Hello Catastrophe-ettes, how is August treating you ? It’s my natal month (which might not surprise you!) and it’s the time of year which still discombobulates me. When I was a little tacker in the U of K my birthday was during school holidays so it was always spent sweltering in 17 degree heat. Now I am a certified Australian, I spend my big day shivering in temperatures of…17 degrees. Little wonder I can appear a little “touched”.
I treated myself to an early pressie this week when I pounced on a boxed set of the sensational “Strangers with Candy” TV show from Comedy Central. It was a truly warped, weird & wacky show which first assailed me when I was holed up in an Atlanta motel for a month ten years ago. Here’s a taste of its queerer side.
And talking of the queer side…open the envelope Esmerelda and announce the playlist.
Kicking & Screaming – The Presets
Geraldine – Glasvegas
Buddy’s Blues – Geraldine Turner
Can We Be Friends – Mildred Bailey
I’m Down To My Last Cigarette – kd lang
Good Lover – D-Influence
Jambalaya – Joel Sonnier
Sunny – Twinset
Whiro Tangihia – Whirimako Black
Gyda’n Gilydd – TNT
King Of The World – Ty Taylor (Songs For A New World – Cast)
A track from a show called “Songs for a New World” which is staged later this week here in Melbourne. It’s a show packed with good tunes and more than good lyrics. More about the production here
Baggy Trousers – Madness
In The Bath – Flanders & Swan
Intervention – Arcade Fire
I’ll Be There – Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Youth Chorus
Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter – Henry Manetta & The Trip
Maybe This Time – Connie & Carla (Soundtrack)
Better Than I – David Campbell
War Dance Of The Wooden Indians – The Beau Hunks
The Dutch Beau Hunks (it was the title of a laurel & hardy film) revive the music of Raymond Scott, without whom we would have no disco beat. Honest. He was THE pioneer of electronic production of music. This particular track combines an actual Scott broadcast with the Beau Hunks weaving the musical magic.
One Flight Down – Norah Jones
3 Paperdub – Breaker