Friday, October 15, 2004

re: cool bands to look out for

oh god ive just realised what bad colour clashes i had in that last post. oops.

cool bands to look out for - razorlight, franz ferdinand and more...

razorlight - amazing rock 'n' roll band that have had huge hits with the singles "vice" and "the golden touch" and their debut album "up all night". one of my most recommended bands of the moment, taking over the UK with their amazing live shows. if the rest of the world has any sense it should listen out for them.
the ordinary boys - already mentioned in my blog. similar to razorlight only more ballady than rocky.
franz ferdinand - already taken over the country with their self-titled debut and singles "michael", "take me out" and "matinee", accompanied by award-winning arty videos.
atreyu - emo-ish metallers who sound a bit like funeral for a friend, toured with taking back sunday and have done an emo cover of bon jovi's "you give love a bad name".
the vandals - comedy punks who covered queen's "dont stop me now" and have an album called "hollywood potato chip". rik from school once got stopped at an american airport for wearing one of their t-shirts which had a cartoon of 2 planes flying into each other. they thought it meant he was a 9/11 type suicide bomber so they dragged him away for questioning. (the t-shirt was actually made way before september 11th actually happened). anyway.
my chemical romance - gothic emo boys with 2 albums, "i bought you my bullets, you brought me your love" and "3 cheers for sweet revenge". both are kind of conceptual, telling stories of death, doom and relationships. surprisingly not depressing.
well there you go, ive done my bit for the community now, by telling them about the "next big things" to look out for. (ive always got relatives asking me which bands are gonna be big, and im nearly always right. i told them the darkness were gonna be huge, and at first they didnt believe me, but when they headlined the BRIT awards they realised i wasnt kidding, and since then theyve always come to me for predictions of "who is going to be the next darkness.)

argh - i've been cheated... by a charity!

after weeks of stress over my ucas university application, trying desperately to get the teachers to hurry up and do my predicted grades and reference, ive had to go back to square one because theyve just told me that my 3 months "work experience" at the local hospital does not actually count as work experience for a medical career. i feel totally ripped off by Outset, the organisation (which i think is also a government charity or something) that organised the work-experience/voluntary-work for me, cos they told me (and a lot of other people) repeatedly that what we were doing did count as work experience for medicine. (i think they also said it counted for other medical stuff like dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, so even more ppl are being ripped off than i thought...) I didnt mind doing the voluntary work - i actually felt good about taking a bit of pressure off the NHS - but the main reason i did it was cos i had been told it was good experience for becoming a doctor or other medic. if i had known that it was just voluntary work and not work experience, i wouldnt have done it when i did, i'd have done it during the summer holidays. (i did it during term time).
now i feel like ive been tricked into doing this work - theyve used misleading advertising to get lots of young people to do voluntary work. i think it could be one of these government initiatives to get young ppl off the street and doing something good (all this "tough on crime and the causes of crime" campaign malarkey) but if this is the government's way of looking like theyre doing something about youth crime, they are going completely the wrong way about it. the sort of people who want to be doctors are not exactly the sort of people who want to be criminals. if you want to be a doctor, you have to work hard and get straight As in your A-levels. the type of kids who are most likely to be criminals are unlikely to do the following things:
1. take A-levels; 2. take science A-levels; 3. get triple A grades; 4. want to be a doctor; 5. want to do voluntary work.
sure, it looks like theyre tackling crime - theyre getting teenagers off the streets, and all "daily mail" readers and other similar adults (the type of ppl who think the country is going to the dogs and can all be blamed on teenagers, asylum seekers, left-wing politicians and rising house prices) seem to think that all teenagers are criminals or potential criminals, so "getting them off the streets" (which is the phrase they always use) will lower crime rates. but the problem with this policy is that theyre getting the wrong teenagers off the streets - the type who are least likely to commit crime.