Ain’t No Good: Approximation of a Playlist §47

28 05 2010

Songs featuring bad grammar or just crap/annoying spelling

Cum on feel the noise – Slade
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
If I Was – Midge Ure
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Round Are Way – Oasis
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
Wotcha Gonna Do – Kim Wilde
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub – Apollo 440
Gimme all your lovin’ – ZZ Top
Gonna Make You A Star – David Essex
Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent – Gwen Guthrie
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – U2
A Change Is Gonna Come – Otis Redding
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden and Whitehead
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter – Frank Sinatra


22 05 2010

Shadow by Karin Alvtegen

Gerda Persson has lain dead for three days. Her life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until the freezer in her home is opened. It is full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them – all by the same prize-winning author, all with handwritten dedications to Gerda. What story do these books have to tell? And what is their connection to a young boy found abandoned in an amusement park?

The story goes a long way from this opening and covers a lot of rather dark territory. Extremely well written and crafted, it is pretty suspenseful but not genuinely thrilling. It all comes together, pretty awfully, in the end and overall is a rather good read. I’m not certain I’d categorise it with the current crop of Scandinavian crime fiction though – it is a bit different.

Not Strictly Dancing: Approximation of a playlist §46

15 05 2010

Songs or Artists featuring Dances

Nothing lasts forever – Echo and the Bunnymen
Canary In A Coalmine – The Police
La Bamba – Los Lobos
Breakout – Swing Out Sister
Bossa Nova Baby – Elvis Presley
Great things – Echobelly
I Love Lambeth – The Monochrome Set
The Wall Street Shuffle – 10cc
Disco 2000 – Pulp
To Cut A Long Story Short – Spandau Ballet
Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey
Reel Around The Fountain – The Smiths
You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) – Buddy Holly
Playground Twist – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Mambo Italiano – Rosemary Clooney
The Bestest in the Barn – Charlie And Lola
Vogue – Madonna
Life begins at the hop – XTC
Begin The Beguine – Tony Bennett
Soul Limbo – Booker T. and The MGs
See My Baby Jive – Wizzard
Twisting By The Pool – Dire Straits
Everybody Salsa – Modern Romance
It only takes two to tango – The Stranglers
Macarena – Los del Río

Bit of a Trial

12 05 2010

The Trial by Franz Kafka

‘It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing’ Albert Camus

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis–an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life–including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door–becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

Brilliant, disturbing, scary. Had read a lot of Kafka when I was younger but never this one. Reminded me how powerful and frightening he can be. Read it on iPod touch as well which worked surprising well.


5 05 2010

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason

A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat. There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Detective Erlendur is forced to use all the forensic resources available to find any leads at all. Delving into the dead man’s life he discovers that forty years ago he was accused of an appalling crime. Did his past come back to haunt him? Finally, Erlendur’s search leads him to Iceland’s Genetic Research Centre in order to find the disturbing answers to the mystery.

Actually rather good this one. Erlendur is an engaging lead, despite the absence of any defining musical or other quirks. He does though have a daughter who is a drug addict and a difficult divorce behind him. The plot is nicely developed and moves along pretty well. Worth a read and another good strand to the Scandinavian crime writing scene.

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