Bits and Pieces August 17, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
First up, name the sample that sits beneath this track here from the Beta Band. It took me a while to work it out.
Speaking of which, I recently found the film it is taken from cheap on DVD. It’sdeeply terrible, Disney’s effort to join the late 1970s SF boom in cinema, but credit where credit is due, the effects while nothing to write home about in a post-Star Wars period did at least get one aspect absolutely right, that being a supposedly derelict ship which looks like a cross between Brighton Pier and the Eiffel Tower in space.
Speaking of SF, I’d mentioned previously an anthology of SF edited by Mike Ashley which rightly was critiqued and criticised for the exclusively male, straight and white writers contained therein. For the most recent anthology in the series, this on Time Travel, he has taken a different approach, perhaps the two best stories in a very strong collection are written from an avowedly feminist, and in one instance an LG, perspective. Well worth a read if you like SF.
Still speaking SF, here’s some interesting news, a reboot of Blake’s 7… famously gritty and even amoral, albeit very BBC and with – erm… effects that made The Black Hole, above, look like 2001… that could be interesting.
Meanwhile, what of punk? Well what of it? This piece in Slate on the current film out about CBGB’s in New York on the NYC punk scene is a bit depressing. Apparently the film isn’t much cop. Which is puzzling, as Chris Wade, notes in the piece since if ever a topic was geared for film it was surely that, with a list of characters both famous and infamous whose actions are the stuff of cinema (and after all, as 24 Hour Party People, which focused on Manchester and Factory proved it’s quite feasible to write funny, sad, insightful films about music).
Mind you, let’s not pretend it wouldn’t be depressing. One of the best books on punk has to be Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (and a great companion volume is ‘We Got the Neutron Bomb’ which looks at punk and post punk on the US west coast). The NYC scene was simply harrowing, a tale of ambition, stupidity, heroin addiction and bad craziness. When someone like Handsome Dick Manitoba comes out of the account as relatively sane human being compared to those around him you know you’re in trouble.