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20 Album Track Greats: Queen

With Bohemian Rhapsody impressing box office audiences, now's a good time to take a look at some of Queen's lesser known – but equally worthy – album tracks (again, in chronological order – not order of preference!). 1. LIAR (From QUEEN) Liar is one of the band's earliest and heaviest tracks. I've got a lot of time for Queen's first album, which was released in 1973. One of the best is Liar, a six-odd minute epic that while unusually structured, is still as catchy as hell (especially the oft-repeated shout of “Liar!” from the band). Interestingly, the song begins with a lengthy instrumental prologue that gradually builds up through cymbal, bass drum, handclaps, and then into some ace guitar work...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Blink

Don't blink. How many times have I heard that during a near-lifetime of regular optician visits? Those hazy early days of getting to grips with contact lenses must have yielded more cries of “Don't blink” from the optician than the Doctor Who story called – er, I think, it's called, Blink. You know – Blink. Also known as the one with the creepy statues. Or the one with the companion that never was. Or the one in which the Doctor Who team produce a Doctor-lite story that's to practically everyone's tastes, fans and casual viewers alike. It's another award winner for author Steven Moffat, who's back on form after the so-so Girl In The Fireplace. Unlike the tale of the...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Amends

Uh oh. It's that time of year again. The shop windows are decked to the halls with decorations. Big supermarket chains are gearing up to see which festive advert can make viewers cry the most. I feel like I should be wearing some brightly coloured party hat while finding at least three Christmas songs that I can actually stand (for the record, Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses and for some bizarre reason, Macca's festive cheese-fest Wonderful Christmastime are the only festive musical choices that don't make me want to take an axe to the pub stereo in the festive season). On top of this, Santa Joss is in town, delivering many a festive...

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Now That's What I Call John's Reviews! Now 8

Never let it be said that my blog babblings ain't topical. At the time of writing, BBC4 is keeping up the fond memories of 1986 TOTP with repeats from late Summer and early Autumn. Many of the songs can be found on the latest thrilling Now That's What I Call Music instalment. Depending on your musical tastes, Now 8 omits a number of memorable TOTP acts. Some of these are for the wrong reasons – the frankly terrifying Modern Talking's Brother Louie (comprising a pair of creosoted mullets whispering a clunky Eurovision reject) is hilarious in its robotic awfulness. There's also the glut of EastEnders-related chart entries. Anita Dobson's generic words-to-music Anyone Can Fall In Love is the first of...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Human Nature / The Family Of Blood

Way back in the Wilderness Years of Doctor Who, fans could find some sort of consolation with a range of books called The New Adventures. The range continued the adventures of Sylvester's Doctor, except that they were now more suited to frustrated, spotty 6th form students rather than kids who would probably frown in puzzlement at tales that purported to be deeper and broader than what they were used to on TV. In other words, there was a higher quota of sex and violence. Whether or not Mary Whitehouse chanced upon a copy of one of these books in her last few years of blue rinse, self-righteous moral cleansing remains an unanswered question. I don't think she would have regarded...

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