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Track of The Day: AAAARR!

19 Sep

Nope. I jest ye not folks. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us; Two japesters; John Baur (aka “Ol’ Chumbucket“)  and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy“) invented the ITLAP day in 1995 after one them shrieked AAAARR!  after hurting himself during a game of racquetball  – the hilarity didn’t stop there no sir. After establishing the date they then sent a letter to the American syndicated humour columnist – Dave Barry, and the parody’s since gone viral. So getting in the spirit of  things, here aaaarr two shots at redemption: Nelson Riddle – Love Song from the film Mutiny on the Bounty and Mekons with (Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian. Enjoy!




Track of the Day for International Day of Democracy

15 Sep

The UN General Assembly, in a resolution (in 2007)  encouraged Governments to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and ‘consolidation of democracy‘, and also decided that 15 September of each year should be observed as the International Day of Democracy.


The Clash released Bankrobber (1980). The song is about a father – a bankrobber who “never hurt nobody” and concentrates on the the theme of the drudgery of many working class jobs.

In Memory Of Amy Winehouse Playlist

14 Sep

1. Amy Winehouse, Stronger Than Me
2. The Specials, Monkey Man
3. The Skatalites, Simmer Down
4. Sarah Vaughan, Whatever Lola Wants
5. The Shangri-Las, You Can Never Go Home Anymore
6. Aretha Franklin, Say A Little Prayer For You

Amy Winehouse was born this day 14.9.83. Her clever, cohesive style of jazz and hip-hop surfaced the stormy seas of the music industry in 2003 with her brilliant debut: Frank 2003; depicting the age-old themes of unrequited love, drama and blues with her sometime scathing wit and zeitgeist rhetoric.

Her fans may have left her financially secure but her candid demise also left critics and fault Finders also in pocket –  if not financially then with high moral critique of her and her music. Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Beak fame dissed Winehouse for having a fake voice and penned her ‘Whiney Shitehouse‘ (Electronic Beats, September 2012), after also saying in the same interview “I’m a lot more interested in making my own work than listening to someone else’s“.  Another critic writer; Roberto Alvarez-Galloso– reviewer and sports writer, wrote for in 2008: “Amy Winehouse and her music deserve to be banned“- he goes on to say “Her music should be placed in the trash can for the expletives, negative vibrations, and culture of death that are present“. ( Way-d-go Roberto. Sadly I didn’t find anything written under his name about multi million dollar ‘artists’ who rap about blowing people’s brains out, or just as tasteful; abusing, hating or killing women. 

So wether or not the life that Amy Winehouse led only exacerbated her addictions. Or that her voice may have been stolen from another era, or influenced by the likes of Billy Holiday – what was it Oscar Wilde said: “Talent borrows, Genius Steals”.

Today, on what would have been her 30th Birthday, the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be celebrating and raising funds in support and education of young people with drug and alcohol addiction.

‘Stronger Than Me’ is just one of the great songs from ‘Frank’, Winehouse’ debut Album.







Track of the Day

9 Sep

Mary Stuart on this day, 1553, aged just nine months old, was crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. To mark the occasion I’ve loaded Fredde Gredde’s version of Killer Queen by Queen. The work that the 25-year-old Swede put into this deserves a hats off. you made my day Fredde!

On This Day 1533

7 Sep

Elizabeth I, was born. Later when she could walk and talk – In order to suppress Catholicism, she had thousands of Catholics in England and Ireland murdered.  She also gave Mary, Queen of Scots refuge, then betrayed her, locked her up in the tower for nearly 19 years, then murdered her.
She encouraged piracy against Spanish ships and allowed the slave trade to thrive. Way-d-go Bessy!
This is for her.

Track of the Day

6 Sep

John Dalton, English chemist who led research into atomic theory and color blindness, was born this day 6.9.1766. Here’s Debbie Harry with Blondie – pure natural matter!



Roger Waters of Pink Floyd celebrates his 69th Birthday today. In an interview  in Berlin – concert on 4.9  he uttered his support in the preserve the Berlin Wall project to save from building luxury apartments in its place. point taken. Then he went on to fly an enormous inflated pig, with a painted St Davidstern over the heads of the audience at the Olympic Stadium concert. Well, shine on you provocative crazy diamond.


Track of the Day

5 Sep

Today is International Day of  Charity. Lou Reeds ‘Perfect Day’ cover, with Reed, Bono, David Bowie, Elton John, Burning Spear, and Shane MacGowan, Emmylou Harris and others, raised more than $3.3 million for Children in Need Charity. Here’s the original version.

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