I bought the UK version of Now! from 1995 to about 1998, so this is right up my street. Memories!
I've just dug out my double cassette of Now 39 which must have been at the same time as the US Now 1 as it has Never Ever (a song I could never like once I realised it is JUST AMAZING GRACE WITH SLOW TALKING OVER IT - sorry Jia) and Barbie Girl. Otherwise there isn't that much in common. It includes two hideous Robbie Williams tracks, but also amazingly This Is Hardcore by Pulp, quite an avant garde selection for this sort of compilation. I still adore this song and the video.
For your reference, here is the track listing:
All Saints: "Never Ever"
Lighthouse Family: "High"
Janet Jackson: "Together Again"
Spice Girls: "Stop"
Natalie Imbruglia: "Torn"
Billie Myers: "Kiss the Rain"
Robbie Williams: "Angels"
Various Artists: "Perfect Day"
Boyzone: "Baby Can I Hold You"
Tin Tin Out featuring Shelley Nelson: "Here's Where the Story Ends"
Space & Cerys Matthews: "The Ballad of Tom Jones"
LeAnn Rimes: "How Do I Live"
Shania Twain: "You're Still the One"
Sheryl Crow: "Tomorrow Never Dies"
Radiohead: "No Surprises"
The Verve: "Lucky Man"
Pulp: "This Is Hardcore"
Robbie Williams: "Let Me Entertain You"
Catatonia: "Mulder and Scully"
Cornershop: "Brimful of Asha" (Norman Cook Remix)
Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins: "It's Like That"
Wildchild: "Renegade Master '98"
Ultra Nate: "Found a Cure" [pretty sure I did a jazz/modern dance to this]
Sash!: "La Primavera"
Aqua: "Barbie Girl"
Louise: "Let's Go Round Again"
Camisra: "Let Me Show You"
DJ Quicksilver: "Planet Love"
Rest Assured: "Treat Infamy"
Warren G featuring Sissel: "Prince Igor"
Lutricia McNeal: "Ain't That Just the Way"
Prince Buster: "Whine and Grine"
The All Seeing I: "Beat Goes On"
Backstreet Boys: "All I Have to Give"
Vanilla: "No Way No Way"
ARGH this is such a fucking bummer. Going to baseball games is the fucking best, and anybody who would fuck that up for any other person is a terrible, terrible human being.
I have drunkenly argued the merits of SATC on many occasions. And I have rankled and yelled at people for their 'horse-faced' comments (like you didn't jerk it to her character in Hocus Pocus, come ON. you're just angry because she's not giggling and harmless anymore). The show is really important to me, and was a tiny form of rebellion for me when I was in a terrible relationship with someone who disdained many things I enjoyed, especially overly 'girly' things. I'm really glad that people smarter and more articulate than me are saying the things I have been trying to say (and a lot of other smart things I hadn't thought of!). Maybe soon I will start a marathon re-viewing of all six season (because of course I own them all) and try to join the conversation.
By Onymous on Sex and the Dystopia
@WorldofSass >These days, with so many young women denying that they are feminists
Is that really any different than "those days" though, was feminism ever really more popular than it is today?
By Mad Dog on Sex and the Dystopia
@franceschances This was always one of my favourite things about the show as well, and something actually quite revealing about definitions of female desirability. Because you're right, at a conscious level, it is indignation at being left out, at not being consulted, that these men are feeling and that fuels their anger. But I think on a deeper level, there is fear. Women creating their own sex symbols and defining for themselves* what makes a beautiful, attractive, desirable woman, is scary as shit. Because if this was actually pervasive, suddenly women would not be spending all this time, money, and mental effort fruitlessly striving to meet arbitrary standards of attractiveness as determined by men. Suddenly there might just be a little more "Don't like it? Who cares? Next!" attitude. That is actually a pretty huge power swing right there, and even if they cannot articulate it, I think deep down in their bones, it scares those angry, indignant, "HORSEFACE"-shouting dudes.
*in terms of mass acceptance and adulation of a sex symbol technically designed by a gay man. I realize Carrie was not actually created by a woman, which is a whole 'nother thing.
@franceschances I know, right. And when the first movie came out I remember all these male critics complaining that the movie was even made in the first place. OMG a movie starring women that are kind of too old for me to want to fuck and also it's aimed at an audience of women? OMG the nightmare
I think my favorite thing about SATC, and the reason I will always defend it, is just how ANGRY it makes men that a woman they deem unfuckable was the star of a show. There's a certain kind of man who just cannot help himself from shouting "HORSEFACE" when Sarah Jessica Parker is mentioned. It makes them so angry that no one consulted their penis! How dare it be ignored? And for ignoring these dicks, I will always love SATC.
ARE THE SHADES OF PEMBERLEY TO BE THUS POLLUTED?
By EKPinc on Swim With Mr. Darcy
I wonder how Colin Firth feels about this? I think I'd struggle to appreciate this statue if I were him.
Of course, as I'm not him, I think it's incredible and hilarious. Incredibly hilarious?
Is it...is it mildly alarming to anyone else?