572. mirror in the bathroom (dub)

Known as the English Beat in the Americas, the British Beat in the Australia, The Beat were a big part of the groovy side of the so-called post-punk/new wave era, certainly at home in Britain, with the dub mix of Mirror in the Bathroom a nifty little number that was effective on the dance floor, in the background at parties, in the car whilst negotiating traffic. Which has always been the special appeal of dub to me – music which is mostly absent words, yet moving in a particular direction anyway. Something to do with sound-tracking the ongoing corrosion of the so-called Western World. And it’s fun.

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640. Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark being one of those outfits that would be very easy to ridicule (hate even) for their name alone, except they rather lived it up to it. For the first few albums anyway. Architecture & Morality (their third) hit big in the UK, and deserved it, working a cool mix of pop and noise and ambient options, with Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans) managing to do it all in four minutes and change.

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10. The Solid Time Of Change

Part ten of the Solid Time of Change  aired Saturday July-16-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at about five minutes in). Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

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.

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Part ten of the journey went as follows:

  1. Godley + Creme – The Flood
  2. Godley + Crème – some more pieces of consequence
  3. Elton John – rocket man
  4. Klaatu – calling occupants of interplanetary craft
  5. Klaatu – little neutrino
  6. Jethro Tull – only solitaire
  7. Jethro Tull – back-door angels
  8. Jethro Tull – Two Fingers
  9. Fleetwood Mac -searching for Madge
  10. UK – in the dead of night
  11. UK – by the light of day
  12. UK – presto vivace + in the dead of night [reprise]
  13. PFM – the world became the world
  14. Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 1
  15. Synergy – Phobos + Deimos go to Mars
  16. Synergy – terra icognita
  17. Synergy – on presuming to be modern – 3
  18. 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.

1029. good technology

The red part of the Red Guitars‘ moniker concerns more than just the colour of their stringed weapons. These guys were serious about their left-side politics which likely explains their overall lack of market penetration back in the 80s. You certainly can’t fault a song like Good Technology for lacking hooks, melody, overall sarcastic pop smarts.

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