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Monday, 21 December 2009

5 Of The Best: Books

Yeah it's that time of the year bloggers seem to blog their Top 5 lists. I think I am going to do it a little different for my Top 5's. People always seem to post 5 of the best from that year but I think that's boring. Don't get me wrong 2009 has been a great year for music, art and culture itself. So for my first (and rather late) Top 5, I will be looking at the 5 best books I read this year. Now the lists over the next few posts are not in any order because if you asked me that, my frickin' head would explode!

1. David Simon- Homicide

This year was the year I became aware of the works of David Simon. I decided to pick up season 1 of The Wire (another list, trust me) and I have to tell you, I hate myself for not getting into it sooner, the band wagon is certainly on a roll but I heard it was good so I thought I would check it out. So after watching The Wire I thought I would try out some of the literature and my god! What a brilliant writer David Simon is. Homicide is basically an eye witness account from Simon during a year with the Baltimore Homicide Unit. The book is a brilliant insight into the work of the Homicide Unit. It's hard, it's moving and my god you don't want to put it down. If you are a fan of Police non fiction or a fan of The Wire, I demand you read this book. You will find yourself getting attached to the people and wanting more.

2.Chris Salewicz- Redemption Song the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer

I am a massive fan of Joe Strummer. I am a massive fan of The Clash, they are my all time favourite band and Strummer to me is probably the best songwriter and social commentator we have ever seen. I guess this choice and mild review is a bit biased but this is a great book for Clash fans or anyone who likes music biographies. Even if you are not too sure, it's just an interesting read. I learnt a lot from this book, not only about Strummer but about myself. I also found out some interesting stories and facts that really made me laugh, cry and everything in between. A touching and true book. This doesn't totally brown nose Strummer, it shows all the good aspects and the few bad aspects of Strummer's life and career. A great book for Strummer fans but chances are, you knew about this book already!

3. Michael Smith- The Giro Playboy

Smith has been labeled "the Hunter. S. Thmpson of Hartlepool" and from this brilliant piece of what I call "indie literature" I can see why. Smith basically talks about his life when he had no money and he was getting fucked up most nights. It's a genuinely funny read and the style of writing is original and genuine. The book is also illustrated by Smith himself and all in all, it's a great package. It has a great D.I.Y appeal. I loved this book from start to finish. I can't really explain why I loved this book but I did. Smith also did a lot of programmes for BBC4. This is where I became aware of Michael Smith and damn am I glad I read this book. It's a witty, brutally honest book with a touch of dark humour in places. It demonstrates how no matter what your situation, you will always have a story to tell. Just fucking read it!

4. David Peace- The Damned United

OK I admit it! I did see the film first. I was interested in seeing how the film compared to the book and from both experiences, both are as enjoyable as each other. Nothing really I can say about this book really. It's a great book if you like Brian Clough and football in general. Even if you are fan of neither this book is funny and you can't help feeling sorry for Cloughie. I even love the way it keeps changing the period of the book from before Leeds and and to his days at Leeds. If you have seen the film, watch the book, it's just as good if not better. I think you will find yourself trying to do a Cloughie impression whenever he talks in the book.... wait.... I'm the only one?

5. Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons- The Watchmen

Finally I bring you the book (well, graphic novel) that I have most recently finished. The Watchmen! Now I won't make out I'm a massive fan of The Watchmen because in all honesty, I have only really been interested in that part of popular culture for a few months. I had heard a lot of good things about this graphic novel after the film came out so I thought I would do the best thing and read the novel first and then watch the film and all I can say is, I was blown away. The novel for me though is the best version. It's an amazing read and it's nice to see the dark and mental side of the super hero. It also seems like a great piece of commentry for what was going in the worls at the time f its release. I can see why it gets the acclaim it has. It was enjoyable from start to finish and from a design point of view... I haven't come across a nicer comic ever. This is one of the first and definitely not the last graphic novels/ comics I have read. Brilliant.

So there you have it! A nice little run down of the 5 best things I have read this year. There are more books but I couldn't be bothered doing a top 10... I think I have bored you enough already! If you would like to discuss my choices feel free to in the comments or get in touch with me direct also if you want to know some oher good suggestions get in touch. Would also be nice to hear your thoughts on the best reads this year! This could even help with your presents?


Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Favourite Computer Game Characters EVER!

Yeah there are a lot of *Best Of 2009* posts right about now. Whether it be best albums, best songs, best blogs... blah... blah... blah I thought I would do something different. I will be doing an uber big best of 2009 post just before the year ends but this is going to be a bit of a different post. As you can see from the title..... I am going to share my 5 favourite computer game characters ever. Why am I picking the best of all time and not of the year? Well for me, Christmas always reminds me of my childhood and getting brand new computer games. Yeah the geek glasses and giant stomach is showing now, let's begin:

1. Solid Snake

I love, love, love Solid Snake. Ever since I first played a Metal Gear game (Sons Of Liberty.. I know, pretty late in the series huh?), I fell in love with his attitude and hey, he looks cool as fuck! I actually loved the fact he's a charcter in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. He smokes, he has a beard and he still kicks ass when he's old... need I say more?

2. Cartoon Link

How can you not love Cartoon Link? Link himself is an amazing character in every game but my favourite reincarnation of Link is from The Wind Waker. Cell shading itself is a great visual theme but when they mixed it with Link, they where on to a winner. He's cute, he has musical instruments as main items and how nice is the green tunic and blonde locks? That's a mifght fine outfit haha.

3. Fox McCloud

For me, Fox McCloud and the Starfox saga itself are very underated in the gaming community. Lylat 64 is what had me though. He just oozes cool. A fox! A fucking fox! How amazing is that!? It's unexplainable but I just love Fox McCloud. He has a great costume, he's a fox that flies a Space Ship and he's a great leader haha.

4. Goemon

My first experience with Goemon was when I was a wee lad with my SNES. I got given an imported version of Mystical Ninja and I was hooked when I first played it. It's like Link, he's just a character you can warm to. He uses a pipe as a weapon and has blue hair! My favourite Goemon moment is Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on the N64. It's one of my favourite games. I grew up with him, I love Japanese characters.... I love Goemon!

5. Pyramid Head

This guy needs no introduction. How can you not love this disturbing son of a bitch!? He is the face of Silent Hill I suppose. Just the whole idea of him just pleases me and the stories and symbolism people come up with for him really appeal to me. He catches your imagination, he haunts your dreams and he is just a fucker haha. He's great to look at and think about and he is representing all the characters/ monsters from the Silent Hill series.

So now you know I am a pure geek! In my defense though, I grew up playing some great games. It's nice to go back to the classics, lose yourself and think of the times when you played your old consoles with your cousin... Ok that's just my memory! I don't think I would last if I didn't have computer games in my life. Thank you Nintendo for being my favourite games company!

I might do a top 5 games post soon... hmmmmmm *ponders*


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Utopia Me Giorgio

I think everyone has heard a Giorgio Moroder song even if they do not know who he is. For those who know who Moroder chances are, they rate him as one of their favourite artists. Moroder has 3 Grammys under his belt as well as a ton of soundtracks (including Scarface, Cat People, Midnight Express and American Gigolo), some great original albums (including Knights In White Satin, E=MC2 and From Here To Eternity), an Olympic Anthem and has collaborated with some great artists (including Bowie, Blondie, Donna Summer and Phil Oakey).

I won't bore you with all the details of his life so go check out wikipedia for the actual biography. This post is more of a tribute to one of my favourite artists (who incidently I only became aware of the past couple of years) and a big inspiration to me towards my woeful attempt at electronic music. Not only does he have all this talent... he also has a fucking killer moustache! I don't think I have come across a Moroder production that I didn't at least like. He has this amazing body of music and there no songs that you want to skip.

As you can see from the picture above, my favourite Moroder album is Knights In White Satin. It's a dreamy disco album that just flows and it's so suave and back in the day, I could imagine this album causing a lot of children to be born (if you know what I mean right? right?). Saying that though, even though disco/ funk music seems to have an aged and cheesy image (thanks to the walking adverts of Topman we call today's youth) this album still sounds quite fresh and relevant to me. Although this is my favourite album, my favourite Moroder song is a toss up of What A Night from E=MC2 or one of his most popular songs, Chase from the Midnight Express soundtrack.

I literally could watch that video 100 times over. It just oozes cool! As a treat for you guys (and a sort of introduction to Moroder's music for all you newbies) I have compiled a list of 5 of my favourite songs related to Moroder and given you a brief review of each one:

Giorgio Moroder- What A Night
Taken from The E=MC2 album. This song just for some reason reminds me of a guy walking on the strip in his white suit and aviator shades drenched in the lights of the disco clubs on a cool summer night looking for love. Yeah that translates to this song being (pardon my French) Cool as fuck!

Giorgio Moroder- Chase
Taken from the Midnight Express soundtrack. There is something strange and cosmic about this song for me. Every time I listen to it, it just gives me a weird dreamy feeling and I go on a cosmic journey. Ok, it's not the most trippy song ever but maybe it's just me. Either way, this is an amazing song, it has a good flow and the synths sound amazing. Look out over the web or Hype Machine for the Vitallic remix of this classic.

Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakley- Together in Electric Dreams (Extended Version)
Taken from 12" I'm guessing. This is the song your mum and dad know. If you are a fan of mainstream 80's music you will already know this song. It's a classic. Need I say more?

Giorgio Moroder- Sooner Or Later
Taken from Knights In White Satin. This is typical 70's sexed up funk. A great piano steers you through the song and Giorgio's gruff and whispered voice seduces you (I hope if you are a girl!) and keeps you hooked. The whole album is amazing and this is just a small piece of the greatness.

Giorgio Morder & Paul Engermann- Push It To The Limit (12" Promo mix)
This is taken from the Scarface soundtrack but this version is the 12" promo mix. Push It To The Limit was probably the first Moroder song I ever heard and if you are a fellow gamer, you will know why. This along with most of the Scarface soundtrack appeared on the amazing Grand Theft Auto 3. I love this song and I have loved it since I first heard it. Thanks to my Uncle TNUC (look in the links to the right for his amazing blog) I became aware of this version. Amazing synth sequences and that stupidly awesome heavy guitar solo midway through makes this a must listen!

So there you have it. I just thought I would post a little tribute to one of my heroes. If you like the songs or are just curious anyway, get in touch with me and I can send you most of Moroder's albums because I am a Moroder fan boy!

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the tunes


Friday, 11 December 2009

MC's Can Kiss

OK not really an original post but basically a re post from Busy P over on the Cool Cats blog (check the links on the side to check out the blog.... I cannot be bothered to do the HTML haha).

Yep, it's a new Uffie song. I think it's from the new album coming up? Anyway, I like Uffie but it's not really for her lyrics. This song is produced by my personal favourite from the Ed Banger family, Mr. Oizo. I think he and Feadz (and SebastiAn on the new album) make the songs listenable but don't get me wrong, I think Uffie is bad ass and cool as fuck. She has great fashion sense, she is super hot and I respect what she is doing. This song is one of my favourites by Uffie but maybe that's because this year has been a very Oizo worshiping one for me.

I look forward to hearing the remixes by Zombie Disco Squad and Starkey and for the whole album.

As a gift I will show you why Oizo makes Uffie that bit special for my ears:

Mr. Oizo- Steroids (featuring Uffie) (Mr. Oizo Remix)


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Welcome To The Videodrome: Cobra

Continuing with the Stallone theme. The next film for review is the 1986 Stallone action fest, Cobra.

Marion Cobretti aka "the Cobra", a police officer from a division of the police known as the “Zombie Squad”, is called into a hostage situation at a grocery store when negotiations fail. Cobretti kills the gunman, but before his death the criminal mumbles of a "New Order": a group of supremacists who believe in killing the weak and leaving only the strongest and themselves to live and rule the world.

When the bodies were taken out of the supermarket, Cobretti is admonished by Detective Monte for his seeming disregard for police procedures and protocols. At the time, what was not known is that the supermarket event is connected to a string of recent and seemingly unconnected acts of violence and murder that have broken loose in Los Angeles perpetrated by the same supremacist group referred by the supermarket gunman.

After witnessing several individuals including the "Night Slasher" (the Order's leader) at the scene of one of the murders late at night, Ingrid Knudsen becomes the target of the group because she was the only living witness to their crimes. After one attempt on her life, she is placed under the protective custody of Cobretti and his partner, Sergeant Gonzales . After several attempts were made on their lives by various individuals, Cobretti theorizes that there is an army of killers operating with the same M.O., but his suggestion was rebuffed by his superiors. The police department decided it would be safest that they relocate from the city.

Cobretti becomes romantically involved with Ingrid shortly after venturing out into the countryside, but one of the Order's leaders (who is a police officer traveling alongside the Cobretti) reveals the location of their whereabouts — despite Cobretti's suspicions and mistrust of the said officer, he does nothing and stayed the night in a motel.

The Order moves in at dawn and besieges the small town that they were staying. With barely enough time to react, the attackers stormed the motel room Cobretti is in with Ingrid, wounding Gonzales in the process. Killing several members but with more swarming into the town, Cobretti and Ingrid escape in a Dodge Ram pick-up truck. After the truck becomes severely damaged, the two bailed out on foot into a lemon grove and escape into a nearby factory.

Cobretti had most of the Order killed or disabled by at this point, but there were still a few members that followed them into the building. After eliminating every member aside from the Night Slasher himself, Cobretti and the leader ultimately engage in a deadly hand-to-hand duel inside the steel mill, ending with the Order's leader being impaled in the back by a large roaming hook and burned alive by Cobretti.

In the aftermath, Cobretti's department has arrived and begun clean-up of the town, giving medical aid to Gonzales — the Order is all but eliminated. Detective Monte appears apologetic but confronts Cobretti again about his lack of regard to police protocols. Cobretti punched Monte out and the ending credits begin with Cobretti and Ingrid climbing onto one of the many motorcycles left by the Order and riding away.

I fucking love this film! It's got Stallone playing a bad ass but with an actually funny sense of humour, it's got some killer action in it, it has the amazing car chase, it has Bridgette Nielsen when she was hot, it has an amazing score (see a trend already with film reviews?) and a super hot ending.... no pun intended.

This is a must for anyone who is a fan of good 80's action films. If you are a Stallone fan, chances are this film rates as one of his best. I can safely say for an 80's action flick, the cheese factor is turned down to a minimun. The romance is actually fun to watch, the humour is well done, especially Stallone's one liners, the action is kick ass and it has an extremely good story to it. You will find yourself watching this film a few times.

The soundtrack itself is a totally whole different level of awesomeness. The soundtrack is a must download because I can't find a fault with any of the songs... even the song that didn't make it for the film but made it's way to the game (which, due to the time restraints does not have boss at the end of the game, it just loops) is great. To finish up this review I have selected my favourite tunes from the film for yr pleasure:

Gary Whright- Hold On To Your Vision

Jean Beauvoir- Feel The Heat

Silvester Levay- Skyline

Silvester Levay- Chase


Monday, 7 December 2009

New Designs- 7th December 2009

I seem to have strayed a little in my posts over the past few days but as you've guessed this blog is a bit of everything. So as you guessed from the title I have some new designs to share with you all (I actually do not know how many people actually read this rubbish)! So without further or do let's go!

This first piece is a little gift for my friend, Gabriel Maroner a.k.a Gabrielmister a.k.a 480000000000. I posted about this beautiful bastard before but to recap Gabriel is a musician who specialises in IDM. Without Gabriel I would not have the vast music library I have today. I have learnt a lot from this guy plus he is just a great friend and his music is awesome as hell!

The design in question is actually a still from a video that both Gabriel and I actually hurt ourselves laughing to. If you are aware of Mega64 you will know funny Rocco is.

Here is the video that this still is from:

So yeah that was just a joke that actually I am pretty proud of to be honest! You should go give Gabriel some Myspace love and check out Mega64 on Youtubezzzzzzz.

My second design is yet another gift for a friend who admitedly, I have only just "met" but I have to say we are rather close! Her name is Barbara and she makes gorgeous music under the name of Oh That's Splendid! Plus between you and me.... she's really cute.

I really am proud of this piece (even though it's not the usual for me I have to say) because I really like how the font came out plus who doesn't like unicorns!? If you don't.... then you don't have a soul! So you guys should go check her myspackle and give her some love!

Well that is all on the design front for now, look out for more design posts when I do more designs... obviously! For the bigger versions of the designs in this post and for ALL my design work head over to my myspackle and add me as a buddy!

To see us out on this post I present to you:

The Alan Parson's Project- Mammagamma



2010 should hopefully be an exciting year for anotherclicheddesigner and especially the blog.

I have recently become aware of AdSense and I am really thinking about putting this on my blog. It makes sense to me that I can make myself a little bit of money from this but is it really worth me putting this on the blog?

Aside from that 2010 will finally see get a paypal account. This is so people can donate and so I can start to make money from my talent.... you did know I was a Graphic Designer right?

Before anyone complains that I am a scab because I am proposing I use AdSense and donations but hear me out! Money I would make from this blog and my work would obviously go into design tools, potential money for maintaining a website, DVD's and CD's for reviewing pupouses and general stuff like that.

So 2010 should hopefully be a good year for me and anyone who follows and reads the blog.

So it would be nice to hear your thoughts on this. Am I being a scab? Am I being greedy? Do you think it's a good idea? Remember, your thoughts are always well recieved.


Sunday, 6 December 2009

Errorsmith- Near Disco Dawn (Live Recordings 2001- 2003)

We finally come to last (and possibly my favourite) Errorsmith album.

This is a selection of live Errorsmith recordings which, for me just showcase Errorsmith's talent. On this album is a song that you club goers will have heard! In A Sweat! All the major DJ's in the business have played this beauty of a song, most famously it appears on Boys Noize's Bugged Out! Mix CD.

Here is the press release:

The third errorsmith release contains a selection of live recordings made between 2001 and 2003 in various clubs and concert venues like Ulraschall in Munich, WMF in Berlin or Empty Bottle in Chicago. Most of the tracks on this album are interpretations of classic disco and r'n b songs. Digitally synthesized, distorted and filtered clubmusic which goes far beyond its origin. Less abstract and much more dancefloor compatible than the two previous errorsmith releases this album relates closely to stuff from smith n hack and mmm, projects which errorsmith is part of as well.

The live sets were played on a laptop with a selfbuild digital live tool, a combination of a simple sequencer and a synthesizer. Errorsmith uses this tool to manipulate both the rhythmical pattern and the triggered sounds in realtime. With a huge degree of freedom in playing his instrument, two gigs were'nt the same and a gig had its highs and lows. How different a track could be played out, can be heard on the two versions of "Near disco dawn" and "In a sweat". Initially planned to be released as studio versions, errorsmith decided to keep the rawness, incompleteness and live feeling of the concert recordings.

Like I said, if you want a great collection of improvised electronic genius, this is perfect for you and it really shows you how talented this guy is!

Errorsmith- Near Disco Dawn

I hope you enjoy all these albums!


Errorsmith- 2

Before I post the second of 3 albums, let's get to know Errorsmith a little bit more, courtesy of his very own website!

Based in Berlin, errorsmith produces clubmusic in the broadest sense since the mid 90's. He is part of MMM (together with Berghain resident dj Fiedel) and Smith n Hack (with Soundstream/Soundhack). Errorsmith is a solo project, dedicated to the expansion of the sonic horizon thru digital sound synthesis.

Backed by his studies of communication and computer science errorsmith builds his own instruments using a modular software synthesizer. In fact building and improving the instrument while developing a musical piece is the main part of music making. Often a technical idea is the starting point of a track. The musical value and possibilties of such ideas are explored.

In his live performances errorsmith improvises on selfbuilt digital live tools. Again the exploration into what can be done ´live´ are constitutional for the musical results and are different from the studiomaterial. His aim is to give himself a high degree of freedom and immediacy during his improvisation. This is realized with realtime sound synthesis, which allows direct sound variations. The use of samples is avoided deliberatly because of their 'static-ness'.

Like the productions of MMM and Smith n Hack, all errorsmith tracks are released by the artist himself instead of a label to assure the most possible artistic and financial independancy. This is possible through the support of Hard Wax, a Berlin based record store, which is the main distributor of all their releases. Digital formats of their music are available at Beatport.

Errorsmith is also dj-ing. Not tied up to one genre.

Now without further or do, I present Errorsmith 2:

To save me explaining this one, here is the press release:

Concentrated rhythm drives most of the tracks on the errorsmith 2 release. Oversimplified beats come to life because they were synthesized in realtime. To achieve this dynamic evolution of the sound, errorsmith developed his own instruments with modular digital synthesis software. The ones he built for errorsmith 2 integrate the reverb as part of the synthesis model. In fact the reverb dominates the model. Therefore it is an important element of the sound instead of being just an added effect.

The dynamic nature of the tracks result from modulating the reverb parameters instead of the dry sounds that feed the reverb. One moment it sounds like a huge hall then abruptly it turns into a very short echo without any spacial depth. There are no analogies of this concept in reality, for it implies that you are in a room in which the walls are constantly moving, dynamically changing the volume of the hall. It is this concept which gives the record it's artificial ambience or what some have referred to as 'plasticity.'

In some of the tracks like "Stiff neck" or "Free for all" the sounds evolve over time in a strict and constructed fashion in order to achieve a tension between low and high energy sections. In other tracks the sounds are modulated/played in realtime during an improvisation session. The recorded takes are then put onto the record without any further editing. For example, in "Make or break" the modulation is used to break the steady beats from time to time. In other tracks like "Most elastic" (the name says it all) the sounds change dramatically with only a few constants.

In comparison to the first errorsmith release the sound has changed a lot. In the first release instead of a reverb, delay lines were modulated. So there was no impression of spacial depth. You could say it sounded like 2D. Now it is 3D !!!!!! Beat-wise, no 4 to the floor stompers are heard on this one. Most of the tracks in the first release were improvisation takes with high density realtime modulations. The density is reduced now. So the tracks leave more room and can be mixed with other tracks better

Errorsmith- 2


Saturday, 5 December 2009

Errorsmith #1

Now some of you may of heard of Errorsmith. If you weren't aware of his music you will have heard his collaboration with Oizo on Lambs Anger and obviously In A Sweat from a Boys Noise or any major DJ's sets. If not these next few posts will be a real eye opener for you all. If you are aware of Errorsmith's music in all forms whether it be Errorsmith, MMM, Smith n Hack..... you again will be in for a treat.

As like me, you will probably have struggled your arse off to find the digital rips (because they're only available in vinyl form). But thankfully to the Shore Lark blog a few months back I found 3 of his albums.

In this first vinyl, I think you will agree that this album is like a catalogue of Smith's production skills. If you are expecting a party album to dance to I don't think this release will appeal to you but if like me you have an interest in what's possible with electronic music this is a fucking treat!

So here I present you the first Errorsmith album:

Errorsmith 1

One last thing. Please if you enjoy this or any albums or songs I post please support the artist in question. When I get into some money I shall be making purchases!


Friday, 4 December 2009

Welcome To The Videodrome: Over The Top

Here we go as promised, the first film review in a segment I like to call (for now at least) Welcome To The Videodrome! Yes I know Videodrome is the fantastic James Woods movie but hey... the title kinda goes because it's an 80's film and this is.... an 80's film review post! What?.... Oh!... We're on!?..... Let's get started!

To save you my horrible and probably inaccurate summary of the film here is the plot brought to you by Wikipedia!:

Lincoln Hawk is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. Hawk's wife Christina is very ill at the beginning of the film, and asks that Hawk pick up their son Michael from military school so that he may get to know his son; Hawk left them 10 years earlier. His father-in-law Jason Cutler, who hates Hawk, says that Hawk has no right to be in his grandson's life.

Over the course of a cross country trip, Mike comes to trust his father until learning about his mother's death. Feeling he would have been there with her if not for Hawk, he leaves for his grandfather's estate. The film continues with Mike realizing that Cutler has been hiding the truth about his father - Cutler did everything possible to drive his parents apart and has been intercepting and hiding the regular letters Hawk had written to his son over the last few years. Eventually, Lincoln competes in the world arm wrestling competition, held at the Las Vegas Hilton. His hope is to win the grand prize of an expensive, new semi-truck and thus be able to start his own independent trucking business. Mike, stunned by his grandfather's deceptions, goes to the Hilton and finds Hawk. Apologizing for misjudging him, Mike gives Hawk the emotional support he needs to compete and he emerges from the contest victorious. As father and son celebrate, Cutler (who had followed Mike to the competition) looks on in silence, realizing he has lost any chance at regaining Mike's love.

Over The Top is a great film that you can probably watch over and over. It may not be Stallone's greatest film but he still puts in a great performance and is fun to watch. The story is great, it's a lot of fun and it's also an extremely moving film (I never thought I'd cry at a Stallone flick). If you are a fan of Giorgio Moroder, you will love the soundtrack. Moroder is on soundtrack duty and the songs are awesome and it really adds to the film. What else can I say about this film? If you are a fan of Stallone, watch it. If you like the father bonds with son flick, watch it. If you like ace 80's underground synth-rock, watch it!... In a nutshell... this film is fun and definitely worth a watch! It's what you expect from an 80's Stallone flick.

Wow! That was a pretty shit review so as a consolation here are a few of my favourite tracks from the soundtrack:

Giorgio Moroder- The Fight
Sammy Hagar- Winner Takes It All
Larry Greene- Take It Higher