Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day five.

Hello again, I hope the beginning of a new week in this surreal new existence finds you all healthy and relatively unaffected by the craziness of our collective situation.

But just in case the cabin fever is starting to bite and you’re in the mood for musical respite, the Melodic Randomiser is here to distract you from reality for a few harmonious moments. So sit back and take in today’s triumphant triumvirate of top tunage, courtesy of the Isolation radio show.

A good honest slab of rock ‘n’ roll to start you off with, from George Thorogood and the DestroyersAnthology album, here’s a live recording of “Who Do You Love?”

Difficult to think of a way to get further away from that, stylistically speaking, other than by playing the next randomly selected song; everyone’s favourite pasty-faced, robotic electro-goth, Gary Numan and 1980’s “We Are Glass”, from a remastered edition of his third consecutive UK number one album, Telekon.

And for the last in today’s grab bag of audio excellence, we go even further back in time, to a 1974 record from a band led by Wakefield’s finest guitarist, Bill Nelson. His gratifyingly eclectic career is one I have followed with growing interest, ever since first hearing this band as a teenager; the continuously reinventing prog/glam/new wave experiment that was Be-bop Deluxe.

So lay back, close your eyes and experience the grandiose theatrical sweep of “Darkness (L’Immoraliste)”

That’s it for today, more tomorrow. Until then, look after yourselves and each other and keep the faith, we’ll get through this.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day four.

Ok, I think you’ve got the idea now, so without further ado here are the next three offerings from the Melodic Randomiser to soundtrack your secluded Sunday.

Firstly, Cage the Elephant, with “Black Widow” from their Melophobia album…

…after which we are treated to the sample-pilfering delights of The Avalanches and the lead single from Wildflower, the joyously upbeat “Frankie Sinatra”.

And we round the fourth foray into the playback pick ‘n’ mix which is the Isolation radio show, with the late, great Tom Petty.

Here’s a song from an album which is high up on my list of all time favourites, Full Moon Fever, “A Mind With a Heart of its Own”.

Keep on keeping on and I’ll return tomorrow with more random choices from the next jukebox shuffle session.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day three.

The third trio of tunes on the reinvigorated Melodic Randomiser kicks off with some space rock/jazz fusion and the title track from Mercury Prize nominated album, Channel the Spirits, by The Comet is Coming

…dovetailing rather nicely with a song from a solo album called Fun in Space, by Queen drummer Roger Taylor; here’s “Good Times are Now”.

I can’t think of even a tenuous connection to the final tune today, so I’ll just tell you that it’s “Crocodile” by UK dance music heavyweights, Underworld, from the album Oblivion With Bells.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, stay home and be excellent to each other.

Peace.

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day two.

It’s the second day of musical seclusion and the Melodic Randomiser has already given me a chance to play you one of my recent remixes; (an honest shuffle, I assure you) comprising the unlikely pairing of “Hits from the bong” by Cyprus Hill and “Pump up the Volume” by M.A.R.R.S.

Here is “Pump up the Bong”, I hope you enjoy it.

{Note: I know there are copyright issues with the YouTube link in some regions, if this affects your ability to view it, go HERE to listen or download for free}

Song two for today’s mini mixtape is one from my youth you almost certainly haven’t heard of; the title track of “Walking Into Mirrors” by the hugely unappreciated Johnny Warman. If you haven’t previously been aware of Mr Warman, I urge you to seek out his work, he has made some top tunes.

Thirdly, a fine example of electro goth rock from Danse Society and their 1983 hit “Heaven is Waiting”. Here’s a rare live video of them performing the song the year after release.

That’s it for today, join me again tomorrow for another brief glimpse into my musical history.
In the meantime, I’ll give Bill and Ted the final word…

Peace

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Return of the Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio.

If you have had the misfortune dedication and good taste to have been following my eclectic scribblings for a few years, you might remember a recurring strand called The Melodic Randomiser. This was a feature wherein I shuffled my extensive music collection to bring you unplanned playlists with, whenever possible, their accompanying videos.

Since we all have so much extra time on our hands at the moment, I thought it a good time to resurrect the Randomiser once more.

This time the medium is digital, the jukebox is my old phone with 3,419 tracks on its memory card and I am picking the first track by blind scrolling, followed by whatever the next two tracks Poweramp’s shuffle throws up each day.

Here goes…

…the first tune to stop under my prodding fingertip is a song from the self-titled 2019 album by International Teachers of Pop, (which owes no small debt to Trans Europe Express by Kraftwerk); here is “Age of the Train”.

Now, as Monty Python once memorably said, for something completely different, swapping electropop for the emo punk of My Chemical Romance and the short and to the point “Teenagers”, from their excellent album, The Black Parade.

Last, equally brief but most definitely not least, we have cultural magpie and all round musical genius, David Byrne and Talking Heads, with a track from their debut, Talking Heads ’77, an album I have owned on vinyl, cassette, CD and now mp3; “Who is it?”

I’ll be back tomorrow with more tunes to help soundtrack our communal enforced staycation, so until then, look after yourselves and each other.

Peace
dalecooper57

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee gave me a perfect opportunity to do some mucking about for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, when he set the theme of; AN ANIME-TED LIFE!

I went with the obvious and made some animations; one with a handmade stop motion technique and another digital one, an audio visual interpretation of one of my recent remixes.

Here is a 30 second StikBot adventure, featuring my predatory phone case…

…and a swirly, glitching, psychedelic extravaganza to accompany the soundclash mix I made a few weeks ago, as a tribute to the late Keith Flint of the Prodigy and Mark Hollis from Talk Talk.

You can be moved by K’lee’s pictures HERE.

Now let’s see what inspired you over the weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Testing, testing…1, 2, 3, testing…t, t, t, t, testing.

I seem to be having a few little problems with pingbacks and notifications, which a couple of readers have mentioned and I have also noticed something similar on K’lee’s blog recently.

So this is a test post to help the WordPress Happiness Engineers to track and capture any gremlins who are lurking in the system.

But since I have you here, you might as well get something out of it, so here’s one of my strange remixes for you to listen to and/or download.

It’s a bona-fide ’80s pop classic which I’m sure a lot of you will recognise, spliced rather neatly together with a band who were one of their major influences and one of my all time favourites. So click the link below or the image above and enjoy, completely gratis and free of charge, my latest understated masterpiece…

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Any feedback about that or any notification problems will be, as ever, gratefully received.

Duch Jo rock The Castle.

If you saw yesterday’s photo challenge post, you’ll know I went to see my friend Duncan and his latest band, Duch Jo at the weekend.

Well, despite Duncan’s insistence that they “don’t want to be famous, we just want to play music”, they do have a Facebook page, where you can meet the band and find out about forthcoming gigs.

And if that isn’t enough for you, I did manage to video one of their songs on Saturday; Bad Brother Animal.

Having obtained permission from Duncan, I uploaded it to YouTube and present it here for your listening pleasure. It’s not the most artistic visual treat, but the sound quality is actually rather good, so play it through some decent speakers and you too can check out their unique blend of funk rock.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Duch Jo…

Mixing lice and noise.

Another lazy weekend, another chance to sit in the sunshine and do some remixing.

This time, the victim subject of my sonic tomfoolery is Stephin Merritt, the singer/songwriter also known as The Magnetic Fields and his strange little song, The Meaning of Lice, which I mashed together with an Art of Noise percussion sample

Here are the lyrics;

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise,
A necessary heresy.

Our god would want their sod
To turn to pestilence
Strange angels so unjust
To peasants in their tents
Murder, rust bringer
Of each leech and skin stinger
Lice, lice in paradise
Religion ain’t philosophy

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise
A necessary heresy

…and here is my mix, along with the supremely gloopy video I made to accompany it.

I give you, The Art Of Lice.

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