RC 257: Sinking Under The Waves I Saw A Strange Brass Fox

As the band played on and I slid under the waves. I saw a strange new world, a chrome country of glittering golden brass bands and singing children, J-Pop stars singing death metal, a sailor’s daughter remembering the songs of her father, a dream of Belgian New Beat and electronic computerised pop. And foxes, obviously.

Then I realised it was all a promo for Kate Bush’s new tour so I escaped the ticket touts by getting on a flight to the South Indian ocean, as BA suggested on Oceanic 850. Bermuda Triangle Records here I come!

(Cover is various panoramas I’ve done but never posted over the last 2 years – Bestival, Scotland, Japan Festival, Painshill)

Pan Am Orama! Fox News, Live from the Burrow 24/7 (183Mb, 2:20)

  • BABYMETAL – Give Me Choco!!
  • Hackney Colliery Band – Prodigy Medley: Jericho / Out of Space / No Good
  • Jay-Z/Daft Punk – Computerized
  • pomDeter – Digital Train (2014)
  • 101 – Rock To The Beat
  • Airplane Crashers – I Have A Dream
  • Kacic Kullmann’s Five – Terjelator
  • Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
  • Ananda Shankar – Streets of Calcutta
  • Electronic – Tighten Up
  • Fat Truckers – Roxys
  • freddyscott – This Is A Trent Reznor Song
  • BABYMETAL – Megitsune” (????)
  • Ghost – Crucified (Army Of Lovers cover)
  • Infinite Radio & The Shadow people – Iron
  • Future Islands – Fall From Grace
  • Sabina – Sailor’s Daughter
  • Grace Jones – Walking In The Rain
  • Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Version)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Country
  • Gavin Bryars – The Sinking Of The Titanic – Hymn 4 (Aughton)
  • Christopher Hobbs – McCrimmon Will Never Return
  • The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home (feat. Patrick Watson)
  • Frank Eddie – Stay Another Day (Frank Eddie Remix)

Musical Ruth and The Amazing Magical Mobile Piano

A man dressed as a nun on a motorised piano while singing daft songs and making sample-based puns? Yes, that’s Britain! ;-)

It’s Musical Ruth, a nominee for The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence if I ever saw one, if there is a UK wing…(original video via

Happy without the music

I would be even happier without the Pharrell too. Can you say ‘overexposure’? Still he’s not wearing that stupid hat I guess.

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Great video, detailing quickly a VERY complex problem. It’s interesting that the US is supposed to be Land of the Free Markets, but what ends up most often than not is the people get screwed.

I’d say this also applies to telecoms too (something I know better, if you excuse the diversion, it does relate). The lack of regulation (ooh many Yanks HATE the R word) means people only have a few choices, from big companies like the Big Pharma and medical companies setting the price as a cartel, or inelastic demand as said in the video.

Sometimes you have to actually regulate the market to make it free and fair – and indeed better for business. This is what the likes of OffCom, government, EU, DTI and others did in the UK when a few suppliers like Vodafone ruled the market – the transferability of numbers, SIM cards, fair prices for roaming etc. all had to be ruled on and forced into place – but have lead to all manner of new secondary businesses and opportunities.

Big stagnant corporations are bad for people AND business. So in the Healthcare and Telecoms fields in the US I think need such ‘interference’ to make it a fair playing field…not sure why right-wingers were so horrified at Obama’s new and rather meagre reforms, because it would actually be better in the end for them too – lower taxes or premiums, better service, better healthcare for most means less social problems, everyone wins.

But of course, those right-wing politicians are in the pocket of the status quo – big Pharma, the big Telecoms corporates, big oil and tobacco, etc. They don’t want to regulate as it hurts their kickbacks, it hurts the bottom lines of their rich funders who want to keep screwing the people for all they can get. And then those people criticise other countries like Venezuela or in South America especially as being ‘corrupt’. Very odd.

How to make me feel very old

Kids React To Things seems designed to make me feel very old. Here they react to Walkmans, but also a previous one was the Rotary/Dial Telephone.

After watching the Walkman video I’m like COME ON – they don’t know what headphones are? They don’t have iPods or headphones for their phones? Hmm. That technology hasn’t changed…but yes, cassettes mean nothing to the next generation, although a bit like not knowing how to use dial phones or write letters, I do wonder how they’ll cope in the rest of the world which isn’t all iEnabled and touch screen, like Africa, or older parts of the world. (Walkman video via Jeb 50 Pound Note)

Although the format usually emphasises the differences, it’s interesting how on Teens React to Nirvana, how similar things are still – all of these teenagers weren’t even born when Kurt Cobain killed himself, and they LOVE and know Nirvana. This gives me hope – and makes me feel less old – and shows that the technology to play the music might be ephemeral, the actual music isn’t.

Also, RIP Kurt. I still remember that day…

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