Whatever we had bickered about earlier in the week must have resolved itself, because Lady Catharsis joined me on this broadcast, so I invite you to enjoy what is basically a two-hour trip to "The Listening Parlour." We made two observances on this night, and because I had a guest, these were a little out of balance. A little. I try to play whatever Lady Catharsis tells me to; if she brings in a dozen records I will try to play them all. Here she brings in a couple of Tom Jones records and I do the best I can with them. For my part, if I remember correctly the concept was "lounge music." I'm not sure how well I did.
Prince didn't get as much bandwidth as he deserved, though I did save "International Lover" for the all-important coda. I could have played the entirety of 1999 but I think it might have been too much for my wife. A few weeks later I was out with a few #theorycamp-ers at a dreary karaoke bar, and someone asked me what my karaoke song would be. Mind you--it would take a lot for me to do this kind of thing, and I did not have "a lot" in me on this night; but after a decent amount of thought I landed on "Little Red Corvette." I think I could at least give Sandra Bernhard a run for her money? Anyway.
Even so I like the concept of Prince even better than the reality of Prince; maybe, given things I've heard and read about him, that is inevitable. Lady C tells me that Tom Jones told an "off-color" joke at the gig she attended. Maybe we should abjure all of this music. Maybe we have made mistakes. I'm still thinking about this.
You know what isn't a mistake? You know what is a true instance of the divine reaching down and grazing my humble program ever so briefly? Something made me say "deboo" as I remember (maybe not even correctly?) Robert Studley Forrest Hughes saying it. Which led me to this clip, and ultimately the Bryan Ferry track.
Of course, as fate would have it, Hughes did a racism at least one time, and so we are reminded that everything is broken.
BOMBAST playlist, 2019 June 7, 2100-2300:
- "Roseland" | Rocketnumbernine / Four Tet | Roseland | Text
- "I Can't Stop Loving You" | Tom Jones | Live In Las Vegas | Parrot
- "The Man With the Golden Arm" | Barry Adamson | The Man With the Golden Arm | Mute
- "Despedida" | Dimba Diangola | Angola Soundtrack 2 - Hypnosis, Distortion & Other Innovations 1969 - 1978 | Analog Africa
- "2HB" | Julia Holter | Maria | Human Ear
- "Clear Skies Select Stick (Vakula Remix)" | The Greg Foat Group | Girl and Robot with Flowers Remixed EP | Jazzman
- "Venus" | Tom Jones | Tom | Parrot
- "Adiza Claire" | Orchestre Super Borgou De Parakou | The Bariba Sound 1970-1976 | Analog Africa
- "Nagisa No Tenshi" | Mieko Hirota | Nippon Girls | Big Beat
- "20 Jazz Funk Greats" | Throbbing Gristle | Greatest Hits - Entertainment Through Pain | Industrial
- "1nce Upon A Time" | Leslie Winer | Witch | Superior Viaduct
- "Cheree" | Suicide | Suicide | Red Star
- "Proud Mary" | Tom Jones | Tom | Parrot
- "Koi No Yorokobi" | Sayuri Yoshinaga With Schoolmates | Nippon Girls | Big Beat
- "Gentleman" | Fela Kuti | Gentleman | Knitting Factory
- "The 'In' Crowd" | Bryan Ferry | Another Time, Another Place | Island
- "Twist and Shout" | Tom Jones | Live In Las Vegas | Parrot
- "Anamorphose" | Stereolab | Mars Audiac Quintet (Expanded Edition) | Duophonic
- "International Lover" | Prince | 1999 | Warner Records
I'll live my life in dreams of yesterday