Sunday, 16 September 2007

The Damned United / Vote Simm

Faber is soon to release its first standalone audio list featuring both front and back list titles. On the 20th September they are to release David Peace's The Damned United. Below is a brief description on this story.

In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough accepted the Leeds United Manager's job: he was to last only 44 days. In one of the most acclaimed novels of this or any other year, David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big ..Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of post-war Britain's most complex and fascinating characters.

This story is to be read by non other than John Simm. This is sure to be brilliantly ready by John Simm and it is available buy from for £15.99. In other news John Simm and his play Elling at The Trafalgar Studios have been nominated in the People's Choice Theatre Awards into the following categories.

  • Favourite theatre actor = John Simm - Elling
  • Favourite play = Elling
  • Favourite theatre = The Trafalgar Studios

To show your support you can Cast Your Vote by Clicking Here . Thanks to the John Simm Appreciation Society for this information.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Simm Order #2

Here we are with another video piece from 24 Hr Party People. Today we have the trailer for you all to enjoy, which while it doesn't feature much of our man John. It is still quite entertaining. The trailer mainly features Steve Coogan (a comedian) in character as Tony Wilson the founder of Factory Records, New Order's label.

This trailer may very well have been the inspiration for the American trailer of "The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy", when it was remade several years back. The trailer itself actually describes exactly what its doing (IE: Title Sequence here, company logo there, etc.), and is rather humorous. But then again it is being done by a comedian, so what else would you expect. The trailer can be viewed below, enjoy.

24HR Party People - Trailer #1

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Simm Order #1

Hello all, back again with some more video goodness for you to enjoy. Today we have an excerpt from "24 Hr Party People", featuring footage of John in character as Bernard Sumner from New Order. In this clip we find John jamming in an old warehouse, singing the New Order classic "Blue Monday".

As I have told you in previous posts, I used to be a DJ. This particular track remained one the largest selling dance tracks of the year in 1983. It was also the third record I ever purchased. When released originally the track did not offer a radio or 7" version, this did not occur until it was remixed in 1988. The records "B-side" was nearly as popular as its "A-side" and was known as "The Beach".

"The Beach" is actually part of the lyrics to Blue Monday, which is where it gets its name from. The Beach proved to be so popular, that it to was remixed in 1988 for the B-side. The remix is known as "Beach Buggy" and is just a non-vocal version of Blue Monday. Okay that was your history lesson for the day, now enjoy John singing it.

John as Bernard Sumner from New Order singing "Blue Monday"