As me and Betty are miseries who don't buy each other presents at Christmas, not even a goat for the poor, I tend to receive the same things each year: Amazon vouchers from my office brethren and HMV vouchers from my mother.
I am now fully spent and satisfied.
From Amazon I got four (YES, FOUR!) early Warren Zevon albums. Playing his Best Of this week I thought it was about time I did so. I first heard Warren on a friend's car radio on our way back from the Bromley Motor Pageant in 1987. He was being interviewed about his comeback album he did with REM. Like all REM-related music after their first few albums, Sentimental Hygiene doesn't really hold up today but Warren's early stuff is still fantastic.
"But what was car-hating Geoff doing at the Bromley Motor Pageant?" you say.
"Some of my friends were into classic cars," I say. "And the twist-dancing fifties throwbacks were very erotic."
From HMV today I got some real bargains.
The two series of Early Doors from when Craig Cash was still good,
And, inspired by last night's Shooting Stars Fest...
The Original Vic Reeves Big Night Out
Bang Bang It's Reeves & Mortimer
and the marvellous Catterick
All for £32!
I'm going to celebrate tonight by watching the Most Annoying People 2008 on BBC3. Bloody bollocks to Jools.
Have a safe night y'all!
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