How big movies created even bigger franchises and Hollywood made lots of money.
I Think I Love You
“ossibly the creepiest and weirdest bubblegum love song ever written, I Think I Love You is little heard today, beyond its deployment as an ironic pointer to a different kind of teen sensibility than that currently ‘enjoyed’ by the youth of the West.”
Today in statistics
How Amazon Music Prime upgraded and infuriated its members.
Mike Skinner catches the imagination of the British nation.
After all these years, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's 1983 album remains an intriguing gem.
Politicians beware as the public awakens from its Covid dream state.
The release of Spielberg's critically-acclaimed movie came at a telling moment during the Balkan Civil Wars.
The organisers of the Ballon d'Or awards seem to think so, but are they right?
How Covid-19 showed us what we have really become.
History repeating: Expect to see growing reports of direct action and stunts not dissimilar to those executed by Extinction Rebellion, but delivered by an increasingly angry, detached lockdown generation which sees itself as no longer having anything left to lose.
Perhaps Marx was right after all and history is indeed about to repeat itself as a farce.
Or possibly as something more sinister.
TV Hit or Miss
The hit Washington drama remains sharp, witty and moving.
It's a show with a solid moral core, balanced with a realistic portrayal of politics, power and Los Angeles policing.
Between 2002 and 2003 RI:SE had two drastic launches but fewer viewers. Not perhaps the channel's finest hour(s).
A hot favourite going into the final, the Spanish entry turns out to be even hotter on the night.
You can see why Lulu had to be prodded onto the stage to sell this song for the UK.
After years of nearly winning, the United Kingdom finally pulls its socks up and takes the Eurovision prize.
The Big Car YouTube channel's take on how the Marina helped destroy the British car industry.
A disco beat political statement from the electropop duo.
Clever, funny and charming, Sleeper added some much-needed cheek to the UK pop scene.
Even if you have never heard them before.
Catching the moment, The Smiths are dancy, excitable and thrilling.
Having found an unlikely home on Broadway, Bruce Springsteen is now back in the spotlight for all the right reasons.
A sassier and smarter diva re-emerges with an iconic album featuring a gay anthem (or two).
The blockbuster franchise starts out terrifying before becoming confused and mystifying.
A camp, silly and entertaining shuffle down nostalgia lane for those who have no memory or experience of 50s Americana.
A druggy, confusing, visually splendid mediation on humanity, the nature of the universe, life, and all that stuff.