Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture Podcast
Gilmore Girls: A roundtable with Anna Leszkiewicz and Zarina Muhammad

Gilmore Girls: A roundtable with Anna Leszkiewicz and Zarina Muhammad

November 24, 2020

This week we’re hosting a special roundtable on everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo, The Gilmore Girls. We’re joined by critic Zarina Muhammad, who is one half of art collective The White Pube, and Anna Leszkiewicz, Culture Editor at the New Statesman.

 

Together we discuss Gilmore Girls’ timeless appeal and its second life as a streaming sensation. We’ll also look back at how the show was received at the time as well as the grittier themes of class and privilege tucked beneath its cozy exterior.

 

References 

Gilmore Girls Review, Zarina Muhammad - The White Pube

SRSLY Gilmore Girls Quiz

SRSLY Gilmore Girls Special

 

Clips:

Where You Lead I Will Follow (Gilmore Girls Theme), Carole King

Opening Scene, S1EP1

Gilmore Girls Music - La La Song's

Soundtracks: Coyote Ugly and the lost art of the movie single

Soundtracks: Coyote Ugly and the lost art of the movie single

November 17, 2020

Pure Shores by All Saints. Independent Women by Destiny’s Child. Can’t Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes. These chart-topping tracks are some of the year 2000’s most memorable pop hits — but none of them would exist if it weren’t for movies. Designed as marketing tie-ins for the original soundtracks to The Beach, Charlie’s Angels and Coyote Ugly, the legacies of these songs have outlasted the movies they were attached to. In this episode, we explore the increasingly entwined relationship between Hollywood, pop music and the hype machine and how it’s changed over the last 20 years.

We talk to legendary music supervisor and record executive Kathy Nelson (Miami Vice, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Minds, High Fidelity, and SO MANY MORE) who tells us the story behind Can’t Fight the Moonlight. 

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References and Clips

Kathy Nelson, IMDB

The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon, Elizabeth Gilbert 

Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise

Coyote Ugly (2000)

Can’t Fight The Moonlight, LeAnn Rimes

The Sims: The enduring appeal of the second life simulator

The Sims: The enduring appeal of the second life simulator

November 10, 2020

Twenty years after it first launched, The Sims is still going strong. Much more than a nostalgic relic of the noughties, the game has a thriving community of fans. In this episode, Tara, a longtime player of the game, explains it’s enduring appeal to Simran — a self-identified Sims noob.

We get into the tensions of escapism and introspection within the game and talk about the challenges of reflecting the ‘real world’ in a simulation. We’ll also ask: is The Sims “a beguiling capitalist fantasy” or can a more meaningful commentary on consumerism be found amongst the hypnotic tones of the ‘buy mode’ music? 

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Clips used in this episode: 

The Sims 1- House Fire

Sims 1: Craziest Party Ever…

The Sims 1: The Tragic Clown

The Sims 1 - All Places to "Play with" (Woohoo)

Lily Allen - Smile (Simlish)

The Sims Soundtrack: Build Mode 1

References: 

The Nod, Autumn 

Playing The Sims Is Better Meditation than Meditation, GQ

I Think About My Painting Goblin in The Sims a Lot, The Cut

My land of make believe: life after The Sims, The Guardian ,Liv Siddal

Will Wright - New Yorker profile

The Sims at 20: two decades of life, love and reorganising the kitchen, The Guardian 

Playing "The Sims"as though you were Kurt Cobain, Miguel Sicart

Inside the online communities making beautiful black Sims, Dazed

The Untold Story of 'The Sims,' Your First Favorite Jazz Record, VICE 

 

Craig David: Born to do it?

Craig David: Born to do it?

November 3, 2020

When Southampton teenager Craig David arrived into the mainstream with the help of production duo Artful Dodger in 1999, many considered him a poster boy for UK Garage. In his own work, he melded that 2-step sound with crooning R&B and even Spanish guitar to great effect. Born To Do It became the fastest-selling debut album ever by a British male solo act, a record the album holds to this day. So why was it that the following year he was snubbed at the BRIT Awards? Why, in 2002, was he already singing about fame’s inevitable ‘Rise & Fall’? And why was he the target of so many jokes? We consider the mythology and legacy of Craig David, and ask what happens when subculture goes mainstream.

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Clips and References

 

0:36 - Fill Me In, Craig David  

0:43 - 7 Days, Craig David

1:01 - “Soulful Craig David looks set to sweep Brit awards”, The Guardian

1:07 - No BRITS for CD, Craigs performance at the 2001 BRITS

3:34 - Re-wind, Artful Dodger

5:32 - “Mature Ravers Only: The Story of UK Garage Fashion”, Red Bull 

6:19 - “How Ayia Napa transformed from a fishing village to the heart of garage music”, New European

9:11 - Pitchfork, Review of Born To Do It

11:56 - Rolling Stone Review

13:18 - What’s Your Flava?, Craig David

14:08 - Sexy Willy Wonka

14:19 - Rise & Fall, Sting and Craig David

17:38 - Melody Maker cover

18:22 - Simon Reynolds, Bring The Noise 

19:20 - Bo Selecta - The Craig David Story

23:00 - Liberty X, Being Nobody

25:08 - Fearne and Craig David

27:25 - People Just Do Nothing Trailer

28:36 - Craig David on BBC 1 Xtra

29:10 - When The Baseline Drops, Craig David x Big Nastie

31:20 - Got It Good, Kaytranada ft Craig David

 

Special thanks to Max Palmer for providing original music for this episode! You can listen to more of his music here: www.soundcloud.com/sundensound