Bitter and not very sweet Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony, the lead single off The Verve’s Urban Hymns album, is what I consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. If I had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this song will be my top pick. It doesn’t get old. It was released on the 16th of June, 1997 and was nominated for a Grammy award.

I only recently discovered that The Verve made no money from this song because they plagiarized the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version of The Rollin Stone’s song, ‘The Last Time’. When I first found out, I was a peeved at The Verve. After doing some research, I changed my mind.

The Last Time actually sounds nothing like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. I am not a fan of this song.

The Verve managed to get the rights to use the sample of the orchestra version but used a bit too much. Take a listen:

Wow, great song, but I still don’t see how the Andrew Oldham Orchestra created this from ‘The Last Time’. It does not have the same impact ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ has.¬† The song lyrics of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft. Regardless, the band lost all rights to the song due to its popularity. “The Rolling Stones got greedy when the song became successful” (Superwells). This is where it’s unjust. The Verve made the song their own and it is way better than the original. He wrote the lyrics! The Verve deserved fifty percent of the rights. At the Grammy Awards the nominees for the song were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Well, that’s all in the past now. Let’s all remember what a brilliant song The Verve revolutionized and the impact it left on this planet.

*Purchase their last album, which was released in 2008, titled “Fourth”. The band has broken up and gotten back together so many times, I don’t know if they’re still together or not.

Source: Superwells – Sampling Law


The Aliens Answer Your Questions


Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joey) and Kristen Johnston from 3rd Rock From The Sun had come to chat with us on the world-wide network! Normally we would interview celebrities over the phone, but that is sooo old! Using instant messaging is so much easier (we don’t have to type out everything they say and do, just copy and paste). They’re answering questions from fans. Since you guys asked them so many questions, we could only publish around twenty of the best questions and answers. The Best.


How often do you guys surf the internet?
Joey: I go on-line occasionally.
Kristen: This is my first time here and I love it.

What is it like to work with John Lithgow?
Kristen: He is the funniest, nicest . . . he’s the glue that keeps us all together.
Joey: Suck up, Kristen.

Can you guys abduct me? My mum says she was abducted by aliens and I want to see what it’s like.
Joey: We have to kill your mum now!
Kristen: What’s your address?

To research your roles, were you abducted by aliens?
Joey: Yeah, we just gave them a call and said, “Come and abduct us.”

Are Aliens responsible for Mad Cow Disease?
Kristen: Oh my God!
Joey: We’ve been caught!

How does Joey feel being the only teenager on the show?
Joey: I’m actually 75!

Joseph, were you ever a kid on your home planet?
Joey: Yes. When Tommy was just a little gasball, earth wasn’t formed yet. The sun was just a little twinkling star.

Joey, do you like getting fan mail? Because I have tried sending some to you, but I never got a reply.
Kristen: Joey can’t read or write!

Kristen, will you marry me? I’m from planet X34VBG and I like to ride mountains bikes.
Kristen: I didn’t know they had mountain bikes in X34VBG!
Joey: I’ll marry you!

Was it hard for you all to learn Spanish for an episode where you all spoke Spanish? You were fantastic!
Joey: Si.
Kristen: Gracias.

This is pretty much the best of the worst interviews I have ever read. What a waste of time. The only thing I have learnt from this Q&A, is that these two work a lot of hours and like the show. Luckily, back in 1997, I was able to ask a few question.

Me: How did you two get the part of Tommy and Sally?
Kristen: We scared the other actors away.
Joey: We vaporized them with our space guns. Peow Peow!

Me: What do you guys like to eat?
Joey: Everything!
Kristen: Goop.

Me: What do you do when you’re not working?
Joey: Sleep.
Kristen: I’m always working.

Thank you for the great chat everyone!

Source: TV-Hits 1997 June, 106

Beep* Beep* I’m Hungry!

The year is 1997 and Tamagotchis are the new craze! It was created and released in 1996 but I don’t know when it was released in our country.


The Game: You must feed it when it’s hungry. It’s a good idea to play a game with your Tamagotchi pet. There is only one game you can play with it and I still don’t get the purpose. The Tamagotchi waits for you to pick left or right. You press one and sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong. Sometimes your Tamagotchi can become ill from lack of care or something. You will need to give it an injection. There is a status section that is the most helpful to check how happy, healthy, and hungry your Tamagotchi is. Whenever it needs you, your Tamagotchi will beep to let you know. Do not neglect¬†it or something bad will happen. You set the time before you begin so your Tamagotchi sleeps when you do.

I really,really, really wanted a Tamagotchi. I never had a real pet when I was in elementary so the thought of an electronic pet is brilliant! Like any other kid that wants a toy, I kept nagging my mom. Everywhere we went I saw one and I didn’t give up.

Then we went overseas and there were so many of those rip-off Tamagotchis. There were toy stands everywhere! I didn’t know the difference between a real one and a rip-off one so I didn’t care.


We arrived at our relatives place and my cousin gave me her small Tamagotchi because she was going to buy the bigger version. My dreams came true! I was the happiest girl in the world.

After two weeks, the Tamagotchi was a pain! They drive you absolutely crazy! Beeep Beep! Beep Beep! Doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, that thing will beep until you do something about it. I can’t recall how many times it has woken me up early in the morning for food or something else. I was getting ready for the group photoshoot for a wedding and I actually stopped the process to feed my Tamagotchi. I actually have a picture of that but I’m not putting that up!

My mother was yelling at me of course for making everybody wait. Didn’t they understand that my Tamagotchi was hungry and it was more important than anything in the world? Nope. I don’t understand either. The worse thing was that it beeped more often than the first week I played with it. I didn’t know understand why.


[Look at how colourful they are. They sure knew how to attrack the kids.]

Finally we came home and I wanted my Tamagotchi to die already! It wouldn’t die! Oh yeah, I found out that it kept beeping because it was fat so it wanted to eat more often than usual. I thought I had to wait until the batteries died for this game to finish. Eventually I found out how to stop it and I did. I felt so guilty.

Tamagotchis are horrible. Don’t buy them.