Why?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 by Victoria

So far I haven’t written anything serious on this blog.  Unlike my ‘proper’ blog It’s a small world after all, I started this blog for a bit of a laugh.  I had a spare hour to kill, and had been chatting on Twitter endlessly about Pineapple Dance Studios and how funny the programme is.  My friend Nickie and I particularly liked Andrew Stone and thought his segments were some of the funniest bits of all.  We said something along the lines of “that man deserves to be more famous than he is” and the idea was born.

So, at first, I wrote a couple of posts, that were very definitely tongue in cheek.  Every headline had an exclamation mark, every post was written with my dry sense of humour firmly intact.  Others have contributed and even become co-administrators.  And every post has been a mixture of fond admiration for the work that Andrew Stone puts into his band, and gentle piss taking at the funny things he says.

So why do we get so many abusive comments?  Have a look on the more recent posts and you will find each one has at least one rude comment.  Some commentors come back three or four times to respond to our assertions that it’s not to be taken seriously.  I’ve deleted some comments because they are too offensive.  I’ve even had my degree questioned for Chrissakes.  I don’t get it.

We are a group of thirty something mums, having a laugh.  Why do all these people who hate Andrew Stone feel the need to search us out and give us a hard time?  Why can’t they hang out somewhere else where I don’t have to listen to their views?

They clearly have far too much time on their hands and not enough fun in their lives.

This post was written for the Sleep is for the Weak writing workshop.  This week, Josie asked “Have you ever felt bullied?”

Interview with a star, man!

Posted in I Don't Wanna Dance, makeup, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 13, 2010 by Nickie @ Typecast

Today I had the utmost privilege of interviewing the lovely (but almost elusive) Andrew Stone.  The interview was originally booked for yesterday but thanks to a collapse in modern technology, we had to reschedule for today.  Andrew is calling from a pay phone somewhere in London so I call him straight back.

Ring ring…. “Hello, it’s Andrew Stone”

*silent scream*

We get the niceties out of the way, Andrew tells me what a busy day he has had so far – ITV2 show, dance classes, etc, and then I ask him some questions:


SFC: Who would you like to dance with?

AS: There’s two actually. I’d love to dance Justin Timberlake, next to each other, doing the same routine and with Shakira, who is a great dancer and has a very unique voice and she’s tiny.

SFC: Away from the band, what music do you listen to? What are your influences?

AS: I don’t really listen to music to relax but I like to listen to music and take from all different elements for my song writing. I like Jamiroquai’s Seven Days in Sunny June, David Guetta, the Saturdays, Sam Sparrow’s Black and Gold (SFC: I was listening to that on the radio earlier), a bit of Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow (at this point Andrew sings a snippet of a Barry Manilow song to me down the phone). I also love Elton John (SFC: who doesn’t?) and when I’m at the karaoke, a few beers and I’ll sing Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi or Careless Whisper by George Michael although I like the more modern stuff like Jesus To A Child.

SFC: When was the last time you were angry and what caused it?

AS: I wasn’t so much angry as frustrated today. I’d been filming for a new ITV2 show with Sally Morgan (the psychic) and was in a taxi trying to get back to Pineapple for classes. We got stuck in traffic and the driver was swearing, blaming Boris Johnson.

SFC: What to people most often criticize about you?

AS: I don’t listen to criticism so much as it evokes insecurity and paranoia. Even with positive criticism I take the bits I like and work with those.

SFC: What is your greatest weakness?

AS: Caring too much or being too sensitive. I know it’s not a weakness as such but I have a strong belief that I’m sensitive because I give a shit and I care what people think.

*In the backgound a load of Hare Krishna’s wander past the phone box, chanting loudly…*

SFC: What would be your chosen superpower?

AS: Can I be a superhero because I’ve really thought about this?

SFC: Of course, go for it!

AS: The new superhero wouldn’t be Superman, which is the obvious choice, but it would be STARMAN and STARMAN would have a Mask of power, like Jim Carrey in the film (The Mask). STARMAN would be invincible whilst wearing the mask, dodging bullets, bending round things, never dying, yet when he takes off the mask he can be normal again and be anonymous. I’d never lose the power unless I lost the mask. And if I couldn’t have be that superhero then I’d just have to be Andrew Stone.

SCF: What colour is your nail varnish today and what state is it in? AS: It’s not as bad as usual as I did it last night. It’s black (natch) and not quite as chipped as it has been. I sometimes wear purple (SFC: I’ve got purple on. I did mine last night too). It has to be dark purple (SFC: Oh yes, no other colour!!).

SFC: What is your current ringtone?

AS: I got a new phone yesterday and haven’t set it up yet so it’s just the basic ringtone that it came with.

SFC: Right, I’m going to ask you some quickfire questions now and you have to answer the first thing that comes into your head.

AS: (a very nervous) OK…

EASTENDERS OR CORONATION STREET?

AS: You’re going to hate me if I say Eastenders, aren’t you?

SFC: Not really… just because I’m a Northern lass, eh?

AS: Ok then, Eastenders.

SFC: I don’t watch either, to be honest

AS: Oh well neither do really

(*so much for quickfire*)

ROLLER DISCO OR ICE SKATING

AS: I can’t do either… erm… Roller Disco but only with four wheels. Not roller blades

POTATO CHIPS OR POTATO SKINS

AS: Potato Chips

WITH MAYO OR KETCHUP

AS: Mayo

TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

AS: Twitter

DAVID BOWIE OR SCISSOR SISTERS

AS: Fucking brilliant question…. erm… gotta go with Bowie, yeah, Bowie.

GOING OUT OR STAYING IN

AS: Going out

DANCING OR SINGING

AS: Argh… erm

SFC: You don’t have to choose if you want both

AS: OK, I’ll have both… no, singing… this answer is officially going to put me in The Priory. It’s a very close call but I’ll have to go with singing.

So that was that. I wound up the conversation with some more nice chit-chat and have promised to send Andrew the link to this interview. I hope he likes it (come on over and leave us a comment, Andrew). We have agreed to keep in touch and there is apparently some very exciting stuff coming up for Starman so we will hopefully have a few exclusives for you. Stay Tuned!!

Massive thanks to Andrew for the chat and to Laura Graham (Vital PR) for setting this up for us.

Number 14 on the Midweek Indie Chart

Posted in I Don't Wanna Dance on May 6, 2010 by Nickie @ Typecast

GO STARMAN!!!

06.04.10 – Midweek Indie Chart

Keep up the good work, fellow fans…. keep downloading, keep buying. Tune in for more news as the charts go live on Sunday.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/indiesingles/

PS:  We may also have a FANTASTIC exclusive interview with the members of Starman.  If you have any questions you would like us to ask the band please leave them as comments below.  Thanks.

Who are you voting for? Starman!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by Victoria

I Don’t Wanna Dance is now on sale.  Only 2,500 copies need to be downloaded (or thereabouts) for Starman to enter the top 40.  So what are you waiting for? BUY BUY BUY!

Starman for Prime Minister!

Andrew Stone – Misunderstood Genius!

Posted in genius, I Don't Wanna Dance on April 13, 2010 by Victoria

This post is written by Nickie of Typecast, who I like to think of as the Co-Founder of the Fan Club.  Without her love, encouragement and belief in me, I could never have done it. Sniff.

Andrew Stone, lead singer of Starman, is a man of many talents.  He is a dancer, singer, artiste, song writer, pop star and, of course, a phenomenon.  He has such a positive outlook on life that you have to wonder how a 28 year old has amassed so much wisdom in such a short space of time.   He has a way with words that makes you sit and stare blankly into space as you mull over what he has just said.

On the subject of his age – he was directly asked how old he is by the cameraman assisting him with the shooting of a short clip for his YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewStoneOnline)  His answer was thus:

Age is irrelevant – age is how you feel and what you do to look after yourself.  It’s dignity – it’s all those things.  I mean, you’ve got to love oneself to love someone else and I think the person who loves oneself without being too into themselves of course can actually have a successful relationship as well.  So, yeah.

Deep *nods thoughtfully*.  Incidentally, his YouTube channel hasn’t been updated for a while.  I would like to believe that is because of the imminent success of Starman; their single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance” has its release date on 26th April, just in case you’d forgotten.

Andrew tells us, “What makes me different is that I’ve got a talent and my talent has been honed by training, dedication, passion and the will never to give up.  There’s no-one else like me cos there’s only one Andrew Stone.” … Yes, Andrew – that is VERY true – they broke the mould when they made you, for sure.

My dream is to have a private dance lesson with Andrew – all filmed for his YouTube channel.  That would certainly raise the hit rate.  He says about rejection “I’m a showman.  What a waste”… well, Mr Stone – I am your ideal partner.  I am Gareth Keenan to your David Brent.  Forget having David Van Day as your backing singer… pick me, pick me!  Or at least come and play a private gig in my lounge on my birthday (3rd May – check your calendar – it’s a bank holiday).

I have to end on the perfect quote from Mr Stone – “You have a past, you have a present, you have a future.  I can’t live in yesterday.  I live in today.”  Think about that.  It’s true.

Come on, you know you want it!

Posted in I Don't Wanna Dance on April 12, 2010 by Victoria

We ALL know and love Starman’s debut single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’, having seen their amazing, smoke and laser filled, silver catsuit wearing video being filmed on Pineapple Dance Studios.  If, by some weird chance you’ve not watched the video embedded above (and you’d better have a good excuse) I will tell you that it is a “solid mix of styles from Savage Gardens to Scissor Sisters and 80’s electro”.

So, now we’ve established that we love it people, I’ve got some very exciting news.  You can actually OWN it, for your very own self, on your very own iPod.  Yes, the single, which is released on 26th April, can be pre-ordered from iTunes TODAY.  So, what are you waiting for…

Touched by the Gods!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 by Victoria

Yesterday, Nickie pointed out to me that Starman had a Facebook page.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before, but since the mother-in-law’s been on Facebook, it’s not really somewhere I hang out too often.  Anyhoo, this morning I posted a short message on the Starman wall, including the address to this site.

Within an hour, I had received the following response:

“”Victoria we love it! Please send your email address to me and I’ll make sure I keep you up-to-date with all news Starman and maybe some exclusive stuff too for your site ? ”

I have been emailed by greatness, and I shall never be the same again.  *happy sigh*