The Shock of the New

Modern happenings in art and culture.

The 2021 Reprobate Christmas Gift Guide
72 Hours in André Balazs’ Chateau Marmont with Kenneth Anger
Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Adventures in Chemistry: a Warning to the Curious
Alice Cooper’s Got Milk
The Alternative Eurovision
America’s Most Popular Christmas Movies Are A Terrible Indictment Of Society
Anatomy: A Matter Of Death And Life In Edinburgh
Angelyne Wants a New Billboard
Ann-Margret Rocks Around The Christmas Tree
Aubrey Beardsley is Still Too Much for the Prudes
Babymetal’s New Single – Distortion
Barbie Death Camp: Bad Taste as Art
The BBFC’s Lust for Power Has No Limits
Behind the Scenes On Britain’s Got Talent
Bella Thorne’s Visionary Porn Film
The BFI’s Arcadia Collection
Bjarne Melgaard Interview
Bland Is Grand: The Depressing Dominance Of Production Line Cinema
Blood and Rockets – The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s Musical Tales of Jack Parsons
Blyth Spirit: Ian White’s Musical Rituals
Bobby BeauSoleil Sets His Art Free
Broadcast Interference – The Slow Suicide Of Traditional Television
Brooke Candy’s Art Porn Film I Love You Is An Extraordinary Pansexual Spectacle
Burn After Reading: How Instagram Sucks The Joy Out Of Books
Carry On Hyping
Cataloguing Two Decades Of Obscure British Horror Films
The Catholic Church Vs Satanic Erotica
Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50
Christeene’s Butt Muscle – an Anal Anthem of Liberation
Cocks Not Glocks
The Condescending Sexism Of ‘Feminist’ Superhero Cinema
The Continuing Phenomenon of the Charity Nude Calendar
Corona Zombies: Bottom of the Barrel Opportunism
Cosmic Evil – the Underground of Cult Toys
The Daily Star’s obsession with Giant Mutant Rats
Damnified If You Do, Damnified If You Don’t – The Underwhelming Sounds Of Barbara Black
The Dancing Moods of Ben Ridley
Death of a Pornographer – a New Graphic Novel Set in the Soho Sex Industry
The Death of David Cronenberg
The Death Of Popular Music And Youth Culture
Deathcore: The Black Sheep of Heavy Metal
In Defence of the Found Footage Movie
Disappointed Virginity: the Art of Marc Blackie

Don’t Stop Believing – The Hazards Of Changing A Rock Band’s Lead Singer
Doping! Records – The Rise of Japan’s DIY Idol Hip-Hop Label
The Dubious Pleasures of the Instant Muff
The DVD Is Not Dead Yet
The Eccentric World Of Sheba Blake Publishing
Elvira’s Sexy Witch Perfume

Emma Kunz – Visionary Drawings
Ephemeral Pleasures: Your Comic Book Collection is Worthless
Estelle California’s Lust for Black Glory
The Eyes Have It! Blank Faces, A Ballpoint Pen And Boredom Combine To Create New Art From Old
Fellatio Cafe Scams and Clickbait Cynicism
The Flowers Of Passion: A Journey Into The Japanese Idol Underground
Fun with Fleshlight Freaks
The Genius of Genesis P-Orridge
The Ghosts Of TV Past: The Cultural Importance Of The Radio Times Christmas Issue
The Glorious Musical Collisions Of DJ Cummerbund And Bill McClintock
Grayson Perry – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
The Greatest Film Of All Time? Well…
Have a John Waters Christmas
Heli On Earth: Cinema At Its Bleakest
Helluva Boss is Damned Good Animation
How We Listen Now: The Changing Face Of Music Fandom
In Defence Of… Fu Manchu
In Defence – Sort Of – Of Gene Simmons
The Incomprehensible Appeal of The Cassette
The Insufferable Arrogance Of Instantly Forgotten Musicians
An Introduction To Radiance Films
Is that all there is? Spike Jonze’s ‘outrageous’ Kenzo Commercial Fails to Impress
It’s Alive! The Eccentric Art of Brian Parker
Jaws Footwear is Actually a Thing
Jingle Balls! The World Of X-Rated Christmas Movies
The Jodorowsky Controversy: Context Matters
The Joys of Spanish Art Restoration
Kill The Cat – The Awful Influence Of The World’s Worst Writing Guide
The King’s New Digital Clothes

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Fashion Monster
Lady Geraldine’s Communication Breakdown
Legendary London Strip Pub The White Horse is Closing
The Lightweight Fetish Thrills Of Priest’s Nightcrawler
London’s Strip Club Wars
Making Love on Film in Margaret Salmon’s Two
Maria Der’s Alternative Cinematic Universe
Mary Quant at the V&A
Maybe Some Things Are Just Not All That Good
The MC5 Kick Out The Jams On Beat Club
Meet Johann Sebastian Punk
Meet the Country Sisters
Melanie Muller And The Hamiltons Make Football Tolerable
The Mind Buggles – How Hans Zimmer Killed Film Scores
The Model’s Guide to OnlyFans
The Moralist-Bating World Of Lingerie Advertising
Mostly Paperless: Hitchhiker’s Magazine Finally Ends Print Run

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Music Re-Scoring In The Home Video Era
My Adventures In Horror Film Making
My Head is Disconnected: David Lynch at HOME

My Life With Kate Bush
My Mate Ollie
The Mysterious World of a Serial IMDb Reviewer
The Naked Charity Calendars of 2021
The Naked Charity Calendars of 2022
The Naked Charity Calendars of 2023
Naked Rock Stars
NASA space vacation posters
Netflix Help Keep the BBFC Relevant – And This is Nothing to Applaud
The New Sound of Music
Nikolas Schreck and the Nice People
Nikolas Schreck and the Futura Model
Nikolas Schreck’s This Hideous Thing
Nine Circles of Hell: Reviewing Psycho Synner’s Instant Discography
No Johnny, You Really Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
Nobody Likes A Good Laugh More Than I Do: The Artistic Value Of Comedy
Not for Human Consumption – Adventures with Erotica Cream Chargers
Now You Can Get an LP Made of Coffee, Because Why Not?
The Odd Mythology Of Cursed Films
Ofcom’s Commercial Failures
Onuka – Ukrainian Electro Pop Insanity
Open Wide For The Vibrating Tarot
Open Your Eyes to David Hasselhoff’s Media Pollution
Opening The Film Vault
Paid Promotions And Review Copies Are Not The Same Thing
Paparazzi’s Big Pictures – Stories From The Gutters Of Empty Celebrity
Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains
Pinky! Pinky! The Idol Formerly Known As Ladybaby’s Zombie Pop Metal
Plastic Fantastic: the Bowie Barbie
Platz Eins – Till Lindemann’s X-rated music video
The Plex Problem – Why Technology Always Lets Us Down
PornHub vs The Louvre: The Fight for Ownership of Classical Erotica
Portraiture, Greasepaint, Gore? Walter Sickert At Tate Britain
Private Stabs Of Fear – The Irrational, Individual Nature Of The Things That Terrify Us As Children
Probe To Uranus: Things That Look Like Sex Toys
Professional Wrestling’s Most Ludicrous Gimmicks
Puzzles of Invention – the Quiet Pleasures of Rock Saws Jigsaw Puzzles
Red Shoes, Beef Hearts and Hard Gore in Okinawa Electric Girl Saya’s New Video
Reflecting On Nature And Looking Inward: The Female Gaze Of Loreal Prystaj
Remastured: Modernising Vintage Erotica
The Reprobate Christmas Movie Guide
The Reprobate Christmas Music Guide
The Reprobate Halloween Playlist
The Return of Octobriana – the Revolutionary Russian Superhero
A Remix Too Far: The Pointless Exercise of The Beatles In Spatial Audio
Re-Tainted Love from Soft Cell
The Rise and Rise of Kawaii Metal
Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Perform Helter Skelter
Roger Ebert and the Strange Cult of the Film Critic
The Sad Demise Of The Single Drama On TV
Salvation Awaits – A Newspaper From The Man Behind Redemption Films
Sara Le Roy’s The Disenchanted Forest 3D Art Show
Sarah Appleton Talks Found Footage And Beyond
Sarah Brand’s Musical Fantasies
The Satanic Temple vs Sabrina
The Screen-Printed Cult Movie Art of Squadra Merli
Screenwriting Contests Are BS
The Seasonal Pleasures and Life Lessons of the Dismal Winter Wonderland
Seven Inches of Satanic Panic from Ghost
Sex and Death in the Lindner Coffin Calendars
The Sexiest Female Psychos In The Cinema
Shattered And The Rise Of Reality TV
Shudder Originals And The Great Reset In How We Consume Movies
The Sight And Sound Greatest Films Poll: The Final Chapter
Sight And Sound’s Greatest Films – The Next Batch
Smash It Up! The Musical Tomfoolery Of Matt Button
So Gay! Hunter’s Astonishing Queer Anthem
Songwriting Is An Art – Let’s Not Leave It to Rock Stars
Sound Or Vision: The BBFC’s Audio Commentary Scam
The Spies Who Loved Me: A Visual History of the Bond Girl
A Spike Into Your Brain: Cover Versions That Miss The Point Part 2
Stanley Kubrick at the Design Museum

The Strange Joy Of Exploring Movie Locations
StudioCanal’s Vintage British Classics: A Series That Has Slipped Under The Radar
Sun, Sea, Sand and Sexy Tat
Supermarket Swept: The Demise Of The Impulse-Buy DVD
The Surreal Nightmares of Raoul Servais
Take This Job and Shove It – Actors Biting the Hand That Feeds
Take Off Your Clothes And Live: A Naturist TV Commercial
Taken by the Tingleverse
These Are People Who Died: 2020
Ten Things We Learned at Metal Matsuri
The Things You Think Are Precious I Can’t Understand: Cover Versions That Miss The Point
That’s the Way Sasha Grey and PIG like it
Thor Blimey! Steady Yourself For The Ultimate Music Video
Tiffany Goes Goth With Jyrki 69
Trailer Trash
The Ubiquity Of Popular Culture
Uncensored Festival 2019
The Unexpected Joys of Lockdown: Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp’s Sunday Lunches
The Ugliness Of Modern Publishing
The Unique Sounds of Big Dik Blak
Uwe Boll Quits Filmmaking – and That’s a Bad Thing
Vape and Pillage – Entertainments for Modern Vikings
Veruca James and a Creepy Clown in I Had the Strangest Dream Last Night
Vienna Strips on OnlyFans
Wanted! Ridiculously Obscure Films
We Need to Talk About Baby Killer: an Interview with Frank Cassese
We Should All Be in Favour of PornHub’s Non-Adult Experiment
The Whacky World Of Whipstock Grange
What Did Jack Do? David Lynch Interrogates a Monkey in This Dark Noir Short
When KISS Met J-Pop
White Dolemite’s Sendo Senshi
Who is Basha?
Why I Hate the Cinema
Why Sainsbury’s Own Brand Vinyl is a Great Idea
Why the Sight and Sound Poll Doesn’t Matter – And Why It Does
Why Replacing The BBC Licence Fee With A Compulsory Tax Is A Terrible Idea
Woefully Misleading Movie Posters
Woefully Misleading VHS Cover Art
Would You Pay £10 To Own A Digital Frame Grab From An Obscure British Film?
The Wretched World of El Duce and The Mentors

XVHS Mixes Perfume and Vintage Video
YouTube Makes the First Move Towards an ID-Regulated Internet