When Coldplay first happened.
19 years ago.
I really liked them.
Yet with the passing of time.
I was unsure if I really liked Coldplay ‘back then’ simply because they were new.
And I was unsure if I grew to like them less because they became popular.
(This is quite typical of course).
But, these days, there is no uncertainty in my mind.
I am sure why I liked them in the beginning.
It’s because Parachutes is the best album they ever did.
Parachutes is the album that Chris Martin sings best on.
These are the songs that his voice was born for.
The songs are simple.
And here it is: https://www.50odd.co.uk/parachutes/
2011 is my favourite.
John Lewis Adverts.
There have been 13 John Lewis adverts.
The first was in 2007.
And it was called ‘Shadow’.
Here’s the set:
2009. The Feeling.
2010. A Tribute to the Givers.
2011. The Long Wait.
2012. The Journey.
2013. The Bear and the Hare.
2014. Monty the Penguin.
2015. The Man on the Moon.
2016. Buster the Boxer.
2017. Moz the Monster.
2018. The Boy and the Piano.
2019. Edgar the Dragon.
What about you?
Here they all are: https://www.50odd.co.uk/2011-2/.
This is The Lyrics Game (Part 1).
From songs you’ve heard.
See how many you get.
But not until you’ve done your best, OK?
If you get 5 you’re pretty cool).
- “In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name. By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same.”
- “I’ve changed my name, I’ve changed my face.
But no one wants you when you lose”.
- “We started out as friends,
But the thought of you just caves me in”.
- “Oh, can’t anybody see
We’ve got a war to fight
Never found our way
Regardless of what they say”.
- “Boul ma sene, boul ma guiss madi re nga fokni mane
Khamouma li neka thi sama souf ak thi guinaw
Beugouma kouma khol oaldine yaw li neka si yaw
Mo ne si man, li ne si mane moye dilene diapale”.
- Prince. Sign O’ The Times.
- Peter Gabriel. Don’t Give Up.
- Terence Trent D’Arby (Sananda Maitreya). Sign Your Name.
- Portishead. Roads.
- Youssou N’Dour (Neneh Cherry). 7 Seconds.
Something beautiful: https://www.50odd.co.uk/the-lyrics-game-part-1/
When the little fella did this.
I was 16.
I didn’t really understand or recognise his genius at the time.
And I didn’t really understand or recognise the song’s genius either.
But I do now: https://www.50odd.co.uk/doves/.
Here is a little reminder.
Of how beautiful this song was when it was released.
27 years ago.
And a reminder that it sounds just as lovely today: https://www.50odd.co.uk/nightswimming/.
I’m not sure what you’ll think of this.
It’s a 1994 album.
By a band called ‘Cud’.
I bloody love this album.
And I think my friend Mark Shayler might like it, too.
Because Mark dresses funkily.
And because Mark’s head is filled with magic.
But I’m not sure what you will think.
The album is unusual!
(But then so is Mark).
Let’s see if you like it: https://www.50odd.co.uk/cud/
This should be a David Brent type disaster.
It is really very, very cool.
It’s likely you’ve seen it before, of course.
But it’s definitely worth another 4 minutes of your time.
For a listen and a watch: https://www.50odd.co.uk/brent/
I’ve always wanted to be cool.
But I don’t know what the formula is for making someone cool.
Or for making something cool, either.
I do know when I see cool though.
And I do know when I hear cool.
Is very, very cool: https://www.50odd.co.uk/cool-2/.
OK, a quick chat about Among Authors.
A band I’ve just discovered.
It wasn’t looking good for them, to be honest.
12 years ago.
At 23 years old.
Bandleader Ian Ketterer had open-heart surgery.
Ian plays piano.
And he has 9 fingers.
And he’s a singer.
And he’s deaf in one ear.
Oh, one more thing.
They are stunningly fucking brilliant!
Here they are: https://www.50odd.co.uk/among-authors/