Posts Tagged ‘The Full Catastrophe’

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 Long Goodbye

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Posted by Andy Bell

So it’s come this.

Planning aforethought done, emotions surveyed and CDs carefully arranged then put back on the shelf.

Five years of Saturday night radio has kept me off the streets and, hopefully, kept a few folk entertained.

The idea of TFC was neither revolutionary nor new.

It was to play a diversity of music, respect those tunes and learn a bit about them.

Sounds a bit like a few mission statements you hear about the place.

The thing was, TFC kept true to its mission in trying not to make too much of a statement.

Simple idea, more difficult than you’d think in the execution.

One of the most common responses to the show has been that it is “different”.

Perhaps it is, but really all it has done is play all kinds of stuff and trust its audience.

Play & trust.

That people thought that was “different” is, at one and the same time, rewarding and disappointing.

If people are afraid of Eartha Kitt, Stompin’ Tom Connors and kd lang juxtaposed then, frankly, humankind has no hope.

My dream was to introduce teenagers to Doris Day and Cab Calloway and show sexagenarians that the Ting Tings or Presets didn’t mean the end of civilisation.

There is evidence to suggest this has been done and there was more joy than pain.


The mantle of serving up musical liquorice allsorts now passes to whoever picks it up.

Be a little brave, a lot silly and don’t be afraid of sharing.

When things end you feel duty bound to say nice things.

And to those who have I say thank you, but bloody well listen to the last one !!!!

The plan is that TFC ends doing what it has always tried to do: entertain and slyly inform.

Over the years some found that much far too tough to handle and demanded in no uncertain terms yet another track by the same-same (deliberate irony) artists that they can hear anywhere else at any other time.

Yes, now it can be revealed that not all the emails or sms messages were nice ! Yes friends, some in our “community” ain’t that keen on diversity.  In fact, I plan on writing parody lyrics for a Kermit song and calling the effort the “Rainbow Homogenisation”.

But most of the responses were pure gold.

Not for nothing do I celebrate the listener.

We are in this together chaps – yelling or cajoling only tends to make people rush past.

TFC has always been in favour of hanging around and finding out.

And it departs the ether still loitering with musical intent.

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 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

Blind date

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Posted by Andy Bell

The unknown is a tricky beast.

Obviously, it can frighten the bejabbers out of you, but it can also offer the chance of something rather special.

And “special” covers a multitude of outcomes !

On Saturday February 9th the three men who have graced TFC’s airwaves will, for one night only, come together.

Tim Harrison, Hikaru Freeman and yours truly will share a studio as part of the show’s farewell tour.

Now Hikaru and Tim have never met, so expect the unexpected.

My money is on there being at least one falling off the chair moment … as both these chaps have made me fall off chairs through their wit & wisdom.

Neither has ever thrown a chair at me.

It’s all good.

Whatever comes to pass, we all know that we have one crack at it and that will concentrate minds.

It helps that the other two are good men – they wouldn’t have been allowed within a bull’s roar of TFC if they were not.

So, something very different is in the works as the Saturday night familiar gets closer to disappearing.

You see, despite my penchant for sentimentality I reckon that a show that has always stood on the side of the different should keep on doing that.

So, February 9th at 2100 AEDST … it will be a “happening” !

The Full “Declaration of Only Ten More Shows Left” Catastrophe – 19th January 2013

In TFC on January 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Hosted & posted by Andy Bell & Hikaru Freeman
Midsumma is here, change is looming large and then there’s the on-going tension between the dudes about John Cameron Swayze‘s fashion style.
Lordy, the folks at TFC are well and truly up and at it.
Tonight’s projectile musicality was brought to you by “Myra Grandthorpe’s Bananatorium” in North Geelong.
And now this week’s closedown:
Eleven TFC’s to go peeps.
The Declaration – The 5th Dimension
Hocus Pocus – The ReChords
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight -Robert Palmer & UB 40
On Our Own – Bobby Brown
Just One Of Those Things – Bryan Ferry
Mr Ferry shows his considerable chops vis-avis the standards on the album “As Time Goes By“.
I Don’t Want To Be A Hero – Johnny Hates Jazz
Hot Voodoo – Marlene Dietrich
A vamp to end all vamps.  Marlene can not be summed up in a few words, so start finding out for yourself!
King Of The Road – Roger Miller
Launch The Trap Of Love (Live) – Funk The Peanuts
Drifts Zundoko Bushi – The Drifters
Kiyoshi’s Zundokobushi – Kiyoshi Hikawa
Venus – Frankie Avalon
Ghosts – The Presets
Those Were The Good Old Day – Victor Garber
Played in celebration of Victor’s coming out this week.
You Could Be Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
And The Rain Keeps Falling Down – Brian D’Arcy James
Summertime in the Void – I Mother Earth
Somerlag (Die Coca Cola Song) – Adam

Now available: This edition of The Full Catastrophe in a handy-dandy podcast format.