Thursday, 16 September 2010

10 Reasons To Love Phil Collins

So I'm at work and we're in chats about a new music programme to pitch, making preliminary notes on who might appear. Working through our list, I mention Phil Collins, smiling inside as I think of gorillas that play drums. 'Phil Collins?!' is the horrified reply I get, as if the Genesis dude who tapes his drumsticks to his arms before gigs isn't cool or something.  
So before you I lay 10 reasons why you could never not love Phil Collins:

1. A keen supporter of PETA, he once donated a signed drumstick in a campaign against KFC
2. He is an absolute monster of reinvention having hits spanning Prog Rock to Dance Pop to the (super cool) new Motown album.
3. He can sing in 4 different languages
4. It only took one take for him to get the drums down for the original Band-Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas'
5. Taught himself drums!
6. At 19 he played drums for George Harrison and as a child appeared as an extra in 'A Hard Days Night'
7. Has collaboed with Crosby eek!
8. Once performed in Philadelphia and London on the same day
9. Donates all his royalties in South Africa to The Topsy Foundation
10. Raised important political issues like Apartheid and Homelessness.

He may also have crazy love for Alamo and model railways, but we forgive him, because he's Phil, and he's a ledge.

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Vintage Emporium: Brick Lane

 I always said if I ever had a coffee shop (hey, I used to work in Starbucks...) it would be an uber chilled mix of clean caffeine, vintage clothes and old records. I should put a halt on any plans though, took a cheeky trip down Brick Lane yesterday and found my way to 'The Vintage Emporium.' Sign of a good coffee shop = soya milk and not wanting to leave. The entrance holds a sign saying 'Welcome Home,' but far from being a twee sentiment, two hours later, curled up on the sofa with a rather friendly and greying dog sat at my feet, I could see why. The chai was fresh, the wall covered in a suitable amount of useless junk and the staff laidback and friendly. Escape the city today.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

This is England '86

This is England '86 starts on Tuesday. My bro was born in '86, too young to wear braces and listen to Laurel Aitken. This is England makes the 80's look, dare I say it... cool. Could I be more excited? No. Do I want to shave my head and get my bovvers out. Not half.