Buy yourselves a present for my birthday.


If you’re in the UK and you follow this link —

Paths Of Glory [DVD] [1957]

Or you’re in the US and you follow this link —

Naked City – Criterion Collection

— and buy something, anything at all, preferably something you want, I get a tiny percentage. I’m curious to see if this will eventually add up to an actual recognisable sum of money, ever. The actual titles linked to are just suggestions, but if you haven’t had the pleasure, I highly recommend them.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! It seems Facebook is still a better disseminator of this kind of info than Twitter, and it was rather cheering to see a bunch of anniversary greetings when I got up. It’s quite disconcerting to awaken and find oneself forty-two — rather Gregor Samsa-esque. So this helped.

Bought myself Bert I Gordon’s THE MAGIC SWORD for a present, to continue my See Reptilicus and Die mission of madness, and received from assorted friends and relatives —

Fellini! A lovely book of the maestro’s cartoons.

The Audacity of Hype, Armando Iannucci’s comic columns, collected.

Popeye Vol 4 (well, it’s been ordered).

Not a birthday present as such but still very welcome, Chuck Zigman’s magisterial two-volume biography of Jean Gabin, which he presented to me as an altogether-too-generous repayment for helping him out with a couple of stray facts. It’s a fantastically impressive doorstop of a thing, brimming with Gallic manliness.

Plus four of the newly remastered Beatles albums, which I’ve been wallowing in all day. John Lennon’s lazy nasal drawl ought to make him sound like Dean Martin with a sinus problem, but the analogy doesn’t seem to hold. Abbey Road and The Beatles (AKA The White Album) chart strange places of the mind where I like to wander, but the sheer song-after-song brilliance of Rubber Soul and Revolver wow me as ever they did, and the sky grows deeper and darker with evening in a mood of languorous contentment.

28 Responses to “Buy yourselves a present for my birthday.”

  1. This is a lovley little song:

  2. Arthur S. Says:

    That Gabin bio sounds like a treat. Finally a non-Anglophone superstar given the treatment he deserves.

    The Beatles still seem to be as popular as ever(though I prefer the Rolling Stones and The Kinks), REVOLVER is my favourite album as well. TAXMAN, ELEANOR RIGBY(the violins was inspired by Herrmann’s work on Truffaut’s FAHRENHEIT 451) and TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS are great, great tracks.

  3. Arthur S. Says:

    And from me…

  4. You’re on Facebook? Well, if I knew that…oh who am I kidding. I can barely rouse myself to chat to old schoolmates and more recent friends on FB. They can barely rouse themselves to respond, too. Most don’t at all. One I gave photos of herself that I took over 25 years ago hasn’t replied for months, another I gave a stack of DVDs to, when I met her face to face she told me she hadn’t even watched one. Facebook, a place to meet people who don’t remember you and never cared you were still alive.

    Oh, yeah. Happy birthday. (you can tell what I think of the whole celebration – I get irritated when people even remind me it’s my birthday. even with a present).

  5. A Peacock Says:

    Happy Birthday David!!!

    Thanks for showing He Who Get’s Slapped this week and for constantly imparting your crazy film knowledge on us.
    But hmmm what do you buy the man who has everything?!

  6. Here’s My Birthday Gift To You (and Fiona too)

  7. Which is of course a musicla remake of THIS:

  8. Happy Birthday, David.

    Looking forward to the sound seminar Monday, catch you then! :]


    P.S. Is this the end of Bobo?

  9. Just to clarify, alex — nobody has to buy me anything, but if you follow the links and then buy yourself something on Amazon, I get a percentage of their profits!
    Ollie, it’s not me doing this sound seminar, but I hope to see you on Tuesday.

  10. Christopher Says:

    Happy Birthday!!!..All the best!!
    Popeye vol4!!!!!! Hot Dog!!
    My favorite Beatles song as a little boy was on the flip side of the She Loves You 45rpm..seemed by overlooked in the following years.

  11. I was nine years old when the Beatles broke here in the States, in 1964. There’s this consensus, via rather simplistic pop psychology, that the Fab Four helped rescue us from our anguish following Kennedy’s death, perked our spirits if you will. But you know what? I buy it. You had to’ve been there. My cousin Arlene, in her teens with her horn-rimmed glasses, was a hard-core Beatle-maniac. I spent the summer of 1964 living with my grandmother in southern Ohio, and it was heaven. Aurora models of all the Universal Monsters, Sean Connery as James Bond, bubble gum cards, and biscuits and gravy every morning ( my grandmother ran a boarding house for laborers who would return home to their families on weekends). My mother said when I returned home the end of that summer I didn’t walk out the car, I waddled. I was the oldest of seven, so it didn’t take long before I’d burned off that fat. But it was a great time, a perfect time, to be nine years old.

  12. I was nine years old when the Beatles broke up. I’ve been known to say to people that claim what a tragedy that was, that I was more disappointed at Booker T. and the MGs breaking up that same year.

  13. Happy Birthday, David! I saw The Beatles in Manila. A great show in spite of all the turmoil. At the time I was a much bigger Searchers and DC5 fan.
    I’m buying the Ken Russell BBC box in honour of your birthday.

  14. Christopher Says:

    My conservative parents,who were listening to Andy Williams and johnny Mathis at the time,brought the first Beatles records into our home when we lived in New Jersey in ’ Dad got autograph 45’s of the Dave Clark Five when they came thru the same year in New York..I remember how my Teenage baby sitter would marvel over the new sound of the british wave and show me and my brother all the new dance moves..I was more into my Aroura monster models and Chiller Theatre!..and checking litle girls behind the bush..

  15. There was something positive about the record company being so conservative — even as the Beatles were going through the roof in the UK, they held back on releasing the stuff in the States. So while in Britain they were successful from the 2nd single, and then gradually got better and better (from a pretty good starting point, discounting Love Me Do, which is fairly bland), in the US they arrived almost fully-developed, in an absolute explosion. Must’ve been quite something.

  16. Oh, and thanks for all the songs!

  17. Happy Belated Birthday DAvid !

  18. Beatles, British Invasion, Monster Models, Garage Bands, Schwinn Stingray bikes, Munsters, Batman, The Avengers opening title sequence, Secret Agent Man end credit music (Which is the open title music in the UK version)….it was seismic. That is, until I saw Otis Redding backed by Booker T. and the Barkeys in MONTEREY POP.

  19. I’ll always be more Stones than Beatles, and more Stooges than either. However, in the attempt to get into the spirit of the thing, here’s a link to a compilation of soul covers of Beatles songs – including my favourite ever Beatles cover, Count Basie doing Come Together as a slinky, sinister soundtrack.

    Happy birthday, David!

  20. Christopher Says:

    eww..Me Mum won’t let me listen to the Stones,she likes the Bea’tuls tho..We moved to Australia late in ’64 and it seems like The Rolling Stones were a band that parents often drew a line at..Blaring from my transistor radio were the beatles,the easy beats,the Supremes..but the thing that was fad of the day was Folk!..It was all over the place and it made me sick!..tho I confess to still liking The Seekers

  21. Paul Duane,
    I can heartily appreciate your endorsement of the Stooges. I just found out they’re practicing with James Williamson, the guitarist on RAW POWER (he just took an early retirement from Sony), to my mind the most magnificently ferocious album of all time. They’ll be playing two dates next May in the UK, tickets have already gone on sale. Williamson says he can still play those licks, and if true, then this will be a concert TO DIE FOR. By the way Christopher, I enjoyed the clips of the Seekers, especially Georgy Girl. It’s all good.

  22. Christopher Says:

    one of the reasons i love Dinah Shore..never under estimate the seductiveness of those old dames!

  23. Thanks for those soul covers, will check them out. I recall Ray Charles butchering Eleanor Rigby’s anti-religious lyric, am sure these will be better.

    I missed out on all this stuff when it was new, having been a teen in the eighties, which I STILL hold was a wretched time to be young.

  24. Guns for nipples, wow, I kinda like it.

  25. Her bullets always find their mark.

  26. You were a teen in the ’80s? Good thing you didn’t live in the US – many teens I knew in the ’80s turned out to be birthers and Bushites. It must have been all that New Romantic and Hair Band influence. Nothing good came from that.

  27. John Smith Says:

    Nice 38s that Joan has.

    Happy Birthday!

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