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2013

2013 was the year of Roger Taylor's long-awaited (if you're me) fifth solo album, Fun On Earth. Absolutely nothing else happened though, honest. Well, maybe a few things. Television gave me Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD, and then amazingly didn't take it away again after a half dozen episodes. It's still going now, even. Or will be, once they've stopped pootling around with their mid-season hiatusing, and have given it back. It's fab. It's got Agent Coulson and a flying car.

What else? I mentioned Roger's album already, didn't I. Damn. It's very good. Lousy cover, good songs. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were still on tour, so possibly the reason I didn't notice much else happening was because I was busy stalking them on YouTube? It was fun. As a hobby I highly recommend it. (Look! Cover Me! No Surrender! Live from London in June! Hurrah)!

Um. Some other stuff happened. Maybe I should do this entry as a fill-in-the-blanks? I remember watching Hostages, which was hilarious. I still don't know if it was supposed to be. It was a one-off, which was just as well, as no way was it going to get recommissioned; but despite that less than sterling recommendation, if you didn't see it, you should. It was very, very funny. I especially loved the episode when [spoiler] got shot. Funniest thing I've seen in years.

The Beeb aired Dancing On The Edge this year. It was a mini series by Stephen Poliakoff, who has impressed me greatly in the past (Caught On A Train (1980); Perfect Strangers (2001); The Lost Prince (2003)), but this was just a mess. It was supposedly the story of a black jazz band in London in the thirties, but it turned out to be about lots of white people instead. It even had white people telling black people how to deal with racism, which really shouldn't still be happening on the telly in 2013. Soundtrack was excellent, mind. I bought it before the end of the series. Some lovely bouncy jazz.

And then the Doctor had a birthday. :) And there was feasting and merriment. Well, there was a film, with Ten and Eleven and Eleven-and-a-half, or whatever we're supposed to call him. Best of all was Peter Davison being very silly with Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy though. The Day Of The Doctor was fun, but The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was demonstrably the best 50th birthday present ever. I hope we don't have to wait until 2023 before they're similarly silly again.



A one-off single at the end of this year, not connected to any album, this is McFly and Love Is On The Radio. And nothing since. Stop dicking about with what's left of Busted, and put another album out, damn it!



From his second album, Didn't It Rain, Hugh Laurie covers Dr John's Wild Honey:



Imagine Dragons and the insanely catchy On Top Of The World:



New band! This is the insanely young Strypes, with a cover of Bo Diddley's You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover:



And, to end, Roger Taylor with Sunny Day. Yes please. Come on, December. I'm bored with rain...



Comments

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heartonsnow
Dec. 30th, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
Roger has had FIVE solo albums??!! I only have one, I didn't know he'd done that many!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 31st, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Fun In Space
Strange Frontier
Happiness?
Electric Fire
Fun On Earth.

FIS is fun. Very early eighties! SF is also very eighties, but in a different way. I'm very fond of that one. It contains the song "Man On Fire", which has become Roger's signature song, and is a big fan favorite. H? is the one that he had been recording prior to Freddie's death, then rejigged as a consequence. It's quite melancholy in some ways. EF is most people's favourite. Damned fine album. And then FOS a couple of years back.
heartonsnow
Dec. 31st, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
I want to hear Happiness now.
swordznsorcery
Jan. 1st, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
And as if by magic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njLjIqJVYx0 :)

Don't be put off by the first track! He came back from a visit to western Europe in a blind rage, having seen Neo Nazis fire-bombing a refugee home, and wrote a blistering song - only for the record company to keep refusing it on the grounds that it might offend people (?!). It eventually wound up so watered down that at times it's almost funny rather than angry. But the rest of the album is much better! My favourites are the title track and "Foreign Sand".
heartonsnow
Jan. 4th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Am listening now. I keep thinking "good drumming"..................well DUH of course!!!
swordznsorcery
Jan. 4th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying it. :)
oonaseckar
Dec. 31st, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
Hugh Laurie! (I'm having a massive House re-watch, and am consequently more excited than I might otherwise be.) But is that an American accent he's putting on? Oi, Laurie. You're not still playing the good Doctor, y'know. (Oh. Just think if they'd got Hugh in instead of Capaldi for Twelve. I could have got behind that.)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
I think he's just putting on a "Blues" voice, rather than consciously being American. Paul Jones sometimes does the same thing.

Hugh Laurie would be great as the Doctor. I'd never have believed it once upon a time, when he was still so Woostery. He's always been a good actor, but he just didn't look the part then. But he's aged so well! I do like Capaldi though - I just wish he was reading different lines. Mostly I still want Paterson Joseph. Sorry, Hugh.
oonaseckar
Dec. 31st, 2015 06:05 am (UTC)
I see your Paterson Joseph, I raise you a Chiwetel Ejiofor. *glum*
swordznsorcery
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah. He'd have been great. He said a very firm no though, apparently, whereas Paterson Joseph has said he'd do it if asked. Might be some hope still actually, as there's been talk of Neil Gaiman taking over when the Moff goes, and he's been wanting Joseph in the role as long as I have. But that's a lot of maybes!
meathiel
Dec. 31st, 2015 09:33 am (UTC)
Agents of SHIELD ... I'm still waiting for the 2nd season to be broadcast here ... meh ...
swordznsorcery
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
That's terrible! Season two was really good. So far season three has been really good.
liadtbunny
Dec. 31st, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
'The Five(ish) Drs' was great and Eight had his existence proved(!)!

I don't remember much about 2013 either:S
swordznsorcery
Dec. 31st, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
I think Eight's existence has been proved anyway. His picture has been used several times since the series came back. Always good to see him though!
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