Monday, June 03, 2019

A Doohan D-Day Salute!

As you know, this June 6th is the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  My father-in-law Jack Savage was part of the Allied invasion forces.

Another of the 150,000+ soldiers was a Canadian named James Doohan, later famed as Montgomery Scott of Star Trek fame.

Doohan was shot in several places, including losing his right-hand middle finger.  

Here's an article touting his appearance at "Tulsa Star Trek '83" in which he talks about his experiences.

And this photo was taken of me with Doohan at the same convention.  You can see his missing finger (does that sound right?) as he holds the pen.

Doohan was a master at shielding the fingers of his right hand from the cameras in Star Trek.  In nearly every camera shot he turns his hand to one side or has his fingers curled and you really can't tell.

Except for one scene, in 1967's The Trouble with Tribbles."  Kirk has just received his "chicken sandwich and coffee," and Scott bustles into the galley with a double-armful of tribbles.
In this silly way, I salute Doohan, my father-in-law, and all the other brave combat troops who on D-Day were part of saving the world.

SAH-LOOT!
  

Friday, May 31, 2019

MA-120 - Vacuum-Tube Predictionz

This is a socko, boffo compilation of songs from that storied era, the 1980s -- all gazing with hope, resignation, fear, or longing, into that hazy future.  What would the age to come be like?  A fascist state? a world under the gun of alien overlords? a time of mechanicals that would service every man's (physical) desires?  Or just a burned-out husk, a planet killed by its most parasitic lifeform?

Listen to these "Vacuum-Tube Predictionz" and decide  for yourself!

01 - Modern Man - 4 Out of 5 Doctors   1980   (3:37)
02 - Big Brother - Winston Tong   1985  (5:12)
03 - A Circuit Like Me - Metronomes   1980  (3:49)
04 - Everybody's Gotta Mutate - Instant Music   1980  (3:36)
05 - Computer One - Dear Enemy   1983  (4:39)
06 - Screen Me, I´m Yours - Tik and Tok   1984  (3:50)
07 - Replicant - Camera   1985  (2:26)
08 - 1980 1234 - Plastic Money   1980  (1:32)
09 - Armageddon - Data   1981  (3:07)
10 - Robot Love - Chrome Dinette   1982  (4:57)
11 - Future Shock - Communication   1982  (3:51)
12 - Systems Breaking Down - Anna   1982  (4:19)
13 - The Triangle Man - Sally Patience   1984  (3:18)
14 - Computer - The Microbes   1980  (2:35)
15 - Mechanical Minds - Prophecy   1983  (3:35)
16 - We Are the Sub-Machines - Toccata   1987  (3:29)
17 - My Robotic Friend - Trem   1983  (3:31)
18 - Computer Numbers - Vög   1981  (4:16)
19 - I'm Wearing an Appliance - Drop   1980  (3:18)
20 - Shock of the New - Trees   1982  (2:36)
21 - Evil Eye - Gymslips   1985  (6:19)


Remember, the future is always ahead -- so don't lose yours!
  

Monday, May 27, 2019

MA-137 - Flip City

Here's a few selections to make you doubt your sanity … or regret it!

01 - All in My Mind - Ohm and the Secret Sources ? - 1984   (4:40)
02 - Problem Child - Slugs - 1981   (2:57)
03 - They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels) - 1966   (2:10)
04 - I’m Happy They Took You Away, Ha-Haaa! - Josephine XV (Bryna Raeburn) - 1966   (2:10)
05 - I’m Normal - The Emperor (Bob Hudson) - 1966   (2:14)
06 - They're Coming to Get Me Again, Ha Haaaa! - Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels) - 1988   (2:36)
07 - (Feeling Like a) Little God - Helicopter - 1981   (3:25)
08 - Sociopath - Ampop - 2002   (4:01)
09 - I'm Weird - The Wolffe Gang - 1981    (4:19)
10 - Paranoimia - Art of Noise - 1986   (3:15)
11 - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues - The Kinks - 1971   (3:31)
12 - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment - Ramones - 1977   (1:42)
13 - Anxiety Reaction - Images in Vogue - 1982   (4:02)
14 - Mother - The Police - 1983    (3:05)
15 - Identity Loss - Active Ingredients - 1980   (2:01)
16 - Twisted - Joni Mitchell - 1974   (2:29)
17 - Absolutely Bill's Mood - They Might Be Giants - 1987   (2:36)
18 - My Inner Voices - Two of Us - 1988   (3:51)
19 - Screaming Nutter - The Candy Ranch - 1989   (3:18)
20 - Your Mother Is a Sociopath - Truckstop Honeymoon - 2011   (2:22)
21 - The Ripper - Bully Boy - 1985   (3:50)
22 - I Lost My Mind - Eye Do It - 1984   (3:20)
23 - Insitutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies - 1983   (3:49)
24 - Cracked Mirror - Moev - 1981   (5:57)

Gee, I hope somebody likes this stuff!

MA-137 - Flip City

See you back here on Thursday for the big (or deflating) wind-up to the Musical Month of May!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

MA-148 - Stalking the Seventies

Here's thirty songs I've been keeping my eyes on for a while.

01 - The Mel Brewer Show (edit) - National Lampoon - 1975  (0:07)
02 - Impossibilities - The Bastards - 1979  (2:55)
03 - Disco Fever - Monroe - 1978  (3:17)
04 - Rock and Roll Housewife - The Vinny Band - 1978  (3:15)
05 - TVOD - The Normal - 1978  (2:53)
06 - Don't Bother Me - Simpletones - 1979  (2:15)
07 - Hello, I Love You - Novak - 1979  (2:28)
08 - Do You Have a Job for a Girl Like Me - The Delinquents - 1979  (2:07)
09 - Disco Love - The Molesters - 1979  (2:32)
10 - Who Needs Wildlife Anyway - The Grackles - 1979  (1:56)
11 - Pogo Dancing - Chris Spedding and the Vibrators - 1976  (3:05)
12 - What Happened to the Moon - The Late Show - 1977  (2:05)
13 - Irrelevant Battles - Patrick Fitzgerald - 1978  (1:54)
14 - They Saved Hitler's Brain - Unnatural Axe - 1978  (2:49)
15 - TV Adverts - The Nerves - 1978  (2:48)
16 - One Chord Wonders - The Adverts - 1977  (2:34)
17 - I've Got a Crush on You - The Rentals - 1979  (3:06)
18 - Magazine Girl - The Rousers - 1979  (2:53)
19 - Stuck on You - The Toasters - 1979  (2:55)
20 - TV Pox - No Way - 1978  (1:46)
21 - We Are the One - The Avengers - 1977  (2:40)
22 - I Can't Stand My Baby - The Rezillos - 1977  (2:36)
23 - Life's a Gamble - Penetration - 1978   (2:57)
24 - Hedi's Head - Kleenex - 1978  (2:11)
25 - The Day the World Turned Day-Glo - X-Ray Spex - 1978  (2:50)
26 - Everybody's Happy Nowadays - Buzzcocks - 1979  (3:11)
27 - Shout Above the Noise - Penetration - 1979  (4:02)
28 - Quality Crayon Wax OK - Essential Logic - 1979  (3:06)
29 - Living in the Eighties - Blue Peter - 1979  (2:08)
30 - Faerytale in the Supermarket - The Raincoats - 1979  (2:58)

A few are thrashers, a few are silly, a few are headscratchers.  But that's all right ... you have plenty of luscious fur on top of your dome to pad the itch, yes?

MA-148 - Stalking the Seventies

We will see you back here on Monday, friends, to begin our final week of this year's Musical Month of May!

Monday, May 20, 2019

MA-130 - It Exalted the 1980s

You're gonna love these songs.  At least, I do!

01 - Animation Generation - Novo Combo - 1982   (5:30)
02 - Psychology Today - Aunt Helen - 1980   (2:48)
03 - Team Player (Can't Ya See) - Darius and the Magnets - 1982   (2:57)
04 - Dancing in Isolation - Terri Nunn - 1985   (4:02)
05 - Attention - Icognito Rockers - 1984   (2:51)
06 - Yo Yo - The Frankies - 1980   (2:51)
07 - The Promise - November Group - 1985   (5:00)
08 - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - Crossfire Choir - 1988   (2:37)
09 - Did You See Her? - Pink Military - 1980   (3:04)
10 - Serve and Protect - The Moderns - 1982   (3:18)
11 - White Prince - Mo - 1982   (3:34)
12 - Specimen - Noël and the Red Wedge - 1982   (3:18)
13 - On the Edge - Second Language - 1984   (3:34)
14 - Images - Musical Chairs - 1985   (4:39)
15 - She's My Girl - The Tunes - 1980   (2:47)
16 - Telephone Disease - Tuesday Piranha - 1983   (2:38)
17 - Some Greater Love - Bluetrain - 1987   (2:48)
18 - On to the Wheel - Shoot! Dispute - 1985   (5:02)
19 - You and the Unknown - Living Links - 1983   (3:22)
20 - Where Did We Go Wrong - The Pool - 1984   (3:44)
21 - Once Burnt, Twice Learnt - Ivy and The Teachers - 1980   (2:15)
22 - New World Babies - Moose Lodge - 1984   (2:15)
23 - Sorry We're Passé - Touch Tones - 1981   (2:42)

From Track 1, we've got wry, observant statements of then-current life, still true today.  And you can read all about it, says Track 2, in Psychology Today!

You can't beat the simple philosophy of Track 21, "Once Burnt, Twice Learnt," and join me in the tragic Track 23, "Sorry We're Passé."

MA-130

Now you, too can be passé!  See you on Thursday!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

MA-147 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 20

And … it's another slam-bang collection of great songs from 1961 to 2001.

01 - (My Heart Goes) Beat Beat - Beex - 1979  (2:17)
02 - The First Question - Kl1ngons - 1980  (3:17)
03 - Gotta Get Out Tonight - The Runaways - 1977  (3:27)
04 - Rock 'n' Roll Hell - Richie Balance - 1978  (2:25)
05 - I Hate Music - The K-Tels - 1979  (2:02)
06 - In the City - Joe Walsh (from The Warriors) - 1979  (3:52)
07 - Bored - Destroy All Monsters - 1979  (3:52)
08 - Well-Intentioned Blues - National Lampoon - 1975  (2:43)
09 - Cry for Yourself - The Dadaistics - 1979  (4:12)
10 - Suicide a Go Go - Big in Japan - 1978  (2:25)
11 - Lonely Days - Bee Gees - 1970  (3:47)
12 - Do You Think I'm Disco - Steve Dahl and Teenage Radiation - 1979  (3:34)
13 - Quiet Village - Les Baxter - 1961  (3:17)
14 - Time Wall - Fire Exit - 1979  (2:13)
15 - Real Wild Child - Josie and the Pussycats - 2001  (1:52)
16 - Big Mouth - The Muffs - 1993  (1:52)
17 - Blank Generation - Richard Hell and the Voidoids - 1977  (2:42)
18 - Hang on to a Dream - The Nice - 1969  (4:45)
19 - High Pressure Days - The Units - 1979  (3:42)
20 - I Can't Do Anything (live) - X-Ray Spex - 1977  (2:59)
21 - Burn the Midnight Oil - Ragweed Patch - 1967  (3:18)
22 - I Gave My Punk Jacket to Rickie - Mary Monday and the Bitches - 1977  (2:19)
23 - Springtime for Hitler - “Legs” Larry Smith - 1978  (3:56)
24 - Money Talks - Penetration - 1978  (1:43)
25 - Model's World - Ian North - 1981  (2:32)
26 - Here Come the Buts - The Disco Zombies - 1980  (3:58)

Some of the highlights are:
  • Track 4, an answer to the Righteous Brother's execrable 1973 obscenity, "Rock and Roll Heaven."
  • Track 12, a commentary on the lame disco scene
  • Track 13, the recording used in the introduction to Tula's TV Fantastic Theatre
  • Track 23, a spiffalicious, almost-straight version of one of the highlights of Mel Brooks's The Producers
… and all the rest of the songs!


See you on Monday, friends and/or campers!
  
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