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Riff Watch #3 – Blur / Placebo

Blur – ‘Coping’ riff

 is similar to

Placebo – ‘Never-Ending Why’


Riff Watch #2 Nirvana/Arctic Monkeys

Nirvana “Very Ape” intro riff


Arctic Monkeys “Potion Approaching” intro riff

Arctic Monkeys VS Britney Spears

Guitar riff in Arctic Monkey’s Old Yellow Bricks:

Sounds like the main riff in

Britney Spears’ If You Seek Amy:


Valentine’s Day Bullsh*t

I hate Valentine’s Day as much as the next feminist – actually, as much as the next media-savvy human being – and for all your usual reasons: corporate scam, greeting card holiday etc. blah blah. But this V-Day I had a special reason.

In the last few weeks in the UK there have been adverts on the TV trying to sell me Fleetwood Mac’s The Very Best Of as “the perfect Valentine’s Day gift”. This comes equipped with an irony so intense that it’s almost the greatest advertising joke ever.  Anyone with Wikipedia (which is anyone with the internet, which is everyone) can find out that Fleetwood Mac have had more relationship break-ups, make-ups, divorces, tantrums, bitterness and resentment towards each other than probably any other group of people IN THE WORLD. (How romantic.) They’ve also written some of the bestest songs and most famous riffs in the world, which is why the connotation seems to have been rendered irrelevant by the bigwigs.

The worst part about it is that I have this CD, it is a very good CD, and the sum of their efforts – their greatest body of work – has been promoted and shopped as nothing more than a Valentine’s present. It irks me to think that clueless and unimaginative men have bought this CD for no other reason than that the advertisers assured them it would be a well received gift. Well not in my book.  I’m a Mac fan and any other day of the year I’d love someone to give this to me but like I said, there is zero romance in being given this on Valentine’s Day. In terms of love songs there are maybe… 3? (I’d like to point out to any shallow and idealistic sensitive types that what sound like love songs aren’t. They are actually laments of lost love.)

This seems to sum up the lack of respect for music in general. CD’s are flogged rather than advertised:  “This will make your mum happy. This is perfect for Christmas. Can’t think of what to buy your son? He’ll love this! Dad’s favourite CD…” Sigh. I could be taking all this too seriously but then again, I could be on to something. Music is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day.


Captain Beefheart Vs Kanye West

Captain Beefheart – “Trust us (take 9)” [from 30 secs- about 1.50]

Sounds like

Kanye West – “Get ’em High” (kinda..)

(And the first 30 secs of Captain Beefheart actually sounds a little like ‘Just Like Me’ – Eminem)

Riff watch #1 Auf der Maur/Nirvana

Melissa Auf der Maur’s “Beast of honor” intro


Nirvana – “Big Cheese” main riff.

Kinder Surprise

Hole in the mid-ninties

Grunge music is officially on its way back and so must be its fashion counterpart. Kinderwhore, made famous by Courtney Love and Kat Bjelland, is the classic good girl gone bad way of dressing. Baby doll dresses, tights ripped to shreds, smeared makeup and extreme bed hair. It kinda says “I’m innocent…but get too close I’ll rip you to shreds.” The late 80’s/early 90’s was a crazy time. Music was radical and powerful, young people everywhere didn’t give a damn about what people thought and constantly provoked reaction from the mainstream. The late 00’s/early ‘10’s do no harbour such free thinking rebellion, so any attempt at Kinderwhore nowadays would have to be done in a sensible and controlled manner. Take Peaches Geldof:

Peaches for PPQ

Victorian style colours (black and cream always work well together), lace, netting, frills and strong shoulders. Dark red lips and careless waves complete the look. The aim of the game is to look a little dishevelled, but still some what presentable. Try this take on the babydoll from Jovonna at Topshop with these Topshop tights. Mary Janes are the staple shoes and these cuties from New Look will do the trick. Search EBay for a mid length brown faux fur coat to throw over the outfit to keep you toasty. A sweet yet grown up fragrance is needed here. J’adore by Dior or maybe more fittingly, Baby Doll by Yves Saint Laurent. But above all, to pull off this look you need shit loads of attitude and true love for all things grunge. 

 Dre x