Daily Archives: 12/27/2011

Fluffrick’s iPod Shuffle Follies

It’s one of those posts that I’ve meant to do for a while and never got around to doing – partly because it’s indulgent even for a blogger and partly because it risks exposing even more of my arguably questionable musical taste than I do during the regular course of my online writing.

Simply put – hit ‘shuffle’ on your iPod (other MP3 players are, of course, available) and see which unexpected joys present themselves.

Paramore - the trio years.

1) “Playing God” – Paramore (from “Brand New Eyes”).  Probably not my favourite song from this record – I’m quite partial to a bit of “Brick by Boring Brick” and “The Only Exception”.

Feeder - the street corner years.

2) “Just The Way I’m Feeling” – Feeder (from “The Singles”).  It’s okay – again, not my favourite Feeder song.  Where’s “Come Back Around” when you need it?

Gama Bomb - the Battle Jacket years.

3) “New Eliminators of Atlantis B.C.” – Gama Bomb (from “Tales From The Grave In Space”).  Two minutes and sixteen seconds of glorious, tongue-in-cheek NuThrash from Northern Ireland’s finest exponents of the genre.

Trivium - the 'standing around moodily in B&W' years...

4)“In Waves” – Trivium (from “In Waves”). Music which actually came out this year – surely some mistake.  The NWOAHM noiseniks crash back in with expansive, forward-looking, widescreen metal shenanigans.

Yellowcard - the 'defies captioning' years.

5)“For You And Your Denial” – Yellowcard (from “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes”).  From the pre-eminent masters of violin-assisted punk-pop tunefulness and their latest album.  Anecdotally, a great tune to listen to when you’re on the tram on the way back from Sheffield’s Cineworld multiplex and trying to block out the 14-year-old gangsta seated across from you who has seen “Scarface” one too many times.

What larks – anything untoward popping up on your playlists of late?

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When Customer Service Goes Wrong 2: Electric Boogaloo

Earlier in the year I told you about the Australian shop who chose to insult and belittle potential customers rather than assist them and encourage them to, you know, buy stuff.  We laughed about it and thought that nothing could top such an example of retail stupidity.

A concept apparently alien to shops these days...

Oh, how wrong we were.

Penny Arcade today runs down the sad tale of PA reader Dave and his travails with the PR representative for the Avenger video game controller company.

Not only does the PR guy – who might want to look for an alternate line of work, as his unique gifts don’t appear to fit with his current vocation – diss his customer’s legitimate complaint about a lack of contact and updates on his long-delayed order but he then rounds on PA when they tell him that his crappy attitude means that his outfit is not welcome at future PAX events.  Hilarity ensues.

In this perilous economy should companies really be acting in such a customer-alienating way?  Especially when your e-mail conversation is going to end up online on a site patronised largely by the client base that you which to attract?

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