It’s cold work burning Taylor Swift records, but somebody’s got to do it.
Happy February, every one – Fall Out Boy are back!
The band who provided my daily soundtrack when walking to meet my wife at her office – “Thriller” from “Infinity On High”, a Fall Out Boy jam played so many times on the week day perambulation across Sheffield that I could have worn out the MP3 if such a thing were possible – are back with a new single, album, live shows and a plan to save rock and roll. Which is no small feat – but the unfailingly melodic tunesmiths who brought you “Sugar We’re Going Down” and “Dance Dance” are probably the chaps to accomplish such a Herculean labour.
(Full disclosure – I’ve just gone to look at the UK top 40 to see what The Kids are currently listening to, just out of interest. And, reader, it is mostly as dreadful as you might fear. I suspect that the likes of Bingo Players, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and that piss-poor Will.I.Am record represent some gigantic performance student prank?)
Their new tune, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” retains their wilful disregard for rock correctness, borrowing R&B beats and marrying them to the muscular riffs and rhythms which marked the band apart from the pop-punk rabble they were frequently, incorrectly allied with.
Instantly memorable chorus? Oblique yet delightful video? Insanely long titles? All present and correct.
Welcome back, boys. You’ve been missed.
I’m guessing they might change a few things for a modern audience…
Well, this is good news – Weta Workshop and the UK’s CITV are apparently teaming up to make a new “Thunderbirds” tv series.
Expect it to air in around two years time, with a ‘unique blend of CGI animation and live action model sets’ bringing the classic SuperMarionation heroes and heroines back to live for a generation raised on the kind of game-changing effects which Weta seem to produce as standard.
Sparing details are available here at the ITV news site…
Oh, “Fast & Furious 6” – I knew that your Superbowl teaser trailer wouldn’t let me down. Go watch it here. You’ll know it when you see it – it’s the one where everything is (A) blowing up (B) about to blow up or (C) is newly recovering from having recently been explodified.
Tank! Tank! Tank!
The word “AmazeBananas”, which I’ve just coined in reaction to this teaser, is the only possible response to it. Well, that and ‘remember when they just used to nick the odd DVD player or six – talk about changing your career trajectory’. The “Fast and Furious” crew, having stolen and wrecked most of downtown Rio in the last movie (spoilers!) armed with only a couple of muscle cars and some comedy bickering, have now graduated to the world stage. Witness the trailer, which zips from London to Ibiza and thence Germany with nary a breath taken between awesome car stunts and shots of the cast looking super-buff. We’re through the looking glass, people – it’s heist time, global style.
Vehicles flipping? But I thought this was a Merchant Ivory film?
Expect stunts, more stunts, some gratuitous booty shaking which reminds you that the import tuner scene doesn’t exactly pass feminist analysis with flying colours, Vin and Mr The Rock buff-bonding in a wholly non-homoerotic fashion (clothes-line!), European locations (oh, hai there, London Village!) and the most ludicrous, trailer-capping action sequence that I’ve seen since the train job in, oh, “Fast Five“. Cargo plane – that’s all I’m saying.
London, pictured shortly before a visit from Vin Diesel and The Rock rendered it a smoking hole in the ground.
Cars with ramp attachments – seems legit…
The gang’s all here(ish).
By the looks of things, the only way to ramp up the seemingly inevitable seventh entry in the series is to set it on Mars (Don’t give Justin Lin any ideas).
Want now. Is it May yet?