// Category Archive for: OMG British R Coming

In Praise Of Robert Wyatt

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Current Faves, Issues, Music, OMG British R Coming |

By John Lane

Aye, the following individual is never, ever to be classified as a “guilty pleasure,” understood? Yes, one could use the expression that he is an “acquired taste,” but goodness knows not all acquired tastes are meant to pass the taste test of everyone.

Robert Wyatt is an English creation, one that could’ve only been born of and thrived in England (albeit in a quiet, genteel way), as he has done professionally for over 40 years.
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Revelations And Resistance: The Music Of Muse

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Current Faves, Issues, Music, OMG British R Coming |

By Lisa Anderson

I’ve loved British things all my life, but my most recent discovery is the band Muse.

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Muse at the VMAs, September 2009
Photo © MuseAdmin

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Confessions Of A Recovering Anglophile

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Editorial, Issues, OMG British R Coming |

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Rupert Everett in Dance With A Stranger, 1985

It wasn’t the Beatles; despite Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and select songs from the White Album, I could hardly tell they had accents. And it wasn’t David Bowie because he wasn’t even from Earth, never mind the UK. I should probably blame Julie Andrews, since it was surely my obsession with The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins that started it.
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There’s No Actual Evidence For It, But It’s Scientific Fact: The Work Of Chris Morris

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Comedy, Culture Shock, Issues, OMG British R Coming, TV |

By Matt Keeley

Perhaps the oddest thing about comedian and writer/director Chris Morris’s lack of popularity outside of the UK is that he’s peripherally involved in things that ended up being quite huge in the States.
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This Charming Man: Peter Cook in The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Issues, Movies, OMG British R Coming, Retrovirus |

By Emily Carney

Before alcoholism, various drugs, loose women, and cigarettes took their toll, Peter Cook was perhaps one of the most gorgeous, sought-after men of his generation (oh yeah, he was also exceedingly witty).
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Cockney Rhyming Slang Is À La Mode

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Issues, OMG British R Coming |

By Margaret Cross

Being a huge fan of Brit flicks, the BBC, Brit writing, and of course, Brit gangsters, I have been in the thrall of so-called “Cockney Rhyming Slang” for close to two decades now. I’ve been an avid student, doing my best to understand the riddle that is rhyming slang. Here, for you Popshifters, I break it down in the easiest way I am able. These are some clever Brits!
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A Bit On The Bits From A Bit Of Fry & Laurie

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Comedy, Culture Shock, Issues, OMG British R Coming, TV |

By Jimmy Ether

To misappropriate one of my favorite quotes, writing about comedy is like dancing about architecture. It’s difficult to articulate what it is about something that really makes us laugh. Like music, humor touches us deep down at the core. It reaches into our baser instincts where fear, sexual desire, and the cravings for candy reside. On paper, a skit appears to be trite silliness. The analysis obscures the subversive nature of great comedy in which it fights to acknowledge the world and our lives as a ridiculous, nonsensical mess—and then laugh at it.
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1,000 Umbrellas Open to Spoil the View: XTC’s English Legacy

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Issues, Music, OMG British R Coming |

By James Thurston Davis

I first encountered XTC around 1982, probably their English Settlement album, probably in my friend Marc’s tiny bedroom with the Roger Dean posters on the wall and the cedar chest stuffed with vinyl. I like to think the first thing I remember about that album was Andy Partridge’s snarling vocals on “No Thugs in Our House,” or the aural explosion of “Jason and the Argonauts,” but what really struck me immediately was the overwhelming sense of Englishness that came over me the moment the needle dropped on “Runaways.”
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It’s a Mod Mod World

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Issues, Movies, Music, OMG British R Coming, Retrovirus |

By Noreen Sobczyk

I’ve always had a tradition of becoming obsessed with something. Not obsessed in the peeping-around-in-someone’s-bushes way, nor by writing famous people letters, or boiling some guy’s bunny, but becoming deeply engrossed in one particular thing. Be it music, film, or a book, there’s always something that strikes me and becomes my most prized form of entertainment.

When VCRs were first released I would rent the same videos over and over, never tiring of them. One of the first movies I watched ad nauseum was The Who documentary, The Kids Are Alright. Something about the movie had me hooked, and I particularly enjoyed the early clips, fast forwarding through the fringed Woodstock period.

One word kept getting tossed about: Mods.
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These Freaks We’re Talking About: Pulp

Published on November 29th, 2009 in: Culture Shock, Issues, Music, OMG British R Coming |

By Less Lee Moore

While many music fans were taking sides in the media-fabricated battle of the bands between Blur and Oasis in the early ’90s, there was one band who would eventually turn that war into a stalemate: Pulp.
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