Posts by boredatwork

    Oh no, not Pete Shelley! Saw him live in the 80s, back in the days when the BBC banned his great single “Homosapien” for being too gay :rolleyes:


    R.I.P. :(

    That's a name from the past. Hope you enjoy it

    Boy George & co were okay but a bit ragged in places especially the T-Rex cover. Having too many extra musicians & backing vocalists didn't help.


    We enjoyed the first support act more: Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins doing mainly Thompson twins hits.

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. A good spectacle especially in 3D cinema (or whatever it’s called) but the plot was long, laboured & not very interesting. If they want this franchise to last the full 7 films they’ll need to show us more beasts & less complicated character back-story. I couldn’t even work out what crimes Grindelwald was meant to have committed.


    If you want a great evening out at the cinema go & see Bohemian Rhapsody instead! :)

    I saw this thread while UB40’s “Food for thought” was playing on TV & googled the lyrics as when it was released everyone thought the opening words were “I’m a prima donna”. So it’s taken me 38 years to discover it’s actually “Ivory Madonna”. Although given the later bust-ups within UB40 maybe “I’m a prima donna” would have been a better line to open their career.

    I saw Bohemian Rhapsody last night & loved it. Sure, the chronology is tweaked a bit but the cast were good & it helped that they really looked like the people they were playing. Rami Malek looked less like Freddie, but he was excellent. I guess the real Roger & Brian wrote all their own characters’ lines! Critics complain it’s sanitised, but it didn’t duck Freddie’s lifestyle, given its 12A certificate. Of course the real plus is the music. I’d recommend any Queen fan to go & see it at a cinema with a large screen to appreciate the concert sequences, which won’t have such an impact if watched on a TV screen with the sound less than deafening.

    I've never seen Endeavour so had no idea there was a MB-themed episode, I'll have to look out for it. That's the series with Roger Allam isn't it? One of my favourite actors.


    If you like that one, the Voyage of the Acolyte themed episode is also pretty good & you'll catch the occasional lyric in other episodes (yes, the writer is a Genesis fan).

    Very good production of “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” at the local theatre. I had fond memories of doing it at school aeons ago but hadn’t seen it since & was amazed at how much of it I could remember word for word. Probably my favourite musical: it’s lyrically, musically & visually witty, has lots of good tunes & feels all too short, leaving you wanting more.

    Bohemian Rhapsody. Not perfect, several chronological errors and "history re-writes" but one funny one is the inclusion of Mike Myers as EMI man Ray Foster. If you are familiar with the film Wayne's World, you will laugh, and Mike's casting is clearly a set-up for this.


    Very loose Genesis connection: The actress who plays Mary Austin played the "Peter Gabriel" character in the Musical Box themed episode of Endeavour.

    I’ll look out for her then – I was quite proud of spotting that one at the time ;)

    I’m hoping to go & see Bohemian Rhapsody on Thursday night.

    Has anyone else discovered this amazing album?


    Basically, in 2018 a duo aged 19 and 21 have written their own Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, skillfully combining the sound of all the great groups from the 60s & 70s with some Broadway musicals thrown in. There’s plenty here to appeal to Genesis fans including some very Hackettesque guitar in “Never know”, Trespass-era Genesis sandwiched in a melodramatic Broadway waltz in “Born wrong”, & in parts it’s quite proggy. Hard to pick a best track, but it’s probably “The Bully”, a bossa nova with sunny Beach Boy vocals telling a violently comic backstory, intercut with a marching band.


    Like The Lamb, it’s best listened to as a whole but individual tracks stand up on their own, plus spotting the musical influences on each song is fun. You’ll either love it or hate it but you’ve got to admire their sheer ingenuity and chutzpah.

    Your advice to avoid The Mash Report like the plague has made me want to seek it out specially! No reflection on you, I hasten to add. But I'm sure I'm not alone in hearing someone say to avoid a show and thinking, I'll have to give it a go.


    Dr Who was good. I had to watch it alone for the very reason you gave, as Mrs Backdrifter is so intensely arachnophobic she can barely bring herself to even say the word "spider" let alone see one.

    Oops, I’ll stop mentioning programmes I don’t like if it gives them undeserved publicity! ;)


    I thought the most off-putting thing about this Dr Who episode wasn’t the spiders or even the trigger-happy Trump wannabe, it was the ear-splitting burst of grime towards the end.

    The Mash Report on BBC2. Possibly the most nauseatingly smug, preachy “comedy” show I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch some of before switching over. Avoid it like the plague!


    Dr Who "Arachnids in the UK" episode on BBC1 earlier wasn't bad though, although probably unwatchable for anyone who hates spiders.