Sunday, 10 May 2015

Dangerously 90's - Musings on the Music of Our Generation, from Grunge to Britpop and Why the 90's was Pretty Damn Awesome!

Okay, so my friend Rob gave me this genius idea for a series of blogs after he called the film Hackers, dangerously 90's.  I thought this too much of a genius tag to make something out of it, haha.  Soooo.....I am inviting my some of my dearest darling friends to give me their thoughts on what made the 90's!  These are people who I love to bits, and who I rocked the 90's are totally on par with the often quirky mindset of Little Miss Morleysaurus.  And CLEARLY I still haven't quite left the 90's.  Still rockin' the dungarees and army jackets! ;) This blog is kinda the cooler side of the 90's, but do not worry, the cheesy cool IS to come!  MWAH! :) 

First up, my bestest friend in the whole wide world.  The guy who inspired me in so many ways, and looked pretty freakin' epic in dungarees with the top down.  It was cool yo!  :P   Seeing as how I didn't have any older siblings, it was great having him for musical inspiration, and I am happy to say that he is still the guy I go to when I'm looking for new tunes! :)  So without further adu....

A brief thought.....

Just when it seemed like there was nothing, suddenly there was everything. Music was groaning under the strain of behemoths such as Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Elton John, and Bryan Adams (although mercifully the New Kids on the Block were starting to die the death) and the 80´s hangover looked like it was never going to go away. 

Thankfully Newton´s third law came to our rescue “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body” and man did the second body ever exert.  

Back then I was only really beginning to develop my musical tastes and I was lucky that there were many interesting moments in music happening at the time, also it´s worth remembering that I had a cassette Walkman (It depressed me greatly when I saw these in a freakin' HISTORY I'm getting old, haha!!) and a record player, this was pre, well pre just about every technology we take for granted now, so to discover a new band/album demanded a bit of leg work and quite a few duds made it home to the collection (I did at some point upgrade to a Discman, which still works, whereas my last 4 Ipods don´t). 

Seemingly from nowhere there was a tidal wave of guitar noise coming out of the States and I devoured the Sup Pop label and most of the other bands that were painted with the Grunge/Alternative brush.  

You know who I mean, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, L7, Rage Against The Machine, Alice in Chains (any excuse to listen to Down in a Hole, heehee!!etcetc.  

And by following that beautiful noise I discovered Modest Mouse, Pavement, The Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo on and on down the road to an endless list of band names - you don´t need me to do your shopping list for you (that´s the fun bit, for me anyway).  

It wasn´t all lumberjack shirts and tatty converse however as back on this side of the water, we were still riding the wave of the Stone Roses first album.  Which along with Pills ´n´ Thrills and Bellyaches, gave us new air to breathe.  

Add in The Charlatans (pictured above), Ride and a few others and our lungs were fit to burst.  These bands were labeled as Indie/Madchester and opened the door for kids like me to cross the line and dip their toes into what was called “dance music” back then (Screamadelica was the trailblazer, and for the labelists - indie not Madchester), but my roots by then were firmly in the guitar camp so I never really got that far into it.  

With the release of a few seminal albums there was a whole new world to discover, and a CD collection to build (vinyl was becoming harder to come by). 

As we approached the middle 90´s the Brit Pop thing was taking shape with Parklife and Definitely Maybe (Live Forever is my favourite track of this album, and I totally think sums up just awesomeness!!  Jennifer x) everywhere and anywhere you went, which was great until the laddism took over and Brit Pop became more about fashion than music (see also just about every other decent music scene ever), but there was a period of 3-4 years where it was nothing but epic times all around - shouting lager lager lager - indeed.

 It was a time where I felt that the bands were ours, men and women just like us, only they were making great tunes

Everything felt new, from politics (New Labour), booze (alcopops), football (the premier league in England) and TV was new (Sky or BSkyB or whatever they were called at the time) 

Then Newton´s law came back at us, the money men weren´t making enough, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Boyzone, and other bloated cash cows started to drown the airwaves. Couple with suicides, fame, jail, death and to a degree the rise of the internet (Napster wasn´t too far away) some bands broke up, some were never given enough time to develop and others seemed to have hit their creative peak, or maybe they were just so hyped up that anything they released would have been disappointing. 

All is was not lost though, that decade gave us so many gems, musical memories so go and check out the bands I have mentioned and despite what I said two paragraphs ago I will give you a brief listening list of some of my personal favourites, and please listen to the whole album I despise skippers. 

In no order and excluding the most obvious heavy hitters...

The Charlatans – Up to Our Hips 

New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Pigeonhole 

Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 

Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque 

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane over the Sea 

Ride – Going Blank Again 

The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Review of Symphony Tools for Social Media Management

Oooh, so I've been using the new Symphony Tools to manage my social media accounts after Symphony took over the place of Networked Blogs and it's well cool.  You can really personalise different bits and bobs, and I'm sure if you look at my Facebook profiles, you can see just how great it looks.  :)  It's perfect for me personally for scheduling and automating sharing my blog to Facebook and Twitter and posting out stuff EXACTLY when I want it to get out to my followers.  Plus, if you're like me and run several pages, it can sometimes feel like you've got a bit of a multiple personality disorder.  Like, moreso than usual.  HAHA.  This definitely makes things a whole lot easier. :)

Give it a try today and see what you think. This link gives you 3 months free as opposed to a month.  I totally recommend it!  :)  DO IT!  And do it quick as well before the offer runs out! :P

Y'all know I'm not normally one to advise on this kinda stuff, but from a PR point of view, this is definitely something worth getting yourself familiar with.  Yups!  :)

Friday, 10 April 2015

Charlie Hunnam - Another Year Older...Another Year So Much Hotter!! Right Jax Teller Fans!? ;)

On this day, the 10th April, one of the most sexiest, and talented men to ever walk the earth was Newcastle of all places.  He's like ALMOST Scottish, mwahahaha.  That man of course is none other than Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, Mr Charlie Hunnam!!  :)  

So as I rave on about how much I love him enough already...I think these videos here, along with some gifs, will sum things up nicely!! :) 

Most romantic line ever below, teehee! 

Oooh, and next up, it's Guy Ritchie Film Knights of the Round Table, where the Hunnam is playing King Arthur.  Woot woot!! :)  

A photo posted by Guy Ritchie (@guyritchie) on


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

BEST. ANNOUNCEMENT. EVER. The X Shaped Hole in my Heart has Already Started Healing. Welcome Back Mulder and Scully!!

Holy fucking shit.

I can't believe this day has finally happened.

They're back.  They're really coming back.

Please forgive me whilst I go and have a slight emotional meltdown.

And in the meantime, read the press release from Fox. :)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Introducing Damon Runyan as Charles Falco in History Channel's Gangland Undercover - The REAL Sons of Anarchy!

Anyone who knows me will know that I'm hardcore missing a certain biker gang right now.  So much so that as of late, I've been finding myself watching documentaries on notorious biker gangs throughout the years.  I guess it is truly perfect timing that a new show from the History Channel, Gangland Undercover, is getting my mind all down and dirty with bikers again....this time however, it's based on actual events!!

This shit is so fucked up, that it's hard to NOT respect the big ass pair of balls that Charles Falco had!  This man infiltrated not one....but THREE outlaw biker gangs over a five year period!

Falco's serious undercover work led to 62 arrests, in a world where, had he been discovered....well....needless to say, it would NOT have been pretty!!  And I'm pretty damn sure that his death would not have been quick either!

Gangland Undercover is based on Charles Falco's book Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws, and featuring a silhouetted introduction from Falco himself each episode, in which we see Damon Runyan's gritty and realistic portrayal of  Falco.....and I'm not gonna lie.....he sells it fucking gooooood!!

Actor Damon Runyan has stated in interviews, including this one with my bud Troy Foreman for his site The PC Principle, that he worked closely with Charles Falco himself in preparation for the role, and still speaks to him daily...and I think that kind of relationship really shines through in Runyan's performance.  It was kind of like when Johnny Depp lived in Hunter S. Thompson's basement for four months in preparation for Fear and Loathing in Las're gonna hear a lot a crazy shit...and you're gonna get a belter of a performance because of it!! :)

I love me my dark, gritty shows.....Gangland Undercover is the kinda grit that would stick in your cheeks after you've had your face dragged along the highway dangling off the back of a motorbike.  These guys take no shit, and Falco lived a life so dangerous, that's it's no wonder that he didn't completely lose the plot!  What I find truly remarkable as well, is that he's not even in witness protection anymore!!  

Definitely be sure to check out Troy's pretty rad's definitely worth a read, as it's a nice look into just what it takes to be an actor going into such a head fuck of a role!

Go check out the show, LIKE the Facebook page for the show, as well as Charles Falco's FB fanpage too.  You can also follow Damon Runyan on Twitter - @damonrunyan.  This guy is most definitely one to watch! :)

Morley xo

Saturday, 28 February 2015

REVIEW - Damon Rickard's The Tour - Starring Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff!

If there's one thing I'm a total sucker for, it's a good old ghost movie.  Ever since I was really young, I've always had a thing about ghosts.  Poltergeist still remains one of the few films to ever freak the shit outta me.  I was 6 when I watched it, and had an INCREDIBLY overactive imagination.  Haha.  Or IMAGINAAAAAAATION, as Spongebob would say!  ;)  The Blair Witch Project (next to The Wizard of Oz, haha) is definitely my scariest film of all time.  That film fucked with my head so badly, and even to this day, it terrifies the crap out of me watching it!!  Yet I can watch all manner of fucked up, insane "scary" films, and not flinch.  

Damon Rickard and Alex Mathison's The Tour, pays homage to films such as The Blair Witch Project and Hostel, whilst taking on the good old fashioned ghost story, and making a truly entertaining little film out of it!  

Kudos to guys for such an entertaining and well-written script as well.  I think that's often the problem with ghost that they rely too much on cheap scares, and not enough on an actual script!  The Tour most definitely does NOT fall into that category.  There is an art to writing a good short ghosty film (or any short film for that matter!), and coming in at just under fifteen minutes, The Tour is the perfect example of how to do this.  Right from the get go, The Tour pulls you in with its quirky, spook~tastic ghost story, which is made all the more believable by entertaining tour guide Tom...the kinda tour guide that would make you stand there and pay attention.  One that, if  you were like'd want to go and further investigate.  

There is this brilliantly delivered line by Tom Gordon's tour guide character Tom about trips across Europe, and what might happen...referring to Hostel of course.  Straight away I'm thinking, "Hells yeaaaaaah!!  My kinda tour guide!!"  ;)  Which totally just reminded me of when my fellow X Phile/Women in Horror chick, Nia Edwards-Behi and I were in the London Dungeon and we were in the Jack the Ripper bit.  The actor dude really did choose the wrong person when he chose to try and scare me.  He came up behind me and put his hand around my neck and said do I reply... "Ooh baby I like it raw!!"  Much to Nia and her friend Yvonne's bemusement.  Mwahahahaha.  

Newcomer Tom Gordon was absolutely brilliant, and definitely one who I'd like to see act in more films.  Heather Dorff and Jessica Cameron were totally awesome as well.  You can tell they had a lot of fun doing this....and it was good to see them mixing up and doing a bit of role reversal to their usual kinda roles.  It was also cool to see my English and American/Canadian friends teaming up to make a film over in the UK as well....usually it's the other way round!  

For more information about The Tour and places where you can see it, go and LIKE the Official Facebook page, and be sure to also check out composer Eric Elick's music page also...this is a guy you need to look out for peeps.  :)
Speaking of teaming up, and Heather Dorff and Jessica Cameron....and a chance to see The Tour...Scottish director Andy Stewart is hosting a fundraising evening this coming Thursday, the 5th March to raise funds for his new film Redacted....starring the lovely Tristan Risk.  

Not only will you get a chance to see The Tour, you will also get to check out Andy's AMAZING Ink, as well as Redacted stars Tristan Risk and Laurence R. Harvey starring Call Girl, and several other wicked short films.  :) For a mere £3 you get to watch a bunch of awesome short horror films, and there will be a DJ, a raffle and lots of other fun stuff....including a possible SPECIAL GUEST!!!  Come and join us at Glasgow's Drury Street Bar and Kitchen. 

We will also be pouring our own specially-brewed, red IPA, Shining Examp-Ale on the night.
The short films we will be showing are as follows:
CALL GIRL (Jill Sixx Gevargizian, US) DONE IN (Adam Stephen Kelly, UK) THE TOUR (Damon Rickard/Alex Mathieson, UK) INK (Andy Stewart, UK) AUTUMN HARVEST (Fredrik S. Hana, Norway) THE STOMACH (Ben Steiner, UK) Doors at 7, Films at 8, boozing until midnight. Come on down!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Trailer for Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's New Horror Flick Spring is HERE.....and it is AWESOME!!

I fucking LOVE Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.  They're just fucking ace, and such talented guys as well, with so much potential for their future.  :)

Following up their insanely brilliant, and justifiably successful debut feature, Resolution; Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead bring you Sping.  A love story with a difference.  With amazing taglines such as 

"Love is a Monster" 


"Over time, every girl gets weird."


"I gotta make sure you're the kind of crazy I can deal with!" know you're in for a bit of a freaktarded time.  And it sounds like someone in a relationship with ME!!!  HAHAHAHAHA.  ;)

Check out the new trailer and see what you think....and also check out Resolution too and go LIKE Spring on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SpringTheMovie.  Oooh, also check out this post I wrote before regarding the film and also HERE where I'm nerding about them when Resolution came out.  MWAH! :)