This is an unashamed plug for our friend Rufio’s band – I know, us, friends with a dubstep DJ, wonders will never cease.
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It just about feels ok to be playing Tracey Thorn’s new Christmas album now. I still find myself forwarding through her version of Have Yourself A Merry Christmas just because I feel like that should be the preserve of December onwards only.
Alongside the new pieces that she has written for the album are a number of cover versions of songs that reference winter and the cold if not your actual Christmas. A quick trawl through Spotify reveals an alarming number of these tracks also appear on various incarnations of Glee: The Christmas Album but did also bring up this cover of Hard Candy Christmas by RuPaul. Enjoy.
The lovely video attached to this post is Owen Duff singing his cover of Björk’s Unravel. Owen is the brother/stepbrother/halfbrother of my friend Helen. Helen and I shared a house in Norwich when we were at University and I recall the two of us listening to Homogenic (the Björk album on which Unravel appears) on repeat.
Helen is now one of those academics about whom the Daily Mail throws up it’s collective hands in outrage (a sure sign that she is doing something right); she works at Warwick – as associate professor in television and film studies no less – and undertakes really interesting research into television historiography (one of my favourite words) and the history of television for women.
They’re an interesting bunch the Wheatleys – Phil, Helen’s dad was Director General of the prison service. I was once arranging to meet Helen at King’s Cross in London over the phone and we were discussing whereabouts in the station to meet, Phil was in the background overhearing our conversation and suggested that we meet “next to the prostitute”. We didn’t. Or at least I don’t think we did.
Back in the day Kate Gibb and I had a running joke regarding using a mobile phone which grew out of a conversation she had had with a client in Japan. When I say joke we are stretching the limits of what anyone would find amusing but stick with me . . . we did.
Things have come full circle; Kate’s only gone and designed a really lovely couple of iPhone covers (other smart phones do exist etc. etc.) and very nice they are too. You’ll have to have a pretty good grasp of Japanese if you want to order one though . . . from here.
One of these prints is part derived from a box of playshapes that Kate covets massively – she’s deployed them before. They feature on her cover for My Computer’s No CV – a record that turned precisely no-one’s world upside down but which should have done. My Computer was the source of another long running joke – but I’ll save that one for a rainy day.