Wednesday, January 26, 2005

underneath the radar: week six

Nice to be back in SYN studio for another week. Really big show with lots of great tracks and special features.

Songs from the Front Row featured a rare live collaboration between Ben Folds & Rufus Wainwright (singing Wham, yuhuh) & Franz Ferdinand performing an early Beatles track

Fallen Figures examined incredibly stupid rock star behaviour & its contribution to the downfall of artists, the KLF. In their short time at the top,
  • they managed to get around their lack of conventional promotion by indulging in extensive billboard graffiti
  • at 92's Brit Awards, Drummond opened blank semiautomantic fire on the crowd during their performance
  • there was delivery of dead animals to afterparties
  • a few days later their back catologue was deleted
  • in the early hours of the 23 August 1994, in a boathouse on Jura off the west coast of Scotland, Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond burned the assets of the foundation — £1 million in £50 notes.
  • last year they said they regretted it..

    Apologies to the KLF but if you indulge in such recklessly stupid behaviour you don't get airplay on Radar. But what a mess, my god.

    why did ellipsis publish k foundation burn a million quid?

    This week, Radar also looked at the Demise of Pop with special reference to how the genre died, how it lives today in mashed up genres and how we regard pure pop music now. Tracks from Head Automatica proves one of the most interesting mashed up piece, including inherently pop, indie and heavy metal influences. Rooney indicate how much the corporate pop genre is still scorned, nearly 8 years after its "offical death". I included Elle Milano too because they like pop and use it an unusual influence. That and they're very good.

    Electronic Ecstacy featured Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Client & Pet Shop Boys.

    Playlist for Jan 24
    Placebo - The Bitter End
    The Departure - All Mapped Out
    Bloc Party - Pioneers
    Ben Folds & Rufus Wainwright - Careless Whisper (live)
    Franz Ferdinand - It Won't Be Long (live)
    No Standing - Drive On
    Hives - Two Thousand Timing Broken Bones
    Polyphonic Spree - Hold Me Now
    Art Brut - Good Weekend
    Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Passtimes and Lifestyles
    Arkarna - Rehab
    Wheat - I Met a Girl
    Rooney - Popstars
    Elle Milano - La Presidente
    Head Automatica - Heart Beating Baby
    Depeche Mode - Dream On
    Chemical Brothers - Believe (feat. Kele Okereke)
    Pet Shop Boys - Home & Dry
    Client - Pornography (feat. Carl Barat)
    Elefant - Tonight Let's Dance
    The Dears - Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
    The Smiths - Pretty Girls Make Graves
    Guster - Two Points for Honesty
    Bright Eyes - Lover, I Don't Have to Love

    Coming up: Talks with Audrey from the Polyphonic Spree (she wears the PINK robe!), Adam from Elle Milano and the lead singer Andy from fabulously dark, intense and goodlooking New York act, Prosaics. See ya next week!
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