February 09, 2009 GMT
I Thought It Was Over But It's Not.

30.1.09. Perito Moreno, Argentina.

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Pics from Chile, words from Argentina. Strange days indeed.

Just as, famously, there's a fine line between clever and stupid, there is only the narrowest of demarcations separating tearful, panicky dismay from demented, sky-punching euphoria. I get the first one from a misfiring cylinder, compounded by my apparent inability to change a spark plug without dropping it deep into the dark heart of the engine; and the second from finding a mechanic who can do the job properly, resulting in a custard-smooth motorbike and a soppy grin.

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You know what it's like. One minute everything in the world is completely bollocks; an hour later you are, literally, a millionaire Jesus, covered in girls and throwing 180's every turn.
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That track by The Feeling is a magnificent, strutting rooster of a song, is it not? Look a little closer... and the rooster is wearing a smart new beret!

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But what about a Top 5 booze tunes? Not in order...
Closing Time - Semisonic
Still Be Around - Uncle Tupelo
Have A Drink On Me - AC/DC
Whiskey Blues - Muddy Waters
Gin & Juice - Snoop.
All 16 songs off of Frank's In The Wee Small Hours would also fit the ticket. None of 'em specifically about boozin', but you sure as hell get the picture.

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While we're "at it", can there be a music video based on a less convincing premise than the one* in which the fat lad out of Keane outruns a couple of motorcycle assassins? The only vehicle Tubbyguts could outrun -surely to Christ- would be an ice-cream van.
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I swear on the tear-sodden grave of Tony Hart that I just overheard this conversation:

USA Man: Where I come from, roadkill and hunt-meat recipes are a really important part of our cultural heritage.
USA Woman: Fer sure! My mom's beaver is delicious!

One hardly knows where to look...
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What sort of TV channel, I wonder, would show you the first half of a Barclays Premiership match, then at half-time, give you the full-time score complete with highlights, and only then show you the second half? Do you think it might be the Blithering Idiot Channel?
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What in the ruddy heck d'you think "Membrana en Pasta" might be? Ive just seen it advertised on a billboard, and I'm nearly certain I don't want any of it in my mouth.
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*The Lovers Are Losing, 2008

Posted by Simon Fitzpatrick at February 09, 2009 09:36 PM GMT
 
 

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