The Midnight Beast - Book At Us Now (2 stars)

The Midnight Beast - Book At Us Now

Unfunny pop-parody book designed to cash in on upcoming TV fame

(Coronet)

‘We mock the living hell out of stuff for a living,’ claim London pop parody trio The Midnight Beast. Even in this disposable age, simply poking fun at more talented people can only stretch so far before the game is up. Success rarely matches longevity in the field of musical spoofery, though the likes of The Darkness never had the fortune to be at their peak when E4 were desperately trying to clog up acres of airtime with shoddy product.

The Midnight Beast are though, and given their vast internet glory in poking Ke$ha and Kanye, they’ve been granted an ‘Inbetweeners slot’ for six episodes of semi-fictional mucking about. Quite what three hours of TMB on TV will be like is speculation, but filling up a laughter-packed 120 pages has proved to be beyond their powers. Book at Us Now (oh dear) is surprisingly earnest on occasion and woefully unfunny in others; unless obsessive bird-flipping and drawing funny moustaches on photos are your idea of classic comedy. Catch them in Where Are They Now? articles by 2014.

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29. Coops29 Oct 2011, 7:31pm Report

Well, I'll give you this, Brian - you've got some balls to write that. You must have known you'd have abuse hurled from every direction. Personally I don't want to hate on you, but I must draw attention to the sweeping generalisation you make about what's funny. 'Classic comedy' - how does one define that? There are so many different types of comedy and I don't think you spare any time for people whose tastes differ from yours. You have a point with 'success rarely matches longevity in the field of musical spoofery' but who's to say that TMB might not change that? Your review is written very nastily, it almost gives the impression that you have some sort of previous grudge against TMB. I also don't think you were part of the target audience for this book at all so if you were going to review it, it might have been an idea to try to look at it from not just your own, but others' points of view. Even so, I'm sure you could have found something positive to say about them if you'd tried. Perhaps have another read and a listen to some of their songs then revise your review in a slightly less biased way?

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38. Vile29 Oct 2011, 8:51pm Report

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la5DBtOVNI

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47. Juliet31 Oct 2011, 1:26pm Report

Well, this is excellent. Seems like they have very rational and reasonable fans.

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