Bah Humbug 3: Now I Have A Machine Gun, Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas from Radio Clash, and how better to celebrate with the third instalment of Bah Humbug, the strange, wrong, silly and anti-Christmas music compilation?

Again it’s 80 minutes so can fit on a CD but this time in a long mix format this time (partly because I didn’t want to be shouted at by a few people wanting to flog their Xmess goods) but downloadable as a present to all those who stuck by Radio Clash Podcast all those years! In fact long-time listeners will recognise some of these tracks, it’s kind of a ‘best of’ mix of what I’ve collected and played over the last 3 years since BH2.

And I’ve listened to a LOT of Xmas compilations over the years, and I think BH are the best (if I say so myself) a mix of ‘hip’ obscure and the better known, from death metal to punk to industrial to mashup to cutup to EDM to hiphop and comedy. Certainly I know Bah Humbug 1 + 2 get the yearly Kirk nod-of-approval, so I hope this one is good enough to join his yearly present wrapping playlist…

This one is distilled/inspired/partly stolen from these people, amongst many others:

Oh and this is not safe for Santa, small children, reindeer, elves, let alone work – or anyone at Christmas for that matter.

How Does Santa Like His Pizza? Deep Pan, Crisp And Even (1:20, 98Mb)

You can still download the first Bah Humbug, and Bah Humbug 2 and various Christmas shit here.

  • Robot Chicken – Now I Have a Machine Gun
  • Amarna Reign – Black Christmas
  • The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas
  • Freddie Fustercluck – Christmas Bubble (exclusive version)
  • ATOM – Santa Ist Das Bein Stalker – ATOM
  • Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer – Oh, Santa!
  • The Blood Red Oscars – Santa Comes Only Once a Year
  • Perry Como – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Mark and Lard – Classic Cuts)
  • The Vandals – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  • Kizunami – The Skillcracker
  • Paddy Roberts – Merry Christmas You Suckers
  • Cassetteboy – Seasons Reapings
  • Tortured Conscience – The Little Drummer Boy
  • MXPX – Christmas Night of Zombies
  • Nybbl – joytotheworldexceptfortheforiegnworkers
  • Erik Lindgren – A Special Personalized Christmas Greeting for You from All the Retailers
  • Ren And Stimpy – We’re Going Shopping
  • The Wind-up Birds – Working Christmas Day
  • Digital Factor – Bloody Christmas
  • Lee Hartsfeld – Christmas Is Coming Again,ha,haa!
  • Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewin’
  • Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio – I Am Santa Claus
  • Suzannah – Mom & Daddy, Please Don’t Steal For Us This Christmas
  • Ellen Marty – X-Mas Gift
  • Bitch and Animal – Ganja
  • Bob Gerrard – Snow Man
  • Jim Backus – Why Don’t You Go Home For Christmas
  • Red Sovine – Here It Is, Christmas
  • Bruce Haack & Ted Pandel – Wrtten In The Snow
  • Hybrid Kids – No St. Bernard
  • Sy Mann – When Christmas Comes
  • Invocal – You’ve Ruined Christmas
  • dma-sc – the first blip blop noel
  • Eric Idle – Fuck Christmas

[Original Santa image is from SliceofNYC, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic]

Ten Long Years – The end of Radio Clash Podcast

“Ten years…you reap just what you sow…
Another one bites the dust!”

Yes Radio Clash (the podcast) is 10 years old today!

But sadly it’s also the end of Radio Clash as a podcast, the one I recorded last week (#271) was the last. So yes it’s more like a wake than a party…but I think it’s time, I’ve done everything I wanted to do with the podcast. I hate ‘podfading’, where podcasts just fizzle out, so I decided a long time ago that when the podcast reached 10 that would be it. (To be honest even this post seems self-indulgent, as did the last podcast – does anyone really care? I do feel the need to announce this though, to make it a public break, for me.)

I’m really proud of what I’ve done with Radio Clash – not sure many will mourn it but it’s was one of, if not the longest running British music podcasts. I was kind of last man standing for a long time there, and that again that made it hard to stop, over the last 5 years I’ve regularly fallen in and out of love of podcasting…but recently I didn’t feel it anymore. The downloads have been going down steadily, and my heart hasn’t been in it for a long time. #178 – the last Tim and Kirk show contains many coded references to stopping, since I was planning to do this five years ago! And the Pop is Dead shows were planned as a last hurrah – as they have been, but it was two years ago that series started. So this isn’t a sudden decision.

When I’ve said this to a few people they ask: what next? I have completely no idea. That’s kind of the point, I feel I can’t really move on while still doing these. Surprised I kept on for ten years, actually…I think I wanted to show people I could stick to something for a long time, that podcasting wasn’t a passing fad. I’ve made my point.

And despite my couching on the podcast, pretty sure that will be it for Radio Clash in the long run. I might podcast in other forms, after a long gap (a holiday after continuously podcasting for ten years sounds WONDERFUL) but not as Radio Clash, and very likely not in that format. Never been that comfortable on the mic, to be honest. I hate saying ‘never…’ but I’m fairly sure on this. So don’t unsubscribe just yet…

The blog will continue (as will my other blogs) and maybe I might do more Digital Debris in future…that’s something I haven’t really developed. Not sure what the future of Radio Clash Live is tbh.

Colatron rides into the sunset

As Colatron rides off into the sunset – for a while at least – he leaves us with Hiatus, the best mashup CLT has done in a long while, combining Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’, London Grammar’s ‘Interlude’, Blade Runner/Vangelis and Anthony Hopkins. *blub*.

This one is really good though, despite making me listen to Michael Bublé, the bastard:

Although I’ve personally stopped marking most of my hiatuses / retirements as I eventually break them, anyway (not podcasts, if people think that Radio Clash Podcast is going to resurrect like a zombie…very unlikely, closest might be mixes like BH3)…and most mashup or video work doesn’t get that old, what with most of the charts sounding like they could have been made in the last 30 years. Although most of my mashup and video work is currently on hold, who knows what the future may bring?

Dose of Buckley on T-Swizzle

Good point about poor little Taylor Swift and her war on Spotify by A Dose of Buckley. Her work isn’t rare art, I would dispute it is art at all, apart from the pop-art sense. But certainly it’s not as special or wonderful as she thinks (I notice that Shake It Off makes his Top Ten Worst Songs of 2014, qnd quite rightly along with the execrable Anaconda by Nicki Minaj who would be my #1, and anything featuring that fake rapper Iggy Azalea. I was going to post that here, but calling Katy Perry a cunt is way beyond ‘angry Canadian’ and going into misogyny. :-/ He’s also partly wrong about All About That Bass, there are worse songs than that although his points about the double-standard are correct, it’s not that bad a song musically, it at least has a tune. So you got this instead.)

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