Thursday, February 21, 2008

Music: Proof that nobody is ever cool

Recent conversation with Triton's annoyingly-talented 13-year-old sister, Izabella:

We are looking through her iTunes music library, which she has recently replenished with a bag of CDs donated by yours truly.

Izabella: So, what's your favourite band?
Franzy: Uh ...
Izabella: Or bands, whatever
Franzy (Thinking in high gear of something he has been listening to recently that throw a thoughtful curve-ball to a school-cool 13-year-old who is into music): Oh ... um ... ah, okay, how about this: lately I've been listening to ... Timbaland.
Izabella (polite smile): Right.

While I find Timbaland's production work quite interesting in the way he uses odd samples and unique beat structures and often very dance-hall/techno sounds, there is no denying the fact that he has boosted the careers just about every bubbly pop artist around. He is in no way cool, hip or attached with any cultural cred whatsoever. And thus, neither am I.

And so, without further ado, I present two music videos for your delectation. Neither of them relate to Timbaland, but both are worth watching.

It might help to imagine the "Green and Groovy" one going for the neck.

Thanks to Jimmythins for putting me onto what could be the song of 2008. Already. Boop-a-doop-a-doop!


Why, oh why is the Fringe parade always on a chilly, rainy evening? I'm almost glad that Mele isn't feeling well so that we get to stay at home ...


GTH - Milly Moo (aka Kath Lockett) for her stories of sweat.


  1. Gold! Posessed dolls, banana phones and a GTH I know.

    GTH: Sam Woolatts straw cowboy hat in front of the blured out stage at last years Blues and Roots fest. Taken from front left of the stage in the mud during either Xavier Rudd or The Roots..? Am I close?

  2. ps, anonymous would be me, murphy.

  3. GTH-- You've lost me. I'm so not tuned in.

  4. Bloody hell, I spent all last night at a show with the 'Ring ring ring ring ring banana phone' tune looping over and over in my head!


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32