Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Skin Relief Lotion, Kids Crackling Bath Powder and Justin Hawkins?

In an attempt to save a couple of pounds I’m subscribed to Martins Money Saving Tips weekly email. Martin “Money” Lewis is a sort of financial advice guru who advises you where you can get the best broadband deals, mortgages etc and he has a pal called Andrea who has a weekly section in his email called Andrea's Freebies where you click on the links to get things like a coupon for money off nappies or a free sample of coffee etc. This morning I had to chuckle, in amongst the Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion and the Kids Cracking Bath Powder free samples was Justin Hawkins’ (formerly of The Darkness) new single called “Trojan Guitar” from his latest band Hot Leg.

Now giving away your single in Andrea's Freebies is in my mind the online equivalent of your single sitting gathering dust in the Woolworths bargain bin. This has got to be a symptom of an ongoing low point in Justin Hawkins musical career which some would argue never really got off the ground. At least with Christmas coming, Justin can sit back and count on some royalties from The Darkness’s attempt at being a yearly Christmas feature joining the ranks of Slade and Cliff Richard with their 2003 single “Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)”. I must confess I actually liked that song, yeah I know, it must be all that Christmas sherry affecting my judgement.

Justin, no offence but I’m sure I’ll find a lot more joy in the bottom of a half priced tub of Ben and Jerry’s half baked ice cream than I will listening to your latest song, even if it is free!

Here’s the link to the ice cream deal in case you’re interested.

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