Aid when they should have gone out and bought Axel F!

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spungo
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 07:20      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
But it used to be so good. Back in the day - when I were a lad - like Skylie said - Top of the Pops was the best thing since rubber chickens. In the hurly eighties there were acts like Landscape (remember 'Einstein a-go-go'?), Kraftwerk, XTC, Tempole Tudor, Madness, OMD... I could go on. The music was genuinely good. Then Boy George came along and destroyed popular music forever. How I wept.

There used to be art in pop - now it's as empty as Paris Hilton's cranium.

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 08:32      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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In the hurly eighties there were acts like Landscape (remember 'Einstein a-go-go'?), Kraftwerk, XTC, Tempole Tudor, Madness, OMD... I could go on.
Joe Dolce, St Winifreds School Choir, The firm, Jive bunny.

There was crap back then too, but it is easy to forget the rubbish and remember the good stuff. Having said that the signal to noise ratio has been decreasing.

And I was looking for Einstein a go go just the other day.

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Icon 4 posted May 30, 2005 09:28      Profile for ASM65816   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maybe the music industry really doesn't have such a bad signal-to-noise ratio. It could be that they're using spread spectrum modulation and the key for psuedo-noise generation hasn't been properly distributed.
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Spreading the data across the frequency spectrum greatly increases the bandwidth (amount of data that can be transmitted at one time), and it also makes the signal resistant to noise, interference, and snooping.
See, they're doing it for our own good, not that the snooping part has any relevance in music.
[evil] ("80's Music Rocks!" ... exit, stage left ... and hastily so!)

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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 13:50      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes, back in the good old days the music was better, the beer more flavoursome, and the women more beautiful.

Who can forget such deep, meaningful lyrics as

Tutti-frutti, ah rooti,
tutti-frutti, ah rooti,
tutti frutti, ah rooti,
ah rom bom bah loom bom bah lom bam boom !


They don't write 'em like that any more !

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Icon 1 posted May 30, 2005 19:43      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Yes, back in the good old days the music was better, the beer more flavoursome, and the women more beautiful.

And iced Vovos actually had a decent amount of the topping stuff on them, rather than the skimpy amount they put on there these days.

What?

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