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Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Magnetic’ – Bar by Bar

The era of Big Disco is over.

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Steps, ‘Story of a Heart’ – Bar by Bar

It’s Steps, but all grown up (not in a Daily Mail way).

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Return of the black eyeliner pencil (part 2)

An unknown alternative band from the UK called Placebo released their fourth single, “Nancy Boy”, on 20th January 1997. Sounding suspiciously like Gazebo’s only record “Lardy Boy” it reached no 4 in the UK hit parade. Destined for pop’s dumper up until that point and only future appearances on ITV to look forward to, Placebo have their ripped-off version of Gazebo’s “Lardy Boy” entirely to thank for all their success.

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Return of the black eyeliner pencil (part 1)

1989 saw a wave of optimism sweep the planet. The Cold War was ending, Bowie’s “Heroes” helped bring down the Berlin Wall, apartheid was being dismantled and military dictatorships were ending in South America.
The Cure saw this worldwide mood of boundless positivity, thought “fuck that”, and released their gloomcore epic ‘Disintegration’.

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“Sugar Paper Theories” and the Reykjavik Confessions

There was huge pressure on the Icelandic Police to solve the mystery of Geirfinnur Einarsson’s sudden vanishing. One day, an officer asked Erla Bolladottir if she knew anything about his disappearance. “Maybe”, she said. The following day, the lead investigator turned up at the tiny apartment she lived in, saying, we will help you remember what happened to this one too.

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In the name of the Father and the Holy Ghost

In which your author attempts to prove that there’s literally nothing that you can’t apply a Freudian reading to, even a half-arsed science fiction film like “Contact”, if you’re prepared to look hard enough between the lines (and maybe smoke a little crystal meth to ease the way).

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On Prometheus

Hesiod, Aesop, Ovid and a number of other classical writers all contribute to the colourful legend of Prometheus in some way. Even given their lack of science fiction knowledge I’m quite confident that all of them could have written something much better than this truly mediocre prequel.

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One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

This affecting book narrates “… a ghastly story of family dysfunction, professional and sexual failure, grotesque narcissism and the temptation of apocalyptic delusions…” but reveals little about the failure of the various systems that could have prevented or assisted with this tragedy.