Posts Tagged ‘Hikaru Freeman’

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

The Full “Penultimate” Catastrophe – 23rd March 2013

In TFC on March 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman

And now the end is near.

It’s actually a little further away, in radio terms, than you think.

The “lads” will be venturing onto the airwaves on Good Friday from 9 am, bringing some TFC attitude to the daylight hours.

Then on Saturday 30th March TFC will call it a day, night and dusk.

It has been a long & winding road to the departure, but we promise it won’t be too maudlin or mawkish.

This week’s closedown is one of the greats: Goodnight Kiwi from TVNZ.


Real Men – Joe Jackson

The Girl’s Song – The 5th Dimension

Boy I’m Gonna Try So Hard – Noriyuki Makihara

Only Heaven Knows – David Campbell

Mickey’s Son & Daughter – Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band

Regrets – Johnny Nicol

Rose Flower – Noelle

Alone – Akina Nakamori

Fotoromanza – Alfredo Rey e la sua Orchestra

Downtown – Petula Clark

What Kind of Fool Are You? – Swing Out Sister

Kokkettier Nicht Mit Mir – Gotz Alsmann & Annett Louisan

C’est la Vie – Robbie Nevil
Who Are You ? – Yoshino Fujimaru
I Wanna Be Loved By You – Pizzicato One

Obliques – Paris Combo

Mellow Saxophone – Ray Montrell

Under The Bridge -Frank Bennett

Heading In The Right Direction – Renee Geyer

Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters


Now available as a podcast

The Full “Sestercentennial” Catastrophe – 16th March 2013

In TFC on March 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm
Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman
The 250th Full Catastrophe.
Goodness. Gracious. Us.
This is the program where we said our thank yous as the show bows out – did you know the last TFC is on Easter Saturday ??!!!
As the sun sets on the musical sock drawer the music was a mixture of favourites. much loved artists and the totally unexpected.  That’s been the “format” for five years, why change it now ?
And the ulta-penultimate closedown is dedicated to Andy’s radio comrade Hikaru Freeman.
(Note to Commonwealth Government: if the legislation had been changed he could have become Andy’s radio husband.  Damn you ACMA!!)
Old Devil Moon – Lena Horne
Roof Off – Laura Vane & The Vipertones
Norwegian Wood/Mission Impossible – The Unisounds
Tell Him – Exciters
Sporting Life – George Melly
Lygon Street Meltdown – Melbourne Ska Orchestra
My Blue Heaven – Pizzicato Five
Brighter Than Gold – The Cat Empire
Cosi Veloce – Jonathan Richman
Swllt A Naw – Endaf Emlyn
Don’t Wanna Fall In Love – Jane Child
Superstar – Colleen Hewitt
Louby Lou – Donald Dame
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allan Sherman
When I Marry Mr Snow – Barbara Cook
Like The Wind – Kosuke Atari
Jane – Jefferson Starship
Everybody’s Talkin’ – Madeleine Peyroux
Nothing Takes The Place Of You –Toussaint McCall
Hi Di Hi, Hi De Ho – Kool & The Gang

The Full “Four To Go” Catastrophe – 9th March 2013

In TFC on March 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman

And so we get to the business end.

Less than a handful of TFCs to go and the boys are tending to get into sentimental and beloved territory.  Mind you, that is vert much as it has been from the get go !

Talking of which, it is five years since the very first show from Hoy’s then ramshackle studios above a hardware store in South Melbourne.

So as the farewell gathers pace there are still some excuses for other kinds of commemorations.

This week’s closedown comes from RTL in Luexembourg, une chaîne de télévision généraliste commerciale privée luxembourgeoise à rayonnement international.
Winner Takes All – The Isley Brothers
My Indian Red – Dr John
My Resistance Is Low – Hoagy Carmichael
Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me – Blossom Dearie
Get Down- Gilbert O’Sullivan
Lookin’ Over My Shoulder – The Basics
What Can I Say  – Boz Scaggs
Love Me Do – Auscultate
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Dirk Bogarde
Sing Baby Sing – The Stylistics
Ieji – Kirinji
High Time – Topp Twins
Stormy Weather – Duck Musique
Ona Drugoto – Elena Risteska
Work Me Down – Laura Hunter
This Old House – Brian Setzer Orchestra
What Makes Me Love You Like I Do – Pre Teens
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Stupid – Brendan Maclean
Soul Lover – Loka Nunda

The Full “Tutto Bene” Catastrophe – 23rd February 2013

In TFC on February 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman

On the eve of the Italian election TFC wonders out loud about matters italiano as well as launching forth onto various debates about this, that and, most definitely, the other.

The next TFC will be on March 9th – next week Joy will broadcast from the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Now to the closedown for this week MTN9 Griffith.


Non Arrenderti Mai, Uomo  – Mina & Milva

The Italian version on the gospel song “Keep Your Hand On the Plough.  Mina is an icon of Italian music. Think Germaine Greer +  Vanessa Redgrave meets Barbra Streisand. She was banned from Italian TV & Radio in 1963 after  her pregnancy and relationship with a married actor.

The Boxer – Uncle Monkey

I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers

Scottish to their spectacle frames and why not ?

Peg – Steely Dan
Let the Beat Hit ‘Em – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
A  big New York R&B/Urban Pop band from the mid 80s & early 90s.
You Are Not My First Love – Mabel Mercer
Often talked of as one of the greatest tellers of a story in song. Video evidence doesn’t do her any justice, although thee is a suggestion 0f  the hold she would have had over a cabaret venue in her pomp.
TV Is The Thing This Year – Dianne Reeve
L’assenzio – Bluvertigo
Semiplice Sai – Jenny B
Jenny B is the daughter of a Senegalese father & Silcian mother.
Sh-Boom – Stan Freberg
My Cousin In Milwaukee – Arnetia Walker
Night Song – Sammy Davis Jr
Emerald City Sequence – Richard Pryor & Cast
My Favorite Things – New Swing Sextet
La Voce Del Silenzio – Dionne Warwick
Chi Si Vuol Bene Come Noi – Dame Shirley Bassey
Quelli Che Non Hanno Eta’  – Eiffel 65
Nga Rau Ngahuru – Whirimako Black
Brand New Lover – Bibiche

The Full “Fewer Than You Think To Go” Catastrophe – 16th February 2013

In TFC on February 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman
This was the sixth last TFC.  That means we are getting into a twilight zone of reflection, fave tunes, old stories and a bit of blubbing.
To avoid too much of that kind of nonsense, it was decided that we mark the 42nd anniversary of an very strange event – Fuddle Duddle..
And for those clicking on the podcast link at the foot of the post, get ready for more F-Ding !
It’s not all Canadian stuff either as TFC heads towards radio oblivion.
There are still things to do and a big milestone to be reached.
On Saturday March 9th TFC will broadcast its 250th program AKA the Full Sestercentennial Catastastrophe !!!
The show might be winding down, but we are fully upright and engaged.
Now, this week’s end of transmission comes from Canada … well who knew ??
Lord’s Prayer – Sarafina Cast
The Capitals Song – Stompin’ Tom Connors
Jacuzzi – Radio Radio
Britain Is A Car Park – Eliza Carthy
Spendid music & amazing idea for a song. NCP = National Car Parks
Ocean Today – Tom Dickins
A new single from one of the artists featured on ABC 7.30 Victoria‘s coverage of the Butterfly Club’s move from South Melbourne to the CBD. The reporter sounded a bit dicky to us. 
Theme from Big Wave – Tatsuro Yamashita
’88 – The Midway State
Tell All Your Friends – Projet Orange
Autumn Leaves – Cold Cut
They Call Me Naughty Lola – Ute Lemper
Walking Back To Happiness – Helen Shapiro
Lay Me Down – Ashley MacIsaac
Ordinary Day – Great Big Sea
Friends of Mine – Hugh Dillon
Wanna Be With You – Jinny
Long Goodbye – Sandra Lawrence
Sandra’s album of film noir classics is one of Andy’s faves & an instrumental version of this song will pop up before the show pulls stumps.
“There’s a long goodbye and it happens everyday, when some passerby invites your eye … when a missed hello becomes the long goodbye.”
Illegal – Corbeau
Summerfling – kd lang
Words Of Love – Mamas & Papas

The Fuddle Duddle Mini-Podcastrophe

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm
English: Pierre Trudeau speaking at a fundrais...

English: Pierre Trudeau speaking at a fundraising meeting for the Liberal Party at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec. Cropped version of File:Pierre_Elliot_Trudeau.jpg Français : Pierre Elliott Trudeau lors d’une campagne de fonds pour le parti Libéral du Canada à l’hôtel Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth à Montréal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Wondering what exactly is “fuddle duddle,” and why TFC is keen on celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of it?


Take a listen to our first ever Mini-Podcastrophe: The Fuddle Duddle Mini-Podcastrophe (advisory: some potentially strong language)


The Full Catastrophe’s Salute to the Fuddle Duddle Incident, this Saturday on JOY 94.9




The Body Image Podcastrophe

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm
Bad body image much?

Bad body image much? (Photo credit: Buttontree Lane)


In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the effect of media images on self-image, especially on young women.


But what about with gay men?


A 2007 study by Columbia University in New York said that gay men were three times more likely to have eating disorders than straight men.


Last year, the Huffington Post had an article by US gay activist Jacob Tobia who called for gay men to stop hating their bodies.


Hikaru sat down with noted psychologist Daniel Witthaus to find out where the roots of this poor body-image amongst gay men are.


(Please note: that adult subject matter will be discussed.)


The Body Image Podcastrophe.



The Full “Three In A Studio” Catastrophe – 9th February 2013

In TFC on February 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hosted & posted by Andy Bell, Hikaru Freeman & Tim Harrison

They said it could not be done.

Many said it shouldn’t be done.

But it had to be done darling, it had to be done.

The three gentlemen who have been at the epicentre of the Full Catastrophe over the last five years came together for a special program at the very usual time as part of TFC’s farewell from the Joy airwaves.

Goodness.  Gracious.  Us.

This week’s closedown is a real pearler.


Danger Zone – Mercy Dee Walton

Too Close For Comfort – Rosemary Clooney

Beard With Glue – Bad Lip Reading

Happy Birthday Helen – Things of Stone and Wood

Old Man Mose – Eddy Duchin

Tell Him – Billie Davis

The Limelight of Love – Seikou Nagaoka

Deeper Water – Deadstar

Passing Time – The Hipsters

How About You – Gianni Marinvicci

Let’s Go fishing! Go and Shake The Pole! – DANCEMAN

Good`Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day

Porpoise Song – The Monkees

Reach Out and Touch the Dog (Tim Harrison’s mash-up of Personal Jesus/Beware of the Dog) – Depeche Mode vs. Jamelia

Oh That’s Good, No That’s Bad – Sam The Sham

Iko Iko – Cyndi Lauper

Halay  – Bes Yil Once, On Yil Sonra

Seninle Bir Dakika – Semiha Yanki

Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House

Follow Your Bliss – B-52s

Now available (even in Kyneton!) as an ultra-portable podcast

The Full Final Hi-Katastrophe Catastrophe – 2 February 2013

In TFC on February 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Posted by Hikaru “Ageing out of a demographic next year” Freeman

18-35, considered by many marketers to be the prime demographic. They’re the ones who have the highest spending power and the highest control of it.

We’re the ones who are first in mind of all those media and marketing execs when the latest blockbuster is released at the theatres, or when that show can’t stand seems to still be on the air for its umpteenth series.

This coming Wednesday I turn 34. I wholeheartedly embrace it.

Really, I do.

But not all 18-35s are created equal.

So as I prepare to enter a deeper twilight of being the most desirable demographic, I decided to take a merry little stroll through some of my musical memories of a fully Catastrophic year spent on The Full Catastrophe, while also sharing some songs that I’ve been wanting to share with all you Catastrophettes worldwide.

I’d like to end this preamble with two of my favourite scenes from Designing Women.

This edition’s closedown is double act.

English: Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Milwaukee Pu...

English: Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Milwaukee Public Market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, a Milwaukee closedown:

I could use the most recent closedown (which in its self is pretty rare in the US these days) from 2006, which you can see here from WCGV in Milwaukee, but for true nostalgia and to show you what I grew up with, it’d be only right to use the classic 1971 version. This version called “Flag Evolution” was considered so perfect that I remember it being used all the way up until the late 1990s. In fact, WITI-TV in Milwaukee resurrected it once in 2004 one time when the analog transmitter needed maintenance.

If you ever want to get a quick primer in US History (well at least up until 1971), this is it. Pay attention to the stars.

And finally, TVNZ. Presented here not just because I think it is one of the best ever closedowns created, but also because my birthday also happens to be Waitangi Day, so on some level I feel quite close to New Zealand.

Town – Minako Yoshida

(For two weeks last year, Town was a closer on TFC, it’s only fair that Minako Yoshida’s funk opus be featured at the very top of the show. This is the live version.)

Hole in My Heart – Cyndi Lauper

(Vibes was one of my favourite movies growing up. I was 9 when it came out, so I was old enough to go see it. Although panned at the box office, Cyndi did an amazing job acting, and is in my mind as a great a comedic actress as a singer. Here she is performing the song in Yokohama, which is interestingly enough home to a significant Chinese community.)

Gone with the Night – Patrice Rushen

I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On – Mariah Carey

(Glitter was also panned at the box office, although it did also suffer from being a camp movie set in New York and released roughly around the same time as the events of 11 September 2001. Nonetheless, Mariah Carey–who in my view is very good at singing upbeat R&B and sadly doesn’t do it too often–manages to outdo both Cherelle (the original singer of “I didn’t mean to turn you on”) and Robert Palmer (whose cover was very big in the 1980s) with her version.)

Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’ – Mayer Hawthorne

(Mayer is from Detroit, and you can definitely hear the influence of classic Motown in his music. 2 February also happens to be his birthday, and he’s turning 34 as well.)

Can’t Get Enough – Junko Ohashi

Disco Hit Mix – Nuša Derenda & Alenka Godec

(From the only country with “love” in it, as RTVSLO is fond of reminding us every year come Eurovision time. Nuša has built a pretty solid career from her Eurovision days when she sang “Energy” in Copenhagen. Alenka has done several EMAs, but has yet to get the nod. Here’s La Derenda performing a medley of EMA hits–mostly hers.)

Travelling – Hikaru Utada

(It was only a matter of time that I get to she who proves that Hikaru is a gender neutral name. Hikaru Utada was raised in New York City and has pretty much steadfastly refused to follow any drum but her own. She’s released two English albums to moderate success, but her JPop work is considerably better known. Travelling is my favourite song of hers. She wound up marrying the director of the video, probably because he certainly captures her quirkiness excellently.)

Non E’ Per Sempre – Eiffel 65

Teardrop – Original Love

Fooled By A Smile – Swing Out Sister

(Swing Out Sister is one of my earliest musical memories. To a young child who felt “stuck” in drab Milwaukee, they personified the height of cool. My late mother and I would listen to them whenever we went on long drives, most often to the airport. To this very day, whenever I hear them I’m transported to a world of amusing adventures of the well-travelled.)

Get It Right – Aretha Franklin

(Sister Sha-Pow has the Beyonce prayer, I have the Aretha moment. No show is ever right without Aretha.)

Do I Have To Do It All Over Again? – The Monkees

(See this week’s Must Watch Radio for more about The Monkees & Head. Pre-fab or not, they reclaimed themselves rightly as artists by the end.)

Fiesta – Soulhead

(I reckon we can call them Australia’s Own, as they lived here and in NZ for a year improving their English pronunciation. The video is a very impressive homage to “Gonna Make U Sweat” by C + C Music Factory. And yes, the fact that homages to early 1990s music popping up in 2007 does make me feel the hand of time.)

GALAXY BOY – Aira Mitsuki

(This edition’s WJTs are WJT-y in exclesis. Make no bones about it, Aira is auto-tuned to the max, and the video is a homage to both 80s anime, in particular City Hunter.)

Forces – Susumu Hirasawa

(Susumu Hirasawa is on some level the Japanese Peter Gabriel if Peter Gabriel never had a pop period in the 80s. He revels in his weirdness, knowing that it’s backed up by solid musical genius. He’s been a maverick since the 1980s and that is a great thing.)

Secret Love – Mariya Takeuchi

Di Fronte All’Amore – Dusty Springfield

(In the 1960s Dusty Springfield was practically a standard feature of the Sanremo songfestival in Italy. In my opinion, this is her best Sanremo song. The English version is called “I Will Always Love You.”)

(BONUS: As was often the style of the time, Dusty was paired with an Italian artist, in the case of “Di Fronte All’Amore, it was Gianni Mascolo, who represented Switzerland in 1968. Here is his version for comparison.)

Beat Don’t Stop – C-ROD featuring Jason Walker

(Jason Walker’s music was the sound of my New York years (2001-2009). This is his latest collaboration with C-Rod. He wears the moniker “Diva Jason Walker” with serious pride.)

Boogie Woogie Train of Love – Ann Lewis

(Ann nearly made it into ZiSam. She had a sadly brief disco period between her early period as a sugary sweet idol singer in the 1970s and hard rock singer in the 1980s.)

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