Monday, 18 March 2013

Pushing through the market square...

What are your suggestions for great 80's sounding songs of the last 5 years.

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  1. my name is gaie and I've fallen off the wagon again. These are my songs for tonight: alt-J, Something Good; Django Django, Life's a Beach; Rachel Sermanni, Song for a Fox; Richard Thompson, Stony Ground; Tribes, We Were Children and Killers, Here With me.

    No, I know you're not interested, but hey, that's doubled the number of posts on this thread

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  2. Well, that's Peacock gone.

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  3. ....at least he outlived Megrahi...

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  4. If tonight's show is not your cup of tea then I recommend Saturday's "Pick of the Pops". Two great charts from 1977 and 1983. Leo Sayer, a late Rubettes hit, Toto and big Bonnie to name just four crackers. What's not to like?

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  5. I resisted the temptation to ask for lots of songs by bands GIO won't have heard of because, while they're played on other BBC radio stations, they won't make it to the Radio Scotland playlist for about 2 years, at which time some other song by that band will be played..."Never heard of them before...aren't they great...well done someone who's not JuliefromEdinburgh"! I asked for Moonlight Kiss by Raul Malo. Has it been played? I'm not listening.

    Julie x

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    1. You being bitter agian? And after your arch rivals were thumped too....

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  6. Having said that though...I suspect I might like what they play tonight...we'll see...

    Julie x

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  7. I don't know, Julie, I've switched over now, but a lot of the songs especially those in the mish-mash at the beginning sounded quite old - Paolo Nutini? remember him? that was years ago! The Killers have a great new album out, but what do they choose? Human of course. They played alt-J for me, it sounded a bit odd as if it were being played slightly too fast. It usually makes me want to do some hippy, Stevie Nicks floaty-scarves sort of dancing, but not tonight.

    Henri, at the risk of being thrown off by the blog-meister, I agree with your Bowie sentiments.

    As for you, Mr AfR, 'two great charts from 1977 and 1983' is an oxymoron.

    Heeheehee, can't catch me!

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    1. Remember Isadora Duncan. Don't do the floaty scarf dance when you're vacuuming.

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    2. if you're into scarves there's loads of maroon ones discarded on the M8

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    3. A friend of mine (who once played with St.Mirren Reserves) came up from Yorkshire but he was outdone by another guy who'd travelled from Brisbane.

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    4. What Bowie sentiments? Personally I think the new album is very good in most parts.

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    5. my Gran's name was Isabella Duncan. She wasn't quite the shape for ballet though.

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    6. C'mon, Henri, give us your dissertation on the overrated Mr Bowie. I'll hold the jackets.

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  8. Did you even bother looking at the playlist for POTP on Saturday, Gaie? Read n weep for better times.

    Where's Henri been holding court then?

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    1. On the programme, though no one is prepared to admit to listening any more. I think he was being deliberately controversial, like someone criticising the White Album to provoke reaction.

      1977 was a good year for music but I'm not so sure about 1983.

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    2. C'mon Glen.
      In that week's chart alone you had the colossi that "Africa" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" are!

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    3. You are right. I've been a fool.

      "Billie Jean is not my lover......."

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  9. Toys tonight. I suppose Muffin The Mule's out of the question.


    Come on. Everybody sing along - "We love Muffin, Muffin The Mule.....

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    1. Paolo, chance to get Ludo Shuffle on.
      And what about At the Hop,Scotch?




      See what I did there???

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    2. See, saw?
      Margery Daw sold her bed and lay on the straw;
      Sold her bed and lay upon hay
      And pisky came and carried her away.
      For wasn't she a dirty slut
      To sell her bed and lie in the dirt?

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  10. Toys is it?
    When I was a delinquent, in order to stop me booting the ball off the neighbours garage door we formed an indoor subbuteo league. (as opposed to an outdoor one). We would give all the players silly names and register them with the SFA (Subbuteo Flick association). It was all done very mock professionally, transfers between teams and everything. We would eveniron the pitch before pinning it to the carpet. Ha you couldn't do that with yer laminate these days. There were 8 of us and we had a league and cups to lay for. My big cousin won the lot. It used to piss me off. As for a song don't have a clue...

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    1. You could try ironing laminate but I wouldn't recommend it.

      Btw does your cousin watch University Challenge?

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    2. Did you ever sprinkle the pitch with flour in order to use the orange ball?

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    3. I also loved subbuteo and still have my subbuteo pitch. I would bring it too work but we are too busy.

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    4. Subbuteo, Admiral Fallow, for goodness sake.

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  11. The White Stripes - "My Doorbell"

    Nothing more annoying than getting to the front door and finding out that no-one's there!

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    1. I was thinking of "Let em In" for that one.

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    2. Richard Hawley - "Open Up Your Door"?

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    3. DC and the Dykers - "Banger in the Letterbox"

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  12. I just looked at those playlists, Adam. I rest my case; and as for Tony Blackburn, he's even creepier-looking than I remembered.

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    1. Listen to him. Still at the top of his game. Hasn't sold out like the likes of Steve Wright.

      And how can you say that about the playlists? Mr Big's Romeo!
      Showaddywaddy's When! Cliff and Don together. Racing Cars!

      Totes amazeballs!!

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    2. Adam, Orange Juice is the only song I'd give airtime to on that list and I can't help it, Tony freaks me out - it doesn't help that he looks quite a lot like someone where I used to work who was an utter sleazeball.

      I like 'totes amazeballs' though, that's a great expression - time for an anagram, Thing-Fish after you've put in your request for the Joy of Toy.

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  13. Surely a quiet day tae the far sooth-west......

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    1. You don't get siestas here. That's just the Spanish speaking countries roondaboot.

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  14. Well, it was a bit tounge in cheek, because I don't know the album, but the bits I've heard didn't strike me as being particularly new or unusual or special for David Bowie tracks - Black Tie/White Noise sounds better to my ears, but who's heard it? It didn't sound like something under five years old, more like 25 years old.

    It didn't really fit the theme -I thought, 'if you're going to do things under five years old, then it should be new bands of the recent past, not new music by established artists'...just the way I saw it.

    However,the timing of all this - the new album, and the V&A exhibition and all the hype seems to be deeply cynical to me.

    I was in London at the weekend (went to see 'The Book Of Mormon', hilarious)and on Sunday wandered round the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern. I like Roy Lichtenstein's work, even if some of it seems to be blatent plagiarism, but it does not occur to you why galleries want to do retrospectives of particular artists until you get to the end and find yourself confronted by massive merchandising. You suddenly realise the ease with which Lichtenstein's images translate onto everything from mugs to cushion covers, all at extortionate prices. This is perhaps more to do with it than the intellectual gravitas of the the work.

    The timing: sudden release of the new Bowie album to coincide with the V&A exhibition (opens 23rd March) gives the opportunity to remind us that David Bowie made music whilst allowing us to buy Aladdin Sane images (photographic prints £250:00) shopping bags, Ziggy Stardust scraf (£65:00) etc etc, signed exhibition books and so it goes on.

    Just seems to me to be nothing more than another scam to raise a few quid by putting old tosh in an Gallery Exhibition, the album is to promote the exhibition, which will doubtless go on tour and raise much more money than the album ever will.

    The comment was 'this whole Bowie thing is a complete bore' which is to perhaps overstate it, but once you look at the V&A website, it all falls into place - a lot of the hype is just that, even if the album is better than I think it is.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquHN53wki4

      Julie x

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    2. Back in the day... Glam Rock was dissed by Art Rock! I think the prejudice still exists.








      ZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

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    3. It's all about money - but you knew that already. The only reason the Bowie prices are high is because Norrie has cornered the market.

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    4. I think it would be better if Bowie allowed himself to be wheeled out at every public concert to croak Heroes ala Macca and Hey Jude.

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    5. Julie, that was great. I've never come across the socks before.

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  15. Where cann I get a Bowie scraf then?

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    1. Dam these speeling errorrs ☺

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    2. When you go to the V&A exhibition - there's a shop there eagerly awaiting your £65:00 - I thought you'd have been one of the 46,000 advanced ticket sales?

      Alternatively, you can probably buy it online, though I'd make a weekend of it.

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    3. I am! I intend to! Hurrah!

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  16. Popular and critically acclaimed artists? Should that not be either/or?

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    1. Dare I mention The White Album?

      How about David Bowie??

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  17. I’m not sure it is all about money. After all he can’t be short of a bob or two – did he not make a packet on future royalties or some such. Anyway, I think it’s more likely that he’s simply looking for a last hurrah. After a few years of laying low on the golf course he feels the need to remind the world of who he is and who he was. To cement his story and become a national treasure (again).

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    1. He started the trend of securitisation by selling future royalties for a lump sum upfront. That didn't work out too well when Jacko tried it.

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    2. He'd just got a Bag For Life from Asda too

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    1. Here, Henri!
      Did you read the last line?

      Jeff Zycinski, head of radio for BBC Scotland, said: "We continue to evolve the schedule based on what listeners tell us they want from their national radio station."

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    2. How has Fred MacAuley survived? The shipping forecast is more interesting.

      And I'm sure John Beattie was a great rugby player but he is broadcasting rohypnol.

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    3. The Fred MacAuley show is dumbing down to the max. I can't imagine who listens to it and as for 1.5 hours of news - does that mean even more of those awful interviews where they clearly have 5 minutes to fill come what may and the questions become more inane by the second. 'Did you find it quite sad when your dog died, Susan? And did you feel sad the following day as well? Do you think in general it's quite sad when people's dogs die, Susan?' This embarrassment finally peters out and is followed by the traffic report given at 78rpm since they've only allotted it 2.5 seconds. Pure mental BTW.

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      Brian Morton's daily arts show crashed and burned. Helluva workload!

      Best of luck, Janice!


      P.S. Fred MacAulay hates it when Gaye Broon & Glenda Miller spell his name incorrectly.


      Re: Thursday - Who puts the mental in Instrumental?

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      By the way, Tom Morton referred to oor Blogmeister as Norrie The Rotund


      I think Mr. Morton should be forced to broadcast at weekends only!

      On the night shift!!!

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  19. Thanks Adam, Yep, JZ is aware of our project and I'm hugely encouraged. We'll see.

    Julie, I really liked the sock video! thanks.

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