Monday, June 19, 2006

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Now for your culinary edification,
a track from Negativland:

This one's taken from a compilation entitled Potatoes - a collection of contemporary folk songs from Ralph Records and as far as I know doesn't appear on any of Negativland's other releases.
It features the voice of Graham Kerr, otherwise known as The Galloping Gourmet, who's somewhat decadent TV cooking show was very popular in the sixties and early seventies.
Next time you make scrambled eggs try this technique — it really works!
And remember:
"Fresh eggs are one of the world's great delicacies.
They deserve to be treated with respect, right?"
"If it sells to turn a horse upside down and beat it with a stick, then it's good advertising"

You can now download the entire LP at decoder blog!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

rewind: unearthed velvet

Now for a couple of obscure tracks that really deserve to be heard: First seen as my inaugural post on Realm of |X|, they date from Lou Reed's pre Velvet Underground days, with all the raw exuberance and humour of that band's previously released "previously unreleased" material:

These songs are from an Australian vinyl bootleg titled "the velvet underground -etc." and as far as I know have never been released officially. One day I hope to share the entire album plus a companion release titled "the velvet underground (and so on)" although a number of the tracks have subsequently turned up on various Velvets compilations...

Cycle Annie by the Beachnuts
You're Drivin' Me Insane by the Primitives
(more details here)

These two tracks were ripped from a well worn tape.
If anyone out there can point me to a better quality rip of this record, the world will be a better place (and we all know it needs to be)!

From the sublime to the ridiculous...

John Laws is an Australian commercial talk-back radio personality, some would say an icon, probably the highest paid 'announcer' on air with an authoritative voice and a patronising attitude somewhere on the right-hand edge of the spectrum. In recent years he has been paid even larger sums for "cash-for-comment", working undisclosed product endorsements into his on air vocalisations: - advertising presented as opinion, penultimate insincerity for a buck. He's not known as "Golden Tonsils" for nothing...
In the seventies he was establishing his reputation with the housewives of Sydney, churning out faux trucker music and fake country to supplement his overblown ego.
Here is a shocking number that people really need to be reminded of, loaded with a bitter misogyny and appalling taste. I hope you enjoy it as much as me!

You've Let Yourself Go