They don't make 'em like they used to

While the digital age may be a forward-looking one, Downtime is glad of the connections to the past captured in the various formats of Web 2.0. For example, this backwards glance – the 50 worst album covers of all time – bears witness to trends of yesteryear which, without record, would beggar belief were they mooted today. 

Downtime is a big fan of music hall burlesque, so it was gratifying to discover, with the very first search, a YouTube recording of Faye Richmonde’s eponymous track of the album, “My Pussy Belongs To Daddy”. From there it was but a single click to La Richmonde’s follow-up masterpiece of single entendre, “Sadie’s Still Got The Rag On”.

It is comforting to know the mugshots of artistes Ken, Joyce (surely Tootsie?) and Devastatin’ Dave (the turntable slave), have been digitally rendered on servers across the globe for posterity. 

Indeed, Downtime intends to trawl YouTube and the like for more of this stuff, so was very grateful for the government’s U-turn on plans to spy on internet users’ online activity before tapping in searches for the likes of “She Sits Among The Cabbages And Peas”

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