All posts by Charlie Bailey

Currently studying for an MA in Journalism at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Charlie Bailey is a freelance writer, editor and blogger from the UK. Particularly interested in arts, music and culture stories, he’s equally happy covering breaking news, politics and in-depth features. At present, Charlie is a contributing writer for music website Bassexplorer.com, and The Double Negative arts magazine. Formerly Music section editor and staff writer for University of Birmingham’s Redbrick paper (2009-2012) as part of the team that won ‘Website of the Year’ Guardian Student Media Awards 2011. Can occasionally be found lurking here: http://mumblingandmusing.blogspot.com/ and https://twitter.com/MumblingMusing

Same sex marriage – After Ireland… Australia?

After May 22nd’s historic vote in Ireland to allow same sex marriage The Hook is investigating marriage equality debates in different countries. In a three-part series we will look at the issue in Germany, Australia and Italy, where the Irish vote has sparked wider public debate.

Australia’s debate over Marriage Equality continued to rumble on after the vote in favour in Ireland. The days following events in Dublin saw the Australian Labour party Leader Bill Shorten move to introduce a bill which would pave the way for Australia to follow Ireland’s example.

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Sexiest Song of… The 2000’s

After three days covering 30 years of Disco decadence, Rave romance, and Trip-Hop teasing, we’re wrapping up with the first decade of the new Millennium. The 2000’s gave us plenty of music to put your hands up for and plenty we’d rather forget.

It also gave us a song by one of the sexiest rock’n’roll outfit ever assembled: Queens of the Stone Age’s 2007’s single ‘Make it Wit Chu’ wins this decade’s sexiest title for proving, once and for all, that Jonathan Swift was right: “It is observed that the red-haired of both sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than the rest.” Continue reading Sexiest Song of… The 2000’s

Sexiest Song of… The 1990’s

The Nineties are here on Sexiest song of… and we’re slowing things down, dimming the lights and moving from the dancefloor to the bedroom. The decade showered us with classic R&B slow jam seduction, and serious bragging from rap lotharios and the requisite boat-riding honeys. But there’s nothing sexier than someone who knows their own mind and isn’t afraid to say what they want. That’s why this decade’s sexiest goes to Glory Box’ by Portishead: for demanding that we all “sow a little tenderness” over one of the slinkiest jazz samples on record. Continue reading Sexiest Song of… The 1990’s

Sexiest Song of… The 1980’s

In the second instalment of ‘Sexiest Song of…’ we’re moving from the 1970’s into the 80’s; from one club music icon to another. This time it’s the turn of the decade best remembered for big hair, Back to the Future, and your mum’s unsettling obsession with Bon Jovi. We’re here to talk about why Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles’ ‘Your Love’ deserves to be remembered as the sexiest song of the decade.

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TIDAL – New Streaming Service, Same Big Players

Fear not music fans, for as you may have heard last week, Jay-Z and friends have a plan to save everyone from the scourge of free streaming music.

Bringing order to chaos with the power of star exclusives and high quality audio- just so long as you can cough up the cash.

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Nightcrawler (2014) Movie Review – Sometimes the Real Monsters are Behind the Camera

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Pitch-black Satire Hits All Its Targets And Gyllenhaal Steals The Show

Nightcrawler is a black comedy that goes right to the jugular of ratings obsessed Los Angeles TV news. The media and the protagonist’s mantra of “if it bleeds it leads” slowly becomes a terrifyingly literal guiding principle over the course of the film.

Satirising the sensationalisation of wall-to-wall news coverage that focuses exclusively on violence, Nightcrawler is that rarest of cinematic unicorns: a satire that skewers its marks precisely through fully exploring its characters, and one that presents a version of LA that feels fresh and interesting.

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