RC 277: Now, This Is Fun (Brexit Blues)

Yes, it’s the state of the nation
That’s holding our salvation
It’s the state of the nation
that’s causing deprivation…

An up/down/beat musical state of the nation address from the green and unpleasant land of Brexit and Oxfam scandals, broadcasting on all channels from folk via Shirley and Dolly Collins, spaghetti western and poliziotteschi soundtracks, african acid house and Congotronics, French cuteness, classical disco that isn’t ‘Hooked on Classics’ (!), bollywood and Bloodywood, Baroque Batman and musical missives from Jamaica, Germany, Mali and Belgium.

It all comes down to out place in the world in the end, whether we want to be part of the vibrant messy mix of world culture, or try to pretend it doesn’t exist and live in some fantasy at the end of the pier. With our nostalgic ‘Blitz spirit’, glam cupcakes, polka dots (but no czech please) and expensive Keep Calm And Carry On replacement bags, cos they are all 10p each now?

Here comes another sentence
It is relentless, it tries my patience
But neverless, it’s for our concern

We can’t see the benefits
So we’ll ignore it or disobey it
And never say that this is fun.

This truth will abound the land….This state of independence shall be (2:14, 191Mb)

  • Depeche Mode – Now This Is Fun
  • Oumou Sangaré – Kamelemba
  • Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Am
  • Gianfranco & Giampiero Reverberi – You’d Better Smile
  • Findlay Brown – Sweet England
  • Shirley & Dolly Collins – Captain With The Wiskers [World]
  • Laibach – Anglia
  • Tom Hazelton & Gene Ciszek – Mr Bach Meets Batman
  • Aleo’s Band – Chopin Disco
  • Oki – State Of Extacy (Donna Summer Remix)
  • Dj Spank Spank Maestrosis – Computer Acid (Feat. Maestrosis)
  • Stradivarius – Walking In The Bach’s World
  • Black Bass Band – Tico-Tico
  • Asha Bhosle – Koi Lutera Dil Le Ke Mera Najar Bachake
  • Zazou Bikaye – Na Kenda (Afro-Acid Mix)
  • Mbongwana Star – Suzanna
  • Bloodywood – Rockstar
  • Honey Boy – Sound Of Silence
  • Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Goodbye My Friend (Vocal Single Version)
  • Count Ossie – Way Back Home
  • Hector Zazou – I Love You S…
  • Gianfranco & Gianpiero Reverberi – La Mitragliatrice
  • Guido & Maurizio De’angelis – To The Adventure
  • Mort Garson – Big Sur
  • Simon Dupree & Big Sound – Kites
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – The End Of The Rainbow
  • Lassigue Bendthaus – Jealous Guy (Poeme Syncope)
  • Lorraine Bowen – Pier Song
  • Paul Armfield – Adieu To Old England
  • Current 93 – All The Pretty Little Horses (Featuring Shirley Collins)

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