Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bizarre DVD 3 packs 

This is a result of a recent post I made on Facebook, talking about bizarre DVD 3 packs - they haven't done Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd + Cujo yet, but it isn't hard to imagine.

Alida suggested this sounds like a meme - "Pick an unlikely but humorous trio pack." - I don't know if I started this one...

Here's an example of a real one that defies explanation: Mean Girls, Election + Save the Last Dance." I swear I'm not making this up!

Picking up on the meme, Peter Jetnikoff appropriately (or perhaps inappropriately :)) suggested Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, and Eraserhead.

Any others we might encounter in the department store film section of our nightmares?...


Thursday, January 06, 2011

Gerry Rafferty RIP 

Another sad loss to music is the passing of Gerry Rafferty, a consistently excellent singer/songwriter. Sad news, but probably not surprising given Gerry Rafferty's alcohol problems, poor health and odd disappearances over the last few years. Something that did (pleasantly) surprise was the release of the newish GR album Life Goes On in 2009.

I was first drawn to Rafferty's music by the astounding Ravenscroft sax riff on Baker Street (fun, but challenging to play) - a great introduction to a strong catalogue. While I love the City to City and Night Owl period, my personal favourite Rafferty album remains the forgotten Sleepwalking from 1982 (thanks, as usual to Billy Pinnell's Album Show on EON-FM for alerting me to it at the time). The back catalogue needs proper attention and rerelease, both his solo and bandwork.

A full obituary appears in today's Age.


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