I understand that there are worse things going on in the world, that many people have a much harder time of it than me and I probably don’t have it so very bad, really, but as far as I’m concerned, the idea of getting enthusiastic about anything in January is just a stupid, crappy joke in poor taste.
In this long, dark recession of the soul, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We’re in it for the duration. Doom. Gloom. Woe.
Stick me in a box in the airing cupboard with some straw and a couple of carrots until, I dunno, May or something. It’s better for all concerned.
You might have noticed that Expletive Undeleted is now a part of something called the Vice Blogging Network. They’ve linked me up and feature selected stories from the listed blogs on the main Vice site. There’s also some talk of guesties for Vice events and maybe even some paid work if we are very, very good. In return they ask me to flag up two or three suggested stories a week.
I’m not entirely sure how enthusiastic I’d be about that at the best of times, and it’s probably not going to be do-able more than once a month, but I’m going to wait and see how it turns out.
The fact is, the content in the magazine and online is about a billion times more interesting than many blogs and a lot of mainstream media. The spirit of Gonzo is alive and more or less well in the shape of ViceTV’s excellent documentaries. So I am
very happy mildly ambivalent to recommend you watch the Vice guide to Liberia and an interview with Noam Chomsky.
I can’t say I’m overjoyed at the blog being one of about 200 on the VBN list, I’m not sure I’d actually want to go to a Vice party (I imagine they’re like those daft Skins parties but with more anal sex) and I’m absolutely not going to plug a city-by-city what’s-on iPhone application I can’t actually use myself, but I am willing to prostitute myself and the blog this one time at least.
Other than that, if you’re looking for chuckles, I’d have a look at the blogroll on the right. I’d particularly recommend Sheena Beaston, Carboot Radio, Bagging Area, Just Press Play and The Acid House. And lovers of big bitches should also head over to It’s a Blog Not a Log for some serious hot Blue action.
While you do that, you might want to listen to some genuine post-punk brilliance. Almost Red by Killing Joke features on Bustin’ Out, the first of a series of compliations focussing on the time between punk rock and acid house. Post punk goes disco – but in a very different way to PiL. More info on the album here.
‘Interestingly’ enough, this particular tune took me a couple of years to track down in the first place, but you lot get it with a couple of clicks on a mouse.
Needless to say, I’m not sure if I approve.
[Picture at the top of this post taken from the fantastic Star Wars Toys Doing What They Do Best]