Friday, March 31, 2006

This is Madness!

The Last Poets were some of the original rappers, defining a whole musical genre decades before most of us new about it, mixing powerful rhythms with a militant Moslem/Black Power adgenda.

The Mean Machine is a spine-chilling critique of the western Military-Industrial complex, presented as a kind of prophesy. Released in 1971, their message is as relevant now as ever. If you have ever harboured misgivings about where corporate globalisation and unfettered capitalism is taking the world, prepare to be amazed!
I suspect that this track encapsultes a moslem extremist conspiracy theory that has inspired the major conflict of our decade...hmmmm...
Even if you disagree violently with their sentiments, this track succinctly presents a philosophy that we need to understand if we are to know what we're dealing with.

Monday, March 13, 2006

What is a Fisteris?

"Mad Daddy" Pete Myers

From the man who coined the term "Wavy Gravy" this is a pearl of nonsensical wisdom.
You can hear recordings of some of Pete Myers' seminal broadcasts here (subscription required) or read more about his brief candle here and there...
If anyone has more of his recordings I would be very interested to know.

"but if you're confused,
it's your own fault you know,
because err..."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

meditation medication

This track is from a tape of a tape that was purchased in 1987 from a bar somewhere in Argentina. The tape was called La Fiebre de Los '60 - Salsa Y Boogaloo but that’s all the information I have on this one. I’m not sure if the performers were an eighties band reviving '60s music or if the recording dates from the '60s, but who cares? This is one of my favourite tracks! I love the ironic contrast between the concept of meditating and the singer's up-tight intensity.

"Me and my girl, we're gonna meditate all night long.
Stop, Trunk Call,... Meditate!"

If anyone recognises this recording please tell me more.
If there's enough interest I'll upload the whole album.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

kookie, lend me your comb!

a hit from 1959 and the TV series '77 Sunset Strip.
This is Edd Byrnes, as hair-combing, parking lot attendant
Gerald Lloyd Kookson III ("Kookie"), with Connie Stevens.

witch doctor?

This is Jon Pertwee (the 3rd Doctor) 'singing' a very groovy Doctor Who theme.
"I am... The Doctor!"
I wish I had more info on this!
The quality is a bit poor but it's worth the trouble,
trust me, I'm not a doctor.

uncle john

This one's dedicated to our glorious leader here in the Land of Was...
from Pearls Before Swine début album "one nation underground" (1967)
It seems we have learnt nothing from history -
another crusade, another dollar...
uncle john


Here I will be presenting a smorgasbord of individual items that I find amusing, pertinent, rare or weird and are not available through conventional distribution channels (to the best of my knowledge).
There may even be the aroma of frying opinions wafting about, I hope you have the stomach for it...

If anyone objects to the items they find on the menu on copyright grounds, please contact me and I will remove the offending item straight away.
If anyone objects to items here on content grounds, please take your opinions elsewhere.

Some aural treats are taken from vinyl records, others from cassette tape compilations that I have collected over the years.
I do my best to clean up the sound quality, filtering tape hiss and "healing" vinyl rumble, cracks and pops.
I hope you appreciate the time I put into what you can't hear.
I hope you enjoy my selection; bon appetite!