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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I See You Tremble With Anticip.............ation

Last time on The Puzzler, you may remember, I asked you a question about Sir Michael Philip Jagger OBE, otherwise known as Mick.

Yes, him.
I asked about his acting career, which, as you may know, has been somewhat checkered. He auditioned unsuccessfully for which movie in 1975, and for which role?

The answer is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the role was the one that made a superstar out of Tim Curry - Dr. Frank N. Furter. Tim himself has had almost the exact opposite of Mick's career - success as an actor but only mild singing success - he released three LP's in the latter part of the 70s and early 80s, and had two minor hits, Paradise Garage and I Do The Rock. Purely out of prurient interest, let's see what they sounded like, shall we?

Ummm... interesting!

So... next question!

In The rocky Horror Picture Show, who portrays Eddie, an ex-delivery boy?

Monday, March 25, 2013

100 Records That Shook The World, #24

Being Boiled

The Human League

In 1978, Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh's band The Future  had just parted ways with their singer Adi Newton, who later went on to sing with Clock DVA. Former school chum Philip Oakey joined, and they gave him a tape of the music to listen to. Two days later he came back with the lyrics, and The Human League was born.

The song was purportedly recorded on a standard cassette deck, in mono, in a disused factory for a cost of £2.50, which inspired many musicians who were on a budget. Fellow musician Paul Bowers liked it and passed it on to Fast Product label manager Bob Last, who released it in June 1978, replete with press release on computer paper. Although failing to chart, David Bowie declared it "the future of music" and a young musician named Vince Clarke liked it so much that it inspired him to form Depeche Mode.

When The Human League had the big time in their sights in 1980, they re-recorded the song for their Holiday '80 EP. This also failed to chart, but inspired more people to seek out the original.


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