Monday, September 30, 2002
The best of September : My splendid new Gadget of the month digital radio. Ok, it sounds better than it looks but, at last for under £100, perfect quality wireless. It took two months to find a shop that actually had one in stock, so scarce is the technology, but now at last I can listen to more than just the five BBC stations, cheesy commercial drivel, geriatric phone-ins and amateur interfering local pirates. Top 3 favourite digital stations so far: BBC 6music, Ministry of Sound and XFM. : Football result of the month Arsenal: lots. Other teams: nil. : TV programme of the month League of Gentlemen, series 3. It's special stuff. It's a precious thing. : Film of the month The Bourne Identity. Refreshing to see a spy film set in Europe rather than America for once, and the first car chase to do justice to the humble Mini since The Italian Job. : Album of the month Original Pirate Material by The Streets. I may be six months too late in buying the album, but this is UK rap as urban poetry and it's the perfect cockney geezer record. Essential. And should have won at the Mercury Music Awards - no contest. : Strange And Beautiful by Singles of the month Aqualung and Starry Eyed Surprise by Oakenfold. Not necessarily in that order. Otherwise known to you as the music from the Volkswagen Beetle and Capital Radio TV ads. : Gig of the month The Buffseeds and The Cling at the Dublin Castle. Take note - there is indie life outside the charts, and it rocks. But only in a very British sort of way of course. That's the lovely Kieran from the Buffseeds, by the way, in miniature.