The Sweet Sounds of Johnny Marr

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Johnny Marr’s face graced many a teenager’s wall as a member of iconic 80s band The Smiths. He deserved the accolades and adoration, too. His jangly guitar work was the perfect accompaniment to lead singer Morrissey’s brashly arrogant and intricate lyrics that became the soundtrack to a generation of disaffected teens.

While The Smiths’ lead singer Morrissey may be more well known for his later work, guitarist Johnny Marr has been keeping busy playing alongside indie darlings The Cribs and former indie darlings now mega-stars Modest Mouse.

What else has Johnny Marr been up to lately? Well, writing the theme song to IFC’s own The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret for one. His song “Life Is Sweet” is featured in the show (which premieres October 1), but you can also listen to the track here:

David Cross and Johnny Marr are old acquaintances. Here they are covering U2’s “One”:

Not to leave you jonesing for The Smiths, here is their near-classic “Panic”:

Jackie That 70s Show

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Fantastic Fest Takes Over Austin

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Fantastic Fest is taking over Austin, Texas from September 23 to 30. This year’s festival features an all-star lineup and one of the busiest schedules ever. Luckily, our crack team of gimlet-eyed reporters is headed to the front with the solemn duty to get the story. We made them sign blood oaths before we sent them off to the party fray.

The annual film festival is put on by the Alamo Drafthouse and features horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action movies from around the world. We’ve been following the programming announcements closely, have our itinerary set, and hope to spot Ed Norton on the red carpet premiere of Stone. While Fantastic Fest badges are sold out, check in on IFC.com for the latest news, the biggest hits, and all the star sightings at Fantastic Fest 2010.

While the film fest goes through the 30th, Fantastic Arcade, the video game portion of the festival, is only open until Sunday. The Arcade, which takes place at The Highball, gives gamers a chance to play a variety of indie video games and meet the creators of their favorites. The idea is to highlight novice video game makers who create and provide their content free on the Internet. Fantastic Arcade will be showing off more than 25 indie games, including the awesomely haunting “Limbo,” the hilarious “Enviro-Bear 2000″ and the controversial “Super Columbine Massacre RPG.” Another potential favorite is “Left 4 Dead 2″, which transforms some very familiar Austin landmarks (namely, The Highball and the Alamo Drafthouse) into zombie stomping territory. Watch the clip here:

Want more information on Fantastic Fest? Head here.

Valuable Tech Tips From ‘The IT Crowd’

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Graham Linehan‘s wonderfully brilliant comedy The IT Crowd has taught us all a lot of things. For example, it has shown us that there are no goth traffic wardens, music and swimming pools are not the same thing, the phrase is actually “damp squib”, boss-eyedness is no joke, you should never let a masseuse get away with kissing your bottom, and staging an historical reenactment of the death of your girlfriend’s family is probably a bad idea. Also, they don’t actually make Smarties Cereal, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it on your own. With such helpful life lessons, it is clear that the show is a shining example of educational television.

But wait, there’s more! You see, the The IT Crowd is also chock full of helpful tech tips. It is, after all, a show about the IT department at what we can only assume is a very busy multinational corporation. We’ve gathered the best advice from Moss, Roy, and Jen and put it into a very helpful list format, which we thought was better than DOS.

Ten Tech Tips from ‘The IT Crowd':

10. People From the Past Know Nothing About Computers

9. Translation Software Only Works When You Can Use Your Computer

8. You Should Know What IT Stands For Before Telling Someone That You Do It For A Living

7. Never Run Windows Vista on Your Bomb-Deactivating Robot

6. If You Type Google into Google, You Can Break the Internet.

5. The Internet Hardly Weighs Anything

4. Never Spill Anything on Your Electric Sex Pants

3. Make Sure It’s Plugged In

2. Turn It Off and Then Turn It Back On

1. And, Of Course, You Need A Browser To Access The Internet:

The IT Crowd airs tonight as part of IFC’s Automat at 10:30 p.m. ET

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