Episode Twenty-One – 27th November, 2009
My God, it’s full of stars! The first lady of comedy, Judith Lucy; Glenn looks back on the Aussie films of 2009; Narrelle recommends books for Festivus; Craig McLachlan is our special guest presenter of Crimes Against Pop.
Our musical theme was Waiting.
Today’s Crime Against Pop was Klaus Wunderlich doing the Theme From Shaft. It’s AMAZING. Here’s Klaus’s rendition of ABBA’s Mamma Mia:
Episode Twenty – 20th November, 2009
Corin and Toby from Beauty & The Geek; we explore Melbourne with Arcade Publishing‘s new books; Paul Kooperman tells us that poetry is not boring; Glenn celebrates actor Tilda Swinton; and bad sex (in fiction)!
Our musical theme was Songs From Batman Films.
Today’s Crime Against Pop was Edie & The Eggs with Punks Get Off The Grass:
Episode Nineteen – 13th November, 2009
Josh Fruhlinger from The Comics Curmudgeon website talks to us about comic strips; Josh Kinal claims the new Golden Age Of Television is an opportunity for snobbery; Narrelle M Harris looks at the not-so-proud history of “the novelisation”; Glenn Dunks puts forward his favourite horror performances of the decade; John rants about the pointlessness of interviewing Britney Spears’ impersonators and is rebuked by Steve Toms from Glitter and Tonik; and Adam C’s rapping Klingon makes John leave the room in Crimes Against Pop.
Our musical theme was Disease.
Today’s Crime Against Pop was appalling – and here it is:
Episode Eighteen – 6th November, 2009
Josh Kinal surprisingly enjoys The Contender (Australia), although no-one can remember the host’s name; Narrelle interviews author George Ivanoff about his new book Gamers’ Quest, and how you turn a short story into a novel, Glenn has a bone to pick with the word “cult”; and Adam C has an Ewok-related Crime Against Pop.
Our musical theme was surprisingly lazy – they were all Songs From the Compilation Album “1982 With A Bullet”. Casey Benetto (Drowsy Drivers/Keating The Musical) wasn’t present in the studio, but he sent us some thoughts to read out. Good thoughts.
The ones that made it to air:Just Hang On – Barry Manilow I’m Almost With You – The Church Mickey – Toni Basil Why Do Fools Fall In Love? – Dianna Ross Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode Homosapien – Pete Shelley Goldon Brown – The Stranglers
Centrefold – The J. Geils Band Come Back Suzanne – Bill Wyman Body And Soul – Jo Kennedy
Episode Seventeen – 30th October, 2009
Angie Hart – the “Frente/Splendid/Holidays On Ice” Angie Hart – talks about music and working with Joss Whedon; Dr Mark Williams gets us up to date with the copyright lawsuit over Down Under by Men At Work; Narrelle looks at pop-up books; Glenn reviews Paranormal Activity; Crimes Against Pop goes a bit Eurovision (again); and Josh looks at the US quiz show Jeopardy.
Our musical theme was Songs That Angie Hart Has Recorded. That woman loves a cover.
The ones that made it to air:It Must Be Love – Madness
Pictures Of You – The Cure Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
I’m Afraid Of Fridays – Angie Hart
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk – Pet Shop Boys Somethin’ Stupid – Nancy & Frank Sinatra Not Given Lightly – Chris Knox
The Crime Against Pop was Pan with the 1989 Turkish Eurovision entry, Bana Bana (it’s actually not bad).
Episode Sixteen – 23rd October, 2009
Josh Kinal talks to John Safran about his new television show Race Relations; Narrelle M Harris examines why good books become bad films; Richard Fitzgerald looks at stage musical adaptations that didn’t work out so well; and our special Crimes Against Pop presenter is comedian Geraldine Quinn.
Our musical theme was Songs That Incorporate The Chord Progression From Pachelbel’s Canon In D. No, seriously, it was – Dan Vo even popped in to talk about it.
The ones that made it to air:Love In The First Degree – Bananarama Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying – Belle And Sebastian Go West – Pet Shop Boys Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space – Spiritulized All Together Now – The Farm I’ll C U When U Get There – Coolio
The ones that didn’t:Torn – Natalie Imbruglia Sk8ter Boy – Avril Lavigne Let It Be – The Beatles Dragostea Din Tei – Ozone Hook – Blues Traveller Beach Baby – The First Class No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley Paris – Delerium Basket Case – Green Day Don’t Matter – Akon With Or Without You – U2
Geraldine’s Crime Against Pop was very strange indeed - Wesley Willis with I Whupped Batman’s Ass.
You can find Geraldine Quinn here, and our regular correspondents’ sites can be found by clicking thusly: Josh Kinal at the Boxcutters podcast, Narrelle Harris, Glenn Dunks’ Stale Popcorn, Adam C’s Flip The Tape.
Episode Fifteen – 16th October, 2009
Bernard Caleo joins us to praise Aussie comic books (not to bury them); Narrelle celebrates the world of filk music; Glenn hearts the 1980 documentary Paris Is Burning; and only Josh gets grumpy, splitting hairs over quiz show terminology.
In tribute to our guest – and tying in with Narrelle’s filk discussion – our musical theme was Songs That Mention People From Comic Books (Superheroes was also an acceptable answer).
The ones that made it to air:Deeply Dippy – Right Said Fred She Turns Me On – Smashmouth Sunshine Superman – Donovan The Ballad Of Barry Allen – Jim’s Big Ego Waitin’ For A Superman – The Flaming Lips Flash’s Theme – Queen Superman – R.E.M. The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Heart – Sufjan Stevens
There was a great song about Aquaman I couldn’t find a good copy of, but here it is on You Tube – Aquaman’s Lament by Mark Aaron James:
The Crime Against Pop was truly dreadful – Animals Like The Pop by Harry Winkler.
You can find Bernard Caleo at Cardigan Comics. Our regular correspondents’ sites can be found by clicking thusly: Josh Kinal at the Boxcutters podcast, Narrelle Harris, Glenn Dunks’ Stale Popcorn, Adam C’s Flip The Tape.
Episode Fourteen - 9th October, 2009
Narrelle looks at the overlap of literature and recipe books, Glenn talks about viral marketing in cinema, Josh tries to talk about variety television but John just ends up ranting about the racism of blackface, Anne-Marie Peard drops in to wrap-up Fringe and talk about the opening of that other arts festival in Melbourne, and Adam C brings the loveliest Crime Against Pop we’ve ever heard.
Our musical theme was Hey!, just like in the phrase “Hey, Hey, We’re Incredibly Racist”.
The ones that made it to air:Na Na, Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) – Bananarama Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) – Eels Hey – Bic Runga Hey – The Pixies Get Off Of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones Hey Jude – The Beatles Overkill – Men At Work
The Crime Against Pop was the genuinely delightful Nobody Taught Me by Barbie and Ken, from 1961′s Barbie Sings!
See, they don’t all have to be terrifying…
The Almost Fabulous segment today celebrated our first transgendered subject, Birdo from the world of Nintendo. And since radio is a non-visual medium, I thought you might like to see what she looks like:
Episode Thirteen - 2nd October, 2009
John returns from looking at Len Lye’s wind wand (not a euphemism), and chats with comedians Andrew McClelland and The Bedroom Philosopher (who brings a guitar!), Lucy Sussex and Narrelle tell us about the amazing life of Mary Fortune, Adam C presents a song from the 1974 musical Let My People Come, Josh talks telly and we all have a lovely time.
Our musical theme was Satellites, in order to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.
The ones that made it to air:Corazon – Titan Satellites – September Everybody Loves U – Sigue Sigue Sputnik Telstar – The Tornados Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed New Moon On Monday – Duran Duran Satellites – Aimee Mann Satellite Of Love – The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain
The Crime Against Pop was I’m Gay from the 1974 musical Let My People Come.
Episode Twelve – 25th September, 2009
Daniel Kilby is your guest host, Narrelle attends a fictional birthday party (warning! Twilight!), Josh puts the final nails into reality telly, Glenn looks at Oscar-bait films, Anne-Marie Peard tells us about the glory of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Cade is our guest Crime Against Popster and Almost Fabulous celebrates the Gay Bob Doll.
Our musical theme was Songs Recorded In A Language Other Than The Original, a superb selection from Mr Kilby.
The ones that made it to air:Kiss Kiss – Holly Valance L’anarchie Dans L’U.K. – Pastel Vespa Mac The Knife – Robbie Williams The Girl From Ipanema – Astrid Gilberto
Ich Kann Nix Dafür – Oliver Pocher and Stephan Remmler My Way – Aretha Franklin Guten Tague – +44
The Crime Against Pop was Video Games by Black Out Band, a song that is made even worse by the video clip:
Episode Eleven – 18th September, 2009
Hannah Gadsby comes in to talk about comedy and her one-woman show Kiss Me Quick, I’m Full Of Jubes, Almost Fabulous celebrates Alan Turing, Narrelle looks at hard-boiled unicorn crime, Glenn explores the short and not-proud history of Aussie movie musicals, Josh praises podcast television and Adam C has a singing action hero in Crimes Against Pop. All this and a palpable absence of Jane Lynch.
Our musical theme was Maths.
The ones that made it to air:Love Plus One – Haircut 100 Last Dance – Math And Physics Club Pocket Calculator (Extended Mix) – Kraftwerk One And One Make Five – Pet Shop Boys Love Minus Zero – Bob Dylan Lord Anthony – Belle & Sebastian 2 + 2 = 5 – Radiohead Mathematics – Little Boots
The ones that didn’t:Two Divided By Zero – Pet Shop Boys Pi – Kate Bush Two Become One – The Spice Girls
Today’s Crime Against Pop was quite dreadful – and here it is:
Episode Ten – 11th September, 2009
John interviews Anvil’s Robb Reiner (but is forced to present it as a rehearsed reading by actors Carla McCallum and Mike McEvoy), Narrelle M Harris looks at personal boycotts, Glenn Dunks examines the Observer’s list of the top 25 UK films of the last 25 years, Adam C is back – yay! – with a sporting Crime Against Pop and our Almost Fabulous is a listener request – Jo from The Facts Of Life.
Our musical theme was Fake, as suggested by Chad, one of our lovely listeners.
The ones that made it to air:Faux De Fa Fa – Flight Of The Conchords 19 – 2000 (Soulchild mix) – Gorillaz All The Things She Said – T.A.T.U. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – The Monkees The Majesty Of Rock – Spinal Tap This Heart Attack (Grafton Primary remix) – Faker Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends – Fall Out Boy We Steal Music – The Original Fakes
The ones that didn’t:Sugar Sugar – The Archies Fake Friendship – Tila Tequila Girl, You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli If The Kids Are United – Sham 69
Actually, I was never going to play Milli Vanilli. I didn’t care that they were lip-syncing models, I just didn’t like their music.
Today’s Crime Against Pop was surprisingly not awful, especially if you consider it featured human beatboxing, Australian Idol contestants, a rapping sports star and Eye Of The Tiger samples – or am I just lowering the bar? The track was Knock U Out by Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets featuring Anthony Mundine.
Episode Nine – 4th September, 2009
Cabaret star Wes Snelling comes in to chat about representing Melbourne at the Outgames in Copenhagen, Narrelle M Harris judges a book by its cover, Josh Kinal looks at film directors on television, Glenn Dunks celebrates the soundtrack album, and Almost Fabulous is absent without leave.
Adam C is still searching the arctic tundra for carnivorous plants, so Destination Moon’s David Ashton was our guest presenter on Crimes Against Pop. He selected Jon Pertwee’s classic Who Is The Doctor, from the compilation album Who Is Doctor Who?
Our musical theme was Artists Who Have Performed Bond Themes, which stumped many. But not Chad.
The ones that made it to air:Run For Your Life – Nancy Sinatra
Queer – Garbage
Coming Up (Twin Freaks remix) – Paul McCartney
Strut – Sheena Easton
What It Feels Like For A Girl – Madonna
Where Do I Begin? (AwayTeam mix) – Shirley Bassey
Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight
The ones that didn’t:The Sun Always Shines On TV – A-ha
If I Only Knew – Tom Jones
Let’s Stay Together – Tina Turner
Episode Eight – 28th August, 2009
Narrelle M Harris talks about conventions and public book-readings, Josh Kinal finds conspiracy theories on the television, Glenn Dunks looks at more cinema gimmicks, Janet A McLeod pops in to discuss the New Niceness in comedy, and Almost Fabulous celebrates actor Peter Wyngarde (happy birthday, Peter!).
Adam C is currently burrowing to the Earth’s core as part of a diabolical scheme, so Janet stayed around for a double-barrelled Crimes Against Pop, which included Peter Wyngarde’s That’s When I Touch You and Has Anybody Seen My Dog? from Sesame Street Fever.
Here’s the version of Rubber Ducky from that album:
Our musical theme was New York, but our heart wasn’t in it.
The ones that made it to air:The Sound Of The City – David London
Future Sightings – I Am The World Trade Centre
Manhattan – Dinah Washington
New York City – They Might Be Giants
Native New Yorker – Odyssey
Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side – The Magnetic Fields
The ones that didn’t:Moving To New York – The Wombats
There Is Life Outside Your Apartment – Avenue Q
New York, New York – Nina Hagen
Episode Seven – 21st August, 2009
A very special episode as Spicks & Specks’ Alan Brough joins us to chat about comedy, celebrity and his new one-man show Chesapeake. Glenn Dunks praises 80s teen movie auteur John Hughes, Narrelle M Harris tells a personal tale of literary rejection, Josh Kinal goes ranty over the reality tv shows that swarm and multiply in a drop of water, and a depressing Almost Fabulous looks at musician Jobriath.
Actor Michael Lindner was our special guest presenter of Crimes Against Pop, as Adam C was away, taking part in a hot-air balloon race (he came third, by the way, but he did foil a major diamond-smuggling syndicate. So it’s swings and roundabouts). Michael chose to celebrate The Free Design and their song 2002 – A Hit Song, which comes from their 1969 album Heaven/Earth. I can’t find a clip for it online, but here’s their biggest hit, Kites Are Fun:
Our musical theme was Songs That Are Lists, which turned out to be harder to guess than I had expected.
The ones that made it to air:You’re Moving Out Today – Carole Bayer Sager Rhode Island Is Famous For You – Blossom Dearie Addicted To Music – Subsonic 2 Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Tracey Ullman Hello – The Beloved Vogue – Madonna Imperfect List – Big Hard Excellent Fish
The ones that didn’t:Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3 – Ian Dury & The Blockheads My Favourite Things – Julie Andrews This Year In Lists – Los Campesinos! “A” You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song) - Dean Martin
Josh talked about Flavor Of Love, which led to a listener sending in this alarming clip, which features “Saaphryri”. Her wikipedia entry describes her thus: “Saaphyri Tamese Windsor (born Wanda Scott) is an American reality television contestant, hairstylist, and actress. Saaphyri is well known for fighting with another contestant “H-Town” on the TV show Flavor of Love 2. In 2007 Saaphyri won the reality show Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School, receiving $50,000. Saaphyri has since launched her own line of unisex lip balm called Saaphyri’s Lip Chap which stemmed from Saaphyri offering H-Town “lip chap” after their fight on Flavor of Love 2″.
It’s like feminism never happened.
And here’s the John McCain Vogue clip:
In response to last week’s segment on artist Len Lye, actualchad sent this fabulous video:
Episode Six – 14th August, 2009
He’s been nominated for The Age Book Of The Year, now hear author Tom Cho discusses his book “Look Who’s Morphing” (while John & Narrelle M Harris just gush about it like fan-girls), ACMI curator Alessio Cavallaro tells us why the artist Len Lye is totally grouse, Glenn Dunks looks at pop stars in movies, Josh Kinal finds the future of television strangely familiar and our Almost Fabulous subject is actor Raymond Burr.
Adam C’s Crime Against Pop comes from the album “We Rock Sweet Balls And Can Do No Wrong“:
In commemoration of Hiroshima Day, our musical theme was Nuclear War. Which is not only tacky, but also 8 days too late, as Hiroshima Day is August 6th. It’s not a news show, OK?
The ones that made it to air:1999 – Prince Enola Gay – OMD We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantaysi Ask – The Smiths U.S. Forces – Midnight Oil Breathing – Kate Bush
The ones that didn’t:99 class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”99 “>Luft Baloons – Nena Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood When The Wind Blows – David Bowie Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
Here’s an example of Len Lye’s work – it looks even more amazing at the exhibition, which is running at ACMI until Sunday, October 11th, 2009:
Episode Five – 7th August, 2009
Scott Brennan talks about appearing on Neighbours, Narrelle M Harrislooks at DIY publishing, Glenn Dunks explores unexpectedly gay films, Josh Kinal looks at celebrity documentaries, Almost Fabulous loves Lisa Ben and Adam C’s Crime Against Pop includes repeated use of the word “scat”. Oh yes.
Our musical theme was Bands That Took Their Names From Science Fiction.
The ones that made it to air:Love Action – Human League Sing It Back – Moloko Music – Cornelius Bury Me Deep In Love class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”Love “>-The Triffids Calling Occupants – Klaatu So Alive – Love And Rockets Planet Earth – Duran Duran
The ones that didn’t:It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Them Forever Young – Alphaville 96 Tears – ? & The Mysterians Where Rockets Fly – S.P.O.C.K. Start – Deckard
The clip of Lisa Ben’s version of Frankie And Johnny came from the phenomenal Texan radio show Queer Music Heritage, produced and hosted by the fantastic J.D. Doyle. You can listen to 10 years of shows at their website, and you can hear more about Lisa Ben in the June 2004 edition, “Queer Music Before Stonewall“.
And thanks to Adam C, here is Bouncer’s dream sequencefrom epiosde 1254 of Neighbours:
Episode Four – 31st July, 2009
Looking for an epic panel discussion about the first season of Alan Ball’s vampire drama True Blood? Then you’ll be one happy camper as Mary Borsellino, Anne-Maree Peard, Les Mallett and Adam C talk ’til they can’t talk no more. Glenn Dunks explores the trend of making films out of games and toys, Narrelle M Harris looks at the first lines of novels, Josh Kinal talks about the great helicopters of Australian television and comedian Zara (just Zara – she’s like Oprah) is our special guest presenter of Crimes Against Pop. Almost Fabulous rolls the dice at Gay Monopoly. Your ears want it. They want it bad.
Today’s Crime Against Pop is Vampires Are Alive by DJ Bobo:
Today’s musical theme was Songs With Real People’s Names In Them.
The ones that made it to air:Left To My Own Devices – Pet Shop Boys My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone
Robert de Niro’s Waiting – Bananarama Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Air Bureau Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook remix) – Cornershop Bette David Eyes – Kim Carnes Clark Cable – Postal Service
The ones that didn’t:Vogue – Madonna Levi Stubbs’ Tears – Billy Bragg Hello – The Beloved
Episode Three – 24th July, 2009
Narrelle M Harris reviews Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Anne-Marie Peard talks to Martyn Jacques from Brechtian punk cabaret trio Tiger Lillies, Shannon Marinko explains The Invisible Inaudible Family, Glenn Dunks looks at 3D movies, Josh Kinal dismisses some telly, Almost Fabulous looks at Servalan from Blake’s 7 and Adam C presents a Europop/Star Trek crossover as his Crime Against Pop:
Stick it in your ears!
Today’s playlist was The Moon, in tribute the 40th anniversary of the original television production of Capricorn One. Let’s see Buzz Aldrin hit a crazy guy in the face!
Hee hee. The ones that made it to air:Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons Fly Me To The Moon – Astrid Gilberto Everyone’s Gone To The Moon – Jonathan King Climbing To The Moon – The Eels Enter Spacecapsule (guitars are cool mix) – Gerling Sail To The Moon – Radiohead Bad Moon Rising (Filthy Lucre mix) – The Reels Everyone’s Gone To The Moon – Nina Simone
The ones that didn’t:Man On The Moon – R.E.M. Light Years – Kylie Minogue Moon River – Julie London New Moon On Monday – Duran Duran
…and here’s the newest book from Quirk Books:
Episode Two – 17th July, 2009
Acclaimed author Doug MacLeod talks about writing for Young People, Steve from Glitter & Tonic visits the Forever Barbie Exhibition (so you don’t have have to), Narrelle M Harris discusses the CSI Effect, Glenn Dunks looks at what happens when stage musicals go to the cinema, Josh Kinal goes rant-tastic over Masterchef, Almost Fabulous visits the 19th Century, and Adam C’s Crime Against Pop is a singular cover version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Please do not reveal the secret ending to your friends. All this and our musical challenge too!
Today’s playlist was Footwear.
The ones that made it to air:S-S-S Single Bed – Fox Earthquake – Little Boots In These Shoes? – Kirsty MacColl Shoes (radio edit) – Tiga Pretty Shoes – Jens Lekman Shoes Off, Boots On – Luv Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground
The ones that didn’t:Goody Two Shoes – Adam & The Ants Walking In My Shoes – Depeche Mode These Boots Were Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra The Thong Song – Sisqo Get On Your Boots – U2 Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes – Claudja Barry Fuck Me Pumps – Amy Winehouse Cha Cha Heels – Eartha Kitt & Bronski Beat
Episode One – 10th July, 2009
The inaugural voyageof the Outland Institute radio show set sail today – Josh Kinal assures me that the “one show anniversary” is traditionally lined notepad paper, freshly torn. And who am I to say he’s wrong?
Josh Kinal talks about All Saints and televised eating contests, Narrelle M Harris and Mary Borsellino discuss Robin The Boy Wonder‘s place in culture, Our Almost Fabulous feature looks at Neighbours’ Andrew “Macca” Mackenzie, Glenn Dunks picks some hits from this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, Toby Sullivan tells us the right way to approach football, and our Crime Against Pop is Buckner & Garcia’s Pac-Man Fever:
You can find the podcast in the usual places or download it directly from here!
Our musical challenge was “Unexpected Covers” - the playlist:Get The Party Started – Dame Shirley Bassey Tainted Love – Soft Cell Common People – William Shatner My Girl – Pet Shop Boys Hand On Your Heart – Jose Gonzales Against All Odds – Postal Service You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk – West End Girls We Have All The Time In The World – David Arnold & Iggy Pop
Tainted Love was included as an “unexpected” cover in that it’s unexpected that it is a cover – the original was by Gloria Jones back in 1964:
and here’s a few that didn’t make it to air:Stop Me – Mark Ronson & Daniel Merriweather Anarchy In The UK – Frazier Chorus When Will I See You Again? – Billy Bragg Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire – Ray Charles Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus – Pet Shop Boys I Kissed A Boy – Cobra Starship
And here’s some further reading:
Thanks for everyone who listened – feel free to add comments below.The Outland Institute was a weekly pop-culture jamboree on Melbourne’s Joy 94.9. You can listen to the show in easy-to-take podcast form.