Hidden Gems 2

You can find part one here;

I unexpectedly had a lot of fun broadcasting the last bunch of my favourite undiscovered tracks. So naturally, I’m going for part two…

Your Twenties – Billionaires

This song was played over the opening sequence of E4 series, ‘Beaver Falls’. Perhaps its through association with the programme that this song reminds me of Summer. I’ve never really bothered to decipher or in fact research what the song is actually about though the title may give some clarity. The song is a must for any Summer playlist, particularly apt for Summer Evening drives through the countryside.

Shakira – Gypsy

It’s not often that an artist whose native tongue is not English captures the attention of the Anglosphere but Shakira has done it time and time again. She’s probably best known for flailing around on a rock in ‘Whenever, Wherever’ or for ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” but one of her best tracks is ‘Gypsy’. This track incorporates elements from both folk and Indian music and tells the story of a traveller. You will struggle to find a more breezily infectious song than this. Also, if you’re a tennis fan, you’ll be enticed by the appearance of Rafael Nadal as Shakira’s love interest in the video above.

Izzy Marie Hill – Chuck Norris

It feels weird to be writing about Izzy Marie Hill seeing as she was two years above me at Badgerbrook Primary School once upon a time but I’ll make no apologies for including her in this list. Although, ‘Chuck Norris’ has received some airplay on Radio 1 and Izzy has been compared with both Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift, she has yet to take off. And to be honest, I can’t really see why – this song is charming, happy, melodic and must importantly catchy. The chorus lists all the mistakes Izzy could make, that would be less than not admitting her true feelings for a love interest, adding a quirky element to a very likeable song. There’s no doubt that this could be a hit.

Owl City  Vanilla Twilight

Solo act, Owl City burst on to the seen with ‘Fireflies’ in 2009. I was caught up in the hysteria surrounding the song at the time and bought his album, ‘Ocean Eyes’, which is seriously nothing special. Other than ‘Fireflies’ only ‘Vanilla Twilight’ stands out.  The melodic synth-pop sound accompanied by poetic lyrics of longing mesh to make a haunting production, that is in ways far superior to its predecessor.

Black Eyed Peas – Electric City

Most people were critical when Black Eyed Peas repackaged themselves as electro-freaks in 2009 with the release – I can see their point. ‘Boom Boom Pow’ and later release, ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ may be offensive but some of the other tracks from The E.N.D. are thoroughly enjoyable. ‘Alive’ which nearly pipped ‘Electric City’ to a place on this list, is a master class is in rhytmic synth-pop whereas ‘Electric City’ is a bassy masterpiece.

Duffy – I’m Scared

Don’t be alarmed. Basically everyone on the planet forgot that Duffy existed. After, her titanous album, ‘Rockferry’ triumphed commerically and critically, Duffy simply vanished. Thankfully, the tracks of that very album were good enough to still be popular five years on. For me, ‘Mercy’ takes a back seat to the heartbreakingly honest, ‘I’m Scared’. The song retells Duffy’s fear of mortality following the sudden death of her boyfriend in a car accident – a thoroughly relatable concern. Powered by her exquisite tone, this song is truly great.

Izzy Marie Hill – Jimmy

I must stress that ‘Jimmy’ is tongue in cheek, I’m quite certain Izzy doesn’t really have a disdain for Emma Stone. The song tells the story of an obsessive fan of Jim Carrey’s setting her jealous sights on Emma Stone, who Carey publicly praised in a YouTube video. If you read the first ‘Hidden Gems’ – you’ll see that I seem to have a love for songs about crazed stalkers. ‘Jimmy’ isn’t as obviously good as her other tracks like ‘Chuck Norris’ or ‘Lovestruck’ but it does grow on you and by now, I’d probably say it’s my favourite track of hers. I’ve not had a chance to listen to the full album yet but it seems promising.

Leicester City’s Greatest Moment

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! for your favourite LCFC moment

Leicester City crest

Leicester City crest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heroes in blue and white… Vote for Leicester City’s greatest ever moment

Here are the top 10 most nominated moments;

Claridge’s winner at Hillsborough

Steve Claridge scored the winner in extra-time after Leicester undeservedly scrambled to a replay at Hillsborough. This was Leicester’s first major trophy for 30 years and it came against a side captained by current manager, Nigel Pearson.

Claridge’s shin

“This could be the winner from Claridge… It is! Stevie Claridge has given Leicester a place in the Premiership!” Enough said.

Leicester’s headed masterclass

Leicester score 4 headed goals at Pride Park against local rivals, Derby… within 15 minutes of the first whistle. The fastest earned deficit in Premier League history.

Elliott nods home

Matt Elliott heads the second over the line as Leicester beat Tranmere to their second league cup in three seasons.

Howard ends Leicester’s third tier tour

Leicester’s one and only season outside the top two tiers ended in ecstasy as Steve Howard scored a last-minute winner to practically confirm promotion in the battle of the big clubs.

Foxes Never Quit – Leicester 3 Arsenal 3

City enacted a stunning comeback to spite Dennis Bergkamp’s masterclass for Arsenal.

Leicester 5-0 Cambridge

Leicester thrash sorry Cambridge to book yet another trip to Wembley for the 1992 play-off final.

Marshall’s Madrid opener

Ian Marshall’s falling socks bundle the ball across the line to give Leicester a surprise 1-0 lead at the Vicente Calderon in the UEFA Cup.

Silence of the Rams

Steve Walsh puts Derby to the sword as Leicester fight back from a goal down to win the all East Midlands play-off final.

Tony James, one-nil

Unfortunately, there is no YouTube video of it but Tony James’ goal against Oxford United on the last day of the season was absolutely crucial in Leicester City’s history; it was a goal that lifted the Foxes out of the second tier drop zone.

*All nominations chosen by members of the FoxesTalk forum

The Westboro Baptist Church : 21st Century Nazis

“Don’t look for logic. There isn’t any.” – Megyn Kelly on the Westboro Baptist Church

A ‘cult’ is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a small religious group regarded by other people as strange or as having too great a control over its members.’ A definition perfectly apt for the small radical church based in Topeka, Kansas.

The church was started in 1955 by head minister, Fred Phelps and despite possessing no more than 40 members as of July 2012, the ‘religion’ has caused significant controversy across the United States as well as on foreign shores. Most notably in Louis Theroux’s award-winning documentary ‘America’s Most Hated Family’. The WBC maintain many peculiar yet firm beliefs regarding the way in which a person’s life should be led. The church preaches the immorality of homosexuality at the top of its agenda, drawing from condemning verses of the Old Testament to support its bigotry. The cult is perhaps most infamous for its picketing of dead soldiers’ funerals.

Closet case… Fred Phelps hates homosexuality so much, he decided to devote an entire religion to it

Fred Phelps is the current ‘head’ of the Westboro Baptist Church and at the age of  82 still performs weekly sermons for his hoard of followers. Phelps has an intense hatred for anybody who is not a hate-driven, heterosexual Christian. On several occasions, Phelps has run for office in an attempt to fabricate his clan’s righteous ideas as state law. However, the people of Kansas have made sure he finished dead last in all four of the elections he has participated in. It’s apparent to most that Fred Phelps is a man in possession of great hatred and fear. He professes to have a ‘superior knowledge of the scriptures’ and uses this to justify his intense loathing of minority groups. However, when faced with the daunting task of elaborating on his ‘beliefs’, old white hair comes up short. Only managing to muster vitriolic slurs to his questioner. Apparently, Phelps’ old age is preventing him from remembering why he started this cult or maybe he’s never known why.

Hypocrisy… Saggy Shirley is opposed to pre-martial sex yet has an illegitimate son (and several bastard daughters).

However, evil also manifests itself in the form of Fred’s ‘darling daughter’, Shirley. Haggard mother-of- eleven, Shirley’s hobbies include causing emotional distress to the bereaved families of dead service men and women and indoctrinating her young children with her ideological poison, to the point that WBC could instead stand for ‘We Brainwash Children’. Phelps-Roper prides herself on her hatred for ‘God’s enemies’, often turning her disdain in to parody songs which she spouts at the top of her lungs whenever presented with an evident flaw on the logic of her evil institution. However, Shirley is no saint herself, in my brief period of researching this group of sick individuals, I’ve uncovered three instances of her sinful behaviour; a video on YouTube contains audible footage of her denouncing the name of her Lord by proclaiming ‘Oh my God’ on two occasions, Phelps-Roper nearly always wears more than one type of material and the deranged baby factory also has an illegitimate child. And if the sight of leather suitcase-skinned Shirley isn’t enough to provoke a gag reaction, the revolting effect she has on her own children should be. It is not uncommon to see her children as young as seven picketing on the streets with signs reading ‘God Hates Fags’, whilst the church is under siege from missiles. The indoctrinating effect she has had on her children is apparent with them lighting up any time any semblance of a normal life is mentioned in conversation. However, they are normally found laughing at the idea of others burning in hell as well as carrying themselves with an overt over-kindness, a common characteristic in deranged psychopaths. But as their dearest ‘Gramps’ would have it, they remain the cold, emotionless, hate-mongering act that God would want.

“We’re nice to everyone at school. They don’t like the message when we say they’re going to hell.” – Ex-WBC member, Megan Phelps-Roper

Among their core beliefs of the WBC is the intense fear and hatred of homosexuality with member often flocking to the streets to spread the message of their disdain. The church prides itself on the production of placards labelling them as fags, sodomites and queers, despite the fact that the word ‘queer’ means weird and given that there is only 40 members of the WBC and 750 million homosexuals worldwide,  is a word better applied to the church itself. This hatred of gays is so deep-seeded that Shirley Phelps-Roper strangled her dog to death when she caught it humping another male dog, a feat she proudly boasted about on Twitter. The hatred is absurd, although there is no denying the anti-gay verses found in Leviticus, Jesus’ message was one of love for everyone and so was King David’s to Jonathan, who said “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.” So, the question really is; who was the attractive young stud that didn’t call Fred Phelps back all of those years ago?

Every dog has its day… Except for Shirley Phelps-Roper

If the gay-hating debacle isn’t enough to prove that the Westboro Baptist Church’s hypocrisy knows no bounds, it should be noted that they also hate jews… whilst simultaneously worshipping their king. The church condemns the Jews as ‘money-grabbers’ and ‘untrustworthy’, a claim made in spite of the fact that members of the WBC are REQUIRED to donate 10% of their earnings to funding the church. In fact, in Theroux’s 2011 documentary follow-up, our favourite clan of bigots was well under way in making an anti-Semitic video promoting the swastika as a positive image, so the strap-line ’21st Century Nazis’ wasn’t just a condemnation of these disturbed individuals, it is actually shamefully factual.

Stumped… Jewish comedian, Brick Stone asks Shirley if she has ever experienced an orgasm.

In a nutshell, the Westboro Baptist Church are a radical movement of a few individuals so notorious for their sick jibes at fallen soldiers and determination to make God a manifestation of hate, ironically similar to the notion of Satan that they are in fact banned from entering the United Kingdom (You can send thank you letters to Theresa May for that one). Even the most devout of Christians are repulsed by the sight of these individuals who attract even larger groups of counter protests, the funniest of which can be found on YouTube. Bible bashers of many denominations frequent to their rallys in order to spread the word of Christ, in opposition to their hateful preaching. As a matter of fact, the cult is so deranged, they refuse to listen to reason and have genuine belief that Barack Obama is the anti-Christ and that they will be rescued from America by Air Force One and delivered to a pink cave in Jordan whilst the States explode. If you’re too lazy, to have read this entire article then you should at least know that the WBC are convinced despite any form of logic or evidence that God hates everyone but 40 oddballs dwelling in an obscure Kansan suburb. So, if they’re the only ones allowed in to heaven, I’m fairly certain that ‘hell’ is the better option.