Monday 31 January 2011

A little Bowie chitty chat #AdamAndJoe

Joe wafts into heartfelt honesty mode for a nano second and they are both joined in a common musical nostalgia experience.

3rd May 2008

Sunday 30 January 2011

Book Discussion #AdamAndJoe

That's nice for a Sunday morning, isn't it?  Reminder:  Listen out for Adam's economy based joy.

From 11th April 2009

Saturday 29 January 2011

Attack The Block with your home-made rocket! #JoeCornish @LWLies

This weekend is an ideal time to gather all the shiny detritus that the vacuum failed to collect from your floor after Christmas and stick it onto a toilet roll to make a rocket.

You never know, it may be ridiculous enough to be included in Little White Lies special Attack The Block edition. The deadline for submissions is sometime on 4th February.  It only takes them a couple of minutes to put their magazine together so it should hit the stands the next day. (It doesn't) (It won't).


I'll be honest, I'm not sure how this Attack The Block issue will get released. Issue 34 is due at the beginning of March but the film doesn't look like it'll be out until the middle May. The nature of the magazine is that honing another topic at short notice is a big ask as they maintain an awesome standard.

I'm guessing there's some head scratching. Personally, I'll not be pleased if we're flooded with too much info more than two months before the release. I'd love it if they held off until May but I also appreciate how hard that may be and I guess they need to market the thing.

If you only buy one paper today, make it the Guardian #AdamBuxton

Make sure you grab a copy today. It should contain some delicious waffle from Count Buckules.

A sensual visionary #AdamAndJoe

A little bit of band waffle with a side order of ownership ponce action.

From 11th April 2009

Friday 28 January 2011

Friday Film Recommendations #AdamAndJoe

Whose opinion would you trust more than that of these idiotholes' ?

Sadly, this is not an adroit dissertation of the week's releases but a nearly two year old waffle about some fairly good DVD's that popped into the random consciousness of these jocks.

11th April 2009


If this post in any way disspoints you, I can point you in the direction of these (in alphabetical order):

The Gant

The Incredible Suit

Ultra Culture

Your Turn Heather

If that doesn't confuse you enough to make up your own mind, nothing will.

Thursday 27 January 2011

Where is Love? #AdamAndJoe

I think this a case of things that seem so special in the warm and safe environment of home can fill one with self-doubt in the big wide world.  This leads on from a link where Joe was talking about an audition he had as a child.

From 8th March 08 

Wednesday 26 January 2011

Nipples #AdamAndJoe

I need to state that I really love The Hours and thought Nipples did good work in Rabbit Hole.

19th January 08

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Save A Dolphin Today! #AdamAndJoe

.....seriously, if you can. Discard that tin of tuna and release some dolphins with your favourite choccie experience.

From 11th April 2009

Sunday 23 January 2011

Wiikends #AdamAndJoe

This is from a much beloved shelf in the Adam and Joe locker with many hits on YouTube but I thought I'd put the full convo in here because it's enjoyable. PLEASE don't let this get back the Buckles minor.

From 3rd May 08

Saturday 22 January 2011

Good Targets #AdamAndJoe

You just know that Adam is reliving every visual angle of this episode as he recounts it.

Joe favours calling a spade a spade whereas Adam feels that sugaring the spade is somehow kinder and not at all patronising.

From 11th April 2009

Friday 21 January 2011

Posing Ponces - A Brilliant Corner of Human Paranoia #AdamAndJoe

This was secreted among the compilations aired on 3rd January and for the life of me, it sounded as fresh as a silly, grass-cosseted daisy.

From 11th April 2009

Thursday 20 January 2011

Mushrooms and Fruit #AdamAndJoe

A little bit of meandering Text The Nation waffle. Would you like to guess where it ends up?

From 12th January 2008

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Spam #AdamandJoe

Talk is rarely far from the netherlands and today is no exception.

From the XFM Podcast 7

Monday 17 January 2011

The Daily Nugget Returns #AdamAndJoe

I've had a while to think about this but I chose to leave it until lunchtime today.

I'm on a hiding to nothing if I try to continue with singing nuggets on Mondays and it's entirely possible that nobody noticed that was what I was attempting to do last year.  I could find half-a-dozen more if I put my mind to it but I'm not going to.

Oh, I might just for today, then.

From 8th March 2008

While we're on the subject of musical contributions, several people have asked me to plop Adam's Lady Zsa Zsa Telephone up here.

I am patiently waiting to see if Adam or James include it in their next blogposts. I would much prefer it to come from them but if it doesn't I shall oblige.



Friday 14 January 2011

From the days when Adam was still a Gemini* #AdamAndJoe

Maintaining my hiatus period with relatively lazy posting, I thought I'd pop this old Independent interview up from March 1999.

Now, it's not the Guardian so you'll be hard pushed to find any typos but there's at least one factual inaccuracy, as far as I can tell.

IT IS LUNCHTIME, and Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, who keep late hours, have just finished breakfast. They are bouncing enthusiastically for the camera on the rumpled divan which will be familiar to those who have made a regular fixture of the late Friday night Adam & Joe Show (returning to Channel 4 for a third series on April 16). Between reels of film, they collapse, red-faced and shiny, and submit to more face powder. "My idea of celebrity was always to be asked to jump for a picture," says Joe contentedly. They are consistently required to goof about for publicity photographs - or perhaps they do it unbidden. Adam, 29, says, "We sometimes hope someone's going to reinvent us, but it's always, `I want you to be wrapped up in toilet paper and Joe should pretend to crap on your head.'" He and Joe, who is 30, have been close friends since meeting at Westminster school when they were 13.

One of the conceits of the entirely brilliant Adam & Joe Show, which sets out to highlight the absurdity of many aspects of popular culture, is that it is broadcast entirely from within the walls of a bedsit. This is festooned with pictures and paraphernalia reflecting some of their formative influences. Above the bed hangs a pop art interpretation of Jeremy Paxman's face; it jostles for attention with posters of David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Cleopatra, Ronan from Boyzone, a boy member of Steps - nothing and no one is deemed too frivolous or irrelevant to escape the attention of Adam and Joe, who are on constant critical standby.

Adam puts it differently. "We sap other people's creativity," he says airily. But beneath the programme's slap-dash DIY appearance (they conceived, write and film it on their own, as well as designing and creating the sets), and the puerile-yet-sophisticated humour, serious points are being made. Take for example the spoof recreations of successful films or television programmes, for which they employ their Star Wars figurines or stuffed animals as the actors (Toytanic, Ally McSqueal and Saving Private Lion being three of their latest ventures). These parodies, although very funny, have a purpose, as Joe points out: "All these modern movies like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Shakespeare in Love, they're fictionalised history, they're fucking with, um, fact and it makes me quite uncomfortable while I watch it. One minute you're going, Woah, look at those effects, while the guy's bouncing off the propeller, and the next you're thinking, Well, perhaps that actually happened. And were the people in the water going [he puts on a fruity English accent and claps heartily] `Well done Geoffrey! That was marvellous!'?" Adam chimes in: "`Well fallen!'"

In their rip-off of Saving Private Ryan, hordes of tiny soft toys are slaughtered mercilessly in scenes of carnage involving Heinz spaghetti as guts. At one poignant moment, a teddy bear soldier holds up a small furry limb and asks, "Has anyone lost a right leg?" His own is missing. Joe pre-empts any namby-pamby accusations of tastelessness: "We're not talking about the war but about the movie, and it's kind of sick and stupid for it to pretend it's anything to do with the real event. Look at the book of the film - it's really weird, this big glossy coffee-table book full of reconstructions of people dying. If it was a piece of art, people would call it sick, but because it's a movie that's sold as being fantastically morally upright, they don't. Anything that puts itself in the pop culture arena is up for grabs."

Behind Joe is a yellowing foam pyramid which was the iceberg used in Toytanic, "the seven-minute epic". Joe: "Filming Toytanic took ages. It was kind of topical when we made it last summer, but now everyone's fuckin' done it." Adam says, "Nopical. But it's transcended topicality really, hasn't it? It's become this..." Joe: "...tedious..." Adam: "...huge..." Joe: "...lump of crap". They often speak like this, in tandem, effing and blinding with ease.

In person, Adam and Joe are as quick, entertaining and high-density (their description: it comes at the start of the programme with an advisory to start videoing) as their show. Their exchanges move along at lightning speed, and their knowledge of Eighties and Nineties pop culture, including the most obscure details, is exhaustive. The names of treasured Eighties musical outfits (the Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby, XTC, Prefab Sprout) are bandied about, along with those of Seventies children's TV presenters (the fate of Rod Hull, who fell off his roof and died on the day of the interview, weighs heavily on their minds. Joe observes sadly, "Emu didn't run out to catch him," to which Adam ripostes, "Emu probably pushed him off, because he was mischievous like that"). Brat Pack films (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire), weird Eighties comedy sci-fi (Short Circuit), big action blockbusters (Starship Troopers); all bob to the surface of Adam and Joe's cultural minestrone during the hour-long interview.

Do they ever find it depressing that there must be so much "crap" - to appropriate one of their key words - lodged in their psyches? Adam: "Not really. There's always going to be more, isn't there?" Joe: "It just piles up. I don't know that we want to get rid of it really - the memories. People say that pop music is really powerful at bringing back memories, and I think a lot of ephemeral pop culture's like that, even if it's just the smell of an action figure."

Adam and Joe have a love-hate relationship with much of their subject matter ("Sometimes you want to kick the TV in, but you still watch it," as Joe puts it succinctly), and not only because it provides them with material. Joe says, for instance, "This Morning is such a fat student cliche, but it's so compelling. I wake up at 11 and the first thing I do is put it on. It acclimatises us to the world every morning. You've got to watch it, although it can be absolute shit, because you just know Richard's going to say something idiotic at some stage. He comes out with the most fantastic stuff: `What are babies's dreams like? Imagine being able to see your baby's dreams - wouldn't that be magical?'" They have recently yielded to temptation and created "This Morning with Han and Chewy", which has the Star Wars Han Solo figurine as a vain, preening Richard, who, in a thought-bubble, imagines himself seated on one side of a fireplace, interviewing a small plastic statesman on the other: "So President Calrissian, which is your favourite Spice Girl?" Another of their parodies will be "Chew Wants To Be A Millionaire" - "Hosted by the Emperor, Chris Tyrant, Chewbacca being the contestant," Joe elucidates.

The ultimate stroke of genius when they were creating the show was to persuade Adam's septuagenarian father, Nigel Buxton, dubbed BaaadDad, to be their critic for youth culture. In the new series, he goes to LA for a rap lesson from Coolio ("Coolio, I'm not in the market for buffoonery," he says crisply, as a woolly hat from the rapper's own brand of clothing is arranged on his head); and is taken to Ibiza to assess club culture. "So much is encapsulated there - every social strata - that we spent a week and shot 20 hours of film," says Joe. BaaadDad was also required to spend time with the Chapman brothers, denizens of the Brit Art scene. What was that about? Joe: "He really hates contemporary art - he thinks it's debased and stupid - and was scandalised by the Sensation exhibition. So he spent a day with the Chapman brothers and they taught him to paint. He did a still-life of their sculpture `Two-faced C**t', and then went away and did six quite interesting paintings from his own imagination, and held a private view in the Chapmans' gallery, inviting lots of critics and artists. He got quite smashed and was very nervous - because although it's kind of a joke, he knows he's got to take it seriously for it to work." (An insight which more or less sums up the philosophy behind The Adam & Joe Show.) Adam nods. "The thing he was most impressed by was their brazen opportunism and their good humour about it, because the Chapmans especially are well aware of the ludicrous aspects of the modern art scene and a lot of their work is about that directly. But it didn't give him any more respect for the art scene."

We are in Borough in south London, in the room where Adam and Joe's television life is conducted. This is an actual bedsit converted into a studio, although in reality both live north of the river, in Clerkenwell - Adam alone, Joe with his girlfriend. Filming the series has taken nine months, so they have spent so much time here that they all but moved in ("We need a break, because we're going a bit mad," says Adam). Joe explains the clutter: "Our bedrooms were like this until ... basically until three or four years ago, when we started having girlfriends." Adam: "Now we have minimalist houses that we go back to and meditate in. So we've constructed our bedroom of, like, when we were 16." The Star Wars duvet cover on the bed is noteworthy: George Lucas's work underpins much of Adam and Joe's, partly because he is one film maker whose attention to detail meets their own exacting standards.

Asked whether they have any intention of ceasing to "sap other people's creativity" (this third series, they have said, will be the last), Adam answers, "Probably not - it would be bad to suddenly come up with original ideas so late in the day. Probably a lot of what we would do anyway would be referring to pop culture, because that's what we're interested in. There's so much stuff, it just seems a waste of time to come up with something new." He pauses and glances towards the window. "You know, there's such a lot of crap out there that you might as well react to before you start adding yet more."




 *Spurious subject title, there. Apparently Adam changes from Gemini to the bullish Taurus but Joe embeds himself more deeply into Sagittarius. This was formerly the sign of the ponce but has now elevated itself to include religious icons.

New Zodiac Signs (lazily grabbed from Hubpages)

The astronomical calculations, made by computers, determined the new Zodiac as follow: 

Capricorn January 20 to February 16

Aquarius February 16 to March 11

Pisces March 11 to April 18.

Aries April 18 to May 13

Taurus May 13 to June 21.

Gemini June 21 to July 20

Cancer July 20 to August 10

Leo August 10 to September 16

Virgo September 16 to October 30

Libra October 30 to November 23

Scorpio November 23 to November 29

Ophiuchus November 29 to December 17

Sagittarius December 17 to January 20 



The Old Zodiac Dates (see New Zodiac Dates)

Capricorn December 22 to January 19

 Aquarius January 20 to February 18

 Pisces February 19 to March 20

 Aries March 21 to April 19

 Taurus April 20 to May 20

 Gemini May 21 to June 20

 Cancer June 21 to July 22

Leo July 23 to August 22

 Virgo August 23 to September 22

 Libra September 23 to October 22

 Scorpio October 23 to November 21

 Sagittarius November 22 to December 21





Thursday 13 January 2011

Little White Lies #AttackTheBlock

I promise I'll either give up altogether or return to offering salving audio nuggets after the weekend.

In the meantime, Little White Lies have announced that their next issue will be an Attack The Block orgasm and they want you to activate your fingers with some foreplay.

You have until 4th February to go and make this thing. What's stopping you? Good grief, it's not rocket science.

Personal Note: They specifically ask that you don't send them videos but I would LOVE to see some construction action so if you feel at all moved to toss something up on The You Tube, tag it with Attack the Block & I'll soon catch it. Delight me, I need some thrills.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Technically, an interview #AdamAndJoe

If yesterday's Back Row link represented the polar opposite of how Joe sounds when he's free-forming on XFM or 6Music, today's sample duly represents the middle ground.  

Guardian Tech Weekly, August 2008.

If you scoot along to around 18 minutes you'll hear both Adam and Joe talking like proper grown-ups about user-generated content on television.

They may have had a little think about what they might say in advance but they're not scripted. This interview took place after a webchat conducted in Adam's recording shed so it's an enjoyably relaxed, humble and thoughtful nugget.

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Joe Cornish - Adult (circa 2003)

In case anyone missed it, The Incredible Suit reminded us of this episode of Back Row the other day. It won't let me embed so you'll have to click on the link after you've read what Mr Suit has to say.

This is probably one of the longest clips from Back Row that still remains on the net. The other bits and bobs are short bursts.

If you can hardly recognise Mr Cornish, that's perfectly normal. He was trying his hand at being an adult after all those years of being a silly.

I'm trying to chose my words carefully here. Let's just say I prefer listening to the fully formed manchild.





Monday 10 January 2011

Less than nine hours left #AdamAndJoe

The last of the 6Music compilation extravaganzas will leave the Listen Again stage at 9pm tonight so this is my final reminder.

Have you grabbed your copy of Adam and Joe Song Wars Vol 2 yet?. It's in the shops (apparently) but you can also buy it online from your store of choice.

If you have no respect for lovingly crafted artwork, you could just suck the data out of iTunes

Sunday 9 January 2011

One Day Left on Listen Again #AdamAndJoe

The huge day of 6Music compilations is running out of Listen Again juice and the available shows will slowly start to trickle down the plughole from midnight so why not have a lazy Sunday catching up with them here.

When they're gone, they're gone.

Have you grabbed your copy of Adam and Joe Song Wars Vol 2 yet?. It's in the shops (apparently) but you can also buy it online from your store of choice.

If you have no respect for lovingly crafted artwork, you could just suck the data out of iTunes


Saturday 8 January 2011

Collins & Herring return to hold the fort.

You see how much you've missed them?  

It's all very well getting excited about one little Adam and Joe Christmas Special but it's been and gone now and what we have come to know as normal service has been restored, for a few more weeks at least.

They are award winners, you know.....yes, and the rest...

Make the most of it because Richard is on tour and things may have to change. Please go and see him, especially if you are in easy distance of London.

Friday 7 January 2011

Only 24 hours left to listen. #EdgarWright #SimonPegg #NickFrost #JoeCornish #PaulMcCartneySortOf

Edgar Wright hosted a show at  6Music on New Year's Day

He was joined by his ice cream chums in the studio and by a couple of other passing acquaintances on the telling bone.

I can't begin to tell you how much of a massive idiothole you'd be if you didn't listen to the entire show before it leaves the iPlayer.

**Still making an art form out of double negatives in 2011**

Thursday 6 January 2011

Can I refer you to my posts of yesterday and the day before? #AdamAndJoe

I'm not being lazy. The world is just too jam-packed with Adam and Joe goodness for me to dribble any more nonsense into the area.




Wednesday 5 January 2011

I like podcasts but I also like music.....#AdamAndJoe

I don't know if PBC has anything to do with this but the stars seems to have aligned in such a way to make it possible to get a bit of both, blended in a mix called a 'radio show'.

For a few more days you can listen again(and again*) to stuff you've listened to before but with slightly different bits of music in there from the first time you listened. See? (Hear?)

*Only available until 10th January or something.


Tuesday 4 January 2011

18 of the little blighters. Count 'em! #AdamAndJoe

I still feel I'm quite within my rights to not bother the net with my chippy choppy clips at the moment. iTunes is fit to pop with material and I cannot, nor would I want to compete.

Fill yer boots.

Monday 3 January 2011

Over to you, 6Music #AdamAndJoeOrgy

If you only just realised this, you've missed SEVEN HOURS of non-stop Adam and Joe Gold so far today!

I've been telling you about this for a couple of weeks now so you've only got yourself to blame if you've missed it. 

The entire day at 6Music is given over to letting their DJs rest up for 24 hours. Yes, it's a bunch of repeats but good lord, WHAT a bunch of repeats.

It seems that all of today's output will plop into your podcast receiver basket as well!

Look and Listen. Shaun Keaveny is back from paternity wotnot and Matt is live with him.

This is also a good day to show some respect for all the energy and dedication put into maintaining the comprehensive service enjoyed from 6Music. So many dedicated fans galvanised their efforts in order to enable Adam Buxton to single handedly save the station from the dripping jaws of bureaucracy.*

Gosh, I think that's an excuse to put this here again.....thank you, good.

I urge you to visit the entire playlist range at the BUG Music Videos You Tube channel. It's a marvellous thing and it completely negates the need to read any of those helpful links emailed to you by friends or tweeted by followees.

That said, there is nothing to equal the experience of a live BUG show. If you make one resolution this year, let it be to catch a few of these. The organisers source the premium formats to throw up on the lovely big screen at the BFI. Who cares if the seats are going to give you serious back problems in your old age? That's years away.

The next regular BUGs are in a couple of weeks and whilst they are showing as fully booked, there will be seats released on the day.  In February, you can catch a BUG Special at the Leicester Comedy Festival and there's a Röyksopp BUG Special on 11th February back at the BFI for which tix go on sale to members tomorrow.

*If you have not witnessed Adam's 'Saving 6Music' routine & didn't bother to watch that video, you'll think I've written illogical nonsense there. Your loss.

Sunday 2 January 2011

Take a preparatory nap this afternoon #AdamAndJoe

You'll need to be awake from midnight through to 7am so a nap would be prudent. 

That's my last reminder about The Orgy but as they tell us, there will be podcasts all day! This page will go mentile tomorrow.

Saturday 1 January 2011

Happy New Year #AdamAndJoe

It's what they would have wanted..........

Joe Cornish clip from Edgar's show on 6Music today

If you're suffering from sexy disease, this is not going to help you one little bit.

Joe's brain is sometimes such a sweet, uncomplicated organ. He's lying there with Just William on in front of him and yet Edgar, Simon and Nick seem impressed when he suggests the Outnumbered kids get New Year honours.

I think this is the 3D mash-up that Joe referred to.

Edgar and Joe get Google alert mails at the same time as me....giggle.

I can't begin to tell you how much of a massive idiothole you'd be if you didn't listen to the entire show while it's on iPlayer.

The Wright, Pegg, Frost, Cornish & Serafinowicz 6Music show is on iPlayer NOW!

It's up for seven days and is radio platinum.   EdgarWrigthtHere has updated with the tracklist.

Happy New Year + Jake from the 6Music Breakfast Show rounds up the year just gone by.

Wishing everyone who checks in here a good 2011 and many thanks.

Here's hoping that Adam and Joe get their commitments sorted as soon as possible so that I can stand down and let them resume business as usual.

Their Christmas Day show is only available on iPlayer until 1pm today. The podcast should be around for another 23 days, I think.

While you're twiddling your thumbs waiting for Nick, Simon and Edgar to come on the radio, take a listen to Jake's Take.