Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.
But anyway, back to the courtroom. George is being sued by Kirk Brandon, the ex-lead singer of Theatre of Hate, for identifying him as a former lover in his highly amusing biography, Take It Like A Man and writing a song about the relationship on his 1995 album Cheapness And Beauty. Lord knows what Brandon's motives are in this case, but he's made a bit of a slip-up by choosing to represent himself. Faced up against ver Boy's legendary wit, he's not coming up looking too good. Sample dialogue:
GEORGE: Songs are a way of exorcising feelings.
BRANDON: You get pleasure out of writing vindictive songs.
GEORGE: Kirk, you were in a band called Theatre of Hate. You weren't called the Blushing Flowers.
I suspect George will come out the winner in this one.
Coincidentally, I was idly flicking through the TV channels the other day and I ran into the video for George's latest single, 'Love Is Leaving'. Even more surprisingly, I liked it; ethereal and sparse, it had a mild dance element, but pop was well to the forefront. The only disappointment, when I came to buy the single (pictured above), is that the video mix is actually the fourth of seven different mixes on the single.The so-called 'Radio Version', which I'm guessing is being promoted, is just dire.
Now, if George re-released the 'Radio Version II' and backed it with a couple of other (different) songs, I reckon he could have a big hit on his hands, and not just a #67 sleeper on the Australian charts. But he's now signed for distribution in Australia by dance specialists Central Station, so I'm not holding my breath.
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