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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2010-09-29 09:59 pm


1. If you want to know where I am in terms of fandom-ness at the moment, I did finally post a polished (and much abridged) version of The Guide To International Fake News (English-language edition) at [community profile] punditfic - that pretty much covers it. October approacheth with alacrity, which means new Have I Got News For You soon! Quite Interesting is back already! I am writing a Paul/Ian schoolboys AU! And there is a march on Washington to go to!

2. Also, I need to print out a copy of Balanced Conversationalist so that I can roll it up and be thwacked on the head with it when necessary. (I have actually been where liberal!Stephen is in that strip. Except I have gone past "ritual suicide is cultural appropriation" to "you having persistent suicidal thoughts at all is ablist appropriation of actual depressed people's lives, anyway!" Yeah. That's actually kind of why I suddenly fell into BBC RPF; for awhile there it was the only thing I could watch or read that didn't trigger severe liberal guilt spirals. (That's not why I'm still in to it, mind; the cure has mostly worked - I'm still into it because it's lovely and topical and gay, and US news is currently making me depressed for entirely different reasons.)

3. And for something completely different, here are Paul McDermott and Mark Trevorrow singing a duet of "Stop in the Name of Love" like the 'old show-biz pals' they are (complete with crotch-nuzzling), from Good News Week several weeks ago. You're welcome.

Good News Week continues to be criminally hard to get my hands on overseas, and also hard to get my hands on, criminally. It is a good show, occasional inevitable moments of fail aside! It has current events and homoerotic middle-aged comedians of two genders and many nationalities and two musical numbers per episode! Why is it not immediately posted to youtube like all my British shows?

Also, why do I find Paul McDermott attractive? I am very confused. Mikey Robins, sure, Mikey is exactly the sort of person I would squish on - he's silver-haired, cynical, deadpan and goofy, and okay, he and Paul really do play on GNW like an old married gay couple who are only still together out of fond inertia, spite, and for the sake of the kid - but still, the Paul McDermott thing is totally inexplicable, he is so not my type, none of that explains why I have watched that clip repeatedly since it aired.

Even more inexplicable that I am more interested in the current, slick, middle-aged, creepy-respectable Paul than the skinny teenaged punk one. Perhaps we have become so oversensitized to small punk-ish boys doing stagegay that seeing older men in impeccably cut dark suits croon to the exact same stunts is just that much better. (Mind you, none of the above will ever top women in impeccable suits doing stagegay. Obvs.)

4. Oh, speaking of small punk-ish boys doing stagegay! Everybody is all excited about the new MCR shenanigans! And I am puzzling over why I can get into fandoms for everyone from slightly pathetic Australian comedians to Swiss figure-skaters to British wine critics but I remain largely uninterested in bandom, despite the fact that I *want* to like MCR. I think there are several factors, but the one I can't get past is that I can't listen to their music. :/ It's not that I dislike their music, it's just that there's something people can do with electric guitars that makes me filter all of their music out as mental static, and whatever it is, MCR does it a lot. I literally can't listen to it. And 90% of media interviews with celebrities of any sort trip my embarrassment squick. Bandom has its own canonical term for embarrassment squick, which is one of many reasons I want to like it. But if I can't do the interviews or the music, it makes it very difficult to get more into the fandom than just reading the more highly-recced crackfic. summary, you should all read River Rats by Caroline Stevermer, and then we all can write book-based cheerfully post-apocalyptic rockstar gutterpunk epics instead, and I won't have to listen to the music. ^_^ (Although Loitering With Intent I can actually listen to! Though probably not the River Rats' cover. I should totally throw together a River Rats fanmix. With nanananananana in it, yes, I'll just have to skip that track.)

5. I watched Hot Fuzz last night! Only a few years after everybody else was over it! Okay, I sort of get the Simon Pegg & Nick Frost thing now, although I also need more Bill Bailey. (Good thing he was just on QI!) And I kind of want to watch it again :D (And, wow, it is really obvious which scenes were originally written for a female love interest.) Please tell me somebody has written crossover fic about Nicholas Angel and Sam Tyler? I mean, it must exist, right? I just haven't been looking for it the right way?

6. I need to stay firm. My yuletide requests are Miss Madelyn Mack, A Night In the Lonesome October, Their Majesties' Bucketeers, and Hodgmanverse; I decided than months ago. NOBODY LET ME CHANGE MY MIND.
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[personal profile] sara 2010-09-30 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
A Night In the Lonesome October

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[personal profile] sara 2010-09-30 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
I have a new job, and an old job, and am in school to boot...I haven't made up my mind about Yuletide this year at all. But were I writing Yuletide, which I would certainly never admit to doing in public, that would be something I would consider offering. *GRIN*
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[personal profile] siegeofangels 2010-09-30 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
It's true, MCR are made up of 60% genius and 40% embarrassment squick. But they also have this weird thing where they can almost transcend the embarrassment squick, like they themselves know they should be embarrassed (whereas mostly my embarrassment squick is tripped by people who either aren't aware they're in an embarrassing situation or by people who *are* embarrassed) and they don't care, they just go on being completely ridiculous and it all works out.

. . . although you know who almost always trips my embarrassment squick, is the person who is doing the interview, because people ask some truly stupid things.

I need to get on my project of replacing the music in MCR videos with other songs. But it's, like, Britney and Pink, so maybe that wouldn't work for you either.
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[personal profile] siegeofangels 2010-10-01 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not super knowledgeable about the electric guitar and its role in rock, but I do know that as far as MCR goes, a) there are two guitars happening; and b) the rhythm guitar tends to follow the lyrical line. So maybe that is leading to the two guitars overlapping with each other as well as one overlapping with the vocals, leading to a large mess? (And yeah, you're right, there is a lot of *something* going on that's really staticky. Maybe punk-influenced stuff is just always deliberately trashy?)

It did take me a while to get used to the sound--there were a couple of songs I liked, and I listened to those a lot and I think it conditioned me to be able listen to some of the other songs and make sense of them. It wasn't at, like, Rite of Spring levels of crazy-making, but there were definitely MCR songs I hated until I'd gotten used to them. There are still some of their songs I don't like.

. . . you know, it's weird what you pick up from fandom. When I started in this fandom my thoughts about songs were more on the level of "Huh. Song," and now I'm all, "Well, let me tell you about the roles of the guitars in this particular band" and analyzing the use of the cymbals in the new song.
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[personal profile] stellar_dust 2010-10-02 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
OK SO LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND ANY GOOD HOT FUZZ FIC. I watched it at field school and made a mental note to look for fic, then promptly forgot. BUT YES.