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2013 ➤ Want to know the future of nearly everything? Vice magazine has the answers

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Boombox clubber: “attempting to look like their MySpace profile”

➢ So, Vice Future Week – what is it? – Alex Miller, Editor-In-Chief, Vice UK, writes: “Well it’s a series of blogs (or essays – that’s how I’ve explained it to people who I’m intimidated by) about THE FUTURE.” Right ºOº. Fortunately, the essays mostly prove compelling, so here are a few online soundbites from Alex’s more focused commentators…

➢ In The Year 2022: Looking Back at the Decade – “The Islamic Republic of Catalonia seemed new and scary to a lot of people, but Islamic city-states are hardly an innovation in Spain. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was such a laughline ten years ago, like Mayor Boris Johnson before, that I think most people were prepared for it…”

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Soft fashion: weighing us down

➢ Things That Need to Die Before British Culture Can Move Forwards – “British culture is in a weird place right now. Teenagers are buying their drugs on the internet, but getting their clothes from Hollister. Hardbody MCs are beefing with each other about the merits of Ed Sheeran, and Mail Online’s Sidebar of Shame is a cultural staple on which careers are born and killed… There are many facets of our culture that are really weighing us down. The albatrosses slowly breaking our necks, the clips on our cultural wings. So let’s name those things: gentrified fun… cocaine… bedroom vanity… consensus cool… soft fashion…”

➢ The Future of Fashion – “I’d like to think I’d be braced for the following bombs to drop in the next decade: China is set to rise from consuming only ten per cent of the world’s international luxury goods, to 44 per cent… The internet means that very specific city-based subcultures are catching on globally… Shops “will become more like showrooms”… The effect new browser systems will have on fashion will be similar to how East London venue Boombox was “a nightclub full of people attempting to look like their pictures on MySpace”. People will “try to look 3D, or like a computer”…”

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Inevitable: Prime Minister Boris Johnson and consensus cool. (Illustration by Julia Scheele)

➢ The Future of Guitar Music – “Guitar music, despite my best efforts, isn’t dead… Somehow, according to industry insiders at Radio One, NME and (that most respected and time honoured bastion of rock’n’roll) Kiss FM; without it ever having gone anywhere, the guitar is on its way BACK… Last year, Jack White, Linkin Park, Bruce Springsteen and Matchbox Twenty all scored Billboard number one albums in the US, while The xx, The Vaccines, The Killers and Muse all enjoyed number one records over here…”

➢ Other topics at Vice include Future of Football… Africa’s rise… Drugs… Architecture… Crime…


➤ Index of posts for January

Boy George, John Themis, Bishop Porfyrios , icon,

Two-way exchange: Bishop Porfyrios reclaims his church’s 300-year-old icon of Christ in London, while as a thankyou, Boy George receives a modern version of Christ Pantokrator (right) from composer John Themis. Photo © AP

➢ George Michael celebrates his golden years of Faith

➢ Reliving the Blitz: two pocket fanzines and a request from Rusty Egan

➢ “Too posh for pop” — Grandpa Waterman condemns two decades of musicmakers

➢ 1981, Why naked heroes from antiquity stood in for Spandau on their first record sleeves

➢ Ferry backed by three bass players, Roxy back on the road — how cool is that?

Japan pop group, Mick Karn, Hammersmith Odeon , 1982, Sounds ,Chris Dorley-Brown

Karn onstage at Hammersmith Odeon, November 17, 1982: Japan’s final UK tour. Photographed for Sounds © by Chris Dorley-Brown

➢ 1981, The day they sold The Times, both Timeses

➢ George makes saintly gesture over stolen icon

➢ 1981, How Adam stomped his way across the charts to thwart the nascent New Romantics

➢ Life? Tough? At the Blitz reunion, Rusty delivers a message to today’s 20-year-olds (TV news video)

➢ The unknown Mr Big behind London’s landmark nightspot makes his return to the Blitz

➢ Va-va-vooom! goes the world’s smallest portable record player

➢ F-A-B! Thunderbirds stamps are go!

➢ Julia and Gaz share their secrets for ageing disgracefully

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Motormouths back in action: Strange and Egan interviewed on BBC London news in the club where they once reigned. Such were members’ powers of self-promotion at the Blitz, Egan said, that it was the 80s equivalent of Facebook Live!

➢ 2011, Strange and Egan return to the Blitz to kick off the 20-tweens

➢ 200 new acts tipped for the new year in music

➢ Most popular bits of Shapersofthe80s during 2010

➢ Farewell Mick Karn, master of the bass and harbinger for the New Romantics

➢ Prescott says Postlethwaite’s Brassed Off speech inspired New Labour in 1997

➢ Discover Ubu while Christopher Walken takes flight to Fatboy Slim

➢ Happy New Year from Frosty The Snowman and The Ronettes — and hear the smash that changed the sound of 60s pop

➢ List of posts for December 2010

The Ronettes, Phil Spector, Frosty the Snowman, Be My Baby, Wall of Sound, 1963

The Ronettes in 1963: beehive hair-dos and producer Phil Spector


➤ 200 new acts tipped for the new year in music

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Shapersofthe80s has picked one act, almost randomly, from each of these lists published online by enthusiasts who between them have tipped more than 200 entertainers for the year ahead, so don’t say you’ve nothing new to listen to!

Nicki Minaj, pop Pinglewood — The world’s oldest music blog claims to have been at the bleeding edge “Posting mp3s since 1983” (unlikely since MPEG-1 didn’t appear till 1988, so may be record-holder for digital irony)
♫ Pick: Nicki Minaj

Drowned in Sound — Editorially independent music webzine, founded 1998, edited by Sean Adams
♫ Pick: Paris Suit Yourself

NME — Popular music magazine published weekly in the UK since 1952
♫ Pick: The Vaccines

Louder Than War — “We believe in the power of Rock’n’Roll” … a website dedicated to international punk rock pop culture, founded November 2010
♫ Pick: Deadbeat Echoes

Brother, acidlove, pop Designer Magazine — Gig promoters and Manchester’s third largest source of indie entertainment news set up five years ago for readers who access the web through low-spec computers at university, work or school
♫ Pick: Brother

Female First — Naomi Havergal’s selection for a “celebrity gossip and lifestyle” magazine website launched 2002 and published by First Active Media Ltd in Wigan, Lancashire
♫ Pick: We Are Enfant Terrible

NewBandDay — Totally anonymous and unaccountable “community” website published since 2010 on WordPress, so why heed a thing it says?
♫ Pick: Playfellow

Red Bull — Music journalist Bella Todd’s selection for the website of Red Bull, the controversial Austrian energy drink, created 1987
♫ Pick: Daley

JessieJ , pop BBC Sound of 2011 — Part of UK national broadcaster’s website where the Sound of 2011 list “aims to highlight the most promising new music for the year ahead, chosen by 161 UK-based tastemakers”, listed in alphabetical order from Sean Adams of Drowned in Sound to Radio 1 presenter, Reggie Yates
♫ Pick: Jessie J

The Guardian — Paul Lester’s first selection this year in New Band of the Day series published on UK national newspaper website
♫ Pick: D/R/U/G/S

Music Week’s key signings 2010 — Stuart Clarke’s selection of newish acts snapped up by A&R departments “all of whom will be vying for attention this year” according to 50-year-old UK music industry business magazine
♫ Pick: Creep

Still Corners, pop The Line Of Best Fit — An “editorial community of creative people united through a mutual love of good music”, founded 2007 in the UK by bloggers Rich Hughes and Rich Thane
♫ Pick: Still Corners

Nopaininpop — Religious music label since 2007 adminned at Facebook by Tom King and Thomas Oldham (both ex-Goldsmiths College London) and trading at Greedbag without any credible credentials while their original domain nopaininpop.com appears to be offline (registered by Tobias Jones of Peckham, London). Would you trust your soul to this dodgy bunch of missionaries?
♫ Pick: Forest Swords