Archive for June, 2014

Rik Mayall

Monday, June 9th, 2014

I’m not normally bothered when celebs die; I didn’t know them, they didn’t know me. If I admire them or their work I may be upset; Gary Moore and Joe Strummer were the last ones who affected me. Rik Mayall has died much too young and I am deeply saddened. The Young Ones and Not the Nine O’Clock News “belonged” to my generation, they were our Goons, our Monty Python. The punk generation embraced the word “anarchy”; the attitude was anarchic, the music was anarchic and the humour was anarchic. For Kevin Turvey, Rik the people’s poet, Richard Richard, Lord Flashheart, The Comic Strip, those bloody awful Bombardier adverts and the spotty little oik in An “American Werewolf in London”, thank you for the laughter, on behalf of my generation and each one since. RIP Rik Mayall 1958 – 2014. “Why are all the children crying? Because Rik is dead. Rik the people’s poet is dead”

Disney Songs

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Everyone else does these lists so here’s my two pen’orth. I love Disney films, well, most of them. In the seventies and eighties they became formulaic and unwatchable but they got their act together in the nineties. Their master stroke was their alliance with Pixar; truly a breath of fresh air. I wanted to do a top ten but really couldn’t. I got them down to twenty one but could have easily included double that number. See if you agree with my choices.
21) “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” I hate the film but a superb song. Here’s Katie Price murdering it;

20) “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King” I wanted to put every song from The Lion King in but couldn’t.

19) “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)” from “Mary Poppins” A very moving song from a great film. Sorry about the subtitles.

18) “Heigh Ho” from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Brings the memories flooding back.

17) “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from “Hercules”
I wanted to include all of the songs from this one as well. Ho hum. 🙁

16) “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2” Watch out heart strings.

15) “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”
If you were to stitch all three of the Toy Story films together it would be the best film ever made; family, animated, CGI, all irrelevant. It’s just the best.

14) “Out There” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Another of those films where every song is a winner.

13) “God Help the Outcasts” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” See?

12) “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo” Altogether now… Aaaaaaah

11) “Gaston” from “Beauty and the Beast” Great song, very funny.

10) “Be Prepared” from “The Lion King”. Just spectacular!

9) “Colours of the Wind” from “Pocahontas” Wonderful song with a strong ecological message

8) “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” A real show stopper

7) “Give a Little Whistle” from “Pinocchio” Pure charm on celluloid.

6) “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” from “The Aristocats” The jazziest Disney ever

5) “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” The first few notes form the jingle at the beginning of all Disney presentations

4) “I’ve Got No Strings” from “Pinocchio” Funny, original and again; charming

3) “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book” Who doesn’t love this?

2) “I Wan’na Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book” Or this?

1) “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” Here it is, the ultimate Disney song. The most breathtaking four minutes of cinema ever made

Only my opinion, what do you think?