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A Bad Year for Good Music

Over the year 2016, an unusually large number of great musicians have passed on. This show will try to commemorate them, and point out why they were important to today’s music. Hint: much of today’s pop and Rock music would not exist had it not been for them…

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

57 Not Your Average Christmas Music

I put the Heavy Metal tracks into the preshow, only to find that my colleagues disagreed with the labelling of Danish group Pretty Maids as Heavy. Apparently they are Hair Metal, despite what their website and Wikipedia (I know…) says. I think we can compromise on Glam Metal. I never knew there were so many different Metals out there.

Apart from them, we had two tracks from We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year, on which each track is played by a combination of metallic musicians. I simply could not resist including Silent Night.

Also in the preshow was The Kings and Shepherds Arise from The Home Service’s soundtrack to the Royal National Theatre’s 1985 cycle of Mystery Plays, with John Tams and Linda Thompson providing memorable vocals.

The postshow contained a proper French language version of Patapan and Herderkenslied, the Shepherds Song from Flemish group ‘t Kliekske, keeping our international credentials intact. The Death or Glory Wassail from Sid Kipper could almost have been another language, heavy Norfolk accent laid on thick. Some Early English music from The Sixteen and Polyphony followed and we closed with the Wintersmith from Steeleye Span, in memory of Terry Pratchett. Steeleye Span were one of his favourite groups, and he was thrilled to bits that they had take his book and set it to music, as well as asking him to provide some spoken word parts.

The final show for 2016 went down well, even though the hosts all forgot their Santa Hats. We had 27 listeners at one stage and over 20 for nearly the whole show.

Preshow

Title Artist Album Year
Angels From The Realms of Glory Rick Wakeman Christmas Variations 2000
Solstice Mary Jane Solstice 2014
The Nativity III: The Kings / Shepherd’s Arise The Home Service The Mysteries 1997
Run Rudolph Run Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl & Lemmy Kilmister; We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
Silent Night Chris Wyse, Chuck Billy, John Tempesta, Jon Donais & Scott Ian We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
In Santa’s Claws Pretty Maids In Santa’s Claws 1990

The Show

Gloria In Excelsis Al Jarreau Christmas 2008
Carol of the Bells Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me 2014
White Winter Hymnal Pentatonix That’s Christmas To Me 2014
Pat a Pan Mannheim Steamroller Christmas in the Aire 1995
Gower Wassail Steeleye Span First Steps 2002
Joy to the World Kate Rusby While Mortals Sleep 2011
Yorkshire Merry Christmas Kate Rusby The Frost Is All Over 2015
Huron Carol Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
The Boar’s Head Carol Steeleye Span & Maddy Prior A Rare Collection 1972-1996 1999
Drive the Cold Winter Away Johnny Coppin A Country Christmas 1995
O Come, O Come, Immanuel Annie Haslam It Snows in Heaven Too 2000
Tune for a Blythsome Turkey The Albion Band Christmas Album 1999
Personent Hodie The Albion Band Another Christmas Present From The Albion Band 2010
Silent Night Bela Fleck And The Flecktones Jingle All The Way 2008
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Manhattan Transfer The Christmas Album 1992
Another Christmas Song Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
I Believe in Father Christmas ELP I Believe in Father Christmas 1995
Feliz Navidad Chicago Chicago Christmas: What’s It Going To Be, Santa 2003
Bouree Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Supremes Merry Christmas 1965
Merry Christmas Everybody Slade single 1973
A Christmas Carol Tom Lehrer The Remains Of Tom Lehrer 2000
Suddenly It’s Christmas Loudon Wainwright III Career Moves 1993
Stille Nacht Carreras, Cole, Domingo Celebration Of Christmas 1996
1 Gloria in excelsis Deo’; 2- ‘Et in Terra pax’; 3 – ‘Gratias agimus tibi’; 4 – ‘Propter magnam gloriam’ Kings College Choir, Academy of Ancient Music Vivaldi: Gloria 2002
For unto us a child is born Tavener Choir & Players Andrew Parrott / Handel / Messiah 1996
Up On The Housetop Al Jarreau Christmas 2008

Postshow

Patapan Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
Winter Wonderland Dave Brubeck A Dave Brubeck Christmas 1996
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan
Death Or Glory Wassail Sid Kipper Boiled In The Bag 1997
Herderkenslied ‘t Kliekske ‘t Is Met Dees Koude Winterse Dagen 2000
Salutation Carol (15th century MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Nowell sing we, both all and some (c.1450 Seldon MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Sing Lullaby Polyphony, Stephen Layton A Christmas Present from Polyphony 2004
Wintersmith Steeleye Span Wintersmith 2013

 

Not Your Average Christmas Music

Coming on Radio Free D’ni: Not your average Christmas music show.

There may be a steamroller, from Mannheim, no less. A little Wassail, something from Canada, France and Yorkshire. Something Glorious from Vivaldi. And a blythesome turkey. How can you miss that?

Never a dull moment. All rights reserved, may contain nuts. Thinking about it, almost certain to contain nuts. But very entertaining ones…

Come and join us on the plaza on Sunday 11th December at 13 KI (that’s 1 pm US Mountain Time, or 8 pm UK time, 9 pm European time), or in Second Life visit TJ’s Dance Hall where Ainia DaFente will host the rebroadcast into SL. Or just use the links at the top of the page to listen, but you’ll miss out on the text chat on the plaza if you do.

The old links still work as well
http://aegura.harriman4.com/8000.php
or http://www.urutunes.com and choose Radio Free D’ni…
Or you can plug http://aegura.harriman4.com:8000/stream.mp3 into your audio player

MOUL folks can meet us on the plaza and exchange text chat with Ed, Mal and me

56 Difficult Times

Difficult Times had 26 listeners at one point, and 20 for most of the show.

Here’s the playlist, and a link to the lyrics for Rush’s Losing It, as requested (click on the track title)

Preshow

Unsquare Dance is possibly the second most famous Dave Brubeck track after Take Five. Klaus Doldinger’s Timesignature is the sleeper here – it is in common time, but has the relevant title…

Title Artists Album Year Time signature
Subdivisions Rush Signals 1982 7/8
Unsquare Dance The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 7/8
The Tango King Bruce Hornsby Hot House 1995 4/4 + 5/4
Kid Gloves Rush Grace Under Pressure 1984 5/4 alternating 4/4
Timesignature Klaus Doldinger Constellation 1983 4/4
In The Dead Of The Night UK UK 1978 7/4
Take Five Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 5/4

The Show

I Say A Little Prayer Dionne Warwick The Windows of the World 1967 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Far More Blue The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Far More Drums The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Living in the Past Jethro Tull Living in the Past 1972 5/4
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 Chorus 3/4 5/4 2/4
Good Morning Good Morning The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 5/4, 4/4, 3/4
Happiness Is a Warm Gun The Beatles The White Album 1968 complicated
Nothing Else Matters Metallica single 1992 6/8
Heart of Lothian Marillion Misplaced Childhood 1985 7/4 + 5/4
Dance of the Little Fairies Sky Sky 2 1980 7/4
Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 7/4
Money Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973 7/4 + 4/4
Superconductor Rush Presto 1989 7/4 alternating 4/4
Rubylove Cat Stevens Teaser And The Firecat 1971 7/8
Wade In The Water CCS Whole Lotta Love 1970 7/4 then 13/8
Blue Rondo a la Turk Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 9/8
Blue Shadows in the Street The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 9/8
Losing It Rush Signals 1982 11/8
Golden Brown Stranglers La folie 1981 13/8
Schism Tool Lateralus 2001 12/8 as 5/8+7/8
Turn It On Again Genesis Duke 1980 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4 – 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4
Happy Jack The Who A Quick One 1966 13/4
Tubular bells – Intro Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 1973 15/8
Discipline King Crimson Discipline 1974 Drums 17/16, everyone else all over the place.
Hell’s Bells Bill Bruford One of a Kind 1979 19/16 then 7/4

Postshow

Aretha’s version of Say A Little Prayer is the second best, after the Dionne Warwick original.

Vix 9 is by Bela Fleck and the Wooten brothers, Victor on bass and Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drumitar, his own drum controller made in roughly the shape of a guitar.   Bela Fleck is playing an electric banjo and synth pedals, and the live video of them playing this on Youtube is very impressive to watch.

I Say A Little Prayer Franklin, Aretha The Very Best Of Vol.1 1994 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Caesar’s Palace Blues UK Danger Money 1979 5/4
The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus) Yes Fragile 1971 7/4
Vix 9 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 1993 9/8
Kashmir Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 Drums 4/4, all else 3/4 + 9/8
Experience Gentle Giant In A Glass House 1973 9/8
Modern Love Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 11/8, 4/4
Night Illusion Gong Gazeuse! 1976 13/8, 17/8

56 Difficult Times

This Sunday, November 27th, the show theme will be Difficult Times – this is entirely due to an internet gif that a friend of mine posted.

Yes, there will be instances of each of the above.  As you might expect, some of them are a bit prog-ish, but there’s also a good helping of hard rock, jazz, and maybe some heavy metal, if I can get it assembled.  The sheets of armour are OK, but all the bolts seem to have a left-hand thread.

55 Covered Up

We had a great show with a very appreciative audience for our first Covered Up set, where we played well-known songs and their covers – in some cases the covers being more well known than the originals.

Edison put the preshow together and I didn’t make a note of what was played – it was taken from earlier shows though. I put the postshow together so I can give you the extra info for those tracks below – beginning with a rather impressive cover of The Sounds of Silence from heavy-metallers Disturbed.

An internet outage caused me to go offline and lose the channel for several minutes, which caused an unexpected and unannounced end to the show.  Apologies – Technical Issues Beyond our Control.

Call Me The Breeze J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Call Me The Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd  Second Helping 1973
Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins  single 1956
Blue Suede Shoes Link Wray  Live at the Paradiso 1979
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye  In The Groove 1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight and the Pips  single 1967
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
After Midnight Eric Clapton  Eric Clapton 1970
After Midnight J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Rockin’ All Over The World Status Quo  Rockin’ All Over The World 1977
Rockin’ All Over The World John Fogerty  John Fogerty 1975
Rockin’ All Over the World Carl Wilson  Youngblood 1984
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds  single 1967
Shapes Of Things Jeff Beck  Truth 1968
I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis  single 1955
I Hear You Knockin’ Dave Edmunds  single 1970
Batman Theme  The Ron Hicklin Singers  TV theme 1966
Batman Theme Link Wray  single 1967
Before You Accuse Me Bo Diddley  Bo Diddley 1958
Before You Accuse Me Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
California Girls The Beach Boys  Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 1965
California Girls David Lee Roth  Crazy from the Heat 1985
The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix  single 1967
De Wind secht Maria Torfrock  …dat matscht so schön 1977
Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King  Born Under A Bad Sign 1967
Born Under A Bad Sign Passport  Blues Roots  1991
Give Peace A Chance The Plastic Ono Band  single 1969
Give Peace a Chance Louis Armstrong  What a Wonderful World 1970
Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones  Forty Licks 1969
Honky Tonk Woman Jerry Lee Lewis  Last Man Standing 2006
Live and Let Die Wings  Live and Let Die OST 1973
Live And Let Die Guns N’ Roses  Use Your Illusion I 1991

Postshow

The Sound Of Silence Disturbed Immortalized 2015
The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel Sounds Of Silence 1966
Money For Nothing Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985
Perfect Fairground Attraction First of a Million Kisses 1988
Bad Michael Jackson Bad 1987
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon Stand in the Fire 1980
Money for Nothing Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 1985
Take The Money And Run Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle 1976
Abandon City Utopia Oops! Wrong Planet 1977
Blind Eye Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash 1970
Bodhisattva Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Feelin’ Alright Dave Mason Headkeeper 1972
Destination Anywhere The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
China Grove The Doobie Brothers The Captain and Me 1973
Heartlight Kenny Loggins High Adventure 1982
Put It Where You Want It The Crusaders  Crusaders 1 1972
Black Cat Moan Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck Bogert & Appice 1973
Scratch The Crusaders Scratch 1974
In The Midnight Hour The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
Standing in the Light Level 42 Standing in the Light 2002
Perfect Timing Kiki Dee Perfect Timing 1981
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band Volume 8 1980
Peg Steely Dan Aja 1977
Peg (featuring Robben Ford) VA The Royal Dan – A Tribute 2006
Stomp And Buck Dance The Crusaders Southern Comfort 1974
Sock Puppets Iain Ballamy MirrorMask 2005
The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy Jailbreak 1976
Walking CCS A’s, B’s & Rarities 2005
You’re Made That Way The Doobie Brothers Livin’ On The Fault Line 1977
Little Favours KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic 2007

Covered up!

On November 13th, our next show will be along the lines of cover versions and their respective originals, with a focus on unusual or unexpected combinations or unexpected originals–i.e., cases where the actual original version has been mostly forgotten due to later cover versions being far more popular, or where the band doing the cover version would not usually have been expected to do so… or where the circumstances surrounding both (or more) versions are somewhat weird. And that is without even taking into consideration really weird cover versions of otherwise “straight” originals, some of which may also pop up in there.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

54 By The Book

After missing one show slot, we returned to a great audience who stayed with us for a long show.  As it was the DST shift for Europe, we started an hour later than usual for the US listeners, but I was able to get into the cavern early and let folks know what was going on, and also have some music playing during what would have been the preshow period.  There was also an extended postshow, as there was so much material and I wanted to chat about that too.  A long list below…   A peak of 24 listeners, which is at the top end of what we usually have, and even better as we were competing with an event in SL that drew the refugee crowd away.

Total time on air – about 5 hours

Pre-preshow   With a sub-theme of ‘time’ as it was to fill up time due to the late DST announcement by me.

Timewhys Tonto’s Expanding Head Band  Zero Time 1971
Time Pink Floyd  Dark Side Of The Moon 1973
Time Is Short Robin Trower  Back It Up 1983
Time Machine Tim Larkin  Myst V End of Ages Soundtrack 2005
Static Time Turjan Aylahn  Prolepsis 2011
Big Time Peter Gabriel  So 1987
Difference In Time Wishbone Ash  Bona Fide 2006
Doctorin’ The Tardis The Timelords  Single 1988
Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Fairport Convention  Unhalfbricking 1969
Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG’s  Single 1968
Sign ‘O’ The Times Prince  Sign ‘O’ The Times 1987
The Time Warp Various Artists  The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Chicago  Chicago Transit Authority 1969

Preshow

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun Tang dynasty poetry Pink Floyd  A Saucerful Of Secrets 1968
Red Barchetta SF short, Richard Foster Rush  Moving Pictures 1981
Rocket Man Ray Bradbury short Elton John  Honky Chateau 1972
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Kate Bush  The Kick Inside 1978
Misty Mountain Hop Tolkien Led Zeppelin  IV (Zoso) 1971
The Council of Elrond Tolkien The Lord of the Rings  Enya, Lord of the Rings OST 2001

The Show

Genesis I Verse 20 Genesis  Ralph McTell  You,Well-Meaning, Brought Me Here 1971
Turn!  Turn!  Turn! King Solomon, Ecclesiastes  The Byrds  Turn!  Turn!  Turn! 1965
Benedictus I Ching  Strawbs  Grave New World 1972
Tales Of Brave Ulysses Homer, Odyssey  Cream  Disraeli Gears 1967
Home At Last Homer, Odyssey  Steely Dan  Aja 1977
Xanadu Samuel Taylor Coleridge  Rush  A Farewell To Kings 1977
Don Quixote Cervantes  Gordon Lightfoot  Don Quixote 1972
Ramble On Tolkien  Led Zeppelin  II 1969
Ride A White Swan Tolkien  T.Rex  single 1970
A Trick of the Tail William Golding, The Inheritors  Genesis  A Trick of the Tail 1976
I Am The Walrus Alice Through The Looking Glass  The Beatles  Magical Mystery Tour 1967
Tomahawk Kid Stevenson, Treasure Island  The Sensational Alex Harvey Band  The Impossible Dream 1974
Im Nebel Herman Hesse  PUR  Opus1 1983
Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles  King Crimson  Discipline 1974
End Of The Night Celine,Voyage au bout de la Nuit  The Doors  The Doors 1967
1984 Orwell  David Bowie  Diamond Dogs 1974
Schiller Friedrich Schiller  Wise Guys  Frei 2008
Purple Haze Philip Jose Farmer  Jimi Hendrix  single 1967
To Tame A Land Frank Herbert, Dune  Iron Maiden  Piece Of Mind 1983
Childhood’s End Arthur C Clarke  Pink Floyd  Obscured by Clouds 1972
Sirens Of Titan Kurt Vonnegut  Al Stewart  Modern Times 1975
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein  Judy Collins  Judith 1975

Postshow

Don’t Stand So Close to Me Nabokov, Lolita The Police  Zenyatta Mondatta 1980
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Rush  Moving Pictures 1981
The Three Fates: Clotho/Lachesis/Atropos Myths Emerson, Lake & Palmer  Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970
Jekyll And Hyde R.L. Stevenson Renaissance  Azure D’or 1979
Sympathy For The Devil Baudelaire, Bulgakov Rolling Stones  Beggar’s Banquet 1967
Brighton Rock Graham Greene Queen  Sheer Heart Attack 1991
Pigs (Three Different Ones) Orwell, Animal Farm Pink Floyd  Animals 1977
Narnia C.S. Lewis Steve Hackett  Please Don’t Touch 1978
Knots R.D. Laing Gentle Giant  Octopus 1972
The Battle Of Evermore Tolkien Led Zeppelin  IV (Zoso) 1971
The Advent Of Panurge Rabelais Gentle Giant  Octopus 1972
Lay Down Bible Strawbs  Bursting At The Seams 1973
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allen Poe The Alan Parsons Project  Tales Of Mystery And Imagination 1976
The Ferryman Hesse, Siddhartha Ralph McTell  You, Well-Meaning, Brought Me Here 1971
Peg Steely Dan  Aja 1977

 

By The Book

On Sunday, October 30th, we will have a show of songs referencing literature in various ways (the show we were supposed to have on the 16th–sorry about that!). There will be some pretty obvious connections, and some obscure ones, some mainstream songs, and a few quite a way off the beaten path. In other words, just another Radio Free D’ni show.

Due to the switch from Daylight Saving time in Europe, the show will be an hour late for our North/South American (and probably some other) listeners! 1400 KI time instead of the usual 1300.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

No show on Sunday October 16!

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 we will not be having a show. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unfortunately unable to broadcast on this date.

We will be back with a show on October 30th, though, and it’ll be a good one 🙂

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse