Presented by Tim “Rubber Wear Optional” Harrison (Note to Tim: don’t let Andy do the headings)
Shakespeare once wrote, “Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude.”
And so, this week on The Full Catastrophe, we donned our musical sou-westers and headed out into the political storm. With leaking politicians on one side and hot air on the other, there was much turbulence as we fought our way one week closer to Election Day.
As we tried to make sense of the ongoing downpour of political precipitation, we rugged up, poured ourselves a lovely warm bevvy and pondered (musically of course) the words of Alice Hoffman: “When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”
And so we set sail for the playlist…
Saturday Night – Frank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl
Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
Muddy Water – The Cats & The Fiddle
Who Let In The Rain – Cyndi Lauper. We don’t normally stray this far into ‘pop’ land, but as we often say here on TFC, we eschew genre…
(We’re Gonna Hang Out) The Washing On The Siegfried Line – Flanagan and Allen. Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen were a hit duo during WWII and are a perennial favourite on TFC
Blue Moon – The Marcels
Ain’t No Sunshine – Al Jarreau (70 and still going strong)
Ain’t No Sunshine – Michael Jackson
Ain’t No Sunshine – originally a Bill Withers hit from 1971, since covered by many. Here’s just two versions highlighting the range of musical interpretation. And the wonderful vocals of a very young Michael Jackson.
Heatwave – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
—-Attention must be paid—-
The late and absolutely great Barry White. A voice that rattles the cockles of even the coldest heart. White conquered the Disco era with panache yet also kept current in the ensuing years – even going all dancey on us! His obituary (read it here on the BBC) quotes him speaking on what he loved most to sing about: “the only subject on planet earth – lurve between fellow human beings.” So, if you’re in need of some “lurve”, wrap yourself up in the “Walrus of Love”, Barry White.
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White
What Am I Gonna Do With You – Barry White
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White. This track featured heavily in the life of John Cage, a character from Ally McBeal. Played by Peter MacNichol, his diminutive stature plays off to perfection against the deep tones of Barry White singing Cage’s theme song (remember the dance scene in the ‘unisex’??).
Heatwave – Marilyn Monroe. This just shares its name with the Martha Reeves track. Here’s the scene from the film ‘There’s no Business like Show Business’:
Queen of Rain – Roxette. Probably the biggest Swedish musical export since Abba and well worth a listen if you’re into Swedish pop.
Saddle the Wind – Julie London
Woman’s hour (reading your letters) – John Baker. John Baker is the musical genius who produced the theme to Newsless. OK, so it wasn’t actually made for us. In fact, while working as the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, it’s probably fair to say he never even heard of Newsless...
Hazy shade of Winter – The Bangles. Another tip-toe into Pop-ville but we love the 80s, and so should you.
It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow – Al Bowlly. Tragically killed at only 43 during the war, Al crooned his way into many a swooning heart.
Take on Me – a-ha (The band is allegedly retiring at the end of this year marking almost 30 years for the boys from Norway)
Take on Me – Anni B Sweet
There’s nothing so fascinating as the same song twice twice. I mean twice, twice. No, “same song twice”, twice. yes, that’s it. It’s really a tribute to both sides of politics saying the same thing, only to a different tune… I digress. Another dip into the 80s synthpop pool and a completely different version from a Spanish Indie artist.
Winter Sunshine – Melachrino Orchestra, George Melachrino. A song with no words…
Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller
There’s A Fire – The Gaylads. Nuttin’ like some music from Jamica mon.
I Can’t Stand the Rain – Tina Turner. With hair like that to protect, no wonder she avoided precipitous-hair-trauma.
Twenty Four Hours Of Sunshine – Gordon MacRae. A star from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stables (Oklahoma! & Carousel). However, geoscience was obviously not a strong suit.
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting. A lovely ‘adversarial’ duet.
Here Comes the Rain Again (Radio Edit) – Shockwave. Shockwave appeared at the 2007 Fair Day for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardis Gras but hasn’t done much since. This is (obviously) a cover of the Eurythmics hit of the same name.
*Tonight’s Sports Results with Totally Inappropriate Music featured…
Dance Of An Ostracised Imp – Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch
Andy will be “moving forward” next week with me as we join forces once more to ponder the “real action” fluff found behind the electoral refrigerator.