Thursday, June 08, 2006

Boosh vs. Spaced

Can they be compared? Should they just be loved for what they are? Or is just clear that Boosh/Spaced [delete as appropriate] is definitely better? Paul has started the argument while simultaneously summing up everything that's wonderful about the Boosh.

Ooooh, this gives me an opportunity for one of the best Boosh photos I've found...

11 comments:

Paul Fuzz said...

Howdy Ms Waits.
Spaced: North London. Ironic, inter-textual, cross-referential, obsessed with Star Wars, Playstation, comic books horror movies, interested in technology & cutting edge design/aesthetics/ movie making, frequently paranoid (too much reefer) and often very, very clever...but what anybody with any sense likes about Spaced is none os this stuff. It's the characters, and how much you have invested in them emotionally: ie a bunch.

The Mighty Boosh: Shoreditch. Characterised by a child like joy of colour, creativity, adventure and wonderful mis-use of the English language. Obsessed with jazz, psychedelia and Button Moon. A complete lack of irony. Silly, freakish, (too much acid) and relitavely hit & miss (in my humble op) compared to Spaced.

I think....Spaced was of it's time, and very much appeals to a very specific demographic - people who were late teens/20 somethings during the early Noughties, had Playstations, had just bought DVD player etc etc. The Boosh is timeless, and it's demographic could be anybody aged 4 to 54. Both are excellent shows, and though I love Spaced, I think in terms of sheer creativity and 'thinking outside the box'-ness, The Boosh inches it. Infact, walks it. No, inches it. Oh, I don't know. Spaced. Boosh. Spaced! BOOSH!! They're not really the same. Ask me an easier question.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Fuzzboy is right: this is a demon question. I wasn't the predicted age bracket for Spaced at all, but loved it with a passion all the same and still completely love it now. And it's true: it's all about the characters. Mark Heap will never EVER play a better character than Brian.

And, erm... I'll whisper it quietly... I've never watched The Mighty Boosh...

(runs away waiting for further onslaught of demands that I stop wasting time watching Green Wing and watch the Boosh instead... yes, yes, I know, I KNOW! But somehow it's by-passed me! I'm promising to catch up over the summer though via the local rental store....

will that do?...?)

Ash said...

I wasn't in that age demographic for Spaced and don't think you have to be. If you love great characters and into pop culture then you will probably love Spaced. While Boosh is more silly and hip i would choose an episode of spaced over it any day, its a slice of fried gold!

Billy said...

I'm edging towards Spaced I think. Although they are very different shows and I feel bad comparing them.

The Boosh does have songs in it which is good.

AnnaWaits said...

Lisa - I think I'm pretty certain you'll like the Boosh. It's got real heart, and silliness and, as Billy says, great songs. Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are proper stars.

Mellie Bean said...

Not having seen the Boosh, I am unqualified to comment on it, but I *heart* Spaced now and forever.

AnnaWaits said...

Once again, I just know you'll love it :) It's got such charm.

Mellie Bean said...

Well, mayhaps I shall try and track the Boosh down. Is any of it available on DVD as yet?

AnnaWaits said...

Both series are available - quick, go!! :)

Dean said...

I could never really get into Spaced and not for lack of trying. I think too many of the pop-culture references went over my head...

By the way Anna, have you seen the live Boosh stage show?

AnnaWaits said...

No, I got into it very recently - can't wait for the next tour though. As for Spaced, like Fuzz says, it's not the pop culture stuff that makes it such a special show; it's the characters and their weirdness and charm. In my opinon :)