The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest, most random and (if we’re doing it right) relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a long and convoluted process that finally evolved into something halfway tangible in early 2018. The 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here, if that makes sense. And even if it doesn’t, we’re doing it anyway for as long as it takes, and it will take a while.
Installment #8 of The Final Countdown* went like this.
1150. DJ Me DJ You – because [DJ Swamp remix]
1149. Funkadelic – Vital Juices
1148. Rolling Stones – dance[s]
1147. Invaders of the Heart – voodoo-psyche
1146. America – a horse with no name
1145. Residents – hanky panky
1144. Eno-Moebius-Rodelius – tzima n’arki
1143. King Crimson – groon
1142. Marc Barreca – oleo strut
1141. Renaissance – trip to the fair
1140. Klaatu – prelude
1139. Tomita – snowflakes are dancing
1138. Tipsy – bunny kick (your mothers mix)
1137. Brian Eno – I’ll come running
1136. Guess Who – key
1135. Grateful Dead – Alligator etc
1134. Telesp – Scarab
1133. Ozark Mountain Daredevils – E E Lawson
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.
The Solid Time of Change is our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.
Part Twenty-Seven of the journey went as follows:
Santana – A1 funk, every step of the way
Jesus Christ Superstar Original London Cast – heaven on their minds
Jimi Hendrix – third stone from the sun
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – earth hymn [1+2]
Elton John – Madman Across the Water
Klaatu – around the universe in eighty days
FM – one o’clock tomorrow
Agitation Free – you will play for us today
Agitation Free – Khan el Khalili
Agitation Free – Ala Tul
Magma – de futura
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 page.
“If you were there at the time (1976), the first you heard of Klaatu likely came in the form of rumour. They were the Beatles secretly reunited, with the clues all there if you just did a little digging. It was all bullshit, of course, and thank God, because the album really wasn’t that good. Rather like what you would’ve gotten if Paul McCartney had rediscovered LSD and tried to do another Sergeant Pepper’s, but all alone this time, and maybe drinking copious amounts of vodka spiked Cream Soda on the side. But the last track was a keeper, something to do with split atoms, I think, and the wrath of gods thus unleashed.” (Philip Random)
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.
Also known as as the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, the Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s latest countdown — an overlong yet incomplete history of whatever the hell happened between 1965 and 1979 – not in all music, not even in most of it, but definitely in a bunch of it.
What is Prog Rock? Is it different from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? Four programs in and sixty-five selections down and you’d think we’d have a solid answer to these questions, but like the proverbial zoom into an old photograph, the closer we look, the murkier things get. Which isn’t to say the music isn’t great and thus, here’s to the best kind of confusion and a year’s worth of radio to figure it all out.
Part four of our journey went as follows:
Focus – harem scarem
Frank Zappa + The Mothers – Inca Roads
Rick Wakeman – Catherine of Aragorn [+ excerpts]
Rick Wakeman – Anne of Cleves
King Crimson – moonchild (part 1)
Moody Blues – the word
Justin Hayward + John Lodge – nights winters years
Sweet – love is like oxygen
Procol Harum – Grand Hotel
Klaatu – prelude
Klaatu – so said the lighthouse keeper
Klaatu – hope
Gentle Giant – Mister Class + Quality
Gentle Giant – three friends
Steve Hillage – om nam Shivaya
Steve Hillage – hurdy gurdy glissando
Cream – as you said
Installment #5 of The Solid Time of Change airs Saturday, June 4th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.