Friday, August 25, 2006

STRAWBERRY LIES - Adam Buxton on YouTube.

Aside from being a forum for individuals to argue over the authenticity of Lonelygirl15 and her kin, sites like Youtube are fast becoming the repository of choice for captured glimpses of pop-culture past. Momentarily discounting the obviously muddy waters of copyright, the wealth of material that fans and enthusiasts have posted on Youtube and it's manifold competitors makes them a treasure trove for bon vivants of vintage crapola like my good self.

In a televisual world where more choice has led to - ahem - less choice it's always a pleasure to enjoy moments from tubular times past without feckless c-list buffoons spouting randomly scripted recaps all over them.

Better still, rather than allow illicit uploads of their handiwork some enlightened individuals are actively embracing this brave new medium and putting the rest to shame.
Adam Buxton, one half of small screen satirists Adam & Joe, has been quietly uploading some original work on the aformentioned tube, along with a few hard to find moments from vintage shows produced for the UK Channel Four, prior to the network abandoning virtually all semblance of originality and keeping the same four or five presenters in constant rotation. (a point illustrated eloquently below:)

Considering Adam & Joe were among the original pioneers of User Generated Content (or UGC to those in the know) it's only right and proper that Buxton's fantastic work garners a new and international audience through Youtube - especially since Adam & Joe themselves haven't had a series together on air since the sublime Go Tokyo from Jonathan Ross' Hot Sauce productions in 2003.

One can only hope that in an industry currently going UGC insane we'll see the two of them fronting a definitive look at the phenomenon, instead of just welcome contributions from Adam on the sometimes patchy Time Trumpet and IT Crowd, plus the magnificent Screenwipe - one of the best shows on and about television.

Either way, work as brilliant as this was born to be shared :

If any of this has tickled your fancy, why not find further use for your eyes and ears by enjoying their Xfm Podcasts or purchasing their epic DVD, compiling the finest moments from the original Adam & Joe Show. Stone the crows, for under six quid - you'd have to be a fool or a cad to pass it up!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Still almost entirely wrapped up in work at the moment, so perceptive pop-culture pontification from my good self has ground to a halt over the last few weeks. Somehow I'm working as a sort of animator, which is strange turn of events considering I have no training, skill or discernable talent in this medium.

Whilst looking for the loading screen from a ye olde 48k Sinclair Spectrum for a particular project I encountered someone who most definitely has. Just how this lovely if somewhat unsettling trip down memory lane was achieved I could scarcely guess at - but it's rather good whatever way you look at it.

(For those with far too much time on their hands, I did finally locate a Spectrum loading screen here. R Tape Loading error indeed.)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Well, new in the sense that I've never heard of the bloody thing before.

Busy as a loon at the moment, so Poptique posting has slowed to a somewhat pathetic crawl over the last two weeks - but I just had to share this unbelievably rare trailer for ORUMCEK THE SPIDER with Trashfans around the world. Please be aware it contains scenes that sensitive viewers may find disturbing, as well as an inordinate amount of leaping...

I know I harp on about Turkish Pop-cinema more than some would like, but with ribald freakouts like this emerging from the forgotten underbelly of Turkeywood's lost archives who in their right mind could resist! Surprise, surprise - it's been recovered by Onar films and is scheduled for release early next year (or sooner if you lot start stumping up the cash for his alleged trash!)