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      wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam

      Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 220: Mannish Men of Myth & Mirth

      Maandag, 19 Mei 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)

      SIMUL-streaming <http://freeteam.nl/patapoe/>

      "If you put a gun in a man's hand, he will use it."
      o from Gunman's Walk, Philip Carlson, director, 1958

      ~~~~

      Blindman WILLY > Afrohead [1]
      Hey JOE > Patti Smith [2]
      Cotton Eye JOE > Rednex [3]
      KOOS Werkeloos > Klein Orkest [4]
      Oh No! BRUNO! > NoMeansNo [5]
      Who Killed SAM > Wanda Jackson [6]
      FARON Young > Prefab Sprout [7]
      JIMMY, JIMMY > Undertones [8]
      SIDI H' Bibi > Mano Negra [9]
      Lonesome Cowboy DAVE > Pere Ubu [10]
      RONNIE Gaat Naar Huis > Spinvis [11]
      Sloop JOHN B > Beachboys [12]
      JAMES Dean > Steven Dalachinsky [13]
      Wake Up BOO! > Boo Radleys [14]
      AL K. Hall > Jasmine Bande [15]
      HARRY Irene [Beefheart] > Good & Gone [16]
      DAVID's Mood > Kingsmen [17]
      Dear RON > Black Sifichi [18]
      Song To GEORGE > The Amp > [19]
      Hey JOE > The Folkswingers [20]
      FRANK's Wild Years > Tom Waits [21]
      JONATHAN Fisk > Spoon [22]
      Dainty WAYNE > Ladytron [23]
      SHANE > Liz Phair [24]
      TOMMY Forrester > Mentalematic [25]
      Uncle SAM > The Flying Folk Army [26]
      JOHN Henry > Woody Guthrie [27]
      Tiny MONTGOMERY > Bob Dylan [28]
      Stagger LEE > Nick Cave [29]
      If CAIN Were Able > Little Annie Anxiety [30]
      OJ Simpson > Bovine Life [31]
      Japan is Turning into ERIC Burdon > Show Business Giants [32]
      JIM On The Move > Lizzy Mercier Descloux [33]
      MACK the Knife > Peggy Lee [34]
      JOHN Henry > DeFord Bailey [35]
      TOMMY Gun > Clash [36]
      ADONIS > Petula Clark [37]
      TOM Traubert's Blues > Tom Waits [38]

      ~~~~

      [1] "Afrohead" on BML. Wonderful soul-techno-trance.

      [2] "Piss Factory: Special Collectors Edition" on Sire 1977. Probably
      one of the only 'valuable' collectors items I own. Autographed by PS
      - or forger. Willing to sell for a house in the country [not in
      Serbia, Idaho, or Iraq].

      [3] "Flair 3: Swinging Summer Hits" on Sonovit. Weird mix of summery
      tunes including this inspired piece of punk techno country.

      [4] "Alles 2 - Het Nederpop-virus van de jaren 80" on Arcade 2000.
      The sweet semi-anti-capitalist song about unemployed Koos is
      originally from 1983, when Dutch unemployment was soaring, and
      political activism and squatting were part of everyday life for many
      Dutchies. Re-released on a compilation CD of the slick music label
      Arcade that made the previous Dutch minister of Economic Affairs
      (Herman Heinsbroek, from the Pim Fortuyn Party) rich enough to be
      able to turn down the free government limo, because he preferred his
      own Bentley. In October 2002 he caused the fall of the government
      without having accomplished anything noticeable but quarrels.

      [5] "Wrong" on Alternative tentacles/Wrong Records, 1989.
      Straightforward punkrock song from one of NoMeansNo's best albums -
      pretty horrible album cover though.

      [6] "Let's Have A Party" on Charly vinyl. The role model for all
      feminine rockers to follow.

      [7] "Steve McQueen" on Columbia/Kitchenware Records, 1985. Sweet
      Brits Prefab Sprout had the talent to make complex music sound
      simple. Although this song about old countryman Faron Young ("Four in
      the Morning") is actually not a good example of that. Sorry.

      [8] "The Undertones" (first album + extras), on Essential records,
      1978/1994. I always felt sorry for being too young to have missed
      them at their best in the late 70s (I was 8 at the time, so my mum
      probably wouldn't have let me go see them, had I known them then).
      Thank God for revivals. After Feargal Sharkey left the Undertones in
      1984 or so, they changed their name into That Petrol Emotion, and
      made some great (and different) music, but apparently, the old
      Undertones-feel still itched the Brothers O'Neill, who wrote most of
      their brilliant short songs. They found a pretty amazing replacement
      for Feargal Sharkey, so I saw them a few months ago in the Amsterdam
      Paradiso. I had a great time, and, joining in with the many drunken
      Irish and Brits (!) around me, completely lost my voice.

      [9] "Puta's Fever" on Virgin France, 1989. The Black Hand of Manu
      Chao's gang mixed each and every style from West and South Europe. We
      assume that Sidi is a man's name, but my Arabic is not existent
      enough to even grasp that, let alone the further content of the song.
      [WTM: This band made punk into world music or vice versa]

      [10] "Not Happy" 45 on Rough Trade. "My name is David / & I've got a
      hat / the size of Oklahoma."

      [11] "Spinvis" on Excelsior Records, 2002. A very beautiful one-man
      sample album that perfectly describes the atmosphere of Dutch
      coziness ("gezelligheid") (or lack thereof). On one of the best Dutch
      guitar band labels.

      [12] "Pet Sounds" on Capitol records, 1966. "I made each track a
      sound experience of its own. I was obsessed with explaining,
      musically, how I felt inside. This, I thought, could be the beginning
      of a new type of sophisticated-feeling music. I definitely felt the
      need to compete with the Beatles." (Brian Wilson about Pet Sounds in
      1990)

      [13] "Incomplete Directions" on Knitting Factory. Interesting spoken
      word from this NY downtowner.

      [14] "Wake Up!" on Creation/Columbia, 1995. Bright & shiny britpop.
      The album has also the men's names Joel, Martin and Charles on it. A
      goldmine!

      [15] "Didjoohaffun" on Énorme. Inspired manic squeezebox-esse with
      her own brand of cranked and broken franco-american poesie.

      [16] "Fast 'n' Bulbous - A Tribute to Captain Beefheart" on Imaginary
      Records, 1988. Don't know much more about the band, although they're
      doing a pretty good cover here.

      [17] "The Kingsmen: Vol. 2" on Wand Records vinyl. Genius rock n roll
      with liner notes by TV game-show host Wink Martindale, a DJ at the
      time [mid-60s] at KFWB in LA.

      [18] "Tick" on Noise Factory with Negative Stencil. Genius debut from
      BS. Under-valued except in France where he is an institution [in the
      positive sense].

      [19] "Trip to the Lakes of St. G." on Futuremusic 1991. Frysian
      rockband, made some great songs and did good shows at the time I was
      studying in Groningen. Too bad they broke up. Their singer, Nyk de
      Vries, is now drumming with Meindert Talma & the Negroes, on
      Excelsior Records. Ah, so many bands, so little time.

      [20] "Sitaaarski!: Music where East Beats West: Ethnomusicology vol
      One" Hystereo. Insanely derivative and improvisational Indian takes
      on western pop insanity. Covers of the Stones, Beatles, YardbirdsŠ

      [21] "Swordfishtrombones", on Island 1983. You can recognise the
      ultimate Tom Waits fan from his ability to recite this one by heart,
      especially the "and assumed a $30,000 loan at 15% and put a down
      payment on a little two bedroom place" bit, not just the ending
      "never could stand that dog".

      [22] "Kill the Moonlight" on12XU, 2002. I first discovered Spoon
      (from Austin, Texas) when they were still with Matador, one of the
      home suppliers of great music. I remember when I found their second
      album (which was not released in Europe) for $3,- in one of the many
      great secondhand and cheap record shops around Washington Square Park
      in Manhattan. A paradise.

      [23] "The Ladytron" on Knitting Factory.

      [24] "Whip-Smart" on Matador, 1994. This happens to be a sweet song,
      but watch out when Liz Phair starts singing about "I suck you 'til
      your dick is blue". Yikes.

      [25] "Mentalematic" on NULF. Beats with a tragically flawed singer.
      She gets the notes wrong, can't turn the corner on a melody and yet
      you end up cheering for her.

      [26] "Massive Folk Fist to the Man" own release, 2001. Activist
      folkies from Vancouver, Canada. To cheer up your demo!

      [27] "The Legendary Woody Guthrie: In Memoriam" on Everest vinyl,
      1967. He died October 3, 1967. Just recently saw "Bound for Glory"
      again. A film that held up pretty well despite its subdued
      hollywoodized version of socialism.

      [28] "The Basement Tapes" on Columbia vinyl, 1975. Dylan's brilliance
      kept in a basement for 20 years. Perhaps one of the
      most-written-about discs other than Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue."

      [29] "Murder Ballads" on Mute Records 1996. The takketak guitar makes
      his voice even more sinister. Many many deaths on this album.

      [30] "Short & Sweet" on On-U. Still one of my faves. Her sultry
      poetic fag-hag post-Peggy Lee sound complements the dubby distortions
      of Adrian Sherwood.

      [31] "Social Electrics" on Bip-Hop. Formidable label of adventurous
      sounds presents BL and what happens when genetic modification is
      applied to sound bites.

      [32] "Will there be Corn?" on Smoeff/2nd Move, 1997. NoMeansNo guitar
      player Tom Holliston's side project with many musical and lyrical
      wit. "Impressionable fingers pressing into rub her cement - and all
      of this spiralling hoopla - is getting harder to circumvent."

      [33] "Press Color" on Ze Records, 1979. At the height of the
      junk-punk-funk sound. She was the coolest of the cool.

      [34] "Lovers Rendezvous" on K-Tel vinyl.

      [35] "Black & White Hillbilly Music" on Trikont. Great aesthetic and
      historical compilation by the label that does it right.

      [36] "The Story of the Clash" on Epic/Sony 1988 (also on "Give 'em
      Enough Rope", 1978). I always did my best to try and understand what
      the Clash were singing exactly, but (except for "Should I Stay or
      Should I Go?") I always had a hard time. And I bet you did too. So I
      googled for this one, and guess what: "Tommy gun - you better strip
      it down for a custom run - Tommy gun - waiting in the airport 'till
      Kingdom Come - An' we can watch you make it on the nine o'clock news
      - Standing there in Palestine lighting the fuse - Whatever you want,
      you're gonna get it." Thta was 25 years ago.

      [37] "The Petula Clark Story: Vol. 1" on Golden Hour vinyl.

      [38] "Small Change", Asylum 1976. Strangely, this album opens with
      the perfect song to end an album. Also known as "Waltzing Mathilda",
      but that's not a man's name, is it?

      ~~~~

      * This playlist is hopelessly out of sequence. I am trying now to
      catch up after a truckload of life had to be unloaded. Um, and also
      more on the recent radio skirmishes, where free / pirate / difficult
      / interesting radio was once again, as everywhere in the world, being
      attacked by the alliance of perpetual foot soldiers of blandness and
      boredom.

      o My guest tonight is Fun Frank van Schaik, self-proclaimed
      other-globalist would-be stand-up co-median. Our last vinyl outing at
      Patapoe was a year ago, the night Pim Fortuyn was murdered. About
      half of the comments are his as we divided the show as a your men vs
      mine sort of ideaŠ

      o The Netherlands has 250 murders per year in a country of 16
      million. NY with a similar population density and a population of 7
      million has over 1000 murders per year.

      o One story I was reading in a May de Volkskrant, a Dutch daily,
      described these amazing private military schools in various tough
      Love camps for American problem kids. The schools are strict like a
      prison. Kids are kidnapped from their own homes in the middle of the
      night with parental approval. This to immediately break the kid's
      spirit. Then the kid does not see the outside world, natural light,
      the sun for a period of 6 weeks. No communication with the outside
      world. The most amazing thing is that these American schools are
      located in places like Costa Rica, Western Samoa and the Czech
      Republic but are totally US-run by an organisation out of Utah. The
      kids are exposed to such rough tactics that the government of Costa
      Rica protested on the basis of human rights violations and is now
      asking this Utah-based organization to close its school thereŠ

      o During the Iraq war, US men put dolphins to work. Were they
      draftees or volunteers? The dolphins are not talking. One of them was
      named K-Dog and served in the Commander Task Unit 55.4.3, guarding
      American aircraft carriers and other naval vessels in the harbors
      around the Gulf region. Talk about the alliance!: not only are
      dolphins looking for mines in harbors but California sea lions like
      Alex & Zacharias are also patrolling the Persian Gulf near Bahrein.
      They are looking for terrorist divers or swimmers. If they spot a
      terrorist or other suspicious type they head toward the suspect at
      speeds of 40 km / hr and circle the suspect a few times to properly
      suss him out. They trigger a clamp which sends up a balloon. Men on
      deck see the balloon and can direct their line of fire near the
      balloon. The US Military assured reporters that the irreplaceable
      seals and dolphins are NOT trained to kill people. That is left to
      the experts - men. Where are the animal rights people in this
      situation?

      o Of all the "Americans" killed during the last Gulf War, about a
      third of them were not even American citizens! There was a time when
      I was approaching 18 when the last drafts for the Vietnam War were
      announced. I had already ripped up my draft card on the steps of the
      Richland Center Wisconsin town hall and thrown it in the nearest
      garbage can, feeling dirty and complicit even hanging on to it. I had
      made plans to go to Canada if I was drafted even though at that time
      Green Card holders were NOT allowed to fight on the front lines
      probably because of fear of desertion or other possible treasonous
      acts.

      o While in the US I picked up a bag of "Gummi Army Guys by Albanese
      USA 'World's Best'," which are basically fruit-flavored [not gay!]
      nutrition-free tooth-barnacles made of corn syrup and various
      concoctionsŠ The text implores us To "Come on and join our troops!
      Play and eat withŠ 'Bazooka' Bob, 'Forrest [sic] Fighter' Steve, 'GI'
      Johnny, "Sniper' Scott, and 'Rifleman' Rich."

      o Of all the "Americans" killed during the last Gulf War, about a
      third of them were not even American citizens! There was a time when
      I was approaching 18 when the last drafts for the Vietnam War were
      announced. I had already ripped up my draft card on the steps of the
      Richland Center Wisconsin town hall and thrown it in the nearest
      garbage can, feeling dirty and complicit even hanging on to it. I had
      made plans to go to Canada if I was drafted even though at that time
      Green Card holders were NOT allowed to fight on the front lines
      probably because of fear of desertion or other possible treasonous
      acts.

      o While in the US I picked up on some of the strange vibes currently
      vibrating to the point that they are loosening people from their
      beliefs on the one hand and on the other cementing people into
      doctrinaire positions so steadfast and immovable as to appear as
      nothing short of fanaticism, if fanaticism can be defined as the
      spiritual equivalent of cognitive dissonance, whereby one holds
      beliefs while pushing out all facts that undermine those beliefs.

      o Man's man: Moshe Dayan, Israel's leading military man during the
      60s, once said: "Death in combat is not the end of the fight but its
      peak; and since combat is a part, and at times, the sum total of
      life; death which is the peak of combat, is not the destruction of
      life, but its fullest, most powerful expression." [from Harper's
      Magazine, April 2003, p. 87.]

      o Meanwhile, A Georgia college student, Aaron Price, was sentenced to
      40 years for beating a fellow student with a baseball bat, fracturing
      his skull, because he thought the victim had been looking at him in a
      dormitory shower room. The victim, Gregory Love, said he did not have
      his glasses on and mistook Price for his roommateŠ

      o Men of Macho Compassion
      Remember the 3 Dog Night song "Easy to be Hard" from around 1970?
      With the proliferation of Viagra, it is obvious that it is NOT so
      easy and topsy turvy, it's hard to be easy [or nice]. As noted in
      Matters of Emphasis By PAUL KRUGMAN The New York Times, April 29,
      2003 [courtesy of Fabio]

      "ŠA British newspaper, The Independent, reports that 'intelligence
      agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were furious that briefings
      they gave political leaders were distorted in the rush to war.' One
      'high-level source' told the paper that 'they ignored intelligence
      assessments which said Iraq was not a threat.'

      Sure enough, we have yet to find any weapons of mass destruction.
      It's hard to believe that we won't eventually find some poison gas or
      crude biological weapons. But those aren't true W.M.D.'s, the sort of
      weapons that can make a small, poor country a threat to the greatest
      power the world has ever known. Remember that President Bush made his
      case for war by warning of a 'mushroom cloud.' Clearly, Iraq didn't
      have anything like that - and Mr. Bush must have known that it
      didn't. Does it matter that we were misled into war? Some people say
      that it doesn't: we won, and the Iraqi people have been freed. But we
      ought to ask some hard questions - not just about Iraq, but about
      ourselves.

      First, why is our compassion so selective? In 2001 the World Health
      Organization - the same organization we now count on to protect us
      from SARS - called for a program to fight infectious diseases in poor
      countries, arguing that it would save the lives of millions of people
      every year. The U.S. share of the expenses would have been about $10
      billion per year - a small fraction of what we will spend on war and
      occupation. Yet the Bush administration contemptuously dismissed the
      proposal.

      Or consider one of America's first major postwar acts of diplomacy:
      blocking a plan to send U.N. peacekeepers to Ivory Coast (a former
      French colony) to enforce a truce in a vicious civil war. The U.S.
      complains that it will cost too much. And that must be true - we
      wouldn't let innocent people die just to spite the French, would we?Š
      I guess it's just a matter of emphasis. A cynic might point out,
      however, that saving lives peacefully doesn't offer any occasion to
      stage a victory parade.

      o A last bit of related what's-in-a-name humor: The former-secretary
      of the Dutch Socialist party is named Tiny Kox.

      ~~~~~~~~
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      Radio 100 / Radio Patapoe
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      Zeilstraat 23 / II
      1075 SB Amsterdam
      the Netherlands

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