Archive for April 2nd, 2013

Radio 2's Top 100 Favourite Albums

I spent a large proportion of the past Bank Holiday Monday listening to a BBC Radio2 poll ranking their Top 100 Favourite Albums. Basically what they did was take their Top 100 Most Played Albums (limited to one per artist) and asked listeners to rank them. The results were often surprising with a top five consisting of:

  1. Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  2. Keane – Hopes & Fears
  3. Duran Duran – Rio
  4. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (the only one a lot of people expected)
  5. Dido – No Angel

Ahead of what a lot of people expected including in the top five:

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Queen – A Night At The Opera
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Led Zeppelin – Untitled fourth album

One of my thoughts were that different records live longer in the mind and memory, and possibly the heart than others. For example, I bought No Angel when it first came out (before the Eminem sample made it a hit), I listened to it a lot but haven’t listened to it in about five years. I first heard Rumours and Zeppelin’s fourth album when I was a kid and still listen to them all the time and see no reason why I won’t continue to for the foreseeable future. The conclusion, if they re-do this list in fifteen or twenty years time No Angel and A Rush Of Blood To The Head may not make the top 10 or even the top 100, but Rumours, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Sgt Pepper, Born to Run, Bridge Over Troubled Water and countless other classic albums will still be there.Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Led Zeppelin Bridge Over Troubled Water The Dark Side Of The Moon

This got me thinking about the current and recent movies that will be heralded as classics in the future and which will be forgotten. Skyfall will be watched a lot and may prove to be the best Bond ever but will be dismissed as just another Bond movie. The Dark Knight Rises will survive as part of, one of the best movie trilogies ever, but possibly the weakest link of the trilogy. The Artist may be considered a gimmick. Stoker, Cloud Atlas, We Need to Talk About Kevin and some great foreign language movies like Amour, Rust and Bone, The Skin I live In and In the House may be too obscure for the masses. Moonrise Kingdom is going to age well as is Argo so could be up there in popular opinion. I can’t make my mind up about Drive and Black Swan but hope I love them as much in years to come as I do now after two or three viewings and hope others feel the same about them. Margin Call and Zero Dark Thirty will possibly stand as testaments to the time but possibly not a time we will want to look back on too often or very fondly.Moonrise Kingdom Argo Margin Call Zero Dark Thirty

The conclusion, there hasn’t been a 12 Angry Men, The Godfather, Goodfellas or even Star Wars in recent years, the two closest are probably The Dark Knight and Inception. I’m not saying it is a bad time for film, in fact the opposite, while, the occasional all time classics seem a little few and far between the number of really good movies being made is greater than ever. I just long for a Citizen Kane, The Searchers or Casablanca, we are about due one. Or am I being cynical and some of the movies I have mentioned will find their way to the upper reaches of the IMDB top 250?Citizen Kane The Searchers Casablanca 12 Angry Men


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Later this year we will see the movie Rush directed by Ron Howard about James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their rivalry throughout the 1976 Formula One season. A season whose outcome owed as much to behind closed doors tribunals as it did to races on the track, but one was often mentioned in commentary throughout the 1980’s when I started watching F1 racing. This got me thinking of other racing drivers who could have movies made about them. The obvious choice is national hero and “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship” Stirling Moss, however he isn’t actually the most interesting Moss. That would be his less well known, his sister Pat Moss who had a successful rally career through the 1950’s and 60’s.Rush

Taught to drive by her brother at the age of eleven, then in 1953, aged just 18 she started driving in club rallies, a year later she bought a Triumph TR2 and started taking on more serious rallies. She approached Standard-Triumph for sponsorship for the 1955 RAC Rally. They offered to supply a car but no cash. Already having a car she walked away, their loss!

Moss and Moss

BMC offered her a place as a works driver and gave her expenses and a works MG TF 1500. She went on to achieve 4th place in a Morris Minor of all things in a 1958. Her finest hour came in 1960, having already achieved 4th Place at Belgium’s Liège-Rome-Liège Rally to years earlier, she won the over-all title. She won several ladies events including five European Ladies’ Rally Championships but continued to race against men. Her race results include 2nd at the Coupe des Alpes, 2nd in the British RAC and 3rd at the East African Safari Rally. The success of the Mini Cooper is well know, what is often overlooked was its first victory. It wasn’t a man in the more famous Monte Carlo Rally, it was Pat Moss at the Netherlands Tulip Rally.pat-moss-erik-carlsson1

Moss sadly died of cancer, aged 73 five years ago. She married fellow rally driver “Mr. Saab” Erik Carlsson in 1963, she contined to race for a further decated for Ford, Saab and Lancia. The pair had a daughter, now a successful show jumper, Susie Rawding. In 1967 she wrote a memoir The Story So Far that could form a basis for any movie project. Suggested casting, Emily Blunt as Pat Moss.Emily Blunt Pat Moss

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