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Hoof to the Head

R Kelly: The Rolf Harris of R&B

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 09 February 2014
Published in: Hoof to the Head
OK, I know we're a little late on this given that his newest album dropped several months ago. There's been nothing to suggest him changing his ways in recent times, though, so I'd have to say that this Hoof is a little overdue, if anything. And we do pride ourselves… Continue>

January: Why?

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 20 January 2014
Published in: Hoof to the Head
The Roman God Janus sure drew the short straw when he was allotted his given calendar month, while counterparts such as Maia, Junius, Julius and Augustus got much more fondly received tributes to appease them. For though January may well be the July of the Southern Hemisphere, in its Northern… Continue>

Christmas songs; an annual ordeal

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 06 December 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
Ho, Ho, Ho! (but enough about Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus.) 'Tis the season for Noddy Holder to get even richer off a song he wrote in the late 60s originally entitled 'Buy Me A Rocking Chair' before being morphed into 'Merry Christmas Everybody' and recorded during a sweltering… Continue>

Radio Doo Doo

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 30 September 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
A former senior executive in the radio industry told me ten years ago that the artform of radio was dying. I didn't understand what he meant back then. He was ahead of his time. Last weeks' announcement of Capital Radio's parent group turning the long-standing Choice FM brand into the… Continue>

'Lord' John Browne - greedy, immoral fracker

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 20 August 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
Anyone noticed how Insane is the new Normal?  We live in a world where civilians get limbs blown off from remote-controlled drone bombs to 'protect them'. Where the industrial poison sodium fluoride is added to drinking water, toothpaste and mouthwash because it's 'good for teeth', and where thousands of trails… Continue>

Moronic masses; instant brainwashing, just add water 

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 25 July 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
Somewhere in a parallel universe very similar to ours, (think Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors,) there's a nation known as the United Kingdom. Everything's pretty much the same as here; folk love their tea, saucy postcards sell at the seaside and Birmingham has a Spaghetti Junction. The only thing is,… Continue>

Brand Russell: Real talk by design

By Shaun Shearer | 25 June 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
In an age where celebrity is valued above every other characteristic, it's good that Russell Brand is attempting to speak about the ills of society, such as the bankers' big businesses and the dreadfully inept Tory/Lib-Dem hotch-potch of a government that we're lumbered with until 2015. I'm sure there's a… Continue>

Tulisa: Calling a spade a spade

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 06 June 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
As the old saying goes, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck. The same, it seems, goes for council estate skanks, no matter how much artificial gloss and veneer may be laid on the surface. We're grateful to… Continue>

Lauryn Hill and the amazing disappearing $968,000

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 24 April 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
OK, to be clear, this Hoof is not aimed entirely at Lauryn Hill, an artist we've always been rather fond of here at Black Sheep - not least from the way she broke free of the all-consuming, predatory corporation that is Sony.  She can share the burden with the IRS,… Continue>

'Rick Ross' - plastic fakery and misplaced outrage

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 04 April 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
It spoke volumes this week that various individuals and groups demanded Rick Ross be removed from a high-profile ad campaign with Reebok, after they got wind of his apparent endorsing of date-rape with a lyric on one of his tracks. On U.O.E.N.O (don't worry too much about remembering the title… Continue>
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