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      10.08.2006 22:41
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      Rock On

      Another one of the early summers must have albums in the UK. This Sheffield based band follows a growing indie music trend already increased by bands such as the Kaiser chiefs and the Kooks. The band use a mix of plunging guitar riffs, catchy use of drums and a very distinctive use of vocals to produce a incredibly different and easily identifiable sound. The Album ‘Whatever people say I am, That’s not what I’m not’ is excellent overall, and this is coming from a person who is not hugely into indie/alternative music. I’ll just give a quick overview of a few of my favourite songs as if were to do an overview of the entire album I would end up repeating the same words over and over again. I Bet you look good on the dance floor Now to be honest I did not like this song at all when it first came out, it just seemed a bit too disjointed for my liking however after having listened to it for a certain period of time I now cannot switch the damn thing off. At just under three minutes long it is not the shortest song on the album but nor is it the longest song. When listening to it time just seems to fly by so you do end up just putting it on repeat. The song combines use of an indescribably catchy rhythm and lyrics that seem to me to be influenced a style of rap. The View From The Afternoon Unlike the previous song I liked this song from the very first time that I heard it played. Like much of the songs on this album it is very guitar heavy and had a very fats tempo. This song is what I’d call a good driving song, one that makes you feel good and that it recommended listening to if you are feeling bored. Riot Van This is easily the most slow, but not depressing song on the album. Obviously a song about a riot, this song is the 2nd shortest song on the album and goes like it. Good use of the usual instruments ensure that the song’s quality is kept up to the highest levels. When the sun goes down The Summer classic in the UK for this band, you cannot fail to like this song. In the same vein of quality as The Kooks ‘Naïve’. Superb Guitar Riffs support exemplary vocals to produce a classic song in the Indie genre. I would recommend this album to absolutely anyone, regardless whether your are a rap only man etc. The album has the ability to transcend genres with an ease only seen by the red hot chilli peppers – don’t get me wrong im not comparing to them to the RHCP ledgends.

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        01.08.2006 16:13
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        The Summer album

        Along with the seemingly non-stoppable penchant for long hair by certain young men it seems we are hearing a lot of ‘indie’ music being released recently. The Kooks are amongst the higher quality of this music, with their album inside in/inside out proving to be one of the summers must have albums. I’ll just scan through a few of the songs on the album here; Eddies Gun Have to describe this as a classic driving along to song, a very fast paced song (only 2:14 min). The lyrics are very strong with this song and are accompanied with superb guitar works. I want you back Excellent song here, compared to other songs in the album this is a very slow, sombre like song. Personally I’d go so far as to categorise it as depressing yet it is still mint and gets better each time you listen to it. If Only This track never stops and never takes time for a breath. Incredibly fast with lots of guitars and stuff banging along throughout it. Jackie big tits A kind of standard quality song on this album this song just seems to flow, not as fast paced as other songs but quite an uplifting song. Matchbox Not as head banging as the other songs but still good Naïve The best song on the album and probably the best song this summer. Excellent guitar, vocals etc Seaside Started off as being my favourite song on the album, and its good don’t get me wrong, its rapidly tailed of the more I’ve listened to it. A good soft song that perhaps I over listened to. See The World Love this song and have done ever since I first listened to it. A very fast tempo’d song with excellent lyrics and accompanying vocals. This album is on the whole well worth buying, does have one or two weak tracks on it but in this day and ages that’s rare. A very summery and upbeat album which like the ‘indie’ scene is very much popular at the moment.

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          25.07.2006 15:40
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          Funk-Da-Funk

          When looking at this particular album for the red hot chili peppers today, it is important to remember just how different the music was 20+ years ago, which is pretty much when this album came out (1984). In a contemporary sense this album is not worth listening to, especially when compared to the much more modern 'Californication', 'By The Way' and 'Stadium Arcadium'. However once listened to a few times this album works the old chilis magic and becomes much more appealing. If you are however, older than me and were perhaps a teenager when this album was out then then ignore the above as when it was released to you it was contemporary. The whole genre of the album is pure funk, with Bass, drums and a rap style of lyrics dominating throughout. heres a quick rundown of the songs on the album. 1. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (3:40min) Opens with a characteristic riff, this song is dominated by bits of guitar solos throughout the song. Has quite a slow paced tempo. 2. Baby Appeal (3:41min) Much the same tempo as the previous song, has good use of guitar and bass. Lyrics are not too strong, not one of the better songs on the album 3. Buckle Down (3:24min) One of my fave songs on this album, incredibly catchy guitar pieces and a good rhythm. A Much quicker pace than the earlier songs 4. Get Up And Jump (2:53min) A much shorter and faster paced song, this has to be a contendor for one of the best songs on the album. excellent guitar riffs and accompanining drums 5. Why Dont You Love ME (3:23min) A very soft slightly jazzy(ish) song. Not my fave song by a long way. Lyrics lack the usual chili excellence 6. Green Heaven (4:00min) Mint, absolutly mint, opening guitar riff symbolises the song, very funky bassy with good lyrics. 7. Mommy Wheres Daddy (3:31min) A quite jazzy song, but surprisingly good. a slow song quite good for chilling out to. Lyrics are a bit odd, but hey! 8. Out In LA (2:01min) this is a very funky song played at a medium tempo, guitar work is ok in places and fab in other. a middle of the road song. 9. Police Helicopter (1:16) A Short song, this is quite fast paced but played at the end of the album just seems to fade into the background. 10. You Always Sing The Same (0.17min) At 17 seconds long this is just plain random 11. Grand Pappy Du Plenty (4.04min) An all instrumental song, very slow and sombre without being sad. Quite thought provoking, potential for a break-up song maybe?

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            23.07.2006 17:11
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            Superb

            This was the first Chili Peppers album that I bought after having listened to half a dozen tracks from it during a school skiing trip on a cassette player (which gives an idea of how long I’ve had this thing). The album ‘Californication’ can be argued to be the most successful album of the chilis repertoire, indeed many people think this is only the second or third album by the band, not knowing the band much earlier, more funky sounding albums. The Band at this time being Ant Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad smith, the former two being original members and the latter replacements for the late Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. Here is a list of songs and my feelings on them: 1. Around The World, This track is for the hardcore fans of old, a funky song with intensely fast guitar moments, this track also has a much softer chorus that previous chilli songs, perhaps a signal that this album was another level of progression for the band. Wasn’t 100% convinced by this song the first time I heard it but by crikey does it grow on you. 2. Parallel Universe, This is quite a good song, the tempo of the song is fast without it being a kind of head banging rock and roll type fast. Lyrics of the song flow effortlessly with superb guitar work 3. Scar Tissue, This has to be one of my top 10 fave songs on this album as that how good the overall quality is. This is a fairly mellow song as is common with a fairly significant portion of this album. Good use of guitar work and excellent vocals, this track is one to use when driving a convertible on a long lazy sunny afternoon. 4. Otherwise, This is easily the slowest, and most depressing song on the album, however despite lyrics such as ‘slitting my throat is all I ever’ this song is so easy to listen to and despite its sombre mood doesn’t get you down. 5. Get On Top, Another fast paced song which flows with the ease that is concurrent throughout this album, lyrics are not the best, it’s more the rhythm of them that makes this song 6. Californication, The classic on this album, another slow song with excellent lyrics which can be listened to on any occasion. I could go on about the meaning behind this song but there’s no point – the song is just too good for it. 7. Easily, I love the pace of this song coming as it does directly after the slow pace of californication. This is a very guitar heavy song which adds to upbeat nature of it. 8. Porcelain, This a quite a short, very slow paced song. The main components of this song is the use of guitar and slow drums. Vocal use is very good, a song that can be listened to again and again. 9. Emit Remmus, Opens with a good guitar riff, is quite a slow paced song yet quick at the same time, ends in a flourish of guitarism 10. I Like Dirt, Love this song, a very fast paced guitary song. Lyrics accompany use of instruments to produce an easily listened to song. 11. This Velvet Glove, Opens with a good guitar riff, which seems to stay there through the entire song. This song has the same tempo type as Emit Remmus which is what makes it so good. 12. Savior, I’d have to say this is the weakest song on the album, does have bits of brilliance via guitars but the lyrics and rhythm which characterise other songs on this album just seem to be missing. 13. Purple Stain, Quite a funky song, seems to stop and go with just enough rhythm to let you bop your head along to it. Lyrics are excellent as is guitar work. 14. Right On Time, A very upbeat song towards the end of the album, much in the same vein as Around The World, this highlights the Chili’s use of funk music to produce yet another easily listened to song. 15. Road Trippin, A slow tempo song but still good, Soft use of guitar and vocals combine to produce and excellent easily listened to song.

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              22.07.2006 14:26
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              Superb, A must get

              The fourth album released from the chili peppers came in 1989, a time of great emotional upheaval for the band, coming as it did at the time of original chili peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak. However this was not the only departure from the band at that time, with Drummer Jack Irons leaving Flea and Kiedis as the remaining band members. to replace Hillel and Iron the band recrutied a Drummer Chad Smith and Guitarist John Fruciante, the resulant action was this masterpiece of and album. Here is a summary of the track and my opinion of them: 1. Good time Boys, This song is basically self descriptive, so you dont really need me telling you. this track contains lots of the rap, guitar solos and mixture of funk and punk that Characterises a lot of the album and of the Chilis sound to this day. - a song about having fun and is very uplifting to listen to 2. Higher Ground, Fantastic opening chords, this is a song written by Stevie Wonder. Much more guitary that the previous track this is one of the outstanding songs on an outstanding album, a mixture of fast tempo and superb guitar backing this song became one of the most popular chili's track of the earlier era. 3. Subway to Venus, A very very funky song, i think you'll find that concurrent on all reviews for this song, Involves a bit of sax which highlights the bands genius - could you imagine westlife using a sax (i thought not). this is the type of song you could imagine the band performing when under the influence 4. Magic Johnson, A very fast song about Kiedis's fave basketball team i believe, not sure about this song although i does grow on you due to its fast pace and use of guitar. 5. Nobody weird like me, This song has incredible use of Guitar, starting out very heavy and ending light, inital reaction is press the skip button but as it comes to an end i cannot stop myself moving with the beat in a-ever-so-cool-way. 6. Knock me down, i absolutly love this song, indeed i'd put it in the top 15 of the all-time good RCHP songs,the reason for this is the passion and emotion that lies behind this song, written in tribute for original band member Hillel Slovak who died of a drugs overdose (accidental) and as such theres a strong anti-drugs message. this songs has excellent use of the chilis strengths - lyrics, guitar and drum. This is an all time classic. 7. Taste the pain, a song about the pain of heartbreak, featuring a memorable flea on a trumpet of all things. this is a catchy song which is common with this album. 8. Stone cold bush, An intensely fast song, basically just mental. i cant for the life of me decipher the meaning behind it, all i know is that it is a cracking song. 9. Fire, A cover of jimi Hendrix's Fire, this is a song recorded with the previous 4 band members, still with hillel and irons. a fast song again, with one of the best drumming performances i've ever heard. A good rockin song to bomb along to. 10. Pretty little ditty, This is just an instrumental song, no words. features flea on the trumpet again. a very soft song, this is superb, no more needs to be said. 11. Punk rock classic, Sharp contrast to the previous song this is a very fast paced rocky and rolly type song - with a slight piss take of rock and roll with the use of the opening riff to "sweet child of mine" at the end of this song. 12. Sexy mexican maid, actually a song about a maid, who was mexican and sexy. not a great fan of this song. quite slow and soft. 13. Johnny, Kick a hole in the sky, This is a song about the injustices faced by the native Americans. The early song line I was born in a land/I don't think you understand/God damn what I am/I'm a native of this place/please don't kick me in the face" is just an example of this. Have Just recently seen the band at the MEN arena and it prompted me to write this, they still got it!!

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              • Fabien Barthez / Discussion / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                05.07.2006 20:48
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                Good But Also bad

                On the eve Barthez's potential to a world cup final i've decided to write about him. On the back of frances world cup win in 1998, Barthez gained a reputation for flair and competency through his performances in denying some of the worlds best strikers in the worlds ultimate competition. subsequently Man U spent £7+ million bringing him to england to fill a hole left by the departure of the epic peter schmieichel. indeed this problem has been there all the time up until the signing of edwin van der sar. Barthez's continual antics however led to his eventual departure from Manchester to france

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                • Paul Scholes / Discussion / 22 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                  04.07.2006 14:21
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                  Good at his peak

                  born in 1974, paul scholes is a mancunian thru and thru joining manchester united as a youngster in 1991. His debut followed in 1994 with a 3-2 defeat to Ipswich. along with the magic midfield that united had in the latter part of the 90's - giggs, keane, scholes and beckham scholes became part of a team that dominated the early half of the premierships history. a comparision to scholes at his height can be made to Stevie G, powerfull runs into the edge of the box followed by a powerdriver into the net, however Gerard looks set to eclipse scholes in international recognition. more recently the form of Scholes has been linked with a downturn in manchester uniteds form, the humiliating failure in this years champions league along with the domestic domination by chelsea

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                  • Sven Goran Eriksson / Discussion / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                    26.06.2006 13:32
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                    Ahhh nancy, let me stay

                    I really do like Sven as a manager, although many of my fellow countrymen will tell you he is not passionate enought to be an england manager - my answer to this is look how passionate kevin keegan was and his success is not as good as sven who has no led us to his third quater-finals. Sven is a manager in the mould of arsen Wenger, a man i'd love to see manage england (oh if only he wasnt french). who relies more on his half time talks than jumping up and down like a monkey in the technical area. Sven has had the chance to introduce some of english footballs most promising talent to the world stage at the world cup - Aaron lennon, Downing, Walcott and previously the one and only Wayne rooney. in the last world cup we were knocked out by the eventual winners, that result was a bit unlucky as was the penalty result against portugal in 2004. Svens use of substitutions have been questioned however, most obviously his use of owen hargreaves when we went a goal up against brazil and his continual switichin of formation and players in this world cup. Sadly the media fiasco labled the 'fake sheike' has forced sven to announce his resignation for after the world cup before it which i think was typical of the british media - if we lose it they'll say told u so and lambust sven, if we win it they'll be we knew it all along.

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                    • Norwich F.C. / Discussion / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                      24.06.2006 18:17
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                      Soon we will rule the world

                      In these days of super rich clubs such as Chelsea, Man U along with the giants of european football. The days of the smaller clubs, especially after the ITV digital crisis seemed to be all but over. As a noriwch fan i look towards a future that seems to lack any promise of the glory of the past. When the premiership was founded Norwich city was a force in the top class of english football, the highlight a 3rd place finish in the 1992/3 season. the subsequent european trip resulted in norwich city being the first english team ever to beat bayern munich in munich. however the sale of top class players, such as chris sutton, preceded a slide into relegation and a debt of £6-7 million. - on the plus side we became one of the first clubs to have a 'celebrity' director in delia smith. more recently we have been promoted in the 2004/05 season following a few near misses. a late season heroric display, which involved beating Man U and newcastle took the relegation battle to the last day - giving the chelsea dominated premiership something to talk about. Much of this was due to our january signing Dean Ashton for £3million. A defeat consigned us to relegation in which during a mis-firing first half of the season lost us star striker dean ashton to west ham for a club record £7.25 million. a signing of prolific striker robert earnshaw leave Canary fans with a positive outlook for next season. one thing i will critisise is our use of our talented youth system, we get the good young players and then worthington doesnt play them.

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                      • Michael Carrick / Discussion / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                        23.06.2006 19:09
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                        One for the future

                        Part of the young west ham outfit whose names are now familier to all england fans such as Lampard, j Cole and Defoe - products of west hams superb youth system. Michael Carrick has recently joined Spurs for an undisclosed fee but had his debut delayed by injury and other things. with new manager Martin Jol arriving Carricks fortunes seemed to turn around. Carrick seems to have a natural ability to be a sitting midfielder, a seemingly important part of the modern game. His ability to break-up opponents attacking moves and delievering classy through balls to release attacking play. Carricks young age and ability bodes well for him internationally, with englands inability to get the best out of Gerard and Lampard a sitting midfielder has often been called for, with Carrick and Hargreves the likeliest candidates. Carricks future looks rosey, his ability means he is sure to become an integral part of tottenhams promising team, however the big players of the premiership seem determined to catch carrick with a number of the big four offering reportedly £10million bids.

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                        • Roy Keane / Discussion / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                          20.06.2006 15:30
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                          Good, But ruthless tackler

                          Born on the 10th of august 1971 in cork roy keane has since risen to become one of the most highly rated and ledgendary middfielders in manchester united's and the newly formed premierships history. Signed by united for £3.75 million in 1993, a then club and national record, from nottingham forest. he made his debut for Man U against one of the best clubs in the land at the time, Norwich city, and this performance, amongst those following it personified all that was bout roy keane. Roy keane also has versatility on his side, although his ideal position is in central midfield dictating the play he has also played in defence and all over midfield. his passion and commitment for the game lead him to giving it his all in every tackle, every pass. there have however been certain aspects of his game that many manchester united fans will happily glaze over, his temperament has lead to him having a reputation not quite of brutality but of ruthlessness - an aspect that should be foreign in a game of sportsmanship. having said that there is not a team in the world that would not have had roy keane in their 1st XI when he was at the peak of his powers and i truly believe he deserves the title of a manchester united ledgend - if only he'd have chosen a better club to start with.

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                          • Jamie Carragher / Discussion / 18 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                            19.06.2006 20:26
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                            Carrager - always in the squad but not the team

                            i follow liverpool as a second team and have done for a number of years. however at liverpool he has been overshadowed for a number of years, first off by michael owen and much more recently by steven gerrard. Carra holds the record for england under-21 appearences, this highlights the problem that jamie faces in furthering his international career. while at liverpool he his umero numero uno in a defence built around him whereas in the england team he has to face the two best central defenders possibly in the world - john terry and rio ferdinand (although i'd put carrager above ferdinand for his concentration levels). Most of the international appearences that carrager has made have been as substitutes due to this fact and also because of the versatility he has.

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                            • Room 101 / Discussion / 24 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                              18.06.2006 15:31
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                              what can i say

                              i could sit here and list all of the things that annoy me and that i want to send to room 101, as that would take me all your life. instead i'll mention just a few of my pet hates Compensation Claimers. i cannot stand these things, it shows how stupid people can be. for example there is one where a chap is installing a security alarm but with the wrong type of ladder, the ladder slips and he crushes his hand. sorry but what was stopping him saying no i want the right ladder to do this!. What even worse if whats coming over from america where fat people are attempting to sue macdonalds for making them fat - hello did they force burgers down your throat?? Call centres these were supposed to improve ease of customer service and its level, all i can say is that it has not. how many of us have experienced the diffuculties of comminicating with people on the other side of the world. BBC tele liscense here we are, forced to pay over £100 for TV channels whose content we cannot change - an example of this is the loss of Cricket to sky paying viewers.

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                              • Sol Campbell / Discussion / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                                16.06.2006 14:30
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                                was very good, is now just good

                                Arsenal and England international defender sol campbell, born in 1974, made his debut at tottenham in 1992. four years later his strong powerful and pacey performances got him his england debut. in 2001 Campbell made the switch from tottenham to arch rivals arsenal during which time he became a crucial part of wengers winning team throught several leagues and cups. recently as he gets older he has been superseeded by john terry and rio ferdinand. a series of injuries and personal problems kept him out of much of arsenals historic champions league campaign - tho he still popped up to score for arsenal in the final. for england his experiance and strength at the back provides cover for our central defenders.

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                                • Michael Owen / Discussion / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                                  14.06.2006 00:13
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                                  small but good

                                  What can one say about michael owen? this small pacey striker burst into international recognition with the stunning goal against argentina. First establishing himself with liverpool owen scored many a goal during his time there. he was then sold, for what i consider a misely £7 million for a player of his capability, to Real Madrid. during what turned out to be his only season there he had a not amazing experience scoring 13 in 20 apps. having played second fiddle to raul and ronaldo for a while the writing was on the wall for owen when madrid signed 2 new strikers. Cue intense speculation which ended in newcastle paying £17 million for the striker. a total of 10 apps led to 7 goals before owen broke his metatarsal on new years day. months later he has still to return to full match fitness during englands world cup campaign.

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