The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest and, if we’re doing it right, most relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a rather convoluted process that’s still evolving such is the existential nature of the project question: the 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here. Whatever that means. What it means is over a year of radio if all goes to plan, and when has that ever happened?
Installment #14 of The Final Countdown* went like this.
1031. Ennio Morricone – an Indian story
1030. Screaming Blue Messiahs – wild blue yonder
1029. Doors – soul kitchen
1028. REM – Cuyahoga
1027. Flatt + Scruggs – down in the flood
1026. Queen – someday one day
1025. Gordon Lightfoot – Don Quixote
1024. Flying Burrito Brothers – lazy day
1023. Alan Parsons Project – Dr Tarr + Professor Fether
1022. CloudDead – rifle eyes
1021. Pauline Easy – Billie Jean
1020. The Leisure Society – Cars
1019. Cookin’ with Kurt – soup du jour
1018. Holger Czukay – Dancing In Wide Circles
1017. Godley + Creme – Consequences [stampede + mobilization]
1016. Sun Ra – nuclear war
1015. Lovin’ Spoonful – day dream
1014. John Mayall – sitting in the rain
1013. Arthur Louis – knockin’ on heaven’s door
1012. Wall of Voodoo – on Interstate 15
1011. John Martyn – I’d rather be the devil
1010. Aphex Twin – analogue bubblebath
1009. Jenny Owen Youngs – Fuck Was I
1008. Sonic Youth – I’m Not There
Randophonic airs pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and/or download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.
Godley and Crème started out with 10cc and ended up as cutting edge rock video artists, but in the middle somewhere found time for a few albums of overtly strange and accomplished pop experimentation. And it never got stranger than I Pity Inanimate Objects (from 1979’s Freeze Frame) which employs all manner of studio trickery to accomplish a genuinely unexpected end – you actually feel pity for things that are not alive, except they are, of course, they’re comprised of atoms and neutrons and other insanely small actions and reactions, which are the fundament of all life, all matter, all everything. It’s true. Do some research. And be kind to your toaster.
The Solid Time of Change continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, an overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious and only occasionally absurd time, musically speaking.
Part ten of the journey went as follows:
Godley + Creme – The Flood
Godley + Crème – some more pieces of consequence
Elton John – rocket man
Klaatu – calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Klaatu – little neutrino
Jethro Tull – only solitaire
Jethro Tull – back-door angels
Jethro Tull – Two Fingers
Fleetwood Mac -searching for Madge
UK – in the dead of night
UK – by the light of day
UK – presto vivace + in the dead of night [reprise]
PFM – the world became the world
Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 1
Synergy – Phobos + Deimos go to Mars
Synergy – terra icognita
Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 3
Renaissance – on the frontier
Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.
The Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s latest project, an overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 records from 1965 through 1979, presented in countdown form, with which we hope to convey some sense of what was indeed a strange and ambitious time.
Part seven of our journey went as follows:
Van der Graaf Generator – theme one
Roxy Music – in every dream home a heartache
Godley + Crème – I pity inanimate objects
Horslips – King of morning Queen of day
Horslips – ride to hell
Captain Beyond – as the moon speaks
Captain Beyond – Armworth – myopic void
Brian Eno – dead finks don’t talk
Mothers of Invention – oh no
Mothers of Invention – Orange County Lumber Truck
Mothers of Invention – weasels ripped my flesh
Chilliwack – changing reels 
Annexus Quam – osmose 1
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge [fragments]
Anthony Phillips – Henry: portraits from Tudor times
Steve Hackett – hands of the priestess
Steve Hackett – a tower struck down
Steve Hackett – hands of the priestess (2)
Solid Time of Change #8 airs Saturday, July 2nd at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.
In 10cc‘s hands, pop was alive and rather brilliantly insane in 1976. Or whatever you call the kind of music they were messing around with on the album How Dare You? in general, the song I Wanna Rule The World in particular – spending big money on studio time and album art. “Art for art’s sake, money for god’s sake,” as one of the other songs on the album put it.