Jack of all trades, master of none
Dune: The cult Sci-Fi novel and the new movie
Dune – the 1st in a 6-book series, written in 1965 by Frank Herbert is potentially one of the littlest known sci-fi novels in modern times. However simultaneously it has sold 20 million copies worldwide with an influence on culture to match. It can be felt all over the place, from movies such as Star Wars, The Chronicles of Riddick, and The Matrix, to tv shows like Star Trek, to books such as Game of Thrones and, quite possibly every sci-fi novel written after it. Similarly so its influence on pop culture is so big that it has been parodied and referenced in everything, from The Simpsons to The Big Bang Theory, South Park, the videogame Fallout, and believe it or not in the lyrics of Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim. Some when they hear the name ‘Dune’ will have images in their head of the 1984 movie by David Lynch, starring a young Kyle MacLachlan, which had a soundtrack scored by Toto (yes them of Africa fame) and Brian Eno. The movie itself, although a flop has gone on to amass a cult following. More recently an updated 2-part movie, filmed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049) starring an ensemble cast, was to have its 1st part released in December of 2020. However the global COVID-19 pandemic caused the movie to be pulled, and a future release date of October 2021 issued. In preparation of the release of the movie last year I decided to read the novel.
Intermission: Whatever happened to the cinema??
There’s no escaping since the impacts of CoVid have been felt on a global scale. It has filtered down into and impacted almost every aspect of life that we take (or should that be took) for granted prior to this global pandemic. It’s had real significant impact on peoples personal lives, and sadly many people have now been affected, or lost loved ones to the virus. It is hard to imagine prior to this pandemic, something like a virus outbreak (which has happened several times over the years) could change the way the world operates, and the gears of global economy to grind to a halt almost overnight – but it has. Our lives have changed, and there is no doubt this will have lasting impacts for the foreseeable future. Where it has hit us most, is in the social aspect, and the things we do for fun to unwind after the long working week. One of which, along with pubs and restaurants, has been cinema.
Lost Albums: Leftism by Leftfield
Every now and again an album comes along that totally changes the game. Something so different it doesn’t neatly fit into any know genre of that time, fresh, sonically different and without any peers. Leftism by Leftfield did exactly that when it was first released and paved the way almost entirely for its own genre of music, which ironically became known as…well…leftfield.
THE ECLECTIC MIX 2020
So I thought id share with all you lovely people my music of 2020, based on what my Spotify most played of 2020. I have sneaked a few extra tracks on that i feel are too good to let slip under the radar, and not get the air time they deserve, i hope you enjoy it, just as much as i enjoyed it making up the soundtrack to my year! As the next year 2021 progresses i hope to continue this style of article, with me sharing my monthly playlists, as well as highlighting any tracks which i feel to be essential and unmissable.
In Profile: UNKLE
Snippets of mentioned tracks in this article Founded in 1992 by a British DJ/ producer, UNKLE are musical group that has slipped under most people’s musical radars. James Lavelle has been the mainstay over the last nearly 30 years, and worked with several musicians – Josh Homme, Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft, DJ Shadow and Ian Brown to name but a few. The albums released have been crafted by Lavelle from more of a composer position, crafting various sounds and voices together to produce work that centres around a theme, whether it be either musically or visually influenced. Founder of Mo’wax in 1992 (which released DJ Shadows’ ‘Endtroducing’), Lavelle used his profile, and his pull in music circles to attract people to work/feature on his UNKLE albums.
David Bowie 5 years on
David Bowie. You hear the name and immediately people’s minds will flash to a skinny, androgynous guy with a bushy red/coppery mane of hair, heavy make-up and a lightning bolt flashed down the middle of his face. This is David Bowie, or rather Ziggy Stardust – a persona he adopted for a few years in the early 70’s before changing or growing into the Aladdin Sane character (the lightning bolt image you have is from this album cover), described by himself as ‘Ziggy goes to America’. Again, he would morph later into the Thin White Duke persona for subsequent albums. Change was a constant motif of Bowie’s (as well as an excellent record by him), something he would make a career out of. Create a character, explore a musical soundscape, release an album, then when he was tired, bin it and start again. In his breakthrough record ‘Space Oddity’ in 1969 he sang of Major Tom, an astronaut lost in space (this being the first of his persona’s, and a comment on himself felling quite adrift and different from other music of that time). Even before the breakthrough, he was known by a completely different name – Davy Jones, or David Jones. Ironically, this isn’t even a persona, it’s the name he was born and christened with in 1947 by his parents. So, you see this whole time, Bowie has almost always been toying with us, and since we’ve ever ‘known’ him he has been the ever-changing morphing persona, evolved to play the part and fit the music needed for the time.
Why Batman’s Arkham series represent’s the BEST of Videogames
If you’ve ever played videogames then you’ll be aware of the Arkham series, however even then you may not have played them, and that’s what I hope to change with this article. Even if you just have a passing interest in games, I’d still recommend you play them. There is (in my opinion – which is why you are here I presume??) no better games series out there! That includes even the Call of Duty series, Mario, Metal Gear Solid, you name them, this is still better, by miles.
Why Ozark deserves your attention
Simply put you should just take my word for it and watch this! End of article… really that is it not much else worth writing about, thanks for reading…