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“Episode 13 - Not Your Cup of Tea: Hey ho... donkey riding! ”
mix by Duncan Edwards
Fri, 29 Jun 2012
The second in the illustrious and somewhat contentious series, "Not Your Cup of Tea" presented by veteran disc jockey and crumpet eater Duncan Edwards. Enjoy at your own risk.

1. (Excerpt) from Sir Henry at Rawlinson End - Vivian Stanshall
2. Discord (1981 Peel session) - Fire Engines
3. Reading from "Orchesography" - John Kirkpatrick
4. Mt. Kill - Surf City
5. Hope to Meet You - Unknown Artist
6.Woman's Hour: Reading Your Letters - John Baker
7. For People - Songs of Green Pheasant
8. Airbreak
9. A Problem Solving Announcement - Sudden Sway
10. Ho Chi Minh - International Harvester
11. (Excerpts from) Chinatown Theme - Steven Brown
12. Damn Atchafalaya - Carlos Guitarlos
13. Delia's Psychedelian Waltz - Delia Derbyshire
14. Timex - Mike Sammes
15. De La Violence - Louis Scutenaire
16. Mad Bomber - Mighty Sparrow
17. Coup - 23 Skidoo
19.Get On - Tarwater
20.Cika-Laka/Cool Noises/bbb - Shukar/Radio Mentale/Raoul Hausmann
21.Moon Rocket - Roger Levern & The Microns
22. Joe Meek - Pluto Monkey
23.A Chronicle of Early Failures Pt.1/Conscious Manipulation/The Fate of Democracy - The Dead Texan/Noam Chomsky
24.I Will Find My Own Way Back - Bill Fay
26. Pass! Shoot! Goal! - Albert Whelan
27. British Bacon - Nina Katchadourian
28.The Delphian Oracle - Qubias Ghazala
29.Party - The Durutti Column
30. (Excerpt from) Sir Henry at Rawlinson End - Vivian Stanshall.

Rawlinson End. The word legend" is overused, as is genius, but the legendary "Sir Henry" LP was one of several minor masterpieces created by Vivian Stanshall, a genius who, legend has it, was cajoled by the legendary John Peel's legendary producer John Walters into concentrating for long enough for it become a disturbed but hilarious reality. RIP all three of them, legendary broadcasting geniuses.
Fire Engines are from post-UK punk Scotland. I think this is their best track. It's genius.
"Orchesography" is from The Complete Dancing Master.
"Mt. Kill" is from Surf City's self-titled 4 track EP.
The Electric Cambodia album was produced by the Dengue Fever group and I won't go on anymore about Henry Kissinger's bombing policy towards Cambodia that country and also the Pol Pot regime.
Trunk Records have issued a good compilation John Baker's work for the BBC and films. I expect the radio program Woman's Hour was considered groundbreaking at the time.
Songs of Green Pheasant is one bloke, Duncan Sumpner, who is from N Derbyshire/S Yorks. He might be a teacher as well as a musician. No relation to G. Sumner from further north, thank God.
Sudden Sway is a group who had some great ideas about records and performance. I'd keep them in my collection long after The Beatles and suchlike, despite their obvious flaws.
Steven Brown is a member of Tuxedomoon. This track is from an LTM reissue called Moving Pictures and features dialogue from the film Chinatown.
Damn Atchafalaya I think refers to an incident of artificially directing the course of rivers for commercial gain.
You might think Mike Sammes is only good for snappy commercials but he has sung his heart out in the background on recording by Francois Hardy, Shirley Bassey and others and on something called The White Album.
"De La Violence" comes from a collection (Le Groupe Surrealiste De Bruxelles, Rupture Volume 2 - 1926-1938) of Surrealist chats with Magritte and others. Scutenaire mentions the words "terrorists" and various others in French. I like his voice but have no idea what he's saying, although i support his right to say it. Probably.
"Mad Bomber" - I love early calypso records before it all got pumped up and over-produced, especially the way they put a jolly tune behind some serious reportage. Nothing cheers me up over the Christmas Hols more than blasting some such tunes for days on end.
The phrase 23 Skidoo has an interesting origin. So interesting I'm not going to speak of it here. This is the 12" 45rpm version of "Coup".
Some people find the singing on Tarwater songs monotonous. I find it intriguing and intense.
Dada artist Raoul Hausmann was pretty extraordinary with materials other than his voice but I like his "bbb" tone poem, remixed here with some music chosen by DJ Spooky.
Joe Meek produced the song Moon Rocket and his production techniques are also paid tribute to by Pluto Monkey. Meek was a homosexual and was tone deaf. One day he shot dead his landlady and then himself. I like to imagine he died thinking could improve the sound of the shotgun blast with some more compression.
Anything DJ Spooky can The Dead Texan and Noam Chomsky are put together by me, DM Edwards.
Bill Fay is a unique voice, a bit of a cult figure who was a bit too raw and unusual to get much success. I think he still lives in a village in England, an ordinary life, very unshowbiz.
Albert Whelan is better known for a track of his that was covered by The Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band. This track conjures the days when kids played football everywhere, jumpers for goalposts, and when footballers did not earn millions, but had summer trades and lived in the same streets as their supporters.
Nina Katchadourian is here interviewed at age seven already showing signs of becoming an amusing artist (she has) and member of The Wingdale Community Singers (along with David Grubbs, Rick Moody and Hannah Marcus).
"The Delphian Oracle" comes from The Cassette Mythos Audio Alchemy CD, a compilation to illustrate a cassette project from at least 20 years ago whereby unsigned musicians would send audio cassettes to one another by mail. I rather miss cassettes.
Durutti is an actual historical figure, as is Vini Reilly, guitarist. The experience of this particular party is not unknown to me. A very English sophistication, more Brideshead than Downton but bugger all to do with either, really.
[Please overlook any spelling mistakes and other minor inaccuracies. Adds a bit of controversy, eh?]
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