Muse and Oasis win big at the NME Awards

February 26, 2009

Just a week after the Brits, New Musical Express had theirs, with some VERY worthy winners.


Muse had the most successful night scooping three awards; Best Live Band, Best Album Artwork for HAARP and Sexiest Male for frontman Matt Bellamy. It’s good to see Muse recognised for their greatness as in my opinion, they’re often overlooked. Anyone who has ever seen them at a gig will agree they are more than worthy of the best live band title!

Oasis also did well, picking up two awards. They were voted  best British band and Noel Gallagher was awarded the best blog.

I was pleased to see The Killers get an award also (after they were snubbed at The Brits). They were voted best international band.

Giving Elbow awards seems to be the ‘in’ thing at the moment. Don’t get me  wrong, I love their 4th album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid‘, I just think it’s strange they are only getting recognition now! They picked up the ‘Outstanding Contribution To British Music’ award. 

Elsewhere, Kings Of Leon won best album for ‘Only By The Night‘, Glastonbury was voted the best event, Dizzee Rascal and co won best dancefloor filler for ‘Dance Wiv Me‘ and best track was ‘Time To Pretend‘ by MGMT.

This years hero of the year was Barack Obama with George W. Bush being handed the villain of the year gong!

And that’s that for the NME awards 2009. Some very worthy winners in my opinion, maybe it’s because the public actually vote for this one!

For more info on the awards click here.

Fun Things To Do On The Web #1: Googlefight

February 25, 2009

Say hello to regular feature number 2 from ‘The Rich, Harsh Poet’. Following on from the success (?) of my ‘Song Of The Week’ feature, I’ve decided to post up fun websites for you to waste your time doing.

I feel I’m providing a valuable service here!

So the first website of interest is….

This site is great… sort of. It allows you to input two terms and in the words of Harry Hill ‘FIGHT’ to find out which is best. It ranks items by how many hits they have on google.

So now you can truly find out which is better, The Pen of The Sword, Obama or Bush, Skywalker or Vader even the North or The South.


Doctor Johnson at 300

February 23, 2009

Another week, another newsday package, this time for radio…

This year marks the 300th birthday of Dr. Samuel Johnson, the creator of the dictionary. Events will be happening all over the country including Lichfield where the author was born.

The Oscars 2009… who cares, it’s The Golden Raspberries I want!

February 23, 2009

Last night saw the most important date in the Hollywood calendar. Nah, not the Oscar’s, The Golden Raspberries.


This ceremony is held just before the main awards every year and ‘celebrates’ the worst that film has to offer for the year. So who are the big losers?

Well ‘The Love Guru’ (or Goro as some say) seems to be the film to avoid, winning worst screenplay, worst actor (Mike Myers) and the ultimate criticism, Worst Film. 

Paris Hilton will be very pleased I’m sure with her double on the night. She won both Worst Actress for her performance in ‘The Hottie and Nottie‘ and worst supporting actress in ‘Repo: The Genetic Opera‘. 

This years worst sequel, prequel or re-make was won by the widely criticised ‘Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull‘. 

Finally, Uwe Boll who bought us such jewels as ‘FarCry‘ and ‘Tunnel Rats‘ won worst director and worst career achievement. He said the awards had ruined his life and he would never be back!

So that’s the Razzie’s for another year, the guide of what NEVER to watch in the world of film!

Source: Golden Raspberries

Song Of The Week – 22/02/08

February 22, 2009

I thought it would be nice if my website had a few regular features, so here’s the first… song of the week.

Basically every Sunday (to coincide with the charts) I’ll post my personal song of the week. Unlike the charts though, this will be entirely based on my opinion. And it could be anything, something I’ve had in my head, something that’s been released recently or something totally random. 

So here’s the first ever song of the week… Duffy – Rain On Your Parade

I’ve gone for this mostly because of The Brits recently where she of course won three awards. I also really like this song and think it was criminal it was overlooked for the Bond theme as it easily trumps Jack White and Alicia Keys effort.

So here is, Rain On Your Parade…

Duffy - Rain On Your Parade - Single - Rain On Your Parade

The Times – What quality this isn’t

February 22, 2009

It’s amazing the amount of ill-educated journalism out there on the web. You’d probably expect it from a blog, dare I say it, such as this one. But from a reputable website such as The Times… surely not.

I point you to this article I read earlier this evening. Wiiiiii – What fun this isn’t. It’s a (sort of) review of the games console, The Nintendo Wii and it has to be some of the worst journalism I have ever seen.

Now before you stop me and say ‘it’s all a matter of opinion’ let me just point out that this person’s experience of the Wii seems to be only a go on Wii Sports and Wii Play. For those who dont know, Wii Sports come free with the console and Wii Play with a free controller. They are games designed to get you used to using the console, not proper hardcore experiences.

Yet the reviewer (Jon Holmes incase you’re interested) seems to think this is the only offering and criticises their simplicity and ‘kiddy graphics’. But then again, Jon himself claims he would rather shoot people in high definition, no wonder the country’s in the state it’s in.

Don’t get me wrong, I like shooting games, but there is so much more than just shooting games available. It annoys me how most reviewers seem to think shoot-em-ups are the be-all and end-all of video games.

Back to Mr.Holmes review. He claims he  ‘fantasy on a games console’. He says that games should give you an experience and offer escapism. I agree. he claims the Wii cannot achieve these things. I strongly disagree.

Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Excite Truck, Red Steel, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Mario Kart, Mad World, Resident Evil, Deadspace, Dead Rising, Paper Mario, Moto GP, Metroid Prime 3, Guitar Hero, The Force: Unleashed.

All of the above games are on Wii and all of them offer great experiences. From horror, to shooter, to platform, to beat-em-up to music to RPG to racing. The point is that the Wii has a remarkable choice of games, not just the two Mr. Holmes has seen. It also has a great potential as I feel the motion sensing has worked well with some games and future titles (when MotionPlus arrives) will build on that even more.

Perhaps find Mii (a game where you pick out people from a crowd) is not the hardcore gamers favorite game, but there’s more than likely some people out there who love it. They may not enjoy games which involve just killing everyone. Everyone is different and I believe the Wii offers something for all. I’m not trying to say that the PS3 and Xbox 360 don’t also have varied selections, they do. But the Wii has done the best and shouldn’t be judged by some of it’s simpler titles.

Finally I’d just like to point you to this quote: ‘“But the Wii keeps you fit,” they bleat. So what? The Xbox is far more important than that.’ Now I’m sure (well I hope) that was written tongue in cheek, but if it wasn’t and people do believe this, the God help our country! 

Perhaps next time Jon Holmes, you would like to research what you are talking about before putting it online to get some cheap laughs. I expected more from a The Times, but then again, it is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Maybe he’s the one who has these views.

Why was it called that again?

February 22, 2009

When I first made this site I told you I’d let you know why it was called ‘The Rich, Harsh Poet’ eventually.

Well here’s the moment of truth… it’s really quite simple. If you have a look here, you’ll find that…

The Rich, Harsh Poet is simply an anagram of

Christopher Heath, my name!

Oooh I feel like Lord Voldermort!

So now you know, another of life’s little mysteries solved!