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    wReck thiS meSS ‰ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ‰ Amsterdam Adventures in UNsound: no. 175 Appendages of the Homosexuals Maandag, 18 Maart 2002 (17.05 to 19.00)
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      wReck thiS meSS ‰ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ‰ Amsterdam

      Adventures in UNsound: no. 175 > Appendages of the Homosexuals

      Maandag, 18 Maart 2002 (17.05 to 19.00)

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      AntsŠ > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      Bad Weather Circuits > Die Trip Computer Die [2]
      Kitchen > L. Voag [3]
      Toilet > L. Voag [3]
      Living Room > L. Voag [3]
      Bedroom > L. Voag [3]
      The Way Out > L. Voag [3]
      Bloodmilch > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      The Rusting of Techno-Cop > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      America's Burning > Die Trip Computer Die [2]
      The Lengthy Pause > L. Voag [3]
      Franco's Prayer > L. Voag [3]
      The Raw End (of the Tits, Bums & Challenge Deal) > L. Voag [3]
      All About Cheap > The Homosexuals [4]
      Anti-Fugue [Theme of the Horn-rimmed Ones > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      Has Durability Been Sacrificed to Good Looks? > L. Voag [3]
      Planning - Budgeting - Shopping > L. Voag [3]
      Helping the Police With Their Enquiries > L. Voag [3]
      An Irish Airhead Foresees His Death > Plain People of England [5]
      Civil War > Plain People of England [5]
      Battle Train to Clonsilla > Plain People of England [5]
      Fourth Flaw > Die Trip Computer Die [2]
      The Monumental > L. Voag [3]
      Laing T. Wilbamot Version of Holy Holies > L. Voag [3]
      What Architects Dream Of > L. Voag [3]
      My Battle With Irony > Plain People of England [5]
      Beauty Spreads > L. Voag [3]
      Aural terrorism > L. Voag [3]
      We dress up our Ideas to make them seem greater than they really
      Are > L. Voag [3]
      According to Freud > L. Voag [3]
      Let's Go to the End of the Party World > L. Voag [3]
      Kiss Wiv Venom > L. Voag [3]
      Eigenwerkuss [Ich Kann Nicht Hexen] > L. Voag [3]
      The Night before the Morning After > Plain People of England [5]
      La Javanaise > Murphy No Geisha [6]
      Summer Evillings > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      Front Door / Hall > L. Voag [3]
      The Samantha Cycle Part IV > Die Trip Computer Die [1]
      Fourth Flaw > Die Trip Computer Die [2]

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      [1] "Shorter Circuits vol. 1" on Waste Records [I think]. 2 members
      are aberrant offshoot of the Homosexuals: "Amos" and Lepke
      Buchwalter. It seems to be an apparent nom de sampler for a band
      blaspheming and sampling a mile a minute as if aural collage can
      still have an effect on the way we perceive things -- the old
      socialist aesthetic of consciousness through creativity. Lots of
      dense fun reminding me of the Tape Beatles or Negativland as funneled
      through some Pink Soft Machine Cow.

      [2] "We Are Your Friends" on Alcohol Records
      <lmc@...>. The band's full name is Die Trip Computer
      Die.According to Shyboy, "in the U.K. a 'trip computer' is a computer
      in the dashboard of a car that keeps track of trip mileage, etc."
      apparently band member Lepke once saw a car on the street with the
      grafitti "Die, Trip Computer, Die!" written on the windshield, hence
      the inspiration for the band name. The band members are Lepke B., Ted
      Barrow, and Xentos Bentos (not their real names). This is incredibly
      dense and esoteric work that somehow reminds me of mid-80s industrial
      bands getting their hands on samplers, maybe Test Department or early
      Nurse with Wound. Mixed with Soft Machine vs Negativland. But it is
      also dark, anarcho-humorous, densely and complexly inaccessible
      nerve-wracking post-music, which I ended up really admiring...

      [3] "The Way Out" on Alcohol Records This is "Amos" from Die Trip &
      other more clandestine sonic ensembles. A very unnerving and yet
      amusing pastiche of raw outtakes, basement tapes, wild forays into
      exuberant scrambled jazz and topsy turvy takes on the pop world. Some
      tunes even sound Flipper-esque [Living Room] in their wide-eyed
      notions of enthusiastic cynicism. Meanwhile, "Bedroom" is absolutely
      magical, ethereal, like an eccentric angel breaking wind.

      [4] I only have one cut on one old radio show tape. I wonder why.
      When listening to it I think it sounds great. Kind of like that cross
      between engagé funk ala Rip Rig and Panic, No Wave. This particular
      number is dubby like early period Mekons and it also somehow reminds
      me of the FallŠ According to some reliable DJ sources [as I did not
      keep up on this aspect of UK music] the Homosexuals were both
      brilliant and shrouded in mystery. Didn't play out much, were much
      better than their renown would indicate. A common enough pop culture
      formula: the better/more provocative the music, the less renowned you
      will be. Obscure, that magical lucre of the radio DJŠ

      Daniel Selzer <http://www.geocities.com/danselzer/Homosexuals.html>
      "The Homosexuals were the greatest, no, the Homosexuals could've
      been, would've been, should've been the greatest band of all time.
      Better than the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Better than Elvis or Bo
      Diddley. Š Instead they are one of the greatest mysteries in rock
      history, an entire band whose existence best analagises to the
      non-record 'Smile.' They came and went, leaving a spattering of
      singles, a plethora of pseudonyms, and a great deal of potentialŠ. In
      his insert for the Homosexuals record, Chris Cutler wrote something
      to the effect of "the Homosexuals merged two thoroughly unique forms
      of British music." I always took that to mean, the post-psychedelic
      progressive art rock that Cutler championed so much (Syd Barrett's
      Pink Floyd via Robert Wyatt and the Soft Machine, via Cutler's Henry
      Cow) and Punk Rock (Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, the
      Vibrators, and more likely, the post punk of Magazine, Swell Maps,
      This Heat [quick note, I've been roasted before for calling This Heat
      post-punk. I stand by my statement, Deceit and Health and Efficiency
      are Post-Punk] Of course listening to the Homosexuals one also hears
      the influence of British folk-rock ala Incredible String Band and
      Fairport Convention, as well as strait up Power-Pop. Sometimes you
      can hear all these in one song (see "Total Drop")Š We have, initally
      3 members, Bruno, Anton (also known as George Harrassment) and Jim
      (also known as L Voag, Xentos Bentos, Amos, and God knows what else.)
      They form 1978 in London, part of a political, communal squat
      movement, where they meet contemporaries and later collaborators such
      as Lepke Bookwater (responsible for Milk from Cheltelhem) members of
      This Heat, and This Heat's producer, Flying Lizard David CunninghamŠ.
      They come into contact with Chris Grey and Surrey Sound Studios.
      Chris Grey would be something like another Homosexual and considering
      the amount of studio tinkering on the Homosexuals recordings, his
      importance can't be underestimated, though it is unclear what moments
      may be Grey's responsibilities, as the rest of the band, particularly
      L Voag, were adept tape manipulators themselvesŠ. They have a
      revolving stable of drummers including Ted Barrows later of the
      Orchestra MurphyŠ. Jim leaves to create even more experimental music
      under the name L Voag and about a hundred others. The Homosexuals
      record their finest materialŠ In the mid-80s Bruno takes the original
      2" masters, dumps them to cassette and records over them with
      something else (what?). Bruno gives those cassettes to Chris Cutler,
      who, despite not having the permission of the other members and
      despite the deteriorated and unfinished quality of the material,
      releases it as the "Homosexuals Record." Š Bruno is [now]/was [then]
      managing a rap artistŠ. Anton/George Harrassment still plays guitarŠ
      Chris Grey is 'a little eccentric.' L. Voag continues to be an
      important force in experimental music and certain aspects of the
      London new music community, most recently crafting unique twisted
      digital pop noise with Die, Trip Computer, Die!" Meanwhile, according
      to Selzer, the members are all dispersed and not getting along
      although I'm not so sureŠ

      [5] "The Gab - Gift or Curse?" One of many obscure and somewhat
      recognized mutations of [London's] Murphy Orchestra, or Orchestre
      Murphy, Rob Murphy's ongoing project. I always thought it would a
      great strategy to change the name of your band with each disc, each
      show, each tour. Anyway, this is very interesting askew mutant
      morphing pop [pop with warped strands of DNA] that reminds me [again]
      somehow of the Mekons, or a mere hint of a shadow of a guess of a
      rumor of a band somehow forming a kind of sonic bridge between the
      notions of the Situationists and the virtualness of the internet. I
      guess. Immensely interesting, insidiously vexing. According to my
      sources, Murphy is currently with some of the edgiest musicians in
      London like Caroline Kraabel.

      [6] "Murphy No Geisha" is Rob Murphy with Akiko Sato and Tomoko
      Minamizaki singing Gainsbourg in Japanese - Kazuko Hohki move over!
      Rob Murphy is also in the Plain People and the various incarnations
      of the Murphy Orchestra. His CD "Smut" was released by Alcohol

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      In the Volkskrant of March 27: In 1980 Dan Quayle [ex US vice-prez]
      proposed liquidating anti-nuke prime minister David Lange of New
      Zealand because he refused to allow US nuclear subs into New Zeeland


      This is an edited version of an email that came to me via reader/'listener' SM:
      In George W. Bush's First year in office he:
      1. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
      2. Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
      4. Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
      5. Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in
      drinking water.
      6. Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer
      bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons.
      8. Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars
      and trucks.
      9. Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's
      ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace
      safety, environmental and other federal laws.
      11. Appointed John Negroponte, an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra
      criminal to the post of United Nations Ambassador.
      12. Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain
      forest conservation.
      13. Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals,
      clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.

      14. Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information
      about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant
      18. Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
      19. Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
      21. Cut a program to provide childcare to low-income families as they
      move from welfare to work.
      22. Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage
      to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
      23. Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
      24. Appointed Otto Reich - an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra
      criminal - to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
      25. Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
      28. Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker
      health and safety.
      29. Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide, the waste
      gas that contributes to global warming.
      30. Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that
      offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
      31. Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and Outreach.
      37. Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate
      worker's rights and safeguards for the environment.
      44. Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial
      aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
      47. Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to the
      wealthiest 1% of Americans.
      48. Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class
      Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting
      medical bills.
      49. Appointed Vice President Dick Cheney who's quoted as saying "If
      you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you
      ought to build nuclear power plants."
      52. Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of
      child abuse and neglect.
      53. Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to
      get credit cards.
      54. Proposed elimination of the "Reading is Fundamental" program that
      gives free books to poor children.
      55. Is pushing for development of small nuclear arms to attack deeply
      buried targets and weapons, which would violate the Comprehensive
      Test Ban Treaty.
      58. Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program
      which taught School children about the Constitution, the Bill of
      Rights and citizenship.
      59. Appointed John Bolton - who opposes nonproliferation treaties and the
      U. N. - to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
      69. Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and drug
      abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and not
      secular equivalents.


      Carola [formerly of the group Solomonoff & Von Hoffmanstahl who did
      an act that somehow fit in somewhere between Suicide and DNA] at On
      The QT reacting to my show devoted to String instruments and my
      playing of Chicago Transit Authority's first album: "Television was
      indeed better than Talking Heads. And re Abbie Hoffman -- just
      excavated tapes I have of an interview I did with him in 80. Right
      after he resurfaced. How changed he was by then from when I first
      encountered him in Yippie days. [Lifestyle] had blunted his ability
      to connect with others. Which had been one of his strong points as an
      organizer. And here's a story for you -- Richard Poe, who edited
      East Village Eye in its last years of the Big 80's, recently told me
      of going to a "60's Theme Nite" at what once had been the Filmore
      East and running into Abbie at the door. Abbie had been invited but
      was turned away by the doorman who'd never heard of him. How fleeting
      is fame but also, how awful were the 80's. Richard Poe also
      mentioned another editor at the Eye who had long hair and how he
      (Poe) was glad to see him because he thought he was a hippie symp.
      Which at the time, Poe was too. But he discovered the guy was an
      "ironic hippie" and the hair was naught but a fashion statement...
      "ironic hippie" - it would make a good name for a group. Or a

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      * "plus another few hundred when it hits the BSI list!" Ezra

      Send all sound material for airplay and review to:
      Wreck This MeSS
      Radio 100 / Radio Patapoe
      bart plantenga
      Zeilstraat 23 / II
      1075 SB Amsterdam
      the Netherlands

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      My playlists now appear regularly in 3am Magazine
      <http://www.3ammagazine.com> under the title "Radiophotogram: Visual
      Radio". As well as an interview with Judy Nylon.

      "For a more international, commercial feel, try 3am Magazine. . . .
      The cosmopolitan, rive gauche quality of the site is wonderfully
      obvious. From 'cutting edge short fiction' to political satire and
      music reviews, 3am is a dream publication for the young, literary and
      clued-up, and it counter-balances nicely the London/New York
      publishing behemoth." o Bill Broun, The Times (Monday April 30 2001).

      "Cool ezine 3am is worth taking a look at for a dip into the edgier
      waters of literature on the net." o Michelle Pauli, The Guardian

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