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 Sunday, November 30, 2003

The best of November

TV programme of the month: Still Little Britain. Now merely on endless rotation on BBC3, but coming to BBC2 tomorrow night, and fame round the water coolers of the nation by Tuesday morning. All hail David Walliams and Matt Lucas. But beware, you may end up fancying your best mate's granny.

Football result of the month: Inter Milan 1, Arsenal 5. A right thrashing, and in the nick of time.

Book of the month: Urban Survival by Artjaz. The complete guide to being 'street', as we follow 'Woody' (a no-hoper from the sticks) learning all the key lessons of urban living. Characters, fashion, clubbin, wheels, and generally blending in. Witty, with cutting-edge cartoon illustrations. It screams 'Christmas present' to me, for the would-be-geezer in your life. Big up Artjaz.

Album of the month: Pop Art by the Pet Shop Boys. How many more times will these guys reissue their back catalogue and get me to buy it. Lots, I suspect. There was 2001's complete back-catalogue re-issue with extra CDs, there was 1995's collection of B-sides, and 1991's Discography. Like the latter, this is another greatest hits album, except this time there are twice as many hits, divided into a 'Pop' half and an 'Art' half. And an exclusive remix album. Ah yes, I knew there was a cunning reason they got me to buy it.

DVD of the month: Pop Art by the Pet Shop Boys. At this rate it'll be DVD of the year, but only because I haven't bought any others. Me and DVDs, we don't get on. However, 18 years of singles, 41 mostly great videos, and a wry commentary from the oldest 'boys' in pop, I had to make an exception.

NeilGig of the month: Ah, that would be the Audio Bullys at the Astoria - review here. And a strong candidate for December's top gig will be tomorrow night's Buffseeds performance in Whitechapel. A bit of lilting guitar magic, and local this time too. That's a mini Kieran from the Buffseeds, by the way.

Single of the month: The single is dead, remember. Even All New Top Of The Pops can't be bothered to feature them any more. However...

Huge hit single of next month (that I spotted a year ago): Mad World by Gary Jules. Those of us who saw Donnie Darko on the big screen noticed this little cracker well before the current Radio 2 bandwagon started rolling. My quote from last year - "Somebody release it please - it could be huge." Potential Christmas number one, no less. Mad world.


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