It’s easy to think that great songs must have topped the charts (or at least like in my last Gr8at post), come pretty close. But whether through lack of promotion, more people buying the album, the band not being well known enough at the time or for any other number of reasons, some singles have had mediocre UK chart placings. Which of the following most surprised you? Do you have a favourite?
Ross: I’ve seen her at work, but I always figured, ah-huh? But, uh, I made her dinner. We had a great time. And we’re going out again tomorrow.
Rachel: Well maybe she and her friends are just having a contest to see who can bring home the biggest geek.
Ross: Fine by me; hope she wins.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends (1993 – 2003), one of the all-time great sitcoms. I’m a huge fan of Joey, Chandler, Monica, Pheobe and of course, Ross and Rachel. You can find another great joke from the New-York set show here and here.
I’m gonna fight them all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
The opening lines of Seven Nation Army, the lead single from The White Stripes’ fourth sutio album Elephant (2003) And a serious shout for having the best bassline ever.
I’ve been a fan of Impractical Jokers since I started watching the show a few years ago. The idea of four friends playing good-natured pranks on unsuspecting people is fun, but the real twist is making the group the target of the jokes. And there’s been quite an array of jokes in the eighth season so far, with a ninth series booked, and a film in the works.
“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.”
As said by the highly reflective Theodore Decker in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013). The Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells of a 13 year’s old struggle to recover after a tragic incident, and his long-running connection with a painting by Carel Fabritius. You can find my review of The Secret History, Tartt’s debut novel here.
For my whole life, I didn’t know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.
I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realise, it’s a comedy.
Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?
Arthur Fleck / The Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) in the brilliantly dark and layered Joker (2019), that tells of a struggling comedian’s spiral and how it brings out his alter-ego. With its minimal use of CGI and standalone story, it is big departure from recent superhero films. I just had to have more than one quote.
In pitch dark
I go walking in your landscape
Trip me as I speak
The opening lines from the song There There by the remarkable English group Radiohead, from their sixth studio album Hail to the Thief (2003). I’m a big fan, including Climbing up the Walls.
In this game the lesson’s in your eyes to see
Though things change, the future’s still inside of me
We must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark
Taken from the song Unconditional Love by legendary artist 2Pac (1971 – 1996). Though killed at the tragically early age of 25, the socially conscious rapper had already released four hugely successful albums and provided enough material for six posthumous albums.
“Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded…”
The utterly wonderfully short story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe (1809 – 1849), which tells of the unnamed narrator’s descent into madness as he murders his uncle. I’m a huge fan of the Gothic master, including The Raven, Alone and Ligeia.