Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Prize for the greatest SPAM email I have received recently goes to Neateye.

No attachments, just this short message:

Call out Gouranga be happy!!!
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga ....
That which brings the highest happiness!!

Of course the sender (whose email I am wisely holding from you) could be someone I know with an odd new Gouranga themed email address.

Who knows, or indeed dares, to dream...

I turned to email Junkbox after deciding to turn away from yet another chart orientated television title starting "The 50 Greatest..."

Who votes for these things? Of course everyone knows that the general public is very stupid indeed and when acting en mass is the very embodiment of hell on earth. This weekend saw a run down of the greatest music videos of all time, which wasn't really as it was voted for by the public. And hence a not terrible but far far far from special Robbie Williams offering (something about rocking DJs) made number four.

This wouldn't be so bad if the pundits that are wheeled out to provide commentary weren't so simperingly positive. Presumably not wanting to undermine their own show and/or discourage people associated with the clips to refuse to appear the producers of this programme asked their guests or editors to make sure each video was "bigged up" (as they might have undoubtedly said). Much better television would have been provided had we been able to see an interview with someone saying it how it really was.

"This video is an average piece of work that gained notoriety because parts of it were banned - although nothing about it could be said to be outrageous or cutting edge and no boundaries whatsoever were pushed back. This piece of shit shouldn't even have been mentioned here."

I'd liked to have seen a few more Michel Gondry efforts. He is the director who recently crossed into the feature film world with the excellent Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Some of his videos include the choreographed masterpiece of Daft Punk's Around The World, the White Stripes Fell In Love With The Girl the beautiful one take genius of Massive Attack's Protection and a wonderful palindromic spilt screen video with a Japanese band called Cibo Matto with their track Sugar Water. These are genuinely amazing videos and huge technical achievements.

Robbie Williams taking his clothes off is not my idea of music video nirvana.

But I shouldn't care - it is just another chart rundown I don't take any notice of.

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