Song for a Saturday: Shonen Knife – Cookie Day

To celebrate getting tickets for the autumn tour, here’s a guaranteed feel-good tune for your day. Hey, it’s not all noir!

[Photo credit – Akira Shibata]


Song for a Saturday: Sunny Side Down by Lys Guillorn

Terrific song and a great title: hmmm, might make a good idea for a story too. Check out the full catalogue from a fine indie tunesmith and her band.

Song for a Saturday: Aeroplane by Björk

Björk Guðmundsdóttir

I can not live
peacefully without you
for even a moment
l miss you terribly
when you’re away

he’s away
this ain’t right
I’m alone

I’m taking an aeroplane
across the world
to follow my heart

how come
out of all the people in the world
only one
can make me complete
one word on the phone
makes me happy
but one touch directly
makes me ecstatic

he’s away
this ain’t right
I’m alone
I’m taking an aeroplane
across the world
to follow my heart

Song for a Saturday: Spooky

An obvious choice really, but I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It took me the longest time to learn their name: I always thought ‘Classics IV’ was the album name (yes, I was the kind of youngin’ that worried about the names of groups and albums [and increasingly obsessively so for some groups]).

Halloween-themed songs can border on novelty numbers, but there’s a lot of good spooky songs.

And even spooky logos, intentional or not. Satan’s Sorority is set in 1958 Connecticut: in 1959 UConn’s logo looked like this. Coincidence? You be the judge…

30 Versions of Warm Leatherette by Graham Wynd

Obsession always rewards.


for Marko

Obsession: she understood obsession. He had noticed her a little—sort of goth, sort of emo—but it wasn’t until he knew the depths of her obsessions that he really took an interest. He sat behind her in English where Mr James always laughed that laugh that some of the lads thought hilarious, but most of the girls thought was creepy.

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Review: Guns of Brixton

gunsofbrixtonGUNS OF BRIXTON
Paul. D. Brazill
Byker Books
July 2013


When the simple task of collecting a briefcase from a Northern courier in his London lock-up results in a dead Geordie gangster there’s only one thing that Kenny Rogan can do…dress up in drag and rob a jewellers with ‘Big’ Jim and hope everything turns out okay!

From the pen of Paul D Brazill comes a whole host of larger-than-life characters, a sharp plot and the kind of humour you wouldn’t let your granny read…but don’t just take our word for it.


I was a big fan of the short story this novella sprang from — it may have been one of the first things I read by Brazill, though at this point is difficult to tell as I pretty much read everything Mr B publishes. What can I say? He makes me laugh. And wince at the same time: there’s a lot of blackly comic moments that involve some outlandish violence and horror. Along the way Brazil name checks a plethora of pop culture riffs, everything from cheesy pop songs to well-trod bad jokes and weird-but-true trivia about the Old Smoke. At heart it’s an interlace of heists-gone-wrong with unexpected twists that prove satisfying.

You may want a score card to keep track of the widening cast of characters, but it’s a helluva ride through some fascinating locations with memorable creations who feel implausibly vivid. Gratuitous Bobby Goldsboro, but that’s life.