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Pocoyo toys on the way! April 13, 2006

Posted by rockysays in general, news, niceness, inspiration, Television.
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Bandai's new range of Pocoyo toys
will be available in the UK from April 24th. These are exciting times my friends.


Former Wonder Stuff drummer killed April 5, 2006

Posted by rockysays in music, news.
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In another 'of huge importance to some, of no interest to others' story, Martin Gilks has been killed in a motorcycle accident according to the NME. A sad day indeed.

Super Furry Animals dropped April 5, 2006

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This news will probably be of huge importance to some, and of absolutely no interest to others, but Super Furry Animals have apparently been dropped by their label, Sony BMG. How can a band that's recently produced an album as fantastic as Love Kraft get dropped?! I'm sure they'll have no trouble finding a new home where their creativity is appreciated a bit more; by my reckoning, a label like Parlophone might just fit the bill.

Simpsons Movie Trailer April 4, 2006

Posted by rockysays in general, movies, news, Television.

Following yesterday's post about the news that a Simpsons movie is on the way, here's the first official trailer (only a year and a quarter to wait!) 

Digital distribution shaping the UK singles chart April 3, 2006

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This week's UK no.1 single, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy", is the first track to ever reach no.1 on downloads only. The CD single is released this week, which I'd imagine will ensure that the track stays at no.1 for at least another week. It shows that legal downloads are really starting to drive the UK singles market. Not so long ago James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" and more recently Orson's "No Tomorrow" climbed slowly to the top position after weeks on the chart, the way that singles used to 15 or 20 years ago, before aggressive first-week CD single pricing and pre-release airplay blitzes saw to it that if a single didn't reach no.1 in its first week of release, then it was highly unlikely that it would get there at all. Now that there is a delivery mechanism that isn't subject to the kinds of desperate marketing that have been commonplace in the CD singles market for the last few years, tracks can earn chart placings almost on merit alone.

Additionally, over the last few years CD singles (in the UK) have mainly been bought by children and young teenagers, who I think it's safe to say generally prefer to listen to glossy throwaway pop performed by a bunch of grinning idiots just out of stage school. On the other hand, I think it's safe to say that people who download music legitimately are generally people who are actually interested in music. The net result of that is that we are now seeing tracks by people who actually write their own music and play their own instruments sitting at no.1, which, in my opinion, is a very good thing.

The Ultimate War Sim April 3, 2006

Posted by rockysays in general, videogames.
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Can't see this being commissioned for XBox 360 any time soon….

It's kind of uplifting that I'm not the only person in the world to be disgusted by the current trend for "ultra-realistic" war sims. Titles like GRAW can't claim anything approaching realism until they keep the player away from his/her family for months on end, cause severe bouts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and leave players with actual murder on their conscience. Is that too much to expect from next-gen gaming?!

The Simpsons – The Movie April 3, 2006

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Not sure about this – according to the BBC website (and the BBC's usually a pretty reliable source), there's a Simpsons movie on the way, due next year. In my opinion newer episodes of the TV series haven't really had that mega high quality we've all come to expect from Matt Groening and co., so let's hope they can come up with something special for the big screen.