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    Hi @blenkinsopthebrave – thanks for the jeannie lewis songs.
    I’ll admit I’d not heard these nor in fact of her (sorry!).
    Her vocal delivery is really clear and even noticing that makes me realise that most of the people I listen to aren’t!


    Though the song ‘Gary’ made me think of a certain band, but… although a the track I’m thinking of is a ‘fun’ song (actually debatable) I’ll not post it yet as might seem I’m taking the proverbial and I truly don’t want to do that.

    Generally/genuinely I don’t but also I really do think there are songs from our individual pasts that are sacrosanct.

    Its irrelevant if they are good or even if we still like them. They have passed into the fog of fondness and I will never want to harm mine or anyone else’s songs in that fog-bank.

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    thanks @pedant I hadn’t realised its World Suicide Day.

    A massive issue and one that I won’t make light of (if anything I post has lyrics or tone that somehow jars with anyone its not intentional at all – blame my cack-handedness or tin ear).

    y’know, I remember the Inspirals but (you guessed it) I didn’t listen to the lyrics.
    (when they played Leeds Uni I was outside walking back to my digs and all I could hear was the bass – but by god it was loud and deep!).

    A memory I treasure though this may sound odd or overly personal, but I was walking along Theobald’s Lane in London and I saw some graffiti down a side street.
    Maybe I was just more receptive than usual.
    It was odd graffiti – almost retro, like it was from the 60’s.
    It was a single statement painted by brush in white capital letters about 50cm high.
    Not rushed but not perfect.
    And it said


    I don’t know why, but that extra “ever” stayed with me.
    It was a desperate plea but an honest one.

    I guess these songs are my songs for hope, two of which I’ve done before so just links this time (though the songs really are wonderful and for my mind deserve the time to listen).

    Obviously Don’t Give Up.
    And the poignant but honest Do You Realise?
    As well as (again obviously) Everybody Hurts – this time I’ll embed it as I do think this has a simple message.

    Perhaps so many links devalue each of these songs and its not meant to.
    More like a prescription and dosage – each of these has individually or in combination allowed me time to feel at different points. And maybe for me they have to be that obvious lyrically to cut through (as I usually just listen to sound).

    But a song that made me possibly remember/ realise how much our friends and loved ones do things for us that even they probably don’t realise how generous and loving and supportive they are, is this.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave – ah, interesting…
    Maybe its memory but it could be as the sound is now through different amps and speakers and possibly even slightly sped up videos.

    However, I also believe that pulse may affect this too!


    And yes, Bananarama were ridiculous in many ways (many of them the right ways!).

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    but yeah…. basslines when its locked in with rhythm guitar and vocal

    good times

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    so – ya got me thinking of great bass playing (I can’t now work out why so…. whaddeva).

    What’s great about this (for me) is that the bass is really warm and sinousy when it can be and the vocal, horns et al are dry as hell.

    Carole Kaye is awesome.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly when I googled “dirty funky bass lines” what I mostly got was… prog, clever-clever, Rock, virtuoso bass playing.
    Which is all very good but… anyway here’s one that I remember from my yoooth and my teenage ear didn’t think about the different instruments (and it never grew up – I still don’t really think of them as separate nor listen to lyrics) but on listening back to this I think of the bass/ guitars/ drum and vocal as incredibly tight and locked.

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    Isaac Hayes had 14 kids??!??!?

    hmm – probably just sound-checks….

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    Hi all – ooh – looks like I mucked up my last posting (either browser open too long or too many songs!)

    So this is me re-writing and apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone I meant to reply to in the previous one.

    @thane16 – Voice of the Beehive. In *every* way something I should listen to more ;¬)
    REM too (though I can only do a song or two at a time – a whole album… maybe its the reedy voice. But individual songs… wonderful!
    And James Taylor – well there are so many friends here
    Speaking of which…. @arbutushowdy!!

    erm, I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff but as I notice that love is in the Message Inbox (awww now you’re telling me its not real!!) then I thought I’d post something for a Friday night.

    This is for the layydeeeezz…….. and all those who luurrvvve the laydeez

    And here (unsurprisingly) is a slightly different version that popped up in Google*

    *WARNING – images in this video are likely to SHOCK and cause enormous LAUGHTER but mainly shock.
    And smirky laughter.

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    hmm – I wonder if it was I who led us down to this lascivious level?

    Syzzers – I should have said that “tighter than a gnat’s chuff” is probably more suited to the Mess than the Captain’s table.


    But as I think I’ve said before I never really listened to lyrics until I became part of this forum. In fact its probably @pedant who has made me listen/read the lyrics before posting songs and something I’m eternally grateful for.

    I really have learnt so much here.

    But still I don’t think about lyrics especially not to songs I’ve known for decades and so… I didn’t even get the hip-to-hip reference!
    … blush

    So, here’s a song that is purely a wall-of-sound with no inner meaning other than….

    wah wah

    (don’t tell me I’m missing something – I’m coming up on fifty)

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    oh ffs the pair of you.

    Either get a room or rut somewhere else.

    @roger429 – its really interesting that you want more CGI in the episodes. Its not something that people often say, so I think its quite an interesting take.
    If you’d like (and your story about the antenna is incredible) please do add your experience to everyone else’s about how you found/fell in love with the Doctor over on the Memories thread.

    @pedant – I’ll leave something on the Music thread…

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    So syzzrs @thane16 – you wonderfully linked to Sha Na Na at their Woodstock finest (if anyone missed it scroll up now!!).

    Slightly amped up 50’s Rock n Roll (and the amps aren’t the hardware!).
    First thoughts went here, but then….

    …while thinking of something else, I thought of this

    Which made me listen to this

    Thane, we all looked like that back in the 80’s.
    All of us.

    Which led to this though maybe I mistepped but whaddever – maybe its just because its tighter than a gnats chuff in its own way

    Then I was in a spiral (upward? downward?) leading to this and NOW I’M HAVING AN EARLY WEEKEND – WHY NOT!!??

    Ignore the video (if possible) and simply stick this on in your kitchen at full volume and drink some rubbish beer/ wine and imagine its a houseparty.

    see y’all on the other side…

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    so… been reading the Kebab thread and… I know this ain’t right but its what I have.
    And maybe what I wanted to find was something optimistic.
    Instead I keep coming back to ‘this is what it is’.

    I remember this when it was first played and smirked at the Manic’s over populating a lyric with syllables.
    Because that’s easy. Smirking is easy.

    Tutting is easy.
    Shrugging is easy.
    Irony is easy.
    Decrying others is easy.

    The recent response to Greta Thunberg is merely the most…. recent.

    Its not a perfect song, and I can’t find a good video for it.
    The official one is anodyne.
    Fan ones are… from what I’ve seen imo ham-fisted.
    This is a fan one and it aint perfect and I don’t even recognise some of the people.

    Its what it is.

    Normal service (me being glib) will recommence soon.

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    @thane16 – syzygy – yes yes yes for Sha Na Na !!
    Oooooh Mountain – not heard them before – thanks for this, my 60’s/70’s knowledge is sporadic!

    @pedant – I know the song but not this performance (need to google harder)!!
    It feels mellower than the one in my head – and none the worse for it!
    Oh and I saw that news about the couple – that was really sweet!

    And yes syzrgy I have a lot to discover from the 60’s 70’s and that’s a great landscape ahead of me!

    So, Woodstock – Day 4 (Monday) Bonus day!
    Yay everything overran and Jimi couldn’t play Sunday night.
    So we got Hendrix in the morning!
    Whatever would he do with such a rubbish time to play for himself, the band and for those still left, getting up, rubbing eyes and everything else and maybe listening…?

    Nothing much

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    but if you’d rather something closer to “I am a MAN and here is my instrument!” then, well, I did like this when I first heard it in a “wow!” way

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    Now in terms of Woodstock, I think I may still be ‘behind’ in my posting of acts from each day but then…. well, time kinda got hazy man, and well, what is Time man and hey look….. a cloud….



    I’ll try these.
    If my memory serves they hadn’t played a gig together before this….

    “A science fiction kinda story…”
    But don’t let that put you off. its a really funky riff
    (oh and Bowie was like blotting paper !)

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    @cathannabel – indeed! I think I might try and find an even longer version of what came before and after!!

    Syzygy – aw that’s great from Joplin.
    I’m not sure which the first version I heard of this song was, but I have a fondness for this version from a really great album I bought in my teens.
    Big Mama Thornton namechecks Janis though you get the sense she’s saying… Ok you heard her, but I wrote it… now hear me…


    Its not better nor worse – its just the version in my head!

    Oh and syzygy – you’ll be appalled but I only know of Faron Young as a name in a Prefab Sprout song (a brilliant song it has to be said).
    You give me Faron Young, 4 in the morning…..
    Need to do my homework….

    But of course I have to post this for Peter Fonda.
    Co-wrote, produced, starred in etc – an incredibly seminal movie that have some saying it was a basis for independent cinema in the US.

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    syzygy @thane16 – Creedence Clearwater Revival !!

    Yes Yes a million times yes!
    Fantastic song and fantastic performance – I haven’t seen that before!

    So – I meant to post this yesterday(!) oops.

    For the second day of Woodstock I’ll post these (though other great bands were on too).
    Usually I’d say that drum solos and (god forbid) bass solos are indulgent, but my teenage self loved this (and on this listen I think it makes the resultant groove better)

    Trigger warning – in part of this video a man is dancing with a sheep.
    This recording sounds better – I assume its same recording)

    For this next one (again a famous performance) Country Joe MacDonald was singing to American teens and early twenties who were all possibly up for the Draft (and who had seen brothers, neighbours etc called up and some coming back in various states of health and death).
    I cannot imagine how this felt.
    Fuck of a lot of energy in this.

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    and yes for the pedantic I know I’ll be posting something on Sunday too….

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    Woodstock – Day 1 (Friday)
    So there’ll be others who know the story of Woodstock better than I (me not yet born and in a different country!).
    An amazing list of artists and surprise! – LOADS of people turn up!
    I mean just look at that lineup

    woodstock poster and lineup


    for my opener I’ll take Richie Havens (who I think did open)

    and from a soul-searching guitar to a soul-nourishing sitar

    (I haven’t yet heard the full hour set from Ravi Shankar – but I will! I’m linking and assuming he doesn’t descend into a foul mouthed tirade…)

    and whether he did or not I’ll link this to close Friday (though you won’t want to go back to your tent after this)
    Slightly trebley but I can’t find the full version elsewhere

    Taken higher?

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    Fifty years ago today, three days of Woodstock began.
    My thought was that I’d go through the album and pick something that’s maybe overlooked.

    Maybe this is overlooked because it is slight, but I kinda love it anyway!

    And lord knows we need a pickmeup in these times.

    I did originally post this from Big Sur ! oops!
    BTW#2 – on looking at the album tracks again and… my gawd there was some great music!

    So I’m gonna do big hitters too (and please add your own favourites)!

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    ooh – is it @thane16 ‘s birthday?

    Happy Birthday Puro!

    And you’re having to spend it in a hotel!!
    Hope you’re not having too much in the way of upheaval and that everything gets sorted at home.

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    ha ha @thane16 – don’t worry I don’t beat myself up too much, honestly.

    And those ladieez can have me all they want – I’m just not a doctor!

    Just seen film Arrival for first time and even with ad breaks etc its still left me with teary eyes.
    And this is a lovely place to share that.

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    So, I’ve just watched the movie Arrival and there are tears in my eyes and on my cheeks.

    This music I’m not sure about. @blenkinsopthebrave asked on the Music thread if any of us had embarrassing music in our past, but my greatest embarrassment is that I construct walls between myself and the music I hear.
    I hear this music and I’m not sure whether I trust it – am I being played?
    I hear something from Arvo Part and I do trust it (likewise between Coldplay and Elbow).
    I’m a musical snob and its an embarrassment to me, but there you go.

    This below is used in the movie Arrival. The accompanying video has nothing from the movie.
    This film has been mentioned before but all I’ll say is that its about love, communication and experience.

    I think its a really really good movie as I have tears in my eyes and on my cheeks.

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    aww I know @blenkinsopthebrave @thane16

    Last night I was grouchy and not fun.

    fwiw I’d read something on another place (probably Guardian) and the commenter just irked me as it sounded like they were talking about the actor as if they’d only watched clips of the great moments (like in soccer forums where people watch YouTube compilations and cry “wow – we must sign this player!” without understanding that those moments happen as part of a team experience; sometimes they’re due to the team and sometimes in spite of).

    Normal service resumed – that is a great clip.

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    Its a strange thing in this day and age.
    An actor has died and I want to say that I feel a bit of a gut-pull.

    Not tears, not tears in the rain, but someone who was essential to a few movies that had visceral and emotional impacts on me and others.

    I feel I’m expected to add a link BUT I WON’T.

    Watch Blade Runner and watch The Hitcher. Watch his other films and TV.

    Its perhaps telling that his impact is summed up in those extremely emotional scenes that are denuded of emotion when seen outside the context of the movie and in fact introduce spoilers if you’ve not seen them before.

    apologies, normal service will resume


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    @thane16 – that’s a brilliant connection to We Can Work it Out!

    and will admit I keep learning how great a drummer/ percussionist Ringo is.

    Also (entirely unconnected) bit on re-listening I realise I sometimes (usually?) shudder when time rhythms (signatures?) change in prog rock songs – like they’re trying a bit too hard to show off how virtuoso they are. But with the Beatles I just don’t notice it – the change usually feels … inevitable

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    So for our amazing astronauts fifty years ago, this is the last day of the trip.

    They’ve become passengers again, maybe slept a bit more.
    Sometimes sleep is a release from reality and its certainly a World to run away from then as now, but you have to come back.

    But as they go through their drills, prepare to re-enter the atmosphere and ultimately splashdown this day 50 years ago, I wonder if they wished they were back in space.

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    That’s such a great clip @arbutus.
    Lucky they knew the guy on the soundboard who – just for their set – flicked up all the stadium speakers’ volumes!


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    Not much seems to have happened this day 50 years ago for the astronauts returning home.

    Possibly a boring day.

    Maybe it was just silly japes between the crew; maybe they played hide & seek, eye-spy… I bet they wish they’d brought board games for this day.

    Probably Armstrong and Aldrin just spent the time telling Collins all about their day trip “and then Neil, he, he kinda jumped but he ha ha landed on both feet and kinda almost fell but ha ha, just bent and picked up the rock, and and… ah I s’pose you had to be there…”.

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    So apparently on this day fifty years ago, the astronauts slept (kinda deserved that and they’re also back to being passengers).
    Also after heading back to Earth they reached the point where Earth’s gravity started pulling it home. But I can’t find anything even remotely interesting for that.
    So a couple of sleepy songs…


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    Those of us with embarrassing musical tastes???!!!??
    Why I am an arbiter of taste and style and have never strayed from the true path of what is GOOD (even when I had to blaze it before me).

    Do you think I was the yoof who thought Phil Collins’ Tomorrow Never Knows was such a great tune that I breathlessly said how great the Sand Kings’ version was of his track at a gig of theirs?? Was I the yoof who couldn’t understand their furrowed brows as I thought it was a great song as was his other songs on Face Value?


    I also thought that about Jealous Guy by Brian Ferry.

    But yours and these aren’t embarrassing songs per se.

    The Jason King Theme is great – there’s brass parping and an up/off beat swing.
    Plus Warhol-esque title colourisations. No shame in that music.
    (btw if I were to say “An obscure planet in the S-K System your Majesty” I’m sure you’d have a smirk of “ahhhh…”)

    And the Persuaders theme is surely a classic??
    It borrows from Ipcress, Russian-esque spy stuff (oh I’m sure someone better with music will tell me why those notes and rhythm are Russian/Eastern).
    It gets a bit funky but I’m almost surprised they didn’t go full-on and use something as funky as a pastiche of Soul Bossa Nova.

    Embarrassing…? I’ll try to dig something out of the permafrost of my youthful cool….


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    @pedant – that video of the descent you posted was incredible.
    Do you know if Aldrin and Armstrong heard all the chatter?

    Also what is the time delay between Earth and Moon for radio??
    Whatever – piloting that craft down to the surface was as extraordinary an achievement as bouncing around on the surface afterwards.
    So much could go wrong yet didn’t, through human skill.
    I was chatting with my brother the other day about whether I trusted computers (algorithms) over humans and I said I wanted both.
    May point him to this.

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    @pedant – I share your amazement at the calm of Armstrong and Aldrin.
    The heartbeats that were monitored were also amazing (especially Armstrong’s in the music @thane16 shared).

    I think I mentioned after the article from @blenkinsopthebrave shared about Ed Dwight, that actually, the decision to use test pilots was probably the right decision after all!
    People who had extensive training, but had also been exposed to critical (deadly) situations before and whose split-second decision making and calm under pressure had seen them cope with extreme stress.

    What Armstrong did in taking over the controls and landing the Eagle was breathtaking (even Houston was holding their collective breath).

    Great piece by you.

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    So, this day 50 years ago, the astronauts are on the surface getting final bits and pieces done, back to the Eagle and reconnecting to Columbia on the far side of the moon (itself an amazing manoeuvre of flying!).
    That’s a helluva few hours these guys have spent!

    So, lets have something monumental about giant steps.

    Now actually this next album has nothing to do with the Moon (other than “lunacy” as one of its themes).

    But as @thane16 said, we ain’t had enough women on this thread!

    Clare Torry had a little guidance from the band but essentially was left to herself to improvise the vocals. She (rightly) sued later to get co-writing credit for this track.
    Why did she have to sue? Well… its Pink Floyd; egos; money; business; she’s a woman…

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    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be your captain for this section of the flight….

    … no, not Beefheart, why do you ask?

    I’m Captain Obvious.

    fwiw when I was growing up, I never gave the Police enough credit for just how avant garde they were.
    I guess they fall under the category of Post Punk (ie not thrashy Rock n Roll, no guitar solos, more emotionally subtle etc) but its an amazing combination of styles of Jazz(?) and Reggae.
    Amazing music for just 3 people.


    For all you doubters out there… doubting is good (Darwin), often provocative (Kaufman), sometimes its the backbone of wonder(ing) (“nothing up his sleeve then nothing is cool”) and is always necessary.
    But that doesn’t mean that doubting should be done on everything all the time because you think doubting is cool.
    Doubt, but stand that up to evidence or laughter or insight and if you ain’t getting anywhere… keep it to yourself until you can get something.

    Not sure if most of the samples were before they landed but this is again, sitting on the floor, perhaps looking in an unfocused way but gently smiling…

    They were only on the moon surface for a couple of hours so this is for when they took off again.
    Or landed in the first place.
    Or maybe I’m ahead of myself and its splashdown in a few days.
    But … erm… this song is completely about flying and landing.
    Nothing else.
    No sireee, nope.

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    Hi @thane16 – Syzy (sorry but I will just use that if yous don’t mind)

    That is a fantastic video of someone learning the Theremin from an expert (who even developed her own technique that others now use!).
    I really enjoyed it as he is obviously a decent musician, but is confounded by the precision that Karolina(?) shows you need.

    Which is why this is essential

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    @thane16 – ah cheers. I think you did remember my birthday (end of Feb) but thanks again!
    oh – and (even) I remember Callan. More the film they did later which itself was probably a rerun on TV that I saw and then re-runs. Recently (last year) a channel hidden in the depths of the somethinghundreds had all the seasons from B&W to colour.
    Hit and miss on my binge last year but some of it was great and I just have a soft spot for it!
    Maybe I just thought the Equalizer was a retired Callan! (or more likely I saw Equalizer first and then saw Callan and though knowing it wasn’t wished that it was him when he was young).

    @pedant – ah, that First Man – will try and find it! cheers
    And those docs are really lovely – and a reminder to me at least that Earthise was earlier than Apollo 11 (ie 8).
    Gorgeous and loved the interview with the Hassleblad museum people who were wonderfully normal and not media-smoothed to blandness and I sooooooo want to see the dust he still has!
    (though I kinda was geekily wanting more as to the modifications to the Hassleblad as much as the images).
    Thank you.

    @missy – really sorry to hear about how this year has fared so far for you.
    My mum had 3 hip operations (not three hips mind – just one wore out so gawd knows what they ued to make them from!)
    But they were needed and she did regain mobility each time (in her case it was arthritis).
    Hope it works for you but I know as well that each and every person is indivisual so what works for one may not work same for someone else.

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    @thane16 – Syzy! That Louise Gold piece was amazing!
    Never heard that before (nor do I think I’ve heard of Louise Gold).

    For tonight’s music I think I’ll try these two (both similar and very very different).

    From Neil Armstrong’s tape that he brought.
    I would be surprised if Aldrin and Collins didn’t think about throttling him with it but luckily… they realised maybe he was useful using the throttle (chortle yuk yuk yuk)
    (is this the one in First Man? comments suggest so)

    I’ve tried listening to Lunar Rhapsody and the others and… well we know where Star Trek came from I guess. But its hard going.
    This has more of an Ellington feel(?) but that’s maybe me just reaching (for the stars?)
    But it does have more obvious theremin which is always a plus.

    tbh I think he bought it for the cover but that’s just me.

    I think this is the right night for this next song (ie some of the samples are from this day 50 years ago with “trans-lunar Injection Burner”).
    If it is night wherever you are, turn out the lights, or sit outside looking up at the stars if you’re lucky enough and just…. bliss out.

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    ha ha @thane16 – only Bowie could mime la-la’s.

    @pedant will be wanting me to post Starman.

    So I’ll post this

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    So, still in space.

    Basically the crew are… highly involved passengers.

    though only Iggy had a certain starman la-la-ing in the background


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    oh wow – thanks @mudlark @winston @thane16 @pedant @blenkinsop and @ everyone I’ve forgotten or who is yet to jump in with a memory. I’m gonna ask my brothers and sister what they remember (I’ll let you know!).

    Unfortunately I just wasn’t quite yet alive when this happened so my main ‘space’ memories are either Challenger or Star Wars when I was 6 or 7 (and possibly Star Wars is maybe more impactful than Challenger landing).

    many many thanks @pedant – just watched 8 Days and really enjoyed it.
    Its interesting that the article @blenkinsopthebrave shared that there was a question as to whether it was important/useful to insist that the astronauts were test pilots.
    However that doc shows that when the need came, there was a person trained to take an unknowingly stressful, urgent, deadly, fast-moving situation and … deal with it with intense calm, control and judgement.

    Also the little moment (maybe it was a hindsight comment) about how in terms of each astronaut, Collins you want for company, Aldrin for knowledge but Armstrong to get you home… it somehow caught something in my throat.


    @pedant When you mention “First Man” is that the one on iPlayer currently called Neil Armstrong First Man?

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    So its a 3 day(?) flight to the moon.

    I should have paced my “space” and “flight” songs!


    erm, well pop-pickers, this apparently was number 1 in the Billboard charts which is kinda futuristic (if you want a better version but sadly without the crevates…)

    But for something that I actually like(!) here’s Frank.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave – wow both those posts of yours were wonderful (though that’s no surprise).

    Like many perhaps I’d not seen the Superman ‘poster’ nor its history as something on the front of notebooks, many American kids may have had.

    Although I remember the slightly corny Superman “don’t smoke” adverts, the fact is they did it and doing a message about integration in segregated America on the front of school notebooks is far more important. I wonder just how impactful it was.

    The article on Ed Dwight was also powerful.

    @thane16 – Syzy – I’ve never heard of Newsroom and was curious as the clip went on as to where it was going. Very glad I stayed with it! Will have to add that to the ever-growing list of ‘stuff-I-must-watch’

    But today after seeing all this and @winston ‘s memories of actually experiencing the moon landings (thanks!!!!) has left me feeling far more positive about humanity!!


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    Hi @thane16 still trying to figure out how to give sense to the cleaner thang.

    But, wanting to say something positive to the universe (after my Music thread postngs tonight) I just wanted to say….

    James Burke is still alive.

    Anyone with any particular memories of him?
    I remember watching one of his Connections docs and it mainly going over my head but being spellbound (must hunt down the one he’s in the lighthouse).
    I owe some of me to him (and was pulled to him by what I was and am which is curious)

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    something a bit more positive(?) maybe

    we’re all floating in space after all (ooh there’s a Flaming Lips song that mentions that…)

    Anything else from people’s memories or thoughts of space and hope and strivng for something better?

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    @blenkinsopthebrave – I looooove Minnie the Moocher so here is a slightly clearer version (I’ll leave the Blues Brothers one to anyone who wants to do the obvious ones {cough} ;¬)

    Now, the astronauts fifty years ago are (I guess) in space at this point, sooo…. I found a song with an obvious title and for the first time listened to the lyrics (to see if it was appropriate to posting here).

    I’ll leave it to you to decide whether this, today, in 2019, is appropriate to post as a song with lyrics that go…

    “Maybe you’ll be president
    But know right from wrong
    Or in the flood you’ll build an Ark
    And sail us to the moon”

    actually I’ll spell it out – the current President of the USA does NOT know right from wrong and is a racist.

    Anyway, here’s a video I didn’t know and although it has nothing to do with the anniversary other than the title, there is a lullaby aspect to it that fits the song and leaves us wondering “are they safe?”.

    (but if you’d rather a live version then fill your boots – I’m beginning tonight to like the song more than I thought I did).

    Now I’m slightly angry (about Trump) and so although I had this one stacked up for next week I have to play it.

    1969 – a year of hope. But yes also one that had racist fractures within its society.
    Which leads not just to disdain to the individual, but to appalling chasms in terms of wealth and opportunity equality that are embarrassingly still here today FIFTY years later (you could say a hundred, or many more….).

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    So, 50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched.
    An obvious choice perhaps but lovely (and from memory Eno had to play what he had written backwards for it to become this).

    Now to listen to the Moocher!

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    oh – and @doctor-levina I’ve been trying to figure out a way of describing what I thought of your selections and…. I keep coming up a blank!

    “Its a unique voice etc” is a bit… rubbish as a comment from me!

    But thanks for posting as its great to hear new things and great for newer people to the forum posting things
    Looking forward to hearing more!

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    Now as most here will know, this week is the 50th anniversary of landing people on the Moon.
    I’d love to hear any childhood memories of people who actually remember it (I wasn’t alive yet!).

    In terms of music, I’ll add obvious bits of Bowie, some Eno and anything else I can think of, but has anyone got any musical memories or connections to share?

    I’ll kick it off with something that predates the landing but is perhaps from the start of the ‘race’ that led to it.

    And in a squint-and-I-kinda-get-what-you-mean connection here’s the demo recording of PJ Harvey’s Yuri G

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    *hey @thane16 – is that a Stranger Things inspired blast from the 80’s?
    (I’ll sadly admit to not having binged on ST yet – but I will!!)

    Its not something I heard at the time – but I like it!

    And “svelte” is a great description @arbutus !
    that’s another lovely piece of mellow sound from Gilberto

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    not sure where to post this so I’ll try here.

    Freddie Jones, great character actor has died.
    This is from a BBC TV thing he did – Jackanory ghost stories played around 5.30pm/ just before the 6pm news.

    I was 9.

    It won’t have the same effect now to anyone else that it did on me at the time, but I distinctly remember sitting enthralled, my mum calling me to tea (ie 6pm meal/ dinner) and me saying “give me a minute” knowing it would be quite a few minutes more.

    That was not normal from me, and dinner going cold was not normal. Not being at the table when dad was ready to eat was not normal.

    But I had to listen to the end.

    I’m sure there are better clips, better moments of his distinctive voice (Freddie Jones’ not my dad’s) but… forever after I always loved seeing this actor pop up in things I was watching.

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