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Do They Know It’s Murder?

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them
Instead of you

I’m sure most of you remember this song, the one that kicked off years of “Something-or-other-Aid” singles and concerts…

Apparently that song has not, uh, lived out its lifespan just yet. Totally swiped from Ace Of Spades HQ

Supposedly — this sounds made-up to me, but whatever, supposedly — someone’s making a movie called Do They Know It’s Murder?

The premise is this: at the recording of Band Aid’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?, a fellow Brit rocker (or hanger-on) is murdered.

To make sure the single is finished without incident, Bob Geldof must suddenly put his detective skills to use — you know, I guess maybe he actually solved the case of the girl who shot up the school in I Hate Mondays or some bullshit — and find the killer before they lose the studio space.

Seriously, it’s being claimed this will be a movie coming out.

If that’s real, I’ll totally see it.

If that’s a punking — well played.

To quote birthmoviesdeath.com

We need to make peace with the fact that this film will most likely have an entire ensemble of actors made-up to look like ‘80s Brit pop stars. Oh, and one of those recognizable ’80s musicians is getting murdered?

Folks, I give you my most anticipated film of the decade.

I have no idea if this is real. But if this hellspawned monstrosity of awful tastelessness and wrecking-not-very-cherished-song-memories-from-the-80s is real, they have my ticket money.

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Black Friday Radio 2017

It’s that day again. Gear up, get the body armor on, and crush enemy shoppers while Steely Dan Muzak plays over the store speakers!

Rocktober – Tricked Out Treat

A Halloween thrill costumed in a different genre… but first, a word from our sponsors about all your favorite Halloween songs by tonight’s featured artist –

 

“Thriller” 1930s jazz style –

 

 

Rocktober – Late Edition

It’s well into the month and I haven’t Rocktobered once. Things have been hectic here at the station…. nothing really wrong, just very busy. However, in the spirit of lateness, here is some late night music –

And now a word from our sponsors and totally random celebrities, including two notorious for keeping late nights –

 

And now an obscure import to comply with the 4 A.M. public affairs broadcasting regulations –

This concludes tonight’s Rocktobering. Late Night Sky Radio, signing off –

City Pop Radio

I posted a City Pop collection by Van Paugam a while back. If you liked it, he’s now got a streaming YouTube channel, City Pop Radio, described as –

Streaming City Pop classics 24/7! Come with us on an endless drive through the streets of Japan while listening to over 30 hours worth of the best City Pop records from the 80s. Travel back in time through the haze of memories that aren’t your own, and melodies frozen in a particular place in history.

It’s been running for almost 2 weeks now. There’s a live chat on the sidebar, if you want to discuss City Pop music or ask questions about it. The playlist is randomized and updated weekly. There’s also a donate link, if you like what you hear. The driving video is kind of neat to watch (no, not the cheeky pic in the thumbnail, a real vid), I’m not sure how long it runs before looping back to the start.

Walter Becker Of Steely Dan Dead At 67

Walter Becker, co-founder of the legendary band Steely Dan, died Sunday September 3, 2017.

Anyone who has read this site for more than five minutes knows how respected the Dan is around here.

His bandmate and collaborator Donald Fagen wrote a tribute, posted on Rolling Stone’s website. Read it here, or listen with brief commentary.

One awaits the inevitable “Steely Dead” tour.
– Night Sky Radio, “Reaching The Music Singularity

Thanks to wdydfae of “What Do You Do For An Encore?“, who informed me of this. Read his post about the news here.

They Shouldn’t Have Cut Those Music Classes

My wife: Do you not like Queen, or just “Don’t Stop Believin'”? (pause) or, is that…?

Me:  That’s Journey. I don’t know how you got those two mixed up.

My wife: I don’t either!

Reaching The Music Singularity

“Better keep it real –
Or whatever”

– Steely Dan, “Pixeleen”

Steely Dan quit touring in 1974, saying they hated it.  In 1993, they starting touring again, and now Donald Fagen is announcing a new tour at the age of 69. So, if they don’t like touring, why go back to Annandale, as it were? The Don tells the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, unfortunately) –

When the bottom fell out of the record business a bunch of years ago, it deprived me of the luxury of earning a living from records. I don’t sell enough albums to cover the cost of recording them the way I like to. For me, touring is the only way to make a living.

Turns out The Dan is not the only band touring to make some cash. Guns ‘n’ Roses is hitting the circuit to make some pay as well. The fact that the band hasn’t released a new album since 2008 is no obstacle. Proving that a band does not need to be creating new stuff to make money.

Or even alive. Ronnie James Dio is going on tour despite being currently dead. A hologram of Dio will perform with a live band.

No word on whether Jem will be the opening act.

 

One awaits the inevitable “Steely Dead” tour.

H/T to Ace of Spades HQ and Quartz

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A palindromic date after a week of palindromic dates, and still a couple days to go. Next year it will happen for ten days in August.

‘Tis a fine blue sky on a Monday here. Which is a hopeless segue into the song “Blue Monday” by New Order. If you don’t know the song (and unless you’re under the age of 20, how couldn’t you? Did your parents hate good music?), give it a listen.

It was redone a few years later, sounding a bit different and released at “Blue Monday 88” (another palindromic number, if only just barely),* which also garnered much airplay.

Taking it to an ultra-blue level, Orkestra Obsolete has covered the song in retro style using only 1930s instruments.

Jazzy, in an art-deco-on-acid kind of way.

  • 1988, or “88,” is an unusual number, given that 1+9+8+8=26 and 2+6=8. And the 8s are sideways Infinity symbols. No, there’s no point to this information.

 

Saturday Night Studio Bonus – City Pop Summer Edition

80s City Pop for long hot days on the beach, skating down the boulevard under a blue sky, and driving into the sunset on an infinite highway…

City Pop Summer Edition just dropped. It is most excellent.

 

Playlist posted by Van Paugam. He’s done a number of other City Pop collections, give them a listen.

♪ Track List (with associated anime clips):
♪OFF SHORE – 角松敏生Toshiki Kadomatsu (0:00) Waves gif from Neon Genesis Evangelion followed by Maron from Dragon Ball Z”
♪土曜の夜はパラダイス – エポEPO (5:11) “?”
♪RIDE ON TIME – 山下達郎Tatsuro Yamashita (9:18) “City Hunter”
♪HIGHWAY OF THE SUN – パイパーPiper (14:46) “Creamy Mami”
♪Dancing Tonight – 国分友里恵Yurie Kokubo (19:06) “Akira”
♪Streets Are Hot – 藤原美穂Miho Fujiwara (22:04) “Megazone 23”
♪Paradise Island – 中原めいこMeiko Nakahara (25:50) “Bubblegum Crisis”
♪Sky High – 松原正樹Masaki Matsubara (30:37) “Dragon Ball Z”
♪TRANSIT IN SUMMER – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (34:10) “?”
♪そよ風のエアメール – 石川秀美Hidemi Ishikawa (38:26)
♪DEAR BREEZE – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (42:42) “?”
♪Summer Connection – 大貫妙子Taeko Onuki (46:35) “Cowboy Bebop”
♪あこがれのSundown – 桑名晴子Haruko Kuwana (51:00) “Sailor Moon”