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Greenslade

This week, we will take a look at Greenslade, formed by original members of Colosseum Dave Greenslade and Tony Reeves. While only existing for a short time, the band featured an ever-changing who-is-who of British Prog in its member list.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

081R By The Book, Chapter 2

A refurbished show with a completely new preshow and updated lyrics, sorry, script.

A fun-packed show with a bit more chat than usual.  Well, I had the books to write about as well as the tracks…

I did promise during the show to say a bit more about the Mock Turtle.  Alice In Wonderland, if you don’t know already, is slotted into the “nonsense” category by many, but it truth it is much more complicated than that.  The author, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll is a pen-name) was a mathematics don at Oxford (having achieved a Second in Divinity and a First in Mathematics, and been awarded a Fellowship for life, no mean achievement) and contributed important work in the fields of symbolic logic and what is today known as game theory.  The Alice books  are full of logical allusions, as well as literary references and puns.  The original illustrations for the books were done by celebrated illustrator and cartoonist Sir John Tenniel, to Dodgson’s exacting and profuse directions, and should be considered as part of the story.

So, the Mock Turtle is an allusion to a culinary dish called Mock Turtle soup, which is a dish that tries to replicate the taste of green turtle soup using items more easily available.  The main component is a calf’s head, boiled, and the meat recovered for use in the soup, along with oysters and a few other things.  Hence Tenniel, under Dodgson’s instructions, made the Mock Turtle have a turtle’s body and front flippers, but a calf’s head, feet and tail.  A clever visual joke, sadly lost on today’s audience who have no reason to know what Mock Turtle soup is made out of.  The text of the relevant chapter can be found here, and will explain the whole “Fainting in Coils” thing (painting in oils, in case it’s not obvious)

I’ll link to as many helpful pages for the books and songs as I can below.

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By The Book, Chapter 2

This week’s remastered show will be our second set of tracks concerned, one way or another, with literature. And thanks to the continued insanity of Astronomy Wasting Time, we’ll start at 13:30 KI time this week.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

211 Styx

A favourite band of many of our audience, much bigger in the US than Europe, and one I had never heard before….    in mitigation, I’m a sort-of-reformed jazz fan, via fusion and prog rock, so I’m approaching this sort of thing from a different direction.  Edison let slip that, not only was a fan, but that in 1979 he was asked to try out for the band, when Dennis de Young temporarily left after the disagreement following “Babe”…  A missed opportunity, or a lucky escape, perhaps.

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Styx

This week we will take a look at Hard Rockers Soft Rockers Pop Rockers Art Rockers Prog Rockers unpigeonholeable Rockers Styx, 50 years into their career this year.

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Malaclypse

080R Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Musicians being rude about the music business is not news, but getting their complaints issued on recordings is quite an accomplishment.  Max Headroom only managed it on TV for a short while…   A great selection, appreciated by a great audience.

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Biting the Hand that Feeds, Remastered

This week’s showing is a remaster of the show we did six years ago featuring songs that poke fun, or satirize, or otherwise unfavourably comment on, the recording industry. Some go straight for the throat…

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

210 Un-covered III

A third set of un-covered tracks, that is, tracks that have the same title but are otherwise not connected.  It’s been a while since we did one of these, and this one went together very well.

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Un-Covered III

This week, we will go through a third set of songs that share a title, but nothing else: they are not cover versions of one another, i.e., un-covered. As we found in the preceding two sets of the same concept, this makes for a very varied set of styles, so we’ll have a little bit of a roller-coaster ride.

See you in the Cavern,
Malaclypse

079R Turn it Up!

One of our best shows, well deserving of a rebroadcast, but we were snookered by technical issues on the voice side – the music came through fine, so we carried on.  I’m happy to do a repeat on an off day, do suggest a good one…  Despite all that, 26 listeners at one point, which is very good by any standards for a niche Internet radio.

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