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MUSIC REVIEW | The Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves (1984)

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This is a review for The Psychedelic Furs album Mirror Moves. This has been my introduction to a review for The Psychedelic Furs album Mirror Moves.

While I can’t think of a single other band or song to compare it to, the second The Ghost in You started, all I could think was, yep, this is what 1984 Britain would have sounded like. Its weird Caribbean influence combines with the new wave twist of the day, and vocals that would eventually be amped up just a bit to fuel so much Brit rock of the decades to follow.

The 80s is in even fuller effect when the sax is added to the primitive electronic sounds and reverbed to the max guitars of Here Come Cowboys. Things get more easily definably 80s when the ultra pop of Heartbeat kicks in. The sax is less soul passion, and more like the shirtless dude on the pier in The Lost Boys. The pounding, over produced drums and vocals that sound like a David Bowie impression.   As much as it sounds like I’m pulling the piss out of this song, it’s actually the most enjoyable moment so far on Mirror Moves. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)


“But there’s another story, Captain Bligh, of ten cocoanuts and two cheeses. A story of a man who robbed his seamen, cursed them, flogged them, not to punish but to break their spirit. A story of greed and tyranny, and of anger against it, of what it cost”.

Clarke Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind is one of those iconic performances that will live on forever. Clarke Gable in It Happened One Night is one I only saw for the first time a few years ago, but it immediately proved to me that his work in Gone With the Wind was no fluke. He is one watchable, charismatic, charming son of a bitch. Which is why I thought it was time I saw a bit more of his work, starting with Mutiny on the Bounty.

“In December, 1787, HMS Bounty lay in Portsmouth harbour on the eve of departure for Tahiti in the uncharted waters of the Great South Sea. The Bounty’s mission was to procure breadfruit trees for transplanting to the West Indies as cheap food for slaves. Neither ship nor breadfruit reached the West Indies. Mutiny prevented it. Mutiny against the abuse of the harsh eighteenth century sea law. But this mutiny, famous in history and legend, helped bring about a new discipline based upon mutual respect between officers and men, by which Britain’s sea power is maintained as security for all who pass upon the seas”. (more…)