Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Have we forgotten Woodstock II already?

So Joan of Arcadia's been cancelled, my holiday weekend was spent helping Sharon move out of our old place and into her own flat at last, Desperate Housewives and Charmed come to the end of their runs this week in the UK, I'm still trying to get ntl to come and get the digiboxes that I don't use, and there's going to be a Live Aid II (I know it's called Live 8, but since this is my rant I'm calling it Live Aid II).

I don't know if Jen remembers the original concert back when she was 7, but Live Aid was a real event in 1985 - I couldn't watch it all live because the Saturday it took place was also the day we were flying from Barbados to England for a summer vacation. But even then I felt that this, regardless of the causes, was a one-time-only thing. Just as "Do They Know It's Christmas?" should have been a one-time-only thing, but that got remade twice in 1989 and last year (though they tried really hard to pretend that the version in 1989 didn't exist). They were both crap.

And I can't help feeling that this isn't going to work out well either. Part of it is because of the lineups in the five cities (Coldplay, Dido, Madonna, Annie Lennox, the Scissor Sisters, Keane, Joss Stone, Sting, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, and U2 all at the same concert [they're performing in London]. No way. No fucking way. Only Mariah Carey would escape the carnage if I had a machine gun), but also because it's not really likely to get the attention of the world's governments, which is after all the main goal. Think about it; did all those millions of people marching last year or the year before make one whit of difference to the Powers That Be and their way of thinking? Apparently this is So Important that - shock, horror - Wimbledon might have to be shoved over to BBC2. I think I shall be at the cinema on that July day.

Now about Joan of Arcadia...

1 comment:

The Archivist said...

Ah, so with you leaving, Sharon moved into her own flat? So both of you moved in a month or less?

Are you guys into cruel punishment? ;-)

I've moved/helped move like six times in my life - it was pure hell. Pure hell. And you guys did it twice, relatively close together?

If Jen was 7, then I was either not born yet or several days/weeks/months old.

I sense you are strongly opinionated about this event.