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Choice new music - w/c 28 Mar 11
1 2 SMITH WESTERNS Weekend new single 2 May 2011
2 1 JON FRATELLI Santo Domingo new single 14 April 2011
3 10 GUILLEMOTS The Basket new single 11 April 2011

4 - NOAH & THE WHALE Tonight's The Kind Of Night new single 17 May 2011
5 - EDDIE VEDDER Longing To Belong new single
30 May 2011

6 5 YASMIN Finish Line new single 8 May 2011
7 - THE MUSGRAVES So Sofia new EP
26 April 2011
8 10 MILK & SUGAR Hey Nah Neh Nah new single tbc

9 7 THE KILLS Satellite new single 28 March 2011
10 6 GO! TEAM Apollo Throwdown new single 16 April 2011

10 8 WRETCH 32 & EXAMPLE Unorthodox new single
10 9 J. COLE Who Dat new single
date to be confirmed
10 - CHASE & STATUS Time new single
date to be confirmed

This week's post ...

Airborne Toxic Event
new single 18 April 2011
It’s been exactly two years since The Airborne Toxic Event rose like a shining totem for catchy, smart, compelling indie rock and landed a UK top twenty album still as an unsigned band. The debut has gone on to sell well over platinum and TATE’s unique blend of charisma, compelling pop anthems and hard graft - playing 30 shows in 30 nights - won them a legion of devotees, all of whom have been eagerly anticipating the band’s return. And now in 2011 The Airborne Toxic Event are back with a brand new album of eleven songs, including the single ‘Numb’, which is released on 18th April through Mercury Records. The band will be touring the UK in April including 4 London shows in 4 days!

All The Young
The First Time
new single 4 April 2011
Drums come crashing in... guitar... like a traditional indie arrangement... strong vocal... good words "Thank you for being there...." Yes I like this, very nice

Stoke's All The Young are set to burst into the world with an album of brick-breaking powerhouse sounds, brought into catastrophic dimensions by GGGarth Richardson, the man responsible for classic albums from Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro. A fitting collaboration for a band whose whole manifesto chimes with the age-old tale of the lads from a nowhere town, singing about something better than what's outside their door.
Following tours with Brother, and with further dates as headliners on the Midlands Calling tour approaching, ATY are readying their own moment of reckoning
with their debut single 'The First Time', a driving onslaught of churning bourbon-soaked chords and cloud-bursting hopeful melodies.
Tour Dates:
Supporting Brother
11th – Reading, PLAY
12th – Yeovil, The Orange Box
14th – York, Stereo
15th – Sheffield, Leadmill
16th – Middlesbrough, Uncle Albert’s
17th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Headline tour
29th – Darlington, Inside Out
4th – Sheffield, The Forum
5th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah What Hut
6th – Stockport, KU
9th – Guildford, The Boiler Room
13th – Preston, Mad Parrot
14th – Sunderland , Independent
19th – Liverpool, Sound City
21st – Stoke, Underground
28th – Southampton, Unit

Spirits On The Telephone
new single 2 May 2011
There is a sexy seventies style funky keyboard line quietly plunking away in the single mix of this new tune from CoConi. 'Spirits On The Telephone' is an a
tmospheric type of tune more sound based than lyric oriented... kind of spooky. Pleasant enough though probably not strong enough to break through this time.

Dutch Uncles
new single 2 May 2011
If Dutch Uncles had the inspired production talents of someone like Stephen Street to hand I think they may conjour up a hit tune... jingly Smiths like guitar work and 'highbrow' vocals stamp their authority on 'Cadenza'... should pick up some useful airplay, a maybe.
PR.... Dutch Uncles are Duncan Wallis (Vocals), Sped (Guitar), Andy Proudfoot (Drums), Peter Broadhead (Guitar), Robin Richards (Bass) and started 2011 with aplomb, their unabashed highbrow pop helping them sell out shows up and the country on their first ever headline UK tour. And now May 1s will see the
release of Cadenza, the lead single from the upcoming debut UK album of the same name. Cadenza encapsulates all the musical adventure and ambition that Dutch Uncles trade in. The infectious Italo-House piano opening and peculiarly catchy looping sea-shanty guitar riff give us the hooks whilst frontman Duncan Wallis’ vocals provide an exquisite counterpoint. The result is three minutes of dynamic and swoonsome future thinking pop. With the album out 25th April, Dutch Uncles will be heading out on tour as follows:
Apr 7 Paris, Festival Mon Amour
Apr 27 London, XOYO
Apr 30 Leeds, Live at Leeds
May 12, Brighton, Great Escape Festival
May 13 The Hague, Walk the Line Festival
May 19 Liverpool, Liverpool Sound City
May 21 Cheshire, Friends of Mine Festival

Eddie Vedder
Longing To Belong
new single 30 May 2011

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has announced that he will release a new solo album on 30th May via the band's own Universal imprint, Monkeywrench Records, which will feature original songs and covers played on the ukulele! The album will include guest appearances from Glen Hansard of The Frames and Swell Season and Cat Power. Vedder will also release a live DVD directed by Fugazi's Brendan Canty the same day. Here’s the first single from the album, ‘Longing To Belong’. We know it’s not going to be a dancefloor filler but Eddie’s voice is in fine form and the track is undoubtedly a thing of beauty!

new single 9 May 2011

Fixers bring back the jangly guitar of indie, a pacey 200ish-bpm, interesting stereo effect, chanty vocals... should pick up BBC6music airplay easily and could break through. Nice
Fixers return, following up their spellbinding debut single ‘Iron Deer Dream’ with this four track EP, entitled ‘Here Comes 2001, So Lets All Head For The Sun’. It’s a statement, the first real body of work from this Oxford five piece. Opener ‘Another Lost Apache’ kicks off with four-part harmonies, thumping drums and
insidious hooks. ‘Crystals’ is a tumbling, swirling psychedelic pop track, a rushing four-minute gem that captures the sun-kissed elements of Fixers music. Tambourines and stratosphere-scraping guitars drive the track along. It’s pop in its purest, most sincere form. ‘Uriel’ is sure to light up the summer festivals and beyond. Unashamedly epic, it demonstrates the bands sense of melody and their ambition. Closing track ‘Passages/Love Action’ takes the Fixers sound far and wide, featuring pounding drums, spiritual lyrics and crunching dance beats.
Fixers are no ordinary band. Gigs in the future include a show at Sounds From The Other City Festival in Manchester, where the band will be playing a church, with the backdrop a screening of Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’. They are a bold pop act, and like all the best pop, they are forward-thinking and innovative. Influences are pulled from an incredibly broad spectrum, from West coast psychedelia to Middle Eastern pop, New York dance grooves to Japanese pop.
Debut single ‘Iron Deer Dream’ was released on Young And Lost, and saw Fixers earn rave reviews in The Fly, The Guardian, Uncut and NME, who featured them as one of the top ten bands to watch in 2011. The band did sessions for Jo Whiley and Huw Stephens at Radio 1, whilst Zane Lowe and Nick Grimshaw gave the track repeated plays.
‘conspicuous kaleidoscopic melodies, quintessential British pop clarity’ – Uncut
‘It’s weird, it’s experimental, but it’s also instantly addictive’ – NME
‘a wondrous thing’ – Guardian
Another Lost Apache
Passages/Love In Action
Live dates –
April 2011
Sat 30th Live At Leeds
May 2011
Sun 1st Sounds From The Other City, Manchester
Mon 2nd Hull Fruit
Tue 3rd Newcastle Cluny
Wed 4th Aberdeen Drummonds
Fri 6th Glasgow King Tuts
Sat 7th York Fibbers
Sun 8th Sheffield The Harley
Mon 9th Stoke Sugarmill
Wed 11th Leicester Lock
Thu 12th The Great Escape, Brighton
Wed 18th London Cargo
Sat 21st Liverpool Masque Loft
Wed 25th Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thu 26th Cardiff Undertone

The Musgraves
Lost In Familiarity EP
new EP 26 April 2011
So here's the cutting thrust of rock in 2011 and it's.... Folk Rock. Noah and Mumford have paved the way and it's a sight to bemuse when 200 blokes are fists in the air to Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep'. To my ears we haven't yet got this Folk Rock honed in pop to the nth degree as R&B and Grime and Hip Hop seem but it's getting there. Bombay Bicycle Club's teasing, weaving 'Rinse Me Down' tune of last year is my fave of the genre so far... enter The Musgraves as favoured by BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson with their pleasant debut, a four song EP called 'Lost In Familiarity'. Lead track 'So Sofia' is an up-tempo edgy affair, then there's 'Back To Me', 'Discover Me' and 'Fortune Teller'. Good potential, this could be the consolidating of a Folk Rock boom akin to the 1960's batch which gave us Bob Dylan and Donovan. Nice.

Neon Trees
new single 11 April 2011

Neon Trees follow their debut UK hit ‘Animal’ with the release of a new single ‘1983’ on 11th April through Mercury Records. Included here is the ‘1984’ Remix of ‘1983’ – nice! One of the biggest bands in the US right now, the track is taken from their album ‘Habits’. Neon Trees will return to the UK to play festivals in the

Noah & The Whale
Tonight's The Kind Of Night
new single 16 May 2011

Noah and The Whale will release a new single, Tonight’s The Kind Of Night, on May 16th. It is the second single to be taken from the band’s Top 10 third album, Last Night On Earth. The release will coincide with UK dates including a show at London’s Roundhouse, also on May 16th. 'Tonight’s The Kind Of Night' will be accompanied by a video directed by Noah And The Whale’s own Charlie Fink. The video was shot in Los Angeles during the band’s current run of US dates, which included shows at LA’s Troubadour, at South by Southwest and in New York, where they headlined two nights at the Bowery Ballroom.

PJ Harvey
The Glorious Land
new single 18 April 2011

‘The Glorious Land’, the second single from PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’, will be released as digital download and on 7” vinyl by Island Records on April 18th 2011. PJ Harvey’s eighth studio album was recently released to widespread international acclaim and ‘Let England Shake’ has garnered Top 10 chart positions in the UK, Australia, Denmark, France, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, and debuted at number 2 in Belgium & Norway.
“... more than ever, Polly Harvey was made for these times.” MOJO ****
“Let England Shake is a record that ventures deep into the heart of darkness of war itself, and its resonance throughout England’s past, present and future.
10/10” NME

I'm The Fool
new single 18 April 2011

Meet the effervescent new British trio SoundGirl… Izzy B (16), Olivia (17) and Little Nikki (14), three girls who’ll put the sass back into British girlpop as they unleash a barrage of future hits on a largely unsuspecting British public. SoundGirl release their debut single 'I’m The Fool', through Mercury Records, on 18th April. 'I’m The Fool' is an undulating ska-tinged future classic that features a special guest spot from London-based rapper Twizzle. Its unique sound is a fantastic statement of intent from the SoundGirl trio - on first listen it demands a double take then, gradually, it gets inside your head, handcuffs itself to your brain and throws away the key. The song was co-written by the band with Miranda Cooper, the former Xenomania songwriter responsible for some of this century’s other great pop hits for the likes of Girls Aloud, Kylie and Sugababes.

Wolf Heart EP
new EP 4 April 2011
Hmm, melodoic, mellow, melancholy... tempo picks up towards the end... there doesn't seem to be any obvious hook and I feel the track could be edited to around 3'15" for greater chance of success... promising though.

Relations between Sunderbans and label Club The Mammoth blossom this spring with the announcement of the band’s Wolf Heart EP due out on April 4th. The release succeeds the band's feature on Huw Stevens' Music Sounds Better With Huw VOL 2 compilation last autumn, and debut 7" single We Only Can Because We Care released by Young and Lost and produced by Henrik Orrling of Swedish favorites Envelopes. Inspired partly by the descent to insanity induced by the days and nights spent locked away in a Dalston cellar, the self-recorded and produced EP showcases the band's musical coming of age. From the sparse beginnings of Tall Trees the EP surges into life with title track Wolf Heart, where guitar and bass riffs meander to a breathless crescendo. Artrocker Magazine describes a ‘developing melancholia alongside some twisting guitar lines that Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd would enjoy...we want more’. To celebrate the release the band announce a mini-tour, with the live set bolstered by the introduction of a new member. This begins with a headline show at London’s White Heat club, Madam Jojos on Tuesday 5th April.
For more info and full live dates please visit:

Sum 41
Screaming Bloody Murder
new single 29 March 2011

After spending nearly all of last year on the road, including their 4th headlining run on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour – platinum Island Records group Sum 41 has completed the most long-awaited new studio album of their career. SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER, arriving March 29th jumps out with the title tune single, “Screaming Bloody Murder”. SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER follows-up Underclass Hero, released July 2007. In the interim, Sum 41 issued their first career-spanning collection, All the Good Shit: 14 Solid Gold Hits 2000-2008. It compiled singles from their debut mini-album Half Hour Of Power (2000), and all four of their full-length studio albums: All Killer No Filler (2001), Does This Look Infected? (2002), Chuck (2004), and Underclass Hero (2007). For more info go to

TV On The Radio
Will Do new single
11 April 2011
Do' the tasty new track from TV On The Radio... a good track possibly too laid back to set the top forty alight but a good effort. Why is this type of record subservient to Tempah et al... mystery. I'm sure change is on the way because sales don't always confirm the impression we're given.

TV On The Radio will release their highly anticipated new album ‘Nine Types of Light’ on April 11th.
Nine Types of Light is the follow-up to the band's gorgeous, glorious 2008 release, Dear Science, which proved to be a breakout release. It was named album of the year by Rolling Stone, Spin, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, MTV and NPR. Touring behind the album, the group sold out a year's worth of live shows across the world. Formed in 2001 in Brooklyn, the band; David Andrew Sitek, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith; decamped from their usual East Coast base, to record ‘Nine Types of Light’ at David Sitek’s Los Angeles home, recording the psychedelic adrenaline laced post-punk grooves in the kitchen, living room and patio, breaking only for the occasional barbeque and game of ping pong.
On ‘Nine Types of Light’, the group takes distorted guitars, sauntering and reverberating bass, a drum beat that is just the slightest bit off-center and the result is tracks like "Will Do" which starts out with wind chimes before giving away to that trademark buzz, with Tunde singing about the yearning for his ungovernable, unrequited love of another. "I think the songs on this album, to me, maybe sound simpler" Tunde says. "But it just might be that we have gotten better at what we do."

This week's Goss ...

UK Top 40Sun 27 Mar 11
Adele reclaims pole position from Lewis Hamilton's WAG Nicole Shirtlifter while Adele's '21' set stays at Number One on the Album Chart and returns to the top of America's Billboard Top 200 Albums.

Stateside, 'Born This Way' & Lady GaGa's got a sixth week at the top of the Hot 100.

Nice to see Olly Murs doing so well.. in at 20 two weeks back, down to 25 last week and now shoved into Top 40 wilderness... How much for a ticket to see him at the CIA £25? £30...? Talkabout over-charging... the greedy twat... maybe it's his management - The Manics are there soon for around the same price.

5 new & 2 re-entries – 9 up, 23 down, 1 non-movers Top Ten… 5 USA… 4 UK… 1 Barbados

This Week ... Last Wk ... Wks In ... Artist ... Title ... Origin

1 2 8 ADELE Someone Like You UK

2 1 2 NICOLE SCHERZINGER Don't Hold Your Breath USA

3 15 3 BLACK EYED PEAS Just Can't Get Enough USA

4 3 2 THE WANTED Gold Forever UK

5 4 8 JESSIE J & B.o.B. Price Tag UK

6 5 8 RIHANNA S&M (Come On) Barbados

7 6 3 WIZ KALIFAH Black & Yellow USA

8 9 8 Dr DRE I Need A Doctor USA

9 8 10 ADELE Rollin' In The Deep UK

10 7 7 LADY GAGA Born This Way USA


11 new 1 PETER KAY & SUSAN BOYLE I Know Him So Well UK

12 16 2 SNOOP DOGG Sweat USA

13 11 11 CHRIS BROWN Year 3x USA

14 20 9 NOAH & THE WHALE L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. UK

15 24 2 MANN & 50 CENT Buzzin' USA

16 18 5 TIESTO v DIPLO C'mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise) Holland & USA

17 13 11 BRUNO MARS Grenade USA

18 12 5 ALEXIS JORDAN Good Girl USA


20 14 7 CHIPMUNK & CHRIS BROWN Champion UK & USA



22 new 1 LMFAO Party Rock Anthem USA

23 new 1 GLEE CAST Thriller / Heads Will Roll USA

24 19 18 JESSIE J Do It Like A Dude UK

25 10 2 PARADE Louder UK

26 21 9 P!NK Perfect USA

27 22 17 DAVID GUETTA & RIHANNA Who's That Chick France & Brazil

28 29 3 BIRDY Skinny Love USA


30 30 3 JEREMIH Down On Me USA


31 new 1 CEELO GREEN & WIZ KALIFAH Bright Lights, Bigger City USA

32 23 10 TAIO CRUZ, KYLIE & TRAVIE McCOY Higher UK, Australia & USA

33 28 11 JLS & TINIE TEMPAH Eyes Wide Shut UK

34 25 10 DIDDY & DIRTY MONEY Coming Home USA

35 36 13 12 MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE Hello France & Canada

36 37 27 ADELE Make You Feel My Love UK

37 39 8 ENRIQUE & PITBULL Tonight I'm Lovin' You Spain & Spain

38 re-entry 20 RIHANNA Only Girl In The World Barbados

39 33 25 CEE LO GREEN Forget You USA

40 re-entry 22 KATY PERRY Firework USA

America's Hot 100
This Week ... Last Week ... Weeks In ... Artist ... Title
1 1 6 LADY GAGA Born This Way
3 4 10 RIHANNA S & M
4 2 30 CEE LO GREEN Forget You
5 22 5 BLACK EYED PEAS Just Can't Get Enough
6 new 1 GLEE CAST Loser Like Me
7 6 12 P!NK F*ckin' Perfect
9 7 25 BRUNO MARS Grenade
10 13 19 JEREMIH & 50 CENT Down On Me

Croeso Y Waterloo
Posted Monday 28th March 2011 - Daily Express
The sinister depiction of lives destroyed as if a normal expectation in Britain's 'top' drama 'Waterloo Road' has pure evil and destruction at it's core... akin to the bleak propaganda films fanned out by Germany's Nazi Government during it's World War 2 reign... Thanks to sh*t like Waterloo Road, Wales skills shortages were in evidence aplenty at the Millenium Stadium on Saturday and for the whole world to see... jeering throughout 'God Save The Queen' and attempts by brain-deads to blind English players reveal just how much destruction Labour's disastrous social and devolution policies have brought to our lives.
Right now in Cardiff there is furious debate over which is the correct spelling - Llandaff as is or LLandaf... ugh?
The Welsh separatists who behave like 'spoilt children' and want to turn the world upside down appear to be winning their battle with lifelong residents
of Cardiff's Cathedral City of Llandaff.
The scenario was not lost on BBC Radio 5 Live's Irish commentator Alan Greene when he glibly noted the silence after England's second goal and remarked "There's the Welsh announcements being made before the English at the Millenium Stadium... for those who can understand it".
Not many of us. One in five... 20% at most.
While so called 'progressives' argue the majority should respect minorites it's certainly follows that minorities should respect the majority - that a flea can drive a dog crazy is beyond debate and sometimes
spelling disaster for each.
Why doesn't Ann McManus, the former Art Teacher creator of this lowly aspirational Waterloo Road rubbish do something worthwhile with her time... oh yeh some commie leaning BBC plant has decided she's a useful idiot to do business with and has given her lots of money to create this de-humanising garbage for actors more interested in furthering their careers than contributing positives.
Here's Daily Express columnist Sonia Poulton's incisive and in our view entirely accurate critique of Waterloo Road's zero worth...

LEGIONS of Waterloo Road fans are awaiting its series climax this week, debating the intricate conflicts and hoped-for resolutions at the fictional comprehensive.
Set in a real-life school in Rochdale, Lancashire, Waterloo Road prides itself on its authenticity.
First appearing on our screens in 2006, the show opened with a school in crisis. The headmaster was in the throes of a breakdown and the school had been classed as failing.
In the intervening years Waterloo Road has been commended by TV critics for the quality of its scripts and the calibre of its acting, by a predominately young cast.
This year it was finally acknowledged at the National Television Awards when it ended Dr Who’s five-year run as the “Most Popular Drama”.
It is no coincidence, then, that a roll call of TV stars have graced its corridors including – but not limited to – Amanda Burton, Angela Griffin, Neil Morrissey and Denise Welch. Series seven, due to air later this year, will feature Robson Green and Mark Benton.
Created by Ann McManus, a former art teacher whose chief inspiration for the show comes from working in various Glasgow comprehensives, Waterloo Road offers an unequivocal and damning impression of British secondary schools. It has to be said that it is not for the easily shocked.
Waterloo Road is a modern day Armageddon where teachers (who would prefer to be writing novels or designing clothes) “wing it”, that’s if they’re not physically assaulting their pupils – including disabled ones – or having affairs with them.
It is a desperate wasteland where the vast majority of pupils show ­little signs of ambition beyond their next sexual exploit or drug fix.
Teachers and pupils run amok but staff are rarely sacked and children even more rarely expelled for their reprehensible behaviour. The implication is clear: there are no consequences for our actions. That, to my mind, is a significantly irresponsible message to send out to children. But it is by no means my only qualm about Waterloo Road.
The penultimate episode in this series, shown last week, made for depressing viewing. Set around a charity fashion show the 58 minutes included a teacher pregnant by a pupil (and contemplating abortion), and Vicki MacDonald, 16, a former stripper, making the most cringeworthy sexual play for a thirtysomething man (played by Will Mellor) I have ever witnessed.
Gambling, drugs and under-age drinking games peppered the landscape and the storyline was preoccupied with snaring the opposite sex, both for pupils and teachers.
In one scene Jess, the school’s Queen Lolita (the deputy headmaster is one of her lovers), advises her more naive friend in the art of “how to talk to boys”. “Talk about them,” she opines, “it’s their favourite subject.” It’s an insightful observation that emphasises the show’s portrayal of girl pupils as both boy-obsessed and lacking in self-worth.
The overriding goal of the Waterloo Road girls is to have a boyfriend. The same boys, incidentally, that they gleefully deride.
Unlike the show’s disciples who frequent the official website, I have long been uncomfortable with the narrow prism through which the show depicts secondary pupils – particularly as my own daughter, now 13, attends a Gloucestershire comprehensive. Waterloo Road, with its chaotic no-marks – teachers, pupils and parents – is far too bleak a version of events.
For parents like me who work hard to motivate our children to fulfil their potential it is hugely frustrating to be continually presented with such negative images of teenagers and secondary school life in our country.
Broadcast before the watershed the show prides itself on tackling social issues relevant to teenagers.
There’s teen pregnancy: 15-year-old lovers in the playground discussing having babies apparently to compensate for the lack of love in their own childhoods. Homicide: a joy-riding teen knocks down and kills a pedestrian. And gun crime: a psychotic pupil brandishes a handgun at his peers and teachers. All these subjects are explored in graphic, no-holds-barred detail.
Unquestionably there are real problems facing our teens, particularly in inner-city schools, but it is absurd to suggest that our children nationwide are as one-dimensionally lost as they are in Waterloo Road. Even if loveless sex, drugs and violence do feature in the lives of many teenagers the vast majority also have time for a host of positive activities. Yet this programme’s makers choose to feed, week after week, negative themes to an adoring audience.
For millions of children Waterloo Road is their window on the world of secondary education and it is both smeared and cracked. The outlook is desolate and grim.
The impact of the show on the nation’s teens should not be underestimated. For many it is required viewing. My daughter chooses not to watch it but she hears about the extraordinary plotlines at school.
Given its popularity – and by extension its influence – I believe it poorly reflects, and serves, our children. Its insistence on reinforcing negative role models at a time of record high knife and gun crime and teenage pregnancies is highly questionable.
After all, given its impressionable audience isn’t this merely accepting and supporting atrocious behaviour rather than attempting to rise above it?
Yes, television drama requires a degree of embellishment to capture the imagination and garner those all-important ratings but must the outcome always be a masterclass in abject misery and limitation?
I merely ask, politely, that when Waterloo Road returns and if the producers desire more reality in their script that they contemplate adding some hope and some aspiration.
Here’s a radical thought. What about depicting a British secondary school as a place that, while struggling to cope with the demands of society, fights to rise above adversity and sometimes succeeds? A place, possibly, where morality and decency are not always sidelined for the instant buzz of controversy.
Is it too much to ask for a more balanced view? How about showing that optimism does actually exist whether it involves children uniting to outwit a bully or showing that not all girls are vacuous, wannabe Wags or glamour models?
They could always depict the compassion of pupils sensitive to the plight of the new girl and inviting her into their circle (as my daughter’s classmates did with her when she returned to school after two years of home ­education). Or might these be too positive a set of scenarios to contemplate?
Defenders of the show are keen to trumpet how “true to life” it is. But it is only true to a very small and bleak slice of life. What about human kindness, triumph against the odds or parents who seek a better start in life for their kids than they experienced themselves? Waterloo Road has no appetite for that.
These flaws mean it is much to the detriment, sadly, of the very people it purports to represent.

Who is author Ann McManus? Great... she proudly gave us 'Bad Girls' and 'Footballers Wives'... fifteen years a Communist and 'still very left'... Here's a little on lesbian Ann from Peter Gilby's article in The Guardian in 2009

She admits she "mucked up" her Highers (the Scottish equivalent of A-levels) and eventually had to repeat them, after working in a call centre. She didn't get to university - to read English at Glasgow - until her early 20s. Her big passion then was politics. She joined the Communist party (which she left about 15 years ago, although she says she is still very left wing) and was out almost every day, distributing leaflets and organising coaches to demonstrations against apartheid, nuclear weapons, women's inequality or whatever other issue then preoccupied youthful opinion. She wrote a few poems at university but had, she says, no ambitions to be a novelist or scriptwriter. She didn't even watch soap operas as a child. "There was no grand plan, none of that high-falutin' 'I want to be a writer' stuff. I just wanted to teach."
After training, she started work in 1984 in Castlemilk, a poor area to the south of Glasgow, which, she says, had "the highest instances of teenage pregnancy and single motherhood and God knows what else". It was, she remarks disapprovingly, an "achingly trendy" school. Her politics may have been radical, but her views about teaching, like those of many communists, were largely traditional. In one school, her department head was a Tory parliamentary candidate and they seem to have got on famously. She admits that, in the staffrooms, there was often an alliance, if an uneasy one, between Thatcherites and the far left.

So self-obsessed are some they seem to believe their way is the only way... it's hard to imagine any unbiased positive moral compass may emerge from such depressing bollocks.

new trax
our weekly a to z of new cd review's is listed below

this week
Airborne Toxic Event
All The Young
Dutch Uncles
Eddy Vedder
The Musgraves
Neon Trees
Noah & the Whale
PJ Harvey
Sum 41
TV On The Radio

21 Mar
Chase & Status
Go! Team
Japanese Voyeurs
Naked & Famous
PJ Harvey
Smith Westerns

14 Mar
Colour Music
Endless Dark
Funeral Party
Jon Fratelli
Lady GaGa
Lonely Island
Maverick Sabre
PJ Harvey


7 Mar
Cut Copy
Emma's Imagination
Gypsy & The Cat
The Heartbreaks
J Cole
Milk & Sugar
Morning Parade

28 Feb
Cage The Elephant
Clare Maguire
Katy Perry & Kanye West
Twin Atlantic
Wretch 32 & Example

21 Feb
Anna Calvi
Arcade Fire
Cat's Eyes
The Kills
White Lies
Voluntary Butler Scheme
4/4/11 Wretch 32 to be confirmed

14 Feb
The Agitator

Blacklight Pioneer


7 Feb
Kid Carpet
Lady Gaga
Miles Kane

Panic! At The Disco
The Vaccines
The View
Wretch 32 & Example

Wolf Gang

31 Jan
Naked & Famous
Lonely Island & Akon

Patrick Wolf
PJ Harvey
Wolf Gang

24 Jan
Dutch Uncles