Havin’ A Schitzo On The Train

What’s the point of lying? I’m not going to lie. This is my favourite meme-in-the-making. And I think I’m in love.

This Superwoman puts the Chk-Chk-BOOM! chick to shame.

I just can’t wait until someone with autotune turns ‘Bogan Woman On A Train’ into a song on iTunes, or at least converts all of the choice quotes into t-shirt slogans.

It shouldn’t be too long before Channel 9 beats the rest of Australia’s media to the punch, hiring her as an entertainment reporter for A Current Affair, or at the very least, have her list her best reality TV moment on an episode of 20 to 1.

Be warned. Australian spoken English. And lots of swearing.

 


These are not my twisted words

Radioheadstill

It’s been on-line for a few days and, as all memes do, has reproduced itself all over the place: a new Radiohead song, apparently. Leaked. On YouTube. Not a film clip – just a still accompanying the music. But there are a multitude of stills accompanying the same soundfile, entitled ‘These Are My Twisted Words’, all over the internet now.

I’ve chosen to share the one posted by ‘Jonnyswhore’ because I quite like the still [s]he’s provided. I’d like to think it’s from the sessions for ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ – Radiohead’s most recent official release, in honour of the last known surviving British soldier to have fought in World War I.

I don’t quite know what to make of this newest, leaked song. The first few seconds sound like a different song entirely – different drum beat, different music – until a disco beat – not unlike John Paul Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’ – barges in over the top. (Okay, what’s happening is the drummer is ‘counting the band in’ just after the tape’s started rolling, guitars already strummed – maybe with a bit of whammy bar action; that’s what it sounds like. The [programmed?] disco beat was probably added later.)

The opening lead guitar motif sounds reminiscent of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn-era Floyd; the falling melody as well as the tone of the guitar suggest ‘Astronomy Domine’ to me.

At about 2 minutes 13 seconds in, the bass line is suddenly Frank Zappa’s ‘Ya Hozna’ from Them Or Us. About midway through the track, just when you want to start singing ‘National Anthem’ from Kid A over the top, the lyrics kick in. By this time, the drums don’t sound so obtrusive.

‘These Are My Twisted Words’ apparently first appeared as an MP3 file, embedded with the following info (courtesy of ateaseweb – I’m not sure if that’s ‘at ease web’ or ‘a tease web’ – via stereogum):

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iiii rls.date.....2009-08-17 iiii
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iiii i just wanted to reassure readers iiii
iiii that following representations iiii
iiii seeking confirmation iiii
iiii that before your very eyes iiii
iiii behind the wall of ice iiii
iiii that the box is not under threat iiii
iiii however they are set to remove iiii
iiii other boxes iiii
iiii in fact i have the list in front of me iiii
iiii i went to a briefing on their plans iiii
iiii and challenged them to tell me iiii
iiiii exactly what the cost would be iiiiiii
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iiiiiii they spoke in broad terms iiiiiiiiii
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iiiiiiiiiii we're looking for: talented puppeteers iiiiiiiiiii
iiiiiiiiii worms, disgruntled executives, sacked flies iiiiiiiiii
iiiiiiii genres: doomcore, folktronica, ukf iiiiiiii
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I hope it leads to a new album. I also hope this is a work-in-progress, that the finished version is different to this, making this one special. That’s if it’s authentic. I think it is: despite all the things the different bits remind me of, together they make a song that sounds like bona fide Radiohead to me. Judge for yourself.


Thanks to John Brannan and Kip Williams


The Urban Dictionary Game

Go to www.urbandictionary.com and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST definition it gives you.


1) YOUR NAME?
Demetrius

A fine ass boy at my school

a boy at my school
[a]


2) YOUR AGE?
37

#1) Number often used in fiction because it is inconspicuous: a prime number great than 25 but less than 50. [b]

It was a dark and stormy night. A tall dark man wanted to buy a newspaper but had only 37 cents.

#2) Number that usually results in cheap magician's trick: Ask someone to pick a number in his/her head between 1 and 50 with both digits odd and the first digit less than the second. Victim usually picks 37 because of #1).

Valley Girl: Oh my God! You’re like physic or something. How’d you know I was thinking “37”?
Amateur Magician: You dumb bitch!

#3) Birthday number most likely to trigger a mid-life crisis.

“Oh my God! I'm turning 37 next week… the late -30s… and I still haven't picked a career!”

#4) The number of men a woman must give a blowjobs to in order to become a slut (see the movie Clerks).

Man: How many men have you gone down on?
Woman: Thirty-six.
Man: Oh, I see. Thirty-six including me isn't so bad.
Woman: Including you, thirty-seven.
Man: THIRTY-SEVEN!!!! THIRTY-SEVEN!!!
YOU SLUT!!!!!!!


3) ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Annemarie

Hottest chick in town, loves to make you smile. Pothead… oh yes. But she will never fail to be there for you, and she has already found her love so don’t try. Sexy as hell, hates rules. Can’t stand to be closed in. Needs room to be free and to let it all out. [c]

Damn... that is one cool annemarie.


4) WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?
Cleaning

(v) The act of shoving everything in a closet and calling it decent.

“I’m cleaning my closet.”
“Where are you shoving all your stuff then?”
“My room.”
“Ah.”


5) FAVOURITE COLOUR?
Maroon

A term of derision often uttered by Bugs Bunny when referring to an interaction with a dopey adversary. It is a mispronunciation of the word “Moron”

“What a Maroon!” “Will ya get a load of this maroon!” [d]


6) BIRTHPLACE?
Rome

Capital of Italy, the “Eternal City”.

“Roma” in Italian. [e]


7) MONTH OF YOUR BIRTHDAY?
August

The idea of perfection. The eighth month of the year in certain European and Asian cultures signifies greatness in achieving perfection, or something close to it.

You look August tonight my love!


8) LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO?
My mum

A word americans don't know how to spell

Also townies use the phrase ‘your mum’ as an insult

me: fuck off
Townie: your mum


9) YOUR NICKNAME?
Dom

n. Short for “Dominant”. The dominant person in a BDSM relationship or encounter.

She's looking for a dom who has knowledge of tying complicated knots.


10) LAST THING U HAD TO EAT?
Bacon and eggs

When you bang your friend’s hot sister in his house, then have her cook you bacon and eggs. You then stroll down the stairs in a house coat after finishing breakfast and say ‘wassup’ to your friend, forever humiliating him.

I bacon and eggs’d my friend's sister last night. He was pissed.


FOOTNOTES

a: The second definition was just as good. So glad it wasn't the third one, though.

b: The phenomenon described in this definition is probably what gives rise to Rule 37, also beautifully defined an illustrated in the Urban Dictionary.

c: Almost totally accurate!

d: Best definition is the fifth one, offering possible origins for Bugs Bunny’s insult: a possible reference to the Pottsville Maroons, a football team with the best NFL record in 1925, but “so dumb that they encroached on the area of another team and forfeited the NFL championship”.

e: Most boring. Definition. Evah!


Baton down the hatches…

A means by which ASIO, in collaboration with ARIA, BPI, MI5, RIAA and the FBI get us all in the end, disguised as a meme.

1. The person (or persons) who passed the baton to you:

Rory, whose work I stumbled onto while trying to locate a suitable Andrew Denton bio for a piece I wrote about an episode of Denton’s ‘conversation’ show (it goes much deeper than the traditionally superficial ‘chat show’ format) entitled Enough Rope.

I was reading one of his posts thinking ‘what a good idea; must do my version of that’ only to discover, when I’d read all the way to the bottom, that I was being challenged to do just that.

2. Total volume of music files on your computer:

Let me start by saying that I don’t own an iPod, and as a rule, I don’t download song files. Coming from a rich tradition of music retail, and being a bit of a collector, I like having covers to pore over, artwork to fetish and sleevenotes to ingest. However, I seem to have 69.2 GB of stuff between my hard drive and my external hard drive. This will include all the interviews I’ve ever kept, and all of my music news segments that I’ve archived, as well as free downloads from fave band sites and the like. (Oh, all right, and stuff I’m ‘sampling’ in order to decide whether or not I want to actually buy it.) It’s actually not as impressive as it might sound. Certainly, if I ever did buy an iPod, very little of this stuff would find its way onto it.


3. The title and artist of the last CD you bought:

This is so embarrassing. I do stuff on the radio, which includes a lot of interviewing musicians and comedians (and other arty-types) and I also present a weekly music news segment.

Okay so far.

In an ideal world, music labels would go, “you do a music news segment? Have a pile of free shit”. Some of them actually do this. However, most of them go, “you’re not a priority to us” and follow through with either shit-all or just shit. Mostly, I don’t mind. During good employment periods as a freelancer, I buy everything I want. It’s just during the lean period, when there seems to be much more ‘free’ than ‘lancing’, that I start getting a bit annoyed. When I worked in a ‘High Fidelity’-type secondhand and collectibles gorgeous young women called Annabelle from ‘promotions’ departments of magazines, television shows and music labels would off-load multiple copies of big, current release items for ready cash with which to buy social lubricants before the weekend, while I had to haggle for every little tax write-offable freebie from those same companies whose limited promotions budget ensure that I ‘was not a priority’. So I stopped haggling. If I’m not sent it, I grab it from the ABC Library.

Still with me?

The exception for the rule has to be charting singles. Since the music news segment I present ends with a quick top five singles and album chart run-down from the week’s ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Assocation) charts, if a new-release CD single has debuted in the top five, more often than not it won’t be in the library, so if I have enough shrapnel banging around in coin pockets I’ll whip out and buy a copy.

So. The last bunch of CDs I’ve bought have all been charting CD singles. They are:

  1. the Foo Fighters’ ‘Best Of You’ which debuted at number five this week (not too embarrassing);

  2. Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’, a kind of cheerleader chant that owes most of its existence to the opening bit of Toni Basil’s ‘Mickey’ and Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, which debuted at number one last week;

  3. ‘Don’t Phunk With My Heart’ by The Black Eyed Peas, who debuted at number one with the single the week before Stefani, and who returned to number one this week after having spent a week at number two;

  4. the week before that I bought Will Smith’s single ‘Switch’ (debuting at number one that week — can you see the pattern that’s developing?); and

  5. the week before that I bought Snoop Dogg’s CD single ‘Signs’ (another big number one single).
Now. Had I been presented with the baton more than five weeks ago, I was briefly cashed up enough to go suitably crazy after the bills had been paid. In one foolishly self-indulgent day I bought:

  1. From Us To You, a bootleg collection of live BBC recordings by the Beatles that contains enough (by my reckoning) songs not officially available on the Live at the BBC collection to be added to my collection;

  2. Elsewhere by Frank Zappa and the Mothers, a bootleg roughly from the Roxy and Elsewhere period band line-up, augmented with a couple of additional original Mothers, brought in for what was the rockin’ teen combo’s tenth anniversary (and featuring the same tracklisting as this with extra stuff bunged on; and

  3. Live ’n’ Rare, an official compilation of live recordings by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, from various performances that took place in England during the 70s.

4. Song playing at the moment of writing:

‘Have You Got A Biro I Can Borrow?’ by Pete Atkin, from the album Beware of the Beautiful Stranger, coupled on CD with Driving Through Mythical America by excellent reissue company See for Miles. The lyrics are written by my favourite ex-pat Aussie, Clive James, who first teamed up with Pete Atkin during their Footlights days at Cambridge University. On the CD cover the song is erroneously listed as ‘Have You Got A Bird I Can Borrow?’ which I reckon would make for a more interesting lyric.


5. Five songs you have been listening to of late (or all time favourites, particularly personally meaningful songs):

Well, I'm gonna stick to five of a bigger bunch of ‘songs I've been listening to of late’ purely because I’m always finding new favourites.
  1. A song I guess might be called ‘Without You’ – it’s a duet between Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton, from the first episode of variety show In Melbourne Tonight to be shot at the Nine Network’s then-new Studio Nine (a converted Heinz food factory). Bert is brought on as a surprise guest and the polite Melbourne audience go about as apeshit as a polite Melbourne audience could go in 1957. I used it to end my music news segment as a tribute to Kennedy, who passed away this week. That episode of In Melbourne Tonight is one of the ‘special features’ on a DVD called Graham Kennedy – King of Television.

  2. Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Take You Out’ – which won the Ivor Novello award for ‘Best Contemporary Song’ during the week. Pete Doherty, formerly of The Libertines and now of Baby Shambles dismissed it as essentially being the same riff as Ringo Starr’s ‘Back Off Boogaloo’ and I can’t believe I didn’t spot that myself.

  3. The Major Orchestral Works of Eugene Goossens. A review copy of the three-CD anthology of the composer’s work, sent by one of the labels for whom my music news segment actually is a priority!

  4. ‘Leave My Kitten Alone’ – A great song that the Beatles covered with John Lennon on lead vocals that finally saw the light of day courtesy of the Anthology series of CDs. But Elvis Costello and the Attractions also covered it during the Blood and Chocolate sessions (and Elvis had another go for his later covers album, Kojak Variety). That version with the Attractions finally saw the light of day with the re-re-issue of Blood & Chocolate, where it opens disc two, which I have been listening to a lot of late.

  5. There I Was’, an ABBA pastiche that my brother Joe composed the music for, from a religious musical called Grunt (or, if he had taken my advice, Grunt If You Love Jesus; I still think they should have sold t-shirts — particularly tight-fitting little girlie t-shirts — with that emblazoned on the front!).

6. Five people to whom you will ‘pass the musical baton’:

Gonna cheat a little bit again.
  1. My brother Joe, who will no doubt be deconstructing the musical signs of some other musician’s oeuvre in order to rebuild them around a new song of praise.


  2. Fritter, who is forever recommending yet another hitherto overlooked artist with enough background info to provide a suitable context.


  3. Nick O’Sullivan, to ensure he’s listening to a little more than just his baby daughter’s crying in the middle of the night.

  4. Emma Driver, who when not making fantastic music of her own, makes interesting discoveries of both musicians and comics, and enthusiastically shares her findings.

  5. Foe, who really ought to call, write or e-mail a little more frequently. Or at all, really.

  6. I know that’s my five, but I mention Suzanne as well, to whom I will not pass the baton; she will grab it and run with it unprompted.