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Dale Shaw

Sabotaging since 4 Apr 2012

Dale, boy writer and hobo fancier likes making people laugh in order to distract them from his various conditions and allergies. Brought up in a Wolverhampton pheasant park, he ran away to run with the riot girls of Olympia and court disaster. With the help of a talismanic PG Wodehouse novel in his back pocket and an English accent he copied off Dick Van Dyke, he escaped the States unscathed. Dale believes his finest work was in his fanzine, Dipper. He mutters vaguely about "putting it on the Internet one day." In the meantime he's grinding for LOLs on Twitter as @montybodkin..

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TV

Top Horsey TV Theme Tunes

What is it about horse-based dramas and televised events that drives composers to produce their best work? Is it the imagined rhythmic hoof clopping? The feeling of power and adventure? The strange, funny, unnatural feeling that horses give to some people? Whatever the reason, equestrian themes are the bestrian themes. Here’s the proof…

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Fashion & Style

5 Comedy Fashion Icons

They’re not only good for telling jokes you know, some are pretty snappy dressers too.

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Music

The Best Of The DC Punk Scene On Film

It is one of the most influential scenes of all time – and these clips show it at its’ boldest and brashest…

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Music

Revolutionary Music Videos That Now Look Daft

In the wake of a youtube clip that revealed Noel Gallagher’s disdain for all Oasis’ music videos, I’ve decided to go back and reappraise the promos that just haven’t stood the test of time…

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Life

The Distressing World of Erotic Top Gear Fan Fiction

Hammond and Clarkson are at it in the back of a Renault Twingo and the Stig reveals that under the helmet he’s, well, all helmet…

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Film

10 Directors Who Disappeared After One Movie

Here’s a toast to the one shot Charlies, the directors who got behind the camera once, then decided: “Nah, not for me”. Who knows what may have happened if they stuck around a bit longer…

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Music

Great Televised Moments In Rock History

One upon a time there was music on TV that wasn’t fronted by Jools Holland. Bands used to turn up in the weirdest of places, even on MTV! I know, sounds crazy doesn’t it? And sometimes – either through a misunderstanding, unfortunate timing or a crazed, rogue employee – truly bizarre musicians reached our screens, and glorious confusion resulted. Here are some of the finest examples of those moments.

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Nostalgia

A Love Letter To The Best Show On WFMU

On December 17th, 2013 a little piece of me will die. The Best Show on WFMU, which has appeared on the New Jersey freeform radio station for the past 13 years, will broadcast for the final time. To the uninitiated, it’s quite a difficult enterprise to nutshell (to use the parlance of the show itself).

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Film

An In Depth Guide To The Best Rockumentaries

Remember when music documentaries weren’t about Katy Perry and Justin Bieber? When they were about, oh, what’s it called…music? Here’s a rundown of the best the genre has to offer

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People

A Letter From George Orwell’s Publisher

He’s happy with the overall tone of 1984, but has some serious questions about the portable telephones and the notion that Big Brother is a woman from Lincolnshire…

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Music

Cats! Ducks! Paedos! – 11 Bizarre Songs By The Kinks

There’s so much more than Waterloo Sunset to Ray, Dave and co. Here’s their best tunes that are plain batshit bonkers…

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Film

Werner Herzog’s Note To His Cleaning Lady

Werner Herzog is angry with his cleaning lady. Absolutely fuming…

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Food and Drink

London Boozers That Hollywood Royalty Love

There have been a surprising amount of movie magicians who have dropped into a humble London rub’a’dub. Here’s a smattering…

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Funny

64 Excuses Perfect For Any Situation

You’ve badly ballsed up and now have to pay the proverbial piper. What do you do? What do you say? Every credible excuse has been exhausted, so here’s a selection of excellent new alibis…

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Sport

Baseball: The Perfect Game

Matt Cain pitching a perfect game rekindled in me a love of baseball I forgot existed. Sometimes slow, sometimes turgid, but always gripping, it’s the perfect sport.

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Film

Bleak, Poignant And Funny, The Likely Lads Movie Is A Perfect Depiction Of Male Angst

It’s a comedy but there’s so much more, and the celluloid adaption of this classic TV comedy brilliantly portrays the fears of male adulthood in the mid-70s

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Life

Secret Diary Of The Teenage Jesus Christ

Dad’s drinking like it’s going out of fashion, Mum is geting weirder by the day and I will want is a bloody centre parting…

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Film

Tony Palmer On Lennon, Liberace & Led Zeppelin

Director Tony Palmer has worked with the very best musicians and made some of the greatest films about music. Here he shares his memories of a storied career…

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Books

Why Real Life Parties Are Rubbish Compared To Fictional Ones

Real-life parties have always left me cold, but now I’ve read Suzette Field’s excellent book on literature’s greatest parties I know why…

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Fashion & Style

The 5 Best Fashion Flicks Time Forgot

Fashion and film have long gone hand in hand, but here are some great ones that slipped under the radar.

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Film

The Five Worst Woody Allen Imposters

Woody Allen has taken up permanent residence in a director’s chair these days, but his brand of comedy is still channeled through his leading men, with occasionally awful results. Here’s the worst five.

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Travel

Green And High Up: Great Urban Spaces

With cities getting more and more cluttered, planners are becoming increasingly cunning when trying to provide the citizenry with a breath of fresh air.

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Music

From Fairport Convention To Nick Drake: Interview With Legendary Producer Joe Boyd

Ahead of a re-release of the classic album, the man who sat behind the glass opens up about his brilliant career…

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Film

Being Human: The Films of B.S. Johnson

For a man who achieved so much as a writer, it’s interesting that BS Johnson never really got on with being an author…

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Lists

The Best Modern Concept Albums

Traditionally, the concept album has been limited to Dungeons & Dragon playing metal bands. Recently however, a multitude of top musicians have produced some classic concept records. Here’s the best…

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Music

Inside Abbey Road: Brian Kehew & Kevin Ryan On Recording The Beatles

I sat down with the pair of analogue obsessives and authors of the brilliant Recording The Beatles following one of their talks at the legendary studio…

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Life

Blockbuster In Administration: Why I Miss Video Stores

As Blockbuster enters administration, I shed a tear at the end of video stores popularity, as I’ve had some of my most important life experiences in them…

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Music

Neil Young’s Shopping List

Shakey has written a shopping list for Pegi. Just don’t forget the bloody onions…

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Music

Marianne Faithfull: An Unfair Life

She was always labelled as just being Mick Jagger’s missus, but, as ‘Broken English’ proves, she was a bloody talented musician in her own right…

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Music

Holly Golightly: “I Am The Antichrist From Europe”

The singer-songwriter has recently relocated to Georgia where she raises horses and makes music. An idyllic life perhaps, if only she could find her favourite root vegetable…

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Music

Mark E. Smith’s Audio Guide To Ripon Cathedral

Let the lead singer of The Fall take you on a tour of his favourite House of Worship

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Funny

The Perils of Planning for My Highschool Reunion

Planning for my imminent highschool reunion means I have to pretend to be a millionaire and say “Did I mention…” every two minutes…

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Film

Barbican Film Season: Between a Thrill and a Threat

Read our preview of the new season at the Barbican, Step Into The Dark, that intends to explore the surreal and the sinister…

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Music

Looking Back To Move Forward: David Gedge And The Wedding Present

Ukrainian folk music, books and John Peel, here’s what David Gedge had to tell us recently…

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Film

Did Graham Chapman Win? Loving The Lie Of Python’s Supposed Straight Man

Graham Chapman – in life – never seemed to hold onto the position of King Python. But with the soon to be released film of his spectacular autobiography, here’s why he could be the greatest Python of all….

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Film

Werner Herzog’s Proposal Letter To The Killers

Werner Herzog makes no bones about his stringent demands for the proposed live webcast with The Killers.

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Music

John Cale, The Velvet Underground And The Lost Mystery Of Music

Before the internet dumped an information overload on us, the stories behind our favourite bands had to be found out through hard-work and dedication. Being a fan meant a lot more than just a “like” on Facebook…

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Music

Sparks Interviewed: Stripping Down And Something Swedish

Over four decades, Sparks have emerged as one of the most innovative, iconic and beloved bands, thrilling generations of music fans. Now they are embarking on something totally new…

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TV

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 #2: Tight Cossies, Fake Aussies & Not Giving A Tossie

It’s saturday night on Strictly Come Dancing, aka “The Gathering Of The Freaks”…..

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Music

Eric Drew Feldman On Captain Beefheart, Pixies And PJ Harvey

He’s worked with some of the most diverse and respected names in the music industry, but what can we expect from his new kNIFE & fORK project…?

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Music

Brian Eno’s First Twitter Timeline

The former Roxy Music man has signed up to the social networking site and is happy to be called Brian. He doesn’t like followers though, and is absolutely shit at hashtags…

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Music

The Orb’s Dr Alex Paterson On Cash, Dubstep & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

They’ve recorded a 13 song album with the original Upsetter and are writing an Opera for the Royal Opera House. Now if only journalists would stop asking them where they’ve been for 14 years…

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People

A Tribute To The Great Bruce Lacey: A Man Who Never Relinquished The Wonder Of Childhood

Artist, poet, filmmaker, comedian, robot builder and provocateur, Bruce Lacey is a one-off and should be feted as a true British original…

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Life

The Darth Vader Flashmob And Other Unusual Choirs

Once they were the domain of high-pitched boys and highly suspicious older men. But, like knitting and cupcakes, choirs are now a THING to DO. Here’s some unusual ones…

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Film

Five Reasons To Love Timothy Carey

He had the face of a man you’d assume would be the last face you’d ever see – before being strangled, bludgeoned, chaffed to demise or drowned ceremonially. A tribute to the unsung hero that is Tim Carey

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Life

The Great American Road Trip (While Inhaling Exhaust Fumes)

Punks plus exhaust fumes plus a dangerously long drive plus legal energy supplements can only lead to misadventure on America’s west coast.

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Life

Rick Santorum Pulls Out

The right wing US Presidential candidate has announced his decision to stand down after the furore over those anti-gay comments. Here is the first draft of his resignation speech.

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