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New ITV2 Show: FM

 
By on Monday, 23rd February 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

FM (side)There Goes The Fear is primarily a music blog as many of you can probably work out by our rantings and ravings. However, every so often there comes along a film or a TV show that we just have to talk about – last month we raved about MTV’s great Pete Doherty documentary. For February, we reckon you should check out FM, a new show on ITV2 next Wednesday evening.

The series follows a London based radio station and a group of fame-hungry friends who run a daily “indie” show. Chris O’Dowd (who you’ll know from The IT Crowd) and Kevin Bishop (from, errr, The Kevin Bishop Show and also Star Stories) play the DJs Lindsay Carol and Dom Cox, who, let’s face it, would be sacked if they were on most radio stations. Whilst Nina Sosanya (from the amazing Teachers) plays their producer, Jane Edwards, with the up-tight portrayal she does so well of someone responsible for the whole show.

It’s a sort of hybrid of “The Office” and “Peep Show” – both hilarious and eye-wateringly embarrassing at the same time. Whilst it’s pretty good in its own right, the special “Live lounge” style performances and real-life celebrities are what take the show from good to great. They’ve got the likes of Guillemots, Ladyhawke, Wombats, The Charlatans, The Subways, all performing or as a guest on the show oh, and Justin Hawkins (who has a new album out, funnily enough).

Some of the show is hilarious (the dating exploits of all members of the team are absurd and all the better for it), some of it is musically great (Guillemots all around a piano, playing the same piano) whilst other bits are quite cringing (Ladyhawke’s laptop going “missing”). Either way, it’s captivating viewing, and looks set to be (just about the only) good reason to tune in to ITV2.

FM is like “2 pints and a Packet of crisps” (the cult BBC3 show) – it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure show, simple enough to dip in and out of without missing too much. I must admit, not usually an ITV watcher (let alone ITV2), however this could be one to catch on ITV Player one hangover-filled Sunday afternoon.

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FM is on ITV2 Wednesdays at 10:30pm. Catch the official website here, and myspace here.

 

Album Review: Hot Leg – Red Light Fever

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 12:42 pm
 

_39730457_justin_hawkins_paBeing a Darkness fan I’ve been really looking forward to getting my mitts on Hot Leg‘s debut album and once again, Justin Hawkins has got me jumping around to big, camp rock like there’s no tomorrow. Red Light Fever is a hot album and anyone expecting a toned down version of The Darkness after rehab’s affect on Justin, then think again.

Every track fits in on the record and classic rock toned guitars screech out solo after solo whilst Justin Hawkins’ vocals, dare I say, seem higher pitched then ever. It’s one of those albums where you have to listen to every track once you’ve started the first. There’s certainly a spicy swagger about the band and their confidence comes across in each song.

If you want a to know what the best hits are on the record then I’m afraid I can’t help you.  Every tune is good enough to be a single and they are far from slow tempo. The first track “Chickens” features absurdly high vocals with a guitar and Keytar solo just for the hell of it.  “Ashamed” is my favourite track and sees Justin duet with Beverli Brown once again after their eurovision embarrassment which is made easy to forgive having listened to this belter. There’s just no holding back and there’s no greater evidence of this then tracks like “Gay In The 80’s” and “Prima Donna” which showcase the best of guitarist Peter Rinaldi.

Justin may of had his rough moments in recent years, but on this album, he always sounds like he’s having a whale of a time so it’s near impossible to listen to a track and not pick up your air guitar.

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Red Light Fever is out now.

 

Bands To Watch #60 – Hot Leg

 
By on Wednesday, 31st December 2008 at 12:32 am
 

hotlegYou either love Justin Hawkins or hate him with his outrageous appearence and skewed views on certain topics but he is one of the most famous british frontman from Britain. After the demise of The Darkness, a desperate attempt at eurovision and the overcoming of a drug problem, Justin’s new bandHot leg sees him return in style.

The catsuits have gone but Hawkins still manages to keep up his appearence in interesting choises of clothing like tiger striped trousers, neckachiefs, hair bands and a dash of mascara. Joined by a relatively unheard of bandmates Pete Rinaldi (Lead Guitar, Lea BVs), Samuel SJ Stokes (Bass,  BVs) and Darby Todd ( Drums) the group sound like a “more intense Darkness” according to Justin Himself.

The debut album is set for release in early 2009 and will showcase some great hits that are sure to creep into the charts. A couple of free downloads are available on their MySpace but are they worth getting? The answer is yes! “Trojan Guitar” features a big drum beat, dominant guitars and classic high pitched vocals from Justin. The other tune, “Heroes” is similar and shows that Hot Leg are capable of being consistently good.

The band sound like The Darkness but not quite as good. They’re in their early stages but Hot Leg don’t seem to have the same presence. However, The Darkness have high standards and Hot Leg are easily capable of getting there. I for one am excited about the album but I will be very interested to see how it gets recieved – my guess is loved by some and hated by others.

 
 
 

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