Sunday 2 December 2007

Sunday Round Up

It's been a pretty bleak week for top tunes as far as I'm concerned, so the AVPS track of the week, that bright spanking accolade record companies would sell their grannies for has gone to something a little old. I missed TC's 'Drink' when it squeaked out on general release at the beginning of October, so better late than never.

Old tune-wise, it's back to the 80s. Paul Hardcastle's '19' is that rarest of beasts; a dance track with a little bit of politics. Enjoy.

Lately the AVPS blogroll has been in a state of constant flux. I've added too many to mention, but unfortunately I've had to take the axe out to defunct blogs. So it's goodbye to Badmatthew, Carnival of Socialism, Cliffism, Labour's Fightback, and Theft is Good. If any of these blogs become active again, their return to the hallowed gallery of counter-hegemonies is guaranteed.

Also, a few contributions have caught my eye this week. I really liked Dave Osler's take on the Labour party finance scandal. I see the press have dug up another story on a wealthy Labour backer today. It makes you wonder how many more skeletons Brown has got in his funding closet.

Of the other big issues hitting the mainstream press this weak, Janine provided a short but thoughtful post on Mohammed-the-Teddy rumpus, followed by an interesting debate. Duncan has provided a much needed antidote to the liberal hand-wringing over Irving and Griffin's appearance at the Oxford Union. Madam Miaow has presented her considered opinion on pubes, by way of reflecting on Rome. The People's Republic of Teeside poured scorn on Morrissey's latest attempt to be controversial, and the Respect fall out continues here, here, and here. Finally, John Hutnyk provides us an excellent meditation on chapter 16 of Marx's Capital.

All being well, AVPS should this week see a post on Gramsci, the long overdue Harry Potter post, and the usual odds and sods. Brother S is threatening to blog too!


laspapi said...

"In the 2nd World War, the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam, he was 19." I was mad about the Hardcastle song then. Great one.

Used to know a magazine with political leanings like yours, "the Chartist", they called it. It was introduced to me by Charmagne Morgan (Dont know if I spelt that first name right).

Phil said...

It is a great song. I can only vaguely remember it from the time I was a wee bairn in 1985. I didn't come across it again until a 80s compilation fell into my possession in the mid-90s, and it's remained a top track with me ever since.

Btw, if you don't know already, I#ve got comrades in Nigeria with similar leanings. You can view their website at