April in Melbourne, a bit like April in Paris without the baguettes, but with Brendan Fevola!
This week’s show saw the start of a new feature – Musical Cabbage. Good for you, but you might need a while to come round to it. This will feature artists of all stripes and eras – things that some listeners might struggle with to begin with, but who are worth the investment…well, in my humble opinion. This week, the great teller of tales through song Barbara Cook. Next week we might get very contemporary. “New” is a moveable feast, it’s not just “now”. Think about it.
Lecturer in Liquourice Allsorts & Eurovision Studies, University of East Brunswick West (Central Campus)
Ahem…I need some chocolate and make it snappy.
Hang Up – Madonna
True – Spandau Ballet
You’ll Never Get Away – Annie Ross
Strangers In The Wind – Cut Copy
Sweeping Music – Blue Grassy Knoll
The BGK is not just a fabbo gypsy-bluegrass band, but has made something of a reputation of composing and performing accompaniments to the silent films of Buster Keaton. Gind out more.
Recycle It – Sam Sparro
Musical Cabbage #1 – full of nourishing melody
She started as a sweet looking ingenue in Broadway shows in the 1950s. After problems with the bottle, men and her weight Barbara Cook exploded as a supreme song stylist. Still performing in her 80s her voice may have lost its once amazing upper range, but her life experience still inhabits every performance. Her master classes involving young singers are legendary – she once notably took David Campbell in hand during a visit to Melbourne. I saw her close a show in Sydney in a remarkable way. After a couple of encores, she came to the apron of the stage of the State Theatre, dispensed with a microphone and sang unaccompanied. No pins dropped that night. See her for yourself!
Kitty In The Middle – The Presets
Knock On Wood – Dooley Wilson
Smells Like Queer Spirit – Pansy Division
Hevaen On Earth – The Platters
Now I Know – Frank D’Rone
The Lies Of Handsome Men – Lee Adam Wilshier
Sometimes I’m Happy – Mildred Bailey
She was known as Mrs Swing and was quite a star in the 1930s. They dont make stars called Mildred any more…
I Was Born Blind – Geoffrey Gurrumul
How Can I Be Sure ? – Dusty Springfield
Love Me Do – Avsvltate
Hi Honey Ho – Daddy Cool
Wet ‘n Wild – Kim
Captain Scarlett – Barry Gray Orchestra