Author Archives: Chris Stagg

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TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 31.08.17

Playlist:

David Bowie – The Hearts Filthy Lesson

Prince – Cream

Jamiroquai – King for a Day

Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl

Skunk Anansie – Hedonism

Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Ocean Colour Scene – The Day we Caught the Train

Depth Charge – Shaolin Buddha Finger

Pear Jam – Black

The Shamen – Boss Drum

Pulp – Mis-Shapes

The beloved – Sweet Harmony

East 17 – Someone to Love

Happy Mondays – Fools Gold

Bjork – Play Dead

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

The Prodigy – Breathe

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Roxette – Joyride

Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass

U2 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

Madonna – Justify My Love

The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Kriss Kross – Jump

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TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 20.07.17

Playlist:

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince of Bel Air Intro

Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow

Supergrass – In It for The Money

Sheryl Crow – Tomorrow Never Dies

Various Artists – Perfect Day

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Blur – Girls and Boys

Apache Indian – Boom Shack-A-Lak

Prince – Cream

Depth Charge – Shaolin Buddha Finger

The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode

The Prodigy – Breathe

George Michael – I Can’t Make You Love Me

Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught Train

East 17 – If You Ever

East 17 – Someone To Love

East 17 – Thunder

REM – Nightswimming

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Skunk Anansie – Charlie Big Potato

Suede – Trash

The Happy Mondays – Step On

Bush – Greedy Fly

Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

Mike Flowers Pops – Wonderwall

Snow – Informer

 

 

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SummerSlam 2017 Main Event

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article on why Braun Strowman must defeat Roman Reigns at Smackdown Pay Per View; Great Balls of Fire. As I predicted, Braun Strowman did indeed win. In an exciting match, both Strowman and Reigns come off looking very strong indeed.

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The next night on Raw, Reigns confronted Lesnar and decided he was next in line for a shot at the WWE Universal Championship. However, Samoa Joe does not agree. Joe came out to the ring and squared up to both men demanding a rematch from Lesnar, who he claimed didn’t defeat him, but escaped him.

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General Manager Kurt Angle then called for a Reigns vs Samoa Joe match that very  night to determine the number one contender for Lesnar’s title. In a very close match where both men gave a top performance, Braun Strowman then returned to the ring and absolutely destroyed both of them, surely putting himself on Lesnar’s radar.

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With no main event called yet for SummerSlam on 20th August, I believe we are gearing up for a fatal four way match between Strowman, Reigns, Samoa Joe and Lesnar for the belt. Further than that though I have some predictions for you…

I believe that Lesnar will retain the title by pinning Roman Reigns. I think that Samoa Joe and Strowman will be occupied by each other while this is going on. I believe this will then lead to a Reigns, Lesnar feud and a Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman feud, whereby ultimately Strowman will come out on top and finally get his deserved shot at Lesnar and the Universal Championship.

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Let me know your thoughts…

@cw_stagg

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TFI90s 13.07.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 13.07.17

Playlist:

Bush – Greedy Fly

Oasis – Champagne Supernova

Metallica – Enter Sandman

David Bowie – Hearts Filthy Lesson

Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

Republica – From Rush Hour With Love

Republica – Ready To Go

Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight

Roxette – Joyride

Skunk Anansie – Brazen Weep

Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle

Spice Girls – Wannabe

The Beloved – Sweet Harmony

Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World

Kula Shaker – Hush

Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

Soundgarden – Spoonman

Soundgarden Black Hole Sun

Prince – Cream

Tori Amos – Yes, Anastasia

Bjork – Play Dead

Michael Jackson – Black or White

Jamiroquai – Canned Heat

Happy Mondays – Step On

Mansun – Wide Open Space

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Don’t Knock Twice review

Last night, I watched 2016 British horror, ‘Don’t Knock Twice.’ I hadn’t heard of this film before, but from the cover alone I thought “wow, this looks good”… I was wrong! Now I had been warned. My good friend Cat (@toodamncat) shared with me her review, which in no uncertain terms stated her displeasure with it. But I had already started to watch it, and actually it was a case of so far so good. That changed quickly though!

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A brief run through of the synopsis; disgruntled orphanage teenager Chloe, has a strained relationship with estranged sculptor mum Jess. Their relationship is forced back on track when Chloe unwittingly releases a demon that wants her soul, by knocking on the door of an old house… twice. That is pretty much it.

There is nothing original here. There are tropes and scares that we have all seen a million times before, and that’s ok, I quite enjoyed the scares. The idea for the story is decent enough though, so let’s start off with some positives. I loved the ‘crispy demon witch thing.’ I wanted to see much more of her, as I can’t think of a scene with her in that I didn’t enjoy. I adored the soundscapes that were wonderfully created. The music and sound effects were all on top form and was easily my favourite thing about the film. Unfortunately here is where the positives stop for me.

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The acting was largely below par. I didn’t empathise with anyone and by just over the half-way point, I thought (and hoped) the film was over. What really turned me off though was my anger at what could have been. It was a solid idea for a film, that could have given an enjoyable viewing, but the writing let the film down hugely. The first half of the film was absolutely forced. Huge leaps were made in the plot without any explanation of why. That was nothing compared to the second half though, where the whole thing just stopped making sense. Honestly I have no idea what happened in the last bit of the film.

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I cannot over state how bad this film is… 90% due to the writing. It got to the point where I literally had no idea what was happening or why. A not very convincing ghost. A policeman who’s role in the film I still haven’t grasped. A boyfriend who is there only to die and for some reason take Chloe to the house from nowhere. A husband who talks about money. A model who… again I’m still not sure. Did I like it? No. Will I watch it again? No. Should you watch it? Probably not.

I give it 1/5 stars. ½ a star for the witch demon and ½ a star for the music.

Chris @cw_stagg

 

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The 90s Vault – The Black Album

In the first of a series of articles looking at the best of 90s albums, we take a look at Metallica’s 1991 mega hit, the so called ‘Black Album.’

‘The Black Album’ was the first Metallica Album I ever heard. I can remember quite clearly falling in love with ‘Nothing Else Matters’ but after borrowing the album from my best mate, I remember telling people it was the only song I like, as if there was something wrong with getting into Metal. I played that track to death and slowly, as my ears became accustomed to the music, I listened to more and realised this would be the genre of music that would define my late teens and early 20s.

‘The Black Album’ had 5 absolutely monster singles; the aforementioned ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Wherever I May Roam’, ‘Sad But True’ and ‘Enter Sandman.’ These 5 songs are arguably the bands most well-known among the general listening public and casual fans alike, with ‘Nothing Else Matters’ being their most accessible. ‘Nothing Else Matters’ is a beautiful track that shows the range and power of James Hetfield’s vocals. It is a stark contrast to anything the band had done previously despite several softer tracks on both ‘…And Justice for All’ and ‘Ride The Lightening.’

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‘Enter Sandman’ was the first single released from the album and is still today a popular opener for the bands live shows. The entire song is built around a riff that was constructed by lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. This in itself was an unusual step, as previously most of the bands output was from Hetfield and drummer, Lars Ulrich. ‘Sad But True’ is probably the heaviest track on ‘The Black Album’ and bursts in after a melodic ending to ‘Enter Sandman.’

My favourite 2 tracks on the album are ‘Wherever I May Roam’ and ‘The Unforgiven.’ ‘The Unforgiven’ is a heavy track that has a beautifully melodic chorus. I prefer this one over ‘Nothing Else Matters’ because of the contrast between heavy and soft parts of the song. ‘Wherever I may Roam’ has a wonderful eastern intro and some very clever structures throughout. Hetfield’s vocal work (as on all of the album) is excellent as is Hammett’s lead guitar. Hammett probably provides my favourite solo of the album on this track.

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The rest of the album is largely filler, there are tracks on their that I just don’t ever listen to (such as ‘The God that Failed’ and ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’) ‘Of Wolf and Man’ is ok and is still in the bands live repertoire, but the 5 single tracks are so good and of such high quality that they lift the whole album into the heights of their best.

The album was not without controversy though. Under the guidance of producer Bob Rock, Hetfield wanted a more live feel to the recording and so included Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted in the recording sessions in a single space, rather than in separate silos in different locations, as was the norm previously. Rock and the band had a strained relationship, constantly butting heads over creative direction, which was documented in the ‘Year and a half in the life of Metallica’ documentary (which is a must watch).

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The bigger controversy however was the change in style and sound of the band. Many people put this down to Rocks influence, which to a certain extent is true. However Hetfield actively wanted to change the band’s sound and try new and fresh ideas. ‘…And Justice For All’ was the bands last pure thrash album and was, in the bands opinion, overly complex. The Black Album them marked a change for the band towards a more accessible sound and transformed them into a heavy metal band from thrash. Unfortunately it also marked the beginning of the bands transition into a heavy rock band. And although there are highlights on the next 2 90s albums in ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’, for better or worse, they were no longer the same Metallica.

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‘The Black Album’ is one of Metallica’s best albums in terms of both critical acclaim and mainstream access. If you are new to the band, this is an ideal place to start. If you find it a little too heavy, you can listen forward and check out some of their heavier rock stuff. If you want it heavier, go back to the 80s and take in their 4 thrash albums. Original Metallica fans will often cite album number 3 (‘Master of Puppets’) as the bands best work, and that is certainly a possibility. But ‘The Black Album’ represents something more. A band at the peak of their powers and musical maturity. Metal fan or not, this is an album that everyone should listen to at least once. \m/

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Why Braun Strowman Must Defeat Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns; The Big Dog is about to take on Braun Strowman; The Monster among Men tonight at WWE Great Balls of Fire. (a very big) David vs (an even bigger) Goliath. Face vs Heel. For weeks, months even, heel Braun Strowman has consistently defeated face Roman Reigns. At the end of a feud, face always wins right? Well hopefully not this time, and with that in mind here is why Braun Strowman must defeat Roman Reigns.

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Roman Reigns gets a lot of heat. For whatever reason he is hugely unpopular with many fans. For me I think this is incredibly unfair. Reigns is not the best in the World on the mic, which admittedly is an important part of wrestling. But he is a decent wrestler, who consistently gives absolutely everything every single night, despite the boos from the crowd. On the flip side, Strowman is incredibly popular and is getting more so. Last week on Raw, Roman Reigns confronted Strowman and he received a huge pop from the crowd. This doesn’t happen and WWE will need to capitilise on this. They want Reigns to be a star and they want him to be popular. If he beats Strowman like he beat Undertaker, there is a risk that the crowd will turn on him again just when his popularity is starting to make some momentum. This would not hurt Reigns at all… this would help him! It doesn’t hurt to lose a feud even if you are a face. I think not seeing Reigns consistently beat very popular wrestlers will increase his own popularity and that is something WWE must hold onto if they want to keep Reigns at the top and not turn fans away.

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Now to Strowman. He has had a fantastic push since he split from the Wyatts and moved to Raw. He was very green in the Wyatts and Luke Harper did a lot to mentor and help him through those early matches. WWE has done exactly the right thing in the split and slowly building him as The Monster Among Men. This is not something WWE often gets right, but with Strowman they have nailed it. It has got to the point where Strowman can convincingly beat anyone on the roster… Including Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is the best the company has and despite what should be a brilliant match against Samoa Joe tonight, he can walk through everyone… except Strowman. Strowman is the only wrestler who can legitimately offer a challenge for the belt. And that is required. Lesnar needs a challenge, and in order to keep that challenge credible, Strowman must go into a feud with Lesnar with momentum. He has to go in on wins and looking strong. Ultimately it should be his next feud and it has to be off the back of a win over Roman Reigns. If Strowman goes in on a loss, he will look weaker. In our minds Reigns cannot beat Lesnar. So if he beats Strowman, it massively reduces his credibility against the Beast Incarnate. If Strowman beats Reigns tonight in a close, exciting match, everybody wins and everybody will come out stronger than they went in. So here’s hoping the Monster Among Men comes out on top in a fantastic match against the Big Dog.

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Disagree? Tell me on Twitter here @cw_stagg

Chris

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Top 3 worst WWE Finishing Moves

Last week, I treated you to the top 3 best WWE finishing moves… Missed it? Okay, you can view it here:

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This week, it is only natural then that I present to you the top 3 worst WWE finishing moves.

3. The Legdrop

Now this is The Hulksters finishing move. At one time golden boy of the WWE with a legion of devoted fans around the globe. He would beat EVERYONE. And how?… with a leg drop. Yes… a leg drop.

Now I’m not saying that a 300lb man dropping his leg on you isn’t going to hurt, but c’mon it’s a leg drop! That’s not a finishing move! And bare in mind that at one time Hulk Hogan was the biggest star in the World. Even Scott Garland’s signature move had more thought put into it than that. Which brings us to…

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2. The Worm

My younger readers may not know this, but there was a time in WWE called ‘The Attitude Era.’ A golden age of top story lines and wrestling that for many years couldn’t be beaten (only in recent years has WWE returned to form.) It wasn’t all good though. Enter tag team ‘Too Cool’ made up of Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay (yes I have spelled that correctly).

And what was Scotty 2 Hottys finisher? The Worm. A move that is literally that wiggly break dance worm move across the canvas followed by a small chop to the body. That’s it. Yes it may have looked fun, but it could never be taken seriously as legitimate finishing move. I have mixed feelings about this one.

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Before we get to number 1, a couple of notable exceptions (coincidentally peaking in The Attitude Era), Rikishi’s ‘Stink Face’ (the less said about this the better), The Big Show’s ‘KO Punch’ (only not on the list because the size of the man convinces you one munch may be enough) and The Rock’s ‘People’s Elbow’ (omitted because although it is a ridiculously terrible move, it usually followed a ‘Rock Bottom’ which was legitimately a decent take down.)

  1. The Superman Punch

Ahhh Roman Reigns… has ever a wrestler been more divisive? To be honest I think Reigns gets far too much heat. He is a decent wrestler, yes he is more than a little bit bland on the mic, but gosh darn it he gives it everything every time. And whatever the reason he is being pushed big time.

So should WWE’s current favourite have such an awful finisher?… No. It is just rubbish. It’s a punch. That’s it. You think of all the greats and the phenomenal moves they are associated with and none of them have ever relied so heavily on such an inferior move. I’ll give it him it is unique, but IMO just doesn’t cut it for a big star.

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Disagree with me?… You know where to find me! @cw_stagg

Chris

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Despicable Me 3 Review

Apart from some notable exceptions, sequels are rarely as good as the original films. And when we are dealing with 3rd instalments, they are normally pretty bad. Fortunately, ‘Despicable Me’ has always been different – and though number 3 is starting to feel a tired, it remains a good enjoyable instalment in the franchise.

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‘Despicable Me 3’ offers absolutely nothing new. But that’s ok, because as far as Gru and the gang are concerned, the ‘same old same old’ gives a nice film experience. I felt this is defiantly the weakest of the 3 films, but enjoyable none the less. You do kind of feel that the long lost brother story line, and Lucy struggling to be a mum sub plot is starting to scrape the barrel in terms of story idea though.

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Lucky for us, there is new super villain in town called Balthazar Brat! Brat is voiced by the incredibly talented Trey Parker (Southpark) and absolutely steals the show. He relishes in providing an over the top 80s themed villain. Parents will adore the 80s music and kids will love the dance fights. I would not have enjoyed Despicable Me 3 half as much if Trey Parker wasn’t in it.

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Steve Carell provides another brilliant turn as Gru (and his unknown twin Drew), though the loss of Russell brand as Dr Nefario was noticeable. The minions are just kind of there with their own “We want to be evil” subplot.

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However much as I enjoyed this film, I can’t help but feel that this should be the end. Gru should hang up his freeze ray and the minions should retire to club banana.

Ups:

All of Balthazar Brats scenes

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Gru racing his evil dads car

Downs:

Forced sub plots

Pace of the 3rd act

Feeling tired

3/5 Stars

Chris

Twitter @CW_Stagg

 

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TFI90s 30.06.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 39.06.17

Playlist:

The Beloved – Sweet Harmony
Madonna – Frozen
Rammstein – Engel
Electronic – Get The Message
Bon Jovi – Keep The Faith
Dubstar – Stars
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
The Shamen – LSI Love Sex Intelligence
Seal – Kiss From Rose
Mansun – Wide Open Space
M People – Moving on Up
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Take That – Could it be Magic
Ocean Colour Scene – The River Boat Song
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught the Train
Phats and Small – Turn Around
Prince – Cream
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Pearl Jam – Black
Skunk Anansie – Charlie Big Potato
Blur – Country House
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