The Final Full Catastrophe – March 30th 2013

In TFC on March 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hosted, posted & despatched by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman

After 252 programs the Full Catastrophe is leaving the airwaves.

Do not be sad, the boys would not want that.  They wanted presents !

TFC has covered the waterfront of emotions since it started in March 2008.  The last show was no different.

The program has been reinvented on a regular basis in terms of presentation, but its heart never changed.

This sometimes perplexing, never dull and not-as-strange-as-it-seemed program had integrity.

And so it goes.

A wonderful journey ends.

This blog will stick around and become a place for Andy to offer some genral observations of the human, musical  and Australian condition.  If you want to still hear him, give ABC 1 a shot at 7.30 on Friday nights! His Twittering moves to @obelloz.

Hikaru moves on to his very own show at 1800 on Saturdays on Joy 94.9, “The Affair” will be a very different brouhaha for Hikaru, give him your ears and much more.

Without the remarkable participation of the listeners, Tim Harrison and Hikaru Freeman, TFC’s caravan may not have got as far as this.

Andy did about 235 of the 252 shows and, in a 30+ year broadcasting career, says he hasn’t done anything better.

And the final closedown is from radio and involves clipped tones, a coughing fit and the end of what was far more important in a radio sense than little old TFC.


Closing – Alan Bennett

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Overture – Momoe Yamaguchi

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Tom Jones
Lonely Weekends – Charlie Rich
I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
I Came From Yokosuka – Momoe Yamaguchi
Macarthur Park – The Negro Problem
If It’s Magic – Stevie Wonder
The Longest Goodbye – Sandra Lawrence
One More Mile – Anita O’Day
Let’s Do It (Love Is Like I Thought It Would Be) – Minako Yoshida
What Can I Do For You? – Labelle
Eyes Without A Face – Paul Anka
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting
Carribean Clipper – NZ Army Band
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
Rebels Are We – Chic
The Best Is Yet To Come – Mabel Mercer
Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat – Sandra & Andres
Andy was 13 when this jaunty number had a big effect on him.  The fashion sense, the language, the sideburns – his life was never the same.
It’s Over – Squirrel Nut Zippers

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