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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.

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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:

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.

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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:

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.

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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:

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.

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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

You can find 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.

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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).

You can find 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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Birdo

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.

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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.

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.

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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:

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.

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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:

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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:

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.

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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:

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Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
When The Wind Blows – David Bowie
Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire
We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn

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.

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:

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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
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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

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.

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:

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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

Read more about Gay Monopoly here (including pictures!). Mary Borsellino lives here.

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.

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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

You can visit The Invisible Inaudible Family here, Tiger Lillies here, and here’s some fabulous Servalan action:

…and here’s the newest book from Quirk Books:

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.

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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

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.

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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:

Mary Borsellino‘s book, Boy and Girl Wonders: Robin in Cultural Context, can be purchased here, and you can read more at Mary‘s own site.

The Melbourne International Film Festival lives here. Paul Martin’s Melbourne Film Blog is an excellent resource for those attending.

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.

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.

18 Responses to The Podcast

  1. murrayNE says:

    Hi John,

    Just a few quick comments on episodes 3 and 4 (why let episodes go uncommented upon when I’m in at ground level on this show :-) ).

    Loved the discussion of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This may well prompt me to not only read that book, but the read P&P itself first, which I have never managed to get around to thus far.

    The True Love discussion was interesting – I was glad to hear someone else reference Ultraviolet – it is a tragedy that that show was limited to one short series. I remember reading that the writer had wanted to do much more.

    And how sad I was to hear that the gay community was all too briefly able to be free of the crushing heterodoxy of “Park Lane” and “Vine Street”. I can only hope that Ridley Scott has plans to bring Gay Monopoly to a wider audience.

    Now I must go to sleep with “Vampires Are Alive” ringing in my ears.

    Cheers,
    Murray
    (Smiling and nodding)

  2. simbo says:

    On the Transporter movies, mentioned in show number 5 – the director of the first 2 films, Louis Leterrier, has had interviews where he’s said very clearly that Jason Statham is meant to be playing a gay guy. Admittedly, this was at the time of Transporter 2, the one AFTER the naked-oil-wrestling-and-getting-mouth-to-mouth-from-a-bloke-underwater film.

    To quote:
    “For me it’s a fuck you to Hollywood because to me The Transporters are gay action movies. Its fun to meet tough American guys who love The Transporter but I know that it’s a gay character. No one knows it and surely Fox doesn’t know it. In The Transporter 2 a woman comes up to kiss and he said that he can’t. She asks if it’s because of who she is, and he says it’s because of who he is! Luc Besson wrote that.”

    Link thing here:

    http://chud.com/articles/articles/2847/1/INTERVIEW-LOUIS-LETERRIER-UNLEASHED/Page1.html

    (and yes, I do find it amusing that a guy who’s surname is “Leterrier” also made a film about Jet Li becoming convinced he was a dog).

    Of course, Transporter 3 kinda wrecks the joke a little by having Jason Statham actively rooting a freckle-faced Ukranian woman for no good reason, but there’s still plenty of shirtlessness going on.

  3. MurrayNE says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, John. Your assessment of my locations was frighteningly accurate. Adelaide.

    “Episode Seven – 21st August, 2009″ – ooh – pre-emptive strike!

  4. actualchad says:

    Kites Are Fun… it’s like I’ve had a sugar rush – I think it’s ridiculously cute, but I just can’t sit through the whole thing. My teeth are clenched.

    Gone all Frank Grimes: “wha!! grrr….wha!!”

    • outlandinstitute says:

      Oh, and I forgot to say that Actualchad’s comment is the 1000th non-spam comment to be left on this website!

      (confetti cannon goes off, streamers and balloons fall from ceiling)

      Wooooo!

  5. simbo says:

    Do I get a prize for spotting the deliberate error in the Extra podcast (the Casting Couch one)… describing “Ingloriuous Basterds” as having five acts like Chekhov – when Chekhov’s plays, of course, only have four acts….

    Your appropriate five-acty-metaphor for Quentin Tarrentino is, as always, Jacobean Tragedy, becuase it’s 5 acts, everybody talks a lot, and then they die. Often to the lute-version of “Stuck in the Middle with You”

  6. outlandinstitute says:

    Kites Are Funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! Kites Are Funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! I love the way they hold the “n” on that song…

    Chekhov was four acts! Oh, I was certain he was five – I FEEL A FOOL. Also, “nuclear wessels”.

  7. Dave AA says:

    Also, I’ve heard that kites are fun.

  8. MurrayNE says:

    Wow Dave and John, it’s like all that’s between you is a little yellow string!

  9. MurrayNE says:

    Vampires are Alive might be a Crime Against Pop, but someone loves it… it’s been yanked from youTube.

  10. sophiaxiv says:

    I’ve been singing that song at the most inopportune moments- in the shower, the shop, at work, writing exams…. (I only made up one of those!)

  11. Sophie says:

    I suggest William Lyon Mackenzie King as a future almost fabulous- although as far as I can tell, the claims of my history textbook and assorted historians that he was gay are based on the fact that he never married, in his diary he displays a bit of an obsession with his Governor General, and he held ‘seances’ with artist Homer Watson. Hmm. Now that I think of it, I suppose that’s rather a lot, at least for a notoriously stiff Prime Minister.

  12. MurrayNE says:

    The cpod link presently tells me that “Could not connect: Too many connections”. I choose to interpret this as the popularity of the “The Outland Institute” podcast having exploded to heretofore unheard of levels.

  13. MurrayNE says:

    I’m listening to episode 16 (Thanks for getting the podcasts caught up, John!) and I’m shocked!

    Narrelle M Harris, did I really hear you have a go at the Val Kilmer movie of “The Saint”? Did you not watch the exciting bit?!

    He sends an *EMAIL* from his *PHONE*, Narrelle! AN *EMAIL* *FROM* *HIS* *PHONE*!

    That genuinely is the thing I most remember about seeing that movie (in the theatre, so that we could see the brand name of THE PHONE). A mobile phone that opened up and was a computer (complete with a proper 486 chip (!), I believe) inside. Something deep within me still wants one, despite my 3G quite-clever-phone.

    (I apologise for any typos I’ve missed – my wireless keyboard is skipping letters and I am having eye issues that are making it hard to read the screen ATM – see how passionate I was to comment about this?!)

  14. MurrayNE says:

    “Wicked mad props” as the young persons say, to Mr Richards for getting the podcasts so up to date. Epsiode 17 was “rad”*. Walking around an academic remainders booksale while listening to The Outland Institute 17 is the most serenely relaxing-yet-stimulating** experience I have had in ages.

    *May not have been spoken by young people this millenium… yet.
    ** Come now children, minds out of the gutter.

  15. simbo says:

    AAAH! You Stopped Listing The Songs! (and, yes, the excessive use of capital letters is to let you know I feel mildly grumpy about that). It’s a great insight into the perverese nature of your mind/record collection to know which songs you picked to, for instance, represent the concept of “Waiting” or “Songs from Batman Films” (if Siouxie Sou and the Banshee’s “Face to Face” from Batman Returns wasn’t in there, I may pout).

  16. murrayNE says:

    Over a year since series one first aired. Is there still a plan for a series two, or will even thinking about that have to wait until after TOI TV?

  17. A completely different listener to murrayNE says:

    I second that question.

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