RR Movies: Myths and Legends

The RR playlists for this topic concerned Ulysses, Avalon, Xanadu and so on, but I have chosen it because yesterday’s news item about the report recommending legalisation of cannabis in the UK for medicinal use demonstrates that the Home Office still believes in the old myth that cannabis is a harmful drug (whose active ingredient can only be turned into a beneficial drug by a profit-seeking pharmaceutical company).

Please indulge yourselves with LOTR, Labyrinth, vampires and monsters, if you will, but I’ll kick off with Calvary, a film based on the Bible story which juxtaposes reality and irrational belief to good effect (imho, as usual).

Earworms 12 September 2016

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You’re going to have to work for it this week – a playlist of two, and four internet links for your listening pleasure. Thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Steve Vai – Freak Show Excess – Ravi Raman: Aptly named and a favourite of my friend’s son, who plays it on a seemingly endless loop. She doesn’t like it but at least I can’t be accused of letting the flame die down.

The Real Roxanne – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go-Go) – severin: Another one from the days when I actually bought rap records – albeit the 7” versions from the bargain bins at Woolworths since I was between engagements. This is the full six-minute version, you’ll be glad to hear. No, you will… From 1986, it features a Bugs Bunny sample and is by one of the two Roxannes who fought the historic “Roxanne wars”. The other one was Roxanne Shante. Ask your granddad, he probably had a picture of her in his kit bag.

The Parrots – Jame Gumb – tincanman: Chocolate Watchband didn’t want to live like everybody else and neither did three uni friends in Madrid, who started cutting class to party and ended up in a surf-garage-punk trio. “I get my guitar,” says (frontman) Garcia. “I drink, I smoke, I start playing and Paco says, ‘Oh this is amazing!’ You think it’s too crazy but he says, ‘If you heard this from John Cale you’d think it was amazing!’” And Paco’s not wrong. http://goo.gl/3FNJLd

Salamanda – Daddy Punk – DebbyM: This track is from a band from Flensburg, up near the border to Denmark. They record at the same studio as my son and were the headline act at our summer festival this year. Great fun and a stage presence that’d put Freddy Mercury to shame!

Brenda Fassie – State of Independence – goneforeign: I came across a mix tape that I made back in about 1990, just after Nelson Mandela was released. On it is this wonderful cut by Brenda Fassie who’s father was Mandela’s brother; she’s his niece. In English the song’s titled A Day of Independence, there’s a video of her performing it for Nelson, it’s at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf-ngInkOc8. This is a different version to the one we’ve had previously.

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – AliM: I heard this on the radio yesterday; it’s new to me but was released in 2008 by Irish band The Script. It’s cheesy pop at it’s best, I think – apparently it reached No.2 in the UK charts, but I must have been asleep at the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9o1FAszdk

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RR Movies: Scandal

I was hoping that we’d done hubris or hypocrisy but no, the nearest I’m going to get to this week’s gob-smacking example of both is scandal.

OK, there are no oranges or gimp masks involved, but the revelations about Mr Vaz’s private tastes have scandalised many newspaper editors and once again chipped away at the image that people in politics are beacons of truth and integrity.

At least he didn’t break the law. Dirk Bogarde did, and did so when homophobia was not only accepted but expected. People were scandalised by a lot less back then.


What films about scandal get you worked up?



Sidney de Paris.

At this stage in my life I find myself writing short pieces about events in my life, they’re not intended for publication, they’re just intended to keep my mind active. I’ve previously posted a couple of them here and they were well received, here’s another.


In the summer of 1963 we were in England after having spent the winter and spring traveling around the Mediterranean in our red VW Beatle but it was time to return to the US. I saw an ad in the Observer for a ‘student charter’ ship sailing from Southampton to New York within a week or so, the price was very reasonable. So we booked passage and on the scheduled day arrived at Southampton docks having already shipped the VW to NY. We were informed there that we wouldn’t be boarding the ship at the docks but would be transported in small boats out to where it was anchored, this was apparently for the charter organization to avoid docking fees. And so it went.

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Earworms 5 September 2016

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Well here we are, September already, back to school, darker evenings and all that. Still plenty to look forward to, and we start with this week’s earworms, which have a slightly French flavour. Thanks to all contributors, and please keep the earworms coming in to earworm@tincanland.com.

The Sundays – Summertime – CaroleBristol: So, summer is coming to an end for another year. I turned the calendar over a page and weirdly it made me think of this song, which I’ve not played in years. I’m left wishing I’d thought of it back in June. Perfect summery pop from the late, lamented Sundays.

Sandy Denny –Écoute Écoute – severin: From her 1972 release, “Sandy” which I bought in 2006. A bit late but I got there in the end. I do like it when she sings in French.

Christine & The Queens – Christine – tincanman: Irresistible French technopop that has resurfaced for some reason. I thought the chorus was about not jumping by the pool, but she (Héloïse Letissier) is singing in French that (according to google translate) she doesn’t much like Heaven because it’s nonsense and so is sorry she began her book at the end. (I think meaning spoils pop songs anyway).

Alain Stivell – Suite Irelandaise – AliM: Alain Stivell is a Breton and Celtic musician and master of the Celtic harp, which he helped to revive. He was the precursor of Celtic rock. This is from his beautiful 1970 album, “Reflets”.

George Benson – White Rabbit/California Dreamin’ – Ravi Raman: Jazz Legends: Guitars is a super album with originals and covers from a large number of artists. Here it is George Benson.

The Mighty Diamonds – Pass The Kutchie – goneforeign: The kutchie is obviously the bong, though that word wasn’t much used in Ja. It was released in 1981 on their album ‘Changes’, the beautiful album cover was by my friend and fellow DJ Donna, that was about the time I started shooting for the Diamonds.

James McMurtry – We Can’t Make It Here- tincanman: Pretty good throwback protest song in the vein of Country Joe, Stephen Stills, et al. The laconic voice takes the sting out of his words – for a while; after a minute or so I found myself getting pissed off myself. Not that anyone will listen.

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RR Movies: Greed

I could have continued down the list of topics from week 1 but that’s something of an endless quest methinks…

So, following Shoey’s lead, I’ll pick a topic relating to the news*: greed. It doesn’t have to be greed for money – there are plenty of films about greed for power, sex, food and so on – but I’ll kick this off with Scorsese’s amoral romp, The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s crammed with greedy, grabbing arseholes, but they did seem to have fun.

What films about greed would you recommend?

*A fruit-based company might have to shed less than 1% of its $200bn (no, sorry, it’s now $230bn) stash.

Earworms 29 August 2016

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A long and eclectic mix for you this week, starting with a Dropbox link from tincanman. Many thanks for the worms; please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Peter Broderick – In A Landscape – tincanman – This is just out and will be of interest to the John Cage set among us🙂 Well out of my league, so to paraphrase http://goo.gl/R37zMe a quintessential John Cage composition is the starting point for a new journey by a Portland, Oregon multiinstrumentalist wonder boy.


p8514 – Green Dome Rides Again – glasshalfempty: Nostalgia is a powerful thing. A mate of mine has bought a Moog synth for old time’s sake, and is doing some good stuff with it. Here’s a track from him that has a nice blend of electronica, trip hop and jazz. You can hear more on his Soundcloud page – search for p8514.

FKA Twigs – Good To Love – severin: I was bowled over by 2014’s Two Weeks. This song (released this year) is perhaps, a little more “mainstream” but just as haunting.

Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple – Left Handed Kisses – tincanman: Pair a couple of eccentrics, as on this song from Bird’s latest (Are You Serious), and you’re asking for trouble. Neither the audio nor the official video come close to doing it justice. This does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0QjhPYC-LE (Maybe we should revive light opera for pop artists like this).

Sam Mangwana and Franco – Co-operation – goneforeign: When  François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi – Franco formed his first group back in 1955 he called his band, Tout Puissant Orchestre Kinshasa jazz, this evolved into TPOK Jazz and the name stuck. In 1972 Sam Mangwana joined the band as lead singer, he became hugely popular. In 1982 he and Franco came together again to record this song – ‘Co-operation’, it’s an absolutely wonderful example of Congo Rhumba.

Bickram Ghosh – Carnatic Tabla Taal Aadi Taal – Ravi Raman: Bickram Ghosh is a hugely influential and prolific musician/composer and master percussionist. Here he uses his tabla to play out Aadi Taal*, literally the primary beat, used mainly in Carnatic music. Also he manages to make the tabla sound like the mridangam until towards the end when he lets himself go. Fusion kept within India!
*For those interested there is a small clip on You Tube where Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakha explain the structure of taal.

Motorpsycho – Lacuna / Sunrise – AliM: Motorpsycho are a Norwegian band, “a unique blend of grunge, heavy metal and indierock, as well as incorporating the sonic noise experiments of associated member Deathprod” according to wikipedia. This is from their 2016 album “Here Be Monsters” which evolved from music they wrote for the Oslo Teknisk Museum’s birthday.

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