Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's love. Welcome aboard.

Please ignore the dodgy video "creativity" from about 2 minutes in to the first video...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The way she were

Susan Boyle in 1984, aged 22, at Fir Park Social Club in Motherwell.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hello sailor

A pile of flyers for the next Kiss & Make Up, which is on the 5th of June, from 8pm at the Vauxhall Griffin. Coming soon... badges!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Please have a happy 23rd birthday

Ooh, the "On this day..." thing on the Pet Shop Boys website – which comes courtesy of this exhaustive PSB fan site – tells us that 23 years ago today, Pet Shop Boys, Please was released. Here's a great song off it that wasn't a single.

P.S. Chris, you can stop miming dear. The song's finished.
P.P.S. It seems that the "On this day..." feed is completely out of sync, because according to Wikipedia, Please came out on 24th March. OH WELL. That was a waste of time then. Happy 23.17th birthday, Please.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The real thing

This is Yacht Rock, mos def. It's also really weird.

We are sailing...

Judging by this clip, Mark Ronson and I have a lot in common. Both of us say 'basically' and 'like' far too much and we both love this song. But is it 'Yacht Rock'? I dunno...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sail away

Ahoy! Things are taking a nautical turn this month at Kiss & Make Up.

It's our Helen's birthday, and so in honour of her hometown of Portsmouth ("the waterfront city" – fact), we'll be shaping up, shipping out and adopting a vaguely nautical theme. Sailor suits and pirate outfits are encouraged, although by no means compulsory.

Regular DJs Helen and Hannah will be joined this month by the Vauxhall Griffin's very own rockin' John Geraghty. Together, they'll be playing the usual can't-sit-down playlist of fantastic pop, indie old and new, 80s treats, guiltfree pleasures and yacht rock (once we've worked out what it is exactly). You can expect a good few sea/ship/boat-type songs thrown into the mix too e.g. Sea Within A Sea by the Horrors, Ship Of Fools by Erasure, Sailing On The Seven Seas by OMD... That sort of thing. The theme from Howard's Way, maybe? Maybe not.

We'll be rustling up a nautical light buffet for the evening, plus there'll be the usual Kiss & Make Up comforts of a friendly atmosphere, quiz machine, pre-dancing games of pool, comfy sofas and oceanic-themed visuals on the big screen. We'll be there from 8pm-1am (ish), and it's FREE to get in – have a drink, have a dance and still catch the last tube home.

Find us at the Vauxhall Griffin, 8 Wyvil Road, London SW8 2TH – just five minutes' walk from Vauxhall tube, which is a tiny 10-minute tube ride from Oxford circus on the Victoria line.

We really hope to see you there.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

This is amazing

How long before they inspire a Sony Bravia ad or something?

Thanks to Unicorn Kid for tweeting them on Tweeterer. Twitterer. Twitter.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

They must have seen you coming

After much struggling with the audio track ("we can see them coming but not HEAR them"), the video for the new Pet Shop Boys single is up on Youtube.
It's directed by Douglas Hart, original bass player from the Jesus & Mary Chain.
Here's Douglas looking moody in black in the video of Just Like Honey, while the Reid brothers do each others hair

and here's Neil Tennant looking moody in black, 24 years later, in the video for Did You See Me Coming?.

EDIT: He directed the video for Sea Within A Sea by the Horrors too.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Putting on their guerilla suits

There's a new Manic Street Preachers album out on Monday. Nicky Wire was on Channel 4 news last night talking about it. This is the full-length version of the interview. Also, here's a piece on the band from the TV programme Rapido, transmitted the week before their debut album came out way back in February 1992.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hit the Northern Line

Ian from PiE&MASH has made a film... Make sure you watch it in HD. It sounds much better.

EDIT And here's Ian on the news being interviewed about the video.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

And he's dancing like he's never danced before…

Thank you to everyone who came to Friday's Kiss & Make Up 80s spectacular. Although we missed the injured Mr Stu a lot, we had so much fun, and we hope you did too. 

I don't think it's any exaggeration to say that the dancefloor of the Vauxhall Griffin has never seen such daring and exciting dance moves. Props to Footloose Dave and the high-kicking birthday boy. I hope you remembered to warm down afterwards.

On a personal note, apologies for pressing the wrong button and ruining your enjoyment of Kim Wilde's Kids In America. I was a bit over-excited and also totally wired on Flying Saucers.

Finally, it's important to learn from every experience, and last night we learnt not to serve Rainbow Drops as part of the buffet. They are disgusting.

Here are some pictures.

And here are some more.