Tuesday, 29 December 2009

TSP's Top 300 of the 2000's - Part Three

200 - Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
199 - The White Stripes - 300mph Torrential Outpour Blues
198 - Drive-By Truckers - Women Without Whiskey
197 - Deadmau5 featuring McFlipside - Hi Friend (Vocal Mix)

196 - Kill City - Hooligans On E
Libertines cover, but I'm letting it in.

195 - Chris Cornell - You Know My Name
Shock "Bond theme song is good" result. Didn't last.

194 - The Young Knives - Loughborough Suicide
193 - Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
192 - Heloise and the Savoir Faire - Canadian Changs
191 - MGMT - Time To Pretend
190 - Saliva - Click Click Boom
I'm almost ashamed. But not quite.

189 - Pink - U & Ur Hand
I REGRET NOTHING.

188 - Goldfrapp - Strict Machine

187 - Lady Gaga - Just Dance
I would like to touch her

186 - My Chemical Romance - Mama

185 - Kunt and the Gang - Fucksticks
NOT SAFE FOR ANYWHERE

184 - Ying Yang Twins – Wait (The Whisper Song)
Even less safe, but at least they're keeping it down.

183 - Alcazar - Crying at the Discotheque
Regretfully, in a full and frank look at the decade I have to admit that I thought this was a corker.

182 - The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button
181 - Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Godhopping

180 - Mason featuring Princess Superstar - Perfect (Exceeder)
What happens when a mash-up exceeds the quality of either song on its own.

179 - The Strokes - Take It Or Leave It
178 - The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
177 - At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor

176 - Bob Sinclar - Rock This Party
Marquee. 3am. Smashed. Happy memories.

175 - Smashing Pumpkins - Doomsday Clock
174 - Rex The Dog - I Look Into Mid Air
173 - Arctic Monkeys - Riot Van

172 - Robbie Williams - Supreme
How I heart the goofy 70's F1 video.

171 - Little Man Tate - Down On Marie
Gig video features "crap singing at beginning" that the uploaded apologises for. Which is nice.

170 - LT United - We Are The Winners
Lithuania's 2006 Eurovision STORMER.

169 - Mylo - Destroy Rock n' Roll
I like how the guy names Patty Smyth and Scandal as if "The Warrior" was some sort of plot to take over the world.

168 - The Go-Betweens - Darlinghurst Nights
167 - Har Mar Superstar - DUI
166 - Mclusky - To Hell With Good Intentions
165 - Pulp - Bad Cover Version
164 - Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent

163 - Belle and Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher
No real video, so take your choice of sad losers (even worse than myself) doing pox covers in their bedrooms before they cry themselves to sleep.

162 - Art Brut - Direct Hit

161 - Alf Poier - Weil Der Mensch Zahlt
Undoubtedly the greatest and most wildcard live performance ever recorded.

160 - TISM - If You're Not Famous At Fourteen, You're Finished
159 - Dizzee Rascal - Sirens

158 - Chris Korda - I Like To Watch
Video so unbelievably not safe for work that I direct you to their website and if you choose to download it.. Then you'll be on the same FBI hitlist as the rest of us.

157 - Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark
156 - Yo La Tengo – Season of the Shark
Inadvertant shark double play!

155 - Le Tigre - TKO
154 - Fierce Girl - What Makes A Girl Fierce

153 - PQM - You Are Sleeping
Or "what not to do with a prostitute"

152 - Be Your Own Pet - Adventure

151 - The Hallows - Why?
Why the hell not?

Back tomorrow (!?) with 150-101. Are you excited yet? Didn't think so.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

TSP's Top 300 of the 2000's - Part Two

250 - Luke Haines - Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop
249 - LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
248 - Pulp – Wickerman
247 - Ladytron - Seventeen
246 - Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass
245 - The Sounds - Tony the Beat

244 - The Baseball Project - Broken Man
Featuring him out of REM. Not, not him. The other one.

243 – Elbow – The Fix
The only song about race fixing? Until somebody writes an ode to Hayden Haitana and his paintbrush anyway.

242 - The Long Blondes - Lust In The Movies
241 - NASA featuring Karen O, ODB and Fatlip - Strange Enough
240 - Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office Baby
239 - REM - Supernatural Superserious
238 - Morrissey - How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
237 - British Sea Power - No Lucifer

236 - TISM - Message From A Big Day Out Port-A-Loo
The last hurrah of Australia's greatest act.

235 - The Strokes - Between Love & Hate
234 - Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch

233 - Lily Allen - It's Not Fair
Extra points for subtle inclusion of profanities that are often missed when played at public events.

232 - The View - Same Jeans
231 - LMFAO - Yes
230 - Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80's

229 - Texas Lightning - No No Never
Australian sings country for Germany at Eurovision. Gets few votes.

228 - Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure
The rarest beast. An amusing comedy song.

227 - Jamie T – Sheila
226 - The White Stripes - You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
225 - Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
224 - The Decemberists - This Sporting Life
223 - Just Jack - Glory Days

222 - Coldplay - Yellow
From this, a great single, to the most BORING but popular band in the world. Ack. Don't look too hard for any of their other tracks in the next 221.

221 - The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends
Untainted by being used as the theme for My Restaurant Rules.

220 - Thicke - When I Get You Alone
Somewhat tainted by being the son of Alan Thicke.

219 - Lily Allen - The Fear
218 - New Young Pony Club - Hiding On The Staircase
217 - Grafton Primary - Relativity
216 - Peaches - Tombstone Baby
215 - AFI - Miss Murder

214 - Morrissey - I Will See You In Far Off Places
The opening track on Ringleader Of The Tormentors. Gave hope that it would be just as good, if not better, than You Are The Quarry. Hope founded about three seconds after this finished.

213 - REM - All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)
212 - Tom Vek - C-C (You Set The Fire In Me)
211 - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do
210 - Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
209 - Neon Neon – Belfast
208 - The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
207 - Tomcraft – Overdose
206 - The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Psychosis Safari
205 - Republic Of Loose - All Mine
204 - Blu Cantrell - Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)

203 - Duk Koo Kim - Salvador Sanchez
No video. Boo.

202 - Low Fidelity All-Stars - The Good Times
Also no video. Boo again. Imagine I Want You Back for the 21st century.

201 - The Streets - Fit But You Know It

Monday, 21 December 2009

TSP's Top 300 of the 2000's - Part One

A list ten years in the making. From a shortlist of over 600 songs we've halved it to an even three hundred. And if you think some of this is dubious then imagine what got left out?

THE RULES
* No limit on tracks per artist
* No covers (Cover of the decade = It's My Life by No Doubt) UNLESS the cover is more famous than the original and both came from this decade.
* No straight remixes. Samples ok.
* Please no coming to my house and attempting to knife me at least until you've seen #1.

300 - 50 Cent - In Da Club
Thumping track with lyrics that seem incredibly naff nearly seven years on post 50's brief rise and shithouse acting career but still a memorable track. Maybe better enjoyed as an instrumental...

299 - Ben Folds - The Bitch Went Nuts

298 - Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah
Cod Finnish 'metal' and Eurovision winner. Just crazy enough to work. Prepare yourself for a cavalcade of other Eurovision entries in the next 297 tracks..

297 - Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong - Lucio Starts Fires
296 - Black Box Recorder - The Art of Driving
295 - Pop Levi - Sugar Assault Me Now

294 - Eminem - Lose Yourself
Like its generation's Khe Sanh, a song that probably should rank higher but for being beloved by dickheads.

293 - Elbow - One Day Like This
Clearly made to be sung in a field at 3am in the morning. Would rank hundreds of places higher if I was into that kind of stuff.

292 - Kasbian – Underdog
291 - Chicks On Speed - We Don't Play Guitars
290 - La Roux - In For The Kill

289 - Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)
Well screw you, Fred Durst may very well have been the douche of the decade but this still packed a punch. And we're not done with the Bizkit yet..

288 - Kasabian - Shoot The Runner
287 - Klaxons - Golden Skans
286 - The White Stripes - My Doorbell

285 - Daz Sampson - Teenage Life
Just ignore the slightly dodgy video. White man rap that came off surprisingly well on record, but less so in Eurovision 2006 where he scored bugger all.

284 - The Streets - When You Wasn't Famous

283 - Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss A Beat
Moderately tainted by being flogged to death on the ads for Channel 10's footy coverage all fking year.

282 - U2 - Vertigo
281 - Beyonce and Jay Z - Crazy In Love
280 - The White Stripes - Icky Thump
279 - Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
278 - The Killers - When You Were Young

277 - Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
There's no point in denying it. You got trashed. You put your hands up. You've never been to Detroit. We're all in the same boat.

276 - Outkast - Hey Ya
Absolutely butchered by overkill when it was the biggest thing in the world for a few weeks after release. Only now can we sit back, appreciate fully and ask the time honoured question - 'what's cooler than being cool'?

275 - Goldfrapp - Happiness

274 - Pink - God Is a DJ
Despite a late charge from Lady GaGa there is surely no doubt that Pink was the female 'pop' artist of the decade. Only Timberlake could face her down for the overall title.

273 - Yoji Biomehanika – Samurai
272 - Mia Dyson - Roll Me Out
271 - Pay TV - Refrain Refrain
270 - Junior Jack – Stupidisco
269 - Pixies - Bam Thwok

268 - Together - So Much Love To Give
The same thing over and over again for almost eleven minutes. Hit the gear first and you'll enjoy it.

267 - The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres
266 - The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight
265 - Yoji Biomehanika – Angel Of Death
264 - Pet Shop Boys - Minimal
263 - Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Tong and Spoon Wonderland Remix)
262 - Goldfrapp – Train

261 – Ja Rule – Livin’ It Up
Much like 50 Cent he was a clearly detestable human being who managed one sample-aided cracker of a track before never being heard from again. At least had the good manners not to try a serious acting career.

260 - The Cloud Room - Blackout!
No video. Imagine what a song about a blackout might sound like.

259 - Junior Jack - My Feeling
258 - Art Brut - Moving To LA
257 - Hercules and Love Affair - Blind
256 - Maximo Park - The Coast Is Always Changing
255 - Rufus Wainwright - Rules and Regulations
254 - Neon Neon - Michael Douglas
253 - Cats On Fire - Higher Grounds
252 - Black Francis - Angels Come To Comfort You
251 - CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above

So, what's in store for 250-201? How many more times will you wail and scream "WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?" as another second division rap act nudges their way in next to Limp Bizkit? STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

TSP's Top 20 albums of the decade

20 – Peaches – The Teaches of Peaches
Middle aged Canadian filth, part one.

19 - The White Stripes – Elephant

18 - The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
The band who dominated the first five years of the decade before being distracted by side projects and other various shenanigans.

17 - The Libertines – The Libertines
For about five minutes they were the best band in the world. Then Pete Doherty upped his drug intake to Herculean levels, robbed his bandmate's flat, shacked up with a supermodel and saw it all go wrong.

16 - The Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

15 - Electric Six – Fire

14 - Lily Allen – Alright, Still

13 - Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

12 - Peaches – Fatherfucker
Middle aged Canadian sleaze, part two.

11 - The Strokes – Room On Fire
In all honesty it wasn't THAT bad of a second album, it just didn't match up to the first.

10 – The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls In America
A Bruce Springsteen for the 21st century. If you ignore the fact that Bruce is still kicking.

9 - My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Yeah? And?

8 - The Libertines – Up The Bracket

7 - Lovage – Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By
Probably the best music to crack on to since Barry White's hey-day.

6 – Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway
Try the lengthy Duk Koo Kim, a 14 minute homage to a dead boxer. Unbelievable.

5 – Kings of Leon – Youth & Young Manhood
So much better than the albums they got famous from.

4 – New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
Late 00's electropop fever. Early returns on the next album show it might be hard to match this.

3 – Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
A two disc concept album loosely based on the lives and deaths of Lynyrd Skynyrd. It shouldn't work. But it does.

2 – Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
A nine year hiatus shattered with a corker of a comeback. Next two albums declared "very ordinary".

1 – The Strokes – Is This It
Simply amazing. They'll never do anything like it again.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

TSP's Top 50 of 2009

A poor year in music. For almost everybody on this list who has "old stuff", I'd rather it than what they put out this year. But let's forge on regardless.

First, as always, the rules. Two tracks per artist maximum, no covers, re-releases only if 2009 was the first time I'd heard it. Guest appearances, duets and "We Are The World" style celebrity singalongs don't count towards the two.

And before we begin - a quick look at the previous top 5's.

2005

1. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
2. Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure
3. Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
4. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
5. Bloc Party - Helicopter

2006

1. The Young Knives - Here Comes The Rumor Mill
2. Giant Drag - This Isn’t It
3. Silvia Night - Congratulations
4. Lily Allen - LDN
5. Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me

2007

1. The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy!
2. New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
3. The Teenagers - Homecoming
4. Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
5. Jack Penate - Spit At Stars

2008

1. Lethal Bizzle - The Come Up
2. Neon Neon - Luxury Pool
3. MGMT - Electric Feel
4. Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
5. Fryars - Olive Eyes

And now tonight's host
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Speaking of old men, here's number 50.

50 - Bob Dylan - It's All Good
That guy is still alive?

49 - Lethal Bizzle - Rockstar
I was hanging out to see what last year's #1 artist would follow "The Come Up" with. The answer was 'nothing nearly as good'. It'll probably sell a truckload more.

48 - 1990's - Everybody Please Relax
A perfectly good song nearly destroyed by the use of the term 'chillax'. Even used with heavy irony it sounds shithouse. CEASE AND DESIST.

47 - The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
They're still around, and with original members. Oh for something remotely approaching the sick menace of Breathe.

46 - Maximo Park - I Haven't Seen Her In Ages
WHITHER APPLY SOME PRESSURE?

45 - Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto)
Not as good as her old songs, in a year that her band appeared with a set of songs that weren't as good as the debut.

44 - Julian Cope - All the Blowing Themselves Up Motherfuckers
Acid fried former Teardrop Explode frontman delivers his take on the art of suicide bombing in a song with no video. Thirty seconds worth here.

43 - Art Brut - Demons Out!
The same lyrics with a knowing smirk. Just not as good as before.

42 - The Rifles - Fall To Sorrow
Meh. About what you'd expect a #43 to be.

41 - Pete Doherty - Arcadie
40 - Pete Doherty - Last of the English Roses
Decent double Doherty. NOW REFORM THE LIBERTINES YOU DRUG ADDICTED GOOSE.

39 - Franz Ferdinand - Can't Stop Feeling
Oh Franz, can we please have another Take Me Out?

38 - Madness - We Are London
Awww.. Makes me nostalgic for London.

37 - The Gossip - Heavy Cross
Hah, she said heavy.

36 - The Broken Family Band - Please Yourself
Where they invite you to do just that.

35 - Noisettes - Don't Upset the Rhythm
It's an iron clad guarantee that if you haven't heard this soundtracking something from the government yet, you will soon.

34 - The Prodigy - Run With The Wolves

33 - New York Dolls - Cause I Sez So
Yes, they are still alive. Some of them anyway. Kind of like The Platters playing at the Dragonfly Restaurant in Tullamarine.

32 - Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls

31 - She Keeps Bees - Gimme
Reminscent of the Meg songs from the White Stripes (but sung properly). Major difference is the pure filth of the lyrics.

30 - VV Brown - Crying Blood
Moderately insane soul - 2000's style.

29 - Bad Lieutenant - Sink Or Swim
Bernard from New Order in a New Order-esque moment. Sure, he doesn't talk to Peter Hook anymore but this is about as N.O as you're ever going to get again.

28 - Young Jeezy - My President Is Black
Sounded a lot better in the immediate aftermath of the Obama inauguration when it was released.

27 - Mayer Hawthorne - Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'
White boy soul that isn't complete shite. What's next? White rappers?

26 - The Cribs - We Share The Same Skies
You will note that nothing off the new Morrissey album made this year's top 50. The only decent songs got in last year as singles - the rest are shit. This track should tell you everything you need to know about why Johnny Marr and Moz should kiss make up, get back together and FUCKING DOMINATE. The Cribs had one shining moment (Men's Needs), and have done nearly bugger all since but this gets pushed from purely average to good simply by the addition of Marr Magic.

25 - Kasabian - Underdog
Like them or not, and I'm undecided, there is no doubt that Kasabian are going to slot right into the space recently left by Oasis. All they need is their lighters in the air, bullshit Wonderwall-esque ballad and then it's world domination time.

24 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Softshock
One of three Karen O appearances in this year's chart. She qualifies due to a guest appearance.

23 - Peaches - Billionare
Where the middle-aged and hairy Canadian sleazebag suggests that she would like to "fuck you like a billionare"

22 - Lily Allen - It's Not Fair
Pop country for people who would throw up if you were suggesting that they were listening to country. "But there's lyrics about shagging!" you say. I say Loretta Lynn did it first. Still, not a bad song. Raising the spectre of Conway Twitty in the video was a masterstroke.

21 - U2 - Breathe
I vowed never to take another U2 song seriously until they did another "Beautiful Day" or "Elevation", but this is surprisingly good.

20 - NASA - Strange Enough (featuring Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Fat Lip)
Karen O appearance #2, from the debut album with the finest set of guest artists in recent memory.

19 - Luke Haines - 21st Century Man
Your standard Haines. Think The Auteurs or Black Box Recorder. Wistful looking back at British 20th modern history a speciality.

18 - Boy Crisis - Dressed To Digress
STORMING. And what a video..

17 - Golden Silvers - True Romance (No. 9 Blues)
Another track that will undoubtedly be used in an ad at some point.

16 - Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun
In a less cruel world this would be considered pop and would storm into the charts at #1. But no, enjoy your Katy Perry instead kids.

15 - Connor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Roosevelt Room
Last year's Bob Dylan is at #50, the future Dylan is here. No video anywhere (!?), but more than worth a listen.

14 - The Virgins - Teen Lovers
Good song, quality video. Like a last minute draft smoky this rocketed from the mid 40's to 14th in the last week of voting. Congratulations Virgins everywhere!

13 - Basement Jaxx - Day Of The Sunflowers (We March On)
But enough self congratulations. Onto the best thing Yoko Ono has ever been involved with. Period.

12 - The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight
Orchestral emo for a mature audience.

11 - Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Canadians behind Monster Hospital, ask the eternal question.

10 - Cerys Matthews - Arlington Way

Former Catatonia singer in blistering return to form. Like Dusty In Memphis dragged into the 21st century.

9 - Lily Allen - The Fear

Depression about fame. Pulp did it years ago, and they even nabbed the song title. Still, the best chartbound pop song of the year. Additional bonus of getting a few obscenities in that are well masked enough to see the track played at family functions. Sold. And I would like to touch her, but that's beside the point.

8 - La Roux - In For The Kill

Somewhere deep inside the heart of this long lurks 1986.

7 - Dengue Fever - Tiger Phone Card

Our first ever American/Cambodian love song. Ever. Anyone willing to bet on another one?

6 - Deadmau5 featuring Rob Swire - Ghosts 'n Stuff

Reminiscent of Perfect by Mason, in that it worked amazingly without lyrics. Like when Princess Superstar met Mason, this is remarkable with words put to it.

5 - Low Fidelity All Stars - The Good Times
Skirts the fine line of just ripping off I Want You Back by the Jackson 5. Which, in this year of one of them carking it, isn't such a bad thing.

4 - Bat For Lashes - Daniel
A Kate Bush for the 21st century.

3 - Boy Crisis - The Fountain of Youth

This year's Empire of the Sun. Bizarre freaks with strange videos delivering the natural 21st progression of synthpop. Sounds like a version of MGMT who don't take themselves so seriously. Described by a Pitchfork reviewer as "the worst band in the world" they certainly look the part, but maigod the songs say otherwise. Besides.. in the world? What about all those Hillsong front groups who sing about how much they love Jebus?

2 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll


1 - N.A.S.A - Spacious Thoughts (featuring Tom Waits and Kool Keith)


See you soon for TSP's top 200 of the 2000's. Explosive.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Dream Scenario

Tonight on Lateline they advanced the theory that Malcolm Turnbull is deliberately careering towards destruction to martyr himself. I'm for it - here's my political dream team fantasy.

Malcolm agrees to an interview on the Alan Jones show. The moment AJ opens his mouth Malcolm slaps the taste out of it. He then storms out the door, pushes a couple of reporters over, gets in his car and drives it to Parliament House in a harrowing OJ Simpson style police pursuit. There he goes inside, knocks on Tony Abbott's door, says "Here's your leadership" and headbutts him. He then picks up a folding chair and starts decking members of his own party with it before stopping to repeatedly focus on Cory Bernardi. Finding that no matter how hard you hit him you can't make a dint in that ridiculous hair, he then turns around to see Wilson Tuckey and yells "Ironbar this you crunt" before dropping him.

Then, with police and security right on his tail he breaks the lines and makes it into the Senate public gallery where just as the doors have been locked and the division on the ETS has been called for he throws himself off the balcony and onto Bill Heffernan a'la the end of Thelma and Louise.

Any danger? Even climate change skeptics would vote for that.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Non-Eastern Block or Sporting Triumph Division

YouTube. Top 10. No fat children, no shithouse beached whales.

Sadly the early 80's ad where some lounge singer advised you to "win a motza on the Footy Tab", in one of the great jingles has been removed as is no longer eligible.

10.
Fat man falls off chair. Killer.

9.
Tony White Nissan and his giant pencil. Never gets old.

8.
Tony Martin + Rex Hunt = Australia's #1 comedy goldmine.

7.
Pam Shriver startles self with ridiculous overacting in cheese ad. Is still kinda cute in an early 80's poodle perm way. Would later marry an obscure Bond.

6.
T-Shirt ad goes awry in comedy parody.

5.
Melbourne's worst theme park forsees Vermont South tram twenty years in advance in corny ad.

4.
A throwback to the days when a paper bag with a slide whistle could entice you into a supermarket. Hullo?

3.
Drunken football captain destroys country and western classic into the biggest microphone since Q&A.

2.
Peter Russell in "Fry the c*nt til it's black you prick" shock horror.

1.
Warwick Capper in "best song ever" result.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

This service has been cancelled

To be entirely honest it appears that after 5 1/2 years TSP is pretty much dead.

One off comeback specials a'la Wayne Newton aren't out of the question but really.. this is kind of it.

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Ho ho ho, that's white man's electricity you're using.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Hysteria Central

I'm continually irritated by these bollocks TAC road safety ads that the taxpayer are funding.

The latest one tells us that 20% of fatalities on Victorian roads have "some trace of drugs" in their system. Well that's wonderful. But what does that actually mean? 0.5 is the arbitrarily declared line where you cross from safe driver to dangerous pisshead, but what level is it that you're a deadly menace on drugs? Obviously somebody who has hoovered up 10 lines of gear is not somebody you're going to want to share the road with - but what about when it's in their system the next day. Are they still supposed to be seconds from disaster?

I've never had to do the maths to beat a drug test - and I've had a few - but everyone knows that this stuff stays in your system for days. How many of those 20% had used drugs on the same day that they had their accident - and how do they know? It's a sensible message wrapped up in the typical hysterical bullshit.

And what the hell is up with the ad where it goes on for a minute about people "smoking joints" but doesn't even bother to consider the fact that most people who are going to smoke and drive and probably ripping bucket bongs not smoking enormous Cheech and Chong style reefers.

Shithouse. I notice nobody had any great interest in stopping the guy who drove past me at about 120kmh on the freeway today.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Contrast and Compare

I'm not suggesting legalising soft-drugs (well.. decriminalising maybe) but tell me that we've got the right law enforcement mix in this city and we'll all have a good old fashioned laugh together,

First there's this;

DOZENS of party-goers have been arrested after police used sniffer dogs to detect drugs at a Melbourne Park rave.

The Winter Sound System dance party, held at Melbourne Park, was marred by paramedics having to treat four people for overdoses of potentially lethal drug GHB.

Other drugs found include cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.


Wouldn't have thought there would have been much trouble inside though. Lucky for all you violence fans we've still got the rest of the city - where sniffer dogs and police officers dare not tread...

The stabbing was among a spate of knife attacks that have marred the Queens' Birthday public holiday and left three men hospitalised.

The assaults, including a stabbing with a broken beer bottle in an elevator at Melbourne Central, continued to highlight what has been described as Melbourne's growing "knife-carrying culture".

The 20-year-old Glen Waverley man was left with serious injuries after being stabbed while waiting for the elevator after leaving a bowling bar on the third floor of the centre just before 3am.

Two men, unknown to the man, approached him as he stood with his friend and girlfriend in a lobby and began arguing with the group, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

When the elevator's doors opened they pushed the man into the lift and stabbed him in his chest and stomach with the glass bottle before fleeing.

Just after midnight, another 20-year-old man was stabbed after being confronted by a pair of men near St Albans railway station.

The man was slashed across his neck and on his left hand after the men, aged in their 20s with dark skin, set upon him in Walmer Avenue.

And just after 7.30am three bandits targeted a pair of ravers returning from a dance party at Melbourne Park and forced the men to hand over their wallets and phones at knife-point.

The victims, aged 19 and 20, were walking along Swan Street after leaving the Winter Sound System dance party at Melbourne Park when they were approached by the group.

One of the men, who were all aged in their twenties, pulled out a knife and demanded the pair hand over their phones and wallets


Thank christ the cops were busy keeping the criminals off our street but having dogs sniff people's inner thighs just up the road.

Now, what do sniffer dogs really do? Three people overdosed on GHB - which is liquid and undetectable. You could take the viewpoint that people will be smart enough not to take something potentially lethal, or you can take the realistic viewpoint that people love getting off their nut and if they're going to get arrested for something that can be detected they'll switch to something that can't. Therefore people are bailed up for carrying relatively harmless stuff but can walk straight in the front door with a bottle of gear that can put them away in a matter of seconds.

Farcical. Oh, and if you've got a strong stomach for reading the ramblings of people who are fucked in the head then by all means read the comments on that story. For instance,

How sad has society become when so many people have to have stupid mind altering drugs to have a good time. What are these pathetic losers going to be doing in a few years time to have a good time, that's if they're not dead ???????? Losers, Losers and Losers, how else can you describe these fools ?????????
Posted by: " Concerned " of of the lawless state 5:21pm today


Yes, these new fangled mind altering substances. I can't believe that they suddenly appeared either! Cockhead.

What is a 'raver'? Oh, I know. It's a spoilt, obnoxious, selfish, spaced-out, irresponsible little mother-boy who thinks he's a superhero. They are a reflection of that god-awful doof doof noise they listen to. Memo to the police and ambulance service: let these oxygen thieves die in the gutter. It is what they deserve.
Posted by: Neil of basketcaseland 2:38pm today
Comment 73 of 81


Note, it's just guys apparently. Please also note that you can always spot a bitter late 40's married guy who is desperate to cheat on his wife but has lost all his hair and put on 50kgs by use of the term "awful doof doof noise".

Start letting them die when they overdose - refuse medical treatment warn them before that medical services and hospitals will not waste resources on idiots who shove ILLEGAL substances into their bodies. It might just take one death before it gets through their thick heads and the ones that die - tough luck at least the IQ of Australia will increase.
Posted by: Jackie 1:45pm today
Comment 70 of 81


Why not refuse medical treatment to people who botch their suicide attempt as well? Isn't that just wasting resources on somebody who wanted to die anyway?

Wake up, pro-ravers and smell the coffee. Possession and Use of these drugs is illegal, despite YOU thinking you're somehow special and above the law and it's OK for you to take them. You aren't and it's not. Posted by: Ryan of Cranbourne 12:14pm today
Comment 65 of 81


I'm not taking shit from anybody who lives in Cranbourne about what should and shouldn't be legal.

The moron market sector. Morons take drugs. Morons dance to bad music. Morons don't know how to have fun without substances. Moron DJs paid better than live artists. Morons too stupid to chat to each other so they just turn up the music to cover the fact they hold moronic conversation. Morons fascinated by UV and laser lights. Morons going home alone. Morons who'd do it all again next week.
Posted by: Steve 6:50am today


Ladies and Gentlemen, it's Steve - the barometer of all that is good and just in society.

Friday, 5 June 2009

*Insert hillarious Kill Bill gag here*

David Carradine. Some guy who nobody 30 years or less understands. Dead in Bangkok hotel room, allegedly in a
">perverse sex game scenario.
They're my favourite I must admit.

Thai police are investigating whether Kung Fu star David Carradine died during a sex game gone wrong.

The 72-year-old actor, who also starred in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films, was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room wardrobe with a rope around his neck and other parts of his body.

Police first said his death was suicide because there was no evidence of a struggle in the room and no bruising on Carradine's body.


Err, anyway. Play Fantasy Coroner and ask yourself this question. Why in Bangkok, of all cities, would you have to resort to such shenanigans? If it turns out that he really died die trying to get one way then he must have been the keenest masturbator on earth.

Now, if you're trapped in Launceston of an evening and get a bit randy maybe but for god's sake man - it's Bangkok. If Hoover became the common name for vacuum cleaners and people can call photocopiers a Xerox then surely Bangkok is the brand name for sleaze. Can't be bothered leaving the room? Just call room service you goose, don't climb into the cupboard and neck up.

Enough political comment..

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Triple AM

At the risk of the first serious post on here for about five years there are some whinges that you can't fully develop in a 140 word Twitter update (Tweet? Get stuffed).

*start talkback radio outrage*

Everyone's got their views on the Matthew Johns/Cronulla Sharks fiasco. It would be charitible to say that 5% of people in Melbourne knew who Johns was before a couple of weeks ago (let alone his much more accomplished brother) yet in the last couple of weeks he's basically become the brand name for debauchery and dodgy behaviour. A tad harsh I'd have thought, but we all know Australia loves a bandwagon to jump on. Even poor Schapelle Corby feels so forgotten that she's had to do a bit of froth at the mouth nutbag work to get back into the papers.

Now, whatever you think about the Cronulla fiasco is your business. I'm not going to try and convince you one way or the other but think for a second how many hours were wasted discussing it on radio and television. How many newspaper column inches spent slaughtering footy players for being meatheads? Rebecca Wilson, probably the most pointless figure in Australian sports (a nose to Craig Hutchison), is making a living out of being outraged.

Now, once you've framed the amount of coverage that incident got in your mind then read this story. Buried on the "Victoria" page of the Herald Sun website and beneficiary of 20 seconds on tonight's news.

A CHILD rapist who broke his parole only 24 hours after being released from jail is being hunted by police.

Andrew Darling was released on parole last week after serving a nine-year sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl.


Nine years? Nine fucking years? Why isn't this the front page scandal. The fact that he's on the loose is bad enough, but how come nobody seems to care that he only served nine years? The news wasted an entire story on a widow of a man killed in an industrial accident having a whinge because the company only got fined $300,000. Tragic loss and all, but what does she want them to do - bring him back? Elsewhere somebody's life is effectively ruined at 13 and nobody really seems to care. Just give a

I'm no fan of capital punishment, and I'm for people who legitimately stuffed up being given a second chance but surely the various assorted freaks like this can't have any excuse. "Sorry your honor, I accidentally raped her". Get fucked. You get pissed, you stack your car and kill a family - you should do 15 years and get another go. You rob a bank and get busted, do 10 years and walk out. Fair enough. But this? My god. There are crimes that deserve to see people locked away for the rest of their life, and if this isn't one of them then what sort of society are we living in?

And what do the media do about it? The Herald Sun are always trying to position themselves as the defenders of all things good and true, and they're too busy hanging around Ben Cousins' driveway to make any sort of statement about what a shambles sentencing in this country is. Politicians? Opening golf courses and making pissweak internet ads.

Next financial year get yourself a game card (not from the Herald Sun, they're too busy printing the latest "global warming is fake" bollocks by Andrew Bolt) and play "Bullshit Sentence Bingo". See if you can find one ridiculously lenient sentence in every field of crime, then one that seems completely over the top for an otherwise ordinary case. By June 30 2010 your house will be full of game cards. Unfortunately you don't win anything except the right to vote at a State Election for one of two parties who couldn't give a shit about anything but their own rorts.

* end talkback radio outrage*

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Fantasy Eurovision 2009 - Results Spectacular

*Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back to Wimbledon dog track for the startling conclusion to this year's night of nights. And here's your host... Ugly Dave"



"Ere, I'm back. You know last week after the show I walked into a bar. Didn't 'alf 'urt. Hur, hur, hur. Anyway, let's get on with it. Me mother in law is outside and she'll just die if I don't take her for a walk. Hur, hur, hur. Anyway, if you want to recap the acts one more time go here. Otherwise as the results come in we'll be joined by some often casually racist stereotypes for their reactions. Are you ready? Well let's start with last, because they're the furthest away from first."

23. Greece - Diamanda Galas : 0 points
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Deep shock and resentment there in Athens. The selection committee will surely now be wondering if they should have gone for Yanni and his blistering synth pop moustache instead of a wailing crazy woman.

=22. England - The Members : 8 points
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A very poor showing for the English, but aren't the fans taking it well? As is so often the case for the English it's a bottom five finish. Would Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark have done any better? We'll never know.

=22. Scotland - The Proclaimers : 8 points
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Shockingly poor result for one of the favourites of the competition, and look the Scottish fans have come all the way to Wembley Stadium to protest about it.

20. Republic of Ireland - The Pogues and the Dubliners - : 9 points
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Shock in rural Ireland as their favourite sons go down to a heavy defeat. Father Ted unavailable for comment due to being, err, dead.

19. Spain - Las Ketchup : 13 points
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There's Don Flamenco. Noted Spanish boxer and Nintendo character. He's not at all pleased but did stop to tell us that it's not his fault that his country have produced bugger all decent pop artists.

18. Netherlands - Dr. Alban : 18 points
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A poor result for the singing dentist from the land of the Tulip.

17. France - Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgitte Bardot - : 21 points
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Poor result for the sleaziest Frenchman ever born. His understudy, however, has found time to chat up a young girl in Serge's honor. The great man himself did have time to give this victory speech from beyond the grave.

16. Romania - Enigma : 24 points

It's over to Bucharest, where they haven't had much to smile about since the fall of Ceacescu, and that won't change tonight as the song that a million babies was concieved to fails to finish in the top half. Food rationing for all.

=14. Norway - A-ha : 25 points
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Shocking scenes in Oslo where everybody asks "Surely we'd won if they'd picked Take On Me". Well, that's not the way it works kids.

=14. Portugal - Rui Da Silva : 25 points
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Obscure artist in 'better than expected' shock. Portuguese national football team said to be "thrilled" at being included due to the lack of any actual Portugal related stereotypes than didn't involve Angolans and machine guns.

13. East Germany - Nina Hagen : 27 points
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Wild scenes in East Berlin! The hometown girl has beaten almost half of Europe and they're jumping for joy!

12. Northern Ireland - Feargal Sharkey : 31 points
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News just in from Belfast, TISM have been recruited to fill this slot next year.

11. Moldova - O-Zone : 34 points
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Possibly anti-Numa Numa backlash causes best foreign bubblegum language pop song of the millenium to fail to crack the top ten. This young lady's not too concerned though, all she's worried about is having to go back there.

10. Austria - Falco : 35 points
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It's Don't Turn Around, Der Koroner's in town for the Austrian Eurovision tilt this year.

=6. Italy - Albert One : 38 points
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Even massive corruption and gangland activity couldn't drive this porky italo disco classic to top spot. The above gentleman are working on an entry which we hope to be seeing in 25-40 years.

=6. Denmark - Aqua : 38 points
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Strangely these guys don't seem to be that concerned about Denmark's failure.

=6. Iceland - The Sugarcubes : 38 points
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Music by Bjork, jumpers by Daryl Somers. Strong result for the eccentric, and suddenly bankrupt, island nation.

=6. Belgium - Plastic Bertrand : 38 points
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Nobody knows what a Belgian looks like, so we invited his Royal Majesty King Albert II to do the honours. He said in a statement "France, Belgium and Germany - suck on this"

5. West Germany - The Real McCoy : 40 points
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Celebrations and drunken slurring all around for the highest finish of the "big four" nations. Clearly a more crowd pleasing choice than the semi-final runner up "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by the Scorpions.

4. Switzerland - DJ Otzi : 43 points
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Strange things happen when you Google Image search for the Swiss Navy.

3. Wales - Catatonia : 46 points
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No, it's not a late entry from the Black and White Minstrel Show. Because that, unlike showing pictures of Moldovan prostitutes, would be racist. No, it's just some Welsh miners showing their glee at finishing in the coveted third position on the night.

2. Russia - TATU : 52 points
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The world loves sleaze, and even better if it involves a pair of schoolgirls! This is such a popular result that Russia's greatest musical exports (even though they were from Germany) couldn't help but stop in and pay their tribute. Quoth the lead singer "AHAHAHAHA! HEY!"

And that only leaves one. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Fantasy Eurovision 2009. You guessed it;

1. Sweden - Roxette : 55 points
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And if you thought you had sat through 22 other acts just to see some scantily clad Swedish women writhing in celebration then you were wrong.

Let's get them out here for one more round of the winning song. Per and Marie, you crazy - and yes, hot - kids. Get out here now.



Right, that's it for this year. Direct your lawsuits to Channel 10 c/o Wobbies World Nunawading. Shall we go out on a song? Right lads and ladettes, let's hear it. Goodnight Europe.

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Monday, 25 May 2009

TSP is your Geographical Connection

What do you think the meeting was like when they named the Central African Republic?

"We need a name for a republic that's in the centre of Africa"

*Out come the bottles of champagne*

Yes kids, African history is that simple. Of course our friends from Bangui went on to ruin things with some very dubious behaviour,

Between 17 April and 19 April a number of elementary school students were arrested after they had protested against wearing the expensive, government-required school uniforms. Around one hundred were killed. Bokassa allegedly participated in the massacre, beating some of the children to death with his cane.

Write into the 50/50 column and suggest that as an alternative to national service for the kids. Joy Buttress from Dromana would.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Fantasy Eurovision 2009

(Dear readers,

Last night's Eurovision was as dull as you've come to expect. No novelty songs, no classics. I'll get around to doing a write up eventually, but in it's place we now cross to the England for a version special TSP interactive event...)

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium for Europe's all time night of nights. Please welcome your host for the evening, the one and only


Ugly Dave Gray.


'ere thank you very much. You know, when they rang me up and offered me the chance to host this evening I told my wife and she turned to me and said "It's going to be a special occasion. I'd like you to put me in something long and flowing". So I threw her in the river. Boom Boom.

Anyway, on with the evening. The rules for Fantasy Eurovision are as follows;

* No matter if the singers carked it years ago. After all we've all died on stage at one point or another.
* No boring three minute limit for songs.
* In the event of more than one nominee being available for the nation then the participant has been randomly drawn.


Got that? Good. You know, on my way here tonight I walked past a couple a couple of flies. One looked down at the other and said "Don't look now, but your human's open" Ah ah ah ah ah ah.

Err anyway. Once you're done refreshing your memory of the classic hits contained within scroll down to the bottom to cast your vote in this important contest. Viewers across the world are hanging on the results.

Shall we all have a bit of a singalong then? Alright, let's have contestant #1



No, not that number one. This number one;

1. Switzerland - DJ Otzi "Hey Baby"


2. Wales - Catatonia "Road Rage"


3. East Germany - Nina Hagen "New York, NY"


4. Denmark - Aqua "Dr Jones"


5. Portugal - Rui Da Silva "Touch Me"


6. West Germany - The Real McCoy "Come and Get Your Love"


7. Italy - Albert One "Turbo Diesel"


8. Russia - TATU "All The Things She Said"


9. Iceland - The Sugarcubes "Birthday"


10. Moldova - O-Zone "Dragostea Din Tei"


11. Sweden - Roxette "Joyride"


12. Belgium - Plastic Bertrand "Ca Plane Pour Moi"


13. Northern Ireland - Feargal Sharkey "A Good Heart"


14. England - The Members "Sound of the Suburbs"


15. Norway - A-ha "The Sun Only Shines On TV"


16. Greece - Diamanda Galas "Double Barrel Prayer"


17. Spain - Las Ketchup "The Ketchup Song"


18. Netherlands - Dr. Alban "Sing Hallelujah"


19. Austria - Falco "Der Kommissar"


20. Republic of Ireland - The Pogues and the Dubliners - "Irish Rover"


21. France - Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgitte Bardot - "Bonny and Clyde"


22. Scotland - The Proclaimers "500 Miles"


23. Romania - Enigma "Sadeness Pt. 1"



Wasn't that marvellous?

Now for the most important part of the evening. Click here to cast your vote.

While you vote let's take a look at the act that the reason we're in majestic South London tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, the reigning champions - Cats UK



Results will be available after a decent period of reflection.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Kontroversy Korner

I've got an issue with the TAC and their advertising. Now, disclaimers ahoy, we're all about dropping the road toll and you should certainly never drive - or go into strange motel rooms with footballers - after 25 beers and a bottle of vodka BUT their two most recent ads are an absolute farce.

Commercial A - Speed



Opens with a bit of harsh piano work and a singer wailing about how "I've been looking so long at these pictures of you that I somehow believe that they're real". Heartstrings tugged out, everyone sheds a tear and the message is fairly obvious - don't drive like a dickhead and you won't wreck the lives of your, or somebody else's - friends and family. But then they cock it up with the worst tag-line of all time.

"This is why you're photographed when you speed."

Yeah, that's wonderful but get your list of speed cameras out and tell me how many of them are on roads with a top speed of 80kph or more. Are they suggesting that tragic loss of life in a variety of incidents is why people are being stung for doing 64 in a 60 zone? Who knows what the stories behind the advertisement are, but I'm willing to bet that most of them involved some serious 150 in a 100 zone style speed, not 55 in a 50 zone. We're photographed when we speed because the whole state revenue would go tits up without it. How many times do you see a report of a fatal speed related crash in the country? And how many times have you driven hundreds of kilometres through the country and not seen one speed camera or police radar?

There's no money in sticking a camera behind a tree in Yackandandah so they won't do it, there's a billion dollars to be made nailing people on the Westgate Bridge so they do. Don't try to pretend you're being high and mighty now. For the record I don't necessarily disagree with the 3kph lee-way on speeding. I think it could stand to be proportional to the speed limit itself, to admit that 63 is not the same as 103 but I can live with it. More importantly I firmly believe that anyone doing 20 or 30kph over the limit without the best reason ever should lose their licence for five years if not more.

The message is right. Slow the fuck down and behave yourself, but to pretend that nailing people for going 4 or 5kph over the limit at relatively low speeds is any kind of public service is a joke. Going by the comments on that Youtube video when anyone dared to suggest the ad is a farce I expect somebody to lose the plot over this but don't miss the point - speed is one thing but you're photographed to prevent a calamity at 121kph on the Hume Highway, not 64kph on Orrong Road. Direct your emotional blackmail to the right markets.

Commercial B - Drink Driving

Couldn't find a copy of this one online, but I'm sure you've seen it. Two guys are in a pub and have absolutely no idea if they're over the limit or not. One is bigger, one has been drinking already, the standard drinks aren't actually standard drinks anyway etc..

Now, my problem with this one is that they themselves are admitting that the system for measurement of drinks is an absolute farce and that .05 is actually one massive lottery where people who are just guilty and people who are off chops are thrown into the same basket. First things first, who decided what a standard drink consisted of and why the fark don't we change it already? If nothing actually constitutes 1 standard drink anymore why can't we change the definition?

Does their own ad not prove that nobody actually understands the BAC system. It's one thing to say everyone needs to know their limitations but surely in the 21st century we can come up with something better. Don't ask me what, I'm no boffin, but you've got about 5 million scientists around the world. Get cracking. Go out drinking one night and invest in a few goes at the BAC tester in the pub. Try and guess the point at which you cross .05 - I guarantee you'll miss by a mile.

Again, the mystical line between .049 and .05 confuses me. I know you have to set a limit somewhere but are we really sure that a fat bloke who racks up .049 is any less of a danger to himself or others than a 50kg female who gets .05? If you rack up .10 and are out of your car dancing to the police car lights then yeah you're pretty shit, but is it not true that there are people who can have one drink and lose their mind without going anywhere near hitting the point where it becomes illegal and/or technically dangerous.

Err yes, so if you're going to waste my taxpayers money on these ads then at least do something sensible and realistic with them. This says it all really;



(P.S - No, I haven't been nicked for drink driving or speeding recently or indeed ever)

Ode to a Website

Since I took my first, tentative steps towards the internet in 1997 by connecting via a BBS and looking up wrestling results (this very page. I'm still confused over the logic of the Dusty Rhodes turn 11.5 years later) there are very few websites that I can claim have had any influence on my life. YouTube, Wikipedia, the aforementioned DDT Digest, redhotplumpers.com, AFL Tables. That's about it really - everything else is just background noise and doe-eyed, scantily clad Bulgarian immigrants.

However I'd like to pay tribute to the latest member of the TSP Hall of Fame. But, first a little background.

Fantasy Football is nothing new. I remember owning a book in the early 90's explaining how you could set up a league with family and friends. Not surprisingly my year 6 classmates weren't as keen to pore over the stats as I was and the book ended up being thrown out somewhere. In fact before the internet came along footy tipping reigned as king and fantasy games were strictly for Americans or the English. In fact even when the internet came along nobody gave a rats for a few years, but somewhere three or four years ago Supercoach and Dream Team appeared on the Herald Sun and AFL websites respectively. I was roped in and at first paid scant regard to the way it worked - teams would be unchanged for weeks on end and I think Jared Rivers was my captain at one point when he was out for six weeks. Why would you have Rivers as captain anyway? Who knows.

Then along came Fan Footy and suddenly I was hooked. Being the sort of insular fan who couldn't care less about any player who didn't play for Melbourne I was suddenly introduced a whole world of random players that I'd never heard of. Who the buggery is Craig Bird? Who knows, but he's been in my team for two years now. The genius to the whole thing is the icons that go next to players with information about their performance - be it good, bad or otherwise. Suddenly the clunky AFL.com.au Game Tracker isn't the best place to follow a game. In this era when a player can have 30 touches and still not be anywhere near the best players in a match, it's Fan Footy that gives you the information you need to know to follow a game even if you haven't got it on the radio or tv.

Consider the following;

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From this alone I can tell that the top 6 are all "hot", Jack Grimes is on Brad Johnson, Cheney is rising in value, Bartram is tagging, Miller is playing badly and Warnock has a specific defensive job. Hover over any of the logos for specific stats. What else do you need to know? Sure, you need to totally reject the idea of having a life to get into this stuff but once you do it's addictive. Looking for the scores on your mobile in the middle of a tedious date? Staight to FF.

The guiltiest pleasure of the whole thing is the tombstone logo. () Sure, it means that somebody's copped a long term injury but it's like an event to see it. Prismall, Hille, most of the Melbourne side at one time or another. You know that when that logo comes up you won't be seeing somebody for a long time. When Russell Robertson blew his achilles to shreds last year and I saw that on the screen in a dingy Singapore internet cafe I let out a plaintive wail. It's one thing when the radio says somebody's done their knee, but it's not true until m0nty confirms it.

The genius of the tombstone is that in my circle of acquaintances it has passed into common usage. Somebody's broken their leg falling out of a tree, "it's a tombstone for...", somebody's fallen off the back of the train, "tombstone in Connex Supercoach". Somebody's died? "Tombstones all around". In fact I would like to think that if I snuffed it tomorrow that my death notice would look like this;

Adam 1.0


The other notable feature of the site is the running commentary alongside the stats, most of which is seemingly written by 13-year-olds or complete lunatics. The vast majority of it consists of people posting as if they're actually talking directly to the player, though it's hard to work out whether Justin Sherman would actually know what "BoMbErZ-93" meant if he rolled up to him in the street and yelled "WTF SHERMAN u absolute MANCHILD". Apparently it's a compliment. Every game can also be relied on to have some muppet post that they made the lowest scorer on the ground their captain that week (double points) as if nobody has ever thought of that gag before. Then there's outright abuse. This afternoon "footy_wiz" was moved to say "firrito u flowering [fuck is replaced with flower, hillarity ensues - 1.0] spud, the 2 first gamers did better than you". No consideration of the fact that Firrito is richer, more famous and more chance of getting laid than anyone who has ever logged onto that website myself included.

Of course this year has seen the final ascent of fantasy football to the tip of everyone's tongue. Suddenly the real footy dissectors are coming in of a Monday morning and talking points instead of tips. The old style footy tipping, where you'd study the form for ten years and still get beaten by the work experience kid who guesses his tips, has been dethroned. It's a good thing, even if it has been taken a bit far with Dream Team updates on the big screen at the MCG and during radio calls. Even if it has created the phenomenon of idiots in the crowd going bananas over their own team copping a goal just because it's come from one of their players.

It'll play itself out over the next couple of years and everyone will get sick of it again but it's a wild ride while it lasts - and as far as I'm concerned Fan Footy is the best thing about it. In fact, as they might say , ,

(P.S - If I win my work comp this year I'm going to run into the office, throw Gatorade over myself in celebration and dedicate the victory to m0nty)

(P.P.S - If you made it this far you might be as sick as me. Normal people tuned out in the second paragraph)